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Arts & Cultural Events SPRING/SUMMER SEASON 2018

Fall of Kings 22-24 March






Welcome About Bath Spa Live Bath Spa Live is the production company for public arts and cultural events at Bath Spa University.

Michael Tippett Centre


WED 21 FEB 7:30PM

1 – 2 MARCH 7:30PM

“Hang there like fruit, my soul, till the tree die”

Bath Spa University, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN

Join the Bath Spa University Big Band in this one off concert full of classic big band crowd pleasers that will send you home thinking of the halcyon days of this golden era.

Tel: 01225 876707


We produce over 100 events each year at the University’s main venues: the Michael Tippett Centre, University Theatre and Burdall’s Yard, as well as venues in Bath and the surrounding area. We promote creativity and enable innovation by engaging students in the professional arts world.

Email: @bathspalive

Venue Hire Are you looking for a venue that offers something special? The Bath Spa Live venues are available for private hire, providing clients with options for performance space, parties, team building days, weddings and much more. Our team will create a bespoke package for all your venue and catering needs

Big Band

Cymbeline In the Shakespearean CYMBELINE, Princess Innogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Vile plots, swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love. Presented by BA Drama. £6/£4/£3

For more information about our venues visit or call 01225 876697 2


Wiltshire music centre

Michael Tippett Centre

FRI 2 MAR 7:30PM


Christopher Tin Francis Faux conductor

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will visit Bath Spa University’s Michael Tippett Centre for what will inevitably be a sell-out concert, this promises to be an entertaining performance by the world’s greatest military musicians. Not to be missed!

Calling All Dawns American composer Christopher Tin’s work encompasses music for films and video games, and his Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Dawns is a cycle of twelve songs featuring lyrics from both sacred and secular sources. The BSU Choir will be joined by Bath Spa Ladies Choir for a selection of choral classics. £12/£10/£5 TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE: WWW.WILTSHIREMUSIC.ORG.UK OR 01225 860 100

HM Royal Marines



The egg

Michael Tippett Centre

8 – 12 MARCH THURS, FRI & MON – 7PM, SAT 10AM, 2PM & 7PM, SUN 2PM & 7PM


The Borrowers

Arrietty is a House Borrower who has lived her life deep below the floorboards, dreaming of exciting adventures in the great outdoors. When her father, Pod, takes her upstairs to learn the tricks of borrowing, Arrietty discovers a new world and a new friend, a human boy. With the Borrowers secret world discovered by ‘human beans’ it’s time to make a great escape! Join us for this timeless classic as we go on a fantastical journey with the courageous Arrietty and her family as they embark on an action packed adventure to find somewhere new to call home. This amateur production is presented with the permission of The deFaria Company. £8.50/£7.50 CHILDREN AND STUDENTS TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THEATRE ROYAL BATH: WWW.THEATREROYAL.ORG.UK OR 01225 448844

Inter University Poetry Slam BA poetry slam between the local Universities of Bristol and Bath. Local University teams will battle it out through the power of their words. Each poet will grace the mic but only one team will emerge victorious. This is a slam not to be missed, with a mix of poetic styles. Come and listen to what each poetry team has to offer. £3



Photo © John Rogers

St Swithin’s church

burdall’s yard



Bath Spa University Choir, Wind Band and Symphony Orchestra return to the beautiful St Swithin’s Church for their spring concert.

Sam Braysher

St Swithin’s Easter Concert The Wind Band will be playing a selection of new works including Global Variations by Nigel Hess Around the world in eight minutes. The chimes of Big Ben herald the start of a whistle-stop global journey, calling in turn at France, Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Russia, India, China, Australia, South America, and the USA, with a final detour through Ireland and Scotland before hearing Big Ben once more as we arrive home!  Programme will also include performances of Mendelssohn and Mozart by the Symphony orchestra and Georgian Band. £10/£8/£5

Jazz Night Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher received critical acclaim for his recent debut album Golden Earrings, a duo recording with the New York pianist Michael Kanan, and their accompanying UK launch tour. His new trio project sees him presenting a diverse repertoire, ranging from Dexter Gordon to Gershwin incidental numbers to Disney. The group’s sound is informed by the groovy ensemble concepts and arrangements of Ahmad Jamal, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. Sam is joined by an exceptionally swinging London rhythm section: Conor Chaplin (Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur) on double bass and Josh Morrison (Stacey Kent) on drums. ‘delightful and surprising’  Dave Gelly, The Observer £7/£5/£3


Photo © Nigel M Adams

University Theatre

Michael Tippett Centre


22 – 24 MARCH 7:30PM

This year’s exciting programme includes a range of live performances and screen dance work that showcase the creativity of our emerging dance artists.

