Spring Season Launch '22
Live & Local announces its new Spring 2022 season of professional performances in community venues across our network: exciting theatre, enthralling, award-winning music and laugh-out-loud comedy. Almost two years since our last full season of shows was launched, Live & Local continues to support local volunteers to bring exciting and awe-inspiring shows to a village hall or community venue near you.
′with spring approaching, Live & Local revives your evenings with a thrilling season of theatre, film, storytelling and live music performances from some of the finest artists in the UK and beyond. Shows take place at community venues throughout the Midlands; from village halls and civic centres, and inns and social clubs, to churches and schools, Live & Local’s new season of entertainment guarantees a great night out in the most picturesque corners of the region, right on your doorstep.’
John Laidlaw MBE, Executive Director of Live & Local
Kick in the Head Theatre’s Three Men in a Boat, an adaptation of one of the bestselling books of all time, is visiting Milton Village Hall on Friday 4th March and Taddington Village Institute on Friday 25th March.
The hugely talented Hilary James and Simon Mayor perform at Baslow Village Hall on 26th March. Tears of Laughter combines Simon’s renowned mandolin playing and Hilary’s ‘honey dripping’ vocals through a diverse repertoire of folksongs, blues, mandolin showstoppers, and their own comic songs.
If folk music is what you’re after, there are plenty of occasions to experience top quality performances from Ashley Hutchings, former Fairport Convention vocalist,and Becky Mills. They perform their music and storytelling experience, Paradise and Thorns at Brailsford & Ednaston Village Institute on Saturday 12th March and at All Saints Church, Bradbourne on Saturday 2nd April.
There are plenty more shows to enjoy this season including George Egg’s entertaining and unique one-man show, mixing stand-up comedy with ingenious live cooking; Ma Bessie and her Pigfoot Band’s dedication to prohibition era blues and jazz; and Nikky Smedley’s Confessions of a former Teletubby – a digitally interactive mix of theatre, stand-up and stories.
Watch She’Koyokh in Concert at Kingston on Soar Village Hall on Saturday 30th April. Hailed as ‘Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music group’ (Evening Standard), She’Koyokh is an impressively multinational multi-lingual band performing jaunty klezmer, jazz and more.
Silent Film & Live Music – Nosferatu, an atmospheric and thrilling live score performed by superb live soundtrack group Minima to this classic version of Dracula is at Bonington Theatre, Arnold on Sunday 3rd April.
The hugely talented George Egg isperforming at Normanton on Trent Village Hall on Friday 11th March. This award-winning funny-man brings a few unusual ingredients to the table – namely power tools, gardening equipment and an office supply or two – in a show that combines stand-up comedy with stand-out cuisine.
If music is what you’re after, there are plenty of occasions to experience top quality music with performances from Flats and Sharps (Ordsall Parish Hall,13th May), Mumbo Jumbo (Coddington Village Hall|, 15th April) and Blair Dunlop. The award-winning singer-songwriter performs his traditional and contemporary folk music album Trails at Egmanton Village Hall on Friday 20th May.
There are plenty more shows to enjoy this season including Rob Gee’s Forget Me Not, a compassionate, honest, clever and ‘seriously funny’ (Sunday Mirror) one-man murder mystery, and Kick in the Head’s Three Men in a Boat, an adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats.
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Look out for George Egg – DIY Chef at Ashby Magna Village Hall on Friday 18th March. A hugely entertaining and unique one-man show, mixing laugh-out-loud stand-up comedy with ingenious live cooking using power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies.
Kick in the Head Theatre’s Three Men in a Boat, an adaptation of one of the bestselling books of all time, is visiting Glen Parva Parish Hall on Saturday 5th March and Countesthorpe Village Hall on Friday 8th April.
The hugely talented Chris Ingham Quartet will beperforming Dudley – The Jazz of Dudley Moore at The Palace Community Centre, Ibstock on Saturday 9th April. This scintillating live performance laced with anecdote, is a heartfelt tribute to the comic actor, movie star and imaginative jazzman.
If music is what you’re after, there’s the opportunity to see one of the UK’s hottest Bluegrass outfits in an intimate setting. Flats and Sharps deliver energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world and they perform their unique take on this music at Wymeswold Memorial Hall on Friday 11th March.
There are plenty more shows to enjoy this season including ‘Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music group’ (Evening Standard), She’Koyokh; a wonderfully funny musical puppet performance starring Goldilocks as an old lady rediscovering the bears’ house in the wood; and the elegant jazz of Alan Barnes & David Newton peppered with deadpan wit and entertaining anecdotes.
Watch Kick in the Head Theatre’s adaptation of one of the bestselling books of all time, Three Men in a Boat, at Heydour Parish Village Hall, Aisby on Saturday 9th April. Can’t catch it then? Find it at Greatford Village Hall on Friday 20th May, Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby on the 21st May and at the Richmond School in Skegness on Friday 27th May.
