Live Performances

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

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52 Skidoo
The Joint is Jumpin'

The Joint is Jumpin’ is primarily a music show that incorporates elements of comedy and theatre, set in a 1920’s Harlem rent party where 52 Skidoo perform authentic music from these parties and meet several characters along the way. Bringing back to life the forgotten era of prohibition, speakeasies, Vaudeville, tin-pan alley, rent parties, stride piano and hot jazz.

Age Range: Mainly adult

www.52-skidoo.com

Alison Neil
Mrs Beeton, My Sister

Mrs Beeton, a fat old cook? Far from it.... but she was a real person. Award-winning playwright Alison Neil provides a lively retelling of the entertaining and moving story of Isabella Beeton's surprising life, and how she came to write the world-famous "Book of Household Management". "Lively, humorous and engaging...not to be missed! PEWSEY HERITAGE CENTRE "A very entertaining performance and a sell-out audience!" TENBY ARTS FESTIVAL

Age Range: 12+

www.alisonneil.co.uk

Box Tale Soup
The Wind in the Willows

From the peaceful pleasures of the river to the fearful frights of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr.Toad. A beautiful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic by award winning Box Tale Soup, featuring handmade puppets and a charming original score. (Adapted by Box Tale Soup, commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham) “Their beautifully crafted micro-shows are like collector’s items” The Stage Winner - ‘Best Show for Families’, Buxton Fringe (Alice)

Age Range: 5+

www.boxtalesoup.co.uk

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre
Dinosaur Detectives

Dinosaur Detectives follows a fascinating journey surrounding the first fossil finds of Mary Anning, William Buckland and Gideon Mantell. Their finds changed the face of history when they discovered bones of creatures that became known in Victorian times as Dinosaurs. A performance with Rod Puppets, shadow play and large scale projections shows the fascination, fun and the conflict that surrounds the search for ‘Dinosaurs’. Informative, entertaining,and captivating will appeal to children and adult with a bonus 'fossil table' at the end

Age Range: 5+

www.clydebuiltpuppet.co.uk

Faith Brackenbury
The KnifeAngel Project

Knife Angel is a sculpture by artist Alfie Bradley. Faith Brackenbury came across it completely by chance, when it was still under construction at The British Ironworks Centre near Oswestry. She was so inspired by it, the awesome beauty and tragedy in equal measure, and the campaign alongside it, that she found herself writing some music that became a four-movement composition for jazz sextet. The huge sculpture (26 ft high and weighing 10 tons) is made from amnesty knives that Alfie cleaned and blunted himself, collected personally from constabularies all over the UK for the campaign ‘Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife’, against violence and aggression. Alongside the darkness of the subject, there is a determined positive message of hope. Some of the blades have been inscribed with names and messages by relatives of victims of knife crime as an expression of remembrance of their lost loved ones. The massive sculpture sends a powerful message and is under petition to be installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2017. Violinist Faith Brackenbury is well-known regionally for her collaborations with John Neilson, as well as working with a range of musicians on the jazz scene.

Age Range: all ages

http://brackenburymusic.uk/faiths-other-projects/

Farnham Maltings
Brilliance

1963, winter. Daisy places her hand on the switch, presses it down, and life is never the same again. Long after its arrival in the city, the slow process of rural electrification is starting to illuminate every corner and crevice of village life. As the dark evenings hold us in, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble electric light bulb allows us to gather and sing long into the night.

Age Range: 10+

www.farnhammaltings.com

Francesca Millican Slater
My Dearest Girls - The Letters Book

Discovered in the Shropshire Archives, a book of letters sent during 1917-1920 between a group of six young Shropshire women reveals their everyday lives as farmers, office workers, factory hands, nurses and teachers. This document has directly inspired and informed this show. There is gossip and hint of scandal, reprimands and reprisals, tales of dancing for royalty, fiancés on the frontline and how to feed 100 chickens while on rations. Warm and witty story telling combining character, live music and a touch of cabaret. Adults and teenagers.

Age Range: age 12+

www.francescamillicanslater.co.uk

Hotbuckle Productions
Wuthering Heights

‘Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same’. When Cathy’s father brings home an orphaned Heathcliff, the effect will echo for generations. Emily Bronte’s only novel is a timeless Gothic classic of passionate love, revenge and despair. Shropshire-based Hotbuckle Productions – ‘Perfect theatre with seemingly no effort at all’ (BBC Radio Shropshire) - bring their unique magic to this powerful and emotional story.

