Foxlowe Arts Centre brings professional theatre to Leek

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A message from our Live & Local coordinator – Michael Quine.

Hello, again.

We’re very pleased to be working with Live & Local, the regional touring scheme which brings professional theatre to places which would not otherwise have any.  Live&Local is supported by Arts Council England as well by local authorities in its seven counties and is able to choose some of the best small-scale touring theatre to take on the road.

In the season coming up, we’ve had 5 shows allocated here at the Foxlowe. The first is on Thursday 27 September and is “Twisted Tales” from the Cornwall-based ‘Owdyado Theatre Company.

It’s a hilariously dark triple bill of riotous comedies that reveal the darkness under the domestic, the lengths people will go to for love, and how to wash blood stains out of a carpet. With pitch black humour and elegantly crafted plots that always look to wrongfoot you, this is consummate drama-comedy. Witty, pacy and funny and with excellent production values, these plays plays from this up and coming Cornish theatre company are directed by Kneehigh Theatre’s Associate Director Simon Harvey.

The second is on Wed 31 October. “The Window” is a compelling and beautifully constructed First World War drama, of a young Coventry soldier and his harrowing experiences of one of the British Army’s most notoriously unsuccessful and bloody offensives.

Inspired by his richly detailed family history, playwright Paul Nolan’s vivid and deeply affecting true story of his great-uncle, James O’Neil, resonates with pity and passion. A powerful and moving tribute to commemorate the centenary of the armistice of 1918.

1914. Britain has declared war on Germany. In the line of volunteers willing and able to help the war effort stands James O’Neil; eager, enthusiastic, naïve. Aged 22 years and 37 days, he is man enough to fight for King and country but still too much of a boy to realise the potential consequences of his actions. His journey begins as he is successfully enlisted and we watch him say goodbye to everything he has ever known and prepare himself for the biggest adventure of his life.

“… some of the best theatre this reviewer has seen from a production of any size in some time…poignant and powerful” **** Reviews Hub

There’s a real treat after Christmas.  The actor James Rowland brought his amazing “Team Viking” last October and it was all-but a sell-out.  We’re thrilled that he is bringing his new show in January.  “100 Different Words for Love” is with us on Thursday 24 January … “A hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair, and above all, friendship – from one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers.”

Best regards

Michael Quine