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Coffee Shop Relax in our friendly foyer coffee shop or in the historical ante room by the Gallery where a variety of hot and cold snacks are available including sandwiches, baguettes, melts, jacket potatoes, bagels and freshly baked cakes and pastries as well as a children’s menu. Hot and cold drinks are also served including teas, freshly ground coffees, cappuccinos, soft drinks etc and help yourself to a newspaper which are available to read during your time in the coffee shop. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 8pm (and during some intervals)

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The Gallery and Cellar Bars open every evening for those attending Arts Centre events. There are two entrances in to the Cellar Bar: one within the Arts Centre ante room and the other located on St George’s Square around the corner from the Arts Centre front door. Remember, if you are attending a performance you can beat the rush by pre-ordering your interval drinks and a discount is available on presentation of your ticket after shows and films! Acoustic nights are held regularly and organised by Cellar Bar Manager, Andy Croft. Please call after 7pm on 01780 753458 if you are interested in a set.

Stamford Shakespeare Season 2012 Once again, Stamford Arts Centre is proud to be partnering with the Stamford Shakespeare Company for their 2012 season at the Rutland Open Air Theatre at Tolethorpe Hall. This year the productions are: Twelfth Night, Henry IV Part 1 and The Three Musketeers as the non-Shakespeare play.

For more information and to book online visit or call the box office on 01780 756133.

t e e w S iosk K Stock-up at the Sweet Kiosk for all shows and films where we have a huge selection of snacks and drinks including:

- Walls - Magnum

- Cornetto - Solero

...and delicious Beechdean Dairy ice cream.

Open before all performances and during intervals.

Tourist Information Centre & Gift Shop Open all year round Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm. Sundays 10.30am to 3.30pm (Easter to October only). Find out where to stay, eat and visit in Stamford. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to help. visit our website call us on 01780 755611 or e-mail us on

New to Stamford Arts Centre this season is Verse 2012: Stamford Poetry Festival. If you are one of those with the popular opinion of poetry as a “boring” art form, we dare you to think again! With top British names Ian McMillan and John Hegley, we also introduce Peterborough’s finest The Dead Poets, children’s poet Camilla McClean plus we begin the search to crown a Poet Laureate for Stamford. There will be plenty of opportunities to take part throughout the festival. Find out more on pages 14 and 15.

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With so much happening we would have to supply you all with standard issue magnifying glasses so we’ll leave you with the notion that there really is something for everyone this season and we hope you have a fantastic 2012. Come on team GB! Thank you for your continued support. The Stamford Arts Centre Team

Satellite Screening Discounts: Where available discounts are shown in brackets. Artscene Members Special Offer (lowest price in bracket) On selected events, £3.50 tickets for those ages 16-26 £*, students, groups and schools groups discounts.

Stamford Arts Centre is part of Cultural Services, South Kesteven District Council


2012 has landed and so has select-a-seat when you buy your tickets online! No longer will you have to wait in the queue to pick your favourite seats; instead you can now follow the instructions online and select from the interactive seating plans. This new and improved service comes with a small booking fee of £1 per transaction. Please note that if you require a wheelchair space you do still need to contact our box office direct on 01780 763203.

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Literature at Lunchtime with Dr Jane Mackay Tues 10 Jan: The life and work of Alexandre Dumas

Gabriel’s Message Ann Allen (director) Shawms and recorders Corina Marti Recorders and clavicimbalum Michelangelo Rinaldi Shawms and organetto Catalina Vicens Organetto and percussion Ulrike Hofbauer Soprano Mediva has been a fun loving, imaginative and successful medieval group for over ten years, performing a range of music from the 12th to 15th century. Tonight they perform Gabriel’s Message, a programme of Festive music from Medieval England.

The Fall of the House of Usher

2011 was Rattigan’s centenary year and has meant that we have been spoiled for choice in productions of his plays. The Deep Blue Sea is one of his best, a totally emotionally revealing and honest play about the disturbing nature of passion and its relationship to the deeper one of love. 2.30pm: Deep Blue Sea (12A, 2011) Film ticket: £5 (£4.50 Artscene)

Soundtrack performed by the Southwell Collective (Dir: Jean Epstein, 1928, 1hr 6mins) Edgar Allan Poe’s classic of paranoia and suspense. The new music for this film was composed by Gary Southwell and premiered at The Barbican.

Tues 6 Mar: The Quiet American by Graham Greene (1955)

Ghosts before Breakfast

Tues 7 Feb: The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan (1952)

How very appropriate in present world affairs to read Greene’s depiction of an idealistic young American in Vietnam, spreading ‘democracy’ and its consequent death and chaos! Come and enjoy a great journalist’s truly masterful novel.

Tues 3 Apr: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (1912)

(Dir: Hans Richter, 1928, 6mins) A short experimental surrealist film in which everyday objects rebel against their owners; with a new score composed for the Collective by Michael McCartney.

Part of our classical music season

An aging writer arrives in Venice and has to re-assess the meaning of his life. His unvoiced passion for a boy at his hotel leads him into undreamed of realms of pathos and humiliation. This novella is the most perfectly artistically realised of all Mann’s works. 2.30pm: Death in Venice (12A, 1971) Film ticket: £5 (£4.50 Artscene)

Members of the Southwell Collective are leading exponents in the areas of classical, contemporary, folk, rock and pop who work sympathetically together to create distinctive and memorable soundtracks to archive and silent film.

Sat 7 Jan 8pm £16 (£15, £7 u26s) Ballroom Classical Music

Talks begin at 12.30pm £5.50 (£5) Buy the series ticket for £20 (£18) Theatre

Thurs 12 Jan 8pm £6 (£5.50, £5) Cinema Film with music

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Our annual lecture in support of Tolethorpe Theatre, who are putting on a production of Dumas' The Three Musketeers in the summer of 2012. Come and enjoy a French writer of wonderful adventure stories: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Black Tulip as well as his books about the adventures of D'Artagnan. 2.30pm: The Three Musketeers (12A, 2011) Film ticket: £5 (£4.50 Artscene members)


January The Tannahill Weavers

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This dynamic quintet play Scottish traditional music at its best. The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection.


Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from all over the world. The band is one of a kind - The Desert Shamrack An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new - New York Times

Sat 21 Jan £12 (£10) Folk

8pm Ballroom

Stamford Chamber Orchestra

A Concert of English String Music Ben Palmer conducts the strings of the Stamford Chamber Orchestra in a programme of English music, opening with the haunting Chacony in G minor by Purcell, in an arrangement by Benjamin Britten. Two movements from William Walton’s Henry V Suite, adapted from his most successful film score, are followed by Warlock’s 1926 Capriol Suite, a 20th Century take on a set of French Renaissance dances. SCO will also perform Holst’s well-loved St Paul’s Suite and Elgar’s peaceful Elegy. Finally Britten reappears with his playful Simple Symphony. An evening that will delight all lovers of string music.

George Alagiah: Food for Thought Why would you produce a crop you don’t need, with water you can’t afford to waste, on land that is precious, for people you will never meet, who live thousands of miles away? This lecture is a compelling, round-theworld investigation into the global food chain and why it is fit to break. The BBC’s George Alagiah shows why food security could be THE issue of the twenty first century, uncovering the absurd and exploring the controversial. We live in a world where a billion people are over-weight and a billion people go to bed hungry. Running time: 1hr plus Q&A

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Sun 22 Jan 7pm £12 (£10, £5 child) Ballroom Classical Music

Fri 27 Jan £16.50 (£15) Talk

7.30pm Theatre



John Gordillo A grown-up comic who combines emotional intimacy with high-quality gags - The Guardian Superlative. Wonderfully intelligent and insightful...a consummate comedian - Time Out

Nat Luurtsema Disgustingly talented - The Guardian Wincingly funny - The Observer

Alfie Moore Recently seen on ITV’s Show Me The Funny He’s a very funny man! - Rhod Gilbert

Fri 27 Jan £12 (£10, £8*) Comedy

8pm Ballroom

February The Churches Conservation Trust, Protecting Historic Churches at Risk Crispin Truman will talk about his work as chief executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. The Trust runs over 340 heritage buildings across England, including St. John’s Church in Stamford, and promotes them as an educational and community resource. With the public’s support and their help they are kept open and in use. Approx running time: 90mins

Icarus Theatre Collective

The Tragedy of Macbeth

The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare’s epic erupts in this kinetic, blood-thirsty production. Victorious on the battlefield, Macbeth’s nobility and bravery are rewarded by an indebted king. But with each enemy slaughtered to serve Macbeth’s own vaulting ambition, his lust for power takes a deadly turn until he ferociously usurps the kingdom. His reign, baptised in blood, spirals out of control and Macbeth's deeds come back to tear him down. This new, slick production goes straight for the jugular; perfect for audiences new to Macbeth and those already well acquainted with Shakespeare’s tragedies.

