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‘TOP QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT… A GOOD NIGHT OUT… THE BEST EVENTS COMING TO A SPACE NEAR YOU.’ THE GUARDIAN Hello The Shindig Rural & Community Touring Network Worcestershire helps voluntary promoter groups bring rural communities together to enjoy high-quality, entertaining and affordable professional live theatre, music, dance and family shows 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.


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






SHOW / PERFORMER Cat Weatherill & Naomi Paul Peacock Angell Trio Flamenco Alma Gitana Flamenco Alma Gitana Wolves are Coming for You Wolves are Coming for You Harvest

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SHOW / PERFORMER Glorilla Your Bard JOAN Brilliance No Petticoats Here Stinxville Dreaming the Night Field

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OCTOBER DATE Sun 01 Sun 08 Fri 13 Sat 14 Wed 18 Fri 20 Tue 31

COMMUNITY Feckenham Fairfield Wyre Piddle Hartlebury Ombersley Clows Top Cowleigh, Malvern

NOVEMBER DATE Fri 03 Sat 11 Sun 12 Wed 15 Sat 25 Sun 26 Sun 26

COMMUNITY Worcester Ashton under Hill Malvern Crossway Green Heightington Fairfield Wyre Piddle

DECEMBER DATE Sun 03 Fri 08 Sat 09 Sat 09 Sun 10 Tue 12 Sat 16 Sat 16

COMMUNITY Trinity, Worcester Worcester Hartlebury Castlemorton Feckenham Pershore Clent Malvern

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE Jez Lowe's Yule Do 14 JOAN 11 The Princess and the Goblin 15 Don Kipper 15 The Princess and the Goblin 15 The Elves and the Carpenter 16 The Elves and the Carpenter 16 Where's My Igloo Gone? 16

JANUARY 2018 DATE Fri 19 Fri 26 Sat 27

COMMUNITY Wythall Church Lench Cowleigh, Malvern

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE Kel Elliott/Three Man Orchestra 17 Mister Keith 17 Peacock Angell Trio 04

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


THIRD ANGEL CAPE WRATH An epic journey in a stationary minibus; a quietly charming, compellingly intimate, gently humourous, sometimes touchingly sad, solo storytelling show for 14 audience members at a time. Meditating on family history, acts of remembrance, and of the longest bus journey in Britain, to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of Scotland, this is a totally involving little one-off experience.

‘Plenty of charm… heartfelt and significant.’ The Scotsman

‘Heavenly work.’ The Guardian

‘Consistently innovative and challenging…. extraordinary performances.’ The Times Ages: 12+

CAT WEATHERILL & NAOMI PAUL TRUTH & TRUFFLES A fabulous two-header delivered by wonderfully gifted performers, the compelling and masterful storyteller Cat Weatherill and the satirical and hilarious deadpan comic Naomi Paul. Irresistibly blending humour and heart, this is a captivating and beautifully crafted show for adults, of stories, comedy songs and musings about being a grown up, and the little indulgencies that make life worth living (chocolate).

‘A magical performer… a masterclass in enchantment… vivid storyteller's gifts.’ The Times (on Cat Weatherill)

PEACOCK ANGELL TRIO IN CONCERT A superb set of wonderfully eclectic music coloured by country, blues, jazz and folk. The beautiful vocals and spirited fiddle of Ruth Angell – best-known as a member of Ashley Hutchings' Rainbow Chasers – are matched all the way by the dextrous guitar of Sid Peacock and Steve Tromans' thrilling piano. ★★★★ Financial Times

‘A storming set… mesmeric.’ BBC Music

‘Absolutely amazing… scintillating.’ Maverick Magazine Ages: 12+

‘An articulate, dry sense of humour.’

Sun 08 Oct 6.30pm

Leicester Comedy Festival (on Naomi Paul)

Fairfield Village Hall B61 9LZ

Ages: 14+

Sat 27 Jan 2018 7.30pm

Sun 01 Oct 7.30pm

01684 893 858

01527 577 286

St Peter's Church, Cowleigh, Malvern WR14 1QP Thu 28 Sep 7.30pm University of Worcester: St John's Campus WR2 6AJ 01905 544 444


Feckenham Village Hall B96 6HN 0333 666 3366


FLAMENCO ALMA GITANA This acclaimed Spanish flamenco ensemble of voice, guitar and dancer brim with passion, power and technical command, delivering both slow, grand emotion and driving gunfire rhythms, with Lourdes Fernandez's heels hammering the floor. Thrilling footwork, extraordinary singing, outstanding guitar: a fantástico show. Ages: 12+ Supported by Live & Local Friends.

Fri 13 Oct 7.30pm Piesse of Piddle Hotel/Bar, Wyre Piddle WR10 2JB 01386 550 136 Sat 14 Oct 7.30pm Hartlebury Parish Hall DY11 7TQ



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 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.

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.

