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September - December 2011

Herefordshire

Centre for the Arts

The Courtyard


Welcome to The Courtyard

Welcome to The Courtyard The autumn season at The Courtyard always brings a wide variety of quality productions for you to choose from. I hope you agree that it provides a perfect mixture of what we think our audiences like best about Herefordshire’s Centre for the Arts. Having celebrated working at The Courtyard for 10 years this year, I am delighted to bring you a programme that I feel is stronger than ever and celebrates everything that The Courtyard has achieved. Especially now that we have been recognised nationally by Arts Council England as one of the 650 organisations they will continue to fund over the next four years, a major achievement for us and for Herefordshire. Some of the highlights of the season that I want to draw to your attention are the amazing company Lip Service who will be performing their production of Withering Looks, a potted version of Wuthering Heights and the lives and letters of the Bronte sisters. This comic, yet quite literate romp through their works is a must see this season. London Classic Theatre return with their latest production of Equus. Originally staged in 1973, this Peter Schaffer play was inspired by a true story. Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Both thought-provoking and moving, this is high on my list of ones to watch. Mid Wales Opera make their annual pilgrimage to Hereford with Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, containing some of the most sumptuous music ever written for the opera stage. With such a popular title this is guaranteed to book quickly, so make sure you call the Box Office or, better still, book on-line at any time of day as soon as you can. Of course the highlight of the year for many of our patrons has to be The Courtyard’s traditional family pantomime. This year I am delighted to welcome back Mr Tim McArthur, as Dame Katherine Weale, in what I know will be an enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty. It’s never too early to book for the show, and you are never too old to enjoy the magic of the pantomime here. I am very much looking forward to what the next 10 years will bring for us at The Courtyard, and hope that you will join me and the rest of the team here for many more visits this season. Martyn Green Chief Executive

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Second Monday of the month 8.30pm – 10.30pm

Saturdays 12noon to 2pm

The Courtyard Quiz Night

The Saturday Café

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At only £2 per person, with drinks offers and prizes to win, why not start the week with a night out with friends? Prizes include a case of cider from Quiz Night sponsors Bulmers

Come on down to the café-bar and enjoy music by some of the top talent from Herefordshire and beyond.

Funding bodies:

First Tuesday of the month

To find out who’s on, just call the Box Office on 01432 340555, or visit www.musicpool.org.uk and click on the ‘events’ link.

Open Mic @ The Courtyard

Promoted by The Music Pool in partnership with The Courtyard.

Come along and play, sing or tell a joke!

Free Entry!

Drink offers available. Pick up a flyer from the Box Office, check the website or The Courtyard’s Facebook page for details of hosts. Free Entry!

The Eveson Charitable Trust SUPPORTED BY HEREFORD CITY COUNCIL

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The Sunday Social Featuring a special Sunday Brunch Menu (11am-2pm), Sunday papers, board games, great afternoon films and live music on the last Sunday of the month – checkout the website for details. The Café Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your lazy Sundays and, with our beautiful glass building, even if it’s cold outside, it’s always warm at The Courtyard.

Kids Club

Audio Description

Information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to change.

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Live Screenings at The Courtyard

Showing on The Courtyard’s Cinema Screens The Metropolitan Opera, New York Live at The Courtyard in HD Donizetti’s Anna Bolena Saturday 15 October 6pm New Production Run Time: 250 minutes

Glass’s Satyagraha Saturday 19 November 6pm Run Time: 248 minutes

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Saturday 29 October at 6pm New Production Run Time: 230 minutes Wagner’s Siegfried Monday 7 November 6pm New Production, Pre-recorded Run Time: 351 minutes

Handel’s Rodelinda Saturday 3 December 5.30pm Run Time: 255 minutes Gounod’s Faust Monday 12 December 6pm New Production, Pre-recorded Run Time: 255 minutes

The Enchanted Island Saturday 21 January 2012 6pm New Production Run Time: 210 minutes

Massenet’s Manon Saturday 7 April 2012 5pm New Production Run Time: 243 minutes

Wagner’s Götterdämmerung Saturday 11 February 2012 5pm Run Time: 374 minutes

Verdi’s La Traviata Saturday 14 April 2012 6pm Run Time: 187 minutes

Verdi’s Ernani Saturday 25 February 2012 6pm Run Time: 229 minutes

Tickets to Met Opera screenings £17.50 each, or £12.50 each when you book for four or more different Operas in one transaction.

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Bolshoi Esmeralda Sunday 9 October 4pm

Le Corsaire Sunday 11 March 2012 4pm

The Sleeping Beauty Sunday 20 November 4pm

The Bright Stream Sunday 29 April 2012 4pm

The Nutcracker Sunday 18 December 4pm Pre-recorded

Raymonda Sunday 24 June 2012 4pm

Tickets £15 each, or £12.50 each when you book for three or more different Bolshoi screenings in one transaction.

Thursday 15 September 7pm One Man Two Guvnors

Monday 5 December 7pm (Pre-recorded) Collaborators By John Hodge

Saturday 8 October 7pm (Pre-recorded) The Kitchen By Arnold Wesker Directed by Bijan Sheibani (an NT Associate Director)

A new play, written by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and The Beach), directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner. Tickets: £12.50

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The Courtyard Comedy Club Sponsored by (18+) In the Studio

Comedy Club sponsor, Bulmers, is offering the chance to win some fantastic prizes at all Courtyard Comedy Club nights. Prizes include a case of cider and tickets for future Comedy Clubs at The Courtyard.

A visit to The Courtyard Comedy Club is one of the best ways to relax on a Friday night. With different high-class comedians bringing you their latest cutting edge stand-up. Comedy Clubs are popular - so remember to book early!

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Weekdays 12 - 4

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September

Thursday 1 September 8pm

Wednesday 7 September 8.30pm

Nightjar Club

Amnesty International, Hereford, Leominster & Ludlow Group

Kris Drever & Éamonn Coyne In the Studio

Éamonn Coyne, who lives in Edinburgh, is originally from Ireland (Dublin). He learnt his playing from a variety of sources and is a member of the younger generation of Irish musicians. In the music scene he has performed and recorded with a vast array of people most recently Scottish international band Salsa Celtica (on their CD's ‘El Agua de la Vida’ and ‘El Camino’). His 2007 CD with Kris Drever is called ‘Honk Toot Suite’.

This Prison Where I Live In the Studio

Friday 9 September 7pm

Maung (aka Zarganar) Burma’s greatest living comic, relentlessly victimised by the Burmese junta, is now in prison. Michael Mittermeier, one of Germany’s leading comedians, is free to practice his humour.

Sing-a-Long-a Sound Of Music

In secret footage, never displayed or seen before, he and Rex Bloomstein explore Zarganar’s life, the man who describes himself as the ‘loudspeaker’ for his people. There will be a free buffet at 7.30pm in the Gallery for ticket holders only. Supported by the Co-operative Membership Recommended age 12+ This is a Courtyard Hire

£ £14

£ £6.50

The smash-hit musical show that has been all around the world is now back at The Courtyard. For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! Then, of course, there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. So get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down for the perfect night out. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended! Check out their website at www.singalonga.net £ £15

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Saturday 10 September 8pm

Sunday 11 September 6pm & 8pm

The Concert Years

Jo Brand

On Tour With Elvis Direct from London’s O2, the Las Vegas Elvis Icon Award Winning show ‘On Tour With Elvis’. Officially recognized as Europe’s premier Elvis touring show by the world’s largest annual Elvis Contest Convention - The Elvis European Championships. All Elvis’ greatest hits and more delivered live in true Elvis 70’s style, making this a night of pure breathtaking Elvis entertainment. An exciting 2 hour show with fantastic stage effects plus the best ‘Elvis sound’ you’ll ever hear...

Indomitable comedienne and recent BAFTA winner Jo Brand will raise the roof with two back to back performances. We are delighted to welcome back The Courtyard’s Honorary Patron for another fantastic evening. Jo will be hosting a post-show reception after the later show, so come along and meet her in person. This is a Courtyard fundraiser with all proceeds supporting The Courtyard and Megan Baker House.

www.ontourwithelvis.com

£ £18, concessions £17

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£25 (£45 to include post-show reception with wine and canapés, 8pm performance only)

Tuesday 13 September 8.30pm Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 September 7pm & 8.30pm Feral Productions in association with The Courtyard presents

Shattered Feral Productions is back with a brand new ‘outside the box’ Feral Tale. Join us for a sensory adventure in a world where dreams are turned on their heads and sleep is slipping out of reach… Inspired by the classic tale The Sandman, written by Megan Barker Directed by Estelle van Warmelo Meet at: The Royal National College for the Blind, Venns Lane Entrance, Hereford, HR1 1EB “The real pleasure of Feral Productions’ approach to theatre is the way in which they continue to re-invent the theatrical experience - creating work that is challenging, exciting - a long way from traditional drama - and a really welcome addition to Herefordshire’s artistic landscape.” Philippa May Hereford Times, 2010 www.feralproductions.org Wheelchair accessible. Recommended Age 15+ £ £10


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Wednesday 14 September 7.30pm

Thursday 15 September 7.30pm

Idle Motion

Entertainers

The Seagull Effect

Magic of Motown

Total Theatre Award nominees and Fringe SellOut, Idle Motion return with a stunning visual kaleidoscope of images and stories to captivate their audience. As a couple’s relationship crumbles and they’re confronted by its debris, Britain is hit by the unexpected 1987 storm.

