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A quick post of some events where I will be reading or running workshops over the next couple of weeks.

 POETRY ALIGHT at the SPARK CAFE – Lichfield

Sparkcafe

Tuesday July 9th at 7:30pm – Always a great evening of exceptional poetry.

FUSE FESTIVAL in Lichfield – Beacon Park

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Saturday 13th July – 14:00 to 16:00.

In the Performance Gazebo.

The Laureates present Poetry – I am joining Ian Henery Walsall Poet Laureate to host an afternoon of Poetry

http://lichfieldarts.org.uk/festival_performer/ian-henery-walsall-poet-laureate-and-friends/

with  Al Barz – Kristina V Griffiths – Surgit Dhami – Najma Hush – Gary Longden – Tom Wyre – Roy Smith

Tim Philpott – Sammy Joe.  

SPOKEN WORLDS – Burton on Trent.

Spoken Worlds

Spoken Worlds

Old Cottage Tavern – Bykerley Street – Burton on Trent.
Friday 19th July at 7:30pm

Come and read in the now famous three halves.

AT THE SHIRE HALL GALLERY IN STAFFORD.

Shire Hall Gallery

Join Eleanor Babb and me for a Summer Event Day

Saturday 20 JULY 10.00am – 4.00pm

Digital photography with Eleanor Babb.
An exciting opportunity to explore the idea of modern townscapes and street photography. Come and create your own images to add to a giant photo-montage of Stafford. Suitable for beginners and families.

https://photocns.wordpress.com/members/e/ 

Poetry Activity
Also learn more about poetry and words with Staffordshire’s very own poet laureate Mal Dewhirst. An accompanying exhibition of maps and verse will provoke and stimulate your imagination! Reflect on your thoughts and feelings of Stafford and help Mal to create a new poem to be performed at Stafford Arts Festival on 7th September.
Family drop in FREE

http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/museumandgalleries/shirehallgalleries/home.aspx 

 

 

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WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Packaged False Agendas.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

The Sunshine.

LISTENING TO:

Frontiers – Black Maple.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

Fired Up
After two successful sell out performances, the dust of Quadrophenia has settled back onto the beaches of Brighton, Clacton, Margate….. Leaving a very motivated cast eager to do more and to explore new themes and theatrical experiences.

Fired Up Theatre with Artistic Director Simon Quinn has developed over the past seven years to produce many successful shows and workshops, including the three with which I have been involved. The Wall, Colin Grazier Enigma and now Quadrophenia.

Simon and I have been talking about what to do next with an enthusiastic cast and crew wanting us to provide more opportunities to produce some gritty, challenging productions which will stretch the actors, revisiting and revitalising the traditional, innovating and developing new approaches. At the same time as entertaining and provoking thoughts.

I have joined Simon at Fired Up Theatre as Joint Artistic Director to develop a range of productions in all arena’s of dramatic arts, Theatre, Film, Radio, Dance, Music and Literature.

We will be developing our own projects as well as seeking commissions that provide for excellence in all aspects of what we choose to do. We believe that there is a real opportunity to take our productions on tour to capture the minds of wider audiences to the themes of the FUTure.

Not to let Quadrophenia pass without a comment or two from the audience.

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“IT WAS AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE AND WE ALL THOUGHLY ENJOYED
IT, IT WAS VERY CLEVERLY DONE, AND THE STORY CAME ACROSS REALLY WELL.
THEY ARE A VERY TALENTED CAST”
Dawn Jenkins.

“It really captured the spirit of the time, believe me I know, I lived through it.”
Dave Butcher.

“Loved the poetry, the interpretation, the music and acting. What a commendable collection and performance.”
Helena Gates

A very big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the show.

You can read Gary Longden’s review at GarysWordz
http://garylongden.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/quadrophenia-tamworth-rep-cotamworth-assembly-rooms/

From me,” Yet another wonderful experience to work with a bright, energetic and dynamic cast and crew to bring the realisation of this wonderful exploration of the concept to the stage.” I loved every minute of it.

A Wonderful Workshop. – Tamworth Library Saturday 8th June 2013 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

The 8th June sees my contribution to the 40th Birthday celebrations at Tamworth Library. The Library moved into its current building in 1973 and has seen many changes in the last 40 years which we will discover with this wonderful opportunity.

The library was built in a churchyard and architecturally is very much of its day.
This free poetry workshop will explore some unusual, quirky features of the library collections and its building as selected by the Library Staff.

