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Gwyneth Herbert at the Fun Palace

Follow where our Joan is…

It’s Fun Palaces weekend folks, and TOMORROW NIGHT – that’s Sunday 5th October – at the Theatre Royal Stratford East we’re having A Joan Jamboree in celebration of the birthday of revolutionary director and Fun Palaces imaginer Joan Littlewood.  Along with Upbeat Choir and East London brass we will, for one night only, be on the […]

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Murray Melvin, Gwyneth Herbert and Mel Brimfield

Roll up for a Joan Jamboree!

Join us on Sunday 4th October, 5pm, on the beautiful main stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford East for an evening of music, magic, monologue and mime inspired by the spirit of revolutionary theatre director Joan Littlewood. Our heady “montage of attractions” includes the mime fabulism of performance phenomenon Dickie Beau, the political (dis)enchantment of […]

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Gwyneth Herbert and Frances Ruffelle

I Say Yeh-Yeh, Baby!

I’ve had the complete joy and privilege of producing new album from award-winning British singer, entertainer and recording artist Frances Ruffelle.  It’s a kind of playful homage to our shared love of France called “I Say Yeh-Yeh”, and we recorded it over 3 days, on old ’60s equipment in the windowless basement of a converted brothel in East […]

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Final Call for Wilton's

WANTED: Fifty Fishguard Ladies (and a fleet of French Invaders)

WHO? Anyone with a voice and a sense of adventure WHAT? Join a scratch choir onstage with award-winning singer/composer and multi-instrumentalist Gwyneth Herbert for her song Fishguard Ladies that celebrates the 1797 victory against the French.  (LISTEN HERE.) WHERE? This song will form part of our upcoming concert in The Walled Garden, Cuffern Manor, Roch, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6HB WHEN? Wednesday 19th August: workshop/rehearsal at 6pm, doors at 7pm […]

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Gwyneth Herbert Ukelele Colour smaller


Gwynnie is very excited to announce her “CELTIC SANDWICH” SUMMER TOUR 2015: a bountiful filling of unusual & intimate venues across Ireland, bookended by two delicious gigs on the Pembrokeshire coast. From an old grocer’s shop in Ballydehob, to a historic church on Valentia Island, to a reunion with Sea Cabinet collaborators The Rubber Wellies […]

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The Palace that Joan Built Film Launch!

Well folks, it’s finally here – our “Palace that Joan Built” film, and the very final instalment of mine and Mel‘s sprawling installation project that has celebrated the life, work and legacy of radical socialist director Joan Littlewood through art, music, workshops, film and donkeys. Come to the launch of the FILM bit at Stratford East Picturehouse on […]

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Fun Palace poster design by Mel


Over the last few months, artist Mel Brimfield and I have been immersing ourselves in the life and work of East End legend, radical director and socialist visionary JoanLittlewood. With the help of sparkly-minded kids from across the Newham borough, gifted young singer-songwriters at the Theatre Royal, and a diverse range of wonky-brained artists at […]

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Come run amok with me and crazy-brilliant artist Mel Brimfield at the National Theatre Studio and help us to build a FUN PALACE! This year is the centenary of mischievous radical and inspirational director Joan Littlewood, and we’re BLOODY excited to report that the Live Art Development Agency have commissioned us as part of their DIY scheme to explore her unrealised plans, creative […]

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