Tavaziva Dance

Sensual Africa Sensual Africa is the choreographic work of art, crafted with sublime precision following Bawren Tavaziva’s inspirational trip to one of Africa's most beautiful and compact countries Malawi. Malawi… untouched, pure, raw, natural, unearthed, mysterious, rich in culture and life. Be seduced as Tavaziva Dance injects their interpretation on the complexities of these intriguing tribes’ movements, music and the distinctive rituals that boys and girls go through to become men and women. Running time: TBC Suitable for ages 12+

Running time: between 2hrs and 2hrs 10mins plus interval. Suitable for ages 11+

Thurs 2 Feb £5 (£4.50) Lecture

7.30pm Theatre

Fri 3 Feb 7.30pm £12 (£10, £8.50*) Theatre Drama

National Theatre Live presents

Travelling Light

Broadcast LIVE from the National Theatre A new play by Nicholas Wright In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Forty years on, Motl – now a famed American film director – looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams. Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, Nicholas Wright’s new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. Running time: 3hrs

Wed 8 Feb 8pm £12 (£10, £8.50*) Theatre Dance

Thurs 9 Feb 7pm £12.50 (£11) Cinema Satellite screening

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The Wihan Quartet


The Wihan Quartet formed in 1985 are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition; their outstanding reputation is for the interpretation of that native tradition. They have an impressive international career. They are frequent visitors to the UK and have won many international competitions. During 2008 they completed the first ever cycle of Beethoven Quartets in Prague which was recorded. Their recording of Dvorak Op 34/Op105 was chosen as a recording of the year. They are Quartet in Residence at Trinity College of Music in London. As supporters of the Cavatina Music Trust they give many concerts and master classes to young people in various parts of the country.

Thingumajig Theatre

Horse + Bamboo

An eccentric couple travel their strange monochrome world in a quirky land-boat, until their lives are turned upside down by a new arrival - the adorable and colourful Lulu! As she makes her presence felt in a variety of changing forms, the couple, along with the audience, explore love, play, adventure and, eventually, how to say goodbye. Entertaining, hilarious and poignant, the show features exquisite puppetry, live music and songs.

A young girl, a hungry wolf, and a walk through the woods - it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Red Riding Hood’s not scared… well, maybe she’s a little bit scared.

Fast becoming one of the UK’s most respected puppet theatre companies, Hullaba Lulu is Thingumajig Theatre’s first feature show.

The story that everybody knows – or do they?

Hullaba Lulu

Music by Wolf, Dvorak and Schubert. Part of our classical music season

Running time: 50mins Suitable for ages 5+

Sat 11 Feb 8pm £16 (£15, £7 u26s) Ballroom Classical Music

Mon 13 Feb 2pm £6 (£5.50) £21 family of 4 Theatre Children’s Theatre

Red Riding Hood

Horse + Bamboo present a gorgeously rendered re-telling of the classic girland-the-wolf tale. Exquisite visuals blend with pantomime-style silliness and spooky moments to create an enchanting piece of theatre.

Running time: TBC Suitable for ages 4+ 3pm: join Horse + Bamboo for a post show workshop

Wed 15 Feb £6.50 (£6) Theatre

2pm £22 family of 4 Children’s Theatre

Stamford Civic Society 50th Anniversary Event

A Warm Fire, a Cup of Tea and the Antiques Roadshow What is it that makes the Antiques Roadshow one of the most popular and long-lasting programmes on television? Former Executive Producer Christopher Lewis discusses the origins and subsequent history of this extraordinarily successful television programme, with video clips from the programme’s archive and many a backstage tale. Approx running time: 90mins Hired event

Thurs 16 Feb £5 (£4.50) Talk

7.30pm Theatre

February Tibet – Alert: Plateau and nomads under threat

Plaques, Facts and Misinformation

Let Philippa take you on a virtual tour of the historic information plaques in Stamford. When were they put up, and why? What can they tell us about the historic buildings they grace and what DON’T they tell us?

Beverley Craven: The Laid Bare Tour Singer/songwriter Beverley Craven is probably best known for her 1991 hits Promise Me, Holding On and her multi-million selling debut album. Now Beverley is back on the road with a ‘stripped down and laid bare’ duo line-up, featuring her superlative saxophone player (who admits to feeling very exposed!). Currently working on her forthcoming acoustic album, she will be performing songs about life, love, liberation and libido. This is guaranteed to be an evening of stunning musicianship coupled with poignant sentiments and sharp wit.

Thurs 23 Feb £5 (£4.50) Local Lecture

7.30pm Theatre

Fri 24 Feb £16 (£15) Popular Music

8pm Ballroom

Meltdown in Tibet (Dir: Michael Buckley, 2009, 40mins) The natural meltdown of the glaciers and the large scale damming of the rivers by the Chinese to build massive hydro electric power projects are factors in the meltdown of the plateau. Director, Michael Buckley is a travel writer, Tibet supporter and Buddhist.

Nomad to Nobody (Dir: Michael Buckley, 2011, 55mins) A documentary about the plight of the vanishing nomads of Tibet. After the film screenings there will be a question and answer session by a panel of Pema Yoko (coordinator of Students for Free Tibet UK), Tash Despa (maker of the BBC4 film Return to Tibet) and Alison Reynolds (director of International Tibet Network).

Sun 26 Feb £8 (£6) Film/Talk

2.30pm Cinema

Stamford Civic Society 50th Anniversary Event

William Cecil and Stamford

Stephen Alford, Fellow in History at King’s College Cambridge is a leading expert on William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520–1598), the closest adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He has written a revealing and provocative biography, reconstructing the lifestyle and environment of this great Tudor minister, and will explore William Cecil's connections with Stamford. Running time: 90mins Hired event

Tues 28 Feb £5 (£4.50) Talk

7.30pm Theatre

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An afternoon of films and a question and answer sessions dedicated to the cause of the Tibetan Nomad.


March Royal Geographical Society Lecture


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by Paul Rose


BBC presenter Paul Rose talks about a lifetime of remarkable adventures from Antarctica to Everest via the planet’s last true remaining wilderness - her vast oceans. A professional diver, polar explorer, mountaineer and yachtsman, Paul is best known for his BBC documentaries Voyages of Discovery, Oceans and Britain’s Secret Seas. From climbing Antarctica's most active volcano to retracing the voyages of pioneers Captain Cook, Paul’s adventures have taken him all over our planet. Paul uses behind the scenes stories and television footage to inspire you with his spirit of adventure and passion for the environment. Wed 29 Feb 8pm £12 (£10, £9 RGS) Theatre RGS Lecture

National Theatre Live presents

David Swarbrick in Concert

Broadcast LIVE from the National Theatre By William Shakespeare

Join icon of British folk David Swarbrick, arguably the meanest fiddler in Britain, for a traditional folk concert featuring breathtaking virtuosity and mastery. Formerly a member of many-a-fine folk group including the Fairport Convention, Whippersnapper, the Ian Campbell Folk Group and Band of Hope, Swarb received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

The Comedy of Errors

Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself? Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time.

Following a solo release in 2010 to high acclaim, Swarb has returned to solo performances for the first time in a decade. Don’t miss this show that will be another memorable and triumphant chapter in his long career.

