Performance calendar

Valley Arts Family Festival

October and November 2018

An exciting series of live performances, taking place in venues across the Chew Valley. Full details of individual events, and links to buy tickets are detailed below. There's something sure to appeal to everyone, young and old alike.

Please share with your friends. We would like as many people as possible to come along and enjoy a show this Autumn, right here in the Valley!

Living Spit - Scien-triffic!

Friday 16 November 2018, 8pm
Ubley Parish Hall, The Street, Ubley, BS40 6PN

Tickets: £12 via Eventbrite

Howard Coggins knows nothing about Science. Stu Mcloughlin knows even less.

Nevertheless, they have agreed to give a comprehensive lecture on the subject, and by enlisting the help of the smartest scientific sages of the ages, that’s just what they aim to do.

But even with the likes of Albert Einstein, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and… um… Kriss Akabusi along for the ride, the chances of the dim-witted duo making it through the evening with any sense of dignity remaining intact seems less than likely.

With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry, and the silliest of scientific songs, you can expect this raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity to be…well, if nothing else, thoroughly entertaining.

We are delighted to welcome the much loved duo behind Living Spit back to the Chew Valley .

'The Adventure Dress' from Dragonbird Theatre

Friday 16 November, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Chew Magna Baptist Church, Tunbridge Road, Chew Magna BS40 8SP

Tickets: £5 plus booking fee (under 1s free) via Eventbrite

Get Ready to Play!

In this interactive theatre session for young children aged 0-5 and their families, watch a short performance and then step into the story and help create its magical world. Sing, jump, paddle, bounce, roar or just hold up the moon for all to gaze. Come and be part of DragonBird Theatre.

Suitable for ages 0-5.

'A Strange New Space' from Tessa Bide

Saturday 17 November, 11am and 2pm
Chew Valley School, Chew Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8QB

Tickets: £8 and £6 via Eventbrite

Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth?

Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira has to pack her bag for the intergalactic trip that she’s been waiting for...

A completely original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.

“Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught.” Children’s Theatre Reviews

"An emotional rollercoaster...sparking curiosity and genuine wonder." Curious Mum

"There is something magical about this solo production. Tessa Bide’s performance...captivates the audience from the start." Female Arts ★★★★

Suitable for children aged 4 and older.

Winner - Primary Times Children's Choice Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Commotion in the Ocean from Wassail Theatre

Saturday 24 November 2108, 11am
Winford Primary School, Felton Lane, Winford, Bristol, BS40 8AD

Tickets: £8 and £6 via Eventbrite

A Commotion in the Ocean - a new play for family audiences that explores plastic pollution and how to make a difference.

Demeter (Goddess of Harvest & Agriculture) is having a bad day. All she wants is some peace and quiet, but there is too much noise, distraction and plastic! Her good friend Poseidon (God of the Sea, Earthquakes and Horses) means well, but he isn’t helping. To distract Poseidon, Demeter decides to send him on a quest. He comes back with more than she bargained for, but it might just help save the planet.

A Commotion in the Ocean helps families connect to the controversial and topical subject of plastic pollution. At a time when the world’s seas are becoming full of plastic, the impact of which is having a considerable and detrimental effect on nature, it is essential we give our young people the opportunity to consider how to make a change, early on in their lives.

The show is a reimagining of the story of Poseidon and Demeter. It has been created by award-winning international storyteller Sarah Mooney (sarahmooney.co.uk) and produced in association with Somerset’s flagship theatre company, Wassail (wassailtheatre.co.uk).

Suitable for children aged 5 +.

You missed it: Two Little Ducks with poet Matt Abbott

Saturday 20 October 2018, 7pm
Chew Valley School, Chew Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8QB

Matt Abbott was volunteering at the Calais Jungle refugee camp when his native Wakefield voted 66% Leave. Why did so many working-class communities like his support Brexit so strongly? How can the UK ignore a humanitarian crisis just 22 miles from Dover? And does anything ever actually change for people like Maria?

Matt Abbott was volunteering at the Calais Jungle refugee camp when his native Wakefield voted 66% Leave. Why did so many working-class communities like his support Brexit so strongly? How can the UK ignore a humanitarian crisis just 22 miles from Dover? And does anything ever actually change for people like Maria?

This is a powerful, personal and political spoken word show from one of UK poetry’s rising stars. He channels the human side of politics to look at national identity, preconceptions, class and anti-establishment anger. Poetic flair and storytelling, with a unique insight into the summer that changed everything.

Join us for an evening of performance and poetry with a FREE writing workshop beforehand (at 3pm). Suitable for 12+.

You missed it: In The Company of Giants with Doug Allan

Friday 9 November 2018, 7.30pm
Chew Valley School Main Hall, Chew Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8QB

In the Company of Giants. Doug Allan is back again with a brand new show after January's sell out in Ubley!

'Doug is a fusion of dogged endurance, determination, a great affinity with the natural world and a desire to get to places that others do not go.' Sir David Attenborough

'Put me eye to eye with a big mammal, and I’m in heaven.' Doug Allan

The award-winning cameraman Doug Allan comes to Chew Valley School on 9 November 2018 with more of his adventures, encounters and insights.

Doug has filmed whales in Antarctica, off coral reefs, among the giant kelp in California and under the Arctic pack ice. Finding them depends on co-operation with scientists, skilled boat handlers on location, a special patience, and even a healthy dose of luck. Doug describes his most memorable moments with the biggest animals on the planet, when he’s witnessed some remarkable insights into their behaviour and intelligence. We know we can talk to dogs or horses, can you also whisper to a whale?

With Doug’s behind the scenes stories, and his stunning pictures that appeal to all ages, this will be a great show for all the family.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to Valley Arts. Doug will have copies of his book for sale, with 10% of sales going to Valley Arts. Freeze Frame – a Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice £25.

To have your arts event in the Chew Valley listed here, email Matt Stewart with event and booking details.