We're taking Mayfest to the National Theatre's River Stage this summer for a one-off weekend of the very best of the festival.
River Stage is a free, outdoor arts and music festival that will run every weekend from 29 July to 29 August and includes takeovers from Latitude Festival, Rambert Dance Company, Mayfest, East London's The Glory and the National itself.
Mayfest's weekend features Still House's Of Riders and Running Horses, Sleepdogs' Circadial, Verity Standen's Mmm Hmm and Symphony, Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites, Wilf Merttens, Typesun, Alabaster de Plume, Nick Terrific's Kids Jungle Rave and more.
Of Riders and Running Horses – Still House
Friday and Saturday, 8.10pm–9pm
A group of female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together. A stirring and visceral new dance event by Still House.
Symphony – Verity Standen
Saturday and Sunday, 12pm–2pm
A symphony for one. By blending metallic tones from tuning forks with live voice, two performers create a vivid and unique sound world for individual audience members. A performance for one person at a time lasting approx 15 mins, sign up on the day.
Sleepdogs – Circadial
Saturday, 3.30pm–5pm, Sunday 2.30pm–3.30pm
Built from local field recordings made in the days and nights preceding the performances, Sleepdogs create live, improvised, constantly shifting music. An attempt to find the ghost music underneath the traffic noise, street bustle, police helicopters, and birdsong.
Typesun DJ Set
Typesun is a producer, drummer and DJ with a long and varied history in the Bristol music scene. As a DJ he shares his love of dusty drum machine jams, deep boogie and soul cuts and sounds from Bristol's new wave of sonic experimentalists.
Alabaster de Plume
Alabaster dePlume, a presentation of jazz/folk with theatrical performance in it, reassures with behaviour and sound while it challenges with thoughts and words.
Sam Halmarack & The Miserablites
A stadium pop concert comes to the theatre in this hilarious and heartwarming show about what it means to never give up. Get ready for handclapping anthems and electro music to move and inspire.
Junior Jungle – Nick Terrific
Age appropriate for little people. Nick Terrific expertly mixes some proper tunes to give a real ravin’ experience for kids and adults.
There will be dance offs and battles. Who will win? The Jungle cats? Or the Mashup monkeys?
Expect to dance, a lot.
Mmm Hmm – Verity Standen in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres
Saturday 6.30pm–7.30pm, Sunday 4pm–5pm
Verity Standen’s original a cappella songs evoke the awkward, heartrending and hilarious moments that characterise what it means to be human.
Wilf Merttens harvests the little clumps of story that collect in sock drawers and obscure chat rooms. He mixes them up in a jar until they make a dark and childish syrup. He was once young storyteller of the year but now he's not.