Approx running time: 3hrs 15mins

Thurs 1 Mar 7pm £12.50 (£11) Cinema Satellite screening

Tall Stories

The Snail and the Whale ‘How I long to sail,’ said the tiny snail… Tall Stories are proud to present their latest collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a huge humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. The little snail is amazed by it all, but starts feeling very small in the vastness of the world… Created in Tall Stories’ unique style, The Snail and the Whale combines physical storytelling, live music and lots of laughs. Approx running time: 50mins Suitable for ages 4 to 10

Fri 2 Mar £10 (£8) Folk

8pm Ballroom

Sat 3 Mar £6.50 (£6) Theatre

2pm £24 family of 4 Children’s Theatre

March Hans-Peter Hoffman Alexander Sitkovetsky

Director Soloist

The EUCO was formed in 1981 with players from the member states of the EU. The Orchestra lays an emphasis on giving unique opportunities and experience to young musicians at the outset of their professional careers. An acknowledged musical ambassador for the EU, the EUCO has an annual schedule of some 60 concerts worldwide and a reputation for musical excellence. The Orchestra which plays standing up in the Viennese tradition, makes even the most familiar music sound newly minted.

Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company




By Joe Orton Hal’s having a bad day. It’s his mother’s funeral, he’s robbed a bank, he needs somewhere to hide the loot and the police are on his trail. Aided and abetted by his randy friend the undertaker and his late mother’s nurse, he attempts to keep one step ahead of the law. Joe Orton’s anarchic black farce has no reverence for death or the recently departed, no respect for the Church and positively celebrates police brutality and corruption. It is adult, outrageous and side splittingly funny.

Nick Revell Revell's pedigree goes back to the Eighties, but his patter is as relevant today as it ever was - Evening Standard Revell makes you laugh and think; a rare and cherishable combination these days - The Scotsman

Gary Colman Highly inventive and very funny... Frank Skinner

Rachel Parris

An amateur production by our resident company

Superb musical comic. Finalist in the 2010 Funny Women Awards

Tues 6 to Sat 10 Mar 7.45pm £8 (£7) Theatre Drama

Fri 9 Mar £12 (£10, £8*) Comedy

Hazel O’Connor Clare Hirst Sax (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) Sarah Fisher Keyboard (Eurythmics, Sax in the City) With support from Tensheds Striding into the spotlight with cult movie Breaking Glass, award-winning singer-songwriter, Hazel O'Connor immediately became an iconic figure. Live on stage, her unforgettable songs from the film including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, and If Only seem even more relevant in our present times. Expect a sumptuous evening of some of the greatest songs from the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire - a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio.

Music by Handel, Mozart, Young, Romp, Haydn. Part of our Classical Music season

Sat 3 Mar £18 (£17) Classical Music

8pm Ballroom

8pm Ballroom

Sat 10 Mar £17 (£16) Popular Music

8pm Ballroom

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Steve Hicks and Peter Finger

Stamford Chamber Orchestra

The award-winning Peter Finger is one of the most talented and nicest people in the business. He first recorded in 1973 on the legendary Kicking Mule label and since then he has written compositions for solo artists to symphony orchestras. His music has been used in both film and TV.

Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides Weber Bassoon Concerto in F (Rosie Burton) Haydn Symphony No. 101 in D 'The Clock'

After meeting, Steve Hicks at The Stamford Guitar Festival 2009, Peter signed him to his German Acoustic record label, giving Steve the break he deserved. Steve is now recognised as one of the UK’s top fingerstyle guitarists and will be joined by the wonderful Lynn Goulbourn. This concert evening guarantees to be a night of pure magic and memory and not to be missed.

Angel Exit Theatre

The Secret Garden Spoilt orphan, Mary Lennox, is plucked from the bright vibrancy of India and transplanted to a big old house brimming with secrets on the grey Yorkshire moors where she encounters locked doors, a curious robin and strange cries ringing down the corridor… Angel Exit unearth the dark heart of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale for all the family and retell it in their rich visual style, blending ensemble storytelling with striking physicality, beautiful puppets, live singing and an original soundtrack. Running time: 90mins plus interval Suitable for ages 6+

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Thurs 15 Mar £12 (£10) Folk

The SCO is delighted to welcome London-based bassoonist Rosie Burton, who has performed with such orchestras as the BBC Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic, to play the elegant Concerto in F by Weber. Framed by Mendelssohn's stormy Hebrides Overture and Haydn's much-loved 'Clock' Symphony - so-named because of the 'ticking' accompaniment in the second movement - this promises to be a stunning concert.

8pm Theatre

Fri 16 Mar £10 (£8) Theatre

7.30pm £28 family of 4 Children’s Theatre

Sat 17 Mar 8pm £12 (£10, £5 child) Ballroom Classical Music

March Great Casterton to Reality Television Dai Morgan-Evans, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Chester, is popularly known for his television appearances in programmes such as Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day. This talk will be an antiquarian excursion from Dai’s first excavation at Great Casterton, through his work at Cadbury Castle, the supposed dwelling of King Arthur, his study of Stonehenge and its Blue Stones, to the reconstruction at Wroxeter of a Roman Villa which was masterminded by Dai, employing techniques not used since Roman times.

Foursight Theatre

Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain “You should only say good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good” Bette Davis

Now on her own deathbed, Davis is forced by Hollywood hacks Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, to finally confront the ghost of her nemesis, Crawford herself. And of course, just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they’ve changed. This new comic-drama by Foursight Theatre (creators of Thatcher The Musical!) is a wry, feisty and irreverent look at two of Hollywood’s greatest icons and their equally famous feud.

Approx running time: 90mins Hired event

Running time: TBC

Thurs 22 Mar £5 (£4.50) Talk

Tues 27 Mar 8pm £12 (£10, £8.50*) Theatre Drama

7.30pm Theate

National Theatre Live presents

She Stoops to Conquer Broadcast LIVE from the National Theatre By Oliver Goldsmith Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he’s mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues. One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Approx running time: 3hrs

Thurs 29 Mar and encore screening Sun 1 Apr 7pm £12.50 (£11) Cinema Satellite Screening

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Verse 2012

Verse 2012: Stamford Poetry Festival Take Part Sat 31 Mar 10am - 12pm: Open Surgery with Joel Stickley £6 Whether you'd like help with your writing or feedback on a poem, or just fancy discussing poetry in general, Joel Stickley (Lincolnshire Poet Laureate) will be on hand for an informal chat during the festival’s poetry surgery on Saturday morning with tea and cake.

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Ian McMillan: Talking Myself Home


Ian is poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on Pick of the Week, Quote Unquote, The Arts Show, Just A Minute, The Today Programme, You & Yours and Have I Got News For You? He’s also Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. He was recently castaway on Desert Island Discs and featured with his Orchestra on The South Bank Show. His rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Cats make him sneeze.

Dead Poets If you think poetry is boring, oldfashioned or for old people… think again. This is poetry Jim, but not as we know it! Find out how Mark, an English teacher from Peterborough, struggles as he attempts to compete on the hip hop battle circuit and see MC Mixy’s attempts to be accepted by Peterborough’s poetry community. Mark and Mixy will make you see poetry and hip hop in a completely different light. Packed with wordplay, wit and creative energy.

1pm - 2.30pm: Poetry Takeaway £1 For only an hour and a half on Saturday join Joel, Mark, Mixy and Camilla at the poetry takeaway, where the team of poets will create you a bespoke poem. This intense writing frenzy will show you what great wordsmiths they are. We expect there might be some impromptu spoken word performances too! 2pm - 4pm: Open Surgery with Mark Grist £6 Join Mark for your second appointment at the open surgery with tea and cake a-plenty. Whether you’re a complete novice or already have some penned poems, come along to learn, share and pick up some tips at this informal session.

Sun 1 Apr

Plus meet the finalists of the search for Stamford’s Poet Laureate. The six poets perform their short-listed poems in front of our judging panel

10am - 12pm: Creative Writing with Joel Stickley £4 If you’re interested in writing poetry but don’t know where to get started, or you’re just in need of a little inspiration, why not join Joel’s ‘Blank Page’ creative writing workshop? The workshop will provide the tools and techniques needed to escape the blank page and start thinking in terms of characters, plots and themes. Joel welcomes complete novices to obsessive scribblers – as long as you can put one word after another, you’ll find something to fire your imagination.