Get ready – the UK’s number one live Motown concert show returns bigger than ever before with its all-new 2011 spectacular.

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 September 7.30pm

Here it comes – the smash hit from the States authentically recreates the sublime harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship that were the making of Motown.

Oh What A Lovely War

Using exciting and evocative staging, multimedia and personal recollections, Idle Motion pick their way through the chaos left behind during those remarkable six hours. They reflect upon the waves of destruction and the paths of the individuals it crossed. “Beautiful, accomplished, innovative physical theatre.” Stage, 2010 “A brilliant, emerging company.” Guardian www.idlemotion.co.uk £ £12.50, Special Offer first 100 tickets only £5 each, subject to availability

It’s on its way – a huge, super-talented cast perform solid-gold hits from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, Lionel Richie… the stars of the world’s all-time greatest record label, all together in one great show. The Magic of Motown: signed, sealed, delivered, it’s yours. www.easytheatres.com £ £20, concessions £19

Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre and The Courtyard presents Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment

by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton and Gerry Raffles At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, Oh What a Lovely War has a style all of its own, combining live music, dance, songs and sketches to create a picture of life for those on the front line and those behind it. Don’t miss Blackeyed Theatre’s revival of its hugely acclaimed production from 2008, featuring five actor musicians who play, sing and act their way through one of the greatest satires ever written. Oh What A Lovely War as Joan Littlewood intended and an unforgettable theatrical experience. Director - Adrian McDougall, Musical Director - Ellie Verkerk, Designer - Victoria Spearing, Choreographer - Gillian Albone www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk Recommended age 11+ £ £15, concessions £14, Schools £10

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Thursday 22 September Friday 23 September 7.30pm 7.30pm Sponsored by Entertainers

Wednesday 21 September 7.30pm 2Faced Dance Company

In The Dust 2Faced Dance returns with a triple bill of darkly explosive new break-infused contemporary dance works from critically acclaimed choreographers Tom Dale (‘Dale’s edgy work takes the temperature of Britain’), the Guardian's The Place Prize finalist Freddie Opoku-Addaie and 2Faced Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald, exploring themes of decay and destruction. “Fitzgerald has forged her own distinctive language.” Guardian “Marvellous choreography, fierce, bitter and brutal, that takes the potential for total theatre seriously. Plenty of companies claim to experiment. Plenty of companies make high claims for their work. 2Faced deliver.” ***** Skinny www.2faceddance.co.uk

£ £12.50, concessions £11.50, Schools £10

10 September - December 2011

Buddy Holly - A Legend Reborn with special guests "The Everly Brothers" Fresh from a smash-hit performance in London’s O2, Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn arrives at The Courtyard. The UK’s number one Buddy Holly, Marc Robinson revives classic hits like Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day and Oh Boy. Backed by a band reminiscent of the Crickets in their Fifties heyday, Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn is an authentic slice of rock ’n’ roll nostalgia, also starring the Fortt Brothers as the Everlys. Book your seats now for this superb extravaganza – that’ll be a very special day, guaranteed! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. www.easytheatres.com £ £18

Laurie Holloway with Kenny Lynch OBE Laurie Holloway is a legendary musical director to the stars! His bands have supported many TV blockbusters including Strictly Come Dancing and The Parkinson Show. Kenny Lynch must have tackled just about everything that is possible in show business during his illustrious career. Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, he’s also produced and managed. He has constantly graced our TV screens, had many hit songs and is a groundbreaking and creative comedian. Kenny made the Top Ten in 1963 with a cover of The Drifters ‘Up On The Roof’ Laurie and Kenny have worked together for more years than they care to remember. Their entertaining evening with a few jokes is a medley of wonderful music, anecdotes and laughter. £ £17, concessions £16


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Saturday 24 September 2.45pm

Saturday 24 September 8pm

Jactito Theatre

Lisbee Stainton

Rapunzel In the Studio

A beautiful girl is locked in a high tower by a Wicked Witch. There is no means of escape, no television, no computer, no phone to call home. All because her father couldn’t keep away from his neighbours’ vegetables! Rapunzel, Rapunzel - It’s a hairy situation! Is there a Prince brave enough, or even crazy enough to save this poor girl? A puppet show for all the family. For children aged 4 years and over.

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Saturday 24 September 8pm

Joe Brown Premier rock legend, Joe Brown, returns after yet another remarkable year. In 2008 Joe’s 50th Anniversary Concert sold out The Royal Albert Hall and he was back in the UK Top 20 with a Gold Album selling over 120,000 copies. In 2009 he received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and an MBE. In 2010 he toured Arenas with Status Quo and he still plays to sold out houses everywhere. His current show is a musical journey you should not miss.

In the Studio

Lisbee Stainton, known as ‘The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar’, plays us her new album ‘Go’. From her home in Herefordshire, Lisbee launched her career with album ‘Firefly’, playing London’s O2 Arena and being played extensively on Radio 2 and BBC Hereford and Worcester. Lisbee’s second album, ‘Girl on an Unmade Bed’ received great reviews with GMTV announcing Lisbee a star in the making, and The Times declared “Bound for Glory - an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting.” This local star has been tipped in the press as ‘one to watch’. Don't miss Lisbee live at The Courtyard.

£ £7.50, concessions £6.50, Kids Club £6

£ £22

£ £12.50, or £25 to include a copy of Lisbee’s latest CD

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Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 September 7.30pm London Classic Theatre

Equus by Peter Shaffer In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives. Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan’s trust and the truth gradually emerges. Finally, as Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night. Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.

Thursday 29 September 7.30pm

Libor Novacek, Piano

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Beethoven - Sonata in C Major Op 2 No 3 Brahms - Phantasien op 116 Liszt - Sonata in B minor Internationally recognised for his interpretations of Liszt, Brahms and Janacek, Libor Novacek’s playing has been compared with that of the great masters such as Brendel and Kempff. He is said to possess ‘exceptional poetic verve and inwardness’ and his recordings are said to offer ‘compellingly beautiful and narrative performances’. “Novacek... shows a rare combination of virtuosity and musical intelligence.” Robert Matthew, International Record Review All programmes are subject to change by the artist

£ £17.50, concessions £16, Schools £12

12 September - December 2011

£ £17, HCS Members £14, Students £5, Accompanied children under 16 £3

Friday 30 September 7.30pm Herefordshire Art & Craft Society Annual Lecture

Images of Health and Well Being In the Studio

Allen Fisher’s twenty-first annual, autumn lecture, for the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society, draws from the sculpture and painting of ancient and more recent times. It discusses how the motifs of serpentine and spiral forms have provided poetic forms for artists through many ages and how these have come to represent different aspects of energy, well being and health. Allen Fisher is Emeritus Professor of Poetry & Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. This is a Courtyard Hire

£ £5, concessions £3


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Friday 30 September 7.30pm

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Upbeat Management presents

The Celtic Tenors In Concert

Saturday 1 October 7.30pm

Everest – By The West Ridge In the Studio

The Celtic Tenors are talented, dynamic and charismatic. They have been touring the world at the highest level since they formed in 2000 and were initially rocketed onto the world stage after a sensational worldwide signing with EMI Classics.

In March 2006 a team from the British Army set out to climb Mount Everest via the notorious West Ridge. This remote route had only been previously climbed by 19 people and a successful ascent had not been made for 15 years.

Their evening show is very varied and entertaining. The lads themselves say they are a little selfish though… only singing the songs they love… but because of this they have a real passion and resonance on stage. Songs from folk and Irish, to classical crossover, to opera - all sung with real integrity by three down to earth guys with a sense of fun too - all of this makes their show unique and uplifting.

After 55 days of fixing ropes and establishing camps the Expedition was ready for its first summit attempt. In stark contrast to the hundreds of people preparing for their own summit bids on the popular North Ridge and South Col routes, the Army team was all alone battling along the West Ridge. The solitude was welcome.

Catch the Celtic Tenors in concert and enjoy their eclectic mix of classical, folk, Irish and pop. www.celtictenors.com £ £18, concessions £17

Just after midnight on the 21st May 2006 a team of 4 climbers and 2 Sherpas left the safety of Camp 5 high on the North Face of Everest and climbed towards the top of the world’s highest mountain. Expedition members Guy Homan and Malcolm Russell recount the inside story of Everest West Ridge 2006 using dramatic photos and video footage taken from high on the mighty mountain. £ £15 or £35 to include a post-show supper and wine.

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Saturday 1 October 8pm

Sunday 2 October 7.30pm

Avalon Promotions Ltd

Beyond the Barricade Limited

Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation (Warm Up)

Beyond The Barricade

The man behind Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure returns with a brand new show. Don’t miss your chance to catch one of his pre tour warm-ups at The Courtyard. Always one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers this genre stretching performer is back… and for this brand new show he’s formed a double act… with a projector screen. And they’d like to show you their powerpoint presentation. Cast your powerpoint prejudice* aside, it’s not just for business meetings. *Some bullet points will be used!

