The Kingsway Solstice offers theatre, music and dance for Christmas.

Posted on 25th November 2016

A festival-in-a-day of performing arts celebrating the winter months will take place at the University of Chester’s Kingsway Campus.

Kingsway Solstice will take place on Wednesday, December 14, between 1pm and 9pm.
Kingsway Solstice will take place on Wednesday, December 14, between 1pm and 9pm.

The Kingsway Solstice will feature students, staff and resident theatre companies showcasing their work for the festive season. Members of the public are welcome to experience the different performances from 1pm and 9pm on Wednesday, December 14. The programme is free and is as follows:


What: Untangling Christmas

When: 1pm – 4pm

Where: Kingsway Campus Foyer.

Performing Pathways, one of the Kingsway Campus’s resident theatre companies at the Department of Performing Arts, is very excited about Christmas and can't wait to get into the spirit of yuletide. Actors will be in the foyer throughout the day decorating a tree, wrapping presents and having a jolly old festive time, because everything at Christmas is perfect….


What: Kingfisher

When: 1pm – 4pm

Where: Kingsway Campus Foyer

Third year student and poet David Longworth, who also goes by the pen name of Davel, will be entertaining with improvised poetry. Go find him in the Foyer, offer him a word of inspiration, and enjoy listening to his creative talent!


What: The Kingsway Cake-Off

When: 1pm – 4pm

Where: Kingsway Campus Foyer

Third year students Isobell Rowett and Ben Lanchin will be offering cake and a warm tea or coffee in celebration of the Christmas spirit and of the great work that generally happens at the Kingsway Campus, and which is being showcased in the Solstice. Enjoy!


What: Site Stories

When: 1pm – 2pm – Chester

Where: The Cross in Chester city centre

A selection of performances by second year Drama and Performing Arts students using techniques and inspiration from the genre of site-specific practice. Site Stories will continue at the Kingsway Campus from 3pm to 4pm.


What: The Heist

When: 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: CKW007

Quintus, a theatre company formed by graduates from the Department present The Heist, a collaborative piece led by writer Rhodri Hales. The piece follows four students break into their University's library to access the files of their class after failing a final group project. Will they succeed or will this group heist go just as well as their class project? Strong language throughout.


What: Band Performances

When: 3pm- 5pm

Where: CKW133

First year music students will be performing a variety of songs as part of their band practice assessment.


What: Dr Timothy Jones - Christmas 101

When: 4pm – 4.30pm

Where: CKW058

Third year student Toby Jones will be presenting a mock lecture by Dr Jones. An incredibly vague and comical explanation of what Christmas is, it will cover the history of Christmas, how people celebrate it, and a few undecided topics. The performance will follow a set Power Point progression, but will leave plenty of opportunity for comical improvisation through audience interaction.


What: Ruby Ring - A Ghost Story 

When: 4.30pm – 5pm

Where: CKW059
Master’s student Sam Minshall will be presenting a haunting gift this Christmas season. Hear the tale of loss, greed and redemption, making your Christmas spirit... reveal itself.


What: Chance

When: 5pm – 6pm

Where: CKW007

The Kingsway Players, a theatre company formed by a number of second year students, will be presenting a series of short plays.


What: Dario Fo – A Tribute

When: 6pm – 6.30pm

Where: CKW058

Third year students Jay Giblin and Alex Deane will be performing a tribute to the late theatre practitioner and political activist Dario Fo.


What: Cross Currents Dance Evening

When: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Where: CKW005

A mix of students’ own extra-curricular dance work drawing on a variety of dance styles and genres from contemporary to jazz, street dance to physical theatre followed by dance work created and/or directed by the Dance staff.


What: Slideshow Shakespeare – The Winter’s Tale

When: 6.30pm – 7pm

Where: CKW007

Master’s student Richard Wiseman from Uproot Theatre Company will be presenting a one-man storytelling piece exploring the narrative of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare.


What: A Slice of Shakespeare

When: 8pm – 9pm

Where: CKW007

Cheesy lines, hammy acting, all topped off with a lot of sauce. Lecturers Dr Shelley Piasecka and Dr Sarah Evans have directed an anarchic performance to close off The Kingsway Solstice with a whole load of fun with free pizza, drinks and Shakespeare!

More details will be available on Facebook.