130 Hoxton Street
Since 1863 Hoxton Hall has epitomised the spirit of Shoreditch as a visible artistic and creative presence in the community: entertaining, supporting and educating local people.
Today we work with those who are starting out. We excite talent; encourage risk-taking; supporting and advising those who wish to explore their creativity and potential.
Our unique Victorian music hall theatre inspires young people and young arts companies to experiment and create work which breaks personal and artistic boundaries.
Heritage site, Artist studio or collective
10am - 5pm, select evenings for events
Tickets must be purchase for some events
Shakespeare in Hackney; 'tis a mad world at Hoxton!
By Matthew Hahn and Peter Howell
Director: Matthew Hahn
Narrator: Jack Klaff
This evening will feature a one-man performance by Jack Klaff of a long poem from 1609, entitled Pimlyco; ‘tis a mad world at Hoxton, and a talk and discussion of its importance led by Dr. Peter Howell. The Pimlyco was a tavern in the suburb of Hoxton during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, famed for the quality of its ale, and for the egalitarian licentiousness – not to say drunkenness – that inevitably ensued from the ale’s consumption. Hahn and Howell’s dramatic interpretation of the poem brings out the cultural importance of Hoxton to Shakespearean London. Recent research suggests, in fact, that the poem Pimlyco is a source for The Tempest, and Dr. Howell’s talk will develop the ways in which Hoxton can be considered as having inspired Caliban’s famous island in that play.
Peter Howell is a senior lecturer in English Literature at St. Mary’s University College, London, and is the author of Cultures of the Sublime (Palgrave, 2010) and Romantic Adaptations (Ashgate 2013).
Matthew Hahn lectures at St. Mary’s University College, London, and has worked as a theatre director in the US, the UK, and various countries in Africa. He also works with Theatre for a Change, a UK charity that uses innovative strategies to generate dialogue, interaction and changes in behaviour, particularly in Malawi and Ghana. He recently wrote and directed The Robben Island Bible, a play based on interviews with former political prisoners talking about their so-called ‘Bible’, in fact a copy of the The Complete Works of Shakespeare, while imprisoned on Robben Island.
Jack Klaff is an actor, writer, and director who has had a distinguished and varied career on film (Star Wars, For Your Eyes Only, King David, 1871); on TV (Vanity Fair, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Hargreaves Award for Innovative Use of Television Drama); on radio (Two Sony Silver Certificates); and on stage (RSC, Two Fringe Firsts, Herald Archangel Award). He has starred in and directed many of his own works (Directd: Best Act Melbourne Comedy Festival and Best New Act Hackney Empire) and has held four visiting professorships at Princeton University.
The Bleeding Hearts Circus
Fresh from the success of their previous sold-out performances at Hoxton Hall, circus company Airealism will be taking audiences on an exciting aerial adventure when they return for a four date run on May 30, May 31 and June 1, 2013 with Bleeding Hearts Circus, an intimate cabaret dedicated to love in all it’s many forms. As with all affairs of the heart, there will be displays of raw twisted passions, soaring highs and crushingly heartbreaking lows as performers take a heady journey along the well-trodden path of romance. Stories will unfold on the ground and high up in the air on trapezes, silks, corde lisses and aerial hoops.
Airealism have been successful in capturing the public’s attention with their creative and imaginative performances, which have seen them play to packed audiences at The Albany Theatre, Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Shunt nightclub and Hoxton Hall. Previous shows, which include ‘Sand and Steam’, ‘Tales of the Apocalypse’ and aerial theatrical piece ‘Noir’, have received rave reviews:“Fluid and engaging” (Sideshow Magazine), "Unfeigned avant-gardism" (Time Out) and "Noir simply and quite magically distils one art form into another" (The Guardian).
Since their birth in 2006, Airealism have grown to become a fully-fledged circus company - unlike any other. Their uniqueness stems from the fact that they are comprised of dynamic new breeds of circus performers who have managed to run away with the circus whilst continuing to hold down full-time jobs as lawyers, engineers, actuaries and writers. This 20-person strong band of vibrant mavericks, encompass all manner of performance skills including aerial arts, acrobalancing, contortion, rollerskating and aerial and physical theatre. With their diverse backgrounds, age ranges and hard earned abilities, Airealism continue to inspire audiences throughout the UK .
£12 General Admission (£8 Concessions). Early bird price of £10 General Admission available until the 23rd May.
The Big Mix Festival presents Jesca Hoop
Jesca Hoop has lived all over the globe and her rich life experience is reflected in her distinctive voice and inventive song craft. The follow up to her critically acclaimed album Hunting My Dress, ‘The House That Jack Built’ is powerfully evocative, visceral and displays a uniquely candid intimacy.
Tom Waits described her music as being "like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night". Respected by a range of iconic artists, she has sung in South America with Peter Gabriel and has toured with Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers and Elbow.
Special guests Slow Club will be supporting Jesca at this concert as a special 2 piece stripped back set.
4pm (for festival wristband holders)
Established by Rushes Postproduction Ltd, Soho Shorts is a not-for-profit organisation celebrating the wealth of talent working across all genres of short film including live action drama, documentary, animation and music video. They aim to encourage and create arenas introducing creativity, new/established practitioners and those partners that can help assist in supporting and furthering people’s ideas. From 1999 they have facilitated and celebrated the work of newcomers and established filmmakers was promoted by screening work at cinemas, screening rooms and cafes throughout Soho and London’s West End. In conjunction with these programs they hold a large variety of debates, networking sessions and discussions on all aspects of media and filmmaking. www.sohoshorts.com
THREE BLIND MICE directed by Chris Whitehead, Ian Miles (Film Infinity)
PAINTING WITH 14 PERSONALITIES directed by Tuyet Le (Patient 17 Ltd)
TWO GIRLS directed by Simon Tatum (I Miss Monster) 02:19 UK
CALLUM directed by Michael Van Der Put (Drama Centre London / 6bcc)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM directed by Giles Ripley (Pretzel Films) 05:22
IS THIS A JOKE? directed by Tom Edmunds (Sure Thing Productions)
THE HICCUP directed by Matt Smukler (Hello & Company)
WAITING FOR CONKERS directed by Paul Gowers (Wilder)
PVT. CRAINE directed by Ben Mallaby (Jigsaw)
And more TBA!
The Big Mix festival celebrates its fifth birthday this year and is going all out with a full weekend of music, comedy, cabaret and much, much more. It all takes place in Shoreditch on Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 June at some of the hottest venues of the moment. Best of all – every penny raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support to help the millions of people in the UK affected by cancer. You can help us make a Big Difference. Tickets on sale now at www.thebigmix.co.uk