Winterville festival reveals more programme details

Cutting off Kate Bush

Lucy Benson-Brown in Cutting Off Kate Bush

Those who missed out on seeing Kate Bush live can take solace in the line-up for Winterville, the winter festival set to take over part of Victoria Park this December.

Cult tribute act Fake Bush will perform a comic tribute to the singer, and the programme also includes the one-woman show and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out play Cutting Off Kate Bush, which charts the plight of a woman’s personal crisis through the medium of Kate Bush.

The Festival organisers are aiming to provide something for everyone at the month-long event. The town itself is free to enter with a selection of ticketed attractions available to buy from the Winterville website.

Scottish songwriter James Yorkston will be taking to the stage for his annual Christmas performance, while the Winterville bespoke spiegeltent is set to host two shows by one of London’s finest burlesque cabaret companies, Cirque du Cabaret.

With club nights, street food markets, an ice rink and fairground rides, Winterville is covering all the bases when it comes to winter-themed entertainment.

Grown ups and children should be equally at home. The Winterville’s Kids’ Quarter will be graced by artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis and their travelling arts circus House of Fairy Tales, while Big Fish Little Fish will be hosting family-friendly dance parties complete with DJs, bubble machines, glowsticks and glitter.

There’s even going to be a pantomime of Robin Hood, produced by Hackney-based theatre company Tour de Force. The daily hour-long show will feature pupils from schools across East London, packed with traditional slapstick humour and live music.

Winterville will be running throughout December with an extended day of celebrations on New Year’s Day. The launch on 2 December will take the form of a ‘Winterville Revue’ featuring highlights from the programme.

Winterville is at Victoria Park, E3 5TB from 2 December – 1 January