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By Romford Contemporary Arts Programme
We want to make our community laugh! BANTER is a monthly pop-up comedy club, located in a variety of secret locations throughout Romford that will truly bring laughter to the heart of our High Street.
Following on from the recent Pie Eyed Performance Festival held at The Brewery Romford, we would love to bring comedy to our community! The Pie Eyed Performance Festival demonstrated just how much potential Romford has to become a cultural hub of activity, bringing keen audiences a variety of comedy, music, theatre and spoken word.
We will bring a monthly pop-up comedy club to Romford. Travelling around a variety of secret locations on Romford’s High Street, both abandoned and inhabited, our comedy club will provide more than just laughs - we we will animate dead spaces, spot light our great existing businesses and give audiences the chance to explore their town in a new and exciting way.
Known for our binge drinking frivolities, BANTER will give Romford another reason to leave the house in the evening; providing an accessible form of entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds. This ethos extends to the line up, which will include both established comedian and emerging acts.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Anyone that is familiar with Romford is familiar with the myriad of pubs and clubs that the town has to offer. Cheap booze is plentiful - an alternative night time offer is not. BANTER will bring the opportunity to do something different on a night out in Romford, providing an accessible form of entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Located in a variety of secret locations, we will utilise both abandoned spaces and existing businesses; We will clean disused spaces, making them more attractive to potential tenants as well as highlighting the range of excellent businesses that already exist in the town.
BANTER is one step on a long journey for Romford - one day we believe we can be the centre of a cultural hub where people don’t have to leave the Borough to have access to creativity. Through the audience friendly medium of comedy we will continue our mission to develop audiences in the area.
We will establish a sustainable pop-up comedy club that will be self funding.
Steps to get it done:
Following the take over of more than 15 shops in the local area, Romford Contemporary Arts Programme have a broad range of experience liaising with landlords, shopping centres and the local authorities in turning vacant units into performance hubs, exhibition venues and artist studios. Using this experience and these contacts RCAP has several exciting venues in mind to kick off BANTER with!
We also know how vital a good, travelling set is. Funding spent on set design will ensure that we are as efficient as possible with resources, designing and purchasing an innovative set for our pop - up comedy club including props, chairs and technical equipment that can be transported from venue to venue each month, giving the programme a real identity.
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How will the money be spent?Total £30,673
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