Back by overwhelming public demand, the most successful and popular touring show of its kind ‘Beyond the Barricade’ returns with a brand new 2011 production. Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, ‘Beyond the Barricade’ features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the recent 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena. This production will also include songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia and many more. “A Musical Masterclass!” The Daily Mirror www.beyondthebarricade.com

www.davegorman.com £ £15

14 September - December 2011

£ £18.50, concessions £17.50

Wednesday 5 October 7.30pm Theatre Productions

Over The Rainbow, the Life Story of Eva Cassidy Starring Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks), Maureen Nolan and Brian Fortuna (Strictly Come Dancing). Over the Rainbow is a compelling award winning musical, which tells the life story of this legendary artist, following Eva’s life through dramatic scenes and stunning live renditions of her music, including a haunting interpretation of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow.’ A talented and world-class cast of actors and musicians recreate her original arrangements and recordings which have received accolades from Mick Fleetwood and Sting and tributes from Nora Jones, Katie Melua and Chris De Burgh. This show pays a genuine and heartfelt tribute to a true artist who was not interested in fame and fortune, but wanted nothing more than to create beautiful music. This is more than the life story of Eva Cassidy which is an absolute must-see for all Eva Cassidy fans, it’s a show for anyone who’s lost someone they love. £ £20, concessions £19


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Wednesday 5 October 7.45pm

Thursday 6 October 8pm

The Fetch

Nightjar Club

Basant Lahore

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

In the Studio

A unique performance fusing puppetry and poetry. From the ancient city of Lahore in the Panjab comes a show to delight, intrigue and challenge audiences. Basant Lahore! brings together The Fetch puppeteer Purvin and the poet Mazhar Tirmazi for a poetic journey to illuminate the city from dawn to dusk. Performances are suitable for adults and young people aged 12 years+. Supported by Ledbury Poetry Festival and Arts Council England “A tour de force of total theatre” Masque of the Red Death, The Fetch Theatre. £ £9, concessions £8

Thursday 6 October 7.30pm Goodnights Entertainment Ltd present a brand new one woman show by award winning ‘Girls Night’ writer Louise Roche starring Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley

Big Pants & Botox Barbara has just survived an eventful ‘significant’ birthday, which has got her thinking about many things – not least the merits of ‘Big Pants & Botox’. Come and join her as she takes us on a hilarious, emotional, intriguing and ultimately uplifting journey. If you have to empty your bladder before joining the kids on the trampoline, and it’s a few years since you’ve had an uninterrupted view of your feet; if you know a prolapse has nothing to do with structural engineering, and that the word piles doesn’t have to be followed by the word ‘of’, then you’ll be amused, delighted, and even comforted by Louise Roche’s new play. WARNING: It is recommended that you do not watch this play with a full bladder! £ £12.50

In the Studio

With tours to Australia and Europe, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer seem to be taking the world by storm, establishing themselves as one of the best duos around on the international folk scene today. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer pair! Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional songs and tunes with contemporary interpretations. They also create original self-penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Their sound is both familiar and fresh. A great combination of vocal and instrumental talent. £ £10, concessions £9

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Friday 7 October 7.30pm

Chris Farlow & The Norman Beaker Band Chris started in the music business during the ‘skiffle’ boom… winning the All England Skiffle Championships at Tottenham Mecca Ballroom in 1957. Skiffle soon gave way to Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Chris’ band is the five piece Norman Beaker Band. Norman Beaker has been at the forefront of the British Blues scene for the last three decades, playing with the likes of Alexis Corner, Jack Bruce, Paul Jones and Eric Burdon. BB King commented “Norman is like a white Freddy King” a compliment indeed. www.chrisfarlowe.co.uk

Saturday 8 October 2.45pm

Saturday 8 October 7.30pm

Snail Tails

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

A Bird In Your Ear In the Studio

Snail Tales brings another chance to enjoy stories you won’t find anywhere else because each one has been born in the minds of children. Join Genies in teapots and hat-munching squirrels on fantastical exploits, all brought to life with puppetry, song, and more opportunities to jump on stage and join in. Families with children aged 3-11 years will join magic-spinning storytellers on a journey through a creative world made for children, by the people who know them best - children! For children aged 3 and above Find out more at www.flapyourfeathers.com

£ £18.50, concessions £17

16 September - December 2011

£ £8, concessions £7, Kids Club £6

Clive John and The Spirit Band present ‘The Johnny Cash Roadshow’, the only Johnny Cash show that matters. Delivering all the hits including The Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues and many of the duets Johnny and June were famous for. The chemistry of Johnny and June is brought to the stage and along with the accompanying video projection, which brings evocative images to each song, all help to complete the story of the life of a ‘legend’. This is SO much more than just a tribute to Johnny Cash, this is an audio and visual spectacle to entertain.

Sunday 9 October 7.30pm The Courtyard in association with presents

The Hanover Band 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible 1611-2011

Programme: J.S.BACH - Cantata No.82 Ich habe genug J.S.BACH - Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F BWV 1047 Interval J.S.BACH - Double Violin Concerto in d BWV 1043 HANDEL - Overture & Arias from the Messiah

Adrian Butterfield violin Oliver Webber violin Robert Farley natural trumpet Thomas Guthrie bass Benjamin Bayl director/harpsichord There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm, call the box office to book a place.

www.johnnycashroadshow.com Sponsored by

£ £16.50, concessions £15.50

£ £23/£25, concessions £22/£24


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Monday 10 October 7pm

Shakespeare Schools Festival The UK’s largest youth drama festival comes to Hereford. Family and friends are invited to celebrate an evening’s entertainment with four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. This country wide project works alongside the National Theatre and the National Youth Theatre. Using teacher training, workshops and student performance, in a local professional theatre, the project challenges the idea that studying Shakespeare is difficult, dry or dull. The aim of the charity is to promote articulacy, confidence and empowerment in our young people.

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Wednesday 12 October 8pm An Evening With

Max Boyce and special guests

There probably isn’t a household which hasn’t heard of Max Boyce and his catchy rugby inspired songs. His albums have sold in their millions including Doctors Papers which soared to number one in the album charts making it the first and only comedy album to do so. Subsequently he has been awarded six gold discs and an MBE. Max has toured the world extensively even entertaining the British troops in the Falkland Islands. Don’t miss this concert so you can say “I Was There!”

This is a Courtyard Hire £ £8, concessions £6

Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 October 7.45pm

Angel – a nightmare in two acts A dark comedy by Jo Davidsmeyer In the Studio

Hereford based theatre company Exit Fool Productions bring this controversial and thought provoking production to The Courtyard. Irma Grese dubbed by international press ‘the blonde angel of Auschwitz’ is 21 years old and awaits her verdict at the Belsen trials. Irma’s sadistic cruelty contributed to the deaths of hundreds of people during her time in Auschwitz. During her trial her prosecutor falls under her fatal charms and is soon drawn into a private nightmare where the tables are turned and he becomes the accused. Also dragged into the nightmare is Olga Lengyel, a survivor of Auschwitz and the infamous Joseph Mengele. Recommended age 15+. Contains adult themes and cigarette smoking.

£ £21

£ £7.50

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h.Energy Sustainable Herefordshire Week

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 October 7.30pm

Monday 17 October from 5pm onwards

Living The Dream

h.Energy!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the hugely talented floral artist Carola Wilson.

Herefordshire has the ideas, skills, people and resources to become one of the most abundant, thriving and productive counties in the UK. This year’s h.Energy (or ‘Sustainable Herefordshire Week’) from the 15 – 23 October 2011 is an opportunity for us to encourage, celebrate and learn about opportunities for energy saving and sustainable development in and around the county. As part of h.Energy 2011, we are pleased to offer you an evening of enticing energy related entertainment at The Courtyard. For more information about the discussions, films, entertainment and information which will be available this evening, visit: www.herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk This is a Courtyard Hire

Carola’s fabulous floral demonstration ‘Living the Dream’ is part of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies’ National Show 2011 - reprised for two nights only at The Courtyard. Enjoy the visual spectacle and Carola’s effortless wit as she guides you through her dream - the creation of her beautiful flower emporium. The demonstration launches the St Michael’s Hospice Flower Festival ‘Passage of Time’ which is taking place at Lyde Arundel on 18th – 21st May 2012. This is a Courtyard Hire

Saturday 15 October 8pm

Lee Nelson… Live hello u blurb readin legend! Its lee nelson here from off ur tele + i’m coming to a town near u with my well new tour! its gonna b bigga, betta + even funnier than my last tour + a lot fatter as well coz this time i’m bringing my best mate + fat legend Omelette! So dont b a mug - stop readin this rubbish + get urself a ticket! do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it!! Qwaliteeeeeee! Special note 2 birds - if u ask nicely i’ll sign any part of ur body afta the show! www.leenelson.com

£ £15

18 September - December 2011

£ £22.50

£ Free entry, call the Box Office to reserve your place


Box Office: 01432 340555

Find out about the latest offers on

www.courtyard.org.uk

Tuesday 18 October 7.30pm

Wednesday 19 October 7.45pm

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Midnight Mango Productions

Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums interweave with layers of percussive soundscapes and delicate bamboo flute in a spellbinding display of precise choreography & sheer athleticism. Through years of rigorous touring as Europe’s leading taiko drum group, Mugenkyo have developed a gritty passionate style that is uniquely their own, retaining the traditional spirit of taiko yet creating a contemporary sound and a modern stage show that has captivated audiences everywhere.

