Live Performances

Here's a list of our forthcoming Live events, we hope to see you there!

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ALAW
World Class Music from Wales

Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion - the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the performance

Age Range: All ages

www.alaw-band.com

Arts Alive
On Your Doorstep

Arts Alive and Media Active present On Your Doorstep An enchanting show for older audiences. Inspired and developed as part of a 3 year long Creative Conversations project with older people. Poetry, stories and imagery are interwoven to create a theatrical experience to entertain and delight any aged adult. Directed by Hannah Prior and performed by John Cobb this solo show follows some of the life journey of a rural postal worker. Please call or email the venue directly to arrange ticket booking. And please bring a mask as venues may ask you to wear one inside. Thank you

Box of Frogs
Box of Frogs Improv Comedy

Box of Frogs, Birmingham’s premier Improv Group, brings you a night of high-octane improvised comedy, based entirely on your suggestions. Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment. Performing entirely without a script, half-a-dozen players and a musician will create a night of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” type comedy, with improvised songs, stories and silliness.

Age Range: 16+ (7+ kids show) - see Extra Event Info below

www.boxoffrogsimpro.co.uk

Dan Haynes Music
Songwriters by Dan Haynes

Whether it’s in a cosy folk club still lost in the sixties, or a modern-day arena pulsing with energy, a great song never fails to capture and transport an audience. Yet whilst some artists merely manage the magic a handful of times, there are others who strike gold time and time again. In this debut show, Dan Haynes, along with good friend Jonny Knight, pay tribute to a host of songwriter legends. From the epic George Harrison, Paul Simon and Don Mclean to the contemporary icons Ben Howard, Laura Marling and Bon Iver, this stunning concert is a must-see for all lovers of acoustic music. Interwoven with Haynes’ original music, this ‘’acoustic guitar masterclass’’ (Media Luchs, Germany) received five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.

Age Range: 18+

www.seventhavenuearts.co.uk

Emily Hennessey & Sheema Mukherjee
Ganga: Indian Tales of the River

When the River Goddess leaps from the skies, only Shiva’s hair can catch her wild torrents. But still she roars, surging from mountains to sea, leaving no stone - or ego - unturned as she washes illusion from the truth. Storyteller Emily Hennessey and sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure fast-flowing worlds of cosmic creatures, celestial curses, wise women and gods behaving badly in these Indian stories of liberation, love, life, truth and illusion. ‘extraordinary tales for a transfixed audience’ 4 STARS British Theatre Guide

Age Range: 14+

www.emilyhennessey.co.uk

Fifi la Mer
A Journey into French Music from Offenbach to Gainsbourg

An exhilarating musical show that takes you straight to that little café by the seine at different times in history from 1880 to 1970. From Offenbach to Gainsbourg not forgetting Michel Legrand and Edith Piaf. Fifi sings in English and French and plays the accordion while Olly plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone. They are both some of the most respected musicians in the country. Between the tunes Fifi and Olly will chat about the history of the time that made the music what it is and other interesting facts. There are fun audience interaction moments. The safest and most exciting way to travel to France!

Age Range: All ages

www.ohlalamusic.co.uk

Fret and Fiddle

Award-winning musicians Fret and Fiddle present a musical journey of the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli's life. The quartet take you to the early Hot Club days from the swinging Parisian night clubs of the 1920's, through the war years when Grappelli played at the luxurious London hotels such as Claridges, to Stephane's golden years touring into his Eighties. Delight in their renditions of favourites like Jalousie, the famous Tango that Grappelli duetted to Yehudi Menhuin with on the Michael Parkinson Show back in 1971, and relax to the beautiful ballads of Stardust and My Funny Valentine. Tap your toes to Cole Porter's Anything Goes and be transported to those Charleston days and the razzle-dazzle of that swinging fiddle!

Age Range: 6+

www.fretandfiddle.co.uk

GreenMatthews
A Brief History of Music

Beginning in the Middle Ages, ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history. Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes!) GreenMatthews paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and the commonplace. The show combines the vigour of the medieval period, the musical intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque and the pomp and bombast of Victoriana. Add to that the wit of Blackadder and 1066 And All That and the stage is set for a veritable musical feast!

Age Range: 8+

www.greenmatthews.co.uk

Jo Fong & George Orange
The Rest Of Our Lives

**ONLY A FEW TICKETS REMAINING** Specially commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative with funding from Arts Council Wales. Hopefully hopeful, The Rest of Our Lives is a cabaret of life and near death. Join Jo and George for a night of dance, circus and games. The struggle is real. We’re only at the beginning of the end. But we’re all still here. Jo is an old dancer, George an old clown. They are international artists with 100 years of life experience between them. They’ve reached the mid-way point, and now they’re looking at the rest of their lives and wondering, what next? Armed with a soundtrack of floor-fillers, a book of raffle tickets and a sprinkling of eco-friendly glitter. Join them as they negotiate middle-life together with humour, tenderness and outlandish optimism.

