Shindig at Hartlebury Parish Hall 2019-2020

Northumberland Theatre Company 'The Snow Queen' > friday December 6 - 6pm

The Snow Queen

A new version by Gill and Rick Juckes who have for the last 30 years been writing scripts and songs for Theatre, BBC Radio and BBC and ITV Television.

When Kai is really rude to the Snow Queen (someone you really don’t want to mess with) not only does she produce the biggest snow and ice storm that the village has ever seen, she snatches Kai away from his best friend Gerda to take him to her ice palace and teach him a proper lesson.

Gerda is distraught and against everyone’s advice sets out to rescue Kai.

The Snow Queen is determined that Gerda will not find the Ice Palace but Gerda is helped by a team of animals and birds including quarrelsome crows, a cowardly reindeer, dogs, squirrels and hedgehogs.

Will Gerda manage to reach the Ice Palace? And if she finds it, will she be strong enough to battle against the power of the Snow Queen and save Kai’s life?

Songs, laughs, dancing and bravery all await!

This is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved fairy-tale by Gillian and Rick Juckes. ‘The Snow Queen’ is a timeless classic, perfect for adults and children alike.

'NTC's imagination and ability to weave storytelling magic is second to none.' The Guardian 

Kiriki Club in concert > friday February 14 - 7.30pm

Kiriki Club In Concert

Kiriki Club combine musical flair and a raw, energetic performance style with the dizzy intimacy of a late-night lock-in. Expect songs in different languages, some re-imagined classics, vocal acrobatics and luscious harmonies. The show is a live music event in two halves: the first half offers a more intimate concert style performance with individual or smaller ensemble musical items culminating in a full band extravaganza in the second half! Bringing together a stellar line up of multi-instrumentalists, Kiriki Club make the party happen. Rooted in vintage sounds and styles, Kiriki Club mix 40’s/50’s jumpin’ RnB with exotic sounds from around the world and surprising versions of pop classics. With total disregard for borders, the club membership features players from Wales, Portugal, Austria and Birmingham. They harvest the music of their homelands, pluck the noises of Tejano, Exotica and Klezmer and scrape the soles of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Based in Birmingham, Kiriki Club had the honour of being the first foreign language band to sing on Radio Brum. Describing themselves as ‘expert pigeon hole dodgers and music mashers’, Kiriki Club specialise in playing exotic sounds from across the globe - colliding in Birmingham, UK and swinging all over the place! Kiriki club have taken their quirky, fun and fabulous sounds to venues and festivals across the country and they never fail to thoroughly entertain. Sam Frankie Fox: Vocals, harp, Piano, Uke-Bass Marti Gillespie: Double Bass, Guitar Ricardo Santos Rocha: Guitar, Melodeon Katie Stevens: Clarinet, Flute, Sax, Vocals Joelle Barker: Percussion International Act: Portugal, Austria and UK “With their catchy upbeat tunes, sweet harmonies, bouncing beats, they produce a style of music which is swing and bubble-gum pop… These guys ooze style, class and deliver a great live performance.” – I Am Birmingham

'Sam Frankie Fox's humour and passion, and Ricardo Santos Rocha's virtuosity, are unmistakable' The Guardian ★★★★ ‘Captivating’ Total Theatre

Garlic Theatre 'Eggs on Legs' > tuesday April 7 - 4pm

Garlic Theatre 'Eggs On Legs'

'Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.' Dr Seuss Taking inspiration from the original wacky wordsmith, Dr Seuss, Garlic Theatre has cooked up a family puppet show all about eggs on legs. These aren't your common or garden poultry products, however; they've leapt from the frying pan into a magical world where an enormous egg has been blown into their tree. What secrets are hidden inside, and will they be able to save it from the jaws of a slithery snake? Combining a comedic score with a funny egg-centric story, this is a warm-hearted production which would crack even the hardest of shells. Adults and children alike are mesmerised by the fantastically designed puppets, as well as the skilful manipulation performed by their puppeteer. The story unfolds in a poetic way which would make the Dr himself proud - especially the moments of pure side-splitting silliness. Garlic Theatre is a well-established company that has been touring the UK for 20 years. Their 'trademark combo' (Time Out) of hand-crafted puppets and humorous music has even seen them travel as far afield as Brazil and Taiwan, so this new show is an assured slice of family entertainment. Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

'A trademark combo of adorable puppets, jokes and audience participation.' Time Out 

George Egg - DIY Chef > saturday May 16 - 7.30pm


In his latest DIY delicatessen show, funny-man George Egg brings a few unusual ingredients to the table - namely power tools, gardening equipment and an office supply or two – in a show that combines stand-up comedy with stand-out cuisine. If you like your dinner served with a hearty portion of humour, order up! How did Egg start whipping up meals at the bottom of his garden, or serving moules and frites in a spade? It all began when his doctor demanded that he rethink his diet and so his family banned him from using the kitchen. They couldn’t keep his creative urge to cook down, however, so in resorting to desperate measures he found that he could create fabulous meals with the most unlikely of implements all found in his garden shed. This is ‘a hilarious show, with surprisingly good food’ (The Times), and one which will leave audiences reappraising the contents of their shed for their next dinner party. Following two sell out years in a row at the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning comedian George Egg returns with this brand-new show. It’s full to the brim with invention and crosses genres in that it’s as much a classic comedy routine – complete with Egg’s off-the-cuff wit - as it is a Saturday morning cooking programme on telly. Audiences laugh, learn something new and taste delicious grub at the end of the night, making for a fully-fleshed experience of a show. ‘It's a hilarious show, with surprisingly good food.’ The Times ‘It is refreshing to encounter a performer who really is unique.’ The Telegraph ‘An ingenious show and one that's surely going to get its own TV series.’ The Herald

"the wonderfully talented George Egg is genuinely unique" The i paper (Independent)
"trust us, you won't believe how good the food is" The Scotsman
"a delicious, fun hour of comedy and cooking" The Wee Review
"This is comedy for everyone" Broadway Baby
"This genre mashing show will have you surprised by the methods, salivating at the recipes and seriously glad that it all culminates in a tasting session!" Edinburgh Guide
"a show like nothing you'll see anywhere else" Voice Magazine