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

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

07714 278 860 Ages: 14+

Ages: 14+

Wed 18 Oct 8pm

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

Ombersley Village Hall WR9 0DY 01905 356 608


Fri 20 Oct 7.30pm

Tue 31 Oct 7.30pm

Clows Top Victory Hall DY14 9HG

St Peter's Church, Cowleigh, Malvern WR14 1QP

07788 604 542

01684 893 858


SPITZ & CO. GLORILLA Recounting the life-changing jungle adventures of the French artist-diva/explorer Gloria Delaneuf and her hapless and wonderfully long-suffering assistant Josephine as they follow in the tracks of Diane Fossey to communicate with gorillas. Ingenious and hilariously funny this is fantastic comedy-theatre, with the award-winning and absolutely brilliant French/English performers holding the audience spellbound and in stitches with their slapstick physicality and pitch perfect wordplay.

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.

‘Very funny.’ The Guardian

‘Lively and engaging, full of humour and audience interaction.’

‘A great show by a hysterical female double act. Catch them now before they are selling out at the Albert Hall.’

Kansas City Metropolis Ages: 11+

Mel Giedroyc, Woman's Weekly Magazine Sat 11 Nov 7.30pm Ages: 8+

Ashton under Hill Village Hall WR11 7SW 01386 881 416

Fri 03 Nov 7.30pm Worcester Arts Workshop WR1 1UH 01905 25 053







• Lickey • Fairfield

Chaddesley Corbett •

Stourport-on-Severn • • Hartlebury Heightington • Crossway Green

Clows Top• Eastham• Tenbury Wells

Great Witley•

•Shrawley Ombersley Droitwich Spa •

• Stoke Bliss & Kyre


Bentley • Headless Cross•


• Feckenham



Crowle •

•Rous Lench

Leigh Sinton • • Bransford

• Church Lench •Bishampton Preston on Stour •

•Wyre Piddle




• Barnt Green



Upton upon Severn

• Castlemorton

•Ashton under Hill


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A clever reimagining of the Joan of Arc legend via cabaret, hobby horses, stick-on beards and audience participation (in the battle scenes), this triumphant solo show is packed with fierce energy, comic fizz and uproarious songs, and teeters between supreme silliness and poignant heartbreak.

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.

A well-deserved multi-award winning success which has run and run since its debut at Derby Playhouse in 2015, JOAN is captivatingly written, immaculately performed and thoroughly entertaining. ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Scotsman Ages: 12+ JOAN is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the BBC Performing Arts Legacy Fund.

Sun 12 Nov 8pm

A warm, energetic and humorous musical-theatre show charting the life-changing 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.

‘Enjoyable, thoughtful… a show with a big heart.’ The Guardian (The Iranian Feast review) Ages: 10+ Farnham Maltings is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Wed 15 Nov 7.30pm

Malvern Cube WR14 2YF

Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green DY13 9SE

01684 572 072

01299 250 513

Fri 08 Dec 7.30pm Worcester Arts Workshop WR1 1UH 01905 25 053




LOUISE JORDAN NO PETTICOATS HERE A gutsy and meticulouslyresearched stories-in-song telling of largely forgotten reallife 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. ★★★★ Daily Express

This wonderfully enjoyable family-friendly antidote to Christmas pantos mixes energetic and irreverent storytelling with an offbeat quirkiness and uproarious live music, telling of the 'Stinxvillains' quest through their beloved Wicked City, for cake. Divinely silly clowning, ramshackle music hall varieties, steampunkery, jokes, circus jazz, gypsy tango and mariachi music, the catchiest of songs, Can-Can dancing, slow-motion Kung-Fu fights, fun-filled capers, thrills and spills, riotous rebellion. Check, check, check – all are excellently here, present and correct. Fabulous steampunk fun for all.

ADVERSE CAMBER DREAMING THE NIGHT FIELD: A LEGEND OF WALES By turns thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this mingling of epic bilingual storytelling and exquisitely haunting folk music casts a potent spell. Vividly evoking the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion – a treasured medieval Welsh mythology which also inspired Alan Garner's modern classic The Owl Service – this is an electrifying show. Splendid entertainment.

JEZ LOWE & THE BAD PENNIES YULE DO A rousing festive show from Geordieland with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 doublenominee Jez Lowe and his terrific band. A real winterwarmer of a folk/music-hall revue, packed with great songs, rousing tunes, excellent musicianship, entertaining chat and seasonal scroogelike tomfoolery.

‘One of the hottest acts around.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Mesmerising.’ Sunday Times

‘A magical experience.’

‘Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters... a singular talent.’

