South by South East programme announced for 2022!



South by South East is an annual festival of creativity held in the heart of Canterbury at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre. Over two days (11 & 12 May 2022) the festival combines the opportunity for artists to develop and showcase projects in development, and for audiences to see new and emerging work being made in Kent and Essex.


Producers of the festival, 1DegreeEast, are bringing the South by South East back to the Gulbenkian for its second year. The Gulbenkian is proud to host the festival for its second year, providing space for local artists to network, develop and showcase work. This year’s line-up includes works of dance, multi-disciplinary work, immersive installations, cabaret and spoken word.




WED 11 MAY

12:15 PM FISH OUT OF WATER

Registry Lawn (Free & Unticketed)


Fish Out Of Water is a fresh, multi-disciplinary outdoor dance performance, which explores themes of belonging, otherness, displacement, and migrancy.


1:30PM BOOGIE BOOTH – JODIE COLE DANCE

Registry Lawn (Free & Unticketed)


Boogie Booth is a live performance and dance experience. Visitors will meet our resident Boogie Boothers, Karl & Faith, who will take you on a spectacular tour through the world of dance from Jazz, Hip-Hop, to Roma dancing, all within the magical Boogie Booth.


3:30PM SPEAKING OUT & FITTING IN!

Gulbenkian Theatre (Full price £5) – running time 60 mins


“Speaking Out and Fitting In” is a solo show in dynamic poetry and beguiling prose, with flashes of cabaret and aerial burlesque, in which Alice d’Lumiere playfully explores the wonderful, if occasionally counter-intuitive, position of the gender-fluid individual striving to both fit in to another gender whilst yearning to establish a unique, personal voice for themselves.


6:30PM LIVING LEGENDS (AND DEAD ONES TOO)

Gulbenkian Theatre (Full price £5) – running time 45 mins


A literary road-trip around the UK, celebrating Living Legends (And Dead Ones Too) through original music and poetry.


7:30PM MARY SHELLEY: MUTHAMONSTER

Gulbenkian Theatre (Full price £5) – running time 45 mins


Sex. Death. Rock‘n’Roll. In a petticoat.

Mary is pissed. She lives in the shadow of the monster she created. Grappling with fame, scandal, sex, opium and motherhood – it’s time to set the record straight.

This fiercely rebellious one-woman show is a comedy-punk-rock retelling of the life of Frankenstein’s author, the Mutha of all Monsters.


THU 12 MAY

2:45PM SIMORGH SOUP – BARKING TREES

Gulbenkian Theatre, free but ticketed – running time 30 mins


A wild new dance theatre production exploring Spinoza’s ethics and our relationship to nature and technology


4:45PM FINDING AN AUDIENCE ONLINE

Gulbenkian Theatre (Full price £5) – running time 60 mins

Comedian and creator of the internet sensation The Room Next Door, Michael Spicer joins broadcaster and writer Katie Puckrik to talk about making comedy under the radar for over twenty years before using social media to make the breakthrough.


7:30PM BRIGITTE APHRODITE’S BIG CANTERBURY OPA!

Gulbenkian Theatre (Full price £7) – running time 120 mins


A spectacular showcase of first class acts hailing from across the south east, including drag kings and queens, wild music, raucous poetry, and joyful comedy.


11 & 12 May IN HER SHOES

Colyer-Fergusson Foyer (free & unticketed)


In Her Shoes is an immersive installation experience exploring the concepts of identity, stereotypes, and relationship to home. Your 20-minute adventure begins as you step inside a shoe shop built for one.