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‘TOP QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT… A GOOD NIGHT OUT… THE BEST EVENTS COMING TO A SPACE NEAR YOU.’ THE GUARDIAN Hello The Live & Local Rural & Community Touring Network Staffordshire 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 show listing. 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.

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COMMUNITY Tamworth Pattingham Blythe Bridge

SHOW / PERFORMER The Wherever People The Origin of Species... Your Bard

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OCTOBER DATE Sat 07 Sun 08 Sun 08 Sun 08 Sat 14 Tue 17 Thu 19 Fri 20 Fri 20 Sat 21 Wed 25

COMMUNITY Chebsey Salt Tutbury Yoxall Bramshall Tamworth Swythamley Waterfall Hill Ridware Draycott-in-the-Clay Leek

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE Tantz 04 Salsa Verde 05 A View from the Edge 05 Sarah McQuaid 06 Sarah Moule 07 Sherlock Holmes 07 Wolves are Coming for You 08 Sherlock Holmes 07 Mister Keith 08 Mister Keith 08 Team Viking 09

NOVEMBER DATE Sun 05 Fri 10 Sat 11 Thu 16 Sun 19 Fri 24 Sun 26

COMMUNITY Tutbury Foxt Abbots Bromley Kings Bromley Tamworth Parwich Alrewas

SHOW / PERFORMER Harvest Jack and the Beans Talk Travelling By Tuba Brilliance Hickman & Cassidy No Petticoats Here Kate Dimbleby

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DECEMBER DATE Fri 01 Sat 02 Sat 09 Wed 13 Fri 15 Sat 16

COMMUNITY Biddulph Moor Tutbury Parwich Blythe Bridge Draycott-in-the-Clay Yoxall

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE The Wind in the Willows 16 Paradise Lost 16 Little Red Robin Hood 17 The Elves and the Carpenter 17 Little Red Robin Hood 17 FB Pocket Orchestra 18

JANUARY 2018 DATE Sat 20 Thu 25 Sat 27

COMMUNITY Alstonefield Kings Bromley Parwich

SHOW / PERFORMER Roberts & Lakeman Mummy Monster Bowjangles

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LIBERTY ROCKS THE WHEREVER PEOPLE Two sisters, as close and as quarrelsome as all sisters are, travel the world in their magical miniature Romany wagon, on a quest to collect and share all the stories in existence. Become immersed in traditional Syrian, Scottish, Ghanaian, Australian and Native American folktales and migration stories; of shipwrecks and mermaids, knights and monsters, terrible captures and amazing escapes, stinky wizards and daft young boys, happy love and lost love, adventures and dangers, and beating the meanies. A fabulous, fun, interactive storytelling show and play session for younger children.

TANGRAM THEATRE THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES… This uproarious, critically acclaimed one-man musical-comedy tells of Charles Darwin's revolutionary discovery of the secrets of evolution. Packed with fascinating scientific facts, terrible puns, brilliant physical comedy and witty original songs, this is an absolutely charming load of monkey business.

‘Remarkably inventive, thoroughly entertaining… 19th century science can rarely have been so fascinating and never so much fun.’

NICHOLAS COLLETT YOUR BARD William Shakespeare – the greatest playwright the world has ever seen? Or a fraud? In a superb and very funny one-man show, Royal Shakespeare Company actor Nicholas Collett takes audiences on a journey through the life of the world's most famous writer: his childhood, his glory days at the Globe, his ardent defence of his reputation. Mingling biography with snapshots of Elizabethan life and snippets from his plays, and packed with emotional punches and entertaining punchlines, this is a piece of pure theatre magic.

The Stage: A Must See Show

Ages: 11+

★★★★ The Scotsman

Sat 30 Sep 7pm

One of the most spirited and original klezmer dance/gypsy jazz bands around, this remarkable six-piece has quickly consolidated its rising star status with a series of unforgettable festival gigs. Joyous, infectious, and proof positive that you don't need to travel to hear great global music. ★★★★

‘Top-notch musicianship.’ Songlines Magazine

‘Brilliant to see live.’ BBC Radio Leeds Ages: 10+ Sat 07 Oct 8pm Chebsey Parish Hall ST21 6JU 07776 295 010

Ages: 1-12 Part of the Tamworth 'Art In Unusual Spaces' programme. Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Ages: 8+

