Gyles Brandreth – raconteur, former MP, One Show reporter, Just A Minute star, and author of the best-selling word-lover’s companion, Have you eaten, Grandma? – has a passion for poetry. His brilliant new book – Dancing by the light of the moon – is both a celebration of the best-loved poems in the English language and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. With the secrets of how to improve your memory (whatever your age) and poetry that’s by turns funny, sad, and moving, Dancing by the light of the moon is a book designed to lift your spirits and change your life.
There can be few more loved characters around than Gyles Brandreth. With his usual mix of funny stories, anecdotes and insights this should be a hugely entertaining evening. We’re delighted to welcome Gyles to Oswestry!
Tickets: £15 (Includes a signed copy of Dancing by the Light of the Moon). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)
‘Dispatches on The Red Dress’ is a deeply connecting, intimate and courageous new live show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters) who invites you to spend this Remembrance Sunday in a life-affirming musical reflection of history. Adventurous new writing delivered with warmth and compassion characterizes this heartfelt and personal one woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling and poetry with live fiddle, banjo and original songs from Rowan’s genre-melding debut solo album ‘The Lines We Draw Together’ that accompanies this wistful artist’s solo tour.
“Sublime show that celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind, goes on to pack a fierce political punch.” – The Guardian ****
“A beautiful allegory for how the survivors deal with historical atrocity…, horror and beauty co-exist and the titular red dress becomes an eloquent symbol of resilience, but also how the prejudices of the past are sewn into the celebrations of the present.” – The List
“…vivid songwriting…” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Inspired by Rowan’s German grandmother’s stories of childhood under the Nazi regime, it is a poignant anti-war piece, which questions our collective handling of ‘dark histories’ in the present day while shining a light on small acts of resistance, transformation, human empathy and hope.
Rowan’s first solo show has been crafted with dramaturg Liam Hurley (Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance) and the result is a live experience that sits somewhere between the intimacy and honesty of a folk gig and the more complex, multi-layered textures of innovative theatre. Practically, the show is beautifully simple, inviting the audience into an intimate shared space: just Rowan, her instruments (fiddle, viola, banjos, guitar) and her arresting yet natural and inclusive singing and storytelling voice.
As a testimony to Rowan’s reputation as one of the foremost composers and innovators on today’s folk scene, this project has been funded by grants from Arts Council England, PRS Women Make Music and the English Folk Dance & Song Society. Rowans solo album is due for release on 23rd August 2019.
More about Rowan: www.rowanrheingans.co.uk
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