The five versatile musicians and singers play a wide selection of instruments from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran, and tin whistle to button accordion. They capture the essential qualities of traditional Irish music, performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes
WHY? ‘Solid traditional music with plenty of flair and lots of musical imagination’ Irish Music Magazine
In April 1982 Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands.
Amongst those sent to the conflict was Simon Weston OBE. When RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentine planes, it would change his life forever. For the first time, Simon takes to the stage to tell his story with no holds barred. Guiding him from that fateful day to current times is David Fitzgerald, former Sky news anchor and close friend.
WHY? An inspirational show about one man’s journey from the front line of war
Dir: John Maclean 2015
At the end of the 19th century, 16 year old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveller, and the pair are hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.
WHY? ‘Bold, beautiful and original’ ★★★★ The Guardian
Local musicians play a set of stripped back music in our Studio space.
Nex’t’Nothin was formed shortly after David Snell (Guitar) and David Shepherd (Bass, Keyboard) found themselves playing in the same covers band. They decided to create songs of their own, taking influences from Rock, Folk, Jazz and even the odd orchestral moment. There are a lot of chords in the world, and they do their best to use them all!
Oakhart play acoustic rock and folk, both covers and original material. The band comprises of Mark Earll (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Mic Poynter (guitar, vocals) and Mike Jessop (violin). The band enjoy making acoustic arrangements of classic rock music and electrifying some traditional folk tunes.
Toxic Sofa are Tim Bastock and Kim Halliday. Tim has been playing guitar for over 40 years and is also an experienced bassist. Kim has a theatrical background and has sung in musicals, at festivals including Glastonbury and on prime time TV. After watching folk comedy legend Richard Digance perform in 2013, Kim was inspired to start writing some amusing observations on life. With the help of Tim, she has now written and recorded a number of original songs and video.
John Cee Stannard has been performing, largely in folk clubs, for fifty years. His first blues based album was launched in 2013, after which he formed his trio, Blues Horizon. Their music is a good-time, foot-tapping kind of blues with strong rag-time influences, a good deal of country blues feel and some hints of jazz.
‘A very English nod to the blues’ Rock’n’Reel
WHY? The night showcases an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians, solo acts, duos and bands
An encore screening from the Barbican.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
WHY? Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy