Unearthed a new play for Trowbridge Arts

on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted in Events

Lizzie Stables Returns To Trowbridge

Unearthed a new play for Trowbridge Arts

A touring production of a new play called ‘Unearthed’ starring ‘The Inbetweeners’ actress Lizzie Stables is to visit Trowbridge this May.
 
Miss Stables, who grew up in Bulkington, will star in the show, which is being produced by her own company, Folio Theatre, in association with The Brewhouse Theatre. The actress, who has also appeared in TV shows such as ‘Miranda’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doctors’, plays lead role Eliza in the touching comedy drama, which has been written by Royal Court Young Writer Alys Metcalf.
 
Miss Stables, who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has previously performed at the Arc in Trowbridge and the Wharf Theatre in Devizes, teamed up with Miss Metcalf, from Somerset, for the production after the pair worked together on a project for Film 4.

Classical Musician Required for Trowbridge Arts Event

on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

Would You Play for us at our Exhibtion Opening?

Classical Musician Required for Trowbridge Arts Event

TrowbridgeArts would like to hear from you if you are a classical musician able to play for us at the Town Hall in Trowbridge while we welcome people to our next Exhibition Opening event.

We are looking for a Classical Musician to perform from 6-8pm on Friday 15th May during our open evening for the Dying Matters Exhibition, which is programmed with Dorothy House Hospice Care and Wiltshire College Trowbridge.

We are able to provide a grand piano but would consider any suitable instrument/s. So please do get in touch if you are interested.

There is a small fee available - please email trowarts@gmail.com or call 01225 774306 and ask to speak to Tracy, Rachael or Philippa.

The Wave washes over Larkrise School

on Thursday, 23 April 2015.

Nottingham Play House bring Tempest Inspired Play to Trowbridge School

The Wave washes over Larkrise School

Trowbridge Arts and The Pound Corsham brought a Nottingham Playhouse production of Wave to Larkrise School last week.

Wave is a vibrant multi-sensory play, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest aimed at teenagers and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and autism.
Written by Gill Brigg this is the third show specifically for this age group who have (PMLD).

Wave explores the relationship between a father and his daughter as she reaches adulthood and leaves the family home. It utilises Gill’s extensive PhD research into making narrative theatre with strong emotional content pitched at the physical age of the audience, rather than their developmental stage.

The production is performed by just two actors to a small audience, it offers an experience rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion. The students at Larkrise thoroughly enjoyed the experience and all involved felt it was a huge success.

The set includes an indoor tent to create an intimate environment and the students are encouraged to get really ‘hands-on’ by paddling in a rock pool, fishing, getting caught in a storm and setting small boats off to sail.

Wiltshire young people encouraged to step back in time

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Events

Bringing history to life through dance

Wiltshire young people encouraged to step back in time

Young people in Wiltshire will be stepping back in time, with style, because they will be learning dances from the First World War period, as part of an arts initiative to help bring history to life.

Wiltshire Council has been awarded £34,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Dancing Back to 1914 – a project combining dance with learning the social history of 1910 to 1920. The council will be working through its Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership together with Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on the venture.

The project is aimed at secondary school age children between 12 and 19 years old across the county of Wiltshire.

There will be regular dance sessions in Trowbridge, Tidworth, Salisbury and Malmesbury, to inspire young people, their families and communities to engage in sharing and learning about the social history of 1910-20, focusing on the First World War.

Trowbridge Arts is pleased to be welcoming the event to Trowbridge Town Hall from the 27 April.

Trowbridge Arts Director Tracy Sullivan says:

We are delighted to be kicking off the event in the Town Hall, and we hope young people will be inspired to have a go and learn something new.
The dances of this period were an important part of the social calendar, and were the primary way that people were able to socialise and let off steam in a difficult social period.Dance is a great way to engage with young people and for them to share what they have learned with others.

The project will include pop-up dances and performances, plus celebrations of learning and achievement which will be shared with other students, family members and the wider communities.

Anyone who wants to learn the dances are being invited to attend. Also if you are interested in getting involved in preparing for performances - including costume and stage design you are also encouraged to come along. You don’t need to have any previous dance experience to take part.

As well as preparing dance performances, young people will gain an insight into the social history of that decade by visiting museums and historic buildings, and talking to inspirational people who will be relaying stories from the time, as well as reading letters from the frontline.

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member with responsibility for heritage and arts said:

This is a unique way to bring a crucial period of time in our history to life for people living today.
By covering the whole decade we can understand how society changed during this time, what happened to people who went away and the changing role of women. I’m looking forward to watching this exciting project evolve.

The project will run for a year, during term time, with performances in the summer, Christmas and Spring 2016.

 

Young people are able to sign up for one term, or for the whole year. Please email emily.malcolm@wiltshire.gov.uk for more information or to sign up.

Studio Space to Let at Trowbridge Town Hall

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. Posted in Events

Small artists' studio avalable for short term let

Studio Space to Let at Trowbridge Town Hall

Following a successful period of free studio residencies last summer Trowbridge Arts are now able to offer artists affordable studio spaces during the next phase of our development.