Wed 28 Mar £10 (£8)

Fri 30 Mar £8 (£7)

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For adults and children aged 13+

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The Tale of Candy Kate the Psycho Baker Camilla McLean

Passionate about books and baking, Camilla is guaranteed to inspire, delight and enthuse! Camilla will be hosting a creative workshop for children aged seven and up. Performing as ‘Kate the Psycho Baker’, Camilla will read poetry while children decorate cupcakes. Having fun and making a mess will be the order of the day - and adults are invited to join the chaos too! There will even be prizes for the best cupcakes. Suitable for ages 7+

Shetland Boy

Performed by Mark Grist Mark has been touring nationally for the past year. During this time he has met lots of people, and then forgotten pretty much all of them. Most people can remember names. Or dates. Or the location of their hotel. Most people can remember where they grew up; or the street they lived in. But Mark can’t. Which is odd. Particularly if all those early things people can remember happened on an island with less than a thousand inhabitants; with seals and puffins and bogs and Vikings and the fastest wind speed ever recorded in the UK. Mark attempts to rediscover Britain’s most remote island, Unst. Come and enjoy his lyrical storytelling… and his absurdly big hat.

Sat 31 Mar £5 per child

11am Art Room

Sat 31 Mar £10 (£8)

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John Hegley: The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet Tales about a Frenchman with some unusual [but clean] habits, which include burying his dog’s kennel and his own luggage pieces. The stories appear alongside other new works, which include an address to aliens on the subject of transport, a poem about a non-talking parrot and some animal impersonations with the aid of a handkerchief. The audience are invited to sing along. But not to dance. Much. Hegley is known as a poet and singer with a common and comedic touch. Suitable for most people over 7

Mon 2 Apr £7 (£6.50) Theatre

2pm £25 family of 4

As part of Verse 2012 we will be crowning the first ever Poet Laureate for Stamford. This is a fantastic opportunity for a local poet to hold the honorary title for two years. Although the role is unpaid, the title ‘Stamford Poet Laureate’ is recognition of your talent and a launch pad for your poetry career, giving you a unique role in the community and further afield. If you’re over 18 and think you’ve got what it takes visit www.stamfordartscentre. com/verse2012 to find out the responsibilities you will be expected to take on and the competition rules.

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Barking Dog Theatre Company present…

Teddy’s Sports Day

Eddy the Teddy has developed a sudden interest in being a sporting star. He wants to be an Olympic hero. There is just one problem - he isn't very good at anything. After trying and failing at several events, Eddy realises that winning isn't everything; having fun and making friends are very important too! Image Musical Theatre

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Adapted from the original Frank Baum story with all new songs and the chance for everyone to take part, this show will be family theatre at it's very best. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion will all follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and Oz. Find out if Dorothy ever makes it home to Kansas!


During the light hearted half hour rehearsal, some children are chosen and rehearsed into their parts while the rest of the audience are taught the choruses of four songs. The show runs seamlessly with everyone taking part as rehearsed. Suitable for ages 5 to 12 Rehearsal: 30mins. Interval. Performance 1hr

Wed 4 Apr £6.50 (£6) Theatre

2pm £24 family of 4 Children’s Theatre

Benyounes Quartet Zara Benyounes Emily Holland Sara Roberts Kim Vaughan

Violin Violin Viola Cello

A lunch time concert on Good Friday afternoon, “is this a good idea?” we hear you wonder. We hope it will be, especially as the programme consists of an irresistibly beautiful and moving piece of music totally appropriate for such a day. Reading the list of prestigious awards and venues the Benyounes Quartet have performed at, it makes one wonder how they fitted it all in to the last four years since they met at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The show uses theatre, mime, puppetry and songs to join in with. It's a perfect introduction to live entertainment for children who've never been to a show before, and a welcome return for Eddy the Teddy's young fans. Running time: TBC Suitable for ages 3 to 6

Tues 10 Apr £5 (£4) Theatre

11am £15 family of 4 Children’s Theatre

80 Days Around the World Barking Dog present the classic tale by Jules Verne adapted for children aged between 4 and 9. With original music, puppetry and audience participation!

Haydn’s Seven Last Words by Franz Joseph Haydn. Part of our Classical Music season.

Running time: TBC Suitable for ages 4 to 9

Fri 6 Apr £10 (£8) Classical Music

Tues 10 Apr £5 (£4) Theatre

1.30pm Ballroom

2pm £15 family of 4 Children’s Theatre


By Mary Benzies

Stamford Talk by Philippa Massey

Broad Street Shops

A look at the shops and businesses which have flourished over time on Stamford’s main market street; who ran them and how have they changed?

Martin Harley Band Back by popular demand, the Martin Harley band are an internationally acclaimed three piece act. They have been enjoyed from London's Royal Albert Hall to the far reaches of Australia and almost everywhere in between. With Balalaika, Weissenborn, electric lap steel guitar, double bass and three part harmonies this multi-instrumental band set themselves apart from the norm. Performances at Glastonbury’s Acoustic and Avalon stages have cemented their popularity as part of UK’s acoustic scene. Their 'British Americana' sound, influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy swing has produced a road worn style of song writing that feels as comfortable and as an old pair of shoes you just can’t throw away.

Thurs 12 Apr £5 (£4.50) Local Lecture

7.30pm Theatre

Sat 14 Apr £12 (£10) Folk

8pm Ballroom

It is August 2011; Britain wakes with a hangover and so does Eve. The television plays images of last night’s riots and there are too many questions to be answered. Eve is a beacon, a seventeen year old inspiration to friends, family and just about everyone at the superstore extra. She has been nominated to carry the Olympic flame in the upcoming torch relay, to help spread the light of hope, unity and peace… So why can she not remember what happened last night? Why do her clothes smell of fire and where are Anna and Brian? Torchbearer is a gripping reminder of what can happen when you forget who you are... even for a second. Don’t miss another thrilling, fast paced, original production from SSYT. Fri 20 Apr Sat 21 Apr £8 (£5)

7.30pm 2.30pm, 7.30pm Theatre Drama



Metropolitan Opera Live Due to a high customer demand to screen Met Opera Live, we are very excited to tell you that this will become a reality in 2012! World class operas from New York will be transmitted via satellite onto the big screen. Due to our live and film programmes that are already in place, some screenings will be encore recordings of the live performances. As our audiences of National Theatre Live will know, encore screenings lose none of their magic and are exactly the same as the live event. Once we have all dates and titles confirmed, details for the Met Operas will be listed on our website.

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May Blowzabella Festival A day and two nights packed with dances, concerts, workshops, sessions with Blowzabella, Esquisse (Brittany) and guests.

Friday 27 April (doors 7pm) 8pm - 11pm: Blowzabella. Dance/concert.

Saturday 28 April (doors 7pm) 10am - 5pm workshops: British and European folk dances, folk orchestra (playing and arranging folk dance tunes, all ages, all instruments, all abilities), master classes in diatonic accordion, hurdy-gurdy, folk violin, bagpipes. Dance Tune Competition. 7:30pm - 9pm: Blowzabella 9:30pm - 11:30pm: Esquisse

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Tickets Festival pass (includes all events and activities on Fri and Sat): £52 (£12 ages 16 and under)


Hired event

Tender is the Night by F.S.Fitzgerald

Literature at Lunchtime with Dr Jane Mackay Fitzgerald’s wonderful novel is often overlooked for the more famous The Great Gatsby. Set in the 1920s, it explores the troubled marriage of the Divers, based very much on the Fitzgerald’s own tragic marriage. Full of the beautiful people it is also an exploration of the Lost Generation after WW1.

Saturday pass (includes all Saturday workshops and night dance): £38 (£10 ages 16 and under)

The Andi Neate Trio Scottish singer/songwriter Andi Neate is a unique and compelling live performer, with beautifully sculpted songs and crystal clear vocals she has a unique gift for melody, memorable hooks and delightfully offbeat lyrics. Her voice ranges from powerhouse to wistful sweetness; her music style covering folk, rock and jazz... and a touch of a cappella gospel. She has toured worldwide as well as being a regular at UK venues and festivals including Wickerman, Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury. Andi will be showcasing songs with her band from her newly released album Flying in Circles. A talent you can’t afford to ignore -

Saturday workshops only (10am - 5pm): £25 (£5 ages 16 and under)

Maverick magazine

Friday night dance: £15 (£5 ages 16 and under) Saturday night dance: £16 (£5 ages 16 and under) For full programme and further information, including workshop music and places to stay, go to

Tues 1 May £5.50 (£5) Lecture

12.30pm Theatre

Wed 2 May £12 (£10) Popular music

8pm Ballroom

Galliard Ensemble

Adapted by Rachel Laurence From the novels of E.F.Benson

Kathryn Thomas Katherine Spencer Helen Simons Owen Dennis Richard Bayliss

Mapp and Lucia Ahoy! It’s anchors aweigh for the new show from Sandra Hunt and Rachel Laurence, as they bring to glorious life arch rivals Mapp and Lucia, and their friends. Whether swept out to sea on a kitchen table, dabbling in the paranormal or re-enacting the Spanish Armada, the eccentric residents of Tilling by the sea are guaranteed to shiver your timbers and warm your cockles in this exuberant celebration of the very English art of one up(wo)manship. Full steam ahead!

