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Shakespeare 101

The Wilson Mezzanine
5pm – 6pm

Roll up to receive a highly comic lesson on Shakespeare, from unconventional educators Shirley Halse and Hosanna Starkey. A show for anyone who loves, hates or simply does not understand the bard.

UNHEARD 2019: Voices From P3

The Sober Parrot
5pm – 6pm

The Everyman Theatre and Cheltenham Poetry Festival have been working with people from P3 Charity (which helps socially excluded and vulnerable people to unlock their potential) to gain confidence via writing and performing poetry. Join them for a showcase of their writing about the events that have shaped their lives.

Burning Eye Books Showcase

The Stable
5pm – 6pm

Burning Eye Books is proud to present three outstanding poets reading from their 2019 collections – Steve Larkin (Your Own Steve Larkin Poetry Adventure), Lydia Towsey (The English Disease) and Leilah Jane King (Midnight Picnics in Tehran).

Space Aliens Ate My Story!

Cheltenham Library
5pm – 6pm

Spoken word cabaret mixing comedy and fairy tales for grown-ups. From elves to aliens, join Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers as she performs a convention-smashing set of fantastic unscripted stories – traditional, outrageous, original, otherworldly – in this Midnight Storytellers’ 20th anniversary touring show.

The Runaways Improv Comedy

The Old Courthouse

The Runaways Improv perform improvised comedy, any time, anywhere! Join them as they create a book-based show based on suggestions from you, the audience. Expect the unexpected…

WAC Takeover: Tatty Devine

The Wilson
Drop in from 5pm until 10pm

WAC (Wilson Arts Collective) take over The Wilson’s Tatty Devine exhibition for the night featuring interactive workshops, performances and cocktails inspired by the songs and lyrics of Belle & Sebastian.

The Company Of Wolves

Games Room, Bottle of Sauce
Rolling performances from 5pm – 8pm

2019 marks 40 years since Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber was both published and awarded the Cheltenham Literature Festival Novel Prize. Join Moth Sanctuary Productions for a deliciously dark reading of its most famous story: The Company of Wolves.