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Hello. The Live & Local Warwickshire Rural & Community Touring Network helps voluntary promoter groups bring rural communities together to enjoy high-quality, entertaining and affordable professional live theatre, music, dance and family shows (and film screenings) at a wide range of community venues, from village halls, to churches, to schools. Tickets are sold locally. For show information, ticket prices and to book, please call the local promoter directly on the telephone number below each event listing. Get ticket on-sale alerts. To request email notification when sales open for shows in your community please visit: Ticket prices range from £5 - £15. Many of the shows featured are suitable for family audiences and age recommendations are provided for guidance. Disability access. All venues have a commitment to access for disabled people; many have full access and a range of facilities, and others are working towards this goal. For venue and access information, please visit: All brochure details are correct at the time of going to print, but please check the website for any changes. Please note that provision of refreshments varies between venues and some may be unable to serve alcohol. Please check bar/catering facilities when booking tickets.


JANUARY DATE Sat 18 Sat 18

COMMUNITY Bulkington Kineton

Thu 23


Sat 25

Baddesley Ensor

SHOW / PERFORMER Bonfire Radicals Ashley Hutchings & Becky Mills Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

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Kenilworth Eathorpe Stretton on Dunsmore Atherstone Claverdon

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE Kathryn Roberts 05 & Sean Lakeman Kathryn Roberts 05 & Sean Lakeman The Little Prince 06 Hilary James & Simon Mayor 06 Black Treacle 07 Sam Lewis 07 Wendy Kirkland Quartet 08

COMMUNITY Bishampton Coleshill Stoke Golding Kineton Fairfield

SHOW / PERFORMER Black Treacle Kiriki Club The Beautiful Game The Beautiful Game Scratchy Beard

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DATE Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sat 25

COMMUNITY Bulkington Willoughby Atherstone Pailton

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Thu 30


SHOW / PERFORMER Harbottle & Jonas The Mechanicals Band The Mechanicals Band Máire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman Dudley: The Jazz Of Dudley Moore

MARCH DATE Fri 06 Sat 14 Sat 21 Sun 22 Sat 28



Live & Local Warwickshire Rural & Community Touring Network is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Warwickshire local authorities, and is made possible by the support of local voluntary promoter groups.

Live & Local Ltd., Pageant House, 2 Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW 01926 402 173 / 01




Wed 13 Stratford-Upon-Avon Sat 16


Sat 16 Sat 23 Sun 24 Thu 28 Fri 29

Marton Fillongley Bulkington Pailton Willoughby

SHOW / PERFORMER Dudley: The Jazz Of Dudley Moore Ma Bessie & The Pigfoot Band Ma Bessie & The Pigfoot Band One Side Lies The Sea Moscow Drug Club Scratchy Beard Bush Gothic Bonfire Radicals

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PROJECTS Inn Crowd: Live Performances In Pubs


BONFIRE RADICALS IN CONCERT One of the most exciting and eclectic groups on the folk/world scene, the Bonfire Radicals translate a wide variety of influences – from gorgeous medieval and Celtic folk to dynamic eastern European jazz-swing to punchy world-beats, and all points in between – into a distinctive and quite staggeringly special sound. Armed with emotive vocals, richly melodic classical recorders and woodwind, soaring fiddle and a tight, rocking rhythm section, and ranging from delicate unaccompanied singing to pyrotechnic folk-rock, theirs is a boldly original and high-spirited, at times gloriously chaotic, live stage show. ★★★★ Songlines Magazine Ages: 6+ Sat 18 Jan 7.30pm Bulkington Community & Conference Centre CV12 9JB

ASHLEY HUTCHINGS & BECKY MILLS THE BEGINNINGS OF FAIRPORT CONVENTION Happy 50th birthday (and a bit) to hugely influential musical trailblazers turned national treasures Fairport Convention. Here Fairport co-founder and 'Guv'nor of British folk-rock' Ashley Hutchings traces the band's early years, its triumphs, its tragedies, and it's acknowledged origination of English folk-rock. In this very special 'spoken word and music' celebration, Ashley draws from his 1967 diary to vividly paint the group's formation and the late sixties music scene, and is joined on reworkings of songs from his Fairport career by impressive singer/guitarist Becky Mills: folkrock history unspooling before your very eyes and ears.