It could be the least borrowed book, the oldest book, a feature of the building, something that is under appreciated or hard to like, I have left it for the staff to decide and to present to the participant the reasons for its selection.

Anything could be selected here and it will beg the question if Tamworth Library has these items then what do other libraries have that defines them.

Through exercises we will develop poems for a reading in the Library at the end of the workshop.
The workshop is sponsored by Poetry on Loan whose support and promotion of Poetry events in Libraries is much applauded and appreciated.

I am really looking forward to seeing the things that have chosen as defining Tamworth Library.
If you want to book a place then please contact the library

Email: tamworth.library@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01827 475646

Library 40th Anniversary Poster

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Up and Coming Workshops and Readings.

4th June – Night Blue Fruit – Coventry.
8th June – Laureate Saturday Workshop – Tamworth Library.
11th June – Kings Head Lichfield – with the Lichfield Poets.
20th June – Workshop – Entrust – Reading Poetry – Teachers Conference.
21st June – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent.

WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Slow Computers.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

Quadrophenia

LISTENING TO:

Quadrophenia – The Pinch.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

LAUREATE TIMES

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Open Arts 2013 – Shire Hall Gallery.

Shire Hall Gallery

Last Friday saw me attend the preview of the Open Arts Exhibition 2013 at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford. It was part of my role as the Staffordshire Poet Laureate and I had the pleasure of reading my poem All around the Shire, to the gathered audience of Civic dignitaries, artists and their families and friends.

The exhibition is a real showcase of talent that if you were ever in any doubt that Staffordshire lives up to its tag as the Creative County, then this exhibition will remove any of these doubts.

Imagery and ideas are abounding in this eclectic mix of styles, media and subjects. As a writer I look for the secrets in a picture, the hidden corner, the darkened room, to lit room at 2:00am these are where the stories are, this is my entry into the picture that fires my imagination. The image can be abstract and still allow me to see the thoughts behind the face, the beauty in the moment.

Of the winning images there were three that held such secrets, Blue David by Sam Mace – Mud Revellers by Ron Satterthwaite and LAT 52816393 LONG 2118802 by Yvonne Jordan.

The Staffordshire Open Art Exhibition is on until 14th July at the Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford.

Quadrophenia – Love Reign O’er Us.

A Scooter of Jimmy's

A Scooter of Jimmy’s

And so the weekend is here and the show will go on.

There is a real buzz around the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth as the reality of what we are performing kicks in with the cast, as they perform for the first time with the live band on the thrust stage that had only previously been marked out with chairs.

Wednesday saw a technical set-up, with the band sound check, the projections and members of the cast hitting their marks so that the lights can be set to hit the mark at the same time.

This has been a lot of hard work from a dedicated group whose reward is two sell out nights in which to deliver our baby into the world.

For those that have tickets then you are in for a real treat, believe me, I’ve seen it.

Tamworth Library – 40th Anniversary – Poetry Workshop. Sat 8th June 2013 10:00 – 14:00

Library 40th Anniversary Poster

In collaboration with Tamworth Library, I am running a Poetry workshop to celebrate to 40th Anniversary of the Library moving to its present building.

The workshop is FREE to anyone over 16 and will run from 10am to 2pm.

We will look at some unusual aspects of the library as selected by the Library staff to seek out what makes this library unique amongst the other libraries in the county.

Participants will be given opportunities to explore the items and write about them, there will be a reading in the library of some of the poems as the end of the workshop.

If you want to book a place then please contact the library Email: tamworth.library@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01827 475646

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Up and Coming Readings.

24/25th May Quadrophenia – Assembly Rooms, Tamworth.
1st June – Ashby Arts Festival – Library – Ashby-de-la-Zouch
4th June – Night Blue Fruit – Coventry.
8th June – Laureate Saturday Workshop – Tamworth Library.
11th June – Kings Head Lichfield – with the Lichfield Poets.
21st June – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent.

WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?
The tiredness

What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Poem – The Magic Box – Daniel Dewhurst.

LISTENING TO:
Morrison Hotel – The Doors

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

Quadrophenia.
PostersThe last few weeks has seen my spare time taken up with writing for Quadrophenia in Tamworth along with preparing the specifications for the projections, exploring the sources of film footage of London and Brighton in the 1960’s. I am amazed as to how much I was able to find, especially cine footage taken by amateur filmmakers. In the past much of this footage would have sat in dusty box, lost at the back of the loft. But with the advent of sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, many of these amateurs are sharing their films and in doing so are opening up a view of the world that we would not otherwise have.