Age Range: 14+

Joshua "Vendetta" Nash
Blacklist + Figleaf

Brought ot you in partnership with The Rural Touring Dance Initiative, this is a double bill of shows from one of the UK’s leading Krump dancers. Krump: a form of street dance characterised by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. It’s the Rock and Roll or Heavy Metal of the Hip Hop world, a way of expressing difficult emotions, the ones that get you all twisted up inside. Blacklist is an explosive piece asking how do we cope with inner conflict? Delving into brotherhood, isolation and friendship explored through hip hop, krump and theatre. Fig Leaf asks what does it mean to be a man? And when does masculinity become toxic? Swinging from love and support, to anger and aggression. The dancers fight the urge to compete with one another and instead attempt to create a support network, brotherhood and community bond.

Age Range: 10+

Neil Maya Quartet
1959: The Golden Year of Jazz

After the success of its Brubeck Project for Arts Alive back in 2019 the quartet is proud to present its new show. 1959 is often considered an extremely influential year for jazz with new sub genres beginning plus the release of some of the finest jazz albums ever including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out. The band has played many gigs for rural touring schemes delivering high quality accessible music for all ages to enjoy but with a light hearted approach.

Age Range: All ages

www.neilmayaquartet.co.uk

'Owdyado Theatre
Twisted Tales Vol. 2

Following on from the success of Twisted Tales, this show is a new trilogy of darkly comic ‘tales of the unexpected.’ Twisted Tales 2 brings you more surprising stories of the macabre and mysterious. Deep in space the crew of the Fortuna are searching for extra-terrestrial life but the ship is malfunctioning, the crew are beginning to show signs of a strange infection and time is running out… As acclaimed sci-fi author Edward R Matherson lays on his death bed, a bloody battle of wits is taking place in his kitchen over the secret of the universe… Jamie’s life is in turnaround. He’s lost his job, he’s desperate for love and his only companion is a malfunctioning Alexa unit. She’s supposed to make his life easier. But the question is – who is serving whom? Time, space, kidnapping, torture, the infinity of the universe, the quest for humanity, the desperate search for meaning, the last gasp of a dying star and copious amounts of tea – these themes and more are covered in ‘Owdyado’s hilariously dark Twisted Tales Vol. 2 – three brand new comedy thrillers live on stage! Featuring scripts by Jon Welch, Brett Harvey & Charlotte Bister & Daniel Richards, Twisted Tales Vol.2 by Hall For Cornwall’s Resident Company ‘Owdyado Theatre will have you laughing, crying and gasping for more! There will be 2 intervals during the show: one of 15-20 mins and a second of 10 mins.

Age Range: 14+

www.owdyado.co.uk

Oysland Band
Oysland Klezmer Band

With “compelling depth and authenticity” (DJ Ritu, Resonance FM) award-winning group Oysland re-imagine music from times past, exploring the connections between Klezmer and other folk traditions in Eastern Europe and beyond. Drawing on the Polish and Slovakian roots of its band members they delve into century-old lullabies, exuberant wedding dances and peculiar hay-making stories. Winners of the World Music Network Battle of the Bands 2017, they are a firm feature on the London world music scene, having played at the South Bank Centre, JW3, and The Green Note and received airplay on radio stations including BBC Radio 3.

Age Range: All ages

www.oysland.co.uk

Paulus The Cabaret Geek
Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood

Cabaret Performer & TV Personality, PAULUS (BBC’s All Together Now), enters his 30th year in entertainment with a loving tribute to his idol: the late, great Victoria Wood. Joined on-stage by sought-after Musical Director, and old friend, Michael Roulston, together the two prove what many have known for decades: that it takes two men to do the work of one woman – half as well! “Impeccable comic flair” Time Out PAULUS– Performer, Sarah-Louise Young – Director, Michael Roulston – Performer

