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.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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Published date: July 20, 2018
Last modified: July 20, 2018

Young Critics Review 2018 – Sondheim’s Women

Sondheim’s Women: Send in The Clowns – a brilliant celebration of a true musical legend

From the mass of people in the auditorium I could already see the powerful hold that Sondheim’s music has over people and thought it an amazing idea to bring together a collection of his best work focusing on extraordinary women – which also happens to be the focus of the festival to commemorate 100 years of women having the vote. This performance showcased song from Sondheim’s best works, from the famous to the lesser known and was produced in a brilliant and entertaining format.

The staging and setting was extremely basic with 4 singers and one pianist alone on stage with no real backdrop or props, allowing the audience to focus their attentions on the raw talent of the performers and the brilliance of the songs. From the program I saw that the four singers had lots of experience with Sondheim’s work and I found them all exceptional in their work not only singing but also acting out the songs and becoming the characters, which was helpful for those of us who are unfamiliar with some of Sondheim’s songs – which are usually very specific to the characters.

I really enjoyed this performance mostly because of the vast range of music that I saw and was also amazed at how these versatile actors adapted their voices and body language for each part – from Sweeney Todd to Company to Follies to Into the Woods and beyond. It was a brilliant performance that has led to me looking further into Sondheim and his lesser known works and developing a further interest in his music.

By Rhiannon Stone