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School Dinners: Matthew Herbert, Gemma Whelan, Joe Dunthorne, Hollie McNish, Louise Ford
School Dinners returns to East London.
This term's timetable sees actress and comedian Gemma Whelan (Game Of Thrones, One Man Two Guvnors) hosting, reprising her celebrated role as hilarious Headmistress, Chastity Butterworth. Award-winning ‘Submarine’ author Joe Dunthorne steps up as Head of English for the evening whilst Music And Movement is in the incomparable (thank goodness) hands of tap-dancing enthusiast Jenny Fawcett (comedian Louise Ford) who'll teach us the 'scuff and brush'. Over in Poetry Corner will be the slam poet champion and poetry workshop facilitator Hollie McNish. More incredible teachers, speakers and raconteurs will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cult Events head chef Ian Ballantyne will once again be creating a delectable four-course menu which will be revealved soon. The £50 School Dinners ticket includes; a welcome cocktail on arrival, a four course dinner and, of course, all of the entertainment.
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Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Matthew Herbert is a musician and producer working predominantly in the field of electronic music. Known for ignoring the boundaries and mangling the conventions traditionally associated with the genre, he is one of the few independently-minded artists to have made a considerable impact on both media and public while striving to be innovative and experimental.
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Gemma is a comedian and actress from London. She often appears as character Chastity Butterworth, a prim, buttoned-down, well-spoken, schoolma'amish spinster from another era. She is also known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.
'A female Tim Vine with a persona akin to emotionally frigid posh boy comic Will Smith... most impressive' (Chortle)
Funny Women Variety Act Award 2010.
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Born and raised in Swansea, author & poet Joe Dunthorne graduated from the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize for his debut novel.
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Spoken word poet who by early 2014 had released two poetry albums, Touch and Push Kick, both to critical acclaim - with the latter prized for contributions to maternal research by the University of London.
At a time when the live entertainment industry is saturated with acts that are formulaic and predictable, internationally acclaimed poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish is a breath of fresh air. Reciting words of love, politics, race, breasts and all that comes in between, Hollie’s poems captivate and move audiences to feel something that is sorely lacking in the industry today.
Coming 1st in the UK Slam Poetry Finals and 3rd in the World Poetry Slam Finals, Hollie broke into the mainstream via the Internet – two of her videos ‘Mathematics’ and ‘Embarrassed’ have gone viral on YouTube, reaching over one million views in just over a week. She has received high praise both online and in print, garnering accolades including ‘Internet Sensation’ (Best Daily) and ‘Chick of the Week’ (MTV).
In the words of poet Benjamin Zephaniah, "I can’t take my ears off her."
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