Adam Palma In the Studio

Adam Palma first started playing the guitar in 1986. His formal music education started in Poland at The Music Academy in Katowice Faculty of Jazz and Popular Music. Adam is influenced by a wide variety of musical styles, from the rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the country of Albert Lee, the acoustic guitar of Chet Atkins and the jazz of Pat Metheny.

“Drumming as an almost religious experience… exhilarating to behold.” The Glasgow Herald

Now firmly established as a brilliant guitar player, composer, arranger and teacher, Adam’s career is going from strength to strength – catch him while you can!

www.taiko.co.uk

www.adampalma.net

£ £17, concession £16

£ £8.50, concessions £7.50

Thursday 20 October 7.30pm Friday 21 October 1pm - Explore Dance matinee

National Dance Company Wales Ravishing and entrancing new Triple Bill from international choreographers. 12 spectacular dancers perform the world renowned Ohad Naharin’s B/olero & Black Milk. Alongside the gorgeous Quixoteland, by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with the Minkus ballet score is a brand new work from choreographer and dancer Eleesha Drennan with a production that delights the senses. “Pure contemporary genius.” The Guardian “If full-on contemporary dance is what you’re after, then this work is just the ticket.” The Times Local artists and photographers are invited to watch the dancers take their daily dance class and inspire their work, for ticket holders only - ask box office for details. £ Thurs 20 7.30pm - £15/£16, concessions £14/£15, Schools £9 Fri 21 1pm - £5

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Live Events at The Courtyard

Thursday 20 October 7.45pm

Saturday 22 October Sponsored by 7.30pm

About Face

Barron Knights

Postcards from Blackpool In the Studio

From the ultimate seaside holiday destination comes a rollercoaster tale where dreams can be dreamt, broken or fulfilled. As performers integrate with filmed footage join them to discover the glitzy, glamorous and dark side of Blackpool as their tale unfolds in a unique visual style. About Face is one of just a handful of professional theatre companies in the UK to employ only actors with learning disabilities. The company offers stimulating and original theatre that is both challenging and entertaining.

Sound Track of Our Lives

Probably the most entertaining group to come out of the 60’s and 70’s. Their musicianship, their harmonies and of course their humour makes them what their peers call them - ‘The Guvnors’. They are supremely talented, a showbiz phenomenon and the best tonic the N.H.S. could give the population.

Sunday 23 October 2.30pm and 7.30pm

You’ll be rockin' and laughing as well as rolling at their parody of Killer Queen about will Camilla be Queen, and the hilarious take on of Windmills Of Your Mind about what happens to your body as you get older.

A Ballet Classic for the whole family!

Don’t miss this one!

Be our guests and enjoy this beautiful show as the story unfolds!

Amande Concerts presents The State Ballet Academy of Minsk

The Nutcracker Music: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky This beautiful Christmas story is based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeier gives her a nutcracker as a present on Christmas Eve. This turns into a prince who invites her to a journey into the Sugar Plum Fairy’s realm of sweets. Marie celebrates a sumptuous party together with her godfather and the nutcracker prince.

Recommended age 12+ £ £7.50, concessions £6

20 September - December 2011

£ £16.50, concessions £15.50

£ £17.50/£18.50, concessions £16.50/£17.50. Special offer - Under 16s £12 for the matinee


Box Office: 01432 340555

Find out about the latest offers on

www.courtyard.org.uk

Sunday 23 October 2.45pm

Tuesday 25 October 6pm

Sea Legs Puppet Theatre

High School Rocks

The Ugly Duckling In the Studio

Float downstream with the Story Man, in Sea Legs Puppet Theatre’s gentle, new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of belonging and identity. Set on the banks of a magical river, brilliant storytelling, fantastic puppets and a delightful new musical score make this a must see show for little ones and their families. Recommended ages 3+

Nett UK

A high energy, foot stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee! The High School Musical phenomenon, which has smashed box office records everywhere, together with Hannah Montana – The Movie, and the Glee Club, are all paid tribute to in this amazing show. Join the superb cast for a rollercoaster ride of fun, as they invite you to the ultimate party to celebrate all of these awesome teen sensations in one fantastic concert. Don’t forget your dancing shoes and be prepared to rock out as HIGH SCHOOL ROCKS! Wildcats - Get ready to PARTY!

Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm

Thursday 27 October 7.30pm

Lip Service

Hall Ogden Duo

Withering Looks LipService, Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, are 25 this season! As part of their celebrations, Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding reprise their cult Bronte spoof Withering Looks. Withering Looks takes an “authentic” look at the lives and works of the Bronte sisters – well, two of them actually, Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar. Peopled with many of the characters we know and love, Maggie and Sue move effortlessly from frock to frock coat. “Cancel all other engagements for the glorious LipService.” The Independent “It’s a joy… very, very funny.” The Guardian www.lipservicetheatre.co.uk

£ £7.50, concessions £6.50, Kids Club £6

£ £15, concessions £14

£ £15, concessions £14

Judith Hall, Flute Craig Ogden, Guitar La Danza The Concert Society are delighted to be bringing Craig Ogden back to The Courtyard, this time with Judith Hall on Flute, with a programme ranging from Bach to Bartok. Craig’s solo CD's have been a regular feature in the Classical charts since his last visit to Hereford. All programmes are subject to change by the artist Sponsored by

£ £20, HCS Members £16, Students £5, Accompanied children under 16 £3

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Live Events at The Courtyard

Saturday 29 October 2.45pm

Friday 28 October 7.30pm

Charley Boorman Sponsored by Live 2011

Jactito Theatre

Carnival Child

Actor, Adventurer and Author Charley Boorman takes a break from travelling the world to take his hugely entertaining show on tour in the UK and Ireland.

Friday 28 October 7.45pm

This is Boorman close up and no mistake! An evening of personal stories, Hollywood anecdotes and tales of adventure from his world wide escapades.

by Terence Rattigan

With big video screens and some amazing clips of his adventures - some of which have never been made public - this night with Charley will be one to remember! You will even get the opportunity to ask questions and chat to Charley after the show.

Andrew Crocker-Harris, a Classics Master at a 1940’s public school is more at home with ancient Greek than he is with real life, especially his wife. Ridiculed by his fellow teachers and pupils alike, he is facing forced retirement due to ill health. But with his world slowly crumbling around him, he receives a surprise gift from an unexpected source, which triggers a change for Crocker-Harris...

www.charleyboorman.com

£ £17.50

22 September - December 2011

Appletree Theatre Company proudly present

The Browning Version In the Studio

This one act play is widely considered to be one of Rattigan’s finest pieces of theatre, and this production of “The Browning Version” coincides with his centenary this year.

In the Studio

Carnival Child’s magical powers are needed when she sees naughty Slithery the Snake in her Crystal Mirror trying to destroy the Rainforest. Can Carnival Child use the magical energy of the joyfulness of street carnival to save the Rainforest? Helped by a multitude of colourful rod puppets up to six feet tall who conjure up the magic of Carnival!

Featuring a strong cast from Herefordshire-based Appletree Theatre, the story of “The Crock” continues to resonate as strongly with today’s audiences as it ever did.

This lively and colourful production with over 80 puppets, also tells the history and power of Carnival using music from South America and the Caribbean.

www.appletreetheatre.co.uk/thebrowningversion

For children aged 4 and over.

£ £8

£ £7.50, concessions £6.50, Kids Club £6


Box Office: 01432 340555

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www.courtyard.org.uk November Book and Lyrics by L .Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, music by Noel Gay Contributions to revisions by Mike Ockrent Book revised by Stephen Fry Originally produced at the Adelphi Theatre, London, by Richard Armitage Subsequently produced at the Marquis Theatre, New York City, by Richard Armitage, Terry Allen Kramer, James M. Nederlander and Stage Promotions Ltd & Co An Amateur Production presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Saturday 29 October 7.30pm Mid Wales Opera

Puccini’s Madam Butterfly Sung in an English translation by Amanda Holden Accompanied by the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra Artistic and Musical Director – Nicholas Cleobury Director – Stephen Barlow The fated love-story of Cio-Cio San, Madam Butterfly and Pinkerton, the American Officer is one of the most well-loved operas of all time. With some of the most sumptuous music ever written for the opera stage, including the dramatic soprano aria “One Fine Day”, this brand-new production will be an intimate, beautiful and heart-rending experience for opera-goers old and new.

Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 November 7.30pm Saturday 5 November 2.30pm Hereford Musical Theatre Company presents

Me And My Girl When unrefined cockney gentleman Bill learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford, he finds out that he will only receive his inheritance if Sir John and the Duchess approve of him. The Duchess feels that with a little grooming Bill will be suitable to inherit the title-and the money. To do this the Duchess insists that Bill break up with his cockney girlfriend, Bill refuses but as in all good love stories it has a happy ending. Songs include: The Lambeth Walk, The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning on a Lamp Post and Me and My Girl. So make note of the date and be prepared to be seen Do’in The Lambeth Walk as you leave the Theatre. This is a local community production * There will be an Audio Described performance on 5 Nov 2.30pm

£ £20, concessions £19

Sponsored by Ford Abbey Farm

£ Tue 1 7.30pm, Sat 5 2.30pm £13, concs £12, Wed 2 to Sat 5 7.30pm £16, concs £15

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Live Events at The Courtyard

Thursday 3 November 8pm

Saturday 5 November 7.45pm

Nightjar Club

Third Man Theatre

Mike Whellans

Stalag Happy

In the Studio

In the Studio

Mike Whellans is a long-time fixture on the British and international club, concert, TV, radio & festival circuit, as a solo performer, band leader and session musician. Born in the Scottish Borders Mike began playing music late 1950’s and by age 14 he was playing in local dance bands. After turning professional in 1969 Mike toured the world playing amazingly clean and crisp flat-pick guitar with various bands. Mike is Scotland’s only (as far as we know) one-man blues band with his guitars, mouth-harps, drum kit, vocals and show-stopping “mouth percussion”.

