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‘TOP QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT… A GOOD NIGHT OUT… THE BEST EVENTS COMING TO A SPACE NEAR YOU.’ THE GUARDIAN The Live & Local Community Touring Network Warwickshire helps volunteer 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 £7 - £14. 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 when booking tickets.

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Son of Fairport Convention icon Ashley Hutchings, this hugely talented Radio 2 Folk Award-winning singer-guitarist performs an intimate set of popular folk songs and critically acclaimed originals.

No ordinary double act, this wonderful duo rip up the rule book with a classy mix of opera, swing, show tunes and slapstick humour. A gem of entertainment. Ages: 7+

‘Powerful lyrics and accomplished guitar work [confirm] his place as a leading figure in modern folk music.’ The Telegraph ★★★★

‘An exciting glimpse of where 'tradition' folk rock might go.’ Q Magazine Ages: 12+ Fri 20 Jan 7.30pm

Sat 21 Jan 7.30pm Church Lench Village Hall WR11 4UE 01386 870 794 Fri 03 Feb 7.45pm Kineton Sports & Social Club CV35 0DT 01926 641 024 Fri 17 Mar 7.30pm Willoughby Village Hall CV23 8BH 01788 891 898 Fri 19 May 8pm

Desford Village Hall LE9 9GN

Nether Whitacre Village Hall B46 2JG

01455 823 537

01675 467 682 Fri 26 May 7.30pm Hurley Village Hall CV9 2JD 01827 875 352

A FISTFUL OF SPOOKIES IN CONCERT Glorious close harmony singing and plenty of swagger from this pint sized version of the world-wide hit male choir The Spooky Men's Chorale. One of the funniest bands ever; hugely entertaining.

‘Silly, thoughtful and in perfect harmony… [mixing] deadpan comedy with sophisticated a capella harmonies… the results are unexpected, charming and very funny.’ The Guardian

‘Inspired. A fantastic night out is guaranteed!’ BBC Radio 2 Ages: 12+

CAT WEATHERILL MEET ME AT MACHU PICCHU A compelling and masterful storyteller brings to life her inspiring true adventure to find Mr Right: a spellbindingly honest, feel-good show celebrating life, love and never being too old to try something new.

‘One of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive.’ Michael Morpurgo (War Horse author )

‘A masterclass in enchantment.’ The Times

Fri 10 Feb 8pm Marton War Memorial Hall CV23 9RL

Ages: 16+

01926 633 788

Thu 23 Feb 7.30pm

Sat 11 Feb 7.30pm Feckenham Village Hall B96 6HN 0333 666 3366

Newton Village Hall CV23 0DU 01788 860 281

KIMBER'S MEN STILL SINGING UP A STORM As seen on BBC Four's Shanties and Sea Songs with Gareth Malone. This rousing Yorkshire malevoice shanty group performs a riot of colourful sea songs, nautical ballads and spirited broadsides with full-tilt enthusiasm and praiseworthy gutsiness. An assured, sumptuous, and suitably stirring set celebrating the spirit of the sea. Ages: 7+ Fri 24 Feb 7.30pm Willoughby Village Hall CV23 8BH 01788 891 898 Sat 25 Feb 7.30pm Fillongley Village Hall CV7 8EQ 01676 540 072 Fri 03 Mar 7.30pm Shrewley Village Hall CV35 7AN 01926 842 533

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+ Sat 25 Feb 7.30pm Desford Village Hall LE9 9GN 01455 823 537 Fri 12 May 7.30pm Maxstoke Church B46 2QN 01675 462 740


SHIFTING SANDS THEATRE THE KING LEAR Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare's popular tragedy, this acclaimed clown theatre sets the action in a pub in the here and now, with pub landlord as king. A compellingly inventive retelling mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour, this is a marvellously fun night.


This critically acclaimed comedy-theatre trio delivers a crazy, enormously inventive and devilishly funny 1950's horror movie spoof. As Scott and Amundsen begin their 1912 race to the South Pole, the hapless explorer Captain Reginald Cranston investigates a crashed meteor, unaware of the ancient evil that awaits him. A night of shocks, bloodcurdling terror, hilariously gruesome deaths and glorious, unadulterated, spine tingling silliness. ★★★★


Time Out

Chortle UK Comedy Guide

Ages: 10+

‘A show with a difference. An exuberant mash-up of improvisation, physical theatre, slapstick and satire.’

The King Lear is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Stage Sun 26 Feb 7.30pm Bishampton Villages Hall WR10 2LY

Ages: 12+

01386 462 306

Sun 26 Feb 7pm Stretton on Fosse Village Hall GL56 9SH 07887 556 956

HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS IN CONCERT This wild and carnivalesque seven-piece from the Bohemian Quarter of Newcastle blurs the boundaries of folk, gypsy and rock music with its truly terrific sound. Mixing powerhouse story-songs with foot-stomping rhythms this band has more than a touch of magic to it.

