Following the two successful shows earlier in the year, we’re pleased to be able to continue presenting professional theatre events, with four new shows booked.
The first is on Friday 14 October. It’s called “Giants on the Hill”, and it’s very appropriate to us in the Moorlands. It tells the story of a fictional rural community and the conflicts caused by the proposed siting of a windfarm in its vicinity. Are windfarms a valuable and sustainable way to shift how we provide our energy? Or are they just a financial liability and blight on our landscapes? This quirky and engaging new play is brought by Centric Theatre Company.
Second, on Thursday 17 November, is Launch Party which comes from Farnham Maltings in a co-production with award winning Bucket Theatre.
“Martha and Vi are twins. They grew up side by side, watching the stars, but recently they’ve drifted. While Martha has stayed in their home village, laying down roots, Vi has been across the globe training as an astronaut, preparing to launch herself into the unknown. Before Vi blasts off, Martha has arranged a party in the village hall to send her off in style – and you’re invited.”
Then in the New Year, we’re proud to be offering a show for 4 – 7 year olds: “Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot” from the long-established Garlic Theatre will be here on 25 January, and at the end of March Arletty Theatre are bringing Quilter and the Ghost.
These shows are brought to Leek with the support of Live & Local, the not-for-profit arts organisation working across Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. It supports a network of voluntary organisations that bring communities together to enjoy high quality, affordable and professional live performances and film screenings. Live & Local receives financial support from Arts Council England, Staffordshire County and Staffordshire Moorlands District Councils in order to be sure it can attract high quality work to communities like Leek.
We have a regular programme of talks by local speakers on subjects of topical or local interest.
The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to Foxlowe, for which we thank them.
Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for Foxlowe, for which we thank you.
Cover Illustration Paul Klee Gaze Oil
We host lots of different types of event, including film, music, comedy, , talks and regular workshops for yoga and ceilidh dancing. To find out more about these, just follow the links. To find out about individual upcoming events go to the (What’s On) page, which can be sorted by category, so that you can focus on the type of event you’re primarily interested in.
We work with not-for-profit music promoters, The Situation, to bring vibrant live music to Leek, the high point to date being their third Birthday party last May, which drew hundreds of people to the event. This saw the centre full of the sounds of music for a 12-hour gig, which showcased a multitude of talent, some musicians performing on the Patio Stage throughout the day and others in the Stage Room through the evening.
Funhouse Comedy is one of the UK’s foremost promoters and bookers of live stand-up comedy. They were established in 2004 and now arrange comedy shows at over 30 venues and festivals as well as providing comedians for private events.
They book everything from total beginners on their new act gong shows, to big league pro acts. Acts they book regularly appear on TV shows such as “Mock The Week”, “Have I Got News For You?” and “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow”.
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets in advance from www.funhousecomedy.co.uk, from the venue (01538 386112), or on the door.
6.00 – 7.30 pm; Rainbow Room; Monday nights. Temporarily suspended due to illness.
Dru Yoga is a combination of Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gung. It is also described as Meditation in Motion with postures (asanas) and sequences with directed breathing. Energy blocks are released and your whole being feels deeply balanced and relaxed. Along with learning deep relaxation, Dru Yoga is for strengthening, flexibility and developing inner calm and mindfulness.
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DANCING FOR FUN AND FITNESS
The Ceilidh Dance Sessions were set up in January, 2015, to provide an opportunity to dance off the Christmas calories and have fun at the same time. These take place on Monday evenings in the Stage Room from 8.00 to 9.30 pm. They have proved very popular, so the organisers, Ray and Victoria Berringer, now run sessions throughout the year.
Beginners welcome; no partner needed.
Caller: Victoria Berringer.
Twice yearly there is live music with a bar. For details of individual sessions, follow the What’s On link.