Thurs 3 May £10 (£9, £8*) Drama

8pm Theatre

Flute Clarinet Bassoon Oboe Horn

So & So Circus Theatre

Backgammon for Beginners

Music by Mozart, Taffanel, Bozza, Malcolm Arnold, Macdowell, Holst, Berio. Part of our Classical Music season.

November 1976. A military jet arrives in London and a bemused looking Iranian man in flares steps on to the tarmac. Over the next few years his attempts to comprehend the differences between his past and his present will lead to jumping out of hotel windows, introducing backgammon to London bars, facing the terror of the National Front and stopping trains with his bare hands. It will also lead to broken hearts, secret loves and multiple children. Fusing drama, breathtaking acrobatics, live music and puppetry.

Sat 5 May £16 (£15) Classical Music

Fri 11 May 8pm £12 (£10, £8.50*) Theatre Drama

This concert will be a feast of sound and a must attend for all lovers of wind instruments. One of Britain’s leading chamber groups, the Galliard Ensemble has a lively entertaining and distinctive performance style that has thrilled audiences in Britain and abroad.

8pm Ballroom

Spike Theatre Company

The Games

An ‘undiscovered’ Aristophanes comedy – the story of three Greek nobodies caught up in a celestial bet between Zeus, Hera and Hercules. Our unwitting heroes: Stanzas (a terrible poet), Darius (the runt of the litter) and Hermaphrodite (born a girl) travel to compete in the ancient Olympics and take on the heroes of the sporting world with epic results for mankind and realistic willies. ‘Definitely triple gold.’ - The Stage

Wed 27 June £10 (£9, £8*) Drama

8pm Theatre

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Summer 2012 Highlight



Come in for a browse of our Gallery which is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 9pm (except where marked). Free admission. New College Stamford Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Exhibition of Artwork 2012

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The work on show is inspired by 'Stamford' where the juxtaposition of architectural styles and ethos of the area provides a challenge and stimulus for concept development and production of experimental artworks in multiple disciplines. The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design qualification is a one year pre-degree course designed to prepare students for progression on to Art and Design based careers. Students can progress on to degree courses nationally or to study higher education courses at New College Stamford. Fri 13 Jan to Thurs 26 Jan


Verse 2012: Concrete Poems

Verse 2012: Concrete Poems Calling all schools – we want your concrete poems! As part of Verse 2012: Stamford Poetry Festival, we want to fill the Gallery with concrete poems created by school pupils from Stamford and the surrounding area. If you’re a teacher and would like to submit the work of your class and require further information please contact Thurs 22 Mar to Mon 2 Apr

Fairtrade Fortnight

Welland Valley Art Society

Celebrating 5 years of Stamford as a Fairtrade Town. An exhibition to show the values of Fairtrade to producers, businesses and the local community. Schools, businesses, Fairtrade producers and suppliers will be asked to participate. Visitors to the exhibition will have opportunity to take part in interactive displays. Mon 20 Feb to Sat 3 Mar (10am to 8pm)

This popular local group display their latest range of colourful art work. Most items are for sale. Sun 29 Apr to Fri 11 May (10am to 4pm)

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Youth Theatre

with Martin Tempest & Liz Paige Stamford Youth Theatre provides children and young people with a wonderful foundation in theatre making and performing. In a fun and safe environment, areas covered in weekly workshops include improvisation, role play, character development, vocal technique, mime, movement, text and script work. This year, the groups will work towards a production of Pirates of the Curry Bean in May 2012, which gives the young members the genuine experience of producing a large scale show in a working theatre equipped with lights, sound, set, costume, technical and full dress rehearsals. Ages 8 to 12 Tues 10 Jan - Tues 27 Mar (no class Tues 14 Feb) 4.30pm - 6pm £55 per term Sat 14 Jan - Sat 31 Mar (no class Sat 18 Feb) 10am - 11.30am £55 per term Ages 11 to 16 Mon 9 Jan - Mon 26 Mar (no class Mon 13 Feb) 5.30pm – 7pm £55 per term Sat 14 Jan - Sat 31 Mar (no class Sat 18 Feb) 11.30am - 1pm £55 per term

Stamford Senior Youth Theatre

with Mary Benzies & Claudia Calardo SSYT is a unique young people’s theatre company open to 15 to 24 year olds who are committed to creating exciting, original and innovative theatre. For those young people who are serious about pursuing careers in the dramatic arts and those interested in gaining valuable training and experience, SSYT is the next step. Entry is by annual audition only which happens in July and September prior to the start of the autumn term. Many of the younger members of SSYT have moved up from our Youth Theatre group. SSYT members must be passionate about acting, talented and highly committed. With thanks to South Kesteven District Council, The Lady Dorothy Cecil Trust, Shoestring Theatre Company, Brayshaw Moray Accountants and Friends of SSYT Alan Loft, Penny Calardo and Susan Walsh.

Mon 9 Jan - Mon 26 Mar (no class Mon 13 Feb) 7pm - 9pm £80 per term See page 17 for SSYT’s next production, Torchbearer

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Half Term Workshops

Fun with Clay - Pottery sessions

Colour Box Club

Make all manner of clay creatures and pots from air-drying clay to take home and paint when dry in these fun and fabulous sessions.

Informal arts and craft sessions for the February half term in the Art Room.

Mon 13 Feb 10am - 12pm and/or 1pm - 3pm £8 per child Ages 7 to 12

Google Sketchup

A Fine Yarn!

(my home) Google Sketchup is 3D computer package that enables you to recreate your own home environment in 3D so you can navigate around it from any angle. Participants will need some basic knowledge of using a computer and all ages are welcome.

Inspired by fantasy and fairytales these hugely enjoyable sessions will encourage participants to get creative with yarn! Incorporating various techniques including French Knitting, simple knitting, crochet and more you will have pieces to take home as well as participating in a knitted sculptural piece for display on the day!

After the workshop you will able to download Sketchup at home and use the skills you have gained to produce your own masterpieces at home. Your work will be displayed on YouTube for the whole world to see. Please bring a pack lunch and drinks. Tues 14 Feb 10am - 3pm £25 per child Ages 9 to 16 22

Wed 15 Feb 10am - 12pm and/or 2pm - 4pm £5 per session Ages 4 to 10

Fri 17 Feb 10am - 12pm and/or 1pm - 3pm £10 per child Ages 7+

Have the chance to make a coiled textile vessel or scrap fabric bag with textile artist Lorraine Appleton in this fabulously diverse day. Materials will be supplied but feel free to bring along fabrics, threads and ribbons that you would like to use. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. Tues 3 Apr 10am - 3pm £20 children (£30 accompanying adults)

Many organisations that run workshops for children and teenagers hire Stamford Arts Centre on a regular basis. For more information visit their websites or give them a call on the contact details below: Tumble Tots

Ages 9+

Colour Box Club Informal arts and craft sessions for the Easter holidays in the Art Room. Wed 4 Apr & Wed 11 Apr 10am - 12pm and/or 2pm - 4pm £5 per session Ages 4 to 10

Easter Holidays

Rags to Riches

Meet on Mondays Amanda Jackson 01832 272127

Wildcats Meet Tuesdays and Saturdays plus one-off specials during school holidays Caz Dolby 07725 915 333

Hurst Children’s Theatre Group T-Shirt Makeover! Design your very own T-Shirt with talented textile artist Lorraine Appleton. You can make fabric flowers and corsages and paint and decorate your T-shirt or go for a more beastly design! Please bring a plain T-shirt with you. Suitable for 8 years and over - please wear old clothes or bring an apron. Thurs 5 Apr 10am - 12pm and/or 1pm - 3pm £15 per session Ages 8+

Meet on Wednesdays Bryony Hurst 07771 573 410

Movie Makers Martin Tempest 07729 304 795 23

Regular Adult Workshops

Monday Art Class

Traditional and Contemporary Drawing and Painting

with Heather Harrisson

with Catherine Headley

Get inspired! Friendly afternoon drop-in sessions for both beginners and improvers with qualified art teacher, Heather, who will help you develop your drawing and painting skills. Term starts with observation drawing in pencil, charcoal or pastels, and each week there is a Still Life or floral theme to work from. There is a range of resources available on the work of both modern and traditional artists. Focusing mainly on painting in acrylics, we welcome anyone wanting to work in watercolour or oils. To begin with you will need to bring an A3 sketchpad, a putty rubber and range of pencils from 2B to 6B.

You may prefer to follow a traditional style of painting or to venture into new ways of expressing yourself; this is a class for learning to draw, how to mix and apply paint: watercolour, oil or acrylics and finding your own style; what you want to say in your art. All levels of ability are welcome and Catherine will discuss with you your ambitions and help you to learn the skills you need in order to fulfill them. Friendly, informal with demonstrations and lots of variations in projects. If you need to buy painting materials, Catherine suggests waiting until you have been to the first session, when she will be able to advise you on what to purchase.

Mon 9 Jan - Mon 26 Mar (no class Mon 13 Feb) 1.15pm - 3.15pm £6 (£5.50) weekly

The first session will be drawing so please bring: 3b pencil, Edding 55 drawing pen, Staedtler plastic rubber, A3 sketchbook or good quality paper min. weight of 180gsm. Support for sketchbook such as a thin piece of mdf approx 43 x 32cms.

Dance Ballroom and Latin American

Beginners Drawing

Beginners Watercolour II

Are you one of many who say they cannot draw a straight line? Everyone can learn to draw and Catherine will demonstrate each step of transferring something that you see on to paper. Learn a lot and take home some drawings.

With Catherine’s demonstrations and guidance another opportunity to practise this fascinating medium. You do not need to have attended the first water colour session in order to benefit from this one.

Ann Gibbons Dance So you’ve thought about ballroom dancing and not sure where to start? Can’t quite remember what you did before? Or perhaps you want to learn some new routines? Then we have the class for you. Learning to dance is a great way for all ages to have fun! Beginners: 7.15pm to 8.00pm Improvers: 7.45pm to 8.45pm Advanced: 8.30pm to 9.30pm


Enrolment is to Ann Gibbons at the first session of each half term Tues 10 Jan - Tues 7 Feb £30 per person for 5 weeks Tues 21 Feb - Tues 27 Mar £36 per person for 6 weeks (no class Tues 14 Feb)

Tues 10 Jan - Tues 20 Mar (no class Tues 14 Feb) 9.30am - 12.30pm £123 (£110) for 10 weeks

Please bring A3 sketch book (150/200/220gsm), support for sketchbook ie a thin piece of MDF approx 45x32cm, 3b pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener.

Sun 22 Jan £30

10am - 4pm

Please bring 3b pencil, large sheet 56x76cm Bockingford or Cotman watercolour paper minimum weight 300gsm cut into quarters and two quarters in half again 19x28cm. A drawing board ie 34x32cm MDF, Watercolour brush and paints*. *If you do not have these Catherine can supply you for the day at a cost of £2 and will advise you on what to purchase should you wish to do so.

Sun 4 Mar £30

10am - 4pm

Please note that the Arts Centre Coffee Shop is not open on Sundays

Painting and Drawing

Sculpture Class

Life Drawing

with Mike Alabaster

with David Rushton

with Jonty Meyer

with Joanna Crawford

Based around observational drawing and painting, with a particular emphasis on portraiture and the human figure.

Students of all abilities are welcome in these relaxed and friendly workshops. Experienced Art Teacher, David, will show you how to explore exciting and interesting topics, such as ‘Pictures that Tell a Story’- starting with drawing, and finishing with your choice of media. David gives group demonstrations, visual stimuli, and one-to-one tuition, as needed. You will produce your own original and personal art pieces, mastering your favourite, or a range of, art materials.

Join in on a Wednesday evening or Friday morning. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, sculptor and artist Jonty Meyer will teach you skills to advance your artistry. Students will learn to create a sculpture in clay working from a model. Beginning with building the armature, Jonty teaches you to recognise the basic forms, planes, symmetry and proportions. Once completed, your sculpture will prepared for firing in the kiln for you to pick up on a later date.

Take this opportunity to be guided in drawing the nude figure. Experienced artists and beginners are equally welcome to this challenging but rewarding class.

Wed 11 Jan - Wed 28 Mar (no class Wed 15 Feb) 10am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 4pm £82 (£78) for 11 weeks or £8 (£7.50) weekly

Wed 11 Jan - Wed 28 Mar (no class Wed 15 Feb) 7.30pm - 10pm

There will also be occasional still life sessions to support the development of skills in estimating correct proportions, rendering tone, colour and texture, and in arranging a pleasing composition. Contact: 01780 763806 Tues 10 Jan - Tues 27 Mar (no class Tues 14 Feb) 7.30pm - 10pm £88 for 11 weeks or £10 weekly

Life Drawing Class No Tuition. Please telephone Mike Alabaster for more details on 01780 763806 Thurs 12 Jan - Thurs 29 Mar 7.30pm - 10pm £5 per week

Regular Adult Workshops

Taken from Life

Thurs 12 Jan - Thurs 29 Mar (no class Thurs 16 Feb) 10am - 12.30pm £40 for first half term / £48 for second half term or £10 weekly

Fri 13 Jan - Fri 30 Mar (no class Fri 17 Feb) 10am - 12.30pm £50 for first half term / £60 for second half term or £12 weekly 25

Regular Adult Workshops

Shoestring Theatre Company

Woven Chords with Liz Underhill

An 80 member strong mixed voice community choir that sings unaccompanied harmony songs from around the world. All songs are taught by ear in an informal and friendly setting. No auditions, no need to read music, no previous experience necessary - if you can speak then you can sing! Led by Liz Underhill who is also musical director of sister world music choir, Global Harmony, in Melton Mowbray. At present still open to new members. Thurs 12 Jan - Thurs 29 Mar (no class Thurs 16 Feb) 7.30pm - 9.30pm £52 (£48) for 11 weeks

Guitar Academy This group class is aimed at beginners to advanced players of any age. It’s a fun social environment to learn how to understand and play music. The class caters to hobbyist guitar players, songwriters or technical players as well as facilitating any style of playing be it Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical or Folk. The material covered is optional for each student and they have choices to learn sight reading, music theory, lead playing, songwriting and improvisation or to just learn a few songs. Sat 7 Jan - Sat 21 Apr 3.30pm - 5.30pm 26

£20 per student per session

Shoestring is our resident amateur repertory company, performing four productions a year in the theatre. Their repertoire ranges from contemporary to classical, comedy to tragedy. They also arrange occasional play readings and community events. Newcomers welcome both on and off stage. Please contact membership secretary, Sally Cowly on 01780 753816 or visit Weekly rehearsal nights Monday, Wednesday and Thursday See page 11 for Shoestring’s spring production, Loot.

with Cathi Prince

Wet Felting Decorative Bowl Sat 21 Jan £20

10am - 3pm

Learn to Draw Botanicals

Cute Corsage Sat 25 Feb £15

Group discounts available.

10am - 1pm

Rag Rug Making

Sat 7 Jan Sun 8 Jan Sat 21 Apr All courses per person per day: 10am - 4pm £36

Start to Crochet

Easter Trees

Sat 11 Feb £10

Sat 17 Mar £20

10am - 3pm

Start to Knit Sat 4 Feb £10

10am - 1pm

Jewellery Making for Beginners Sat 4 Feb £15

1.30pm - 4.30pm

10am - 1pm

Bead and Button Hearts Sat 11 Feb £15

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Crafty Cushions Sat 18 Feb

This inspiring interior design workshop is based on a one day project. It's filled with hands on exercises to help you transform your home with the help of a professional.

Sat 25 Feb £12

Learn the traditional skills to make your own small stained glass panel. With a selection of patterns and a variety of coloured and textured glass, you will be guided through all the processes; cutting the glass to shape, fitting the lead and soldering it together so that you will end the day with your own unique coloured panel. All materials and equipment are provided.

Sat 28 Jan £20

Interior Design Day

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Collage Cards Sat 3 Mar £18

10am - 3pm

Mosaic Workshop Sat 10 Mar £18

10am - 3pm

10am - 4pm

Look, Learn and Draw - Bugs, Beasts and Botanicals Sat 24 Mar £20

10am - 4pm

Thurs 26 Jan 10am - 4pm £85 (£65)

One-off Adult Workshops

Heart Stitch Saturday Workshops

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Introductory Leaded Stained Glass Workshop

10am - 4pm £20 27

One-off Adult Workshops Box Office 01780 763203 28

Lift Your Heart and Sing

Harmonica Workshop

Rag Rug Making Workshop

Colour Your Home

This fantastic opportunity to work with Alison, an inspiring teacher with tremendous warmth, humour and an infectious and uplifting passion for singing, will take you out of the ordinary, transcend your worries and open your heart.

Back by popular demand, harmonica master Steve has written all new workshops especially for Stamford Arts Centre whether you’re a complete beginner or more advanced, including pop, rock, folk and blues material. Harmonicas (diatonic) in C are available on the day for £8.

Learn this thrifty and practical craft with Lincolnshire Textile artist Lorraine Appleton. Create something beautiful to take home and make into a cushion, rug or wall hanging. Materials will be included but if you have fabrics that you would like to recycle – please bring them along. Suitable ages 16+

Join this inspiring fun filled workshop and learn how to use colour in interiors. This practical workshop will give you all the tools you need to transform your home.

Fabulous songs, rocking rhythms, glorious global harmonies, songs with spirit and heart.

Steve is an awe inspiring player. I have learned to play blues harmonica from zero in 4 hours!

A singing workshop with Alison Whittall

For complete beginners or those who regularly sing – a chance to improve your voice with expert tuition in developing pitch, extending vocal range, developing use of breath and body. Everyone welcome – no experience necessary. Suitable ages 16+ Sat 18 Feb £15 (£13)

10am - 4pm

with Steve Lockwood

Very enjoyable. Superb instructor. Probably life changing for me Two satisfied harmonica customers

Sat 18 Feb Sat 24 Mar Sat 14 Apr £25

1:30pm - 5.30pm 1:30pm - 5.30pm 1:30pm - 5.30pm

Sat 17 Mar £36

Group discount available. Thurs 22 Mar £85 (£65)

10am - 4pm

10am - 3pm

Belly Dancing with Ms Jae

Move your body to fabulous rhythms and exotic music in this introduction to Turkish Belly Dancing - also a low impact exercise! Wear a close fitting top and lightweight long skirt, gym trousers or leggings. If you fancy dressing up, go for it! Ms Jae qualified in the Middle East and Spain. Fri 10 Feb 7pm - 9pm £7.50


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Meres Events

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The Meres Leisure Centre, Trent Road, Grantham, Lincs, NG31 7XQ

The Solid Silver Sixties Show Starring Peter Noone (I’m Into Something Good), Chris Montez (Let’s Dance), Brian Pool (Silence is Golden) and backed by Vanity Fare. They say that if you remember the 60s, you weren’t there so fill that gap in your memory with The Solid Silver 60s Show and relive the 60s with original artists singing their greatest hits! Thurs 8 Mar 7.30pm £23 + £1 booking fee

The Little Big Club Featuring Bob The Builder, Barney, Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam, Thomas & Friends and Pingu live on stage in concert, this all-new 90-minute musical adventure is a fabulous stage show experience for the whole family packed with the songs the characters are famous for! Sat 17 Mar 1pm & 3.30pm £12 (£10 child) £42 family of four (£40 if before 17 Jan 2012) + £1 booking fee

Further and Higher Education Courses

available now at New College Stamford in Art and Design • Photography • Media Performing Arts • Music • Graphics • Fashion

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Stars of BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing


Get up close and personal with Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Virshilas and Pasha Kovalev in an evening of exhibition dance routines featuring the Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Jive and more. The show, which also features two exceptional guest dancers, includes a question and answer session with the Strictly Stars and the chance for young dancers to get involved. Fri 13 Apr 7.30pm £23 (£22) + £1 booking fee

Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order Brand new show, brand new jokes - same old Jimmy. Gagging Order promises to be a hilarious night out… let’s see shall we. The show will be packed with one-liners, stories and jokes, some clever, some rude and a few - totally unacceptable. Everybody’s welcome, just leave your conscience, sense of common decency and moral compass at home and come on out for a laugh. Fri 5 Oct 8pm £25 + £1 booking fee

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Music at St Martins: Oundle School in Concert St Martin’s Church, Stamford Bach: Vivaldi: Rutter: Finzi:

Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Concerto in A major for 2 violins Pieces from Suite Antique Five bagatelles for clarinet and orchestra

Walton: Two pieces from the Henry 5th suite Vocal music by Henry Purcell Special Meal Deals available at the Bull & Swan: £20 - £25 for two courses and glass of wine. Price includes concert ticket. Contact 01780 766412 Sat 4 Feb 7.30pm £10 (£8, £3 students) Free to accompanied children

Divers Voices, Come and Listen MISSA AVE MARIA - Ashewell St Martin’s Church, Stamford Led by Jeremy Summerly Saturday 10th March 12 noon-1 pm; 2.15pm - 4.15pm. Presentation of music 5 -5.30 pm. Tickets: Free (a retiring collection will be taken)

Peterborough Cathedral, Minster Precincts Music in honour of Mary including works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bruckner Pergolesi, and Tavener. Peterborough Cathedral Choir and Festival Chorus Charivari Agréable Directed by Andrew Reid Sat 24 Mar 7.30pm £12.50 (£6 under 18s) PCMA Members: £10 (£3 under 18s)

Local Events

The Riverside Festival returns for 2012 and Stamford Arts Centre is proud to act as official ticket seller. Tickets can be purchased from our box office but will also be on sale on the gate. Features 30 bands, artists, family entertainment and a wide range of refreshments. Sat 7 July Adult ticket: £5 Accompanied Under 12’s: £3 Accompanied Under 5’s: Free

Ave Maria

From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields St John’s Church, Ryhall A concert of Czech choral music given by Burghley Voices, conducted by Fergus Black. Sat 24 Mar 7.30pm £8 (£5) Free to accompanied children

Stamford Choral: Bach St John Passion Peterborough Cathedral With Charivari Agréable Symphonie, an authentic period band. Conducted by Jeremy Jepson Sat 12 May 7.30pm Nave: £15 (£14) Side Aisle: £8 (£7) Children: £1

Music at St Martin’s: Early Music Workshop Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford (Palestrina, Josquin, Willaert et al) led by Giles Turner Music provided free of charge (contact 01780 766364) Sat 21 Apr £10 (£8, £3 students) 2pm - 5pm; teas at 5pm; performance at 6pm Performance only: £8 Performance without tea: £5 Free to accompanied children

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There are many ways that you can show your support for your local Arts Centre.

Become an Artscene member

Become a Friend of Stamford Senior Youth Theatre

Support the arts in South Kesteven by becoming an Artscene member. You will receive discounts and priority booking for the majority of arts events including shows, films and workshops (please note that sometimes discounts are unavailable). Membership costs £18 per year for one person and £23 for two people. Your membership can also be used at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham.

Stamford Senior Youth Theatre (SSYT) is a unique theatre company open to 15 to 24 year olds who are committed to creating exciting, original and innovative theatre. In order to ensure SSYT's fantastic work can be continued, the group has launched a 'Friends of SSYT' scheme for those who wish to show their support for this brilliant society. Become a Friend for just £45 per year (September 2011 to July 2012).



There are sponsorship opportunities available for our Live, Film and Classical Music programmes as well as Stamford Senior Youth Theatre, the Music in Quiet Places concert series and selected events. There are many ways your organisation can benefit from sponsoring Stamford Arts Centre and we will work with you to tailor your package.

