Live Performances

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

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Box Tale Soup
The Turn of the Screw

“..there are depths.. the more I see in it, the more I fear..” At an isolated estate, a young governess begins to fear there is something darker in the depths of Bly House. Award-winning Box Tale Soup presents a new adaptation of Henry James’ disturbing story, featuring puppetry and a haunting original soundtrack. Edinburgh Fringe 2018 sell-out show. “They are wonderful.” The Times “..beautifully crafted..” Fringe Guru

Age Range: Adults and 12+

www.boxtalesoup.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

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

James Wilton Dance
Leviathan

Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction. Multi-award-winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick. Featuring a cast of 6, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, Leviathan will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul. Leviathan is man versus nature; be careful what you fish for.

Age Range: All ages

www.jameswiltondance.org.uk

Kepow Theatre Company
On the Edge

Created and starring Kevin Tomlinson (Sunday Times Playwright Award) and Abi Hood (The Bill, ITV). 5 star rated comedy theatre show that has been seen in over 10 countries on 4 continents; exploring all those moments in life when people find themselves "on the edge. Falling in love, leaving home, getting a job, bungee jumping, you name it, this show explores it!

Age Range: 11+

www.kepowtheatre.co.uk

Kepow Theatre Company
Whose Story is it Anyway?

Starring Kevin Tomlinson (winner of the Sunday Times Playwright Award) and Abi Hood (The Bill, ITV). Exciting stories and scenes are spontaneously created, based on audience suggestions and donated objects. After the scene, the audience scores the story. If they like it, the actors are rewarded. If the audience don't like it, the actors are punished!

Age Range: 11+

www.kepowtheatre.co.uk

Little Bulb Theatre/Farnham Malthings
Mountain Music

When pioneers from the British Isles came to settle in the Appalachian Mountains they brought with them, in their invisible baggage, songs from "the old country" which took on a new life amidst the new land. Join award winning Little Bulb Theatre as they weave a tapestry both historical and fantastical in an unforgettable evening of story and song. Told with sumptuous three-part harmonies and a foot stomping string band, we invite you on a journey of musical migration to the birth of what we now call "Country Music". 'boundlessly enthusiastic, insanely optimistic and inexpressibly charming' Lyn Gardner on Little Bulb

Age Range: 11+

www.farnhammaltings.com

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

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.

Age Range: adults

www.lukewright.co.uk

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
Celtic Christmas Strings

Máire and Chris’s alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and tour worldwide. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in their characteristically heart-warming style – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

Age Range: 9+

www.maireandchris.com

My Sweet Patootie
My Sweet Patootie in Concert

Tall tales and vintage swing collide in My Sweet Patootie’s non- stop acoustic show from Canada. This dynamic trio features Canadian Folk Music Award winners singer-violinist Sandra Swannell and singer-fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Terry Young along with Devonshire’s ricky-tick percussionist John Jackson. The band’s name, 1920’s North American slang meaning “hot dame” or “sassy sweetheart” captures their original songwriting’s vintage flavour and their cheeky approach to creating memorable, uplifting performances.

Age Range: Adults and families

www.mysweetpatootie.com

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

Oddbodies
King Lear

This inventive, irreverent and highly accessible take on King Lear has all of the trademark physical ingenuity and visual flair associated with Oddbodies. Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, Lear’s demise is presented to you from the point of view of his ever-loyal fool. Blindness, betrayal, delusion, deceit, love, loyalty, lust and greed –it’s all here in this fast paced, funny, and poignant production.

Age Range: 14+

www.oddbodies.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 Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, arranged for wind instruments, 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

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

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 loveable? ****One4Review **** Broadway Baby "Like a series of love stories under a microscope - hand written letters and sneaky kisses under the pier, plus some interesting facts you never knew about this iconic seaside town."

Age Range: 14+ and adults

www.ruthecockburn.co.uk

Sadhana Dance
Under My Skin

Under My Skin is a show about surgery and operating theatres. Three highly skilled dancers invite the audience to share an insider’s perspective on surgical procedures, where intricate detail, timing and precisely controlled exchanges are not just an artistic goal, but a matter of life or death. Under My Skin is a neatly stitched together evening of highly physical dance, medicine and science, which explores the unseen world of the hospital operating theatre and lifts the veil on a closed, clinical and tightly choreographed world. Developed in association with a leading surgeon and professor, Under My Skin draws on the classical Indian dance technique Bharata Natyam and real-life surgical procedures. “This is 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

She'Koyokh Quartet
First Dance on Second Avenue

Described by The Guardian as “one of the finest British-based exponents of global music”, She’Koyokh is a virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band playing klezmer and music from the Balkans and Turkey. She'Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning "nice one!". They are currently touring their fourth album, First Dance on Second Avenue, which was nominated in the 2018 Songlines World Music Awards.

Age Range: All ages

www.shekoyokh.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 Bone Ensemble
Gulp!

Maya LOVES water! Swimming in the sea, splashing in her paddling pool, squirting her sister with a water pistol… But, one summer day, she gets sucked up the bathroom tap - SQUOOSH! - and along the water pipes! WHOOAAHHHH! Maya goes on an exciting journey, whooshing through oceans, plunging into rivers and floating in clouds, encountering a flood, a drought and fascinating people and creatures. Gulp! is an interactive story for all the family dripping with fun!

Age Range: 7+

www.theboneensemble.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 Fetch Theatre
Pedlar's Tales

The storyteller weaves a magical spell and draws you into a fantastical world bringing past events bursting into life in this pop up touring show with music, 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. The cart also contains a ‘magical’ box, to collect stories from you, the audience. An engaging performance for families suitable for indoor and outdoor venues, festivals and community events. Sit down, relax and enjoy the stories as ‘Silver Joan’s’ tales unfold.

Age Range: 5+

www.thefetch.co.uk