The 51st Thornbury Arts Festival

Friday 24th April 2020 to Sunday 2nd May 2020

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Evening Shows 2019

ALFIE MOORE - Fair Cop Unleashed - Friday 24th April, 7:30pm

Cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore spent 18 years on the beat, where a keen sense of humour was key to his success and his survival!

It provided him with a wealth of hilarious stories that you "just couldn't make up" and when his first taste of doing stand-up at a local comedy club got him well and truly hooked, he soon began performing regularly up and down the country.

He has appeared numerous times at the Edinburgh Fringe, while his BBC Radio 4 show "It's a Fair Cop" has proved a big hit with listeners.

Alfie Moore

Alfie's latest tour show is based on a dramatic real-life incident from his police casebook, so join him to relive the thrilling ups and downs of the night a mysterious clown came to town and more than one life ended up in the balance.

It was no laughing matter - but this show certainly is! It would be a crime to miss it.

Friday 24th April - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.


LOS PACAMINOS featuring Paul Young - Saturday 25th April, 8:00pm

Singer-songwriter Paul Young fronts the seven-strong Los Pacaminos band in an evening of foot-stomping Tex-Mex music.

Formed in 1992 when pop star Paul had some down-time, Los Pacaminos soon defied expectations of being a short-lived project and continues to be one of the UK's most popular live touring bands.

Los Pacaminos

As Paul says: "Los Pacaminos started out just for fun, playing simply for the pleasure of it. It all took off from there. It's real bar room stuff: foot stompers, not too many slow songs - a real party atmosphere."

Fellow seasoned musicians Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses, Steve Oakman and Melvin Duffy make up the band, which promises a great night's rocking.

Please note that this is a standing event. A limited number of unreserved seats will be available around the hall. If you would like to attend but feel unable to stand throughout the event, please phone 07866 485151 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can accommodate you.

Saturday 25th April - 8:00 pm in the Armstrong Hall.


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DEGREES OF ERROR THEATRE COMPANY - Murder, She Didn't Write - Tuesday 28th April, 7:30pm

A classic murder mystery is created on the spot in this improvised performance by Bristol- based Degrees of Error theatre company.

As resident troupe at Bristol Improv Theatre - the first in the UK dedicated to the art of improvisation - the company has toured the country with this, its most famous show, since its inception in 2013, enjoying sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe from 2013-2019.

For the performance, the audience becomes Agatha Christie as an original story is created based entirely on its suggestions, evidence and ideas given to the cast. One lucky audience member will even choose both the murderer and the victim. Miss Crimson poisoned in the parlour? Mr Gold exploded by cannon in Sainsbury's? You decide!

Degrees Of Error

But will you guess whodunit? Take up your magnifying glasses and don your deerstalkers for a never-seen-before (and never-to-be-seen-again) evening of murder, mayhem and making it up.

Tuesday 28th April - 7:30pm in Armstrong Hall.


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An Evening With ALAN JOHNSON - Wednesday 29th April, 7:30pm

The ex-postman, union leader, Home Secretary and, for a brief period, Shadow Chancellor admits that politics was supposed to be a stopgap until he became a rock 'n' roll star. But he ended up as an MP for 20 years before retiring ahead of the 2017 General Election, having served in the Blair and Brown governments.

The popular and respected politician then found new fame as an acclaimed author and broadcaster. He is also a lifelong fan of Queens Park Rangers and has a surprisingly good taste in, and obscure knowledge of, music.

Alan Johnson

Alan has regularly appeared on Question Time and This Week while showing a more humorous side with guest presenter stints on Have I Got News For You, alongside documentaries such as Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me and indulging his passion for music in The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number 1. Alan will be interviewed by Matthew Stadlen.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

Wednesday 29th April - 7:30pm Armstrong Hall.


THE VESTA TRIO - Thursday 30th April, 7:30pm

The Vesta Trio was formed in 2013 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama by flautist Alex Griffiths, viola player Lowri Thomas and harpist Megan Morris.

The musicians have enjoyed performing together ever since, with some recent performances taking place in venues such as the prestigious Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff and the National Museum of Wales. They have also played for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Vesta Trio 

In 2017 the trio was accepted onto the coveted Live Music Now scheme, which was founded by the late concert violinist Yehudi Menuhin to train exceptional early career professional musicians and take them into the community to perform for older people and children with special educational needs.

They are also involved in the Music in Hospitals scheme. The Vesta Trio's classical repertoire ranges from opera favourites to Welsh folk songs, with the unusual combination of instruments creating a special sound for everyone to enjoy.

Thursday 30th April - 7:30pm Armstrong Hall.

Tickets £12 (Under 16s £6.00) - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

CATE CODY QUINTET - Friday 1st May, 7:30pm

Cate Cody is one of the UK's finest jazz singers, with appearances at the BAFTA Television Awards, for Earl Spencer at Althorp and at the Emirates Stadium, as well as performing at sell-out concerts at jazz festivals and dance events.

Her musicians are professionals from the top ranks of British jazz, having worked with the likes of Acker Bilk, George Melly, Georgie Fame, Kenny Ball, Imelda May and Clare Teal. Cate specialises in the Great American Songbook from the 1920s to 1940s and will perform a selection of much loved tunes from that era, such as the classics It Had to be You, As Time Goes By, Blue Moon and Love is Here to Stay.

Cate Cody

With a range of tempos and a café style set-up, audience members can get on their feet and dance anything from the foxtrot and quickstep to the rumba and Lindy hop - even dress up for the occasion in the fashion of the time!

Friday 1st May - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.


ALISTAIR McGOWAN - The Piano Show - Saturday 2nd May, 7:30pm

Master impressionist, actor, writer and stand-up comedian, Alistair McGowan is probably best known to British audiences for his popular BAFTA-winning show The Big Impression, a top-rating comedy show on BBC1 for four years.

He now combines these talents with a new-found talent as a classical pianist, in a show that is ‘the classical concert you’ve always wanted to see’.

After re-discovering the piano at the age of 49, Alistair had a surprise success with his debut Sony Album, which reached No. 1 in the UK Classical Album charts.

Alastair McGowan

Join Alistair as he plays classical gems by Glass, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Debussy, Tiersen and Satie - expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!) and more than a sprinkling of his trademark impressions.

Friday 2nd May - 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Hall.


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