Vincent Dance Theatre

Hold Tight

For ages 14+
Sat 12 Nov
Doors: 7:10pmShowtime: 7:30pm
90 mins
Pay What You Decide

‘The ache for home lives in all of us.’ Maya Angelou

Home is where our story begins. It’s not always a place – it’s a condition, a feeling, a sense of connection. It forms who we are and how we move through the world. Hold Tight explores the impact of separation on family relationships and how abrupt change and adverse childhood experiences impact on young people, their behaviour and their sense of identity, especially children taken into care.
Building on the company’s research for the production of In Loco Parentis – halted a week after the premier, mid-tour in March 2020 due to the global pandemic – Hold Tight draws parallels between the impact our experience of enforced isolation over the past two years had on family relationships and mental health with the impact that similarly abrupt changes in family circumstance have on children taken into care. Hold Tight offers an opportunity to understand how adverse childhood experiences impacts on young people, how it affects young people’s behaviour and sense of identity.
With two teenagers and four adults on stage and testimonies from care-experienced young people embedded in the work, VDT’s production explores home, family and belonging and considers how, when we long for intimacy and connection, sometimes we just have to Hold Tight.
Vincent ‘explores the visceral emotional labour involved in surviving – and creating – home.’ The Psychologist, In Loco Parentis, 2020
Directed & Designed by Charlotte Vincent
Composed by Jules Maxwell
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VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England. VDT is Associate Company at Brighton
Dome. Hold Tight is supported by The Dance Space, Brighton.
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Pay What You Decide!

This is a Pay What You Decide event which means you choose what the show is worth to you! You can decide what you would like to pay now by adding a ticket with a value to your cart, or you can pay after you have seen the show at Barbican Theatre (cash or card).
Looking around at other events going on in the city, we estimate that 1 ticket to similar events would cost £12.
There is no ‘right’ answer, we are not attempting to lead you to a specific figure. You can pay this suggested amount, less than this or more than this. You can even pay £0 for your ticket.

Reserved seating is in place

Seats B5 & B7 are wheelchair accessible, if you require these seats please add 'access member' (here) to your account and you will have access to these. Please let us know of any access requirements you may have, including whether you would like the seat removed.
Both rows A & B are level access
If you have any specific access requirements (for example wheelchair access) please leave details in the comment box when placing your order or email our Audience Experience Manager, Robyn, at info@barbicantheatre.co.uk and she will arrange this for you.
Venue Info 
Barbican Theatre
Castle Street
The Barbican
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ
Situated behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre just off the main Barbican road (opposite the 'Prawn' and Mayflower Steps.
info@barbicantheatre.co.uk
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Seating

Reserved seating is in place for this performance.
Seats B5 & B7 are wheelchair accessible, if you require these seats please add 'access member' (here) to your account and you will have access to these. Please let us know of any access requirements you may have, including whether you would like the seat removed.
Both rows A & B are level access
If you have any specific access requirements (for example wheelchair access) please leave details in the comment box when placing your order or email our Audience Experience Manager, Robyn, at info@barbicantheatre.co.uk and she will arrange this for you.
Audience guidance / trigger warnings / safe space
Age Guidance: suitable for ages 14+
Emotional / trigger warnings: contains themes of psychological and emotional tension which some may find upsetting.
Barbican Theatre is a safe space - safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender, identity, or sexual orientation.
About Vincent Dance Theatre
Founded in 1994 and led by artistic director Charlotte Vincent, Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) produces powerful and engaging dance theatre accompanied by extensive programmes of social engagement and professional development work.
Charlotte Vincent is considered ‘one of the UK’s leading female choreographer/directors’ and ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ (The Observer). VDT is an international ensemble of multi-tasking collaborators who devise interdisciplinary performance to challenge conventional values in dance and gender politics.
Charlotte Vincent’s distinctive voice is increasingly in demand as a facilitator, provocateur and catalyst for critical debate. Charlotte facilitates professional development work through VDT’s mentoring and CPD programmes and via Dance Agencies in the UK and abroad.
VDT places importance on gender equality, provides supportive work conditions for parents to return to work and collaborates across generations. The company is currently developing ways to distribute Vincent’s work both live and online, ‘touring’ in more parent-friendly and ecologically sustainable ways.
In 2022 VDT will be premiering and touring Hold Tight a new live on-stage production which reflects on themes of enforced separation and insecurity to draw parallels between the impact of the global pandemic on family relationships and the effects adverse childhood experiences have on young lives.
Visit VDT’s ‘What’s On’ for more information on what the company is working on over the next few months.
VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England. VDT is Associate Company at Brighton Dome.
‘Given the cultural and financial vicissitudes of the past two decades, it’s pretty remarkable that Charlotte Vincent has kept her own independent dance company running for 21 years.’ The Guardian, 2015
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Covid 19 Safety 
The health, safety and comfort of our audiences, colleagues and performers are very important to us.

Before you arrive

We have a number of measures in place to ensure your comfort and safety.
Enhanced hygiene procedures are in place which include thorough cleans between performances and our ReBels training sessions. We have increased the circulation of fresh air throughout the building so it might be cooler than you are used to. You may want to bring an extra layer, just in case. Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the public spaces for audience members and ReBels training members to use and we ask that you do so frequently.
We continue to monitor the latest guidance from the UK Government and the team here will continue to wear face coverings in all areas of the theatre.

When you arrive

Whilst we encourage members of the audience to continue to wear a mask we understand that more and more people are making the decision not to so we would like audiences to be aware that people sitting around them may not wear a mask throughout. If you are concerned about this please get in contact with our Audience Experience Manager Robyn who can discus options for seating that will help you feel more safe.
The Barbican team will all wear face coverings / shields (unless medically exempt) and are also regularly lateral flow tested. This includes our practitioners, core team, the team front of house and back stage.

Social Distancing

Barbican Theatre largely programmes one night performances, with a capacity of either 110 or 140. Due to this programming model at present we are unable to offer socially distanced performances. Please get in contact if you would like to discus seating options for any upcoming events and where possible we will find you an area in the auditorium with the most distance for other audience members.
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Pay What You Decide

This is a Pay What You Decide event which means you choose what the show is worth to you! You can decide what you would like to pay now by adding a ticket with a value to your cart, or you can pay after you have seen the show at Barbican Theatre (cash or card).

Looking around at other events going on in the city, we estimate that 1 ticket to similar events would cost £15.

There is no ‘right’ answer, we are not attempting to lead you to a specific figure. You can pay this suggested amount, less than this or more than this. You can even pay £0 for your ticket.

Saturday 12th Nov 2022

7:30pm