Stalag Happy is the award winning play based on the true story of artists Sir Terry Frost and Adrian Heath whilst interned in the WWII PoW Camp Stalag 383.

Image © Alistair Mulhearn

£ £8

24 September - December 2011

Stalag Happy is a real-life tale of the human spirit’s ability to find art and beauty in the most unlikely of conditions. Portrayed through the use of sharp, comic, often touching dialogue, imaginative and inventive design, and a suitably nostalgic 1940s soundtrack. Written and performed by Edward Elks and Dan Frost (Grandson of the late Sir Terry Frost). www.thirdmantheatre.com

£ £12, concessions £10

Sunday 6 November 8pm

Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds Plus very special guest Samantha Crain

The First Farewell Tour The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, but because they really like the noise. They think the songs are better than people remember. They love folk instruments. It works. They’ve mostly given the songs a kind of Celtic feel, and they’ve stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occasionally they just thrash! This promises to be a brilliant gig with an atmosphere to leave you high as a kite. www.thebadshepherds.com

£ £18

Wednesday 9 November 7.30pm

Mike Doyle In Concert Join us for a night of hilarious comedy with the amazing voice of Wales’ Premier Entertainer, Mike Doyle. The British Comedy award-winning comic, West End Star & BBC TV sensation delivers a night of pure musical excellence and belly aching laughter that will refresh parts you never knew you had! Don’t miss his best show ever! “Incredible!... received a 12 minute standing ovation, no wonder they call him the UK’s best all round entertainer.” The Western Mail www.mikedoyle.co.uk This is a Friends of The Courtyard Fundraiser

£ £14, concessions £12


Box Office: 01432 340555

www.courtyard.org.uk December

Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November

Saturday 26 November 7.30pm

Sunday 27 November 2.45pm

Reaction Theatre Makers

Theatre Rotto

Hereford Contemporary The Slip Craft Fair 2011 Beautiful and dynamic contemporary crafts displayed by a selection of 60 of the finest selected makers. Buy direct, commission an original piece of work or simply absorb yourself in the inspiring atmosphere. Visit the on-line catalogue at www.h-craftfair.co.uk For further information, contact: Anna Morgan on 01432 260182 or e-mail amorgan@herefordshire.gov.uk Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair is managed by Herefordshire Council’s Arts Services Fri & Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 5pm £ Admission £3, pay on the door

Crik The Croc

In the Studio

In the Studio

Devised by Reaction Theatre and directed by Tiffany Hosking, ‘The Slip’ is a story about the human condition. Zoe’s husband Liam finds his wife’s erratic behaviour increasingly difficult but when he suggests a trip to the cinema all manner of strangeness begins to unfold. ‘The Slip’ takes you from egg and chips to the edge of time and back again.

Crik The Croc is adapted from a West African story, It is performed with unique bunraku puppets and live music on a multitude of interesting looking instruments.

Confusion, twists and mental turmoil are expertly and imaginatively depicted by the performers whilst choreographed movement helps to create the play’s hazy time zones to great effect. The physical creativity of this troupe is a delight and joy to witness. Recommended age 11+ This is a Courtyard Hire £ £9, concessions £7

And so the story goes - Everyone is looking forward to the Carnival until it turns out that an uninvited guest has decided to come and live in the river and spoil everything. However Mother Dorothea has some very sprightly Vegetables in her kitchen who know how to make a real stew! But don’t forget - long sighted Binocular Bird is eye- spying and reporting back to… sssshhhh! Crunch! Splosh!! £ £7.50, concessions £6.50, Kids Club £6

Thursday 1 December 8pm Nightjar Club

The Carrivick Sisters In the Studio

Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style blends strong bluegrass influences with their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They recorded their first CD My Own Two Feet five years ago at home before releasing two further studio albums to critical acclaim. After starting 2010 as runners-up in the BBC Young Folk Awards the Devon twins went into the studio again to begin work on their 4th album From the Fields to be released summer 2011. £ £9, concessions £8

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Live Events at The Courtyard

Written by Lyndsay Maples Directed by Estelle van Warmelo

The pantomime that dreams are made of!

Friday 25 November 2011 - Saturday 7 January 2012 26 September - December 2011

Sponsored by


Box Office: 01432 340555

www.courtyard.org.uk Join us at The Courtyard as we reawaken the magic of everyone’s favourite fairy tale, in an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies.

November

Sat 17

2pm

Fri 25

No Performance 7pm

Sun 18

No Performance No Performance

Sat 26

2pm

Mon 19

2pm

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a Princess lived in a magical castle where fairies bestowed her with gifts. But someone forgot to invite the wickedest fairy of all to join in the celebrations! When she turns up uninvited the Wicked Fairy places a curse on the Princess: to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die on her 18th birthday!

Sun 27

No Performance No Performance

Tues 20

2pm

7pm

Mon 28

10am

No Performance

Wed 21

2pm

7pm

Tues 29

10am

No Performance

Thurs 22

2pm

7pm

Wed 30

10am

2pm

Thurs 1

1.30pm

7pm

Sun 25

No Performance Merry Christmas

The kindest of all the fairies casts a spell to counter the curse so that instead of dying the Princess will fall into a deep, deep sleep. Only true love’s kiss can awaken her and undo the evil spell.

Fri 2

1pm

8pm (Adult Night)

Mon 26

2pm

7pm

Sat 3

2pm

7pm

Tues 27

2pm

7pm

Sun 4

No Performance No Performance

Wed 28

2pm

7pm

Mon 5

10am

2pm

Thurs 29

2pm

7pm

Will the Prince overcome demons and dragons? Will the Dame cause chaos and havoc? Will Sleeping Beauty wake once more? Book your tickets now to find out!

Tues 6

10am

2pm

Fri 30

2pm

7pm

Wed 7

10am

2pm

Sat 31

1pm

5pm

Thurs 8

1.30pm

8pm (Adult Night)

January

Share with us the pantomime that dreams are made of.

Fri 9

1.30pm

7pm

Sun 1

No Performance Happy New Year

Sat 10

2pm

7pm (FR)

Mon 2

2pm

6.30pm

Sun 11

No Performance No Performance

Tues 3

2pm

6.30pm

Mon 12

10am

2pm

Wed 4

No Performance 8pm (Adult Night)

Tues 13

10am

2pm

Thurs 5

No Performance 6.30pm

Wed 14

1.30pm

8pm (Adult Night)

Fri 6

1.30pm

Thurs 15

1.30pm

7pm

Sat 7

2pm

Fri 16

1.30pm

7pm

 Super Save £9.50 no concessions or group discounts Schools £8.50 if paid by October Half Term, otherwise £10. Tickets also available to other groups and individuals at £10 (no concessions but group discounts apply) Red £12.50 concessions £10.50 Family Ticket £42 Blue £14.50 concessions £13 Family Ticket £52 Green £16.50 concessions £14.50 Family Ticket £58 Pink £17 No Concessions

7pm

December

Audio described performance

7pm

Fri 23

2pm

7pm

Sat 24

11am

3pm

Sign Interpreted performance

(FR) Supported by Friends of The Courtyard

7pm

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Live Events at The Courtyard

The Courtyard Comedy Club (18+) Christmas Special Season 8.30pm Friday 2 December Spencer Nik Coppin and Diane ces odu intr ley Bay en Kar 8.30pm Friday 9 December ces Maff Brown and odu intr erd Kevin Sheph Janice Phayre er 8.30pm Saturday 10 Decemb Maff Brown and ces odu intr erd Kevin Sheph Janice Phayre er 8.30pm Thursday 15 Decemb ces Johnny Candon odu intr ard yw Ha ne Sally An and James Redmond 8.30pm Friday 16 December ces odu intr ard yw Ha ne An ly Sal es Redmond Johnny Candon and Jam

As always we have some of the funniest comedians on the circuit to entertain you this festive season. So whether you are a regular, new to the area and looking for laughs or you need to get that work’s Christmas party sorted – book early and make sure you don’t miss out on a real festive treat.

