Live Performances

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

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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+ if booked as kids show)

www.boxoffrogsimpro.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

Flying Bridge Theatre Ltd
Horse Country

‘Directed by Mark Bell (The Play that Goes Wrong), Sam and Bob are trying to play cards but have lost the nine of diamonds. Downing shots of bourbon and talking nonsense, about commerce, California, redemption, the good ol’ US of A, genocide, Hitler, sea lions and stuff like that. A modern day Vladimir and Estragon who aren’t waiting for Godot – nor for the audience to keep up – the play is a laugh-out-loud anarchic and surreal comedy that surprises and provokes in spades… or the nine of diamonds…

Age Range: 16+

www.flyingbridgetheatre.co.uk

George Egg
Anarchist Cook

George Egg is a comedian who cooks in hotels. A life of touring has taught him to be self-sufficient. Come see him make a three course meal using the appliances in his room, irons, kettles, hairdryers and even the trouser press. Comedy and food like you’ve never seen it before. “a genius… he is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy” Scotland on Sunday

Age Range: 14+

anarchistcook.info

Lost Dog
Juliet and Romeo

Juliet & Romeo reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least. With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity. A humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity.

Age Range: 13+

www.lostdogdance.co.uk

Louise Jordan
The Hard Way

‘The Hard Way’: the story of Hannah Mitchell. From a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands to Manchester city magistrate. The Hard Way is a one-woman show of storytelling with song by acclaimed musician and composer Louise Jordan. With two weeks formal schooling behind her and through her sheer force of character, Hannah escapes domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a magistrate.

Age Range: 14+

www.louisejordan.co.uk

Luca Silvestrini's Protein
The Little Prince

Welcome to the incredible story of The Little Prince, retold in this dance and theatre show by a pilot stranded in the desert. Find out how the Little Prince leaves behind his own tiny asteroid and beloved rose and journeys through the universe, coming face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups! Upon landing on planet Earth, the Little Prince is welcomed by a mysterious snake and a truly wise and friendly fox before encountering the lone pilot. Together they discover the power and beauty of friendship and the complexity of love. Based on the famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Protein’s award-winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. Protein’s invites us to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child. “St-Exupéry’s enigmatic tale ...delivered with quirky charm.” The Observer

Age Range: 5+

www.proteindance.co.uk

Nick Cassenbaum
Bubble Schmeisis

Nick Cassenbaum invites you into the warmth of the Canning Town Schvitz, East London’s last authentic bath house. Amongst the steam, ritual and live Klezmer, Nick will take you on a journey to find the place he belongs. Schlaping through summer camps, barber shops and Spurs games… will he find what he was looking for? Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home and getting schmeised (washed) by old men. Followed by a second half of a fabulous live Klezmer music set.

Age Range: 14+

www.nickcassenbaum.com

Open Sky Theatre
The Disappearing Act

Blending new-writing and visual physical theatre, Open Sky tell the tale of magician’s assistant Edie Rose. On the eve of her sixtieth year Edie Rose is finally hosting her own show. To assist she conjures up two younger versions of herself. Together the three Edies (aged 20,40 and 60) re-examine the loves, hopes and losses of her life using séance, mentalism and dark, mysterious magic. The Disappearing Act is an alchemy of perspectives: the hopefulness of youth, the wisdom of experience and the disappearing act of ageing

Age Range: age 12+

www.openskyahead.co.uk

Orchestra of the Swan
In Memoriam

String and wind principals from OOTS perform English and French music from the first half of the 20th century. Maurice Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin is based on the structure of a traditional baroque suite with each movement bearing a dedicaton to a friend of the composer who died fighting in the First World War. Composed between the wars in 1932 Finzi's Interlude for Oboe and Strings possesses all the intimate, personal and melancholic qualities of his immediately recognisable style. London-born Arnold Bax developed a passionate interest in Ireland, it people and its complex political situation. He was deeply shocked by the outcome of the Easter Rising in 1916. In Memoriam was originally titled An Irish Elegy and expresses his personal grief and depth of feeling about the appalling tragedy. String quartet with flute, oboe, cor anglais and harp

Age Range: adults and older children

www.orchestraoftheswan.org

Orchestra of the Swan
Petite Symphonie

Three elegant, delicate and sweet little works in one evening. They move from Schubert’s Octet, a winning combination of joviality, delicate melancholy, technical finesse and rhythmic dash, to the chamber version of Mozart's Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, culminating in Gounod’s Petite Symphonie that exhibits a Classical clarity of form and phrase structure with shades of Romantic harmony and expressivity. A glorious opportunity to see the Principals sharing the spotlight.

Age Range: adults and older children

www.orchestraoftheswan.org

Puppet State Theatre
The Man Who Planted Trees

This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale, touring since 2006, is a unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling. 'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown ups. Terrific.' (Guardian). 'It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to adults and children as this magical show' ***** (Scotsman).

