Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020. We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be adding many more events over the coming months, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

Event 31

Afua Hirsch and Henny Beaumont

Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Equal to Everything is a beautifully illustrated, fictionalised tale based on the life of Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. It tells the story of Ama, a girl from Richmond in Yorkshire, who visits the Supreme Court on a school trip and learns all about the work of the court and how another little girl from her town went on to become its president. Throughout the story we learn about Brenda Hale's life – from State school to university and on to becoming the most important judge in the land. The story highlights some interesting cases that Judge Brenda has been faced with and explains how judges make difficult decisions. It teaches children about fairness, justice and how the law can be used for good and to protect us all. Equal to Everything is an inspiring story of a little girl who worked hard at school and went on to be extraordinary. It aims to empower children to believe that they can achieve their dreams and never let other people tell them they are not good enough. Afua Hirsch is a journalist and lawyer, author of Brit(ish). The artist Henny Beaumont is a cartoonist for the Guardian and the creator of the acclaimed graphic story Hole in the Heart.

Hay Days family event, age 6+
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Event 32

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 1

Venue: Hay Primary School
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Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included. 

Age 6-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket is required)
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Flying Pig Cookery School

Event 33

Woodland Trust Walk 5

Tree ID

Venue: Meet at the Woodland Trust Stand at the Festival
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Join Woodland Trust expert, Derek Wright, on a gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees growing among the houses and streets.

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Woodland Trust Walk 5

Event 34

Mike Pitts

Digging up Britain: Ten discoveries, a Million Years of History

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Britain has long been obsessed with its own history and identity, an island nation besieged by invaders from beyond the seas. The long saga of prehistory is often forgotten, but our understanding of our past is changing. In the past decade, astounding archaeological discoveries have shed new light on those who have gone before us, radically altering the way we think about our history. Mike Pitts presents some of the most exciting and surprising of these discoveries – from Stonehenge to the Staffordshire Hoard and the bones of Richard III.

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Event 35

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 2

Venue: Hay Primary School
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Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included.

Age 9-12 (unaccompanied children need to be signed in and out)
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Flying Pig Cookery School

Event 36

Rupert Read talks to Rosie Boycott

Your Money and/or Your Life

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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As the London protests continue, the UEA philosopher and Extinction Rebellion spokesman discusses the extent of the climate emergency, the principles and risks of direct action and disruptive protest, and the current state of the worldwide campaign for action. 

To focus the generational energy of the XR movement, in the latter part of the event he is joined by Elsie Usherwood and Alice Spearman, who convene the Herefordshire climate action campaign.

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Rupert Read talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 37

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 3

Venue: Hay Primary School
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Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included.

Age 6-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket is required)
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Flying Pig Cookery School

Event 38

Fiona Evans

Come and sing Messiah – choir rehearsal 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The second rehearsal for a performance of Handel’s Messiah this evening at 7.15pm.

please see events 18 and 43

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Event 39

Allie Esiri with Diana Quick and Paapa Essiedu

A Journey Through a Year of Shakespeare (or What You Will)

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Take a journey through the year with Shakespeare, and join curator Allie Esiri and acclaimed actors for this illuminating celebration of the greatest writer in the English language. The show will include insights into Shakespeare’s work and times alongside dazzling readings of some of his best-loved – and lesser known – scenes, soliloquies and sonnets.

Curated by Allie Esiri, editor of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. Diana Quick, whose screen credits include Brideshead Revisited, The Missing, and The Death of Stalin has played Shakespeare’s Cressida at the National Theatre and Gertrude at the RSC. Paapa Essiedu has played Hamlet and Edmund at the RSC. His screen credits include Black Earth Rising, Press and The Miniaturist.

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Event 40

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 4

Venue: Hay Primary School
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Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included. 

 

Age 9-12 (Children may be accompanied by an adult; unaccompanied children need to be signed in and out)
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Flying Pig Cookery School

Event 41

Sarah Churchwell

How the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant was Invented - and Led to Donald Trump

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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One year out from the 2020 Presidential election, Churchwell examines the emergence of the idea of White Anglo-Saxon American Protestantism in 20th-century America, and the unlikely roots of the Ku Klux Klan. She is the author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby. Chaired by Oliver Bullough

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Sarah Churchwell

Event 42

Dan Krikler as Keith Douglas, with John Retallack and Owen Sheers

Unicorns Almost – Live Theatre with Q&A

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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After successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Bristol Old Vic, Owen Sheers’ play returns to Hay for a one-off show. Unicorns, Almost tells the story of Keith Douglas from his childhood idolising an absent father, through four engagements to marry, his fighting in the Western desert as a tank commander, his accelerated education as a poet to his early death three days after the D-Day landings in Normandy at the age of just 24.

It is the story of Douglas’ Faustian pact with a war that would both gift him his unique poetic voice, and then also take it away. It is also the story of his desperate race to see his poems in the permanence of print before his limited time on earth ran out.
Let an immersive soundscape and an intimate theatrical experience take you into the world of the finest poet of the Second World War. Directed by John Retallack, Dan Krikler gives a ‘luminous’ (Guardian), ‘wonderful’ (Margaret Atwood) performance as Keith Douglas. They will be joined on stage by the playwright after the show for a 20 minute Q&A. 

Produced by Emma Balch for The Story of Books

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Dan Krikler as Keith Douglas, with John Retallack and Owen Sheers

Event 43

Fiona Evans and the Hay Festival Chorus

The Hay 2019 Messiah

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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A performance of Handel’s Messiah Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus, following two rehearsals. Susie Allan will accompany on the piano and Robert Evans will be the bass soloist. The choir will perform newly arranged solo movements and there will be a humanitarian slant in line with the texts' subject. If you love Handel’s Messiah then this new version will delight and enthral you. 

For choir membership please see events 18 and 38

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Event 44

Sarah-Louise Young

An Evening Without Kate Bush

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The chaotic cabaret cult is here! Enter Strange Phenomena, howl with The Hounds Of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights. Kate's not there, but you are. From the makers of Julie Madly Deeply. But completely different. Performer Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore, The Showstoppers, La Soiree) has teamed up with director Russell Lucas (Warped at VAULT Festival) to explore the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music. From releasing Wuthering Heights at the age of 19 to selling out the Hammersmith Apollo nearly 40 years later, Bush has always surprised and confounded her critics. Through it all her fans have stayed strong. Young invites you to celebrate her songs with this unique and mind-blowing show.

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Sarah-Louise Young

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