‘Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk rock.’ Bob Dylan Ages: 10+

02476 494 094 Fri 29 May 7.30pm Willoughby Village Hall CV23 8BH 01788 891 898


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Sat 18 Jan 7.30pm Kineton Sports & Social Club CV35 0DT 01926 641 024



KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN IN CONCERT BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo winners 2013 and 2016. Long established as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are 'songwriters par excellence' (fRoots Magazine), their music tuneful, intelligent and soulful. Here, Kathryn's powerful voice is matched against Sean's driving guitar on a set of impressive modern folk songs and heartfelt traditional numbers, switching from thoughtful ballads to stomping acoustic rock. Affecting and entertaining.

‘One of the most assured and entertaining duos on the folk scene.’

An utterly charming retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's world-famous children's story about a prince who leaves behind his own tiny asteroid (and beloved rose) and journeys to Earth. Here he comes face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups and discovers the beauty of friendship and the complexity of love. Brought to life with an awardwinning mix of playful storytelling, stunning dancetheatre and enchanting song, this is a brilliant theatrical experience to entertain and connect the entire family.

fRoots Magazine


Ages: 10+

‘Charming, imaginative and playful.’

Thu 23 Jan 7.30pm Eathorpe Village Hall CV33 9DE 01926 632 564 Sat 25 Jan 7.30pm Baddesley Ensor Village Hall CV9 2DF 01827 712 020 Sat 01 Feb 7.30pm The Bridge Church, Redditch B97 4JX 01527 542 281 Sun 02 Feb 7.30pm Desford Village Hall LE9 9GN 01455 823 537 05

HILARY JAMES & SIMON MAYOR TEARS OF LAUGHTER The combination of Simon Mayor's renowned mandolin wizardry and Hilary James' 'elegant singing' (Daily Telegraph) and unusual bass instruments are brought to 'a witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers' – and some of their own gruesomely hilarious children's songs and notorious comic songs – 'spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour' (The Guardian). All wrapped up in an entertaining stage show and a lively wit as dry as Somerset cider, this is a monstrously enjoyable evening.

‘Evocative virtuosity… uplifting and a joy.’ Daily Telegraph

The Stage ★★★★ The Observer Ages: 5+ Produced in association with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (making the best dance happen in small spaces), supported by Arts Council England.

‘Sheer musical brilliance.’ BBC World Service Ages: 6+ Thu 13 Feb 7.30pm Eathorpe Village Hall CV33 9DE 01926 632 564

Fri 07 Feb 7pm The Kenilworth Centre CV8 1QJ 01926 855 205 06

ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN THEATRE COMPANY BLACK TREACLE A thrilling theatrical experience inspired by Thomas Hardy's gripping Wessex novel of love, loss, malign destiny and unjust society, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891). Featuring evocative live folk music, this excellent drama immerses you in the raucous joviality of a 19th-century May Day country fête where the fateful relationship between country girl Tess and parson's son Angel Clare begins. Music is played, dances are taught, and tragedy unfolds. Evoking both Hardy's lyricism and love of rural life, and his protest against the prejudices of the world he inhabited, this is an outstanding piece of work. Ages: 12+ Anonymous Is A Woman is an Associate Artist of the Live & Local DART programme (developing artists for rural touring).

Sat 22 Feb 7.30pm Stretton on Dunsmore Village Hall CV23 9NA 07851 433 441 Fri 06 Mar 7.30pm Bishampton Villages Hall WR10 2LY 01386 462 306 07

SAM LEWIS IN CONCERT Phenomenal tumbleweed Americana from rising Nashville singer-songwriter Sam Lewis. With a storyteller's eye, rich soulful vocals, stirring guitar and compelling, wellcrafted songs – distilling the simplicity of Willie Nelson, the poetry of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Ray Charles – this is swampy Southern country roots with an emotional, political punch. A laid-back sound that evokes dark bourbon rippling over ice.

‘Absolute knockout… ace!!’ BBC Wales ★★★★

WENDY KIRKLAND QUARTET PIANO DIVAS One of the great unsung heroines of British jazz, Chesterfield-based Wendy Kirkland presents her critically acclaimed tribute to female jazz pianist-singers like herself; fresh arrangements of songs made famous by wonderful jazzwomen from Nina Simone, Eliane Elias and Shirley Horn to Tania Maria and Dena DeRose. A huge touring hit, this is a varied and vastly entertaining evening of jazz song brought to new life by Wendy's highly accomplished pianism and warm, eloquent voice – likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall – and the superb musicianship of her top-class band.

