Live Performances

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

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Daniel Llewelyn - Williams
A Regular Little Houdini

Set in the heavily industrialised docklands of South Wales between 1905 and 1913, we follow a boy, obsessed with Houdini. The escapologist visited Wales twice in the Edwardian period sparking huge controversy with his cunning self-promotion stunts. Through magical stories of cyclops, escapism and amazement, the boy conjures up a moving, fantastical slice of history from Daniel's hometown. WINNER: Wales & The World Theatre Award 2018, plus 4 other international awards.

Age Range: 10+

www.aregularlittlehoudini.co.uk

David Gibb
Climb That Tree

Join award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. Children and families will be entranced as he introduces them to his magical musical tree and, as each flower opens, shares a new song for them to sing along with. David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll. Climb That Tree is guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time – this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.

Age Range: 3 - 11 and families

www.davidgibb.com

Emily Hennessey & Sheena Mukherjee
Kali

Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations. Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of all. Demon-slayer, Life-saver, Supreme-Mother, Destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly Awesome. When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali’s time has come… Join storyteller, Emily Hennessey and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee, for a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous, saffron-scented marketplace in between.

Age Range: 14+

www.emilyhennessey.co.uk www.mukherjee.co.uk

Farnham Maltings
Title and Deed

Title and Deed is a monologue delivered by one man known simply as ‘Man’. Will Eno, the celebrated American playwright, has written a haunting, funny, quietly moving examination of what it is to search for ‘home’, that singular place in the world where we can feel complete. A slightly foreign man gathers us together to sort through his surprising experience of that search and shares his story, comparing the odd traditions in his country of birth with the realities of life here A beautiful and poetic evening of story-telling from the team that brought you Brilliance and The Iranian Feast

Age Range: 14+

www.farnhammaltings.com

Fol Espoir
Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

It's 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen has just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempts to explain the rules of British life. “Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience… an unforgettable experience.” The Stage

Age Range: Adults and families

www.folespoir.co.uk

Helen Wood
The O.S. Map Fan Club

Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. This Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show takes a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble and celebrates the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. Helen introduces key characters from Ordnance Survey history, grapples with a selection of rambling gadgets and shares out the Kendal Mint Cake. . ***** ‘Endearing, sincere, wholesome and zany. Comic genius.’ (Everything Theatre)

Age Range: Suitable 12+ but mainly adults

www.helen-wood.co.uk

Ian Sherwood

Armed with a saxophone, guitar, looping pedal and a voice that won him a Canadian Folk Music Award for contemporary singer of the year, Sherwood has charmed his way across Canada and the UK with his unique brand of genre-shifting music and stage show. A natural storyteller with a timeless sound, his influences are some of the best folk/pop/country singer-songwriters; from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Petty to Ryan Adams.

Age Range: Adults and older children

www.iansherwood.com

Lila Dance
The Hotel Experience

A man checks into a hotel the night before his wedding, unaware that things may not be as they seem. As the clock ticks the walls around him seem to blur and dissolve as fragments of memories tumble into the room in the form of past lovers. They fall from the ceilings, crawl out from under the bed and step out of wardrobes to face him once more with full force and in vivid colours. The Hotel Experience becomes a night of doubt, hope, crisis, and unexpected encounters. When the sun rises, he has an important decision to make. Steiner Academy students make a guest appearance alongside four mesmerising dancers in this extraordinary night of dance and live music.

Age Range: 8+

www.liladance.co.uk

Luke Wright
Down the Pub with Luke Wright

Flamboyant, political and riotously funny, Luke Wright creates inventive poems with loads of heart. Part Essex wide boy, part dandy fop, he writes from the sidelines about small-town tragedies and national farce, then performs his work with snarl and spit. Since 2006 he has written and performed nine spoken word shows and two verse plays, touring them to top literary and arts festivals. Alongside his own shows, Luke is John Cooper-Clark’s regular support act, performing at venues such as The London Palladium and The Palace Theatre in Manchester. He’s won a 4Talent Award, a Stage Award, a Fringe First Award, a Saboteur Award, and and NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Neil Maya Quartet
The Brubeck Project

Let this superb quartet immerse you in the cool sounds of the world famous Dave Brubeck Quartet. Playing such classics as Blue Rondo Ala Turk, Unsquare Dance and Take Five, the band will take you back to 1959, a golden year for jazz. 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: Those who remember Dave Brubeck!

www.neilmayaquartet.co.uk

Northern Harmony
Northern Harmony in Concert

An American/ international choir who sing the most fantastic range of harmony songs from different cultures and centuries from all around the world. Songs are introduced with interesting background information, and sung with passion. Northern Harmony tour internationally and their visits to Arts Alive are eagerly anticipated. Harmonies to make your toes tingle!