The Frog Prince ey Karen Bayl

Johnny Candon

£ £11.50, concessions £10.50

28 September - December 2011

Sponsored by

In the Studio

Sally Anne Haywar d

Nik Coppin

Monday 12 to Saturday 24 December Jactito Theatre

Kevin She pherd

re Janice Phay

or t f 's c 6 e rf er Pe nd u

We know the pantomime can be a little bit scary for the littlest members of the family that is why each year we have a show especially for the under 6’s. Our poor handsome Prince has been turned into a Frog by a fairy called Honey. Princess Coral is a mermaid who makes our Frog Prince swim down to her Water Kingdom. Can a kiss turn our Frog Prince back and does everyone live happily ever after? Find out when over 100 puppets bring this magical tale to life. Mon 12 Tue 13 Wed 14 Thurs 15 Fri 16 Sat 17

11:15am 11:15am 11:15am 11:15am 11:15am

1:45pm 1:45pm 1:45pm 1:45pm 1:45pm 2:30pm

Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thurs 22 Fri 23 Sat 24

£ £8, concessions £6.50, Kids Club £6, Schools and Nurseries £6 n Maff Brow

11am 11am

2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm


Box Office: 01432 340555

Exhibitions

www.courtyard.org.uk Friday 12 August to Sunday 18 September 2011

‘Talking in Clay’ Exhibition

h.Art Week Event Highlights at The Courtyard

Sat 10 Sep

with Events during h.Art Week, Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 September All Galleries Jo Davies has brought together participating artists for what will be a breathtaking exhibition of work with related events during h.Art Week, Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 September. Davies was brought up in Herefordshire but now lives in London as a practicing ceramicist; the exhibition has been made possible with the support of The Courtyard, Hereford Council and Arts Council England. ‘Talking in Clay’ is an exhibition of artworks in clay by international, national and Herefordshire artists. Exhibitors: Jo Davies, Jack Doherty, Nuala O’ Donovan, Edith Garcia, Amy Hughes, Heidi Parsons, Josh Redman, James Rigler, Jon Williams, Pierre Williams

Family Pot Decorating Workshops with Amy Hughes. Session 1: 10-12am, Session 2: 2-4pm (£15 per pot)

Mon 12 Sep

Artist’s Talk by Jack Doherty 6.30pm (£10, concessions £8.50)

Sun 18 Sep

Figures, Fragments and Alternative Surfaces Workshop with Edith Garcia 11.30am-4.30pm (£20) (Includes workshop, materials and Artist’s Talk.)

Full h.art information, including a fold-out map plus pictures and directions can be found For a full list of h.Art week events at The Courtyard in the colourful h.art guide, available free from libraries and tourist information centres from visit www.courtyard.org.uk/whatson/exhibitions July. To request a copy please; Tel: 01568 797842 or Email: arts@herefordshire.gov.uk

Alloy

23 September to 22 October

28 October to 30 November

9 December 2011 to 7 January 2012

Herefordshire Life Drawing Group

Hereford Photography Festival

Made In Herefordshire Exhibition

‘Life as we know it’ Gallery

All Galleries

in partnership with Herefordshire and Wye Valley Life All Galleries

Derek Couturier The Power of Poesie Canyons and Balcony Wall

Hereford Photography Festival opens on 28 October and runs until 26 November (at the Courtyard until 30 November) at venues across Herefordshire and the West Midlands. www.photofest.org

Interest free Own Art loans are available from The Courtyard. Please ask at the box office for more details, or visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/ownart

The Alloy Jewellers group display an exciting range of jewellery and silverware consistently throughout the year at The Courtyard. Haidée Drew is a London based award winning designer who designs and produces beautifully hand crafted home accessories and jewellery. The pieces are unique and playful, and as a result Haidée’s re-invention of functional objects, produces design that is on the edge of the familiar. Website: www.alloyjewellers.org.uk E-mail: shows@alloyjewellers.org.uk Tel: 01432 279144 September - December 2011 29


Winner 2009 Best Tearoom in a Visitor Attraction

C O U R T YA R D C a f É BAR The Courtyard Café Bar is open from 10am to late Monday to Saturday and from 11am every Sunday. Whether you are looking for a delicious home cooked meal, a delectable dessert, afternoon tea, or simply a coffee, then look no further than the Café Bar.

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Box Office: 01432 340555

Education and Outreach at The Courtyard

www.courtyard.org.uk

Young Courtyard

Youth Theatre

Beginner Film Making Club

Mini Movers

The Courtyard Youth Theatre is a vibrant and popular series of sessions with either David Durant, Kate Ganderton, Ellen Dorsett or Helen Durant. Each term you’ll learn new skills, increase your confidence and have lots of fun! There are limited places available for some of these classes. All Youth Theatre sessions begin week commencing Monday 5 September.

If you’re new to film making, this is the class for you. Being part of our crew of young film-makers, you will learn to direct, edit and even star, in your own short film.

A fun and creative dance session for our younger participants. These exciting dance classes, for ages 4–7, are led by Lauren Glendinning so come along and try something new!

£ £58 per term

Limited number of places available. Starting Thursday 22 September, 5pm-7pm £ £70 per term

Starts Friday 9 September. Friday 4pm-4.45pm £ £4 per week

2Faced Dance Breakdance Weekly break-dance classes for children aged 4-24 run by 2Faced Dance Company on Monday evenings.

Courtyard Kids

Intermediate Film Making Club

It’s never too young to join The Courtyard and these classes for reception - Year 2 are a perfect way of introducing your child to theatre skills whilst making new friends!

Aimed for those with slightly more advanced skills than our beginners, you will get the opportunity to create your own short film. Places are limited and will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Courtyard Kids runs on a Wednesday afternoon with Helen Durant. Starts Wednesday 7 September. £ £53 per term

Starting Wednesday 21 September, 5pm-7pm £ £70 per term

Weestylerz 4pm-5pm 4–7yrs Junior 5pm-6pm 7–11yrs Intermediate 6.15pm-7.15pm 11+ Advanced 7.30pm-8.45pm (invitation only) Starts Monday 12 September For further information or to register for the waiting list please call Melanie at 2Faced Dance on 01432 276807. £ £55 per term

For any further information on our regular classes please contact Rachel Entwisle on 01432 346526. No classes w/c 24 October 2011 for Half Term.

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Education and Outreach at The Courtyard The Courtyard Summer School

The BFG

Knights and Princesses

Join our summer school this year where we will be creating our very own Big Friendly Giant and blowing dreams into the houses of Herefordshire.

Fighting dragons and escaping dungeons you’ll be rescuing the Princess and saving your Kingdom. Come and create your very own exciting adventure during your summer holiday!

Who deserves their nightmares to be caught and who does not? We’ll be fighting off the other giants in an attempt to harmonise the county. Please bring a packed lunch each day and clothes that can get messy!

Please bring a packed lunch and clothes that can get messy! Thursday 18 August Ages 4–7, 10am-3pm

Monday 8 to Friday 12 August Ages 6–12, 10am-3pm £ £55 for the week

£ £15 for the day

Courtyard Gleeks!

In the Jungle

If you are aged 14 and over and LOVE Glee, you should join our new musical theatre course! Whether you’re more of a Rachel, Kurt or Mercedes singer you’re more than welcome to join. Taking songs from famous musicals such Les Miserables, Wicked and Chicago we aim to showcase some of these most loved productions at The Courtyard in spring 2012. Any Sue Sylvester’s need not apply.

Come and explore our exotic island jungle as we discover our very own cheeky monkeys, giggling giraffes and hefty elephants. Searching for hidden jungle treasure is a difficult task but perhaps the wise old rhinoceros will be able to help us?

Led by James Dakers in partnership with Lights Down Theatre School. Starting Monday 12 September, 4.30pm-6pm £ £65 per term (10 weeks)

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Please bring a packed lunch and clothes that can get messy! Friday 19 August Ages 4–7, 10am-1pm

£ £10 for the day


Box Office: 01432 340555

www.courtyard.org.uk

Make a Mini Monster! Are you scared of monsters? Well, we have just the thing for you! Make your very own mini monster! Take it for walks, put it in your pocket or show it to your friends. There’s nothing to be scared of here... unless you make it that way! Please bring a packed lunch and comfortable clothing that can get messy!

The Courtyard Summer School: Harry Potter and the Mappa Mundi For Muggles, Half Bloods and Pure Bloods alike, this workshop will bring out your magic side! Are you a friendly Hufflepuff or a sneaky Slytherin? A wise Ravenclaw or a brave Gryffindor? Prepare yourself for a week long extravaganza of magic making, spell binding, and wizard crafting fun as we search for the missing Mappa Mundi. Please bring a packed lunch each day and comfortable clothing that can get messy.

Summer Dance School with Laura Gale Join Laura and Ruth this summer for an intensive, yet fun and energetic 3 days of Street Jazz & Cheerleading! You will learn an entire routine in both disciplines by the end of the 3 days! No experience or pom-poms required! Please book early to avoid disappointment, limited spaces available. For more info or bookings contact Laura on 07725 357531 or email laura@lauragale.co.uk www.lauragale.co.uk Tuesday 30 August - Thursday 1 September Ages 8–12, 9am-12pm Ages 13–18, 12-3pm

Roald Dahl: Revolting Rhymes and Recipes Set your alarms and sun dials too, As we prepare An almighty scare, Perfect for Granny. And Daddy too, We know, they’ll not spot you! It’ll do no harm, And be lots of fun, Making potions, under the Herefordshire sun.

Wednesday 26 October Ages 4–7, 10am-1pm

£ £10

Make Your Own Universe We’re pretty sure with your help we can create a brand new universe in just two days. With your expert eye and handy hints we’ll be creating a pretty awesome universe.

Please bring a packed lunch and clothes that can get messy!

Please bring a packed lunch and comfortable clothing that can get messy!

