13 October 2022 7:30pm
Laurels, Whitley Bay

This event is free but booking is essential

Unperforming is a funny live art night hosted by Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins at Laurels in Whitley bay, with sketches, performances and more from artists across the North East.

The line up includes:
Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins with Amy Finch, Gen Davies, Lucy Heaton, Zoe Kendall, Simon Raven, James Wilkinson & Jacqueline Wood

Unperforming has been teetering on the edge of comedy and live art for ten years, appearing at venues across the country including Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Artsadmin. This special edition brings together longtime collaborators Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins, who have been working with The Newbridge Project, to join forces with artists in the North East to create an evening of comic possibilities, humour and performance.

Don’t be late for this one-time-fun-time evening packed wet with beach rockings, stone beards, hairobics, blow drying popsicles, indecisive social posings and much much more!



Tickets are free but booking is essential! This link will redirect Laurels booking app: https://app.lineupnow.com/event/unperforming



Laurels is a venue that is not fully accessible, with one flight of stairs to reach the bar level and another to get to the theatre. We are sorry if this means you are unable to come to our event but we will be streaming it live on the night, which can be accessed via the link below:

If you have any questions about access then please get in touch at arthouseswb@gmail.com


About the artists:

Louise Ashcroft is an artist who tells funny stories through video, performance, radio, bad watercolours and sculpture. Often, her work involves analysing sociological content (like the Argos catalogue, call centres, tech culture, the reproductive industry or breakfast), contextualised by her own personal experiences. Her TEDx talk Shopping and Subversion is available online, and she has made several 'Boring Talks' for BBC Sounds. Louise has exhibited at Frans Hals Museum (NL), Museum of London Lates, Tate Learning, Wellcome Lates, BQ Berlin, Arebyte, Bobinska Brownlee, Open Space Contemporary, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Artsadmin, Turf Projects, Duckie, Coastal Currents Festival, Supernormal Festival and Latitude Festival. She teaches Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London and cofounded the free peer-led art school AltMFA in 2010.

Fritha Jenkins is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, film and video, music, digital platforms, sound, sculpture, gesture, text, and installation. They’ve performed and exhibited work widely, including at Fringe Film Festival, Frans Hals Museum, ArtHouses, Blenheim Gallery Leeds, Toynbee Studios, Pumphouse Gallery, Art Night London, Chisenhale Dance Space, Modern Art Oxford, Guest Projects, Supernormal Festival. Collaboration in one way or another is integral to their practice. Fritha has facilitated goings ons - alone and with others; in parks, along rivers, in universities, community centres, hospitals, care homes, kitchens, schools and theatres. In 2020 they received an AN bursary and in 2018/19 were a recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Award, Chisenhale Studios. Fritha has an MFA (Distinction) from Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, a BA(Hons) in Fine Art (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and co-founded AltMFA (DIY artist led alternative MA).


Please email arthouseswb@gmail.com if you would like more information about this event.