Bath Spa University Opera present a double delight from two of Mozart’s most important operas that remain as fascinating and entertaining more than two hundred years after their creation.

Third Space

25 new works will be shown over this four-day annual event and all events are free and open to the public. For times of individual performances and booking information please check the website in March.

Magnificent Mozart

Excerpts from Cosi fan tutti – sung in Italian – begin the evening followed by an abridged version of Mozart’s ‘musical’, The Magic Flute which will be performed in English. All accompanied by the Bath Spa University Symphony Orchestra. £12/£10/£6




burdall’s yard

University Theatre

22 – 24 MARCH 7:30PM

16 – 23 APRIL

Fall of Kings

Drama Fest

Wars rage in Ireland, overshadowed only by those at home. King Richard has been forced to banish his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, and now must travel across the sea to seek peace in war-torn Ireland. He returns to find his armies fled, his castles occupied and Bolingbroke returned in force to reclaim his title and his lands.

Bath Spa University Drama Studies Performance Projects.

As tension builds, the rage of a taxed and troubled country begins to take hold. England wants a king who will bring wealth and glory, and no one is prepared for the events that follow. Follow Apricity Theatre into an ageless world, where obsessive dominance and ideologies of war reign. This earthy, poetic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard II explores a time of violence, of change, and of turmoil, to tell the story of a man who lived and died beneath the shadow of an unattainable ideal.

Drama Fest is a fringe festival comprising of up to 6 different works. It is a chance to see practical performance work made by this year’s graduating Drama students Drama at Bath Spa University offers specialised, creative arts and combined study pathways for students who seek to explore the immensity of drama as both a performance medium and an applied subject. Accordingly, the Drama Fest programme is diverse. It includes devised theatre, physical and visual theatre, stand-up comedy, processional theatre, immersive theatre, text-based drama, Shakespearean theatre, installations and more! FREE – BOOKING REQUIRED Programme Can’t Pay Won’t Pay - 16 April 7:30pm Five Women Wearing the Same Dress - 17 April 7:30pm The Wonderful World of Dissocia - 19 April 7:30pm Overspill - 20 April 7:30pm “Feel Good Yet?” - Part One 23 April 7:30pm Empowerment - Part Two 23 April 8:30pm



Photo © Nick Davis

Photo © Pete McCowen

Michael Tippett Centre

burdall’s yard



This magnificent 8-piece orchestra marry the kaleidoscopic patterns of Zimbabwean mbira music with Celtic Folk melodies and Western Classical instruments. Sophisticated African percussion + uber-funky double bass gives the music an irresistible groove through which European flavours of strings, woodwind and guitar are intricately woven, with soulful 4 part harmony singing and virtuoso dance as the icing on the cake. Ombiviolum’s ingenuity is not to be missed.

Current and ex Bath Spa University students and tutors combine in this evening of great classic jazz. Presenting the best of past students and a hint of what’s to come.


Jazz Reunion





burdall’s yard

burdall’s yard

Michael Tippett Centre


WED 25 APR, WED 2 MAY & WED 9 MAY 7:30PM


Poetry Night: Daljit Nagra ‘Playing with the ‘Punglish’ dialect of his parents’ generation, and its convoluted syntax, his poems burst with rhyme and alliteration, fusing the idioms and rhythms of the two cultures. […] Nagra’s poems are lively hymns to the richness of everyday life. His dramatic monologues are awash with mishearings and linguistic confusions… Through these surreal new coinages we see contemporary Britain painted afresh.’ (www. £5/£3/FREE


Final-year Acting students from Bath Spa University present new theatre scripts at a rehearsed reading evening. Meet new writers, hear their latest work and discover new gems in playwriting. £6/£4/£3

