live arts on your doorstep live arts on your doorstep live arts on your doorstep The April Verch Band Shindig is Worcestershire’s programme of professional live performances in community venues. A network of over 50 voluntary promoter groups choose the shows and sell the tickets in order to provide high quality, affordable and uplifting professional live arts on your doorstep. Here is a handy guide to what’s on. If you would like to book tickets, or need more information about an event, please call the venue directly – you will find the number below each listing. More information, including ticket prices, is also available on our website, where you can sign up to receive our email newsletter: www.shindig.org.uk Shindig is made possible by funding from your local authorities and Arts Council England. Shindig is managed by
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The Tell Tale Heart Little Earthquake
Direct from Canada on fiddle, guitar and double bass. With breathtaking step dancing and vocals bridging traditional and modern Americana, ‘lively’ doesn’t come close to what you can expect from this talented trio!
A funny, inventive and absorbing version of Edgar Allan Poe’s gripping story about a murder that bites back, performed by one actor and an on-stage sound artist who creates thrilling effects and music. Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 12+ Saturday 05 October 8:00pm Ombersley Memorial Hall 01905 356608
Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 11+
Winston on the Run
You’d think middle-aged mum, Ruth Rich, would settle down now that the kids are beginning to fly the nest but, oh, how wrong you’d be! Family and friends will laugh out loud as they recognise each other in this hilarious one-woman play.
Fol Espoir Theatre A funny, award-winning theatre show examining the coming of age of Britain’s great war-time hero. Set around Churchill’s escape from a POW camp in the Boer War, it’s a true story of adventure, audacity and Imperial folly. Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 12+ Sunday 06 October 7:30pm Park Hall, Wythall Community Association 01564 823281 Thursday 10 October 7:30pm St Peter’s Church, Cowleigh, Malvern 01684 893858 Sunday 13 October 7:30pm Eckington Village Hall 01386 750305
Friday 11 October 7:30pm Ashton under Hill Village Hall 01386 881594 Sunday 13 October 8:00pm Cookley Village Hall 07867 518978
Double Booked Ginny Davis Productions
Suitable: Adult/Family 11+ Saturday 12 October 7:30pm Malvern Cube 01684 575363 Saturday 19 October 8:00pm Church Lench Village Hall 01386 870794
Kakatsitsi A colourful, energetic and entertaining show, bursting with traditional African drumming, dancing and singing from the Ga people of southern Ghana. The music is funky, great to watch and fantastic to listen to.
Gilgamesh Ben Haggarty & Manya Maratou Internationally renowned storyteller, Ben Haggarty, joins a Greek percussionist and ney (reed flute) player in an energetic and absorbing performance of this ancient epic tale of tyrants and gods. Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 12+ Wednesday 16 October 7:30pm University of Worcester, St John’s Campus 01905 544444 Thursday 17 October 7:30pm Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green 01299 250513
Emil and the Detectives
Red Earth Theatre*
This exceptional singersongwriter celebrates the music of the world’s iconic jazz singers in her distinctive ‘glam-jazz’ style. Expect popular favourites and lesser-known gems, with piano accompaniment.
Join Emil as he teams up with a gang of young sleuths who lead a hair-raising chase across Berlin to catch a dirty rotten thief! A timeless adventure story for all ages, based on the book by Erich Kästner.
Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 12+ Thursday 24 October 8:00pm The Fold Café, Bransford 01886 833112
Suitable: Adult/Family 6+ Saturday 12 October 7:00pm Worcester Arts Workshop 01905 25053
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The Iranian Feast Farnham Maltings* Meet Danial, a father, friend and fantastic cook. He’s cooking a feast and you’re invited. Join the celebration to enjoy an evening of traditional Persian food, song and dancing set in modern day Tehran. Suitable: Adult/Older Children 11+ Wednesday 16 October 7:30pm Harvington Village Hall 01386 870255
Blair Dunlop and Ashley Hutchings Ashley Hutchings, folk-rock legend and founder of Fairport Convention, performs an intimate gig with his hugely talented guitarist son who won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award earlier this year. Suitable: Adult/Older Children 12+ Saturday 19 October 7:30pm The Bridge Church, Headless Cross, Redditch 01527 542281 Friday 25 October 7:30pm Littleton Village Hall 01386 831491 Friday 08 November 7:30pm Shrawley Village Hall 01905 621537
End to End
Suitable: Family 6+
The Gramophones Theatre Company
Wednesday 30 October 2:30pm Number 8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore 01386 555488
Three women tell the heart-warming and playful story of a real journey they made from Lands End to John O’Groats, with all the trials, tribulations and acts of kindness they encountered along the way. Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 11+ Friday 25 October 8:00pm Clows Top Victory Hall 01299 832456
The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock New Perspectives Theatre* This new play by David Rudkin takes a poetic look at how Hitchcock developed the ideas for his most famous films, presented with all the tension and mystery that embodied the iconic filmmaker’s work. Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 12+ Sunday 27 October 7:30pm Feckenham Village Hall 0844 870 0887
Friday 15 November 6:30pm Leigh & Bransford Memorial Hall, Leigh Sinton 01886 832236 Saturday 16 November 6:30pm The Grove Primary School, Malvern 01684 579361
Mess* Caroline Horton & Company with China Plate Josephine is putting on a play, Boris and Sistahl help. It’s about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. A fabulous new play with songs from 2013 Olivier Award nominated Caroline Horton (You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy). Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 13+ Wednesday 13 November 7:30pm Malvern Cube 01684 575363
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Saturday 30 November 7:30pm Rock Village Hall 01584 881570
The Churchfitters in Concert This Brittany-based English folk trio went down a storm last season. The recipe for their lively shows includes a variety of unusual and home-made instruments, humour, eccentricity and bags of toe-tapping fun.
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Suitable: Adult/Family 8+ Sunday 10 November 7:30pm Clent Parish Hall 01562 886013
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These Coal Town Days Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies The award-winning Radio 2 songwriter and his Celtic-style band perform a night of funny, sad and fascinating story-songs about the rise and fall of characters in coalmining towns and villages.
present two barnstorming shows:
Fronted by showman Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham (Pasadena Roof Orchestra), Hot Fingers shimmy you into the glamorous world of vintage acoustic string music; from hot jazz of 1920s New York to sophisticated 1930s swing.
Old Time Country String Band
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Suitable: Adult/Older Children 8+
Suitable: Adult/Family 8+
Wednesday 13 November 8:00pm Cookley Village Hall 07867 518978
Thursday 28 November 7:30pm Harvington Village Hall 01386 870255
The Doctor Teeth Big Band The Farewell Tour
Saturday 30 November 8:00pm Castlemorton Parish Hall 01684 833297
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It’s the final hurrah for this hugely popular band, fronted by the irrepressible showman, Dr Teeth. Not for the faint hearted, this is non-stop boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues, swing and jump jive all the way.
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Suitable: Adult/Family 11+ Saturday 23 November 7:30pm Feckenham Village Hall 0844 870 0887
Traditional, rip-roaring American music and songs are performed by this rootsy old-time string band. They include stories, humour and foot-stomping step dances with great energy and showmanship.
Stampede The popular old-time American string band fronts an energetic dance show featuring exhilarating Appalachian step-dances, driving rhythms and humorous anecdotes, with four of the UK’s leading percussive dancers. Suitable: Adult/Family 8+ Sunday 01 December 7:30pm Areley Kings Village Hall 01299 824318
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Seven Ages Kepow Theatre Company A fast-paced comedy show for all the family with an improvised storyline following man’s seven ages of life - from birth to growing old disgracefully. An altogether heart-warming night of slick and skilful fun. Suitable: Adult/Family 6+ Thursday 28 November 7:30pm Ashton under Hill Village Hall 01386 881594 Sunday 01 December 3:00pm Worcester Arts Workshop 01905 25053
The Mice Who Ate Christmas Badapple Theatre Company A fun and festive family show with songs about two hungry mice who travel to the cheese-paved streets and Toblerone mountains of Switzerland. Loosely based on the tale of how ‘Silent Night’ came to be written.
Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 14+ Thursday 05 December 7:30pm Harvington Village Hall 01386 870255 Friday 06 December 8:00pm The Fold Café, Bransford 01886 833112 Saturday 07 December 7:30pm Malvern Cube 01684 575363
WORCESTERSHIRE • Cookley
Trimpley • BEWDLEY
•Clent • Wythall
• Birchen Coppice Clows Top•
Rock STOURPORT-ON-SEVERN • • Heightington •Areley Kings • Crossway Green
•TENBURY WELLS Great Witley•
Batchley • REDDITCH Headless Cross•
Martley • Lower Broadheath•
Alfrick• Leigh Sinton• •Bransford Powick•
Dodici Corde The virtuoso duo returns with antique guitars and guest singer for an evening of rich festive music, readings and parlour games, as celebrated in the drawing rooms of Regency England.
• Church Lench •Bishampton
A Regency Christmas
Harvington• • Middle Littleton PERSHORE
UPTON UPON SEVERN
•Eckington • Bredons Norton
•EVESHAM •Bretforton •Ashton Under Hill
Saturday 30 November 7:30pm Bockleton Village Hall 01568 750414
Suitable: Adult/ Older Children 15+ Thursday 05 December 7:30pm Christ Church, Lower Broadheath 01905 640139
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* These companies and/or shows are also supported by Arts Council England
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