KIRIKI CLUB IN CONCERT Swing is king. Kiriki Club makes the party happen, bringing a raw, energetic performance style to an eclectic brew of vintage 1940's/50's jumpin' R&B, speak-easy swing, fabulous rock 'n' roll, dance-floor fillers, surprising versions of pop classics, and exotic sounds from around the world. Bringing together a stellar line-up of multi-lingual multiinstrumentalists from Wales, Portugal, Austria and Birmingham they harvest the music of their homelands to mesmerising effect, with blistering musicianship, vocal acrobatics and luscious harmonies that never fail to pack the dance floor. Brilliant fun, they rock it!

‘He sounds from another time, or timeless. Either way, good.’

‘Mellow and stylish.’

Mojo Magazine

Sunday Times

Ages: 6+

★★★★ Blues Magazine


Ages: 7+

‘Proper jazz piano, excellent band, very classy.’

USA. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Portugal/Austria/UK. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends. Produced in association with the Live & Local DART programme (developing artists for rural touring).

The Observer

★★★★ Total Theatre

Ages: 10+ Fri 28 Feb 7.30pm Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone CV9 1DG 01827 713 634

Sat 14 Mar 7pm Coleshill Town Hall B46 3BG

Fri 28 Feb 7.30pm

01675 463 326

Claverdon Church Centre CV35 8PD 01926 843 234 08

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All event entries provide venue postcodes so you can locate them on sat-nav and GPS devices. Communities with active local venues are marked in red.

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Thurlaston • • Dunchurch Bubbenhall • Bourton on Dunsmore • •Willoughby Eathorpe • • Marton

• Long Itchington Claverdon • WARWICK ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA Chase Meadows• • Bishop's Tachbrook Southam • Sherbourne

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• Rous Lench

Church Lench • Bishampton



•Lighthorne • Kineton

• Preston on Stour

•Pershore • •Evesham Bretforton

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Football. Some love it, others loathe it, but we can't deny that it is somehow present in all our lives. This inventive, playful words-music-dancephysical theatre show is a witty look at Britain's undying obsession with 'the beautiful game', celebrating everything from weird match day rituals to ridiculous armchair punditry. Made in collaboration with die-hard football fans and players, set to a backdrop of famous commentaries and catchy chant-a-long hits, and passionately performed by four charismatic and highly athletic female dancers, this nostalgic show dynamically portrays all the highs and lows, the artistry and absurdity of British football.

An ebullient evening of music and songs rooted in the intoxicating swing of Django Reinhardt-like gypsy jazz, adorned by the spirit of AngloCeltic folk storytelling songs and spiced with a gentle nod to rootsy blues.

David Harbottle and Freya Jonas are a stunning young Devon-based husband and wife folk duo with eclectic flare, distinctive solo voices and radiant vocal harmonies. Their combination of rich traditional folk and original and powerful narrative songwriting has received plaudits aplenty from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman and Jon Boden (Bellowhead).

In this delightful gem of a concert, The Mechanicals Band, led by the exceptional song-smith Wes Finch, and galvanised by their love of literature, draw on the words of Shakespeare, WB Yeats, William Blake, Phillip Larkin, John Masefield and more for their witty, erudite, and achingly lovely songs. With a blast of originality and fantastic energy, they combine bittersweet acoustic ballads, subtle folk-classical music, jazz, chanson and enchanting poetry recitation into a live show of infectious goodwill and sense of occasion.

From life-affirming high spirits to deep melancholy, this globally informed Warwickshire quartet – guitar/cello/clarinet/drums and combined vocals – manage it all to perfection, playing with an intimacy and rapport between musicians and audience that is thrilling. A beguiling joy. Ages: 12+

Delivered with two proudly honest regional English accents, a good degree of humour and a whirlwind of concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, acoustic guitar and dobra this is a 'thoroughly enjoyable' (Jon Boden) evening of beautiful folk music.

