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Wick-Flix – Painswick’s New Community Cinema
Enclosure – The Painswick Centre 19:30 Sat 28/04/2018
Tickets £11 concessions £10 at door or on line see below
Presented by new Gloucestershire theatre company Pricking Thumbs
Written by Martin Lytton
Britain 2048. Where remembering is resistance, and resistance is fatal.
Three women meet again: Jo Weaver can’t forget her childhood before The Enclosure; Sandra Price doesn’t want to remember at all – it’s safer that way; and Erda, well Erda sees everything. Threads from the past are about to entangle them in an ancient drama in which their freedom and their lives are at stake. Part myth, part thriller, part warning, this play will keep you guessing to the very end. A new play from a theatre company whose aim is to redress the balance of age and gender through challenging, inspirational theatre.
Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.
A glance at the band’s Guestbook page offers an insight into the emotional impact their performances exert…”spellbinding” “sublime” “blown away” “inspired” and “magical” are familiar themes.
Hailed by Songlines as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, there is however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye, and to categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their musical embrace.
As expected, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio’s repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart…leaving enough room with the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment.
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
His wonderful Tower of Songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.
The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain
Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement
‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine