Foxlowe Arts Centre brings professional theatre to Leek

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

Hello again,

First, a reminder that The Window is with us within a week’s time.  This is the play which, along with other events in Leek, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great War.  This professional touring show is with is on Thursday 31 October at 7.30pm.

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.

Moving and intimate theatre performance told through the eyes of a brother and sister separated by two generations and based on the true story of a young First World War soldier.

Second, I ought tell you about an event in November.  David Bell, one of the Foxlowe Trustees, is working on a piece of community theatre work to celebrate the fascinating history of the Foxlowe – that’s linked with the Heritage Lottery grant just announced.
In the meantime, he’s sent me information about Moorlanders, “a one-off we’re doing with a group of professionals (it might be script in hand) at Flash.  The Borderland Voices/Northern International Theatre combination will play out again at the end of the Heritage Lottery project when we do the community play”.  It’s on Friday 9 November and I attach the flyer.
David directed plays at the New Vic in Stoke (including Amadeus and The Tempest) when it first opened 30 years ago. Pam Brough was once a teacher at Flash Primary School. Her Diary of a Moorland Winter was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and read by Prunella Scales. Other work by northern international theatre includes The Burma Play which toured nationally over many years, promoted by Amnesty International and sponsored by The Co-operative.
Finally, 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