Double Booked.
Whilst I am talking about film, I have completed the film I made with Keith Large, Double Booked. Using Keith’s script we originally shot this in January 2012, but due to issues with the performances we decided to re-cast and re-shoot last Summer. The film featuring Nic Adams as Bob Heap the Hotel Night Porter and Joanna Linford as Nina Cole the hotel guest with an unwelcome man in her room, plays out to show that this night porter is always going to be on top.

Bob Heap (Nic Adams) and Nina Cole (Joanna Linford) in Double Booked.

Bob Heap (Nic Adams) and Nina Cole (Joanna Linford) in Double Booked.

The final edits were made over a weekend and the completed film passed to Keith for him to promote and enter into film festivals. We uploaded it to the Withoutabox website and I left Keith trawling through what seemed an endless list of film festivals around the world. So let’s hope that Keith has some success, If I hear any more then you’ll be the first to know through this blog.

Making Doubling Booked Photo (c) Maria Smith

Making Doubling Booked Photo (c) Maria Smith

Back to Quadrophenia.
Meanwhile back to Quadrophenia, the rehearsals progress to bring this new piece to fruition. I say new piece because the script is completely new, following the themes of Mod sub-culture, exploring attitudes to mental health, fashion and identity and the frictions of intergenerational relationships.

This is going to be a great show; tickets are selling really well, so if you haven’t got yours yet you need to contact the box office at:
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/event-calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2013/05/24/15057/-/quadrophenia

Email tic@tamworth.gov.uk Telephone 01827 709581/618

The show will be performed on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth. Tickets £8 (£6 Concessions)

You can see the real me in my interview with Gary Longden at GarysWordz http://garylongden.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/quadrophenia-at-tamworth-assembly-rooms-is-previewed-by-poet-and-contributor-mal-dewhirst/

And for those who missed here is the link to Gary’s interview with the Director Simon Quinn. http://garylongden.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/quadrophenia-at-tamworth-assembly-rooms-is-previewed-by-director-simon-quinn/

POETNAV.
My workshop at the Landau Forte School in Derby introduced POETNAV to the pupils who gathered word lists based upon the themes we explored.

POETNAV is my SATNAV to help guide young poets to create interesting, engaging lines of poetry.

It was really fantastic to see them create poems with great turns of phrase and imagery. I am greatful Jo Henchley and the other teachers and pupils who made me so welcome. There is some great literary potential at the school and I suspect every school, if we can just nurture it.

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Laureate Saturdays.
My Laureate Saturday in Lichfield saw a few people come along to talk to me about my poem, All around the Shire and particularly the verse for Lichfield, which the consensus seem to be that the verse I had written captured the essence of the City and therefore it did not need to change.

My verse for Lichfield will remain as follows:

In the City, Lichfield,
we find brooks that branch their
way to seek the Trent.
Cathedral raises spires to Saxon kings,
as the poet swan glides the minster pool.
Darwins and Johnsons refreshed
our thought as Garrick performed to entertain,
Bower days and festivals,
the tombolas, the writers, the Jazz.
Out among the wider fields
legions held walls on Watling St
and Earls gave halls to the Nations trust.

I much appreciated those who came along, it was good to talk to people about poetry and how it can capture their imagination and enhance their daily lives.

My next Laureate event is a reading at the Stafford Open Arts Forum at the Shire Hall Gallery on 17th May.
Followed by my Quadrophenia commission on 24th and 25th May. – I may have mentioned it.

Then..

A Wonderful Workshop. – Tamworth Library Saturday 8th June 2013 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

The 8th June sees my contribution to the 40th Birthday celebrations at Tamworth Library. The Library moved into its current building in 1973 and has seen many changes in the last 40 years which we will discover with this wonderful opportunity.

The library was built in a churchyard and architecturally is very much of its day.
This free poetry workshop will explore some unusual, quirky features of the library collections and its building as selected by the Library Staff.

It could be the least borrowed book, the oldest book, a feature of the building, something that is under appreciated or hard to like, I have left it for the staff to decide and to present to the participant the reasons for its selection.

Anything could be selected here and it will beg the question if Tamworth Library has these items then what do other libraries have that defines them.

Through exercises we will develop poems for a reading in the Library at the end of the workshop.
The workshop is sponsored by Poetry on Loan whose support and promotion of Poetry events in Libraries is much applauded and appreciated.

I am really looking forward to seeing the things that have chosen as defining Tamworth Library.
Please contact me at maldewhirst@yahoo.co.uk  or contact the library, if you want to reserve a place.

