Your Affectionate Son

Friday

Two years ago, a parcel of letters was discovered in an old suitcase in Hartlepool. They were letters home from Illingworth George Gower, who fought in the Great War, and they were published last year. Also in 2018, Hartlepool Borough Council acquired the war effects of the Jones brothers. Theo Jones is known as the first soldier in the Great War to be killed on British soil, during the Bombardment of the Hartlepools, but his mother also lost her other two sons to the war on the European front.

We have commissioned a new show based on the experiences of these young men - and the families they left behind. With new songs by Robb Johnson and Luke Daniels and narration and spoken word contributions from John Hegley, Your Affectionate Son commemorates the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles with music, song, dance, and the real voices of the men who fought in the War to End All Wars.

The Music of Bagpuss

Sunday

With Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

Put on your Charlie Mouse mask and prepare to be transported to the world of everyone's favourite saggy cloth cat. In the original TV series, Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner provided the voices for Madeline the Ragdoll, Gabriel the Toad and the cheeky mice - as well as writing and performing the show's unforgettable music. Joined by Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Sandra and John will take you back to some of your favourite Bagpuss stories and songs - be prepared to sing along!

A wonderful teatime family show, with free milk and biscuits for little ones! Tickets for children under 12 are free.

Dispatches on the Red Dress

Sunday

Rowan Rheingans' debut solo show is a heartfelt yet unflinching musical essay on memory, history, fascism, waltzes, folk-song, bird-song, trauma, family and war. Weaving storytelling and song with fiddles, banjo and guitar, live looping and subtle use of pre-recorded sounds, Rowan unravels the urgent message hidden in the folds of a story from her own grandmother’s youth in 1940's Germany. The result is a multi-layered meditation on ancestry and being human, bringing the intimacy of a folk gig to the imaginative possibilities of theatre. Rowan explores how hope for the future might be found in the very darkest pockets of history in this poignant reflection and subtle celebration of human empathy and resilience.

We are delighted to have helped Rowan achieve the funding for this powerful show through PRSF and Arts Council England.

The Road to Peterloo

Sunday

A moving and passionate concert performance to mark the 200th anniversary of Manchester’s notorious Peterloo Massacre, telling the story through street ballads and folk songs of the time. Presented by first-class singers and multi-instrumentalists Pete Coe, Brain Peters and Laura Smyth.

Never Mind the Bandoggs

Sunday

Our irreverent and hugely popular panel quiz, where folk celebrities are given silly things to do by host Jim Moray, returns for its third year. If you've ever wanted to hear Call Me Maybe sung to the tune of Byker Hill, or one of the Wilsons dropping bombshells about his relationship with Thin Lizzie, or even see a star-studded orchestra playing popular folk songs on tiny plastic instruments, this is the event for you.

Wine and tunes with Nick Hart

Sunday

Rising star Nick Hart has a fast-growing reputation for his skilled interpretation of traditional tunes and songs. Less known, perhaps, are his Facebook wine reviews, where he delves into the heady labyrinth of viniculture in a (semi) serious exploration of Aldi's finest plonk. Nick is your sommelier for this event. You'll share some wine (which might be terrible) and listen to some tunes (which probably will be great). He might even bring a few musical mates along.

Kiss Me Quick! Cabaret

Saturday

It's a saucy postcard of an evening! MC Paul Saunders (Windebagge) is your host for the evening, transporting you to the end of the pier, where surprise guests will serve you a salty selection of their British seaside favourites. Think deck chairs, seagulls, fish and chips, ice creams and, as always, lots of silliness.

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