Local arts

Train of thought

Train of thought

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in…
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Art at Attingham

Art at Attingham

Attingham Park was bequeathed to the National Trust (NT) in 1947 by the Berwick family as a gift for ‘public benefit’. This year, the team…
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Bookfest returns

Bookfest returns

One of Britain’s most successful children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson will be in Shrewsbury on Saturday 4 May for Shrewsbury Bookfest’s annual children’s literature festival. The…
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Open to arts

Open to arts

Over 30 Bridgnorth residents and businesses will be opening their doors with more than 40 artists in residence for this year’s Bridgnorth Open House Arts…
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Musical generations

Musical generations

A fundraising concert on Saturday 18 May for Breast Cancer Now by Concordia ladies’ choir and Bewdley Concert Band will now be joined by students…
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Big Busk returns

Big Busk returns

The Big Busk’s night time programme will have a new feel for 2019 as the festival takes over the Frankwell area of Shrewsbury. The popular…
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Rotterdam, or anywhere

Rotterdam, or anywhere

Following three critically acclaimed runs in London and a highly successful transfer to New York, Donnacadh O’Briain’s Olivier award-winning production of ‘Rotterdam’ will play at…
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Folk pair’s town date

Folk pair’s town date

At 2016’s FolkEast Festival, Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of Steeleye Span, was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for…
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Winning snap for Frank

Winning snap for Frank

Bridgnorth and District Camera Club recently ran a photographic competition for members entitled Taken in Shropshire. Members submitted images were taken in the county between…
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Arts trail set to grow

Arts trail set to grow

Organisers of the Bridgnorth Open House Arts Trail say this year’s event is on course to surpass last year. Committee member Jack Miller explains, “We’ve…
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Cook’s tour

Cook’s tour

Mixing classic country music with cutting modern satire, Canadian Ryan Cook has forged a sound that lies somewhere between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool north…
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New acts for Festival

New acts for Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has added a host of new acts as organisers reveal ticket sales are already surpassing 2018 levels. Renowned singer/songwriter Andy Fairweather Low…
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Hyde and seek

Hyde and seek

A chilling retelling of the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson combines old-fashioned thrills with a steampunk sensibility and a time-fluid…
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Fortunes at Steps

Fortunes at Steps

The Fortunes were formed in Rugby in Warwickshire in 1963 and still perform to appreciative audiences all around the world. The band scored hits with…
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Devilish tales

Devilish tales

The story of Faust, who trades his soul with the devil for youth and power, has taken on many forms over the years, but Gounod’s…
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Bassist in Broseley

Bassist in Broseley

NOTE: the date in our March/April issue is incorrect – Miranda is visiting Broseley in March, not April. Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and double…
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Sunset in Oakengates

Sunset in Oakengates

Telford and District Light Operatic Players (Tadlop) prepare to bring the golden age of Hollywood to Oakengates Theatre at the end of March. The Shropshire…
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Madeley spring concert

Madeley spring concert

Telford Orchestra, a community orchestra made up of players from across Shropshire, is returning to St Michael’s Church in Madeley to perform a Spring Concert…
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Time of your life…

Time of your life…

A classic coming-of-age story visits the Grand in Wolverhampton this April. Dirty Dancing tells the story of ‘Baby’ Houseman as she explores a new world…
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Madeley spring concert

Madeley spring concert

Telford Orchestra, a community orchestra made up of players from across Shropshire, is returning to St Michael’s Church in Madeley to perform a Spring Concert…
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Strictly Telford

Strictly Telford

The smash hit dance spectacular ‘Dance is Life’, directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director Jason Gilkison and starring one of the show’s…
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Drawn to Shropshire

Drawn to Shropshire

en-and-ink artists from around the world will once again converge on the county town for the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival on the weekend of 26…
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Finding the way

Finding the way

The OS Map Fan Club join Ordnance Survey enthusiast Helen Wood in Habberley for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. This Edinburgh…
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Midwinter magic

Midwinter magic

Shakespeare’s far-reaching tale of how emotions can tear through age, country and class is being broadcast from the renowned reconstruction of his very own Globe…
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Stressing the issue

Stressing the issue

A play that’s visiting Shrewsbury in February explores an unseen and often unrecognised possible consequence of war. ‘A Brave Face’ is appearing at Shrewsbury’s Theatre…
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A dog’s life

A dog’s life

Supported by Arts Alive, poet Matt Harvey returns to the county to embellish artist Claudia Schmid’s collection of funny, mad, sad, strange canine drawings with…
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Playing politics?

Playing politics?

Despite being one of the most popular politicians of recent times and a best-selling author thanks to his memoirs, former Labour party stalwart Alan Johnson…
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Garden arty

Garden arty

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is hosting an exhibition from two artists until the end of January. Entry is free. Using a…
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Scout prepared for Rep

Scout prepared for Rep

A critically-acclaimed adaptation of Harper Lee’s masterpiece, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ returns to the stage following a sell-out run at Regent’s Park with a visit…
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Fame – at last!

Fame – at last!

For readers of a certain age, the name ‘Fame’ conjures up images of a classic 1980s TV show featuring beautiful young people toiling away at…
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Giant steps

Giant steps

How was the Wrekin actually formed? Academics at University Centre Shrewsbury have their own ideas, but Mythstories’ resident storyteller Dez Quarréll knows that two giants…
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Grin and bear it

Grin and bear it

Shrewsbury’s Museum and Art Galley is playing host to some furry friends this coming spring. ‘Bears’, which runs from Sunday 16 Feb until Sunday 28…
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