Sat 28 Mar 6.30pm

Ages: 7+

Fairfield Village Hall B61 9LZ


07762 749 943

‘Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements.’

Produced in association with the Live & Local DART programme (developing artists for rural touring).

Sun 24 May 7.30pm

Sat 21 Mar 8pm

Bulkington Community & Conference Centre CV12 9JB

Stoke Golding Village Hall CV13 6EA

02476 494 094

07940 512 018 Sun 22 Mar 6.30pm Kineton Sports & Social Club CV35 0DT

Ages: 8+ The Mechanicals Band previously known as the Rude Mechanicals Band.

Fri 24 Apr 7.30pm

Americana UK

Willoughby Village Hall CV23 8BH

Ages: 16+

01788 891 898 Sat 25 Apr 7.30pm

Thu 23 Apr 7.30pm Bulkington Community & Conference Centre CV12 9JB 02476 494 094

Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone CV9 1DG 01827 713 634

01926 641 024 11

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When it comes to virtuoso work on the harp the Irish player Máire Ní Chathasaigh is in a class of her own. Matched against the thrilling guitar of Chris Newman, 'one of the UK's greatest guitarists' (BBC Radio 2), they are a 'truly electrifying combination' (The Stage).

Dudley Moore's fame as a beloved comic actor and Hollywood movie star, and his complex and highly conflicted life story, has rather overshadowed his singular gifts as a witty and imaginative jazzman and composer.

Here they blend gorgeous traditional Celtic music, sizzling Irish reels, hot jazz improvisation, bluegrass and baroque into a spellbinding musical treat. And with masterly stagecraft and introductions simultaneously informative and hilarious, this is a remarkable and genuinely uplifting show.

‘Dazzling virtuosity... delightful.’ Daily Telegraph ★★★★ Scotland On Sunday ★★★★ Songlines Magazine ★★★★ Maverick Magazine ★★★★ Irish Times Ages: 9+

A scintillating live performance laced through with anecdote and insight, this heartfelt tribute – by an outstanding quartet – revisits Dud's dazzlingly fertile musicianship and reveals the richness and sheer likability of his music, with irresistible feel-good sounds alongside heart-rending beauty and poignancy.

‘An intimate and affectionate tribute that's very Moore-ish indeed.’ Jazz Journal

Here, blueswoman Julia Titus teams a phenomenal vocal power with her live band's tremendous dynamisim to chronicle Smith's life and musical canon, charting her rise from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, Tennessee, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time. ★★★★★ Get Reading

PENTABUS THEATRE ONE SIDE LIES THE SEA 'We're rich here – not with money, 'cos we 'ent got any, but we have the beauty.' Mark, Haaf-net fisherman The 'exciting' Pentabus – 'one of British theatre's unsung treasures' (The Guardian) – explores life on rural coastal Britain through songs and true stories gathered from the people who live there. With incredible live music and song from award-winning musiciancomposer-theatre-makers Dom Coyote (Kneehigh Theatre) and Jen Bell this is a top-notch blend of theatre and concert. 'Intimate, affecting and quietly radical village hall theatre' (The Stage). ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Daily Telegraph ★★★★ Time Out

Ages: 18+

★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ Sunday Times

★★★★ Mojo Magazine

Wed 13 May 8pm

★★★★ The Scotsman

Ages: 14+

Stratford Playhouse, Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 3LU

★★★★ Evening Standard

01789 333 990 Thu 30 Apr 7.30pm

★★★★ Metro

Sat 16 May 7.30pm

Ages: 12+

01788 860 281

Bishampton Villages Hall WR10 2LY

Sat 16 May 8pm

Sat 02 May 7.30pm

01386 462 306

Pailton Village Hall CV23 0QE 01788 833 113

The 'Empress of Blues', Bessie Smith is given the royal treatment in this foray into 1920s and '30s prohibition-era blues and jazz. Widely agreed to be the greatest female blues singer ever, Smith lived fast, drank hard and died (relatively) young, in a car crash in 1937, aged 43.

★★★★ The Observer

Newton Village Hall CV23 0DU Sat 25 Apr 7.30pm


Feckenham Village Hall B96 6HN

Marton War Memorial Hall CV23 9RL 03003 023 170

0333 666 3366 13




Top class musicianship and brilliant entertainment; this laidback quintet recreate the intoxicating allure of a debauched 1930's Berlin cabaret, melding dark and subversive Weimar tunes with Hot Club de France, French Musette, Nuevo Tango and 'gypsy campfire music'.

