Monday, September 12, 2005

Take Art Launch Their Autumn Programme

Take art live Autumn programme

Make sure you get hold of the new Take Art Live programme now. Some of the best live events happening in Somerset this autumn are in village halls, from Porlock to Easton-in-Gordano to Churchinford, and it’s easy to lose track without this guide!

Sarah Peterkin, director of Take Art Live is responsible for getting hold of acts from all over the country and further afield. She aims to bring us a varied and adventurous range of acts from music to theatre to shows for children. “I’m really excited about what we’re bringing here this season. It’s hard for me to choose, but my top picks are ‘Pacific Voices’, beautiful Samoan stories which will transport you to another world for the evening or the totally bonkers and musical Spike Theatre, one of the finest new theatre companies in Britain with a refreshing family show ‘Backwater’.”

Backwater from Spike Theatre

Where does Sarah get all the acts from? “We go to see as many of the shows as possible - the Edinburgh Festival is always a great source. If I can’t see shows myself I rely heavily on other members of the National Rural Touring Forum (which represents organisations like us across the country), for their top recommendations. We’ve built up a track record over the years to deliver high quality acts and our village hall promoters are willing to take a risk with the unknown.”

Other great theatre is Quondam ‘Black Diamonds’, a fantastic piece of brave writing from award-winning playwright, Julia Darling. It has a dark theme but the show is very uplifting and thought-provoking. Two other national companies, Third Space and Big State, will offer up their latest shows. And straddling dance and theatre, Pretty Good Girl Dance’s brand new work ‘Morning, Noon and Marilyn Monroe’ starts its national tour in Somerset this autumn, returning in the Spring. Children will love Puppetcraft’s brand new show, ‘Nobody Rides the Unicorn’ and Waggish Radish Puppet Theatre’s ‘King Ethelbert and the Happy Scamp’. Jo King, king of stand-up, is Frank Sinatra for a musical journey through the crooner’s life and sings some of the best loved songs of the era on his way.

Jazz, classical, folk and blues feature strongly with great gigs from Chris James, Cabbage Alley, Howden Jones and Three’s Company.

Just call Take Art on 01460 249450 or email and they’ll make sure you’re in the picture before the season kicks off.

Take Art - Arts development agency for SomersetThe Mill, Flaxdrayton farm, South Petherton, TA13 5LR

The Editor

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