A heart-warming wartime tale of bravery and love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company
Vamos Theatre's next touring show is a re-working of the best-selling 2010 production, Nursing Lives.
When Flo, a feisty seventy-something, learns that the hospital she trained at during the Second World War is being demolished, she decides to take one last look – and stop the bulldozers in their tracks.. Her illicit visit becomes a personal celebration of friendship, courage, adventure and romance. But is what Flo remembers really the truth, or is history ready to be re-written?
Nursing Lives is a love story set in the early1980s of Thatcher’s Britain, and takes us back to the hard-working, heart-breaking, swing-dancing world of the UK’s wartime hospitals.
This humorous and poignant full mask production tours the UK from February - June 2015 and is suitable for ages 12+. For your nearest venue, see our tour list and interactive map
The production is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Worcestershire County Council.
- See more at: http://www.vamostheatre.co.uk/shows/nursing-lives#sthash.aLm7933N.dpuf
Thu 26th March 2015 at 19:30 £15.00
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as
"another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool", but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.
Without doubt, a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”
Ultimately, the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs.
Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter’s musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been limited to Steeleye Span.
Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe. Both have been described as "powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right" (Geoff Boudreau, Rye Arts Festival).
As a founding member of Celtic-Rock Band ‘The Tabs’, Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peters’ affinity with traditional material, whilst Vincent who has studied his craft in Senegal and Cuba, adds another dimension, one that is distinctly multi-cultural. As R2 magazine noted, it is Vincent’s musical presence that seals the deal with regard to what makes ‘Gigspanner different’.
What they do have in common is an unwavering, single minded commitment to dig deep and to load the music with something of value. Gigspanner’s audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between ‘entertaining’ and ‘spellbinding’.
Gigspanner’s Debut Album ‘Lipreading the Poet’ was named by 'The Wire' as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But ditch the pigeonholes. Gigspanner's commitment to producing "music of intelligently crafted brilliance" (Songlines) has paid off in spades, and they have now earned their place on the festival and concert stages of the UK and beyond.
"One of the best sets came from Peter Knight's Gigspanner...
Beautiful Instrumentals and fine treatments of traditional pieces"
R2 Magazine, Review of Great British Folk Festival 2012
“Intelligent, multi-lingual music making.
Gigspanner are marking out a distinctive zone of their own”
Julian Cowley, The Wire
“The Trio co-creates a depth of multi-textured melody
that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up.
Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed"
Noel Harvey, Acoustic Magazine
KEVIN BRIDGES - WORK IN PROGRESS - SOLD OUT!
Fri 17th April 2015 at 20:00 £17.50
Kevin Bridges returns to the road trying out brand new material
prior to embarking on his biggest tour to date A Whole Different
Scotland’s biggest export, Kevin Bridges, dubbed as “brilliant” by
one of his comedy idols, Billy Connolly has had an astonishing rise
to success. His 2012 tour, Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues...
smashed box office records selling a staggering 45,000 tickets on the
first day. Kevin went on to sell out an incredible nine-show run at
the Glasgow SECC Arena. His epic 136-date tour culminated in a sell
out run throughout Australia. The DVD of the same name made it to
number 5 in the charts for Christmas that year.
The last twelve months have been incredibly busy for Kevin with him
hosting three shows for BBC1 including a referendum special of his
critically acclaimed documentaries Kevin Bridges – What’s The Story
and stand up shows on the Commonwealth Games and the Scottish
October 2014 marked a momentous chapter in Kevin’s career with
his hotly anticipated autobiography We Need To Talk About... being
released through Penguin Books.
“Britain’s best stand up”
with Support Act
“Truthful, natural and hilarious”
“Truthful, natural and hilarious”
*Kevin may be performing from notes
Sat 18th April 2015 at 19:30 £17.50
A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage, her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary, including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only and more seem even more relevant in our present times.
Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio, the old and the new. A sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire. With a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show you're in for a treat! .Unmissable, book early!
“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.”
DEREK RYAN IN CONCERT
Tue 21st April 2015 at 19:30 £19.50
Derek Ryan’s rise to become one of the biggest stars of Irish Country music has been phenomenal. In just over three years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish country scene like the Co. Carlow singer songwriter. Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world with D-Side, the young heartthrob has brought a distinctive fresh sound to Irish country.
Derek Ryan has become a sell out artist in his homeland and has topped the Irish national charts and the UK iTunes country charts this year with his album ‘The Simple Things’. His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his five albums including many of his own self-penned songs as well as many country classics.
Further information is available on derekryanmusic.com.
JAY RAYNER - MY DINING HELL
Fri 24th April 2015 at 20:00 £15.00
MY DINING HELL
Jay Rayner has been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing he’s learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. My Dining Hell, looks at our love affair with lousy reviews with the man recently voted the best food and drink journalist in Britain.
