GDIF2014 Survey Prize Package

GDIF is excited to announce our 2014 survey prize package. If you attend this year’s festival just fill our our survey to be entered for a chance to win!

The Survey Will Open on Friday, June 20 2014.

LogoThis year, you can win a luxury weekend in Greenwich for two courtesy of The Pilot: Iconic pub and hotel, The Pilot, Greenwich, is giving away a luxury weekend stay for two, including breakfast and dinner on both nights. The 200 year old pub, located in the heart of Greenwich, has just undergone a full interior refurbishment and has revealed a fresh new look for 2014.

With a brand new open plan kitchen, The Pilot serves carefully selected seasonal and modern dishes crafted by head chef Sara Gibson and her talented team. Catering for all, Sara’s menu also offers traditional pub classics from London Pride Battered Cod to roasts with all the trimmings on Sundays.

Real ales and premium spirits, including London’s own Sipsmith range, provide a refreshing and authentic choice of beverages, alongside an extensive wine list.

The Pilot Greenwich-27With the O2 Arena just a stone’s throw away and on Canary Wharf’s doorstep, visitors can take advantage of the location by booking one of the 10 beautifully renovated boutique bedrooms. Each en suite room has its own unique style and are equipped with vibrant art posters, solid oak desks and low level lighting offering guests a cosy and comfortable visit.

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Situated next to a row of eight grade II listed cottages, which were constructed for workers at the adjacent tidal mill, the surrounding area is perfect for taking a step back in time to enjoy the local rich history. The Pilot, known as ‘The Ceylon’ in the 1800s, is still a popular choice of watering hole, and holds on to its character and charm with its authentic exterior.

Accessible also by boat and cable car, the journey to The Pilot is an experience in itself and a great opportunity to catch the sights of London, whether it’s on the Thames Clipper or up in the air via the Emirates Airline cable car.

For further information and to book a room visit


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Page One Theatre: Rehearsals for Made Up Stories From My Unmade Bed (Week 1)

page18Week One: Story and Performance Developmentby Chloe Stephens
Co-Artistic Director
Page One Theatre
Made Up Stories From My Unmade Bed is an outdoor performance about a girl who doesn’t want to wake up in the morning and her escape into dreams.

pageoneAs a company we start by collaboratively devising performance material, which we then edit and structure into a visual narrative. During this first week we started by looking at themes from an original poem by Miles Mitchell (Co-Director of Page One).


page12We also used lots of different stimulus, such as found imagery, music and music videos, as well as bedroom related objects and materials like hot water bottles, books and pillows.


These catalysts inspired us to create a range of performance material, which we will go on to weave together to make the narrative. We spent time playing with different ways of using pillows, we found out that a lampshade could become a lion and discovered ways of billowing coloured feathers up into the air.


The work this week was very physical, the actors created movement scores from their own relation to dreams and the themes in Miles’ poem.


Choreographer Rachael Nanyonjo came in for a morning to work with us on lifting techniques, as we want there to be an acrobatic element to the performance. She taught us how to lift and fall safely.


I was really impressed with how fearless and bold the actors were in throwing themselves into what Rachael offered. We discovered some exciting ways of using lifts to move through the space and found dynamic possibilities for the ensemble to lift the girl on and off of the bed.


I am looking forward to the next stage of our rehearsal process, where we will be able to relate all our material to the giant bed, which is our set.

Chloe Stephens
Co-Artistic Director
Page One Theatre



(See Made Up Stories from My Unmade Bed at Greenwich Fair June 21 & 22)

GDIF commission One Million prepares for Brighton

By Nathan Curry

GDIF Associate Director and Tangled Feet Artistic Director



GDIF 2013Last year, Tangled Feet created our first ever large-scale outdoor performance, One Million, which was the finale of GDIF in Woolwich. It was an incredible journey of risk and creativity –we had no idea how an audience would respond and whether our narrative arc would land. We were thrilled (and mightily relived) by the experience that not only the audience, but also the young participants had.

GDIF 2013Making a piece of theatre at scale can be a testing process- there aren’t many spaces that are big enough to test and shape the work in (last year our set was in two sections side by side due to the lack of height in rehearsal space!) there is also a ramp up in pressure from producers, funders and audience members to deliver something truly spectacular.

GDIF2013 'One Million' -Tangled FeetWe got through the making experience but in some ways it was hard to savour and enjoy. Therefore we were thrilled when Brighton Festival asked us to re-create One Million for their audiences as the finale of Brighton Festival 2014. One Million is about the number of young people under the age of 26 who are unemployed (and not in training) in the UK. The number peaked at 1,000,000 in 2013 but is still perilously close to the horrific figure (as of today it stands at 941,000).

GDIF 2013We were inspired to make the show because of the huge amount of talented young people we’d worked with over the years that were now locked out of the job market. In the creation of One Million we discovered that the story we wanted to tell was not purely negative – it was not all doom and gloom. The real story (and one which shines through in the show) is that there is huge potential in the young people of our next generation – huge creativity and huge energy. We ignore it out peril.

As I write this we are starting to build the scaffolding set on site and this Friday and Saturday it will come alive (insert web link). It’s a huge endorsement of the work we had done with GDIF that Brighton will present the show as their finale. We have been working with various local partner organisations to recruit 60 local young people to be in the performance and have been preparing some new members of our team for the One Million experience. We can’t wait!

