Described by the Telegraph as “a very British tour de force” Miles Jupp has appeared as a performer across a wide range of genre from stand-up comedy to theatre to television series and Hollywood movies.
Miles is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and appears regularly as presenter and comedian on panel shows such as QI, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You.
As an actor he appeared in such popular shows as Rev, The Thick of It and Outnumbered and the childrens’ show Balamory.
This evening, his book "Egg and Soldiers – A Childhood Memoir" takes centre stage with readings, an interview and a Q&A session which is guaranteed be a funny and memorable start to the fiftieth Anniversary of Thornbury Arts Festival. The interviewer will be comedy writer James Kettle, who has recently worked on shows such as The News Quiz, The Now Show and Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters. He writes a regular column on comedy for the Guardian.
Miles will be signing copies of his book after the show.
Presented in association with 42mp.com
Friday 26th April - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Flat Seating: £22
Supported By: Bonds Estate Agents
Rock Pipes are a unique and dynamic Bristol-based Celtic Rock band. Their Isle of Man TT Tour last summer went down a storm and they continued to wow audiences over the festival season with their fabulous fusion of Celtic and Rock, giving a whole new twist to traditional and contemporary classics.
Performing with attitude, this 7-piece band comprises keyboards, drums, fiddle, bass and guitar but stealing the show are their two formidable Highland pipers.
RockPipes produce an extraordinarily distinctive and refreshing sound that you can’t get enough of. So…. dust off your sporrans, air your kilts and get your dancing shoes on ---it will be a great night!
Saturday 27th April - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Flat Seating: £10
Join Kate for a fascinating talk about her latest book, Thinking on my Feet, as well as her life working with wildlife, the far flung places that this has taken her to and the inspiring people she has met on her travels. There's also a unique chance to go 'behind the camera' as Kate describes how the programmes are made along with some lovely anecdotes about the filming.
The second series of Kate's popular BBC programme Back to the Land attracted great audiences and was be the latest in a long line of programmes Kate has presented for the BBC including Springwatch and Autumm Watch, Wild Shepherdess, Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer, Curious Creatures and Extreme Wives with Kate Humble.
In 2007 she and her husband Ludo moved to a smallholding in Wales and in 2011 set up 'Humble by Nature' a rural skills school on a working farm in the Wye Valley. They live with a variety of feathered and furry livestock and three dogs.
Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions. Photograph of Kate by Tim Martin.
Monday 29th April - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Flat Seating: £22
Supported by: Surroundings
Richard is probably best known as the regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and appears regularly on Newsnight and TV panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You where his quick and inventive verbal humour is always to the fore. When the motivation is more spiritual Richard has featured on BBC TV’s Song of Praise and as the guest on Pause for Thought on Radio 2.
In 2017 he also stepped out as a contestant in Strictly Come Dancing.
In this ever-popular evening, alongside his Strictly reminiscences he’ll tell a story which is as real as it is unlikely. He connects the euphoria and mayhem of being Top of the Pops in the 80s with his present circumstances as a Church of England priest, radio broadcaster and TV panellist.
Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.
Tuesday 30th April - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Flat Seating: £22
Supported by Milburys Estate Agents
The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, when the second son of the Prince of Wales married a divorced American actress of mixed race and uncertain religion, was seen as marking a fundamental modernisation of the British monarchy.
Actually, it was only a return to the 14th century when one of the many sons of King Edward III married a twice-divorced merry widow who had eloped with her first husband at the age of 12; another a part-Moorish Spanish princess who (it is claimed) was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad; while a third wed the au pair!
This talk traces the radically shifting marriage customs of the British monarchy, from the laxity of the Middle Ages, through the stringencies of the Hanoverians, to the house of Windsor and its sometimes contorted adaptations to the realities of modern family life.
This is a 90-minute performance with NO interval. There will be a book signing BEFORE the performance.
Presented in association with Sympathetic Developments.
Wednesday 1st May - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Raised Seating: £22
Flat Seating: £20
Supported By Cadman Wealth Planning
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is an unmissable celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music.
Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship.
Multi award- winning and with 5 sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the duo kick off their “Special Relationship” tour in Thornbury.
They will be joined by Richard Shindell, US singer/songwriter from New Jersey who now resides in Buenos Aires. His songs, You Stay Here, Reunion Hill and Next Best Western are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire. From the Great War to the Civil War, from Bristol to Baltimore, expect an Anglo/American exchange of songs of the road, history and romance.
Presented in association with Firebrand Music and Show of Hands Ltd.
Thursday 2nd May - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Tickets £23 - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Supported by: Bank Cottage Dental Practice
Who could have predicted that a band which hit the top of the charts 50 years ago in 1961 with hits in the 20’s style that was already 40 years out of date, would still be around to perform at the 50th anniversary of Thornbury Arts Festival and still playing the same style of music?
The main difference now is that the band has a vast tuneful foot tapping repertoire …..jazz classics from the past, original compositions, novelty numbers …and as they play for you, their enormous enjoyment is hilariously transmitted to their audiences with their zany pythonesque humour.
“Humour and Rhythm combine to make The Temperance Seven a unique experience in upbeat nostalgia” The Stage
Presented in association with Sympathetic Developments
Friday 3rd May - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Tickets £15 - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
An expertly pruned show about flowers, gardens and all things green from Tiptoe through the Tulips to Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Any More.
Liza Pulman, the songtress and comedienne who is one third of the acclaimed satirical comedy group, Fascinating Aida, will be accompanied on the piano by Joseph Atkins who works in so many musical fields including directing on Broadway.
Liza’s glorious voice, quirky comedic skills and charming personality make this a blooming show not to be missed.
“The moment Liza walked on stage we all fell under her spell. Her gorgeous voice, her humour and her warmth reached everyone – she is a unique performer” Sir Tim Smit, Eden Project.
Presented in association with Highfield Productions Limited
Saturday 4th May - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.
Tickets £20 - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Although the seats are numbered on the plan, the layout will be cafe style to give a caberet atmosphere.
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