SINGING and music concerts, murder-mystery-mayhem, monster mash up, fireworks extravaganza and Christmas lights festival – these are just some of the highlights lined up in Tamworth’s exciting new season of events.
Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team have been working hard to create a new and varied line up of shows and acts for Tamworth families and visitors to enjoy over the coming months.
This includes more Touring Theatre, bringing theatre to local venues, Assembly Rooms on Tour, taking some of the theatre’s favourite performers out into community locations and popular seasonal outdoor events.
Tamworth Arts and Events also continue to focus on art activities as part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces project, funded by Arts Council England. Art Attack is part of The Big Draw Festival 2017, which is happening in towns all over the UK.
Free arts activities with professional artists and illustrators will be available for all ages on October 7th. So if you’re a budding artist or a complete novice, come along and join in with a jam-packed programme of art including chalk drawings in St Editha’s Square, land art creations in the Castle Grounds and for the more adventurous people – Body Draw in Ankerside shopping centre; where participants wear hats, shoes, gloves and get ‘creative’.
The rest of the new season begins on October 7, as Tamworth Assembly Rooms continues ‘On Tour’ at The Coton Centre with an evening of popular songs performed by the Mercian Singers. Special guests ‘Cor Curiad’ ladies choir from Llanelli, will make a welcome return to Tamworth as they join the mixed choir for a guaranteed evening of talented singing.
The next ‘On Tour’ performance is the hilarious Halloween themed compilation show – Monster Mash Up on October 28 at Landau Forte Academy. Tamworth Arts Club presents this darkly funny production, including musical theatre favourites from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Jekyll and Hyde. The show also will include pop hits such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics! A must-see crowd-pleasing show.
Christmas cheer will warm everyone’s hearts on December 2 at St Editha’s Church. Tamworth Assembly Rooms ‘On Tour’ presents Tamworth Voices, featuring Tamworth Wind Band, for a traditional Christmas concert with a twist of contemporary songs and anthems that will get everyone high spirited and feeling festive.
If you have enjoyed the Tamworth Arts and Events Touring Theatre this summer, you won’t want to miss this season’s productions. October 17 will bring murder, mystery and mayhem, as the great Victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes, stalks Jack the Ripper in the streets of London; only to discover that the evidence is pointing to Sherlock’s trusted side-kick Dr Watson! Theatre Chipping Norton presents Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles, a witty and fast-paced story at the Sacred Heart Church from 7.30pm.
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy in Concert feature next when Touring Theatre arrives at St Francis Church on November 19. This Anglo-American inspired folk duo will fill any venue with excitement, humour and exquisite musical entertainment.
More Touring Theatre will be showcased in the New Year. On February 8, 2018, St Francis Church will host a rip-roaring alt-folk band – Noble Jacks. A roof raising performance of feel good, upbeat folk tunes that will undoubtedly get your feet stomping along to the rhythms and lyrics.
If jazz music is more your style, then don’t miss Tantz in Concert on February 9, 2018. Touring Theatre will bring this high spirited and original klezmer dance/gypsy jazz band to the Sacred Heart Church. This remarkable six-piece band will bring great global music with an infectious vibe.
Outdoor entertainment starts this season with the return of the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 4. A breath-taking display of pyrotechnics, accompanied by fire performers, face painting, fun fair and food stalls for the whole family to enjoy.
The programme would not be complete without the annual Christmas Lights Festival. A jam-packed day is planned for November 26 with festive fun for families. Activities will include fairground rides, treasure hunt, crafts, live music, Christmas market, walk about characters, dance performances and face painting. The main event will be at 5pm when the lights are switched on; not forgetting Father Christmas who will make an appearance too.
Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “This is another great line up of events, with some exciting new features alongside the more popular festivities which have put Tamworth on the map in the recent years.
“Providing quality entertainment for our residents and to attract visitors to the town remains a key priority for the council and our thanks go to the Arts and Events team for organising another fantastic selection. We hope to see lots of people coming out to take part in the fun.”
Full information on the events, including ticket details, is available online at: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, or call the Box Office: 01827 709618.