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The theatre is coming to a community venue near you!

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Theatre is going on tour in Tamworth, bringing a variety of professional productions to community venues across the borough.

The project – Touring Theatre – will see a range of high-quality shows being staged in familiar but unusual community locations in a bid to increase opportunities for people to experience the arts.

Live & Local – the Midlands’ Rural and Community Touring Network – is working with Tamworth community groups to provide volunteers with the tools they need to bring professional touring theatre companies to the town, including booking, promoting and selling the events.

The programme gets underway this week and includes six touring productions to be performed in venues such as churches, a library and the Castle Grounds bandstand, with the aim of attracting new audiences. It includes drama, cabaret, puppetry and interactive theatre.

Touring Theatre gets underway this Friday (April 7) with an unusual blend of silent movie and live music at the Sacred Heart Church in Glascote Heath.

Details of the full programme are as follows:

Minima: Silent Film % Live Music – The Phantom of the Opera
Sacred Heart Church (B77 2EA): Friday April 7, 7.30pm
A delicious concoction of movie and music as Minima performs a live soundtrack to a screening of the classic 1925 thriller Phantom of the Opera. Tickets are priced at £7.50 standard and £5 for concessions. Group tickets are available.

The Fabularium – Reynard the Fox
Tamworth Castle Grounds Bandstand: Tuesday, April 11,11am and 2.30pm
Infamous scoundrel and trickster, Reynard the Fox is blamed for the theft of the King’s Crown Jewels. Featuring storytelling, puppetry, original live music and bespoke animal headpieces. This is a free event.

Mambo Jambo in Concert
St Francis Church, Leyfields (B79 8JB): Saturday, May 13, 7.30pm
Musical sunshine from a multi-talented, multi-instrumental, acoustic duo. An upbeat feel-good concert mixing sounds and styles from around the world. Tickets are priced at £5.

Sarah Moule – Fever! The Life and Loves of Peggy Lee
Sacred Heart Church (B77 2EA): Friday, June 2, 7.30pm
A superb cabaret tribute to the turbulent life and universally-loved music of a 20th century legend. Featuring popular songs performed by a talented vocalist and her impeccable piano accompanist. Audiences are invited to dress in 1950s outfits, with a prize up for grabs for the best costume. Buffet food available. Tickets are priced at £8.50 and £6.50 for concessions. Group tickets are available.

Garlic Theatre – Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot
St Editha’s Church (B79 7BX): Friday, August 18, 3pm
Charming puppet work and terrific clowning in this clever children’s show by one of England’s leading puppetry companies. Tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £5 for children.

Liberty Rocks Productions – The Wherever People
Tamworth Library (B79 7DN): Saturday, September 9, 11am and 2pm
Two sisters are travelling the world with their wagon, charged with the task of collecting and sharing all of the stories in existence. This free show comprises interactive theatre and storytelling and will celebrate the end of the library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Tickets are available via the Tamworth Arts and Events website at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

Touring Theatre is part of the two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces project funded by a £68,000 grant from Arts Council England, with match funding from Tamworth Borough Council and the local community.

It includes a number of exciting initiatives for Tamworth, designed to bring the arts to all corners of the community. More information is available at http://www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/arts-unusual-spaces.

Andrew Barratt, Tamworth Borough Council Corporate Director (Growth, Assets & Environment), said: “By taking a range of events out into the community, Arts in Unusual Spaces aims to provide performance and viewing opportunities for existing audiences, as well as hopefully inspiring new audiences to get involved.

“The Touring Theatre project is working with groups of volunteers to provide them with the skills and confidence they need to bring touring theatre productions to venues in the community on a regular basis. As well as broadening the use of community venues, this will hopefully make it even easier for people to experience theatre and the arts.”

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