The Independent

BBC Radio 2

Ages: 10+

Ages: 12+

Ages: 10+

Sun 26 Nov 6.30pm

Sun 26 Nov 6.30pm

Sun 03 Dec 8pm

Fairfield Village Hall B61 9LZ

Piesse of Piddle Hotel/Bar, Wyre Piddle WR10 2JB

St Swithun's Hall, Trinity, Worcester WR1 2PN

01386 550 136

01299 250 569

★★★★ Sunday Express

‘Absolutely brilliant.’ BBC Radio 2 Ages: 16+

01527 577 286

Sat 25 Nov 7.30pm Heightington Village Hall DY12 2XU 01299 822 987



NORTHUMBERLAND THEATRE COMPANY THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN A fast and funny pocket-sized family theatre show beautifully retelling George MacDonald's magical children's book, one of the most unusual and haunting fairy tales ever written. The young Princess Irene lives in a castle; beneath it, evil goblins tunnel to kidnap her for their hideous goblin prince. Overcoming her childhood fears Irene must fight the goblins to save her father's kingdom. With brilliant humour, fabulous choreography and lovely singing, this is an infectiously fun show for all ages, of growing up, making friends and the importance of family.

DON KIPPER IN CONCERT This jaunty, multi-lingual, multiaward winning seven-piece ensemble are remarkable young exponents of klezmer and traditional styles from Greece, Turkey and the Balkans, reflecting the cultural diversity and living traditions of their North East London home. Weaving unbridled musical passion with virtuosic mastery, their uptempo good-time shows are exquisitely freewheeling.

‘Sure to send shivers down your spine.’ Songlines Magazine

‘So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band.’



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.

A beautiful, fun and interactive musical-storytelling family show of an ordinary girl's extraordinary quest to save her igloo home, journeying through a dazzling, icy world of husky dogs, starry nights and snowstorms. And the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle. Grounded in science, powered by the imagination, and staged in the round so everyone can see and take part, this dazzling Arctic adventure engages audiences with climate change in a positive, refreshing new way. Truly magical. Children's theatre at its best.

Ages: 5+

Ages: 5+

BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

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

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

Ages: 7+

Tue 12 Dec 1pm

Supported by Live & Local Friends.

Number 8 Arts Centre, Pershore WR10 1BG

‘I loved the music and that we got to join in.’ Mariam (age 9)

01386 555 488 Sat 09 Dec 4pm

Sat 09 Dec 8pm

Hartlebury Parish Hall DY11 7TQ

Castlemorton Parish Hall WR13 6BE

07714 278 860

01684 833 297

Sat 16 Dec 7.30pm Clent Parish Hall DY9 9QT

Ages: 5+. Accessible to deaf and nonEnglish speaking audiences. Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

01562 886 013

Sun 10 Dec 7pm

Sat 16 Dec 6pm

Feckenham Village Hall B96 6HN

Malvern Cube WR14 2YF

0333 666 3366

01684 572 072



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


Thank-you on our website and in our e-newsletters; 1 x Buy One Get One Free Ticket Voucher; regular Friends' Newsletters.

Gold (£45) As seen at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival BBC Introducing stage, with Jamie Cullum and Jo Whiley. Uplifting, genre-leaping songs from a rousing quartet led by a sassy double-bass playing singer-songwriter with a rich and powerful voice. Quality live music by rising stars championed by Grammy award-winning jazz-pop artist Jamie Cullum. Everyone goes home happy.

‘Brilliant.’ Madeleine Peyroux (BBC Jazz Awards Best International Artist)

A PARLOUR CONCERT WITH MISTER KEITH 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*.

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) 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.

Ages: 12+ Ages: 6+


Fri 19 Jan 2018 8pm Wythall Community Club B47 6LZ

* including specially blended tea drinking and interval Victorian table games.


01564 822 238 Fri 26 Jan 2018 7.30pm Church Lench Village Hall WR11 4UE

Postcode Telephone

01386 870 794


Please return to Live & Local Ltd., Pageant House, 2 Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW 17



‘SEEING SHOWS IN MY LOCAL CHURCH HALL HAS BECOME A HUGELY IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. I DONATE TO LIVE & LOCAL AS A SMALL WAY OF SAYING ‘THANK YOU’ FOR THE PLEASURE I’VE RECEIVED OVER MANY YEARS OF SHOWS TOURING TO MY COMMUNITY.’ DAVID HOWE, LIVE & LOCAL FRIEND BECOME A LIVE & LOCAL FRIEND TODAY. A little support makes a big difference. Our supporters are a crucial part of the Live & Local Rural & Community Touring Networks. They enable us to continue doing what we love; helping local people bring entertaining and original performances to the heart of their communities. They ensure that we can tour outstanding international performers and that shows reach and enthuse the widest possible audiences. Join us and get involved in our work by supporting the seven Live & Local Rural & Community Touring Networks: Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. SUPPORT THE ARTS YOU LOVE AND HELP SECURE RURAL & COMMUNITY TOURING FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. Live & Local Ltd., Pageant House, 2 Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW 01926 402 173 /

Shindig Worcestershire What's On Brochure Autumn/Winter 17  
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The Shindig Rural & Community Touring Network Worcestershire helps voluntary promoter groups bring rural communities together to enjoy high-...