Live Performances

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

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Jean Atkin
LockDown Poetry Commission

We recently commissioned local poet and writer, Jean Atkin to sum up everyone's thoughts, feelings, and actions during lockdown 2020. Read by Tony Hawks and accompanied by our follower's images from their time in isolation.

Open Sky Theatre
New Micro Plays

Herefordshire theatre company Open Sky have created five new digital microplays that will be released on screens of all sizes from the 13th October 2020. The series is based on a theme of cultural polarisation and questions the idea that our differences define us. STILE by Kate Attwell, starring Josh Finan and Tom Greig, is a quirky, sweary take on economic privilege. HEAD OVER WHEELS by Matilda Ibini, starring Saida Ahmed and Michelle Tiwo, is a heartfelt comic look at mixed ability dating. THE CEREMONY by Iman Quresh, starring Amaka Okafor, Yaz Zadeh and Erika Poole, is a searingly honest piece about non-binary marriage. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING HONEST by Tena Štivičić, starring Julie Hesmondhalgh, Connie Hyde and Maya Barcot, is a darkly humorous swipe at bigoted culturalism in the workplace. HOMEWORK by Emily White, starring Kyle Stead, Caitlin Drake and Victoria John, is a fast-paced comedy about the horrors of global warming faced by parents and children. Suitable for ages 14+ as Stile, Head over Wheels, The Ceremony and Homework contain some swearing. The project was conceived and directed by Open Sky’s Lisle Turner, guided and supported by their Artistic Director Claire Coaché and produced by Martina Klich from Wrapt Films. Supported by Arts Council England, Wrapt Films, The Elmley Foundation,Turtle Key Arts.

Age Range: 14+

The Fetch Theatre
The Fetch Theatre - Pedlar's Tales

Arts Alive present a Winter Festival of stories and songs – featuring artists from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 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 Bite-sized stories contained in a quirky cart have been inspired by fascinating historical documents and objects from Herefordshire Archives.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+

Winter Festival - Friday Evening
Whalebone with Jean Atkin followed by Oli Wilson-Dickson & Dylan Fowler

Arts Alive present a Winter 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 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+

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

"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.

Age Range: 12+

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

Arts Alive present a Winter Festival of stories and songs – featuring artists from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Winter 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. Sal will tell a tale for winter; a shadowy tale for the dying of the year, sprinkled with the starlight of hope for what could be just around the corner. Award-winning author and storyteller, Amy Douglas tells traditional tales from Shropshire and Scotland. Fire and frost, fear and friendship, the stories we gather to tell in the dark of the year Welsh border storytellers, Helen East and Rick Wilson Helen and Rick 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+



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