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October 2019

Performative Walk – The Jacobin Fox was here!

11 October 2019
10:15 am
- 1:15 pm
lavender bake house, chalford, 20 London Rd, Chalford
Stroud, GL6 8NW
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Free

In the summer of 1797, the ‘most dangerous man in Britain': that Jacobin fox', John Thelwall, came to stay in the Stroud area. This was after leaving London, pursued by William Pitt’s spies, to spend ten days with Coleridge and Wordsworth at Nether Stowey. He not only talked politics with the poets, but influenced the Lyrical Ballads, too. During his timet here he stayed with sympathetic local clothiers and dyers, with visits to Uley, Nailsworth, Chalford and Bowbridge. He talked…

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Julius Caesar

16 October 2019
7:30 pm
- 10:00 pm
Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1LW United Kingdom
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£12

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in a modern production performed by the Cotswold Players A country troubled by civil unrest and political uncertainty. The emergence of a charismatic new leader, on a wave of popular acclaim. Some say she should be given absolute powers. But that would contravene proud democratic traditions. And it would sideline the current political elite. What is the opposition to do? And what will be the consequences of their actions? This contemporary production underlines the terrible timelessness of…

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Revolution in Song – A Night at the Opera?

31 October 2019
7:30 pm
- 9:30 pm
St Laurence Church, 52 High St
Stroud, GL5 1JL United Kingdom
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£15 Music Students/U25 £10

  We asked mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin to put together a programme of arias and song with a 'revolutionary' theme and she identified such a wide range of composers it was difficult to choose!  The resultant programme covers composers and material which Clare felt was aesthetically, harmonically, politically or socially revolutionary.  See what you think!  From Beethoven to Sondheim via Wagner and Debussy, with Mozart, Cage, Ives and Kern, this is a rich and varied programme which will be musically pleasing…

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November 2019

Romeo a Juliet

21 November 2019
7:30 pm
- 10:00 pm
£17.50 12.50 child

Critics Circle Award winning company Ballet Cymru present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece ‘Romeo a Juliet’ with music by Serge Prokofieff. Intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography. Exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age old feud. ‘Romeo a Juliet’ is a dynamic and unique collaboration between 3 of Wales’ outstanding arts organisations, Ballet Cymru, Coreo Cymru (The…

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January 2020

Rick Vick – Memorial

31 January 2020
2:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
Brunel Goods Shed, Station Approach
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3AP United Kingdom
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To many people – artists, writers, musicians, performers of all kinds, venue folk, anyone connected with Stroud’s arts scene - Rick was synonymous with Stroud Festival.  Our ‘Man at Large’ for more than a decade Rick sought out acts to promote and projects to support, gave newcomers and emerging artists a helping hand and brought established names to a fresh audience. Rick sadly passed away on 30.11.2019 and will be greatly missed by all those whose life he touched.  For…

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October 2020

Black History Month Discussion: The Life and Works of Robert Wedderburn

29 October 2020
7:30 pm
- 9:00 pm
Free
robert wedderburn

Robert Wedderburn was a political activist of Jamaican / Scottish heritage from the early 1800’s, who fought for the freedom of slaves and equality for the poor in London.

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November 2020

IN NEARBY BUSHES with Kei Miller

6 November 2020
8:30 pm
- 9:30 pm
Free

Kei joins Stroud Book Festival in conversation with Adam Horovitz, and will read from his latest poetry collection, “In Nearby Bushes”.

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The Dave Ayre Trio Featuring: The Carducci Quartet

25 November 2020
8:00 pm
- 9:00 pm

Join the subs@home for a special evening of live world-class music featuring the Dave Ayre Trio, the award-winning Carducci String Quartet and author, historian and BBC presenter Anthony Burton.

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February 2021

The Untold Story of Robert Wedderburn: Dance-theatre performance and live post-show Q&A

5 February
7:00 pm
- 9:00 pm

A dance-theatre performance inspired by the story of Robert Wedderburn, anti-slavery campaigner and activist, followed by a live post-show Q & A. Free and online. 

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April 2021

Bandit 28 Escape: 12th 13th 14th 15th April 2021

12 April - 15 April
Maidenhill School
£85

Bandit is a four-day songwriter and band workshop for 60 to 70 students aged 8 to 17. Students throughout the community come together to form bands and to be creative in song writing and performing. The prime function of the workshop is to give young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to gain experience in musicianship, creative song writing and performance skills.   Alongside the music workshop Bandit provide around 5 to 10 places for older students to gain work…

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