GDIF 2013The site is hugely different which has some challenges and some benefits. The audience area includes a grass bank that will make sightlines easier but cuts down the amount of audience interaction we achieved in Woolwich. The backdrop is the sea, which is wonderfully dramatic but adds a considerable wind factor and we have much more width than depth so are working on expanding images sideways while shrinking their depth a little!

Its all worth it though and helps us re-imagine the show a new. We have re-worked the opening for the better I feel. We are really looking forward to sharing the show in Brighton and with a crowd who are known for their political activism and creativity. We are hugely proud to be making large-scale political work. Without the support of GDIF it would not be possible.

Around Greenwich

Wondering what to check out during your visit to Greenwich?

greenwichAttractions in Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College King William Walk, London SE10 9NN
National Maritime Museum Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Queen’s House Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Cutty Sark King William Walk, London SE10 9HT
Royal Observatory Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ
Peter Harrison Planetarium Royal Observatory, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ
Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18 6ST
Greenwich Heritage Centre Artillery Square, London SE18 6ST

Travel in Greenwich

DLR Bank to Greenwich, Cutty Sark and Woolwich Arsenal
City Cruises Westminster and Tower to Greenwich
Thames Clippers Embankment to Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal
Emirates Air Line Royal Docks to Greenwich Peninsula
Tube, bus and train Various stations to Greenwich, Cutty Sark, Woolwich and more.

Shopping and Eating in Greenwich

Greenwich Market, running from Tuesday-Sunday

Where to Stay in Greenwich

Novotel London Greenwich
Devonport House

‘The Lift’ Rehearsals

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The Lift Rehearsals have started!


Whilst everyone else in the country was huddled up inside on the rainy Easter Sunday, munching their way through their countless Easter Eggs, we started our first intensive rehearsal period for The Lift. This first introductory phase went incredibly well and we are all really looking forward to continuing this good work!

The New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury, has become our new home for the following week as we continue to work hard developing this wonderful theatrical experience to make sure we give every one of the audience members at GDIF a surreal and unforgettable experience.

We are so looking forward to seeing you all there!

The Lift by Wet Picnic

The Lift by Wet Picnic

Nathaniel Hawthorne on the Greenwich Fair

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Our Old Home, 1870

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Till a few years ago, the first three days of Easter were a carnival season in this old town, during which the idle and disreputable part of London poured itself into the streets like an inundation of the Thames— as unclean as that turbid mixture of the offscourings of the vast city, and overflowing with its grimy pollution whatever rural innocence, if any, might be found in the suburban neighbourhood. This festivity was called Greenwich Fair, the final one of which, in an immemorial succession, it was my fortune to behold…

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This unfragrant crowd was exceedingly dense, being welded to­gether, as it were, in the street through which we strove to make our way. On either side were oyster-stands, stalls of oranges, (a very prevalent fruit in England, where they give the withered ones a guise of freshness by boiling them), and booths covered with old sail-cloth, in which the commodity that most attracted the eye was gilt gingerbread. It was so completely enveloped in Dutch gilding that I did not at first recognize an old acquaintance, but wondered what the golden crowns and images could be…

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What immensely perplexed me was a sharp, angry sort of rattle, in all quarters, far off and close at hand, and sometimes right at my back, where it sounded as if the stout fabric of my English surtout had been ruthlessly rent in twain; and everybody’s clothes, all over the fair, were evidently being torn asunder in the same way. By-and-by, I discovered that this strange noise was produced by a little instrument called ‘The Fun of the Fair’—a sort of rattle, consisting of a wooden wheel, the cogs of which turn against a thin slip of wood, and so produce a rasping sound when drawn smartly against a person’s back. The ladies draw their rattles against the backs of their male friends, (and everybody passes for a friend at Greenwich Fair), and the young men return the compliment on the broad British backs of the ladies; and all are bound by immemorial custom to take it in good part and be merry at the joke.

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But this was far from being the sole amusement. There were theatrical booths, in front of which were pictorial representations of the scenes to be enacted within; and anon a drummer emerged from one of them, thumping on a terribly lax drum, and followed by the entire dramatis personae, who ranged themselves on a wooden platform in front of the theatre. They were dressed in character, but woefully shabby, with very dingy and wrinkled white tights, threadbare cotton velvets, crumpled silks, and crushed muslin, and all the gloss and glory gone out of their aspect and attire, seen thus in the broad daylight and after a long series of performances. They sang a song together, and withdrew into the theatre, whither the public were invited to follow them at the inconsiderable cost of a penny a ticket.

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Before another booth stood a pair of brawny fighting-men, displaying their muscle, and soliciting patronage for an exhibition of the noble British art of pugilism. There were pictures of giants, monsters, and outlandish beasts, most prodigious, to be sure, and worthy of all admiration, unless the artist had gone incomparably. beyond his subject. Jugglers proclaimed aloud the miracles which they were prepared to work; and posture-makers dislocated every joint of their bodies and tied their limbs into inextricable knots, wherever they could find space to spread a little square of carpet on the ground. In the midst of the confusion, while everybody was treading on his neighbour s toes, some little boys were very solicitous to brush your boots..

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Can’t wait for Greenwich Fair as part of GDIF2014!

P.S. For more history on Greenwich, you might want to check out Art History UK‘s Greenwich tour coming up in a few weeks – lots of Greenwich fun facts to be had!