Exciting Live Theatre throughout Rutland.
There are performances all over Rutland in 2019.
Download latest brochure here Drama for Rutland 2018 2019
Kevin King of Egypt starring Rob Gee
Escaped psychiatric patient Kevin Haggerty is not pleased about his diagnosis, even less pleased about being on a section of the Mental Health Act, and distinctly upset about being told he is not the reincarnationof the Pharoah Ramses 2nd. On his way to Egypt via Tesco Express, he stumbles across the nemesis to all his plans Millie. Together they embark on a journey that will change his life forever.
- This show couldn’t have been written without input and guidance from people on both sides of the psychiatric fence. While it would be a lie to say any resemblance any of the characters have to anyone living or dead is coincidental, the majority of what you’ll see and hear is pure fiction.
- Reviews for Kevin, King of Egypt
“A mind-roasting bipolar joy-ride… Gee is a super-energetic, uber-likeable, highly gifted writer/performer… Kevin is presented wacky warts and all. We laugh at his quixotic delusions and misadventures. Yet Gee is careful to present Simon in a respectful, empathetic manner. Indeed, Kevin is a sight more likeable than half the “normals” in this show…Gee is also a performance poet, so tKevin, King of Egypt offers reams of rich, poetic language from a man who’s in love with words. This a moving, funny, deeply human show not to be missed.” Victoria Times Colonist ★★★★½
“Weird… heartfelt… laugh out loud funny and so intelligent… an hour-long lesson in empathy… one of the most animated guys you’ll ever see.” CBC, Canada
“Uproarious journey… hilarious… liberating… that doesn’t even cover the half of it!” London Pub Theatres ★★★★★
“Leicester’s funniest export… staggering charisma… an excellent script writer.” Leicester Mercury
“Funny and rude… there is no let down in the entertainment value… think of McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest escaping for an eventful night on the town.” Winnipeg Free Press ★★★★
“Gee plays several characters in this story of lost souls… few people can tell a shaggy dog story with as much comic detail, energy and pizzazz as this talented Brit.” Calgary Herald
“Just the right amount of gravitas, skepticism, gusto and wit!” Edmonton Journal ★★★★
Hilarious… bound to simultaneously break hearts and lift spirits.” Vue Weekly, Alberta ★★★★
A barmy tale… Gee does a wonderful job portraying all the colourful Brits in this literally crazy story.” Gig City, Alberta ★★★★
Saturday 26th January
Rutland County Museum
Tangram Theatre A Hundred Different Words for Love
It has been said that the Eskimo language has some improbably large number of words for ‘snow’; how is it then that we struggle to find the right words to make sense of love?
Looking back on a devasting breakup, master storyteller James Rowland shares his quest to survive in a way that every member of the audience can understand. Both hilarious and heart-lifting, this very personal story of romance, despair and friendship is told with great charm and wit, live music, original songs (and unoriginal emotions) and above all, heartfelt honesty. An utterly engaging gem of a show.
★★★★ ‘Bittersweet and carefully crafted storytelling theatre about love, loss and friendship.’ The Stage
Sun 27 Jan 2019 7.30pm
Braunston and Brooke Village Hall, Braunston-in-Rutland, Rutland LE15 8QZ
Box Office: 07956308808
SHE’KOYOKH IN CONCERT
Songlines World Music Awards Best Group nominees 2018.
She’Koyokh are one of London’s musical treasures, performing the rich folk traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, the music fiery and emotional, the gorgeous songs lyric and virtuosic.
In concert, this prize-winning and impressively multinational band are never less than brilliant, weaving a rich tapestry of intricate, kaleidoscopic melodies, rambunctious rhythms and stunning and soulful song. Great global music. ‘Nice one!’
‘Amongst the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet.’ The Australian
★★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★★ fRoots Magazine
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Songlines Magazine
★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
Turkey/Serbia/Sweden/UK. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.
Fri 08 Mar 2019 8pm
Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton, Rutland PE9 3TA
Box Office: 01780 720751
Mister Keith A Parlour Concert with Mister Keith
A splendid evening of gently quirky, expertly crafted songs – think Ray Davies, Squeeze – stories and humour by the self-professed originator of ‘Victorian Pop’.
