Live Performances

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

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ALAW
World Class Music from Wales

Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion - the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the performance

Age Range: All ages

www.alaw-band.com

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+ kids show) - see Extra Event Info below

www.boxoffrogsimpro.co.uk

Clementines Live Arts
Ernie's Journey

Ernie's Journey is a magical circus theatre adventure for family audiences. A combination of story-telling, physical theatre, circus, illusion, puppetry and a live concert harp score will nurture the inner child within anyone! This show is particularly enchanting for 4-11 year-olds but the highskill circus tricks will amaze even the most cynical teenagers! A young boy sets off one day in search of happiness. He doesn't find it! Or does he?

Age Range: Age 4-11. Families. Everyone

https://clementineslivearts.co.uk/

David Mynne
The Canterbury Tales

From the company that brought you 'A Christmas Carol', 'Dracula' and 'The Odyssey' comes a one-man performance of 'The Canterbury Tales'. Revered as one of the most important works in English literature, 'The Canterbury Tales' paints an ironic and critical portrait of English society in the middle-ages. All of life is here in these few bawdy, funny, serious and sometimes shocking, short stories. Experience a journey down the foul and fetid footpaths of fourteenth-century England, told with the usual irreverence, wit and silliness! There will be middle-ages goings-on and nonsense. There may be a codpiece! There will, no doubt, be some medieval swearing! This is Chaucer... but not as you've ever seen it!

Age Range: 12+

www.mynne.com

Fret and Fiddle

Award-winning musicians Fret and Fiddle present a musical journey of the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli's life. The quartet take you to the early Hot Club days from the swinging Parisian night clubs of the 1920's, through the war years when Grappelli played at the luxurious London hotels such as Claridges, to Stephane's golden years touring into his Eighties. Delight in their renditions of favourites like Jalousie, the famous Tango that Grappelli duetted to Yehudi Menhuin with on the Michael Parkinson Show back in 1971, and relax to the beautiful ballads of Stardust and My Funny Valentine. Tap your toes to Cole Porter's Anything Goes and be transported to those Charleston days and the razzle-dazzle of that swinging fiddle!

Age Range: 6+

www.fretandfiddle.co.uk

GreenMatthews
A Brief History of Music

Beginning in the Middle Ages, ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history. Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes!) GreenMatthews paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and the commonplace. The show combines the vigour of the medieval period, the musical intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque and the pomp and bombast of Victoriana. Add to that the wit of Blackadder and 1066 And All That and the stage is set for a veritable musical feast!

Age Range: 8+

www.greenmatthews.co.uk

Harp and a Monkey
The Victorians: Songs, Stories and More

A brand new show from the award-winning modern folk music and storytelling outfit Harp and a Monkey. The trio have revived songs of the Victorian era (popular, music hall, folk, work and street songs) and reworked them for contemporary ears. The songs have been chosen to shed light on lesser known aspects of Victorian life - from the poignant to the humorous. The stories behind the tunes are delivered by the band’s singer and raconteur Martin Purdy, an acclaimed historian, author and broadcaster. Talented multi-instrumentalists and long-standing friends, the trio guarantee a heart-warming performance of foot-tapping tunes, great conversation and laughter suitable for all ages...

Age Range: 5+

www.harpandamonkey.com

Jo Fong & George Orange
The Rest Of Our Lives

Specially commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative with funding from Arts Council Wales Hopefully hopeful, The Rest of Our Lives is a cabaret of life and near death. Join Jo and George for a night of dance, circus and games. The struggle is real. We’re only at the beginning of the end. But we’re all still here. Jo is an old dancer, George an old clown. They are international artists with 100 years of life experience between them. They’ve reached the mid-way point, and now they’re looking at the rest of their lives and wondering, what next? Armed with a soundtrack of floor-fillers, a book of raffle tickets and a sprinkling of eco-friendly glitter. Join them as they negotiate middle-life together with humour, tenderness and outlandish optimism.

Age Range: 14+

Luke Wright
The Ballad Seller

**FREE SHOW BY INNCROWD** Back in Georgian times we got our news from poetry. Before papers, broadcasts or the internet, ballad sellers would hawk their doggerel on street corners for a penny. Scandalous affairs, grisly crimes, and colourful characters were brought to life in rhyming verse long before first tabloid was printed. Now Luke Wright has rewritten the very best of these stories for the modern ear: take a trip through the Drury Lane gin shops with the Boxing Baroness; filch oysters by the dozen with Dando, the celebrated gormandiser; and peer inside the restless mind of a lonely itinerant ballad seller. Expect scandal, excess, and beautiful flawed humanity…