Age Range: Adults & children age 7+

www.puppetstate.com

Quick Duck Theatre
Yours Sincerely

What happens when Will Jackson accidentally steals 300 second class stamps from the Post Office? Storytelling and lipsync cabaret collide in this queer coming of age comedy about the complications of 21st century communication. Yours Sincerely was originally produced by the Birmingham REP before running at VAULT Festival 2019. Praise for Will Jackson’s work: “Wonderful, life-affirming, quirky and constantly appealing." - The Birmingham Post

Age Range: 13+

www.facebook.com/QuickDuckTheatre

Rhubarb Theatre
Henry Moon and the Greasy Spoon

Flo’s café is no tea at the Ritz, in fact it’s a little bit shabby, but Flo is always ready with a welcoming smile. Only problem is, where are the customers? All seems doomed for Flo until one cold windy day a strange old chap blows through the doors, bursting with imaginative stories! Could Henry Moon be the answer to Flo’s problems?

Age Range: 5+

www.rhubarbtheatre.co.uk

Sadhana Dance
Under My Skin

Thanks must go to the national Rural Touring Dance Initiative and Arts Alive for enabling us to bring to Ledbury this amazing collaboration between choreographer, dramatist, costume designer, poet, audio visual artists, lighting designer and, yes, an eminent professor in surgical education! Sadhana Dance Company specialise in the exploration of science through dance. Drawing from the ancient classical Southern Indian dance form of Bharata Natyam, three highly skilled dancers invite the audience to share an insider’s perspective on the intricacies of the operating theatre, where detail, timing and precisely controlled exchanges are not just an artistic goal, but a matter of life or death. This is going to be rather special: do not miss it. An enchanting and very unexpected dance, and you won’t think of surgery in the same way again - Sanjoy Roy, Pulse Magazine Mesmerising and thought provoking. A wonderful piece of dance - Audience member

Age Range: 8+

www.sadhanadance.com

Sarah Corbett
Very Modern

Inspired by my great aunts catch phrase “very modern” this show is a physical, visual, comic story telling about the rise and fall of the modernist architectural ideal for living. Dilys has moved from the two up two down terraces to the modern estate. ‘Homes, hospital, library, park and the lido...they’ve thought of everything!” It’s symbolic of a better brighter future. At the pool side we meet the community and through a series of swimming thoughts, journey through a life in the modern era of bold architectural aspirations, forward thinking and social ethos of post war Britain. "Very Modern is a beautifully formed and funny show that engages both politically and aesthetically. It asks searing questions about community responsibility and shines a light on the profound connection between our built environment and well-being. An intriguing and moving production, that also leaves you longing for the cold water tonic of the lido experience." Fiona Matthews, Producer, Theatre Orchard.

Age Range: Adults and 12+

www.sarahcorbett.org

Spiltmilk Dance
Desert Islands Flicks

Desert Island Flicks sees two leading ladies reimagine, remake and spoof the most memorable movie moments of all time, taking on the lead roles, stunts, and special effects! From timeless classics to modern marvels, the show celebrates how iconic characters and thrilling plot twists have captured imaginations the world over, bringing people together to laugh, cry, and cheer. Somewhere between a dance performance, sketch show, a night at the movies and an epic game of charades, Desert Island Flicks shines a spotlight on life lessons learnt from the big screen, all set to a sensational soundtrack.

Age Range: Suitable for all ages

www.spiltmilkdance.co.uk

Tangram Theatre Company
The Origin of Species: a Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin

Full title: The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: being a Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882); Tangram Theatre Company! This international hit tells the remarkable story of how Charles Darwin discovered the secrets of evolution. It’s packed with big ideas, terrible puns, brilliant physical comedy and six cracking original songs. “Remarkably inventive, thoroughly entertaining…Science can rarely have been so fascinating and never so much fun.” - The Stage “Grown-ups will love it. Kids will adore it. A gem.” Broadway Baby

Age Range: Ages 7+

www.tangramtheatre.co.uk

The Busquitos
Wicky Wacky Woo

The Busquitos play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music, sung with an impressive Louis Armstrong like hoarse voice, and dazzling, funny entertainment that will put a smile on everyone's face! And if the time is right, they will mingle, wireless and play a serenade, organize a limbo- or line-dance or get the audience to sing along to one of their catchy jazzy tunes. Happy swingin' music for all ages!

Age Range: All ages

www.busquitos.com

The Peas

‘The Peas’ are the masters at taking your guilty pop pleasures from the 80’s and 90’s and giving them a classy reworking. From Rick Astley to The Spice Girls they have a set list that could make some people shudder but…..smile!!With the use of kazoo's, mouth trumpets, melodica, beat box, vocal synthesiser, double bass, acoustic guitar and vocal harmony…The Peas are….unique.

Age Range: 7+

www.thepeasduo.com
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