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WemTown Hall programme February–April 2011

Arts · Learning · Community · Enterprise

WemTown Hall February–April 2011 Hello and Welcome 2010 was a very busy year at Wem Town Hall, and 2011 is set to be even busier. We will continue to host a mixture of cinema, music, theatre, dance, exhibitions and workshops for you to enjoy. Live event highlights coming up over the next few months include Shropshire based theatre company Pentabus in their critically acclaimed ‘Tales of the Country’, Family Theatre with Wolf Tales, World Music trio ‘Les Freres Guissé’, ballroom and sequence dancing, and Bayou Seco kicking off the start of a Fiddle Festival at Wem Town Hall. The cinema programme is also expanding to include more Friday and Saturday screenings as well as the regular Thursday film night. We hope you find the mixture of popular, family and off the beaten track films interesting and we are happy to take suggestions of films that you would like us to show. Once again we are a part of Borderlines Film Festival over March and April showing Black Swan, Separado! and SoulBoy so make sure you look out for those in the film section. March marks our 1st Birthday and we will be celebrating for the whole month! There is a complete mixture of events with a Fun Day on the 19th March including a painting demonstration by Wem Art Society, Gaming with the wii and a free screening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Along with the arts and learning programme, we are a hive of activity and host the weekly market every Thursday, as well as private hires, community events, business meetings and conferences.

Our café/bar is open Monday to Saturday and provides a warm welcome to all visitors. With free wi-fi access, these light and airy surroundings are the perfect place to meet up, relax, eat, drink and share. Our locally sourced menu offers homemade and high quality dishes at affordable prices and we offer speciality coffees, teas and soft drinks, along with a range of local beers and wine. We also offer a high quality selection of buffet options, suitable for meetings and special events, on and off-site. The Café is open late on events nights, so why not try one of our meal deals before or after a show. We want you to relax and enjoy your visit so there is no rush….you are always welcome to take drinks into the auditorium and we offer an interval drinks service too! Our venue depends on the excellent support of volunteers, so why not become a Friend of Wem Town Hall? As a Friend you might like to help on reception, with publicity and programme, or steward an event? Why not get in touch about how you might be involved; we’d love to hear from you. And finally if you’d like to keep up to date about everything that’s going on at Wem Town Hall join our mailing list, email or postal, by calling in at Wem Town Reception to give us your details or simply call us on 01939 232 299.

FILM FILM SCREENINGS Unless stated all films are priced at £5 Adults, £4.50 Concessions and £4 for 16’s and under.

Inception (12A) Thursday 3 February 7.30pm (148mins) Leonardo DiCaprio heads a stunning cast in a mind-blowing psychological thriller from director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight).

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

Friday 4 February 7pm, Saturday 5 February 5pm (95mins) Megamind is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known…and the least successful. An animated superhero comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation (the Shrek series, How To Train Your Dragon) and Red Hour Productions.

Friday 18 February 7pm, Monday 21 February 5pm, Tuesday 22 February 2.30pm (113 mins) Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

London River (12)

Moon (15)

Thursday 10 February 7.30pm (87 mins) British film starring Brenda Blethyn (Atonement, Secrets and Lies) and Sotigui Kouyaté, which centres on the journey of a Muslim man and a Christian woman travelling to London to check on their missing children, in the wake of the 2005 terror attack on the city. The two strangers come to discover their respective children had been living together at the time of the attacks.

Thursday 3 March 7.30pm (97 mins) Highly-acclaimed British science fiction film about a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Earth’s moon.

Megamind (PG)

Whatever Works (12A) Thursday 17 February 7.30pm (92 mins) American comedy film directed and written by Woody Allen, starring Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Evan Rachel Wood. Woody Allen returns to New York with an offbeat comedy about a crotchety misanthrope and a naïve, impressionable young runaway.

Meet the Parents 3 (12A) Friday 4 March 7pm, Saturday 5 March 5pm (98 mins) American comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, the third instalment in the Meet the Parents series. It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get ‘in’ with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favourite male nurse come roaring back.