Finally – Thrasher.
Last night Thursday (25t April) saw the performance of Thrasher at the Brewhouse in Burton. Thrasher was conceived and written by Conor Mckee and saw six characters whose lives become mixed and intertwined on one night through deceit, betrayal, debt and lonliness. The play was directed by Wyllie Longmore and featured a cast of exceptional actors whose delivery and timing made the situations a reality. The cast was strong with all players giving this excellent script the justice it deserves.

Conor came and visited the Runaway writers group a few weeks ago and shared a brief video trailer for the show asking us to write a brief response which would be work shopped with two of the actors prior to the show. My piece just entitled Response to Thrasher, really only picked up on the backdrop of a drawing of a rubber plant and a standard lamp, playing out a scene of perceived external threat, feminine manipulation, frogs in pans of water and the word mysandry.

This was a fascinating opportunity to see professional actors work their way through the script looking for meanings and motivations, turns and tribulations in determining how best the stage the piece.

More theatre companies providing these opportunities to writers would be more than welcome.

Darren John Langford (Hollyoaks), Conor Mckee (Writer) Lauren Thomas (Waterloo Road) workshop my response to Thrasher.

Darren John Langford (Hollyoaks), Conor Mckee (Writer) Lauren Thomas (Waterloo Road) workshop my response to Thrasher.

You can find out more about Thrasher and Conor McKee at: http://www.conormckee.com/

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Up and Coming Readings.

7th May – Night Blue Fruit – Coventry.
14th May – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield.
17th May – Open Arts – Shire Hall Gallery – Stafford.
8th June – Laureate Saturday – Tamworth Library.

LAUREATE LINES

WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Slow Technology

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

The Poetry in the Music

LISTENING TO:

Morrison Hotel – The Doors.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

LAUREATE TIMES

As the first Staffordshire Poet Laureate, I am finding my way to best give my service to poetry and the communities of this great creative county.

As part of the role I have to undertake at least four commissions, two of which I have to bring to the role.

My first commission was one that I found, “The Colin Grazier Enigma” poetry play which I was commissioned to write by Tamworth Borough Council Arts and Fired Up Theatre. The performance was an outdoor promenade play with a new musical soundscape and took part on 30th October 2012 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the events it described.

The play received great reviews and photo coverage in the local press, including a piece on BBC television Midlands Today.

My second commission came from Staffordshire Libraries and Arts to write an uplifting poem to promote the county, the poem Thinking Staffordshire was first presented to the Staff Conference in November. The poem considers all the creative facets of the county through the mottos of some of the leading organisations whose home is in the county. I will include the poem as part of my laureate readings in the coming months.

So barely a month into my laureateship and half of my commissions had been completed, which was a good job really as the events unfolded with my health, which I am glad to say is something that is now under control and I can focus on enjoying my time as Laureate and new commissions and events.

My third commission is well underway with my contribution to the new working of Quadrophenia being staged at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms on 24th and 25th May. The script which has been developed and written by Simon Quinn, has scenes that Simon left open for me to develop poetry to fit with the themes of mental health, fashion and identity, inter-generational friction, gender, drugs and anti-social behaviour in the 1960’s counterculture.

My poems have developed as sequences taking on the different personalities of the helpless dancer, the romantic, the lunatic and the hypocrite.

The scene under the pier will see these personalities acted out through the poetry. There will also be poems as projections.

My role in the production in addition to writing, sees me co-directing alongside Simon, which at the time of writing sees us in a heavy rehearsal season to bring the piece to fruition.

Plans are also in place for further commissions based around events at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford, which I will talk about in further posts on this blog.

Laureate Saturdays.
These events will take place on Saturdays in libraries around the county – these will include readings, an exploration of my All around the Shire poem and some 15 minute workshops. Below are the dates of the planned Saturdays more will be added as and when they are agreed.

Lichfield Library – 20th April 2013 – 10:30 to 12:30.
Tamworth Library – 8th June 2013 – Times to be advised.

Other Activities.

John Donne Day.

Last Tuesday was the 400th Anniversary of John Donne writing his poem Good Friday 1613, Riding Westward. Donne had left Polesworth on the morning and was heading to Monmouth, but his thoughts were tormented by his business in the west taking him away from contemplating the events at Calgary in the east.

