Saturday 20th October
£4.00 on the door
Live Bands ~ One-On-One Puppetry ~ Art House Cabaret ~ Walk-In-Keleidescope ~ Intimate Tours ~ Interventions ~ Gigs Within Gigs ~ Installation
NIGEL AND LOUISE FROM SHUNT, PETER MONTFORD, TRIPWIRES, BEAR & THE WOODS, SPECIAL GUEST BAND, BURNT BISCUIT, AVIS COCKBILL & DANIEL PARKER, MICHELLE HANNAH, MARK LANGLEY, AND OTHER SECRETS
NIGEL AND LOUISE
Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari began creating short, visually arresting performances that took place, unannounced, amongst people drinking late at night in the shunt lounge. They now appear in other dark places in other unsuspecting crowds.
We are proud to announce yet another new piece of work premiered at the festival...
For more information on Nigel and Louise click here
Tripwires are four young men from Reading initially driven by a desire to play as loud as they could which, over time, has translated into a desire to combine sky scraping guitars and cultured noise with honeyed melodies and pop dynamics. Drawing from a diverse range of influences encompassing Brian Eno, Greece's legendary cult progists Aphrodites Child, Talk Talk's 'Spirit Of Eden' and 'Revolver' era Beatles, the four belie their youth by transposing the sonic experimentalisms of their muse into a thoroughly modern take on noise pop. Having only just returned from New York where they have been recording their second album this show offers a unique opportunity to hear new material that has never been played out live before.
BEAR & THE WOODS
'Bear & The Woods are a young folk inspired band with really great tunes and intelligent Lyrics. The band are fronted by singer/songwriter Bear who is backed by his trusty band The Woods comprising of members from popular Reading based band South House Daze. Occasionally Bear will play live solo and the songs carry off well like this, but they take on another dimension and level of intelligence when he is joined on stage by The Woods.'
- Graeme Rawson, The Ubiquity Project
Tail Feather are a four-piece from Reading who have just begun to play live shows after just over a year of preparation and writing. Formed of the founding members from previous bands they are somewhat of a super-group in these parts. They have a fluid approach to their songs that is not as constrained by arrangement and form like much modern music. They evoke a sense of the freedom and rawness of the sixties and seventies that lends much of the focus to groove and feel, allowing the music to grow and breathe; meaning no two live sets are the same. 'It's all the truth and we want to play the best grooves possible for an audience, whether a song lasts two minutes or half the set. We're trying to bring back old styles with new edges.' They've said. Everybody knows you shouldn't really shake a Polaroid picture...
A one-on-one puppetry experience. Enter a tent alone, listen to the music, ask the right questions and you might find your fortune...
Burnt Biscuit is a brand new intimate mini show, formed by Kat Allan, and Jennifer Laura Baron, recently graduated from LIPA.
A short live intimate improvised vocal performance, used as a pause, a refection within the live proceedings. A single spotlight will appear. A microphone. A female in darkness in a customized evening gown, with black over sized contact lenses, metallic nails and black painted hair.
In vein of Laurie Anderson's use of vocal distortion to give an air of otherness and esoteric electronic channelling by means of a vocal pedal and a ambient backing track that comprises solely of the captured wavelengths of a dying star. The songs proposed to improvise and reinterpret from is BLACK HOLE SUN by Soundgarden, HOWSOONISNOW by The Smiths and a new composition written exclusively by Michelle Hannah.
The performance is based around a self portrait as a dystopian lounge singer with use of the fragmentation and repetitive appropriation of a chosen pop song. While referencing the founding constructs of Cabaret -that is its original purpose to engage, entice and repulse equally in artifice, by using its theatrical centre to revolve around a feminized experience of sexual identity in terms of the femme fatale or exotic other.
This year Pete Montford joined with OTTER Produces are redesigning the way we view live music events. Have eyes in the back of your head and watch all the action of the event while facing away from it! Only for What The Butler Saw, have a go on the latest and greatest new event technology which wont be released to public at least for another few years!
AVIS COCKBILL & DANIEL PARKER
Inspired by the mythological creatures 'Selkies', Strandline tells a visual story using the built and natural environment of the British coast. Images of the seaside are transformed on a giant kaleidoscope and patterns created are choreographed to an original soundtrack
'Mesmerising' The Independent
Mark Langley's practice occupies the space between the real and the imagined and often explores recurrent themes that have associations with time, memory, fate and illusion.
Langley uses items, images and sounds that are recognisable and familiar and through the making process gradually 'opens-up a dialogue' between these familiar everyday objects and images and their relationship with the viewer or a chosen location. This process allows him to renegotiate an image or objects accepted function or 'place in the world' in order to create a new association - and in doing so seduce the audience into a different narrative and to suggest an 'alternative truth'.
What the Butler Saw brings us a multi disciplinary happening - an exploration of artistic practices. As ever, we appeal to a creative and inquisitive audience who enjoy a fusion of experimental rock and pop, contemporary art and performance art. This year, around three compelling bands, the venue is filled with a fairground of interactive attractions.
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This performance piece is supported by Nightingale Theatre