Surprising shows in surprising places is what arts organisation Live & Local promises – and that’s exactly what it delivers.
The organisation works with a network of voluntary promoters across the county to stage shows in village halls sports clubhouses and even churches, with the aim of bringing communities together and enhancing their quality of life.
The new season of shows will be kicking off in Derbyshire on October 11 with Harp and a Monkey performing The Importance of Digging Holes: The Great War and more at Sutton on the Hill Village Hall.
The harp and banjo-driven electro-folk-storytelling trio – Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith – imbue their first set with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.
The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors.
As part of an ongoing project to mark the centenary of the First World War, their second set is of new material and re-worked traditional songs which strive to challenge stereotypes of the conflict, and which focus heavily on forgotten aspects of the war (from the horror of being a postman, to the role of musicians) and also on the servicemen who returned home, and their families.
The show can also be seen at The Verney Institute in Pleasley on October 13 and Crich Glebe Field Centre on October 14.
Just over the border at Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek the first show Twisted Tales by Owdyado Theatre Company will be on September 27 at 7.30pm.
This is three playfully twisted, elegantly crafted plots that always look to wrong foot you. The darkly funny stories are reminiscent of (and inspired by) cult classics like The Twilight Zone and the BBC’s Inside No. 9.
For details of where to get tickets for these shows and all the others for the season go to http://www.liveandlocal.org.uk
Live & Local wouldn’t happen without the enthusiasm and commitment of local promoters and their audiences and the organisation is always looking for more people join up. So if your village isn’t already lucky enough to be involved and you want to help out why not contact them by calling 01926 402173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org