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Scratch, Crackle & POP!
September

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Our scratch night is back this September!

What’s Scratch Crackle & POP?

Scratch, Crackle and POP! is our seasonal scratch night showcasing the work of writers, performers and poets in the early stages of development, giving audiences a taste of upcoming and developing shows.

Applications are now closed but why not apply to perform at our December Scratch night? Find out more here.

Line Up

Dan Simpson – Avocado Economics

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A generation raised on fizzy pop music and cartoon aspiration crashes into the reality of a housing crisis. As Millennials try to adult, they’re dreaming of home. Poet Dan Simpson (BBC, Glastonbury) mashes up 90s culture, over-priced brunch, and economic data to ask: what happened to our future?

Magda Barszcz – KuKi

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Where do our memories live? Is there another dimension of time that our imaginary friends from the past still exist in?
“KuKi” is a sound and movement- based exploration of my childhood memories through space and time.

Members: Magda Barszcz (violin), Clara Yang (danso, flute), Bianca Watts (harp), Tal Naveh (movement)

Nina Shenkman – Yes Chef!

Nina Shenkman, Yes Chef, Scratch crackle and pop, Poplar Union, scratch night, theatre, writers, poets, new work

A group of women audition to be selected onto the popular reality tv cooking show, Yes Chef! Their time on stage is their audition – their big chance to shine – and each have a very different idea of how to do this best. The stakes are high, and they’re ready for the challenge.

Yes Chef! is silly, bonkers and asks the question: what lengths will people go to to get on tv today?

Sahera Khan – Am I Dulhan (Bride) Yet?

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A Muslim woman who is seeking a marriage and wants to propose to a Muslim man, but is surprised when a Muslim man proposes to her. Does she accept or not?

Hester Welch The Food Play: Experiment 1

Hester Welch, Poplar Union, Scratch Night, East London

In an increasingly globalised world, cultural differences may divide us. So what brings us together? Food! As part of a collaboration across the UK and Malaysia, Hester brings together storytelling, movement and food for a cross cultural experience. This experiment contributes to the shows development before it will be performed in Borneo next month at the What About Kuching Festival.

Flo O’Mahony Not Dead Yet

This is an early stage scratch of a show about Flo being diagnosed with a terminal illness when she was 18. What do you do with that information when you’re meant to be grimacing at your UCAS application, crying about boys and scoring a tally on the Chunder Chart on a group holiday to Kavos?

Not dead yet. explores the seduction of becoming a modern day femme fatale, the desperate need to build a personal identity in our teens, and what happens when an identity you’ve built gets stripped away, even when it’s a really shit one (like dying).