‘A rousing and captivating sound… a raucous twenty first century hoe-down.’ Yorkshire Times Ages: 10+ Thu 02 Mar 7.30pm St Andrews Church, Shilton CV7 9HX 02476 612 173

MAMBO JAMBO IN CONCERT Musical sunshine from a multi-talented, multiinstrumental acoustic roots duo: an upbeat, feel-good concert mixing sounds and styles from around the world with wonderful banter and a great stage presence.

‘An extremely listenable criss-crossing of world music boundaries… nice!’ fRoots Magazine

‘Absolutely tremendous! Really brilliant sound; so uplifting!’ BBC Radio Derby Ages: 6+ Sat 04 Mar 8pm Bubbenhall Village Hall CV8 3BD 02476 305 931 Fri 10 Mar 7.30pm Claverdon Church Centre CV35 8PD 01926 843 234

THE BROONZIES NORTH EAST TO WILD WEST This outstanding Britfolk 'supergroup' - Roger Wilson, Ian Thompson, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Maggie Holland and Folk Awards nominees Jez Lowe and Chris Parkinson - plays rootsy folk steeped in old-time Americana. Reflective and exuberant by turns, it's a wonderful night of heartfelt music with a tangible sense of musicians having a lot of fun. Jez Lowe:

‘The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time.’ Richard Thompson Maggie Holland:

‘The proof that outstanding contemporary songs are still being written.’ fRoots Magazine

MSFITS THEATRE FUR COAT & MAGIC KNICKERS This genuinely delightful one-actor three-characters comedy-drama brings together a compulsive shopper, a personal shopper and a reluctant shopper to brilliant effect, with the hilarious script - by prizewinning Scottish writer Rona Munro and chameleonesque performance - by awardwinning actor Fiona Knowles each allowing the other to shine. Intimate, moving and very, very funny.

‘The dialogue is vivid, the storytelling keen.’ The Guardian Ages: 12+

Ages: 8+ Sat 18 Mar 7.30pm Sun 12 Mar 7.30pm Bulkington Community & Conference Centre CV12 9JB 02476 494 094

Bourton, Draycote and Frankton Village Hall, Bourton CV23 9QS 01926 633 593



Infectious and impassioned Eastern European gypsy folk, heart-rending ballads and fiery dances delivered by a quartet of Britain's most revered international musicians, as nattily behatted as befits any strolling gypsy band.

As seen at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival BBC Introducing stage, with Jamie Cullum and Jo Whiley.

★★★★ The Herald ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘The fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship leaves you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet.’ The Times Ages: 7+

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. Ages: 12+ Fri 24 Mar 7.30pm Hurley Village Hall CV9 2JD 01827 875 352

Thu 23 Mar 7.30pm

Sat 29 Apr 7.30pm

Bulkington Community & Conference Centre CV12 9JB

Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone CV9 1DG

02476 494 094

01927 713 634

Tue 04 Apr 7.30pm

Fri 19 May 7.30pm

Number 8 Arts Centre, Pershore WR10 1BG

Pailton Village Hall CV23 0QE

01386 555 488

01788 832 959

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PUBLICK TRANSPORT WE ARE BRONTË Deadpan comic visual theatre at its most superb, and its most silly. A glorious mash-up of slapstick clowning and surreal improvisation, this is an irreverent and uniquely captivating exploration of the real and imaginary worlds of Yorkshire's famous literary siblings and of the nature of theatre itself. Intelligent, offbeat, supremely entertaining: a gothic delight from start to end.

‘Straight-faced knockabout fun.’ The Stage ★★★★

‘For those open to a little foolishness and irreverence it's a hoot.’ The Scotsman Ages: 12+ We Are Brontë is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Fri 24 Mar 7.30pm Pailton Village Hall CV23 0QE 01788 832 959

ANDREAN LAZAROV PIANO RECITAL Two intimate, in-the-round concerts of exceptional music and world-class grand pianism by a Bulgarian artist whose performances under the baton of some of the world's most prestigious conductors, including Valery Gergiev and Sir Simon Rattle, have been much lauded. Both concerts followed by informal audience reception with the performer.