A simple and cost-free way of helping Stamford Arts Centre is to let us know if you can display our brochure, flyers and/or posters in your shop, on your public notice board/window or even in your organisations staff room. You can join our mailing list and choose which brochures your business would like to receive; we will post a small quantity to you at the start of each season. If you are located within walking distance, we can bring them round!

Advertise It is now possible to advertising in our live events brochure. At competitive prices, your advert will be seen by 20,000 people.

To find out more about any of the above opportunities, contact our Marketing and Publicity Officer, Kimberley Taylor:

call 01780 480846 or email

Whatever you are planning, you can hold your event, meeting, class or reception at Stamford Arts Centre. Situated in the preserved, historic town centre of Stamford and only a short walk from car parks and the train station, we have a wide range of spaces available for private or company hire including the beautiful ballroom, smaller meeting rooms, rehearsal and art rooms. On special occasions the theatre can be available for hire but this is dependent on the theatre and cinema programmes.

Hire the Venue

Hire the Venue.

For brilliant value, our experienced professional team are on hand to help you ensure that your event runs smoothly from start to finish. The Coffee Shop, Cellar and Gallery Bars are on site and provide excellent food and drink services as well as being extremely convenient to our hirers.

Situated on the ground floor, the magnificent ballroom is a large, versatile space with full disabled access.

Blue Room Directly next door to the Ballroom, the Blue Room is often hired together with the Ballroom dependent on your requirements. The Blue Room can seat up to 40.

Art Room Our art room is a lovely light space perfect for arts and craft workshops

Rehearsal Room Open rehearsal space on the first floor for up to 40 people

Burley, Exeter and Ireson Rooms Various sized meeting rooms on the first floor with maximum capacities of 8 and 16 people

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For more information visit our website or contact Front of House Manager, Emma Oglesbee:

call 01780 480846 or email



Booking information


Pop in to our box office for more information and to order your tickets. You can also call us on 01780 763203 or book online at

We regret that we are unable to exchange tickets or to refund money. If an event is sold out, we will try to resell unwanted tickets - an administration fee of £1 per transaction* is charged for this service and we will issue a credit note for you to use against a future purchase. *Only charged if tickets are sold on.

We open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 8.00pm (Please note, on busy show nights, telephone bookings can only be taken up until 7.30pm). You may pay by CASH, CHEQUE (made payable to South Kesteven District Council) or CREDIT/DEBIT CARD.

Ticket Collection You can collect your prepaid tickets from the box office at any time leading up to the performance, or we can post them to you for a charge of 45p.

Reservations Tickets for live events (not cinema), may also be provisionally reserved over the phone. Payment must be made within three working days or half an hour before the performance, whichever is sooner. Failure to do so may result in the tickets being released for resale.

Free mailing & emailing list Discounts

Box Office 01780 763203

Discounts (priced in brackets) vary from show to show. Generally they are available to Artscene members, children & students, unwaged, over 60s, disabled patrons & their companion. Prices marked with a star indicate a further discount for students and groups of 10 or more (including school/ college groups). Occasionally, discounts are unavailable for certain events organised by outside organisations, for which we are only a ticket agent. If you’re aged 16 to 26 look out for the Ticket16:26 logo on selected events to get your ticket for £3.50.


Group Bookings If you are planning to bring a large group to a show, please contact the box office to see if we can help organise your trip or, if there is no star-marked price, we may still be able to offer you a discount.

Gift Vouchers You can buy a Gift Voucher for any amount you require from the box office.

To join our free postal and emailing list, give your details to the box office and we’ll make sure you’re kept informed. Customers on our mailing list will only receive information about events promoted by Stamford Arts Centre, events sold through our ticket agency or events promoted by South Kesteven District Council.

Access The ballroom, gallery, box office and coffee shop are all on the ground floor and easily accessible. There is a platform lift to the theatre with two spaces for wheelchairs in the theatre. Please let the box office know in advance if you wish to reserve a wheelchair space and if you require an adjoining seat for a companion. The theatre has an induction loop – hearing aids should be switched to the T position. Toilet facilities are available close to both the theatre and the ballroom and we have baby changing facilities. If you need further information or assistance, please talk to the Box Office staff prior to your visit who will be glad to help. The front step is ramped. Please note that no children under the age of two are allowed in the theatre/cinema. If you have a child of 8 or under at a workshop we recommend you do not leave the building. Sorry no under 2s in the theatre.

Craft Fairs

We have many regular hirers and groups that meet at the arts centre. Some of the contacts are listed below:-

Stamford Artisans Guild Craft Markets The Stamford Artisans Guild is an independent, not-for-profit craft group which is organised by local artists, designers and makers from Stamford and surrounding areas. The Guild organises handmade craft markets to showcase the wonderful creative talent of local Artisans and our visitors have the opportunity to meet the Artisans and talk to them about their work.

Weightwatchers (meet Wednesday mornings) 1-2-3 Success 08457 123 000

Nicky Hayes Yoga 07739 589810

Welland Valley Arts Society Alan Lyne 01780 481377

Music Explorers 4 to 11 Years Julie Digby 01778 560305

Pilates Chris Sharp 07966371402

Pilates Sarah Coups 07890 647924

Fit4all Trudi Ward-Walters

Town Walks Stamford Blue Badge Guide Jill Collinge 01780 410780

For more information visit or email or call 07505 195345.

contact information Stamford Arts Centre 27 St Mary’s Street Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DL box office 01780 763203 admin/marketing 01780 480846 tourist information 01780 755611 coffee shop & cellar bar 01780 753458

A mile off the A1, Stamford is easy to find. Parking is available at Wharf Road, Cattle Market, Bath Row and St Leonard’s St car parks. All are free after 6pm (see map). There is parking for disabled drivers close to the Arts Centre in St Mary’s Street and in nearby St George’s Square. You can print off a local map from

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Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham 01476 406158


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Tender is the Night The Andi Neate Trio Mapp and Lucia Ahoy! Galliard Ensemble Backgammon for Beginners

John Hegley: Monsieur Robinet Death in Venice plus film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Benyounes Quartet Teddy’s Sports Day 80 Days Around the World Broad Street Shops Martin Harley Band SSYT: Torchbearer Blowzabella Festival

NT Live: The Comedy of Errors David Swarbrick The Snail and the Whale European Union Chamber Orchestra The Quiet American Loot Comedy Club Hazel O’Connor Steve Hicks and Peter Finger The Secret Garden Stamford Chamber Orchestra Stamford Civic Society Lecture Bette and Joan Ian McMillan: Talking Myself Home NT Live: She Stoops to Conquer Dead Poets & Poet Laureate Final Candy Kate the Pyscho Baker Shetland Boy

Stamford Civic Society Lecture The Tradegy of Macbeth Deep Blue Sea plus film Sensual Africa NT Live: Travelling Light Wihan Quartet Hullaba Lulu Red Riding Hood Stamford Civic Society Lecture Plaques, facts and misinformation Beverley Craven: The Laid Bare Tour Tibet - Alert Stamford Civic Society Lecture Explore! By Paul Rose

Aladdin Mediva The life and work of Alexandre Dumas + film Fall of the House of Usher Tannahill Weavers Stamford Chamber Orchestra George Alagiah Comedy Club


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Cinema Ballroom Theatre Ballroom Theatre Theatre Ballroom Ballroom Theatre Theatre Ballroom Theatre Theatre Theatre Cinema Ballroom Art Room Theatre

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Lit at Lunch Popular Music Drama Classical Music Drama

Verse 2012 Lit at Lunch Children’s Theatre Classical Music Children’s Theatre Children’s Theatre Local Lecture Folk Drama Folk

Satellite Broadcast Folk Children’s Theatre Classical Music Lit at Lunch Drama Comedy Popular Music Folk Children’s Theatre Classical Music Lecture Drama Verse 2012 Satellite Broadcast Verse 2012 Verse 2012 Verse 2012

Lecture Drama Lit at Lunch Contemporary Dance Satellite Broadcast Classical Music Children’s Theatre Children’s Theatre Lecture Local Lecture Popular Music Film/Talk Lecture RGS Lecture

Panto Classical Music Lit at Lunch Film/music Folk Classical Music Talk Comedy


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