Art and Theatre Find a Home at St Nicholas’ Church

Ex-serviceman and artist, David Tovey, brings his powerful story ‘Man On Bench’ to Sibling Distillery Art in The City this Saturday. The one-man play forms part of a theatre double bill based on the theme ‘Home’ in St Nicholas’ Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester. Sharing the stage will be ‘On Hold’ by Tale Be Told Theatre.

The evening will conclude with a special panel discussion headed by Chris Sandys of BBC Radio Gloucestershire in response to the two powerful performances and their impact on the audience.

David Tovey tells the story of his experiences of homelessness: “Man on Bench started its life back in 2013 when someone sat down to talk to me just as I was about to take my own life. That day things changed, I began to use art as part of my recovery, and this moment stayed with me, becoming a metaphor for how people can come back from adversity.”

‘On Hold’ by Tale Be Told Theatre is inspired by the real-life experiences of families living in temporary accommodation, this darkly comic play lifts the lid on what it means not to have a home to call your own. It reveals the human truth behind the statistic of the housing crisis. Tale be Told Theatre uses humour and storytelling to inform and raise awareness of social issues. We abandon the fourth wall, ensuring that the people at the heart of the stories we tell have their voices heard loud and clear.

The evening will also be an opportunity to view ‘Hope’, an exhibition by Gloucester’s very own Russell Haines, Sibling Distillery Art In The City’s creative director. Hope is the second part of Russell ‘Faith Hope and Charity’ trilogy and explores through portraits and film the issue of immigration to the UK and the people who make up our diverse community and seeks to show the positive side of multiculturalism and its influence upon British society.

Time: 8.30pm
Date: Saturday 20 July 2019
Venue: St Nicholas’ Church, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2PG

Tickets for the double bill are £10 available online from or on the door.

Sibling Disitllery Art in The City is organised by Marketing Gloucester and is part of SoMAC, Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture.

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