Lift Festival 2016

TheatreBloggers are thrilled to be supporting the Lift Festival this year! We have had the privilege to be invited to many of the productions on offer during this month long festival. At the launch party on Wednesday Artistic Director Mark Ball and patron Juliet Stephenson told us that this is by far the most exciting festival to date and it seems that they are not wrong.

One of our Bloggers, the Grumpy Gay Critic interviewed Mark Ball at the press launch, you can read his interview here!

Here is a roundup of the blogs about the Lift Festival so far!

STELLA LIFT 2016 Credit Fred Spalding, reproduced courtesy of Essex Record Office.jpgStella – Hoxton Hall

1st – 18th June 2016

A new theatre piece by Neil Bartlett. Alone in a silent room, a man waits for a knock on his door. As the minutes tick by, he remembers a life filled with daring and laughter, with parties and heartbreak – a life spent searching for the courage to truly be himself.
Inspired by the true story of the strange life and lonely death of Mr. Ernest Boulton – one half of the infamous Victorian cross-dressing duo Fanny and Stella – STELLA is an intimate meditation on the fine art of keeping one’s nerve as the lights go out. Performed amidst the newly restored splendours of one of London’s oldest surviving music-hall interiors, it is a theatrical love-letter to a truly remarkable person.

This is what our Bloggers thought:


MINEFIELD LIFT 2016 Credit Manuel Abramovich.jpgMinefield – Royal Court Theatre

2 June – 11 June, 7.30pm

With a history of creating work that combines real lives and stories with fiction and performance, Lola Arias brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas war on a stage 8,000 miles from their remembered battlefield.

The war of 1982, in which Argentina tried to regain control of the islands, had an enormous political impact: for Argentina it was a defeat that propelled the fall of the military regime; for England it was a triumph that saved the premiership of Margaret Thatcher. And for the islanders it was the way to obtain full British citizenship and a new constitution.

This is what Kariss thought:

Depart – Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

16 June – 26 June, 9.00pm

A Circa production
On a wet muddy night, we sent three of our bloggers to witness the haunting sights and sounds of Depart performed in the unlikely venue of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Led by Yaron Lifschitz with his internationally acclaimed company, Circa and with a creative team including the electronic musician Lapalux, this ethereal collaboration brings circus artists, choral singers, designers and musicians together for a summer night full of surprises.

But what did our bloggers think?

27 Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker LIFT 2016 Credit @Cyclone_AMiss Revolutionary Idol Beserker – Barbican Centre – The Pit

22 June – 2 July, 6.30pm + 9.30pm


Orchestrated by Tokyo-based artist and pop-idol Toco Nikaido, this is Japanese subculture conveyed in all its multi-coloured, cacophonous, frenetic glory.

Prepare to be equipped with a rain poncho and earplugs as twenty-five performers swarm the stage at breakneck speed, armed with an abundance of disposable props and subcultural references. In a frenzied homage to otagei, (ritualised dancing and chanting by groups of fans) this riotous company hurtle towards a festival-like finale that invites everyone to take part.

Stand by for more reviews from the Lift Festival :D