Live and Local professional theatre

The Foxlowe presents professional theatre performances.

We’re proud to work with Live&Local, the touring network which offers theatre, as well as music and dance, to venues like ours.   Serious shows, light-hearted shows, shows for young children – we range across the repertoire with a number of one-night performances.

The next season starts around October, and here’s an update on current planning.

We’ve put in our bids for the shows we’d like to see here along with the dates when we can host them.   We’ve named 12 we’d like, but can only be awarded a maximum of 6. The 12 include more Twisted Tales, Garlic Theatre – puppets for young children, the third in the trilogy by James Rowland (‘that Viking Man’), a wonderful lively show about football and why we love the game so much, another show for children brought by the founders of the biennial international Skipton Puppet Festival, a new approach to King Lear, and … I could go on, and on, and on!   By way of a postscript, I’m pleased to be able to confirm (24 June) that we have been awarded <Twisted Tales II>  and at least one show for young children.

Live&Local now have the unenviable task of working out sensible tours for 94 companies across well over 300 venues in 9 counties, working to the limited dates we can all offer. (For instance, two of the shows I so much want here can only offer us one date.)

As soon as we know which shows we’ve been awarded, I’ll be updating this page.

In the meantime, let me make one personal recommendation. The New Vic is opening its new production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart on 28 June. It’s by David Greig, a remarkable, prolific and award-winning playwright who now runs the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. I saw a production of it in Glasgow about a year ago and was totally entranced:   it’s described as “Inspired by the border ballads – and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke”. I can’t recommend the play strongly enough.

And also in July, of course, the Buxton Festival where the Fringe offers as many as 59 theatre productions during July.

Live&Local is funded by Arts Council England, and gratefully supported by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.  Other Moorlands places which also receive L&L work include Alstonefield, Biddulph Moor, Blythe Bridge, Calton, Foxt and Swythamley.

Watch this space for updates – and enjoy the summer when (whenever) it comes.


Michael Quine