Tuesday 25 October Ages 7–12, 10am-3pm

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October Ages 7–12, 10am-3pm

Monday 22 to Friday 26 August Ages 7–14, 10am-3pm £ £55 for the week

£ £36 per person, per course

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Education and Outreach at The Courtyard

Writing for the Stage

Reading Room

This course is especially designed for the up-and-coming playwrights of tomorrow. Participants will develop their own playwriting skills. You won’t know you can write a play until you try.

A course especially for lovers of dramatic text led by Toni Cook. Participants will explore work by acclaimed dramatists covering structure, characterisation, theme and style.

This term the course is led by Megan Barker,

A bookclub for theatre-goers, starting Tuesday 13 September.

Starting Monday 19 September.

Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm

Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm

The Courtyard Community Company Following a very exciting year and completing their first production in July, The Courtyard Community Company are back to the drawing board; exploring new options for the devising and creation process.

Chance to Dance Led by Sophie Armstrong, these classes are a gentle programme of creative dance for the over 50s. Come along and meet new people – and get fit in the process! Drop-in session starting Friday 9 September, 10.15am-11.15am

Please contact Rachel Entwisle on 01432 346526 for more information. Starting Wednesday 14 September Wednesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm

£ £68 for 10 sessions

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Box Office: 01432 340555

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Dancing Tots

Family Music Makers

Contemporary Dance

These drop-in sessions are a great introduction to dance and movement for parents and toddlers. Led by Heather Winterburn these classes are designed to get your toddlers jumping up and about. There is no need to book, but come with bags of enthusiasm!

with Pedro Brown

Weekly dance classes are held in partnership with Herefordshire’s Dance Agency-in-residence, dancefest.

Starting Friday 9 September, 11.30am-12.15pm

£ £4 per parent and toddler, 50p for each additional child

in partnership with The Music Pool Fun sessions for parents, toddlers and pre-schoolers to explore music-making and movement together. With percussive play, music, song and rhymes, very young children will be encouraged to develop a wide range of skills whilst making lots of noise! Drop-in session. Fridays, 12.30pm-2pm Starting Friday 16 September Final session Friday 16 December (No session in half term Friday 28 October) £ £4 per parent-and-child pair 50p for each additional child (under 1’s free)

Starts Tuesday 20 September Ages 7–11 at 4.15pm-5.15pm Junior Youth Dance Ages 12–18 at 5.15pm-6.15pm Senior Youth Dance To book call 01905 611199 or e-mail info@dancefest.co.uk

£ £40 per term (£4 per week)

Contemporary Dance for Adults Tuesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm A popular weekly dance class for those wishing to develop a creative approach to contemporary dance. Beginners to advanced are all welcome. Starts Tuesday 20 September To book call 01905 611199 or e-mail info@dancefest.co.uk

£ £48 per term (£4.80 per week)

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Education and Outreach at The Courtyard External Classes

Yoga inspired by Vanda Scarvelli

Zumba

Street Jazz

Zumba is one of the fastest-growing, dance-based fitness crazes in the country, with people of all ages falling in love with its infectious music and easy-to-follow dance moves. Inspired by traditional cumbia, salsa, samba and merengue music and pulsating Latin rhythms this class will get your pulses racing for an exhilarating work out session.

A fusion of Hip Hop, Street and Commercial Jazz, learn an entire dance routing to current UK/USA chart tracks in the style you’d expect to find in Pop/R’n’B music videos.

To book or for more information please contact Viv Jones on 07776 021684.

Please book this class through Laura Gale on 07725 357351. Please note during Laura’s maternity leave these sessions will be covered by Ruth Litchfield.

Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

£ £5 per class or advanced booking for 10 sessions is £45

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This is an energetic class focused on being a physical and mental challenge as well as having a great time in a relaxed environment.

£ Half term (6 weeks) £39, Full term (12 weeks) £60

A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating style of yoga with Dorothy Watkins. For all ages, shapes and sizes. Mondays All ages 9.15am-10.45am Over 50s 11am-12pm Come for a taster session at £8 then book for a course.

Hereford Life Drawing Group These are untutored sessions in 6 week blocks with professional models. All levels of experience welcome. Please bring your own equipment.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, loose clothing and water.

To book a place please contact Kate Dawson on

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For more information and to book a place please contact Dorothy on dorothyopentheatre@live.co.uk, 01981 580 453 or 07833 421 660

Thursdays 10am-1pm

£ £48/£68 per half term (depending on length of term)

£ £40 per six session block


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Herefordshire Arts Education Consortium The Courtyard are working in partnership with Herefordshire’s Arts Education Consortium to deliver a wide-range of arts workshops and projects for schools in Herefordshire. Joining the consortium gives schools free workshops and teacher INSET spaces for Courtyard projects. If you would like to join, or would like more information, please contact Grant Brisland on 01432 346535 for more information.

Education Projects Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom Led by Education Officer, David Durant, these sessions will explore the structure and main themes of your chosen Shakespeare text for KS2 and can be followed up with extra workshops exploring the main characters and a stage combat workshop! For more information please contact David on 01432 346532. Roald Dahl Literacy Project Working with the education team your class will undertake a five week project exploring one of Dahl’s texts. Analysing the characters, themes and structure, this project culminates in an end performance at The Courtyard in spring 2012. For more information please contact Grant Brisland on 01432 346535. History through Drama

The Sylvia Short Educational Charity The Courtyard is a key educational resource working extensively with schools and colleges throughout Herefordshire and the surrounding counties. For more information on our Schools and Colleges programme please contact a member of the Education and Outreach team on 01432 346526.

The Sylvia Short Educational Charity provides funding to cover the cost of transport for Herefordshire schools to attend educational activities at The Courtyard. If your school is attending a workshop or performance and you need to cover the cost of your transport please contact Grant Brisland on 01432 346535. All funds must be approved in advance of your visit.

Are you exploring The Tudors, Romans or Victorians and want a fun and interactive workshop for your pupils? Our workshops are an ideal way of kick-starting your history project or to look at a particular aspect of the project you want to creatively explore. We believe that children learn most when having fun! For more information please contact Grant Brisland on 01432 346535. Bringing Books Alive If you want to bring your book to life this is the workshop for you! Covering the themes, characters and structure of your favourite book these sessions are designed to enhance literacy in the classroom. For more information please contact Grant Brisland on 01432 346535. September - December 2011 37


Education and Outreach at The Courtyard In The Community Golden Valley

In addition to our venue-based workshops, The Courtyard works in partnership with other organisations to bring a wide range of creative opportunities to communities throughout Herefordshire. Amongst a variety of activities, we run weekly Youth Theatre groups at Fairfield High School and Peterchurch church in the Golden Valley and at Kington Primary School in conjunction with Lady Hawkins Secondary School. For more information about these Youth Theatre groups, please contact Rachel Entwisle on 01432 346526. 38 September - December 2011

Space Explorers!

Peterchurch Drama and Fun Club

St Peter's Church, Peterchurch

St Peter's Church, Peterchurch

We will build our very own galaxy and construct a rocket to travel around the planets. Join us on our extraterrestrial adventure, but watch out for aliens!

Peterchurch Church plays host to these weekly sessions led by one of The Courtyard’s experienced Youth Theatre practitioners. It is open to all abilities, for kids aged 6–12 years who want to expand their creative skills, build confidence or just have a good time.

No previous space travel necessary. Please bring a packed lunch and clothes that can get messy!

Starting Saturday 17 September, 10am-11.30am

Saturday 29 October Ages 6–12, 10am-3pm

£ £10 for the day

£ £3 per session, £30 for the term


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Fairfield Youth Theatre

Kington Youth Theatre

Fairfield High School

Kington Primary School

Led by one of The Courtyard’s Youth Theatre leaders, these classes will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in drama. Based at one of Herefordshire’s leading Arts specialist schools these sessions will provide you with the tools to develop performance, speaking skills and confidence. Open to all abilities, these weekly sessions are available to both Fairfield pupils and the wider community alike.

Jess Mackenzie, Artistic Director for Herefordshire’s renowned theatre company About Face, leads Kington Youth Theatre based in Kington Primary School. This is an amazing opportunity to gain access to some of Herefordshire most forward thinking drama and performance tutoring. Available to young people of all ages and abilities these weekly sessions are not to be missed.

Starting Wednesday 21 September, 3.30pm-5pm £ £3 per week

Junior: 4pm-5.30pm Intermediate: 5.30pm-7pm Senior: 7.15pm-8.45pm Starting Wednesday 21 September £ £36 per term (Bursaries available)

Bromyard

Leominster

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Harry Potter Workshop

The Conquest Theatre, Bromyard

For Muggles, Half Bloods and Pure Bloods alike, this workshop will bring out your magic side!

After finding that special ticket we will be exploring Wonkas chocolate factory, dancing along with the Oompa Loompas. But make sure you’re not as bossy as Veruca Salt or spend your time blowing bubbles like Violet Beauregard...

Community Centre, Leominster

Are you a friendly Hufflepuff or a sneaky Slytherin? A wise Ravenclaw or a brave Gryffindor? We might even try a spot of Apparition if we can!

Please bring a packed lunch and clothes that can get messy!

Please bring a packed lunch and clothes that can get messy!