Age Range: 12+

https://thecabaretgeek.com/

Pentabus
Jacaranda by Lorna French

AGE SUITABILITY AMENDED TO 14+. SEE BELOW 'Sometimes it feels so exposing just walking in the village. I told Jimmy to ignore it at first, he tried to, but it’s isolating he said, eyes on you, not a word spoken. Even when you meet their eyes they don’t look away. Like they have a right to, like you’re a spectacle, an object.’ Olivia has recently moved into her great uncle’s farmhouse. She’s not local, but she knows her way around. Matty is a gamekeeper, but he doesn’t often tell anyone. He’s wary of newcomers. These unlikely strangers find themselves beside a stream on the longest night of the year. Pentabus and Theatre by the Lake present a brilliant new drama from award-winning playwright Lorna French which explores loss, love, prejudice, race and belonging. Director: Elle While **PLEASE NOTE: Trigger Warning: The play contains reference to child loss & suicide. If you are affected by any of the issues raised in the play & would like to talk to someone, you can call the Samaritans for free, 24hrs a day on 116 123 or the Lullaby Trust on 0808 802 6868.**

Age Range: 14+

www.pentabus.co.uk

Rob Gee
Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit

Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He’s determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It’s a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do. Created by ex-psych nurse Rob Gee (“A witty, skilful storyteller” Chortle), fresh from award-winning North American tour. “Hilarious and heartbreaking” 5 STARS Victoria Times “A remarkable piece of writing… with his shrewd mix of humor and heart, Gee strikes storytelling gold.” Orlando Sentinel

Age Range: 14 +

http://robgee.co.uk

Roving Crows

Roving Crows with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by solid, thumping rhythms and driving, innovative bass. Roving Crows tour extensively across the UK and France taking on injustice and societal imbalance with their lyrics and always creating a vibrant atmosphere with their lively show. Roving Crows comprises; strong lead vocals and 4 part harmonies, guitar, fiddle, percussion and bass

Age Range: All ages

http://rovingcrows.com

Suki Silvertongue
Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups

Lusciously lyrical and sublimely subversive, Suki Silvertongue straddles the worlds of poetry and storytelling, serving up deliciously decadent versions of classic tales as you’ve never heard them before. Journey with Suki into a fantasy realm filled with kick-ass heroines, wondrous creatures, poetic justice and unexpected twists that is as timeless as it is bang up to date. Where traditional tales meet contemporary themes to dance the tango with a rose between gritted teeth. With an a la carte menu featuring such tantalising treats as ‘Rapunzel’s Lady Garden of Love’, ‘Titania’s Bottom’ and ‘Lady Victoria Frankenstein’, you’ll be spoilt for choice and hungry for more! What a performance! Suki Silvertongue is beguiling, engaging, entertaining, intelligent, witty, funny and very, very saucy. Everyone who was there asks weekly when she is coming back. Her performance is spoken word art for grown-ups, and you are guaranteed to laugh and laugh and laugh – Geoff Dixon, The Burston Crown A natural storyteller with a wickedly whimsical view of the world. Book her. I did, and will do so again as soon as humanly possible – Paul Preston-Mills, Programmer for the ‘Adult Creche’ for Culture Works East, Latitude 2017

Age Range: 18+

www.sukisilvertongue.co.uk

Tangram Theatre Company
The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie. Marie Curie lived an extraordinary life, making incredible scientific discoveries in the face of unbelievable odds. This is her story, replete with breathtaking breakthroughs and seriously silly songs. Winner: ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award, Edinburgh Fringe Winner: two Critics’ Circle Awards, Adelaide Fringe “Utterly accessible and engaging ... I was tickled and unexpectedly touched”; 4 STARS Times “It’s made me the most excited I’ve been about science in years.” 5 STARS Broadway Baby

Age Range: Age 7+

www.tangramtheatre.co.uk

The Fetch Theatre
Pedlar's Tales

Join Silver Joan as she weaves a magical spell and draws you into a fantastical world bringing past events bursting into life with music and featuring a host of beautiful puppets. Bite-sized stories contained in a quirky cart have been inspired by fascinating historical documents and objects from Herefordshire Archives. An engaging performance for families and everyone, young or old. Sit down, relax and enjoy the stories as ‘Silver Joan’s’ tales unfold.

Age Range: 5+

www.thefetch.co.uk

The Make Em Ups
Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure.

A riotous improvised spoof chock full of innuendo and lashings of puns, all in the style of the Nation’s favourite author, Enid Blyton. Come and delight in lashings of ginger beer, grab a cheeky tongue sandwich or wrap your lips round a nice spotted dick! Cast yourself back to your childhood in a show that’s utterly unique and spontaneous whilst taking a sideways glance at childhood favourite books like The Famous Five and Mallory Towers. 'The Make Em Ups' (as seen in Austentatious, Showstoppers! And TV’s Doctor Who) invent a hilarious improvised adventure live on the hoof. Performed in vintage costume with music and songs, the show is an hilarious tongue-in-cheek homage.

Age Range: 13+

www.bumperblyton.com

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Summer Festival of Stories & Songs 9-10 July 2021

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