It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

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Tony Collins of Weekend Notes reviews Rich Hall

The first of the festival reviews are starting to roll in, and the first is a glowing review from of Rich Hall’s performance on Friday 7th July. You can read the review below:

The Master of Sardonic Comedy in Fine Stand-Up Form
It is clearly a great time for stand-up comedians, especially American ones. So there was no shortage of material for the sardonic, laid-back Rich Hall who ended his latest UK tour with an impressive performance at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Rich, who hails from Montana in the US, but has been visiting British shores for 20 years, was performing at the Garrick on July 7 as part of the 2017 Lichfield Festival.

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American comic Rich Hall was in great form

With the repercussions of Donald Trump’s election to the White House continuing unabated, both political and comedic, it was no surprise that Rich’s opening comment was to tell the audience “feel free to laugh at America”. That set the standard for almost two hours of splendid humour which was divided into two distinct sections – the first half being pure stand-up and the second devoted to the “hoedown” of the show’s title when musicians Rod Childs and Mark Ewan joined Rich on stage to deliver his clever and funny take on country music.

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Rich Hall concluded his UK tour in style. By Tina Downham – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Rich was in superb form from the outset with his dry humour, much of it directed at his native country, such as the Bruce Springsteen cover band who turned down an invitation to President Trump’s inauguration. But his comedy covers far more territory than that, with hilarious observations about people who buy ready-made meals for one, the UK horse meat scandal, and an expensive solution to a problem with his eyelids caused by standing on his three year old’s son building bricks (just in case I can’t mention the actual company name!). But he wasn’t afraid to also deal with far more serious matters, such as the recent terrorist attacks on London and the situation in Syria.

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A packed Lichfield Garrick was treated to more than its fair share of laughs

After the interval, it was the turn of the ‘hoedown’ for Rich, who has been a familiar figure on UK television including a series of documentaries for BBC 4. Rich used the first half of his show to find a little bit of information from members of the audience in the front row. And he then weaves those people into his country songs, which is why we heard about Mark the transit van salesman, Sharon the nurse, and Bob the metallurgist. In between, he also performed less spontaneous offerings including “Williams” about the perils of playing a jukebox, and “Eritrean Trucking Buddy’ on the subject of migrants trying to stow away on lorries in Calais. All in all a very funny and satisfying evening.