Dowland in Concert ‘When music and sweet poetry agree’: A celebration of the music of John Dowland and John Danyel By Dowland Works John Dowland was a consummate lutenist, but also a brilliant song-writer and polyphonist. Alongside his magical instrumental pieces he found unending inspiration in his eighty-odd songs, whether sung as solos, duos or in four-part consorts. Together with Dowland our concert also celebrates John Danyel, a West Country man from near Bath, who set the marvellous lyrics of his brother Samuel, the renowned court poet in Danyel’s Songs to the Lute, Viol and Voice (1606). £12/£10£6


Photo © Nigel M Adams

university theatre

Various city locations

4 & 5 MAY 7:30PM

11 – 23 MAY

Open Space


This evening of contemporary dance is a chance to see the diverse range of creative work produced by our undergraduate and postgraduate dance artists.

SparkFest asks you to be adventurous and explore the curious.

This year’s programme includes both live and screen dance works and the premiere of two newly commissioned works directed by choreographer Antonia Grove and Kapow Dance.

Wherever you discover us, be it in the stunning gardens at The American Museum or the underground Cavern at Burdall’s Yard, this programme will ignite your thoughts and ideas through imagination and innovation. SparkFest is the realisation of an exciting and dynamic partnership between Bath Festival and Bath Spa University, promising a fresh look at how young talent engages with Bath audiences and the region’s artistic community. SEE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS COMING IN MARCH




Photo © Jack Larbalestier

burdall’s yard

burdall’s yard

Various locations


MON 14 MAY 7:30PM

WED 23 MAY 7:30PM

Students from this year’s Spoken Word and Performance Poetry class present a selection of their work. Two students from this class were part of the BSU slam team who were finalists in the 2018 uni slam. Expect wise words and a strong delivery! The night will be hosted by Bristol-based spoken word poet Rebecca Tantony who has been this year’s class tutor.

View an interactive exhibition of the highly original work of Bath Spa University’s final year BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology students.

Party in the City Bath International Music Festival brings the city to life with their fantastic annual evening of free music, parades and dancing. Join the party at Burdall’s. Bath Spa Big Band is an exciting ensemble featuring students from the University’s Music Department. The repertoire ranges from music by modern composers through to Big Band classics. Also appearing at Burdall’s Yard will the Bath Spa University Ladies Choir. Bath Spa University Choir conducted by Francis Faux will be in Bath Abbey, and will sing excerpts from Christopher Tin’s Calling All Dawns, Oculi Omnium by Thomas Hewitt Jones and Set me as a Seal by Ian Carpenter.

Spoken Word: End of Year Showcase


Creative Music Technology Degree Show

Featuring audio, multimedia and composition, this work blurs the boundaries of the discipline. Graduates from this course include internationally renowned DJs, producers and composers. SEE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS



American Museum & Various 24 – 28 MAY

No Man’s Land: An American Story Taking its inspiration from The American Museum’s summer 2018 Exhibition Side by Side: America and World War and using the backdrop of Claverton Manor and its grounds this immersive and powerful piece of theatre brings to life the stories of young american soldiers in WW1 and the families they leave behind. Known to the allied forces as ‘doughboys’ this immersive performance gives a glimpse of how comradeship, continual bombardment and the long wait all take their toll on these young men. No Man’s Land beautifully portrays the impact it has on these soldiers and their loved ones thousands of miles across the Atlantic. This world premiere will be one of the flagship events of SparkFest, a bright and brave programme of live performance. SparkFest is the realisation of an exciting and dynamic partnership between Bath Festival and Bath Spa University. BOOKING OPENS IN MARCH



Newton Park Gardens 6 – 8 JUNE

Shakespeare in the Gardens Come and join our second year acing students as they stage shortened versions of some of the Bard’s greatest works in the grounds of this beautiful Campus from the Italian Gardens and Amphitheatre to indoor locations such as The University Theatre. For full programme please visit our website. BOOKING OPENS BEGINNING OF MAY


Assembly Rooms FRIDAY 22 JUNE 7:30PM

Gala Concert Students from Bath Spa University’s Department of Music celebrate the end of the academic year with a grand concert at Bath’s prestigious Assembly Rooms. This end of year showcase will feature the Music Department’s ensembles with final year students playing concertos with the Symphony Orchestra, Big Band and Choir. £12/£10/£8




BURDALL’S YARD (no booking fees)

7A Anglo Terrace, London Road, Bath BA1 5NH

Some of our events are also available for telephone and counter booking through Bath Box Office. Phone 01225 463362 or visit the Tourist Information Centre in Abbey Church Yard. Booking fees apply. Look out for BBO on Diary page. Concessions The following groups are eligible for concession tickets: BSU Students & Staff, Full Time Students, Under 16s, Job Seekers allowance, Over 60s, Registered Disabled.