Rattled by the bones of felons and steeped in campfire smoke, this 'masterful' (fRoots Magazine) Australian 'bush band' performs riveting traditional folk from the era of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation. This is a gorgeous, haunting marriage between darker, stranger folksongs of colonial Australia, sweet, evocative vocals and unerringly beautiful music, all with a wry, subversive antipodean twist.

A crowd-pleasing romp through an eclectic and exotic showcase of gorgeously evocative original music and some of the best loved songs of Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Bertolt Brecht, this is an enthralling evening with a wonderful sense of Grand Guignol theatre.

‘Extraordinary, even revolutionary. Unforgettable folk.’ Canberra Times (Australia) ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine

‘Katya Gorrie's rich vocal tones, impeccable timing and perfect diction held the audience captivated.’

★★★★ Songlines Magazine ★★★★ The Guardian Ages: 6+

The JazzMann Ages: 8+

Australia. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Sat 23 May 7.30pm

Thu 28 May 7.30pm

Fillongley Village Hall CV7 8EQ

Pailton Village Hall CV23 0QE

01676 542 988

01788 833 113

BIG PICTURE SHOW: THE BIG SCREEN CINEMA EXPERIENCE ON YOUR DOORSTEP. Big Picture Show screenings open up a world of experience for communities, transforming local venues into cinemas in which family, friends and neighbours come together to be entertained, to escape, to be inspired. To watch great films in very special locations. Films include family favourites, Hollywood blockbusters, timeless classics, musicals, exciting new independent British and international films, wonderful archive rarities and fabulous lesser-known gems. If you haven't been to one of our screenings before please give us a try. Say goodbye to the world for a couple of hours, and hello to something magical and amazing. Visit to find out what's showing in your area. Films are added all the time to our screening list so join our e-news online to keep updated. Interested in hosting a film screening in your community? Please email to get involved and share your ideas and experience.

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BECOME A LIVE & LOCAL FRIEND TODAY We have three levels of membership with varying benefits to each level, as outlined below:

Annual Membership Options Silver (£20) Thank-you on our website and in our e-newsletters; 1 x Buy One Get One Free Ticket Voucher; regular Friends' Newsletters.

Gold (£45)


Thank-you on our website and in our e-newsletters; 2 x Buy One Get One Free Ticket Vouchers; regular Friends' Newsletters; advance season mailings; invitations to Showcase Events; membership of our 'Go And See' (GAS) talent scouting scheme.

Platinum (£75) Two pints of lager and a poem please. Welcome to a completely fabulous programme of high-quality live spoken word performances touring to local pubs, bringing exceptional experiences to the heart of the community. A perfect recipe for a good night out, with a hearty, hospitable welcome, a friendly relaxed atmosphere, fantastic food and drink, and affordable, entertaining storytelling, poetry and comedy from some of the UK's top performers. And then walk home. Ticket prices range from free gratis to £15. Drinking and thinking: raise a glass to live literature in your local.

Thank-you on our website and in our e-newsletters; 3 x Buy One Get One Free Ticket Vouchers; regular Friends' Newsletters; advance season mailings; invitations to Showcase Events; membership of our 'Go And See' (GAS) talent scouting scheme; a free gift; Curated Programming; other occasional special events, invites and benefits. All prices inclusive of VAT. For more information or to become a Friend: join online at or choose a membership option above, complete the form below and return to us with a cheque for the correct amount made payable to Live & Local Ltd. You will then receive a welcome pack in the post.

‘Brilliant, refreshing and hugely enjoyable. Enriching the community spirit of the pub and (a) wonderful shared experience.’


Audience member

Address Get in with the Inn Crowd. To find out more about the brilliant Inn Crowd events Live & Local programmes throughout the region please visit: Are you interested in hosting an Inn Crowd performance? If you are a publican or community organiser and would like to host spoken word performances in your local pub, please contact: Inn Crowd is a partnership project from Applause Rural Touring and Creative Arts East. Inn Crowd associate partners are National Centre for Writing and Pub Is The Hub. Supported by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


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