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Enjoy shows in the community as theatre takes to the road
Music and theatre in Tamworth is once again taking to the road at the start of 2018 as the Staffordshire town's major entertainment venue continues its ongoing refurbishment work. For people looking to enjoy a theatre experience in the New Year, they will have to head out into their local community as Tamworth Assembly Rooms continues its enforced tour while the popular venue remains closed. Touring Theatre is part of the two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces project funded in partnership with Arts Council England, Tamworth Borough Council's arts and events team, and the local community. It includes a number of exciting initiatives for Tamworth, designed to bring the arts to all corners of the community.
Touring Theatre has already brought a variety of professional productions to community venues across the borough of Tamworth so far this year and is set to continue in February 2018, ensuring that local theatre lovers still get to enjoy live stage shows. Live & Local – the Midlands' Rural and Community Touring Network – will continue to work with Tamworth community groups to provide volunteers with the tools they need to bring professional touring theatre companies to the town, including booking, promoting and selling the events. Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: "The Touring Theatre project has brought productions to venues in the community on a regular basis. As well as broadening the use of community venues, this has made it even easier for people to experience and enjoy theatre and the arts. What a wonderful gift for a loved one this Christmas, guaranteed to bring cheer into the New Year."
Klezmer dance and gypsy style exponents Tantz
Touring Theatre shows already on the calendar for 2018 include Noble Jacks in Concert at St Francis Church in Masefield Drive, Tamworth, on February 8, starting at 7.30pm. Described as a rip-roaring alt-folk band, Noble Jacks are set to bring warm electro-acoustic interactions to their live shows, fused together with a mixture of lively, folky foot-stomping rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet upbeat songs, showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem songs. Tickets to see Noble Jacks are priced at £7.50. They will be followed in quick succession by Tantz in Concert at the Sacred Heart Church in Tamworth on February 9, starting at 7.30pm. Tantz are an original klezmer dance and gypsy style band which offers their audience a performance of great global music. The six-piece band promise to bring joyous jazz-infused music with an infectious vibe. Tickets are priced at £8 adults, £6 concessions and £26 for a group of four standard tickets.
How the completed Tamworth Assembly Rooms will look
Tickets are available via the box office at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings. Alternatively, people can book their tickets direct from the venues by contacting St Francis Church on 01827 65926, or from Sacred Heart Church on 01827 709618. More information about Touring Theatre's programme is available a www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/arts-unusual-spaces