Blythe Bridge Library & Community Centre ST11 9JR 01782 296 400

Wed 27 Sep 7.30pm

Sat 09 Sep 11am, 2pm

Pattingham Village Hall WV6 7BB

Tamworth Library B79 7DN

01902 700 586




'OWDYADO THEATRE A VIEW FROM THE EDGE BADAPPLE THEATRE SALSA VERDE A smart-stepping new comedy with some sublime music and sultry dancing; the story of two love-triangles set decades apart, of a wartime dancehall tryst, and of a battle to win the heart of the village hall salsa dance teacher. Charming, engaging, with genuinely delightful performances, this affectionate and comic play puts its funniest foot forward. Ages: 10+ Sun 08 Oct 7.30pm Salt Village Hall ST18 0BW 01889 508 284

1950: Charlie Daniels, a private eye hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to track down her disappeared husband. Now: Charlotte and Dan struggle to write the new film noir-inspired theatre show you are actually watching. Influenced by cult filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and David Lynch, this deftly woven narrative of stories within stories is wittily and elegantly performed. And as fiction turns into reality and back again, as stories spin, fragment and entangle with each other, one question arises: whose reality is real? A little gem of a show. Ages: 14+ Sun 08 Oct 7.30pm Tutbury Village Hall DE13 9NA 01283 812 248


SARAH MCQUAID IN CONCERT One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous magic of spellbinding music, segueing easily from emotive originals into 1930s Cuban jazz, Elizabethan ballads into Irish folk, Americana into unexpected contemporary covers. With a rich warm singing voice, exceptional guitar playing, superb live technical wizardry and cheeky onstage road-stories, Sarah McQuaid's beautifully crafted solo show casts a quietly sublime spell. ★★★★★ Maverick Magazine

‘Brilliant musicianship, a warm and welcoming stage presence and a voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey.’ fRoots Magazine Ages: 7+ Sun 08 Oct 8pm Yoxall Parish Hall DE13 8NF 01543 472 700




'A first-rate set ' (Sunday Times) marking the centenary of the first lady of song, the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Exquisite interpretations of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century are here performed with exuberance, style and wit by two of the UK's top jazz-cabaret performers, the truly stunning singer Sarah Moule and superlative pianist Simon Wallace.

Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! A witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle's great detective, this fast paced, quirky and deeply daft retelling of one of the darkest times in Victorian history sees Holmes stalking Jack the Ripper in the streets of London's East End. But when the evidence points to only one possible conclusion – that the Ripper is actually Sherlock's trusted sidekick Dr Watson – is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable? A kinetic, boisterous, jokefuelled treat... tirelessly superb.


‘Outstanding interpretations… Moule's voice is cool, elegant. Wallace's arrangements are immaculate.’ The Observer

★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Telegraph (on Theatre Chipping Norton)

Ages: 10+ Ages: 12+

01889 565 228

Pentabus are an absolutely fantastic 'new writing' company and one of British theatre's unsung treasures. Here, they summon into being one extraordinary day in an average British village. Wolves have occupied Middleton. Someone must know where they came from. Someone must be able to do something about them. A thoroughly engaging new comedy looking at re-wilding the countryside – and an exploration of just how much wild we're comfortable with – by Olivier-nominated playwright Joel Horwood (Best Entertainment, Best Family Production). Superbly crafted, beautifully directed, acted with verve: a brilliantly engaging piece. ★★★★


Sat 14 Oct 7.30pm Bramshall Parish Hall ST14 5DE


Tue 17 Oct 7.30pm

The Times

Sacred Heart Church, Tamworth B77 2EA

Ages: 14+

A splendid evening of gently quirky, expertly crafted songs – think Ray Davies, Squeeze – stories and humour by the self-professed originator of 'Victorian Pop'. With song styles varying from jaunty showground to slow lament, all carried forward by lilting melodies and warm, quintessentially English vocals, the bowler-hatted Mister Keith and his small 'orchestra' of multi-instrumentalists invoke memories of times gone by. An intimate little gem*. Ages: 6+ * including specially blended tea drinking and interval Victorian table games.

Fri 20 Oct 7.30pm

01827 709 618 Fri 20 Oct 8pm

Thu 19 Oct 7.45pm

Waterfall Parochial Hall ST10 3HY

Swythamley & Heaton Community Centre, Swythamley SK11 0SJ

01538 308 368


07814 582 741

Hill Ridware Village Hall WS15 3RJ 01543 490 873 Sat 21 Oct 7pm Draycott-in-the-Clay Village Hall DE6 5BY 01283 820 357





Tender poignancy and comic touches of sheer brilliance abound in this hugely acclaimed comic ode to death and friendship from the highly innovative Tangram Theatre.