Age Range: 8+

www.hotbuckleproductions.co.uk

Living Spit
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There's no escaping that. Stu McLoughlin doesn't look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go. After their previous historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits end. Then they hit upon an idea that could change everything... With original music, embroidery and historical hysteria, this show is an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history that you'll never forget. 'A hugely enjoyable evening of daft comedy' – Venue 'Hysterically funny…left me with aching cheeks from laughing so much' – StageWon

Age Range: 16 +

www.livingspit.co.uk

Monstro
Bookstory

It’s the story of some books. In a library. But this is no ordinary library. It’s Brian’s library: a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go…But one day Brian changes and the library goes quiet. What’s going on? The books had better stiffen their spines, to get to the bottom of this mystery, they may have to check themselves out…

Age Range: 5+

https://monstro.uk/

Remi Harris / Yardbird Arts
Remi Harris Trio

Gypsy Swing, Jazz and Blues. The Remi Harris Trio take Gypsy Swing characteristics and infuse them with influences from Jazz, Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Funk, World Music and more. They play an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Peter Green and more. The show features Remi on a variety of acoustic and electric guitars accompanied by a hot club rhythm section of acoustic guitar and double bass, and it includes solo, duet and trio playing interspersed with Remi's commentary about the history of the music and the guitars he plays. Remi and his trio have toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.​

Age Range: All ages

www.remiharris.com

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” 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

Tangram Theatre Company
Team Viking

When James’s best friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer, his last wish was to have a full viking burial. This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting and outlandish story of how James actually gave his best mate the send-off he wanted. A critically acclaimed, comic ode to death and friendship – told through storytelling, comedy, theatre and live music. ★★★★★ ‘Heart-lifting and incredibly moving... joyous’ The Stage

Age Range: 14+

www.tangramtheatre.co.uk

The Bone Ensemble
Where's My Igloo Gone?

Oolik is an ordinary girl who goes on an extraordinary journey... Sitting in her igloo, a drop of water falls on Oolik’s head. Then another! Is her home melting? Join Oolik as she sets out on a journey to find help. On her way she meets some exciting friends – including YOU! Where’s My Igloo Gone? is a family show with beautiful live music and a great story. It’s fun and interactive, featuring striking costumes and design, and staged in the round so everyone can see and take part.

Age Range: 5+

www.theboneensemble.co.uk

The Cajun Roosters

Cajun Roosters Trio play the music of the Louisiana swamplands. With original arrangements and self-penned songs they've taken the Louisiana music into fresh territories, creating a sound that's uniquely their own. With accordions, fiddle, guitar and vocals they create an uplifting sound that has led to headline appearances all over Europe. Band leader Chris Hall has recorded and played with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Kate Bush, Bill Wyman and Seth Lakeman so you can be assured you are in safe hands. Expect Cajun music served with a side order of southern swamp blues, and deep fried Louisiana country.

Age Range: Age 13+

www.accessallareas.info/artist/62/cajun-roosters.htm

The Churchfitters
The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker

The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. A mouthwatering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties - and terrible jokes as well!

Age Range: 5+

www.churchfitters.com

The Fugitives

A funny, uplifting group with brilliant musicianship, top-notch songwriting, and complex vocal harmonies. Another great group touring as part of Arts Alive’s ‘Canadian Season’, with nominations for Western Canadian’s 2014 Roots Album of the Year and Canadian Folk Award’s Vocal Group of the Year. They’ve opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie and played Glastonbury in 2014 - now enjoy them in your village hall! They have been described as "The missing link between Leonard Cohen and the Pogues", whilst CBC said: “This show is simply brilliant.”

Age Range: All ages

www.fugitives.ca

Uchenna Dance
The Head Wrap Diaries

Hair – worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids – is the subject of The Head Wrap Diaries, a funny and uplifting dance theatre performance. It’s an interactive show set in a hair salon about people, and their ongoing relationship with hair. Mixing dance, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, the performance venue is transformed into a Be-U-Tiful hair salon, with wig stands and chairs set around a performing space. Audience members are welcomed by stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud, thinking about your own (and everyone else’s!) hair while you learn a thing or two about afro-hair, straight from the hairdresser’s chair. This exciting dance experience features a sizzling soundtrack of sounds from 90s R’n’B to traditional Ghanaian pop music.

Age Range: All ages

www.uchennadance.com