Swindon Arts Centre has unveiled their January to April season for 2013. Next week the new brochure will be available to pick up: it includes Jane Eyre, a new play by Hull Truck, Piaf – The Songs, a musical story of the legendary Edith Piaf and Lili La Scala – Songs To Make You Smile, a trip down memory lane with some nostalgic and timeless songs.
As we head from winter into spring, the season opens in our FoSAC Studio with Julie Jepson, (12 January), who takes us on a light-hearted and comical look at the challenges and triumphs of day-to-day life.
Taking to the main auditorium we open with the legendary Barron Knights (13 January), one of the most entertaining groups to come out of the 60’s/70’s. As well as old favourites like ‘Call Up The Groups’, they will be treating us to their inimitable versions of the William Tell Overture and a parody of Killer Queen.
This is followed by Oliver Reed: Wild Thing (18 January). Rob Crouch brings to life this hell raiser as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story.
January continues with Adriana Beaumont-Thomas, Chopin: The Heart of the Romantic (19 January). Adriana will be delighting you with some of the most poignant pieces from one of the greatest composers, a treat for all music enthusiasts.
This is followed by Phoenix Players with their production of Queen Elizabeth Slept Here (23-26 January), a delightful and hilarious play. Bringing January to a close is TS Theatre Productions performance of Beautiful Thing (28 & 29 January) showing us a portrayal of first love between teenagers Jamie and Ste in this old fashioned love story with a fresh and contemporary twist,.
Closing January Katherine Ryan, left, Nature’s Candy (31 January), proves the things in life that make us bitter, can actually be quite delicious and hilarious!
In February Music fans will enjoy entertainment from Colin Blunstone Band (1 February), Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys (2 February)and a valentine treat (14 February) with Graffiti Classics, 16 strings, 8 dancing feed and 4 voices with their own stamp on classical music! Keeping the music alive in February we continue with Antonio Forcione (16 February), Swindon Recital Series’, MORE Schubert and Shostakovich (17 February), Guitarist Larry Miller and his band (22 February), and local group Ten In Bar: In Full Voice (27 February – 1 March). Not forgetting Swindon’s own Mr Love and Justice, in the FoSAC studio. (10 February).
Drama is also high on the scene this February with The Western Players presenting A Murder Has Been Arranged (6-9 February). I Love Swindon (12 February) is the story of an ordinary Swindon couple who volunteer in a charity shop, but are about the have the most extraordinary day of their lives! Hull Truck’s performance of Jane Eyre (18 February) will be a delight to any drama lover, this classic story of love, loss and redemption is a new adaptation of one of the greatest gothic novels.
Keeping us in good health by laughing, February also sees comics Jo Caulfield (15 February) Mark Thomas (19 February) and Henning When (23 February)
The season is completed in March and April with a whole host of live performances from Hazel O’Connor, a brand new musical comedy The Showstoppers, Piaf The Songs, Sean Walsh, Lee Hurst, Chris Ramsey and a burlesque and cabaret show by Miss Malone & Friends.
The new season at the Swindon Arts Centre is on sale now, further information can be found at www.swindon.gov.uk/artscentre.
For full details of the new season and to book tickets call the Box Office on 01793 614837 or visit the website.