FILM The Illusionist (PG)

MicMacs (12A) Subtitles

Thursday 10 March 7.30pm (90 mins) Awarding-winning animated film by French Director Sylvain Chomet (Belleville Rendezvous) based on a Jacques Tati script. Set in Edinburgh and London in the late 50s, this is a beautifully animated, poignant, nearly wordless, evocation of the end of music hall as it is overtaken by TV and rock’n’roll.

Thursday 24 March 7.30pm (105 mins) Film by acclaimed French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, The Delicatessen). Billed as ‘a satire on the world arms trade’ it sees a man and his friends devise an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

‘Utterly distinctive and beguiling… The Illusionist is an intricate jewel.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Film Nation Workshop Saturday 26 March 10–5pm As part of Borderlines Film Festival we are hosting a Film Nation ‘Make a Film in a Day’ workshop for young people aged 14 to 19 years. The session is free and is open to complete beginners or those with some experience. Film Nation is a Cultural Olympiad initiative aimed at encouraging young people to make films for screening across the UK during the 2012 Games. Limited places – please book early. Free Event

The Kings Speech (12A) Thursday 17 March 7.30pm (111 mins) Brilliant new British historical drama starring Colin Firth with Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall and Derek Jacobi in a biopic about reluctant wartime monarch George VI. A hot favourite for an Oscar – not to be missed.

Phantom of the Opera (12A) FREE SCREENING Saturday 19 March 5pm (143 mins) Based on the stage musical of the same name starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. A rollercoaster of emotion and melodrama, the Phantom pursues Christine but will her true love Raoul win out?

Black Swan (15) Thursday 31 March 7.30pm (108 mins) Part of Borderlines Film Festival 2011 Anchored by Natalie Portman’s world-class performance as driven ballerina Nina Sayers, Black Swan is a film about obsession that has itself been crafted with an exacting eye for detail. ‘Black Swan is a head-spinning, unabashedly hysterical psychodrama set in the back-biting world of New York ballet, and looks at the extreme lengths to which some people will go to attain perfection in their chosen field’. Time Out

FILM Separado! (12) Tuesday 5 April 7.30pm (84 mins) Part of Borderlines Film Festival 2011 Star Trek meets Buena Vista Social Club in this psychedelic western musical, as Welsh pop legend Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) takes us on a pan continental road trip in search of his long lost Patagonian uncle, the poncho wearing guitarist Rene Griffiths.

SoulBoy (15) Thursday 7 April 7.30pm (84 mins) Part of Borderlines Film Festival 2011 Featuring Wigan lads and lasses dancing in massive flares to incredibly obscure soul singles, SoulBoy seeks to do for Northern Soul what Quadrophenia did for mod. A comingof-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene. Followed by a Q&A session with film producer Natasha Carlish.

Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Thursday 14 April 7.30pm (101 mins) Innovative director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) collaborates with celebrated author Maurice Sendak to bring one of the most beloved books of all time to the big screen, in this classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in.

Once (15) Thursday 28 April 7.30pm (85 mins) The Oscar-winning ONCE is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. ‘A little movie called Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year’. Steven Spielberg

‘A visual and emotional tour de force’. Rolling Stone

Gnomeo and Juliet (U) Tuesday 19 April 2.30pm, Thursday 21 April 5pm (runtime TBC) Animated film in part based on William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Garden gnomes Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours.

Film-making and Animation Workshops Regular sessions for children, young people and adults. Details from reception.

Film Club Tuesdays 3.30–5pm Free cinema for children and young people run in partnership with local schools. Contact reception for details.


Pentabus Theatre: Tales of the Country Thursday 24 February 8pm The Shropshire based award winning Pentabus Theatre tell the story of Brian Viner and his family as they move from a terraced house in north London to a rambling grange in rural Herefordshire. Inspired by his popular weekly dispatches from the country in The Independent and based on the wildly successful book of the same name, Tales of the Country is a heartwarming chronicle of the pleasures and pitfalls that await a family from the city chasing a rural idyll. ‘Brilliant. Sparkles with anecdotes, good jokes and hilarious observations’. Daily Mail Tickets: £9.50 full price, £8 concessions (if bought by 10th February). Thereafter: £11 full price, £9 concessions.

Wolf Tales Friday 18 March 6pm A family show for everyone! Meet the Big Bad Wolf as he puts the record straight about the fairy tales he’s been in and why he has been so misunderstood! He’s not mean, he’s not scary, he’s just a twerp who’s very, very hairy! A hilarious Pickled Image show featuring puppets, film, and special effects. Suitable for ages 5+ Tickets: £7 Full Price, £4 Concessions, £20 Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)



Wem Art Society Group Show

Live and Loquacious Open Mic Night

Monday to Saturday until 19 March A group show featuring a range of paintings and drawings from beginners to the very experienced. The society was formed over 34 years ago and currently has 35 members who meet regularly in a supportive and friendly atmosphere to work on individual projects and to enjoy demonstrations from invited artists.

Wem Art Society Painting Demonstration Saturday 19 March 10–12 noon Your chance to see Wem Art Society members at work, speak to them about the exhibition and learn about what they do and how you might like to be involved.

The Garden Room 2nd April to 4th June In the late 1800’s the renowned horticulturist Henry Eckford, moved to Wem, and here bred the modern Sweet Pea. This achievement is celebrated every year with the annual Sweet Pea Festival, held in July. Today, the love of gardening continues to thrive, with allotments, home and community gardens bringing colour to the town. This exhibition celebrates this common-or-garden passion,

Friday 11 February 8.00–10.30pm A bands night with a difference! Tempted to try out a few jokes on a live audience? Think your band has got what it takes to get the audience vote? Then try out your act at our Open Mic Night. Guaranteed to entertain music lovers, whatever your taste. Come and support new talent – you can say you saw them (just) before they were famous! Tickets: £3

Rosie Doonan and the Snap Dragons + support Friday 11 March 7.30pm Rosie Doonan is a an outstanding young performer boasting a wonderfully varied repertoire of beautiful songs. With her fantastic band featuring guitar, mandolin, vocals & accordion Rosie performs a heartfelt & emotive blend of songs everyone can relate to – in her own cheeky and charming northern way. Live, Rosie is an exceptional performer – playful banter, beautiful songs and a truly exceptional voice. Backed up by the huge talents of her band, an evening with Rosie Doonan is an evening you’ll be talking about for a very very long time. Tickets: Early Birds £10.50 full price, £9 concessions (if bought by 25th February) Thereafter: £12 full price, £10 concessions.

with our glass box gallery serving as a hot house, germinating ideas to inspire both beginners and experienced gardeners. Supported by a series of talks and workshops. Contact reception for details.

MUSIC Bayou Seco

Les Freres Guissé Saturday 26 March 8pm The three brothers Djiby, Cheik and Aliou Guissé originate from the Fouta Tooro area in the North of Senegal. Their music is based on different rhythms of the Toucouleur, such as the Yela, but the Guissé brothers prefer saying that their music is universal, for all ages and races.

Saturday 16th April 8pm Part of WTH Fiddle Festival, a series of three concerts celebrating the brilliance of the fiddle. Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, aka Bayou Seco, have spent a lifetime soaking up the traditional music of Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. Using a simple line up of fiddle, accordion, banjo and guitar they take their audience on a musical odyssey through the American southwest, performing and reinvigorating long forgotten songs and dances with wit, warmth and style. Their loveaffair with the folk traditions of the southwest has already lasted thirty years, and it’s still going strong. Tickets: £10.50/Concessions £9 (if bought by 2 April). Thereafter £12/ Conc. £10

Their music is beautiful and sensitive and well rooted in the traditions of West Africa. It features poetic lyrics and close harmony singing, acoustic guitars and a variety of percussion. With two acoustic guitars and a djembé, the three Guissé brothers mesmerize all the audiences they meet. Djiby’s and Cheikh’s voices swirl around the melodic guitar lines whilst Alioune quietly plays his percussions. Tickets: Early Birds £10.50 full price, £9 concessions (if bought by 12th March) Thereafter: £12 full price, £10 concessions.

