Sat 9th April 2016 8pm
Creating an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland blend with her Scottish roots and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene, Namvula crosses boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, transporting listeners into different worlds whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.
Namvula is backed by a stellar band of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including Mercury-nominated bassist Liran Donin and saxophonist Chris Williams, Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr and guitarist Jack Ross.
“A true original…****” – The Guardian, “Exuberant, poetic and uplifting.” – The Sunday Times, “…her songs sparkle…****” – The Financial Times
My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book
Sat 20th Feb 2016 8pm
Francesca Millican-Slater creates a brand new show based on the real letters sent between a group of six Shropshire women between 1917-1920.
Against a background of war the women tell each other stories of their everyday life; as farmers, office workers, factory hands, nurses and teachers. There is gossip and hint of scandal, reprimands and reprisals, tales of dancing for royalty, fiancé’s on the frontline and how to feed 100 chickens while on rations.
By combining character, music hall influenced song & lyrical story telling Francesca invites the audience to meet, hear and imagine themselves within the lives and friendships of these women.
“A rising star” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Sun 13th Dec 2015
This is the same theatre group who performed Northanger Abbey for us last season. This production was the winner of the Buxton Fringe festival’s “Best Show for Families”, featuring a dozen colourful handmade puppets, a beautiful set that unfolds from a vintage trunk and magical original music, this is a constantly inventive and refreshing take on Carroll’s classic. Young (4+) and old alike will find magic in Wonderland. The only danger is, you may not want to leave
‘Best Show for Families’ Winner – Buxton Fringe 2014
“..endlessly enjoyable..” – A Younger Theatre
Sun 8th Nov 2015
This nail-biting, side-splitting true story of Alcock and Brown and the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight – took to the skies at Leicester Comedy Festival with full houses, appreciative audiences and glowing reviews, It’s a very funny, hands on hips, chin jutting out into the sunset look at old fashioned British heroism and epic boys’ own daring do in the face of insurmountable odds and near certain death.
Wonderfully entertaining….has the makings of a West-End hit.’–The Times
‘An up, up and away fringe hit! Spiffing perfection.’ – The Daily Telegraph
Sun 11th Oct 2015
This two-hander for voice and piano conjures up the atmosphere of a 1950s New York night-club and mixes songs with spoken word. Audiences describe Sarah’s voice as having an extraordinary range of tones, and her delivery as impeccable, witty and intelligent.
“Cool, elegant, immaculate.” ★★★★★ – The Observer
“The excellent Sarah Moule…a fine voice and a great talent.” – Russell Davies, BBC Radio 2
Sun 29 March 2015 8pm All ages
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound with an interesting and wide range of instruments. Ashley Dow on a variety of guitars, ukulele and vocals and Deborah Dow on harmonica, washboard, percussion and backing vocals
soon have audience’s feet tapping.
Their repertoire is 20s and 40s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, original compositions and many other regional styles. Touring non-stop Rag Mama Rag have played at many major festivals in Europe and beyond.
‘There is absolutely no doubt about their calibre! A must see!’ – Dorchester Arts Centre
Sat 31 January 2015 8:00 pm Age 14+
This play is about faith, love and the meaning of life as viewed through the eyes of ‘Spoonface’, an eight year old autistic girl diagnosed with cancer. It is a monologue that is in turn funny, intensely moving, profound and above all uplifting.
Originally written as a play for radio, by Lee Hall (writer of the West End hit Billy Elliott),
Spoonface Steinberg features numerous recordings sung by ‘La Davina’, Maria Callas.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and winning Lee Hall several awards, the audio version sold
35,000 copies on its release.
’… terrific and measured … a powerful performance that is never indulgent, sentimental or exploitative’ – British Theatre Guide