Friday 28 October

Thursday 27 October

Ages 6–12, 10am-3pm

Ages 6–12, 10am-3pm

£ £10

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On-line www.courtyard.org.uk day or night. In Person Pay by cash, cheque, Theatre Tokens or by most major credit and debit cards. By Phone - 01432 340 555 Pay by most major debit and credit cards. By Post Cheques should be made payable to The Courtyard. Include your name, full address, contact telephone number, date and time of the performance. Either add 50p for postage or include a stamped addressed envelope. Post to, The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR. Reservations Only available for live events. Tickets will be held for up to three working days or seven days before an event, whichever comes sooner. Unconfirmed tickets will be released after this time.

Refunds & Exchanges Refunds are not given unless the event is cancelled. Tickets may be exchanged (subject to availability) for another performance of the same show upon presentation of the original ticket and payment of a £1 fee per ticket. If a show is sold out, on request we can attempt to resell your tickets. If sold, the value of the sale less a £1 fee per ticket will be issued as a credit voucher. The management reserves the right to refuse admittance, to provide alternative seats to those purchased (of the same or higher value) or to make changes to the advertised cast or programme. Latecomers cannot be guaranteed entry. All children over the age of 18 months must have their own seat.

The Courtyard Audio Description Association

Group Bookings For every 10 tickets purchased, the 11th ticket is free. Applies to most live events unless otherwise stated.

Audio description is a live commentary, given between actors dialogue by trained describers, to help capture the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action during the course of a performance. This is relayed via a discreet headset linked to an infra-red system. Please arrive at least 10 mins prior to show start time and request headset from box office.

Concessions (unless otherwise stated) under 16s, students, senior citizens, claimants of disability benefit, registered unwaged and Equity members. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Audio Description shows: Equus – 28 Sept 7.30pm Me & My Girl – 5 Nov 2.30pm Sleeping Beauty – 10 Dec 2pm, 5 Jan 6.30pm

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Friends of The Courtyard Friends

Join more than 1000 people who support us already

Be a supporter The Courtyard is registered charity, and we always need public support to help deliver our work in the arts and to develop it in new ways to serve the communities of Herefordshire. Here are some of the ways you can be a part of our work: • Make a Donation • Sponsor a Seat • Volunteer • Remember us in your Will • Gift Aid your Donations • Become a Friend or Patron For more information contact Lucy Wells on 01432 346505 or lucy.wells@courtyard.org.uk 42 September - December 2011

New Friends & Patrons Events Friends Film Night with Drinks Reception Friday 23 September 7pm £12.50 per ticket Come and enjoy the first in a series of new fundraisers - see popular film Local Hero (as selected by Friends) and enjoy a glass of wine beforehand on the Mezzanine.

Patrons Coffee Mornings! This is a new special event exclusively for Patrons held every month on the Mezzanine. A chance to socialise with The Courtyard’s Chairman and CEO and enjoy coffee and cake at the same time! Please call Lucy on 01432 346505 to check dates or book a place.

For further information or to join as a Friend or Patron, please call the box office on 01432 340555 or join online www.courtyard.org.uk/ supportus

Become a Patron and get even more benefits!

For even more benefits why not become a Patron of The Courtyard. This exclusive part of the scheme recognises your generosity with unique Patrons’ events and your name highlighted within the venue Choose from: Annual Patron (AP), Annual Patron Plus (APP), Life Patron (LP), Life Patron Plus (LPP) Patrons receive all the benefits of Friends with unique added extras (depending on level & subject to availability): • Free car parking at any time • Special Booking Hotline • Invite to opening night receptions • Invite to special Patrons events • Your name on our wall plaque • Your name in our in-house programmes • Your name on a seat plaque (LPP, LP, APP) • Private backstage tours (LPP, LP) • Dinner with the CEO (LPP) For more details or to become a Friend or Patron please call the Box Office. All revenues from the Friends scheme go to support the work of The Courtyard

Are you looking for that unique gift? Did you know that you can purchase membership of our Friends schemes for the theatre lover in your life? Contact The Courtyard Box Office on 01432 340555/ boxoffice@courtyard. org.uk or go to our website to download an application form.


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www.courtyard.org.uk A Word From Our Sponsors “We’ve witnessed The Courtyard develop into a vibrant centre for the arts that is now renowned throughout the region as a leading provider of education and entertainment while creating exciting opportunities to develop and showcase new talent,” says Director of BBR Optometry and No.40 Sunglasses Nick Black. “This dynamic approach closely reflects our own values as a leading independent practice offering the highest possible level of service and expertise to clients throughout Herefordshire and the surrounding regions.”

Friends & Patrons Offer! BBR Optometry is offering Friends of The Courtyard a complimentary lens upgrade, with any reflection free lens purchase. Please ask about this special offer when booking an appointment or when you visit the practice at 38 St Owen Street, opposite Cantilupe surgery.

For more info on our Business Club, contact Melanie Denning on 01432 346505 Claridge Nursing Homes is proud to support The Courtyard’s classical music events. “We’ve been supporters for several years now and are delighted to be sponsoring the 2011-12 Orchestras Live concerts and Hereford Concert Society’s season,” says proprietor Richard Claridge. “Supporting such high quality music is a good reflection of our own ethos as a provider of the highest standards of nursing and residential care in Herefordshire. We’re also pleased that The Courtyard has appointed an Arts and Older People’s Officer, Alex Outhwaite, and we are looking forward to working with her on various projects.”

“We’re pleased to announce our new partnership with The Courtyard, becoming their preferred taxi service and this includes placing a free taxi phone on the Box Office counter,’ says Chairman John Jones. "High Town Taxis is the longest established taxi firm in the county and is run as a cooperative of owners, all of whom are locals. We’re looking forward to working with such a vibrant and busy arts centre.”

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Cargill – Sleeping Beauty Claridge Nursing Home – Orchestras Live concert (The Hanover Band) the Hereford Concert Society series and selected live screenings Hereford Cathedral School – The Frog Prince September - December 2011 43


October

September

Dave Gorman Everest – By The West Ridge Beyond the Barricade Over The Rainbow Basant Lahore Big Pants and Botox Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Chris Farlow and the Norman Beaker Fri 7 Band Fri 7 Comedy Club Sat 8 A Bird In Your Ear Sat 8 Johnny Cash Roadshow Sat 8 The Kitchen (NtLive) Sun 9 Esmeralda (Bolshoi) Sun 9 The Hanover Band Mon 10 Shakespeare Schools Festival Wed 12-Fri 14 Angel - A Nightmare in Two Acts Wed 12 Max Boyce Thurs 13 & Fri 14 Living the Dream Sat 15 Lee Nelson Sat 15 Anna Bolena (MetOpera) Mon 17 h.Energy! Tue 18 Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Wed 19 Adam Palma Thurs 20 National Dance Company Wales Thurs 20 Postcards from Blackpool Fri 21 Comedy Club Sat 22 Barron Knights Sun 23 The Nutcracker Sun 23 The Ugly Duckling Tue 25 High School Rocks Wed 26 Withering Looks Thurs 27 Hall Ogden Duo Fri 28 Charley Boorman Live Fri 28 The Browning Version Sat 29 Carnival Child Sat 29 Madam Butterfly Sat 29 Don Giovanni (MetOpera)

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Kris Drever & Éamonn Coyne Comedy Club This Prison Where I Live Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music h.Art Opening Night h.Art Gallery Talk by Nuala O’Donovan On Tour With Elvis h.Art Family Pot Decorating Workshops Sat 10 with Amy Hughes h.Art ‘Have a go’ - Throwing on the pottery Sat 10 wheel with Jo Davies. Jo Brand Sun 11 h.Art Artist’s Talk by Jack Doherty Mon 12 Tues 13-Sat 17 Shattered The Seagull Effect Wed 14 h.Art Artist’s Talk and Demonstration by Thurs 15 Pierre Williams One Man Two Guvnors (NtLive) Thurs 15 Magic of Motown Thurs 15 h.Art Re-creation of the Josh Redman Fri 16-Sun 18 Studio Comedy Club Fri 16 Fri 16 & Sat 17 Oh What A Lovely War h.Art Figures, Fragments and Alternative Sun 18 Surfaces Workshop by Edith Garcia In The Dust Wed 21 Buddy Holly - A Legend Reborn Thurs 22 Kenny Lynch & Laurie Holloway Fri 23 Rapunzel Sat 24 Lisbee Stainton Sat 24 Joe Brown Sat 24 Mon 26-Wed 28 Equus Libor Novacek, Piano Thurs 29 The Celtic Tenors Fri 30 Images of Health and Well Being Fri 30 Thurs 1 Fri 2 Wed 7 Fri 9 Fri 9 Fri 9 Sat 10

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Me and My Girl Mike Whellans Comedy Club Stalag Happy Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds Siegfried (MetOpera) Mike Doyle Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair 2011 Comedy Club Satyagraha (MetOpera) The Sleeping Beauty (Bolshoi) The Slip Crik the Croc The Carrivick Sisters Comedy Club Rodelinda (MetOpera) Collaborators (NtLive) Comedy Club Comedy Club Faust (MetOpera) Comedy Club Comedy Club The Nutcracker (Bolshoi) The Frog Prince

Fri 25 Nov 2011 to Sat 7 Jan 2012 Sleeping Beauty

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The Courtyard - September to December 2011