The event at Polesworth saw the discussion on the poem, its themes and meanings. The afternoons events were reviewed by Gary Longden on Garyswordz. – http://garylongden.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/john-donne-day-polesworth-abbey-2013-400th-anniversary-celebration/

The evening saw the reading on four commissioned responses to the poem, from Gregory Leadbetter, Jacqui Rowe, Jane Commane and myself for which I wrote Good Friday 2013, Writing Westward, taking as my theme the commercialisation of Easter and all that takes our thoughts away from the real meanings of the events on the hill at Calgary almost 2000 years ago.

Following the success we hope to make this an annual event. The event was publicised in the Times Litarary Supplement, http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1236615.ece

My thanks go to Jonathan Davidson of Writing West Midlands, Dr Gregory Leadbetter, Dr Anthony Mellors, Dr Anthony Howe and Dr Derrick Littlewood from City of Birmingham University. Jane Commane and Jacqui Rowe for their contributions and Fr Philip Wells.

Other Doings of Interest.

Conor McKee is a Manchester based playwright whose play Thrasher is playing The Brewhouse in Burton Upon Trent on 25th and 26th April.

A gripping story laced with genuine warmth and vicious comedy. Six people spiral towards destruction over one night in the city. Once lost, can faith, friendship and love ever be recovered?

Conor has invited the Runaway Writers to create around 7 minutes of script to be work-shopped on the first night of the production in Burton.

More information can be found at http://www.conormckee.com/  – Tickets are available from the Box Office at the Brew House in Burton.

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Up and Coming Readings.

13th April – St Giles Charity Event – Poleworth Abbey, Polesworth
Organised by Steph Knipe.
20th April – Laureate Saturday – Lichfield.
26th April – Spoken Worlds – Burton On Trent.
7th May – Night Blue Fruit – Coventry.

WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Constant Pains.

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

My snow covered garden – looks as good as everyone elses’

LISTENING TO:

One Man Army – Kassidy.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

Snow and the freeze slows the pace of all things. Not that is anything different for me at the moment, but whilst it perhaps brought the rest of you to the pace that I am forced to live, the cold snap took me to my bed with a head full of cold and flu.

But that is behind me with the turn of the new week.

ANOTHER APPEARANCE ON THE BBC.

Saturday Night saw my fleeting appearance on prime time BBC telly in Britain’s Brightest, for those who missed it here is a still captured from the BBC Iplayer.

BBC - Britains Brightest

Britain’s Brightest – with me in the flatcap – (c) BBC

JAYNE STANTON.

Jayne Stanton

Jayne Stanton

Fantastic news and massive congratulations this week go to the Leicester Poet Jayne Stanton whose poem Sin έ, was one of ten Highly Commended by judge Thomas McCarthy, in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2013.
Jayne is a regular reader at poetry events in the Midlands and last year represented Coventry as part of the Coventry Cork Literature exchange.
You can find more details on the poetry prize here http://www.corkpoetryfest.net/prize13.html

Jayne’s Blog can be found at: http://jaynestantonpoetry.wordpress.com/  always a good insightful read.

I want to continue to promote a few events that are taking place over the coming weeks and involve some of my good friends.

SHARE THE WORD – WARWICKSHIRE LIBRARIES BOOK FESTIVAL.

This has been running since October 2012 and runs through to March with events in Libraries across the county. I have been involved with Writers Group at Coleshill Library, but there are lots of other events taking place in the coming weeks, with several author events.

Elvis Mcgonagall.

Elvis Mcgonagall.

Including – Performance Poet Elvis McGonagall – one man and his doggerel will be performing at Atherstone Library on Friday 22nd February 7:30 to 8:30pm – this event is Free but is an all ticket event as numbers are limited – you can obtain tickets through the libraries check the website at:

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sharetheword

FLOYDIAN SLIP.

floydianslip1

26th January – Tamworth Assembly Rooms sees the return of Floydian Slip who provided the excellent sound for our production of the Wall last June.

This gig promises and evening of Pink Floyd beyond the Wall and includes the complete Dark Side of the Moon album.

Tickets are available from Tamworth Information Centre.

http://www.floydianslip.org.uk/
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/01/26/10734/-/floydian-slip

THE BEATLES IN TAMWORTH

BeatlesTamworth

1st February sees the 50th Aniversary of The Beatles performance at the Tamworth Assembly rooms and to mark this event a weekend of Beatles themed performances.

The 1st Feb sees the Counterfeit Beatles playing on the very same stage, followed by on 2nd Feb Tamworth Music Scene does the Beatles, which includes a performance from Poetry Trail Singer and Guitarist Barry Hunt with his daughter Chloe, along with performances from Colin Brown and Friends, Daniel Thompson and Friends, Structures, The Ganders and Pressure Kids plus DJ Malys with a set of 60’s classics.