Age Range: age 10 +

Orchestra of the Swan
Romantic Perfection

One of four ‘Rural Touring’ concerts in 2018-19, promoted in partnership with The Courtyard, Hereford. Richard Strauss' 'conversation piece' from his opera 'Cappricio'; Tchaikovsky's dazzling, romantic 'Souvenir de Florence,' and Mozart's gorgeous Sinfonia Concertante for violin and piano.

Age Range: Adults and older children

Orchestra of the Swan
An English Idyll

One of four ‘Rural Touring’ concerts in 2018-19, promoted in partnership with The Courtyard, Hereford. From Holst and Elgar to Britten and Malcolm Arnold, including the irrepressible folk tunes of Holst's 'St Paul's Suite' and the pathos and beauty of Walton's film music for 'Henry V.'

Age Range: Adults and older children

Orchestra of the Swan
Battles, Beauty and Beasts

One of four ‘Rural Touring’ concerts in 2018-19, promoted in partnership with The Courtyard, Hereford. Bach, Corelli, Marcello, Biber and Vivaldi, including Bach's beautiful concerto for oboe and violin and visionary works by Corelli and Heinrich Biber.

Ragged Edge Productions
The Chef Show

A fusion of play and cookery demonstration, an award winning rural touring show.Two actors play all the roles in the story of a busy night in the local curry house. They are also joined by a chef from your very own local restaurant - offering a spicy cookery demonstration. Includes a chance to share food and conversation with your local chef and the cast. A show that will be deliciously entertaining for all the family!

Age Range: 10+

raggededgeproductions.wordpress.com

Ruth E. Cockburn
Love Letters from Blackpool

A comic theatre piece about love and Blackpool, commissioned by The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, and subsequently nominated for Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and Greater Manchester Fringe, uses found love letters, original songs, poetry and audience interaction to answer the questions… What is love? and Is Blackpool still lovable? ‘The audience left the venue with a smile on their faces… she’s a real talent.’ ****One4Review **** Broadway Baby

Age Range: 14+ and adults

www.ruthecockburn.co.uk

Ryan Cook

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan's songbook reminisces the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. Ryan has toured as an opener for Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, & Travis Tritt. His acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original folk & country ballads and vintage music from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Age Range: Adults and older children

www.ryancook.ca

Stephanie Morin-Robert Performance society
Blindside

In a feat of riveting comedy, one-eyed storytelling champion and cancer survivor Stephanie Morin-Robert recounts her life as a feisty 7 year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower. With the help of her cat, a pair of sunglasses, and an undesirable superpower, she soon discovers that she has what it takes to fight back and come to terms with her disability. FIVE STARS “PHENOMENAL. NOT TO BE MISSED.” - InsideOttawa FIVE STARS “INTOXICATING CRESCENDO OF LAUGHTER” -TheaterInLondon

Age Range: All ages

http://www.stephaniemorinrobert.com

The Devil's Violin Company
Stolen

Daniel Morden transports you to the Land of No Return, his storytelling served by the hypnotic string accompaniment of Sarah Moody and Oliver Wilson-Dickson. The ensemble will take you on an epic journey, through a dreamlike land where you will encounter a king turned to stone, an old woman living in the claw of a giant cockerel and a glass man filled with wasps. The essence of all cinema, theatre and literature is a gripping tale well told. By weaving traditional stories into an epic narrative The Devil’s Violin returns us to that essence. This is a tale of lost loves, bravery, and above all else, hope.

Age Range: 10+

www.thedevilsviolin.co.uk

Time & Again Theatre Company
Greyhounds

The year is 1941 and rehearsals for Henry V are underway... Greyhounds entwines Shakespeare's famous story of ‘warlike Harry’ with the trials and tribulations of small village life during the Second World War. From within the wooden O of the local village hall, where every scene is set, the residents of Shuttlefield rehearse, gossip and indulge in some seriously bad acting as the night of the performance draws ever closer…

Age Range: Adults and older children

www.timeandagaintc.wordpress.com

Undersong Productions
Seek, Find, Speak

An outdoor theatre performance for all ages led by a charm of goldfinches, Seek Find Speak features stunning installations of Jackie Morris’s golden illustrations and Robert Macfarlane's words. Spells wrapped around trees, words to be discovered in the woodland, and lines of spells perched on branches like starlings. Perfect for adults and children to share together.

Age Range: age 7+