Cloth Road Arts Week 2016 Review

on Friday, 03 June 2016. Posted in Events

Local Artists Show Artwork at Trowbridge Town Hall

Susan Cook

Spread over the whole of Wiltshire, The Cloth Road is an annual art trail linking the areas of West Wiltshire that were once cloth making communities. Now in it's seventh year, the trail exhibits and celebrates the work of local artists. The last Cloth Road event began on the 8th of May 2016, and for nine days it transformed visiting the Trowbridge Town Hall into an Aladdin's cave style adventure.

Behind the Artist

on Saturday, 30 July 2016. Posted in Events

Bill Goldsmith - Artist

Behind the Artist

Did you know there is a retrospective exhibition by Bill Goldsmith at Trowbridge Town Hall?

If you have not heard of him you may be interested to know that Bill who studied at the Royal Academy in the 1950’s, exhibited widely in the 50’s and 60’s, even with Duncan Grant and Barbara Hepworth, and his work sits in private collections from London to New York.
On the other hand, maybe you knew Bill who lectured part time at many institutions including Swindon College of Art, albeit some time ago.

Live Music at Trowbridge Town Hall with Alice Mcneil

on Friday, 03 June 2016. Posted in Events

Young Bands Play in Trowbridge Town Hall

Live Music at Trowbridge Town Hall with Alice Mcneil

Alice McNeil Presents is a semi regular youth music night hosted at the Trowbridge Town Hall, the most recent of which happened on Friday the 20th of May. The neon Where Is Your Humanity? sign from an earlier event cast a soft red glow over the proceedings, and combined with rows of fairy lights and the last of the light reflected through the town halls windows created an atmosphere similar to that of a jazz club.

Free projects Celebrating the return of the Iron Duke

on Saturday, 30 April 2016. Posted in Events

Bristol-based performance Poet Hannah Teasdale will lead a project on 8 May

Free projects Celebrating the return of the Iron Duke

Local people are being given the chance to take part in an exciting programme of free activities to help celebrate the return of the Iron Duke, a piece of industrial equipment from the former Avon Rubber factory, to Bradford on Avon.

Bristol-based performance poet Hannah Teasdale will lead one of the projects with young people. Come along to the May 8th event to hear some of her work and find out about this, and the other projects.

Two Nations Bond over Drawing Quilt

on Thursday, 28 April 2016. Posted in Events

Communities in Sala, Sweden and Trowbridge UK create a joint Artwork

Two Nations Bond over Drawing Quilt

The original idea for The Drawing Quilts came following a visit to The American Museum in Bath, UK, by collaborative duo Quilos and the Windmill, comprising Linda Khatir and Michele Whiting. They visited the museum in preparation for a group show with Studio xyz. There they saw a particular vintage folk quilt made by early pioneer women who had left Britain and Scandinavia to begin new lives in America during the 19th Century. This quilt (shown below) became their starting point and inspiration.

At the same juncture, the artists were taking part in the Fall residency at Ox-bow (affiliated to SAIC) Michigan 2011, where they decided to create their own quilt through drawing, using brown paper, masking tape and red paint to make 121 monoprints – a significant number because it was the number of squares in the original quilt. Using ordinary materials to express ordinary things encountered during their residency reflects the methods employed by early settler women, who looked at the places and things around them, and translated this into small drawings which they then stitched.  

Quilos and The Windmill (Linda and Michele) sketched 121 things including squirrels, jumping frogs, chairs, and fire pits among other images. Having made them into simply-drawn mono-prints, and they then took 121 photographs of the finished quilt - in the forest, pine cabins, by the lake and so on.

When their residency ended they took the quilt to England and exhibited it in the American Museum, the home of its original counterpart, as part of an exhibition ‘Migrations’ by Studio xyz. The 121 photographs were also shown as part of the exhibition 'Quilos and the Windmill - counterpaine'.

Trowbridge Arts Youth Company Review

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in Events

The Boy Who Loved Apples

Trowbridge Arts Youth Company Review

In an age where World War One has passed from living memory to a distant event, there have been so many movies, books and plays written about these times that sometimes it is easy to forget that the events happened to real people with real lives. By setting the play in Trowbridge however, and showing all aspects of the war, The Boy Who Loved Apples was an educational, but also dramatic and moving play.

The Boy Who Loved Apples is the tragic story of Richard Knight, who enlists under age to fight in World War One. As we follow him in his short time in the trenches, we also see the war from the point of view of the boy's family, as well as the friends he leaves behind. In order to devise the script, the company visited the Wiltshire and Swindon history centre as well as Trowbridge museum. Lots of the dialogue throughout the play is taken from actual surviving records, and the characters are based on real people.    

Tess of The D’Urbervilles in Trowbridge

on Friday, 01 April 2016. Posted in Events

Indoor Outdoor Theatre Review

Tess of The D’Urbervilles in Trowbridge

Written by Thomas Hardy, and adapted for the stage by director and writer Charmaine K Parkin, Tess of the D'Urbervilles was premièred to a Trowbridge audience last weekend.

Performed in the Town Hall by the SISATA theatre company, the play was a great success, combining aspects of comedy and tragedy interspersed with humour and song. Unusually for such serious subject matter the play also included occasional audience participation, helping to engage the viewers from the very beginning.

The plan was for the show to be played out in the Sensory Gardens in Trowbridge,but rain (and wind) stopped play and we had to retreat to the warmth of Trowbridge Town Hall.

Unearthed Review for Trowbridge Arts

on Sunday, 27 March 2016. Posted in Events

Unearthed Review for Trowbridge Arts

Created by Folio Theatre and directed by Kim Pearce, Unearthed is the witty and poignant story of twins Ben and Eliza, who, following the death of their father after a long illness, are brought back together from their very separate lives for the funeral. Upon the reading of their fathers will, they discover that  their father has added a codicil, and neither of them will get a penny of the money left to them until they fulfil all of it's nonsensical conditions. Upon reading the list Eliza exclaims, “Number 7 looks like it’s written in code and I’m pretty sure number 5 is illegal. Number four is physically impossible”.

The rest of the play concerns their embarrassed and often hilarious attempts at completing the incomprehensible list. From forcing themselves to listen to three consequtive pink floyd albums, to performing an S Club 7 dance rountine on their dead mothers grave, the demands seem to get crazier and crazier.  Along the way there are revelations of long concealed secrets, on a journey that ultimately heals the rift between the two siblings.

Imbalance at Trowbridge Arts

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in Events

Dance with a Strong Message

Imbalance at Trowbridge Arts

Choreographed by Jonathan Lunn, performed by Olivia Quayle and Jan Patze (known together as Joli Vyann), Imbalance uses the mediums of dance and acrobatics to explore the impact technology has on each one of us in modern day life.

With the rise of social media and communication made possible in a multitude of different ways, Imbalance tackles the effects this has on our relationships and feelings of personal security as well as weighty issues like cyberbullying.

Macbeth Curse World Premier for Trowbridge

on Tuesday, 08 March 2016. Posted in Events

Play celebrating the 400 anniversary of Shakespear's death is a hit with local children

Macbeth Curse World Premier for Trowbridge

The Macbeth Curse was written by Terry Deary, famed author of over 280 books including the gory but rollicking Horrible Histories series. Written for and performed by the Prime Theatre company with a cast so streamlined you could fit it in a match box, the play was authored to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. After touring schools for a week, the play premièred to an audience of all ages on Sunday the 5th of March.  Performed in the Victorian Trowbridge Town Hall, which itself opened in 1889, the transformation of the audience into bona fide time travellers was complete.    

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