There are four studio spaces on the first floor of the Town Hall, three of which are already let. The studios are arranged around a central ‘gallery’ space which will be the location for periodic public exhibitions and events.

There is one studio available to rent now. Known as the Interview Room it is a small room, 57 sqft, and is available for £30 per month.

Our studios are let out on a month-by-month basis and applications are invited from artists at any stage in their career.

Trowbridge Town Hall is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1889. It has had various functions over the years and until recently housed the local magistrates courts. In its un-renovated state it has been home to Trowbridge Arts for 18 months during which time the venue has mainly been used to show professional theatre productions.

To apply please contact Visual Arts and Exhibitions Manager, Fiona Cassidy – visualarts@trowbridgearts.com

You can also use this email address to apply to be placed on the waiting list for a larger studio space.

You and The Arts in Trowbridge

on Monday, 16 March 2015.

Help us to develop the arts in Trowbrigde

Trowbridge Arts has secured a second phase of funding through the Arts Council England’s Grant For The Arts. This means that they can continue to provide professional theatre and dance performances in Trowbridge Town Hall, weekly youth theatre and dance classes, and visual art exhibitions from national touring collection and local accomplished artists. Trowbridge Arts are also able to support the work the community does in bringing an annual Arts Festival to Trowbridge which starts on 17 October this year.

Trowbridge Arts is carrying out a survey to find out your opinions and attendance of professional and visual arts, and also to find out how the development of Trowbridge Town Hall into an Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre would benefit you and the town.

To help us please complete the survey that can be completed online or is available from the Town Hall, until the 15 April 2015. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3Y97CZP

By filling out surveys in the past you have helped us to develop the programme of professional theatre and visual arts events at the Town Hall.

Trowbridge Arts Festival present Gigspanner

on Saturday, 07 March 2015. Posted in Events

The first event of Trowbridge Arts Festival for 2015

Virtuoso violinist and Fiddle player, Peter Knight, stalwart of British Folk-Rock pioneers Steeleye Span is bringing his own trio, Gigspanner, to Trowbridge as part of their current tour on 19 March 2015.  This is the first event for Trowbridge Arts Festival for 2015, with the full Festival fortnight taking place from the 16 October to 1 November 2015.

Peter, who has been with Steeleye Span for the past 43 years, originally formed the trio as a fairly casual arrangement when he was still living in Hastings. However, the Band's unique chemistry and outstanding musicianship won an army of loyal followers, and it became obvious that the music was worthy of a much wider audience.

Meet Light and Lark a New Theatre Company

on Friday, 20 February 2015. Posted in Events

A New Theatre Company Needs Your Help

Meet Light and Lark a New Theatre Company

We would like to introduce you to Natalie Remington and Aimee Holmes who have just launched a children's theatre company called Light & Lark.

Trowbridge Arts are very keen to support new theatre and so we are delighted that they will premiere their children's show Papillon an "uplifting story about life and death" at Trowbridge Town Hall in July 2015.

In the meantime they are raising funding using Kickstarter, so you could be involved in funding a theatre production for as little as £5.

Find out more about how Light and Lark are using Kickstarter

Light & Lark are commited to making children's theatre accessible in terms of ticket prices and they also they want children to participate in making theatre. They will use the funding to bring free workshops to children to "help the children develop an enjoyable and educational relationship with arts that will continue through life".

Trowbridge Arts Director discusses Grants for the Arts Funding on BBC Wiltshire Radio

on Thursday, 19 February 2015. Posted in Events

Tracy Sullivan Talks to Ben Prater about Lottery Funding for Trowbridge Arts

Trowbridge Arts Director discusses Grants for the Arts Funding on BBC Wiltshire Radio

Trowbridge Arts has received £100,000 in Lottery funding to provide performance, exhibitions, workshops and participation in the arts for the town and surrounding areas.

Listen to Trowbridge Arts Director Tracy Sullivan talking to Ben Prater from BBC Radio Wiltshire about how the money is being spent to benefit people in the town and surrounding areas. The programme of events includes thrity-five live performances, weekly youth theatre, and visual art exhibitions throughout the year. (Interview starts at 1.05)

Tickets for theatre performances is kept to an affordable £5-10 per show and entry to the art exhibitions is free. Childrens dance workshops and Youth Theatre classes are also targeted at all young people living locally, and are priced affordably.

Trowbridge Arts is based at Trowbridge Town Hall, which is now open to the public six days a week with the help of volunteers and friends of Trowbridge Town Hall Trust.

All events are publicised on our website, and you can contact us to be added to our mailing list.

Spring 2015 at Trowbridge Town Hall

on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Events

Trowbridge Arts New Season - something for everyone

A programme of professional performances, Visual Art Exhibitions and opportunities to take part has been launched this week with the publication of the new Trowbridge Arts brochure.

The season begins on Friday 20th February with a Ministry Of Entertainments, Normal Service Will Be Resumed, set in 1962 when Kennedy and Khruschev were about to collide over Cuba, but the real trouble is brewing thousands of miles away, deep below the surface of Bristol. Normal Service Will Be Resumed is a perfect blend of songs, excellent theatre and hilarious comedy.

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