Tamworth’s home-grown talent to fill the bill this Christmas

Monday, 16th November 2015

SOME of Tamworth’s top talented performers will be taking to the stage this festive season with entertainment from drama to big band – and of course a pantomime – all featuring in the line up at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

The popular venue is well known for its rich and diverse programme of events, attracting high quality acts from around the world, but it is also the home theatre to a number of

Tamworth-based bands, choirs and arts clubs who practise and rehearse all year round in preparation for performances on their town stage. And it’s this locally-grown talent which will be dominating the spotlight for the remainder of the season.

The community theme also ties in nicely with this year’s #LoveTheatreDay on Wednesday November 18, which will see theatres, amateur groups, arts companies and audiences from across the UK and beyond taking part in a social media celebration of all things stage on Twitter.

Members of Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, who work hard to bring all the best shows to Tamworth, will be tweeting live from Tamworth Assembly Rooms throughout the day, and will be encouraging local groups to follow suit and shout about their talents.

The programme of community-based entertainment will be kicked off by Fired Up Theatre and Tamworth Repertory Company, who are back on Friday November 20 with another murder mystery evening following the sell-out success of Sherlock Holmes and the Tale of the Tamworth Terror earlier this year.

The second helping of interactive buffet dinner party is Downtrodden Abbey – a send up of the acclaimed television series, Downton Abbey. The plot will see all the show’s best-loved characters embroiled in a comical whodunit.

Lady Granthamum and her family have idled away their vast fortune on constant banqueting, partying, hopeless causes and illicit relationships and have been forced to seek new ways to save their beloved home.

They hit upon the idea of inviting a travelling theatre company to perform for their upper class friends, but murder is afoot when one of the performers is seemingly assassinated.

Members of the audience will be summoned for help as the Inspector begins his investigations.

Wannabe detectives are invited to a grand occasion; to eat and be merry, become super sleuths and get immersed in an evening of theatrical mayhem and murder.

Tickets for Downtrodden Abbey are available at the price of £16/£14 concessions, or £120 for a table of ten people.

Tamworth’s finest voices will be on song in festive performances from two of the town’s choirs. First to take to the stage will be Tamworth Male Voice Choir appearing at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday November 21 with a varied selection of songs to suit all tastes. Tickets are priced at £10.

Hot on the heels of the male voice choir, Tamworth Voices take their turn on Tuesday December 1 when they will be setting the tone with a Christmas concert featuring some classic and popular festive numbers. Tickets are priced at £5.

Another of the town’s top drama companies will return in December with a three-day showing of their latest production. Vulgarities, by the award-winning group TACT, will be performed on December 8, 9 and 10.

This latest offering is a very funny show featuring sketches, songs, dance and coarse acting. Tickets cost £15 which includes a plated buffet supper served at your table.

More yuletide songs will be performed on Saturday December 12, this time played through the instruments of Amington Brass Band. A Christmas spectacular for all ages, the Amington Band Christmas Cracker Show also features the lovely ladies of Tamworth’s very own barbershop chorus Barberama. Tickets are priced at £8 and £7 concessions.

The festive season ends with another magical pantomime adventure for all the family from Tamworth Pantomime Company.

For this year’s spectacle, audiences are invited to the mysterious and wondrous world of Aladdin where the Emperor Chu Chop Suey is determined to find a wealthy husband for his daughter Princess So So Shi.

Meanwhile down in the Middle Entry, Widow Twankey will be found attempting to run the local laundry with the help of Wishee Washee and her somewhat feckless son Aladdin. Into their chaotic lives comes a mysterious stranger, Abanazer, who offers a chance of wealth and happiness.

But will they be tempted by his scheme and how will a meeting with Genie lead them all on a fabulous adventure? The Tamworth Pantomime Company always puts on fantastic shows every year and Aladdin is set to be their most spectacular production yet. Performances take place regularly between December 16 and January 3 and are priced at £12/£9, £38 for a family ticket and £7.50 on a group ticket. More information is available at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk.

Tickets for all shows are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.