Age Range: 14+ (some swearing)

www.lukewright.co.uk

'Owdyado Theatre
Twisted Tales Vol. 2

Following on from the success of Twisted Tales, this show is a new trilogy of darkly comic ‘tales of the unexpected.’ Twisted Tales 2 brings you more surprising stories of the macabre and mysterious. Deep in space the crew of the Fortuna are searching for extra-terrestrial life but the ship is malfunctioning, the crew are beginning to show signs of a strange infection and time is running out… As acclaimed sci-fi author Edward R Matherson lays on his death bed, a bloody battle of wits is taking place in his kitchen over the secret of the universe… Jamie’s life is in turnaround. He’s lost his job, he’s desperate for love and his only companion is a malfunctioning Alexa unit. She’s supposed to make his life easier. But the question is – who is serving whom? Time, space, kidnapping, torture, the infinity of the universe, the quest for humanity, the desperate search for meaning, the last gasp of a dying star and copious amounts of tea – these themes and more are covered in ‘Owdyado’s hilariously dark Twisted Tales Vol. 2 – three brand new comedy thrillers live on stage! Featuring scripts by Jon Welch, Brett Harvey & Charlotte Bister & Daniel Richards, Twisted Tales Vol.2 by Hall For Cornwall’s Resident Company ‘Owdyado Theatre will have you laughing, crying and gasping for more! There will be 2 intervals during the show: one of 15-20 mins and a second of 10 mins.

Age Range: 14+

www.owdyado.co.uk

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. Funded by ACE, with commissioning money provided by Spin Arts, Attenborough Arts Centre, The Mill Arts Centre, Lincoln Drill Hall, In Good Company and Civic Barnsley.

Age Range: Suitable for all ages

www.spiltmilkdance.co.uk

Summer Festival - Friday Evening
Whalebone with Jean Atkin followed by ALAW

Arts Alive present a Summer Festival of stories and songs – featuring artists from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Friday evening 7.00 to 9.30pm. English Folk duo Whalebone are joined by poet Jean Atkin to perform 'Understories'. ‘Understories’ is a brush with the new folklore of Shropshire. Here are urban, and rural, myths and tales just out of living memory. They are the common uncommon. Discover Shropshire’s last wolves and cloggers, its haunted roundabouts, pigs, railway lines and oak trees, not to mention the boy who burrowed under a church. ‘Understories' is a delightful, grounded and musical collection of poems that reminds us - through its brightly singing stories - how history is ravelled around memory, community and habitation: that ‘this is living, this is.’ Following 'Understories', reknowned Welsh Folk group ALAW will perform. "welsh musicians don’t come more sensitive, accomplished and exploratory than this crew” fROOTS Magazine ALAW are musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion - the traditional music of Wales. From stirring songs to driving jigs - they communicate their music with relaxed humour and a genuine affection that is truly infectious.

Age Range: 12+

Summer Festival - Saturday Evening
Wendy Weatherby & Sandy Brechin and Michelle Burke & James Ross

Arts Alive present "an evening of eloquent eccentricity". From Scotland, two of the country's most versatile and popular musicians, Wendy Weatherby (vocals, cello) and Sandy Brechin (accordion) will play a mixture of traditional and original material. And join internationally acclaimed artists, singer-songwriter Michelle from rural East Cork, Ireland and pianist and composer James, for a smattering of Parlour songs, new songs, tunes and shenanigans.

For event flyer and poster: Click Here

Age Range: 12+

Summer Festival - Saturday Lunchtime
Storytellers Sal Tonge, Amy Douglas and Helen East & Rick Wilson

Arts Alive present a Summer Festival of stories and songs – featuring artists from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Summer Festival Saturday Lunchtime 1.00 to 2.30pm. Join local storytellers for stories with a light lunch. Sal Tonge is a storyteller and musician who lives in Stiperstones. She celebrates the music of language and loves to run and daydream round the Devil’s Chair. Award-winning author and storyteller, Amy Douglas tells traditional tales from Shropshire and Scotland. Welsh border storytellers, Helen East and Rick Wilson create a dynamic combination of words, rhythm, movement and music. Traditional tales are told with contemporary relevance and an ear for the needs of a modern audience.

Age Range: 12+

The Fetch Theatre
Pedlar's Tales

Join Silver Joan as she weaves a magical spell and draws you into a fantastical world bringing past events bursting into life with music and 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. An engaging performance for families and everyone, young or old. Sit down, relax and enjoy the stories as ‘Silver Joan’s’ tales unfold.

Age Range: 5+

www.thefetch.co.uk

The Fetch Theatre
Insect Safari

The Fetch Theatre present an outdoor experience featuring incredible giant and tiny insect puppets. This exciting visual performance is inspired by the unique collections at the Lapworth Museum of Geology and Herefordshire Museum and celebrates our symbiotic relationship with insects using mythology, folktales, music and poetry.

Age Range: 5+

www.thefetch.co.uk

The People's String Foundation
Res Publica

“Res Publica” is a brand-new musical touring show from: The People’s String Foundation. During this piece the band packs a 32-piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and takes the audience on an incredible journey of discovery. Using music, puppetry, art, cinematography and animation all set to the backdrop of a “Virtual Orchestra," this show is unique and combines many art forms to create one immersive piece.

Age Range: 7+

www.thepeoplesstringfoundation.com

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Summer Festival of Stories & Songs 9-10 July 2021

Summer Festival - Friday Night Event

Summer Festival -Lunchtime Stories Event

Summer Festival - Saturday Night Event

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