Bus Nos 3, 271, 272 & X31 stop at Snow Hill (3 minutes’ walk from Burdall’s Yard) See for more information.

Carers and assistants to disabled people are entitled to a free ticket.

Car The nearest free parking is available in the streets off Snow Hill. Free parking is also available after 8pm in the Cattle Market car park on Walcot Street (6 minutes’ walk from Burdall’s Yard). Passengers can also be dropped off in the loading bays opposite Burdall’s Yard.

Bar Bath Spa Live’s bar opens at our venues from 1 hour before each performance starts. We serve a range of soft and alcoholic drinks, all at student friendly prices.

Train Burdall’s Yard is about 20 minutes’ walk from Bath Spa Train Station. Bus nos 231 and 271 run from the bus station next to the train station.

Travelling to our venues

COMMONS, MICHAEL TIPPETT CENTRE & UNIVERSITY THEATRE: Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus, Bath BA2 9BN Bus From Bath: U5 runs every 10 minutes (during term time) between Bath City Centre and Newton Park Campus. From Bristol: Nos 37, 38, 39, 39X run from Bristol Temple Meads to the Globe Roundabout (transfer to U5 to complete journey). See for more information. Car The car park is at the far end of campus, 8 minutes’ walk from the venues. Charges may apply. All tickets purchased through will be issued with a free parking permit if applicable.

ACCESS All our venues are accessible to wheelchair users. Please inform the ticket office if you would like to book a wheelchair space. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome at all our venues. If you have any questions regarding access please contact us on 01225 875508 or email 15

Diary BOOK AT BATHSPALIVE.COM AM – American Museum | AR – Assembly Rooms | BY – Burdall’s Yard | EGG – The Egg | MTC – Michael Tippett Centre | NPG – Newton Park Gardens | SS – St Swithin’s Church | UT – University Theatre | VAR – Various | WMC – Wiltshire Music Centre BBO – Bath Box Office FEBRUARY

Big Band BBO


Wed 21 Feb 7:30pm


1 – 2 Mar 7:30pm

Calling All Dawns


Fri 2 Mar 7:30pm

HM Royal Marines


Wed 7 Mar 7pm

The Borrowers


8 – 12 Mar Thu, Fri & Mon 7pm, Sat 10am, 2pm, 7pm Sun 2pm, 7pm

Inter University Poetry Slam


Mon 12 Mar 7:30pm

St Swithin’s Easter Concert BBO


Tue 13 Mar 7:30pm

Jazz Night: Sam Braysher


Fri 16 Mar 8pm

Third Space


20 – 23 Mar (Times vary see website)


Magnificent Mozart BBO Fall of Kings


22 – 24 Mar 7:30pm


22 – 24 Mar 7:30pm


Drama Fest Ombiviolum BBO


16 – 23 Apr Wed 18th Apr 7:30pm

Jazz Reunion


Fri 20 Apr 8pm

Poetry Night: Daljit Nagra


Tues 24 Apr 8pm



25 Apr, Wed 2 May & Wed 9 May 7:30pm


Dowland in Concert BBO Open Space


Wed 2 May 7:30pm 4 – 5 May 7:30pm

Dowland in Concert BBO


Wed 2 May 7:30pm



11 – 23 May

Party in the City


Fri 18 May 6:30pm onwards

Spoken Word: End of Year Showcase


Mon 14 May 7:30pm

Creative Music Technology Degree Show


Wed 23 May 7:30pm

No Man’s Land: An American Story


24 – 28 May


6 – 8 Jun (Times vary see website)


Shakespeare in the Gardens Gala Concert BBO 16


Fri 22 Jun 7:30pm SPRING/SUMMER 2018

Bath Spa Live Spring/Summer Brochure 2018  

Bath Spa Live is the production company for public arts and cultural events at Bath Spa University.

Bath Spa Live Spring/Summer Brochure 2018  

Bath Spa Live is the production company for public arts and cultural events at Bath Spa University.