AQUARELLE GUITAR QUARTET
Sat 25th April 2015 at 19:30 £14.00 | £11
Corrinium Players Guitar Ensemble 2014 show, with the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
Recognised as one of Britain’s leading chamber music groups, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance, expansive repertoire and ground breaking work in developing the guitar quartet medium. The quartet has performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and is admired for its original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures. The group also frequently performs new works by internationally renowned composers such as Clarice Assad (Brazil), Phillip Houghton (Australia), Stephen Dodgson (UK) and Nikita Koshkin (Russia) as well as drawing on existing repertoire. Formed originally at the Royal Northern College of Music (in 1999), under the guidance of Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey, the quartet went on to study with renowned guitarists such as Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghiglia and Scott Tennant. Since then, they have received many awards and in 2009 were signed exclusively to Chandos Records. The first two albums, “Dances” (released in June 2010) and “Spirit of Brazil” (March 2009) both received excellent reviews from the press. - See more at: http://www.aquarellegq.com/biography/#sthash.OJhOs6UY.dpuf
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Fri 1st May 2015 at 20:00 £15.00
Sat 2nd May 2015 at 20:00 £15.00
Life is going nowhere for Shaun. He spends his life in his local pub, with his best mate Ed, has issues with his Mum and step-dad and things aren’t running too smoothly with his girlfriend Liz.
When Liz dumps him, Shaun finally decides to get his life in order. He must win back her heart, repair his relationship with his mum and face up to his responsibilities. Unfortunately, there is a slight problem with the world being taken over by Zombies and they are attempting to eat the living. For the newly inspired Shaun, this is just another obstacle. In the face of a full scale ZOMBIE EPIDEMIC, armed with a cricket bat and his best mate with a spade, Shaun & Ed go to the rescue his Liz, her friends, mum and grudgingly his step-dad, and take them to the safest most secure place he knows.
Sat 9th May 2015 at 20:00 £0.00 | Pass the hat, Pay some money if you think he's funny!!!
Experience the horror and astonishment as this highly-strung New York Jew wrestles with Britain, with America, with you, his audience, with his own mind, and with the nature of comedy itself.
Find out why comedy fans go to see Lewis Schaffer over and over again; why Phds have been written about him; why documentary makers follow him around London; and why reviews of his work range from adoration to abject fear.
Every Lewis Schaffer performance is unique. Kate Copstick of The Scotsman wrote "One year I will go to every one of Schaffer’s shows and document the journey".
This show is free to enter but "if i am funny give me money!" the hat will be passed around at the end of the night and give what you free its worth! "
“It’s a bloody good laugh and unlike anything else on the comedy circuit. Go see Lewis Schaffer.”
Time Out London
“Schaffer is disconcertingly terrific. He is compelling, unique and most of all unpredictable.”
London Evening Standard
“...warmth, intimacy, honesty and some incredible sick jokes passed off as matter of fact observations before a rapt audience. Schaffer’s real tragedy is he is making this difficult stuff look so easy.”
Stewart Lee Star of Resonance FM's Nunhead American Radio
Fri 15th May 2015 at 20:00 £14.00 | £5.00 - Unwaged only,
Jeremy Hardy begins his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a
more dramatic way of saying he started 31 years ago and, without a
lottery win, probably has at least another 31 years to go. Last year,
the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast
on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News
Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said
he likes him “but he’s only on the radio”.
However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio. He is on the road all year
round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. After
briefly hibernating in the winter, he's back out on the road in 2015.
“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an
ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.”
LIZ LOCHHEAD - SOMETHINGS OLD, SOMETHINGS NEW
Fri 22nd May 2015 at 19:30 £13.00 | 12.00
Ranging from the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland's National Poet, Lix Lochhead, weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems and monologues and accompanied by the soulful sax of Steve kettley
‘An inspirational force in British poetry, a writer who has tirelessly brought poetry to the drama and drama into poetry’ (Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate)
‘Brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’ (Sunday Times)
Fri 5th June 2015 at 19:30 £12.00 | £10.00
Commonground are a folk band with the distinctive sound of harmony vocals accompanied by concertina, guitar and strings. With material extending from traditional songs and tunes to contemporary material they are equally at home on a concert stage, at a festival or in a traditional folk club.
Alison Fenner: vocals, duet concertina
David Fenner: vocals, guitar, mandola
Fran Wade: vocals, violin, viola
Kevin Bown: vocals, cello
Fri 13th November 2015 at 19:30 £20.00
by popular demand for the 3rd time in Cirencester after previous sell out shows.
Jimmy’s career is going from strength to strength and he is destined to be a huge star – he is already one of the top entertainers in Ireland, and his ambition is to conquer the English Country Market, not ruling out Europe. Following numerous visits across the water to England, Jimmy is building up a large fan base and his concerts and dances are always sold out. When he finishes one tour, he is inundated with requests for details of his next.
Jimmy first came to the attention of the Birmingham Audiences when he appeared on Bob Brolly’s Big Charity Show, in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on Sunday 22nd June 2003. Since that first appearance Jimmy’s star has certainly continued to rise.
After his massive hit song “Your Wedding Day”(written by Henry McMahon), Jimmy conquered the Irish music scene and he continues to make his mark on the concert scene in England.
In 2007 Jimmy released his first DVD “Live In Concert”. The DVD won “DVD of the year” Irish World award and it has been shown coast to coast on U.S television on more than one occasion.
Also in 2007 Jimmy visited Nashville, Tennessee. It was everything he had hoped it would be, from the visit to the Grand Old Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame but the icing on the cake was the visit to Gracelands, the home of Jimmy’s idol, Elvis. Later Jimmy said that the visit was very emotional and inspiring.
In February 2008 Jimmy worked on a Caribbean cruise and then in March/April he toured with Charley Pride.
November 2008 saw the release of “The Grand Tour – Live”, Jimmy’s second Live in concert DVD & CD. This 23-track DVD builds on the success of Jimmy’s first “Live In Concert” DVD.
Jimmy is presently very busy in the studio working on a brand new album which will be available soon. He has just released a new single called “Say Me Marie” which is available to request on your local radio station now!