Foxlowe Arts Centre brings professional theatre to Leek

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

Hello, again.

We have progress from Live and Local – tickets and print have arrived for the October show Team Viking. It comes very well reviewed, and it’s here on Wed 25 October (see What’s On).

It’s a touching and very funny one man theatre performance telling the epic saga of one man’s request for a full Viking burial and the mates who helped him get it: as the flyer says, it features live music and razor-sharp comedy. The Stage newspaper said: “As accomplished storytelling as you could hope to see. To call it a comedy about friendship, mourning and terminal illness – which on one level it is – would in no way convey what a joyous thing it is.”

Tickets are now available in the usual way. Yes, I’m afraid we’ve had to put the ticket price up a bit for this third season – it’s one of the conditions of the financial support Live and Local give us.

And now a sneak preview for the Spring.

On Friday 2 Feb we have Derbyshire-based Red Earth Theatre with Mirror, Mirror, a highly visual new version of the classic Snow White fairy tale. Lots of activity, great costumes, props and puppets appealing to small people and their accompanying adults. It’s great to be able to follow last year’s almost sell-out Shoe Kangaroo with this.

Then, soon after, on Saturday 10 Feb, we try something very different. Points of Echoes is an exciting, unexpected and uncanny dance theatre tale with two performers for adults and age 15+. Love, death and monsters set on a remote lighthouse. We’re very lucky to get this show, and it’s designed for an audience of just 60. It comes from bgroup Dance, and the review from Metro describes it as “cheekily hovering on the boundary between dance and theatre”. Metro

The last of our L&L spring shows comes from Pentabus, based over the border in Shropshire and renowned for their national touring work. Here I Belong is a compelling and realistic play set in a close-knit village following the changing life of Elsie, as she celebrates 4 birthdays over the course of 60 years. It’s going to be staged cabaret-style and “we’ll bring all the tables”. That’s on Friday 15 March.

Booking for these Spring shows isn’t open just yet, but I’ll let you know when it is, and you can find details of all the Live & Local shows in brochures at the Foxlowe or at

And last, let me remind you about a magnificent show rather outside our patch. Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is a barn-storming one-man theatre / comedy / dance re-telling of the story of creation, inspired by John Milton’s epic poem ‘Paradise Lost‘. Performed with shambolic vigour and brilliant audience rapport this is an enchanting, comically charming and very funny show. I saw it a few months ago and plan to go to see it again. It’s in Tutbury, near Derby, on Saturday 2 December. If the show appeals, then maybe we might share transport – should be about 50 minutes journey.

Best regards

Michael Quine