A compelling and colourful Yorkshire farming saga, this darkly entertaining comedy tells the story of one family's tireless fight for survival in a changing agricultural landscape, over two world wars, generations of births, deaths and marriages, and a lifetime of farming.

Full of 'magnificently clever' (The Guardian) comedy-theatre and threaded through with exquisite live music, this outlandish story of how one man gave his terminally ill best friend the full Viking funeral he'd always dreamed of, is remarkable. Deeply personal, deeply felt and delightfully comic. ★★★★★

From Richard Bean, writer of the international hit One Man, Two Guvnors, this is a great play, vividly told and laced with humour.

‘Top notch.’ The Guardian

‘Joyous – heart-lifting and incredibly moving.’ The Stage

‘Smart performances... sophisticated design... extraordinary score.’

Ages: 14+

The Stage

Wed 25 Oct 7.30pm

Ages: 14+

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek ST13 6AD 01538 386 112

New Perspectives Theatre is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Sun 05 Nov 7.30pm Tutbury Village Hall DE13 9NA 01283 812 248



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A lovely retelling of the classic English fairy tale – of a cow to sell, a helpful stranger, magic beans, ginormous beanstalk, child-eating giant, beautiful princess, adventure, gold, and happily ever after – by one of England's leading puppet companies. With a show so full of beans, this must surely be the best children's show in town.

1963, winter. Everyone gathers in the village hall. Daisy places her hand on the switch, presses it down, and life is never the same again.

In much the same way as the brilliant Transatlantic Sessions does, Britain's premiere AngloAmerican folk-roots duo embraces the shared heritage of country and Celtic music, with James Hickman's emotive, soaring vocals, driving guitar and lively English wit set against Dan Cassidy's virtuosic fiddling and bone-dry American drawl. An evening of classy and exquisite musicianship.

Ages: 3-7 Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Fri 10 Nov 5.30pm Foxt Village Hall ST10 2HN 01538 266 668

TRAVELLING BY TUBA FAREWELL TOUR This multi-instrument extravaganza by one of the UK's most successful classical music duos mixes wonderful musicianship, sheer silliness and cheeky audience rapport in a set packed full of quirky musical gems ranging from classical to jazz. Exhilarating and utterly irresistible.

‘Experts who really get their enjoyment of music across.’ The Times

‘Something special.’

A warm, energetic and humorous musical-theatre show charting the lifechanging impact of electricity arriving in the village, illuminating every corner of local life. As evening descends into darkness, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble light bulb allows the village to find its voice and sing long into the night. A real joy that lights up an audience.

Ages: 10+ Sun 19 Nov 7.30pm

Ages: 10+

St Francis Church, Leyfields Tamworth B79 8JB

Farnham Maltings is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

01827 65 926

Classical Music Magazine Ages: 6+ Sat 11 Nov 7.30pm Abbots Bromley Village Hall WS15 3DB

Thu 16 Nov 7.30pm Kings Bromley Village Hall DE13 7HW 01543 473 339

07972 571 893






A gutsy and meticulouslyresearched stories-in-song telling of largely forgotten real-life tales of female heroism in World War I. With poignant, passionate and haunting folk songs compellingly sung, gifted musicianship and an engaging stage presence, No Petticoats Here sparkles with personality and personalities, a beautiful and eloquent tribute to exceptional women.

A cabaret artist at the top of her game, Kate (daughter of broadcaster David) Dimbleby's acclaimed one-woman a cappella show is wonderful, her pure velvet voice and magnetic stage presence captivating the audience and guaranteeing a good time. ★★★★★

‘Riveting.’ Mail On Sunday

‘An extraordinary voice.’ ★★★★ Daily Express ★★★★ Sunday Express

The Telegraph

‘( A ) must-see show.’ Sunday Times

Ages: 16+ Ages: 10+ Fri 24 Nov 7.30pm Parwich Memorial Hall DE6 1QJ 07846 906 848

This exuberant, award-winning puppet company works its magic on a beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's evergreen classic riverbank story: gleeful larks, messing about in boats, incorrigible amphibians, 'poop-poop', the menacing Wild Wood, wicked weasels and an almighty dustup to finish with. Join jittery Ratty, amiable Mole, bluff Badger and swaggering Toad on their marvellous adventures. With fantastic homespun fabric puppetry and completely charming original music, the show generates non-stop energy and high good humour from its two-strong cast, wowing audiences. ★★★★

‘Loaded with charm... beautifully crafted.’ The Stage Ages: 5+

Sun 26 Nov 8pm Alrewas Village Hall DE13 7AA 01283 790 799

Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Fri 01 Dec 7.30pm Biddulph Moor Village Hall ST8 7HP

LOST DOG PARADISE LOST (LIES UNOPENED BESIDE ME) A barn-storming one-man physical theatre/comedy re-telling of the story of creation, inspired by John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. Performed with gorgeous invention and brilliant audience rapport this is an enchanting, thought provoking, comically charming and very funny show. ★★★★★

‘A virtuoso tour-de-force.’ The Stage ★★★★★

‘The comedy is divine.’ The Independent Ages: 14+ Produced in association with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (making the best dance happen in small spaces), supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Sat 02 Dec 7.30pm Tutbury Village Hall DE13 9NA 01283 812 248

01782 523 573 15


GARLIC THEATRE LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD 'What big eyes you have… sheriff… sorry …grandma.' With great charm, enormous wit and a good deal of slapstick glove puppet inventiveness, two familiar tales are interwoven in a fast and funny show for family audiences. A brave Robin Hood goes on a quest to find the missing Little Red Riding Hood, helped by a kind bunny rabbit and hindered by a whacky old wolf who looks more than a little like the Sheriff of Nottingham. Truly funny and captivating, Little Red Robin Hood is rather marvellous. Ages: 3-8 Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Sat 09 Dec 3pm Parwich Memorial Hall DE6 1QJ

BADAPPLE THEATRE THE ELVES AND THE CARPENTER Who will help Santa as crisis hits Christmas toy making time? Not the Elves, they've not been seen since last year when they packed their cases and headed off. A whirlwind journey ensues as Mrs. Claus tries to wrestle victory from defeat. A feel-good comedy alternative to a classic panto, making good use of the magic of puppetry, physical theatre and the songs of BBC Folk Awards 2015 nominee Jez Lowe to delight family audiences. Ages: 5+ Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

THE FB POCKET ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT A richly enjoyable night of hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances that hint at jazz age 1920s and swing era 1930s; New Orleans, tea dances, Paris Cafés, and sophisticated, smoky nightclubs. Three superbly talented musicians splice quality crooning, a bewildering variety of instruments, a delightful period charm, and a flirtatious twinkle in the eye (on the more risqué material) into a laid-back acoustic treat.

‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully.’ Jazz FM Ages: 10+

Wed 13 Dec 4pm Blythe Bridge Library & Community Centre ST11 9JR 01782 296 400

Sat 16 Dec 8pm Yoxall Parish Hall DE13 8NF 01543 472 700

07846 906 848 Fri 15 Dec 6pm Draycott-in-the-Clay Village Hall DE6 5BY 01283 820 357





Frank, funny and ferocious, this intimate one-woman theatre show shares the pressures and high anxieties of parenting small children, and the 'bad stuff' that tips parents over the edge.

This hyperactive all-singing, all-strumming, all-dancing, all-comedy-cabaret-varietytheatrical string quartet explores the mystical, mythical world of fairy-tales, folklore and legends.

★★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★★ The Guardian

Full of truth, charm, wonder and invention, acted with great finesse, and laced with joyous laughter, beautiful imagery, striking physicality and superb original music, this is an engrossing and accessible drama.

‘Songwriters par excellence.’

Ages: 13+

Superb classical musicians with a remarkable gift for groan-worthy laughs and physical comedy, here they swashbuckle their way through musical sketches of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and fantasy characters, all whilst playing strings flawlessly. Truly original entertainment and a joy to watch.

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, 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. Impressive and entertaining.

fRoots Magazine Ages: 7+ Sat 20 Jan 2018 8pm Alstonefield Memorial Hall DE6 2FR 01335 310 322

Thu 25 Jan 2018 7.30pm Kings Bromley Village Hall DE13 7HW

‘Hugely talented… hilarious.’ Wiltshire Times

01543 473 339 Ages: 7+ Sat 27 Jan 2018 7.30pm Parwich Memorial Hall DE6 1QJ 07846 906 848



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