Wahey! You’ve come to the right place. This is stuff that we’re putting on for no reason other than we think you’ll have fun – whether you’re a kid or a grown up. However, we also know that you’re the kind of person who loves life and throws themselves into a festival so don’t forget to check out our other programming pages for the Curious and For Writers. For example we’d strongly recommend Make Sioned Laugh and Sandi Toskvig sessions from the “Curious” page if you’re looking for laughs. We haven’t yet worked out the final schedule so we don’t know when everything’s going to take place so do check back nearer the time and we’ll publish the actual programme. We’ll be announcing more programming events over the next few weeks so stay tuned for updates!
Katy Brand in conversation about life, Carrying a Watermelon and Dirty Dancing
One of TV and radio’s best-loved comedians will be talking about her new book “I Carried A Watermelon” - which we all know is an iconic line/moment in the film Dirty Dancing. A warm, witty and accessible look at how Katy Brand’s life-long obsession with the film has influenced her own attitudes to sex, love, romance, rights and responsibilities, she’ll be pointing out some of the key moments in the film. Heck maybe she’ll even stick around for our campfire screening of it afterwards. Katy will share her love, and we’ll all have the time of our lives. Now who’s volunteering to recreate that dance move?
Headline Comedy Set: Heidi Regan
We’re delighted to announce that the headline comedy set will be performed by Heidi Regan. Heidi won the BBC New Comedy award in 2017, and has since become a regular figure on TV and Radio shows such as Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, Have I Got News For You and the News Quiz. Not only will Heidi be bringing her show to Primadonna, but it will be recorded by BBC Radio 4 on site for future broadcast.
Comedy coaching session with Kat Sadler
Ever thought about a life doing stand-up? Join Kat Sadler as she takes you through the skills of stand-up. This session is not just a registration and coaching session for Make Sioned Laugh (although it is that), it’s also a coaching session for those of you who’d like to enter MSL in another life – the one when you have the courage to get up there and do it! This session is open to those who want to lurk quietly at the back, as well as for those who can be found down the pub reeling off the anecdotes. This session is great for those of you wanting to build confidence as well as comedy chops.
We’ve put on festivals before so we know, even if you don’t, that there’s a percentage of you who are not camping but who will “accidentally” miss the last bus back to Ipswich, and why? Because you’ll be in the disco shed. Getting carried away by the beats, the smoke machines, the strobes, the lasers and the cracking tunes. We’ll announce DJ line-ups nearer the time, but that’s where you’ll find us 11pm – 2am Friday and Saturday.
We have a film shed and we’re gonna use it. We’ll be showing new films and old, serious films, arthouse films and kids’ films early morning and at bedtime. We’ll be screening three suffragette short films made by Digital Drama celebrating last year’s centenary of the Suffragettes made for the National Archives and Museum of London. Tell us your favourite film and we’ll try and screen it.
What better way to explore our 12 acre site than with a scavenger hunt. Friday night will see a set of challenges for you to fulfil – things to collect, things to spot and things to make. Collect the items on the list, run around like a whirling dervish in the fresh country air, discover nature’s offerings, blag the items that you can’t find, and report back to see if you’ve won a glittering prize. Kids can do it without parents, adults can do it without kids, or families can do it together. What’s not to love!
The Journey To Phoenix Island- with Debbie Allwright
Illustrator Debbie Allwright will be joining us for some fantastical arts and crafts. Her beautiful illustrations for Peter Harris' The Night Pirates will inspire a new world for us to build and explore at Primadonna as she leads a craft workshop for kids of all ages. Together we'll head to a mythical newly discovered Island - Phoenix Island - where we'll decide which animals might be living there and then create them!
The wonderful Ada Campe will be providing some comedy cabaret with plenty of audience participation throughout the festival. For those of you with kids, rest assured it will be PG rated.
Fireside stories with Justine de Mierre
Designed especially with kids in mind, ace story-teller Justine de Mierre will be telling bedtime stories by the campfire. Bring your own marshmallows to toast and see what tales she will weave.
Happy Birthday to you! Yes YOU !
We happen to know that some of you are celebrating your birthday with us, and even if you're not we think you deserve a birthday party. So we're delighted to invite you to the Official Primadonna Birthday Party. Pass the parcel, cake, games, and a bucketful of fun for everyone. Musical chairs anyone?
Got something to say? If only you had a microphone and a stage, and you could put the world to rights/ deliver your latest poem / get out your ukulele and play hits from the musicals, right? Well guess what! You do! You can!
There’ll be plenty of opportunity to play games over the course of the weekend. Rounders? Kick the can? Rob the nest? You decide and we’ll run it. All you have to do is report for duty at the designated times and places.
We have a film shed and we’re gonna use it. We’ll be showing new films and old, serious films, arthouse films and kids’ films early morning and at bedtime. We’ll be screening 3 suffragette short films made by Digital Drama celebrating last year’s centenary of the Suffragettes made for the National Archives and Museum of London. Tell us your favourite film and we’ll try and screen it.
We’ll have a craft tent going all weekend with an opportunity to make things, build great works of art and participate in some communal creation. It really is great for the soul as well as being a great excuse to get messy.
No I couldn’t, I’m too embarrassed. No really I won’t. Oh yes that’s a good idea maybe I can be your backing singer. La la la. Can you move over a bit. (*grabs mic, doesn’t let go). You know you wanna. We know you wanna. Let’s do it.
Kids Lingo Bingo is only the beginning of the literary games on offer. With so many word-smiths congregating in one place it’s only natural that word games will sprout up, just to keep you on your toes!