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Grit Of Life | Angel Canal Festival

Grit Of Life | Angel Canal Festival

The Widgeon Theatre Boat will be at moored at Angel Canal Festival on the 5th September 2021.

This a free event where the Widgeon Theatre Boat will be hosting a number of artists and to include excerpts of " Grit of Life".

The Widgeon Theatre Boat will be moored at Graham Street Park, London Islington N1 8LF as part of the Angel Canal Festival 2021

This is a free event where we will be performing excerpts from our Theatre play Grit Of Life.

We also have a full line up of Music and Performances from 11am - 5pm to keep you entertained all day Headlining is Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

Mik spouts lyrics, creates chaos, plays air-crook lock (!), and all-out entertains over the top of an exquisite layer of rock, soul, funk, and punk created by partner in crime Jonny Flockton on guitar.

The band  delight and unnerve audiences across the country in equal measures, and have become one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts that most people have ever witnessed.

Mik has an obsessive following built from appearances at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Latitude, Festival No6, Wilderness, Beautiful Days, Boomtown, Beat Herder, and Bearded Theory. Before its demise Port Eliot Festival invited the band back year after year.

Karen Swan and Jack Goodall

Karen Swan has been called an enigma, a cross between Lene Lovich and Friday Khalo, alt folk with a touch of avant-garde.

Her distinctive sweeping vocal style and haunting insightful songs transport the listener to her creative wonderland.

When accompanied on guitar by Jack Goodall they create a certain energy described as *Awesome! By Boris Pelekh of Gogol Bordello.

Karen is also an actor writer and clown and has performed worldwide.

Jack is an accomplished artist in his own right and has his own band Jack Goodall and the Kick and has toured extensively.

They have recently performed at Timber Festival 2021.

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The Beatbox Collective

The Beatbox Collective, Individually they have won almost every beatbox competition on the planet.

Together, this vocal supergroup creates a wall of sound that simply has to be seen to be believed.

'How amazing was that? That was unbelievable' (Chris Evans).

Featuring a team of the UK's top vocal artists, this is a show of mind-blowing sound, energy and beats not to be missed.

'If you didn't think you were a beatbox fan before, they will prove you wrong'

Shane Ibbs (Storyteller)

Shane spends quite a lot of his time Storytelling at Festivals, Storytelling Clubs, in Schools, at Charitable events, Bushcraft Camps, Special Events, such as RHS Wisley etc.

He tell's stories all over the South East, London, the South West and has also told in Amsterdam and The Hague, in the Netherlands.

During Lockdown, Shane began sharing tales in Northern Ireland, at Liz Weirs club, via Zoom.

He also run's a successful Storytelling evening, ‘Tall Tales & Short Stories’, every 6 weeks at The Two Brewers pub in Chelmsford.

Shane Ibbs Website


11:15 - 11:45  - Shane Ibbs (Storyteller)

12:00 - 12:05 - Introduction to the festival by the Mayor of Islington

12:05 - 12:50 - Karen Swan - (Live Band)

12:55 - 14:00 - “Grit of Life” - (Excerpts of Grit Of Life)

14:10 - 14:40 - Beat Box Collective

14:45 - 15:15 - Street Performer - TBC

15:20 - 15:55 - Live Band - TBC

16:00 - 17:00 - Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

Covid-19 guidelines.

We have implemented best practices, adhering to government guidelines, enabling you to enjoy 'Grit of Life' safely. Currently you do not need to be a household or bubbled group to sit together. The maximum group size is thirty. If you have more people in your group, please make a subsequent booking, then send an email to letting us know the lead name in the other booking(s).

By Attending you agree to:

Only come if you are feeling healthy and well, and have not been experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. Only come if you do not have someone vulnerable in your household or social bubble (the group of people with whom you have close physical contact. Only come if you do not have someone who is isolating in your household or social bubble. Allow your contact details to be held by Ha Ha Films Ltd for 21 days for the purpose of COVID-19 Track and Trace. Abide by Government guidelines current at the time of the event (9th July onwards) with regards to public behaviour around COVID-19 (social distancing etc.) If you have experienced any COVID Symptoms you should self isolate for 10 days.

Government Guideline links:

A full and regularly updated list of Covid-19 terms and conditions can be found on our website at

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