“Five great reasons not to miss the Jabberwocky Market festival”, by Hannah Harmon
Posted on Sunday 1 March
This feature was originally published in the March 2015 edition of Darlington Together magazine.
“1. Darlington is one of only 6 towns chosen to be part of the Collaborative Touring Network which brings theatre to places which may not otherwise experience it, over a period of 3 years. Jabberwocky Market makes the most of our unique venues around the town, (in the past we have used the Cattle Market and Crown Street Library) celebrating community hubs by using them as a backdrop to exciting new theatre from Battersea Arts Centre and more local talent.
2. We are extremely committed to providing fun for all the family, and we’ve kept up that tradition this year with … Lorraine and Alan, a coming of age tale with live music and Gloriator, appeals to adults as well as older children, whilst The Frights offers something a little bit darker.
3. Great entertainment that won’t break the bank, Jabberwocky Market has something to suit every budget: whether it be free entry to selected shows or discounted concessions, even our most expensive ticket costs just £9, cheaper than a 3D cinema ticket and you get to experience a live performance in the flesh! For the first time, we now have a festival pass- which includes entry to all of our performances (excluding selected workshops) as well as receiving exclusive merchandise and offering great value and convenience.
4. Our very popular Scratch night takes its place once again at Quaker Meeting House and Festival Bar at Voodoo Cafe- this unique event offers an opportunity to experience several work-in-progress shows and the chance for audience feedback and chat. It’s a great informal introduction to the festival, and makes for a really different, fun night out. Scratch night is about trying something new, gambling only your time, as its pay-what-you-think entry charge.
5. At Jabberwocky market, we pride ourselves on the vibrancy of our festival line-up, and this season we not only have some great performances, but also a range of theatre related events: Why do we tour? panel discussion and Caribbean Sunday lunch, Chris Grady surgery workshops and the No. 47 project, which sees a vintage bus park itself in the town centre and provokes memories of a time since forgotten.”
Hannah Harmon also has her own blog at http://postcarddaydreams.blogspot.co.uk She desribes herself as “My name is Hannah and I live in the North East 🙂 I spend my time making a mess in my sketchbook, planning my next mini-adventure and daydreaming about living in a house of books.” She has been volunteering for Jabberwocky Market for a year and in 2015 has started working with us as a Marketing Assistant as well.