We kick off the month with the event cinema performance of Wise Children (15) on Thur 3rd October. Adapted from Angela Carter’s great last novel and directed by multi-award-winning Emma Rice, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief. ★★★★★ ‘Fantastic. Life-enhancing, brilliantly uninhibited, all-singing and dancing… Stars? I’m not sure why you would stop at five.’ The Observer.
For fabulous live family theatre come and see Womans (like Romans only with a W) by Scratchworks Theatre Company Fri 4th 7.30pm. It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta, has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate and given a punishment worse than death – Damnatio Memoriae – to be erased from history. With help from some mischievous Muses, she rebels against the Republic. “Highly entertaining…riotous fun” ★★★★ Fringe Guru.
There are some terrific live music gigs beginning with Coco and the Butterfields on Fri 11th. Coco have an enviable reputation for their exhilarating shows of Folk strewn pop, selling out thousand capacity venues and appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival. Their brilliant support band Gentlemen of Few play a blend of old-time bluegrass and classic rock with vocal harmonies. Don’t miss these two great bands. Albert Lee and his band were such a hit at their last concert that we had to get them back! He’s one of the most respected guitarists having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over a long and illustrious career. “His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” said Eric Clapton. Thu 17th Oct 8pm. On Fri 25th we have the immensely talented Track Dogs. “A total discovery! Think The Eagles mixed with the graceful irreverence of The Pogues! Four-part harmonies steal the show!” Maverick Magazine. A fusion of Folk, Latino, Americana and Bluegrass, I really recommend these guys. They’re great fun. Our final gig in October has sold-out and no surprises there. Show of Hands begin their autumn tour at The Beehive. (Track Dogs are favourites of Steve and Phil btw!).
During half-term, on Tue 22nd, we have a Dance in a Day workshop with Dance in Devon. On Thu 24th 3pm we have the delightful family show Lily and the Albatross for age 5+ (younger welcome). Combining puppetry, live music and visual performance, this is a story about never letting go of your dreams.
The new Royal Opera House season starts with screenings of Don Giovanni at 6.45pm Thu 10th and Don Pasquale Thu 24th 7.30pm. There’s also the NT Live screening A Midsummer Night’s Dream Fri 18th 7pm, which has had rave reviews.
Our regular cinema includes The Mustang, Downton Abbey (selling fast!) and Ad Astra. We have a dementia-friendly screening of On the Town 2pm Fri 25th. The Beehive Acoustic cafe is hosted by Terry Stacey this month on Wed 9th 8pm, so do pop along.
We all look forward to seeing you soon.