The non-wedding of the year comes to the North East

Published: 17 August 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

After the success of their 2018 tour of This Really Is Too Much, Gracefool Collective is to tour its latest show, This Is Not a Wedding, visiting numerous North East venues.

It's the non-wedding event of the year—post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance-theatre for today. In other words, it’s Gracefool’s signature concoction of anarchic, wildl dance theatre in which the four members of the collective—Kate Cox, Sofia Edstrand, Rachel Fullegar and Rebecca Holmberg—have created a radical, unpredictable, stridently feminist and apocalyptic reimagining of some of our most recognisable ceremonies, inviting you to question the rigidity of life’s milestones.

In other words (again!) they look at marriage through the eyes of four defiant brides attempting to maintain their dignity, please everyone and no one as they boldly wade through a minefield of tradition, conformity and expectation.

As in the previous show, they make unexpected use of music, from Pachelbel’s Canon in D, via the songs of Edith Piaff, to Talking Heads’ Road to Nowhere.

NE Tour Dates

  • ARC Stockton (4 & 5 September)
  • Gala, Durham (11 & 12 September)
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle (13 & 14 September)
  • Queen’s Hall, Hexham (19 September)
  • Hartlepool Town Hall (30 September)
  • Alnwick Playhouse (1 October)
  • Saltburn Community Theatre (2 October)
  • Washington Arts Centre (3 October)
  • The Witham, Barnard Castle (4 October)