With song styles varying from jaunty showground to slow lament, all carried forward by lilting melodies and warm, quintessentially English vocals, the bowler-hatted Mister Keith and his mini ‘orchestra’ of multi-instrumentalists invoke memories of times gone by. An intimate little gem*.
★★★★ ‘Poppy and accessible in its acoustic finery… eminently listenable.’ R2 Magazine
‘Stunning!’ BBC Introducing, Coventry & Warwickshire
‘Sensational.’ BBC Radio Manchester
* including specially blended tea drinking and interval Victorian table games.
Sat 23 Mar 2019 7.30pm
Wing Village Hall, Rutland LE15 8SA
Box Office: 01572 737394
THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN
A young woman goes missing. The search for her uncovers secrets which threaten to destroy her family….
The Devil’s Violin has an uncanny knack for tall tales well told. Led by the always charismatic Daniel Morden and accompanied by the spine-tingling sounds of fiddle and cello, prepare to be drawn into the dreamlike ‘Land Of No Return’, where Kings have turned to stone, and women are held captive by giant cockroaches.
This is a masterclass in storytelling; by combining enchanting traditional tales with fabulous contemporary music, Stolen has audiences on the edge of their seats. Just keep telling yourself, it’s only a story…
‘A scintillating combination of music, sound and story.’ The Times
★★★★★ ‘A master weaver of tales.’ Bristol Post (on Daniel Morden)
Fri 29 Mar 2019 7.30pm
Cottesmore Village Hall, Rutland LE15 7DH
Box Office: 01572 812350
Ninebarrow in Concert
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award nominees 2017.
This multi-award-winning Dorsetshire folk duo combines exquisite, pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, captivating musicality, charismatic stage patter and genuine charm to deliver beautifully crafted traditional and original songs steeped in the darker side of the English landscape, folklore and history. Amid ringing endorsements from luminaries like Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, Ninebarrow are a recognised force on the folk scene. The Everly Brothers of British folk.
★★★★★ ‘Stunning.’ Maverick Magazine
★★★★ ‘Beautiful.’ The Telegraph
‘A rather lovely thing… like two halves of one voice.’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
‘Perfection.’ BBC Radio 3
Wed 24 Apr 2019 7.30pm
South Luffenham Village Hall, Rutland LE15 8NW
Box Office: 01780 720687
Affecting and gripping one man theatre performance telling the story of 80 year old Peter, a former Spitfire pilot facing a battle as big as his own involvement in the Battle of Britain. Intimate and filmic, the show has been touring successfully since 2011.
Date: Friday 26 April 2019
Start Time: 19:30:00
Venue: Rutland County Museum (LE156HW)
Show/Event: Spitfire Solo
Tickets £10.00 from Oakham Wines or wegottickets.com
Suitable for children over 11 years of age
O’HOOLEY & TIDOW IN CONCERT
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees 2015, 2017 and 2018.
A formidable fixture in British folk, the wonderful songwriting duo of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow match stirring solo voices and exquisite harmony vocals against warm, thoughtful piano work.
Sterling Yorkshire women both, feisty, forthright and fun, their political, poetical chamber folk songs are powerful, deeply moving, and soulful. A riveting experience infused with an honesty and empathy that disarms the hardest of hearts.
★★★★★ ‘Boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine.’ The Guardian
★★★★★ Mojo Magazine
★★★★ ‘Dense, complex, beautifully performed.’ Songlines Magazine
★★★★ Uncut Magazine
Fri 03 May 2019 8pm
St Mary’s Church, Manton, Rutland, LE15 8PH
Box Office: 01572 737503
The Froe in Concert
With sweet vocals soaring over shimmering strings, this dauntingly good quartet weaves together folk roots and classical influences to realise music that is as imaginative as it is sheerly beautiful. Drawing together musicians from Ashley Hutching’s Rainbow Chasers and The Old Dance School to spine-tingling effect, and with a diverse set of old songs and originals, this is an intimate and mesmerising evening of folk music.
‘Beautiful, inventive… a fantastic new ensemble.’ Jon Boden (Bellowhead)
Ruth Angell: ‘Mesmeric.’ BBC Music / ‘Scintillating.’ Maverick Magazine
Charlie Heys: ‘Superb.’ fRoots Magazine / ‘Beguiling.’ Uncut Magazine
Fri 17 May 2019 8pm
St Mary’s Church, Manton, Rutland LE15 8PH
Box Office: 01572 737503