Anti Racist Cumbria offer free theatre festival tickets for low income households in Keswick

Anti Racist Cumbria and Theatre by the Lake have made 20 ‘Green Pass’ Sunday afternoon tickets available free of charge to local people with low income for Theatre by the Lake’s Trailer Story, an outdoor festival of spoken word, theatre and comedy created in partnership with English Touring Theatre and Northern Stage. The Sunday afternoon Green Pass will allow people to experience two theatre shows; I, Malvolio a modern take on Twelfth Night the Shakespeare classic, performed by Tim Crouch, and Can I Touch Your Hair? a play written and performed by local talent Lekhani Chirwa. Cumbrian theatre maker and actress Lekhani Chirwa’s play is a bold yet humorous piece which charts her hair struggles as she grew up dual-heritage in Cumbria but more importantly, the pride and acceptance of identity. This will be the first performance of the play in her home county following successful performances in London, Hull and Slough.

Janett Walker CEO and Co-Founder of Anti Racist Cumbria said;

“It’s great that Theatre by the Lake are showcasing diverse homegrown talent and sharing a wide range of culture and ideas at the Trailer Story festival, we are delighted to offer these free tickets so that more local people can enjoy it.”

There are 5 ‘bubble tickets’ available for groups of up to 4 for the ‘Green Pass’. Contact Anti Racist Cumbria on to reserve, reservations must be made by 12pm Friday 6 Aug and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 14+ is the recommended age and people must be local resident with CA12 postcode. The tickets are being offered on trust to those who apply and no ‘proof of need’ such as free school meal voucher, or proof of benefit receipts will be asked for.

ETT in partnership with Theatre by the Lake and Northern Stage present

Trailer Story: Green Pass (Sun PM)

Sun 8 August | 2pm – 4:30pm

Trailer Story is a festival of spoken word, theatre and comedy brought to you on a touring truck.Enjoy a weekend-long programme of outdoor events celebrating our nation’s diversity, resilience and community with performances and workshops in a stunning location.We bring you a matinee of a hilarious take on Twelfth Night and one woman’s tale as she navigates all that comes with having afro hair.

I, Malvolio

Written & Performed by Tim Crouch
2pm – 3.10pm
Suitable for age 11+

I, Malvolio re-imagines Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from the point of view of its most notoriously abused steward.  It’s a charged, hilarious and sometimes unsettling rant from a man adrift in front of a cruel audience. Part abject clown, part theatre-hating disciplinarian, Malvolio asks his audience to explore the pleasure we take in other people’s suffering.


Can I Touch Your Hair?

Written & Performed by Lekhani Chirwa
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Suitable for age 14+

“Is it real? Can I touch it?”

Lekhani grew up mixed race in Cumbria and she’s realised she doesn’t actually know what to do about her hair. No one taught her and YouTube just isn’t helping.

Thank goodness for her hairdresser, who is in fact her longest standing relationship to date and ohh does she love getting her hair done. Trying out new hairstyles is all well and good but how do you cope with everyone’s unnecessary questions and comments?

Join Lekhani on her hair journey as she discovers that she can’t wash her hair with 99p Alberto Balsam, that she has no clue how to cornrow and is over being faced with constant microaggressions.

A bold yet humorous piece, this is an exploration of what cultural appropriation really means, hair struggles but more importantly, the pride and acceptance of identity.

Warning: includes identity politics and racism (microaggressions, misogynoir and cultural appropriation)