The performers will be delivering their takes on Beatles Classics.

Promises to be another great night of music.

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/01/10736/-/the-counterfeit-beatles

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/02/10737/-/local-with-the-beatles

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND. – TAMWORTH ASSEMBLY ROOMS – 7th/8th Feb.

Real Inspector Hound

The Tamworth Theatre Company see their first production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms on the Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th February.

The Real Inspector Hound is a short one act play, The plot follows two theatre critics named Moon and Birdboot who are watching a ludicrous set up of a country house murder mystery in the style of a who dunnit.

Tickets are available from the box office, further details can be found at:
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/07/10977/-/tamworth-theatre-company-presents-the-real-inspector-hound

QUADROPHENIA COMES TO TAMWORTH.

Posters

Fired Up Theatre and Tamworth Repertory Theatre are to stage a new version of Quadrophenia.

Simon Quinn the Director has received permission from Pete Townsend of the Who to stage a new scripted version which delivers a roller coaster theatrical, musical and multi arts exploration of the counter culture, fashion and identity, gender, anti-social behaviour, intergenerational timeline, drug misuse and mental health illness and attitudes.

The project launch took place on Saturday 12th January and saw many local people come along to sign up to take part in the performance, from actors, dancers to backstage roles. An excellent start, which will develop over the coming weeks.

We are still inviting you to become part of this Community Arts project. If you are an individual, a community group or a school/college that is interested in acting, dance, music, visual art, photography, textiles etc and wish to express an interest in becoming involved in this project, please e-mail: fireduptheatre@aol.com or call Arts and Events team, Tamworth on 01827 709314.

http://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/arts-activities/tamworth-repertory-company

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Up and Coming Readings.

15th Feb – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent.
19th Feb – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield.

WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.

What is ANNOYING me this week?

Imposed Limitations

What is DELIGHTING me this week?

Quadrophenia – Tamworth

LISTENING TO:

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Live Manchester and Dublin.

SOME OF MY DOINGS:

This week I want to promote a few events that are taking place over the coming weeks and involve some of my good friends.

FLOYDIAN SLIP.

floydianslip1

26th January – Tamworth Assembly Rooms sees the return of Floydian Slip who provided the excellent sound for our production of the Wall last June.

This gig promises and evening of Pink Floyd beyond the Wall and includes the complete Dark Side of the Moon album.

Tickets are available from Tamworth Information Centre.

http://www.floydianslip.org.uk/
https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/01/26/10734/-/floydian-slip

THE BEATLES IN TAMWORTH

BeatlesTamworth

1st February sees the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles performance at the Tamworth Assembly rooms and to mark this event a weekend of Beatles themed performances.

The 1st Feb sees the Counterfeit Beatles playing on the very same stage, followed by on 2nd Feb Tamworth Music Scene does the Beatles, which includes a performance from Poetry Trail Singer and Guitarist Barry Hunt with his daughter Chloe, along with performances from Colin Brown and Friends, Daniel Thompson and Friends, Structures, The Ganders and Pressure Kids plus DJ Malys with a set of 60’s classics.

The performers will be delivering their takes on Beatles Classics.

Promises to be another great night of music.

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/01/10736/-/the-counterfeit-beatles

https://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2013/02/02/10737/-/local-with-the-beatles

QUADROPHENIA COMES TO TAMWORTH.

TRC BW

Tamworth Repertory Theatre is to stage a new version of Quadrophenia.

Simon Quinn the Director has received permission from Pete Townsend of the Who to stage a new scripted version which delivers a roller coaster theatrical, musical and multi arts exploration of the counter culture, fashion and identity, gender, anti-social behaviour, intergenerational timeline, drug misuse and mental health illness and attitudes.

The project launch is on Saturday 12th January between 11:00 and 3:00pm at the Assembly Rooms.

We are inviting you to become part of this Community Arts project. If you are an individual, a community group or a school/college that is interested in acting, dance, music, visual art, photography, textiles etc and wish to express an interest in becoming involved in this project, please e-mail: fireduptheatre@aol.com or call Arts and Events team, Tamworth on 01827 709314.

http://www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/arts-activities/tamworth-repertory-company

Posters

SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS

Up and Coming Readings.

18th Jan – Spoken Worlds – Burton-on-Trent.
19th Feb – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield.