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An intelligent, exhilaratingly blasphemous sprint through a revered Shakespearean tragedy.”


Something wicked this way comes…
A riotous and playful reinvention of Macbeth that puts the witches at the centre of this dark and bloody tragedy. Three gnarly fortune tellers live amongst the rats in an old junkyard, apart from decent society. Eager to teach the selfish world a lesson, they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it.

Performed by three actors with a junk yard set full of props, the major roles are swapped between them as they hurtle through the witches’ prophecy using storytelling, live music and physical theatre. Joyfully theatrical and inventive, this is Macbeth as you’ve never seen it before.



A Strange New Space – Rural Arts Event

Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old?
Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth?
Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an
Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her
dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an
adventure, to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her
bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for…
A completely original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre
with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with
Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre
for audiences of four years and older.
“Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught.” Children’s Theatre Reviews
“An emotional rollercoaster…sparking curiosity and genuine wonder.” Curious Mum
“There is something magical about this solo production. Tessa Bide’s performance…captivates
the audience from the start.” Female Arts ★★★★

This beautiful and exciting production tells the story of a life changing adventure. Space obsessed Amira leaves home in search of a safe new space and embarks on an intergalactic voyage, matching her real-life journey as a refugee. 

In this non-verbal one-woman show, Tessa Bide uses physical theatre, puppetry and music as an international language, making it enjoyable for children of all nationalities, along with those with additional needs. 

Age guidance 4 to 10 years and their families

“This is a very lovely show not just about the journey and adventures of a refugee child but about the brilliance of the imagination.” Weston Super Mum

“Lovely audience interaction and excellent comic timing…It’s impossible not to believe in and warm to Bide as a performer – she is winning, charismatic and versatile.” Children’s Theatre Reviews

Box Office Tel: 01225 765644

Morgan & West


For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of guarding their jaws against descent in the presence of these two, all you really ought to know by way of introduction is that in 2011 magical duo Morgan & West fooled leviathans of trickery Penn and Teller, on a television show entitled Fool Us hosted by Jonathan Ross. No small achievement for two twenty-something-year-old men who describe themselves as the “Victorian Ant and Dec” of magic. So for anyone not a member of the Magic Circle, a hugely silly question follows: on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon in London’s perfectly period Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, can they fool you? You betcha, madam.

They seem tired. It is 1.30pm, hardly a performer’s ideal call-time, especially when you consider that time machine or no time machine; the pair are midway through a gruelling UK tour here. As with all performances of this ilk, preparation is key and the audience sees only a fraction of what occurs, so it all feels a little early in the day.

Robert West, the shorter and more slight of the duo, has stunningly graceful and undulating hands which at one point manipulate crystals in a scene any fan of the movie Labyrinth will adore but fluffs a few opening lines as well as quick-paced exchanges (admittedly involving words like “prestidigitators”) and seems convinced he’s performing in the evening. We forgive him immediately. He’s a time-traveller after all.

Rhys Morgan is perhaps the stronger showman in the opening tricks. He raises guffaws from the audience during the Trademark Biscuit Trick, which involves reading the minds of several audience members to ultimately discover their favourite tea-dunker. To say I’ve no idea how it’s done is hardly surprising. The fact that they’re so lovable and entertaining whilst they fool you into a wide-eyed stupor however, is nothing short of delightful.

All props and tools of trickery are kept strictly within the 1880s dateline, thus one is thoroughly and refreshingly immersed in the Victorian age. A favourite with the plentiful younger audience, Balloon Handcuffs of Death begins with some poignant balloon puppetry –- balloons of course having been invented in 1824 — and sees West deal with a child completely ruining his slicked-down hair exceptionally, revealing a glint of a darker side we see only later when he flips a piece of paper with “true” or “false” written on it with impeccable timing.

One trick that sees Morgan swallowing needles is probably as dark as it gets here, and when so many of their peers seem to have gone all life-threatening and bloodthirsty, it makes a gloriously nice change. They have a knack, especially in a sequence currently named The New Trick, of showing you tantalising titbits of how it’s usually done; a deck of cards on a hat, another switched behind, only to divert your attention and suddenly an apple is where it could never have gotten, and the effect is all the more flabbergasting.

Other than one fairly significant and difficult to cover transitional blip in the final trick of the afternoon which involves foam red noses, it is difficult to find fault with their timing or technique. They are more than capable of accounting for the poor timing of many a child or indeed adult whom they invite onstage however, which is truly admirable.

One has the genuine sense that there is something to understand here if only you could pin it down. You are indeed being fooled, and oh, perhaps you should actually be looking at the other one! But it’s gone and of course you didn’t get it, again. And yet, as each trick confounds you further, you can’t help it, you love them a little more.



Luke Daniels


“Intense, poetical and oft dark yet recounted through pleasing melodies. A rich tapestry has been woven into the songs; like a thoughtful unpicking and re-stitching of life’s journey.” R2 Magazine

Described by Songlines as “a future classic” and by Acoustic Magazine as “an enchanting delight” ★★★★ award-winning singer and composer brings his solo show which uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of the performance. Live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band or Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music.

The Polyphon is a disc-playing music box, a mechanical device manufactured in Leipzig, Germany in 1880. Disc projections, called plectra, engage with a series of ratchet-like star wheels, that, when moved through 40 degrees on their axis, pluck 120 teeth on the instruments bed plate and comb, these teeth then resonate, sounding predetermined notes. Upon the musical comb, the fast treble notes are sounded furthest from the centre and the slower base notes nearest the centre. Newly manufactured 19 and 5/8th inch diameter steel discs rotate at 1.4 rpm and perform the first new music written for Polyphon in over a century.

A BBC award winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. Folk Musician in Residence of the Scottish National Museum of Rural Life and tutor on the traditional music course at Royal Conservatoire Scotland in Glasgow. His 2015 album of melodeon music transcribed from early wax cylinders and 78s was described in the Scotsman as “outstanding.” A soloist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks he performed at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His commissioned work for the PRS for Music New Music Biennial in 2014 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London’s Barbican Centre and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Rooms and on Broadway with Riverdance. His musical partnership with the School of Philosophy at Edinburgh University culminated in sell out shows at Celtic Connections Festival on two consecutive years with Songs of the Scottish Enlightenment. He recently sang and played live for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radion 2 folk programme and was described by Mark as a “master melodeon player.”


Luke Daniels, Rural arts event

Saturday 26th November, 7.30 pm do not miss the chance to hear this unique music!  Reservations – 01225765644

BBC Award winning folk musician, Riverdance band member and soloist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks is touring his new ‘coin operated’ solo show combining cutting edge electronic music production tools such as pure data and embedded processing with 19th century musical innovations that would culminate in the complex mechanical music machine known as the Polyphon, and in which the development folk music during this period found it’s social distillation.’


Rural Arts event, Dominic Holland

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Perrier Award-winning Dominic Holland’s film, TV and radio work also includes BBC3’s Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive and BBC Radio Four’s The Small World of Dominic Holland, which was named as one of the station’s most popular listener’s comedy show when first broadcast. Dominic has made numerous guest appearances on television shows including Have I Got News For You, The Wright Stuff, The Des O’Connor Show, Edinburgh Nights, The Royal Variety Show and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Target audience: 14+ Clean material, no swearing. Family friendly show. Pound Arts says… Dominic has an acute eye for people’s idiosyncrasies, weaving minute details and observations into his material. His engaging stage presence gives his shows a real intimacy and warmth. It’s a real coup to be able to offer him to the rural touring network this summer.




Little Radio update

This is a very special Rural Arts event which had a strand for young people via the school  & drop in workshops for the over 50’s.  The whole project will culminate in a concert to be held in St Nicholas Church in November.  North Bradley is one of only five villages chosen to take part in England!  Do please come along to the concert on 12th Nov in St Nicholas Church, refreshments will be available.  The 20% profit from ticket sales will be shared between the village halls, the school & St Nicholas Church.  Box office – 01225 765644 – £7 adults, £6 conc, £4.50 child, £4.50 adult taking part, £0.00 child taking part but must be accompanied by an adult.

Please come along to support this wonderful community venture from which both village halls, the school and the church have benefited. Some incredible songs, all of very local interest have been created with the help of this project. You have the chance to not only hear these songs but also a unique performance by acclaimed jazz musicians Iain Bellamy and Stian Carstensen! Little Radio eflyer


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