‘A musical treat.’ Coventry Telegraph Ages: 12+ Sat 25 Mar 8pm Concerto Minus One Includes works by: Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff

Sun 26 Mar 4pm Fairy Tale Heroes Includes works by: Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky

Eathorpe Village Hall CV33 9DE 01926 811 364

TAYO ALUKO & FRIENDS CALL MR. ROBESON. A LIFE, WITH SONGS This compelling and awardwinning one-man (and pianist) show pays tribute to the dramatic life and songs of the legendary black American actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. A remarkable and moving piece of musical-theatre: high quality drama, first class singing. ★★★★

‘First-rate… an admirable introduction to a great pioneering performer.’ The Guardian

‘Moving… perfect… fascinating… intense.’ Yorkshire Post

‘Quietly compelling.’ The Stage Ages: 12+ Sat 01 Apr 8pm Rous Lench Village Hall, Evesham WR11 4UN 01386 793 590

THE DEAD SECRETS HICKORY DICKORY MURDER Award-winning comedy adventurers gently send up the golden age of detective novels with a delightful improv murder mystery. Brimful with untrustworthy characters, implausible plot twists and unbelievable conclusions all based on suggestions from the audience - this is a fast, funny and completely unique performance every time.

‘Surrender to the madness.’ The List Ages: 10+ Sat 01 Apr 8pm Dunchurch and Thurlaston WI Hall, Dunchurch CV22 6NL 01788 811 837

ARLETTY THEATRE QUILTER AND THE GHOST Warm, nostalgic musicaltheatre (with lovely, emotive folk songs and well-crafted storytelling) of a reclusive hoarder and her strange but sweet ghost who together in their ramshackle home collect real stories of strong and inspiring women lest they be lost to history. A glorious patchwork story-quilt forms the colourful backdrop to the play, each fragment of fabric a remembered life, some truly affecting and powerful. An extraordinary, comic and compelling modern fairytale. Ages: 10+ Sun 02 Apr 8pm The Fleece Inn, Bretforton WR11 7JE 01386 831 173

THE OXFORD CONCERT PARTY IN CONCERT Six lively, entertaining and mould-breaking musicians take 300 years of music from around the world (and from Baroque to tango) and infuse it with offbeat humour, passion and pathos. With its rich and vibrant sounds this is an unforgettable show.

‘A decidedly unstuffy bunch of superb musicians… look out for them whenever your spirits need a lift.’ The Telegraph Ages: 10+ Fri 21 Apr 7.30pm Barnacle Village Hall CV7 9LD 02476 619 126

SONIA SABRI COMPANY SALAAM A spectacular show uniting beautiful, energetic and visually stunning dance, spellbinding live music and exquisite costumes. Astounding tabla music by a world-renowned virtuoso paves the way into mesmerisingly graceful and intricate Kathak (the classical style of north India). An absolute joy to behold, and a fantastic introduction to Indian dance.

‘A dynamic performer with her own spin on the Indian classical tradition.’ Metro Ages: 10+ 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.

Fri 28 Apr 7.30pm Monks Kirby Village Hall CV23 0RA 07870 261 058



Stunning music from the multi-award winning smash hit adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse by the West End show's 'songman'. A northern folk music legend and one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song, this twice nominated BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer Of The Year couples a magnificent voice, virtuoso guitar and lovely melodeon work to gorgeous Class A songs.

The Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator re-imagined on a shoestring, with just two actors and everything made of cardboard. A beautifully bonkers and gloriously witty knockabout comedy by a wonderful French / English duo. So so funny. And clever. And silly. A triumph in cardboard.


‘These folksongs are the essence of England.’ Manchester Evening News

‘Astonishing guitar technique coupled with one of England's finest voices.’

‘A great show by a hysterical female double act… catch them now before they are selling out at the Albert Hall.’ Mel Giedroyc, Woman's Weekly Magazine

‘Immaculate comic timing… riotous slapstick and very funny sight gags.’ The Stage

Ralph McTell

Ages: 8+

Ages: 14+

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

Sun 07 May 7pm Kineton Sports & Social Club CV35 0DT 01926 641 024

Fri 12 May 8pm Marton War Memorial Hall CV23 9RL 01926 633 788

THE REMI HARRIS PROJECT IN CONCERT As seen on the BBC Late Night Jamie Cullum Prom 2016.


This sensationally gifted guitarist and his superb band perform traditional gypsy jazz and swing, infused with influences from bebop, blues, rock and world music. Seriously good.

A superb cabaret tribute to the turbulent life and universally loved music of one of the 'greats' of 20th century popular song, by a top flight, massively talented vocalist and her impeccable piano accompanist.

‘An incredible guitarist... I'm absolutely blown away by his talent… amazing.’

‘Outstanding interpretations.’


Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

The Observer

‘Astonishing... Remi Harris is probably Britain's greatest jazz guitarist to emerge since Martin Taylor.’

‘Sarah Moule summons the spirit of Peggy Lee it's spooky but in a good way.’

BBC Radio 2

Jazz FM Ages: 12+

‘Absolutely brilliant.’ Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music

Sat 27 May 7.30pm

Ages: 10+

01926 624 344

Sat 13 May 7.30pm Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone CV9 1DG 01827 713 634

Sherbourne Village Hall CV35 8AN

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