Live and Loquacious Open Mic Night Friday 1 April 8.00–10.30pm Try out your act on a live audience or come and support new talent! Tickets: £3

Taiko Drumming Workshops Young People Monday Afternoons Adults Monday 7.00–8.30pm An exciting opportunity to try your hand at the ancient style of Taiko drumming led by an expert Taiko master, James Barrow. Running until the 14 March, call 01939 232 299 for more details. New course to begin May 2011.

SPECIAL EVENTS Telling Tuesdays – Heroes and Heroines

Mayor’s Charity Ball in aid of Help for Heroes

Tuesday 1 February 7.30pm Young tellers shall be spinning stories of heroes and heroines and with St Valentine’s Day just around the corner there may be some romance as well. Tickets: Free, donations in aid of Help for Heroes accepted.

Saturday 12 March, 7 for 7.30pm In aid of Help for Heroes enjoy a 3 course meal, live entertainment and dancing. There will also be a raffle AND an Irish raffle on the evening! Black tie dresscode. Tickets: £27.50, book by Saturday 26th February.

Volunteer Open Evening

Phantom of the Opera (12A) FREE SCREENING

Wednesday 9 February 4–7pm Without the active support of local people we wouldn’t be able to host the wide range of events that we do. There are lots of ways you can help and we guarantee you will have fun too! Perhaps you would like to be an usher, put your local knowledge to use by helping with visitor enquires, help on technical set up for events, or lend a hand on the day to day tasks involved in keeping the building running. Drop in on the 9th have a tour of the Town Hall and speak to us about how you’d like to be involved.

Table Top Sale Wem Town Hall Community Trust Saturday 26 February 9–1pm To book tables or for more information please call 01939 232299

Saturday 19 March 5pm (143 mins) See Film section for full details.

SoulBoy (15) Thursday 7 April 7.30pm (84 mins) Part of Borderlines Film Festival 2011 Q&A session with film producer Natasha Carlish to follow the film screening. See Film section for full details.

Mayor’s Fashion Show in aid of Help for Heroes Monday 11th April 6.45 for 7.30pm start Come along and view Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s latest fashions for Ladies and Gents. Local businesses will also be present with a range of accessories and beauty treatments for you to complete that look! Raffle on the evening. Tickets: £5, all profits go to Help for Heroes.

Wem Town Hall Birthday Bash Month March Wem Town Hall is celebrating its 1st Birthday with a range of events to suit all tastes throughout March. Our Fun Day on the 19 March includes a painting demonstration by Wem Art Society, Gaming with the wii and a free screening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

The image of the Hoopoe bird denotes an event has been kindly sponsored by a local resident.

Box Office: 01939 238279 · Reception: 01939 232299 ·

DANCE Street Dance Classes

Ballroom and Sequence Dance

Tuesdays 8 February–22 March Learn street dance moves and build up a routine in this energetic, invigorating and satisfying class with our qualified tutor Misha.

Friday 15 April, 8pm Ballroom and sequence dancing with live music by Steve Nicholls. Food and raffle on the evening. Tickets: £4.50

Course Dates: February 8th, 15th, (1 week break for half term), March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Times: Ages 5 to 7, 4.45–5.45pm; Ages 8 to 11, 6–7pm; Adults aged 12+, 7–8pm. Course Cost: Children/Young People £21.00 for the 6 weeks, Adults £27.00

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The nearest parking is located at the main car park, adjacent to the Co-op, just off High Street. Disabled parking on site (limited) please book in advance. Please do not park on Noble Street.

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Access to the first floor can be gained via a lift. Wheelchair accessible toilets are available on all floors. Infra Red enhanced hearing headsets are available for cinema patrons. Induction Loop system operates in the main hall and foyer. Guide Dogs are welcome in all parts of the building.

Wem Town Hall High Street, Wem, Shropshire SY4 5DG Box Office: 01939 238279 (Tickets & Bookings) Reception: 01939 232299 (Information) Open: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 9am–4pm and for evening events.

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Wem Town Hall Programme 2011  
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Upcoming music, theatre, film and exhibition events at the Wem Town Hall