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Strings pulled as Dugdale Centre wins Arts Council Award

Published Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Enfield Council’s Dugdale Centre were told this week that it has been awarded an Arts Council grant of £9,450 to host a special mime, cabaret and puppetry festival at the Centre.


The Mimetic Festival 2013, which will take place between the 7 and 24 July, will showcase the cutting edge of new work in mime, comedy, cabaret and puppetry curated by Winchmore Hill’s award winning company ‘Finger in the Pie’.

Finger in the Pie have been working with Millfield Theatre to bring a new strand of edgy and entertaining work to the borough. The festival will feature Fosters Comedy Winner 2012 Doctor Brown and cabaret superstars Bourgeois and Maurice. Epic puppetry comes from acclaimed masters Blind Summit, inspired by Beckett, the Bible and IKEA.

Children can enter an enchanted Parisian apartment where nothing is quite as it seems, watch a tale set in a shadow puppet swamp or join Doctor Brown on his bonkers adventures with a singing tiger.

You can enjoy a turn from performance artist and ‘tranny superstar’Jonny Woo, or the breath-taking Backgammon for Beginners, using circus acrobatics blended with live music. Film will honour the greats of the mime genre, with screenings of Chaplin and Keaton’s most iconic work.

Finger in the Pie will premiere their new version of Moby Dick at the Festival, a dark re-telling full of slapstick humour, using physical theatre, puppets, clown and visual storytelling. The debut will be directed by Finger in the Pie founder Alexander Parsonage.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said “It is fantastic news to hear that the Dugdale Centre managed to secure Arts Council money, less that half of bids made are usually successful so we are incredibly lucky.

“But importantly, the money will be used to not only support local talent by working with the exceptional ‘Finger in the Pie’ company, but also breathe life into the forgotten art of puppetry and mime.

“This is going to be an extremely exciting, unusual and popular festival and I am delighted the Arts Council has recognised this.”

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