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August 2019

Wool & Water Festival

30 August 2019
10:00 am
- 30 September 2019
5:00 pm

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Stroudwater Textile Trust, the Wool & Water Festival is a collaboration between the Trust, the Cotswold Canal Trust and the Museum in the Park.   Starting with a callout to artists to respond to Stroud's rich textile heritage the Festival has come together to feature 7 exhibitions, 2 music world premieres, poetry readings, mill visits and other community happenings spread throughout the month of September.   This is a Festival with something for everybody!…

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September 2019

R is for Revolution

25 September 2019
10:00 am
- 29 September 2019
5:00 pm
Museum in the Park, Stratford Park
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AF United Kingdom
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Free

Make your mark. Add your views. What does Revolution mean to you?   This experimental community installation will take the form of a giant alphabet - 26 printed letters - each exploring what ‘Revolution’ means to different people living in Stroud and the valleys. Gloucestershire Printmakers Cooperative's Christine Felce and Rachel Oram are inviting comments from the public in specially printed books placed around the town throughout the summer. They will then run workshops using letterpress techniques to produce the…

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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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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
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
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
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
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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