If it’s theatre you’re after, find Rob Gee’s unique one-man comedic murder mystery, Forget me Not – the Alzheimer’s Whodunnit at Broadbent Theatre on Saturday 9th April and from Kick in the Head Theatre, Florence ‘Flo’ Smith – Now and Then at The Richmond School on Friday 11th March. From the Boer War to The Summer of Love, Flo Smith recalls with horror and humour, tears and joy those turbulent times at home and in the world beyond her front door.
Maybe jazz music’s your thing? Don’t miss Dudley – The Jazz of Dudley Moore by the Chris Ingham Quartet at the Old Town Hall in Bourne on Saturday 2nd April and on Sunday 3rd at Ropsley Village Hall – a scintillating performance laced with anecdote; a heartfelt tribute by an outstanding quartet. You can also catch the elegant jazz stylings of Alan Barnes and David Newton as they tour to Terry O’Theatre on 7th May and Market House in Long Sutton on Saturday 14th May.
There are plenty more shows to explore and enjoy this season including Oh La La!’s A Tribute to French Music from 1880 to 1970; Pickled Image’s mesmerising woodland puppetry show with an important environmental message; and a whole host of music performances with inspirations from around the globe.
Ma Bessie’s Prohibition Party, an incredible time capsule bringing the very best of 20s/30s blues and jazz to the present day that focuses on the life and musical canon of the late, great Empress of Blues herself, Bessie Smith, is at Yoxall Parish Hall on Friday 18th March.
The hugely talented Geoff Robb isperforming The Music of Trees at Tutbury Village Hall on Saturday 9th April. A unique show by an award-winning guitarist and composer featuring compositions inspired by the trees of Sussex that are woven together with the secrets of how trees survive as a species and tree folklore.
For the kids, Oldilocks and the Three Bears is a must see. Garlic Theatre perform their puppetry show at Foxlowe Arts Centre Leek on Friday 25th March and at Foxt Village Hall on Friday 17th June.
There are plenty more shows to enjoy this season including Tears of Laughter, where Simon Mayor’s inimitable brand of off-the-wall humour as well as mandolin, guitar and fiddling wizardry meets Hilary Mayor’s ‘honey-dripping’ vocals; live soundtrack group Minima and FW Murnau’s expressionist classic silent horror film Nosferatu; and one-person theatre, comedy and spoken word show Kevin – King of Egypt by Rob Gee.
At Harbury Village Hall on 25th March is A Ghost of a Smile – a spooky, but comic twist on two of Charles Dickens’ ghost stories. Think The Woman In Black meets The 39 Steps.
Look out for George Egg’s DIY Chef at Bourton, Draycote & Frankton Village Hall, Bourton-on-Dunsmore on Saturday 19th March and at Wren Hall, Wroxall on Friday 6th May. A hugely entertaining and unique one-man show, mixing laugh-out-loud stand-up comedy with ingenious live cooking using power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies.
If music is what you’re after, there are plenty of occasions to experience top quality performances near you. London quartet, Latchepen bring their Gypsy-inspired acoustic chamber jazz full of romanticism and nostalgia to Bubbenhall Village Hall on 27th March and Bonfire Radicals, one of the most exciting and eclectic groups on the folk/ world scene take their distinctive and gloriously high-spirited live stage show to Harborough Magna Village Hall on Friday 13th May.
There are plenty more events to enjoy this season including a screening of the latest James Bond and a Mamma Mia singalong; ‘Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music group’ (Evening Standard), She’Koyokh; and Nikky Smedley’s Confessions of a Former Teletubby – a digitally interactive mix of theatre, stand-up and stories.
A Ghost of a Smile, two ghost stories from Charles Dickens presented by Nicholas Collett & Gavin Robertson, the team behind The Six-Sided Man and Done to Death by Jove, is at St James’ Church, Welland on Saturday 26th March.
The hugely talented George Egg isperforming at Hartlebury Parish Hall on Saturday 7th May and at St Michaels Village Hall, Tenbury Wells on Friday 8th April. This award-winning funny-man brings a few unusual ingredients to the table – namely power tools, gardening equipment and an office supply or two – in a show that combines stand-up comedy with stand-out cuisine.
If theatre is what you’re after, there are plenty of occasions to experience top quality dramas with performances from Kick in the Head: they perform their shows Three Men in a Boat at Bishampton Village Hall on Friday 29th April and Florence ‘Flo’ Smith – Now and Then at Feckenham Village Hall on Saturday 12th March.
There are plenty more shows to enjoy this season including contemporary duo Daisy Chapman & Sue Lord, the critically acclaimed harp and guitar duo Máire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, and award-winning folk singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop’s live album performance Trails.
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