Arts Alive programme announced for Wisbech, Chatteris, March, Soham and Littleport libraries

Dracula...The Travesty! by Northumberland Theatre Company, just one of the performances on the menu

Dracula...The Travesty! by Northumberland Theatre Company, just one of the performances on the menu for performances this Autumn. - Credit: Keith Pattison

The Library Presents…Arts Alive has shared its autumn programme.

Samba drumming workshop

Samba drumming workshop - Credit: Archant

Beginning in October and bringing arts to libraries across Cambridgeshire, tickets for some of the shows are already available.

Funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS, ‘The Library Presents…Arts Alive’ “brings performances and workshops into the heart of villages and towns across the county” said a spokesman.

Jack and the Beans Talk

Jack and the Beans Talk - Credit: Archant

Among the libraries involved are Wisbech, Chatteris, March, Littleport and Soham.

The programme, chosen by Library Friends groups and local communities for each library, features music, theatre, magic, art, literature and puppetry. “Music fans of all ages are encouraged to beat out new rhythms at samba drumming workshops or try their hand at the ukulele,” added the spokesman.

Scenes from a Well Spent Youth

Scenes from a Well Spent Youth - Credit: Archant


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“The singing quadruplets Men in General perform their mix of well-loved songs, à cappella classics and comedy while it’s all about the great tunes from the 60s and 70s in Scenes from a Well-Spent Youth.

“The children’s shows include James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids, stand-up that will have them in stitches. For under-five’s puppets rule the roost with the extremely entertaining Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales or the charming and inventive Jack and the Beans Talk.

Three Billy Goats and Other Furry Tales

Three Billy Goats and Other Furry Tales - Credit: Archant

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“Theatre is well represented with the funny and scary drama Dracula…The Travesty, Jane Bower’s intensely moving Daddies Diaries and the magic show Devious Minds, fresh from two national tours and an Edinburgh run.

“Other activities include mosaic sessions and art workshops with local artists, plus a book festival.”

Comedy for Kids - James Campbell.

Comedy for Kids - James Campbell. - Credit: Archant

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mathew Shuter, chairman of the highways and community infrastructure committee, said: “The programme offers a fantastic chance to use the library as an exciting arts space and hub of activity for the community, for everyone to be involved, grow their interests and see live shows.

“If you’ve never been to a performance or workshop before but always wanted to, this is the perfect opportunity.

“Come and explore something new in the friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere of your library.”

The autumn season runs from October 16 until November 30. The full programme and tickets are available via www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or in libraries.

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