Brighton (15) – 8pm Tue 1st March – £8
Based on the play by Stephen Berkoff Brighton Beach Scumbags. British stalwarts Phil Davis, Lesley Sharp, Marion Bailey and Larry Lamb star as two working-class couples who return to Brighton, where they first met, in the 1960s. Times have changed, but they unfortunately have not changed. A podcast interview with director Stephen Cookson will be available to members after the screening.
Leveret – 7.30pm Thu 3 March – from £17.50
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (violin) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each considered exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together, their performances combine consummate musicality, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.
Film Festival Launch – Friday March 4 – from £6
The 2022 festival kick-off party promises a mix of fresh insights into the film industry, contributions from guest speakers, short films, a preview of what to expect during the festival, and a screening of a feature film.
Stroud Film Festival – Chasing the Rainbow by Mandela – 8.00pm Tuesday March 8 – £8
Chasing Mandela’s Rainbow is an examination of the modern South African education system and whether, in a quarter of a century, democratic government has succeeded or failed. At the heart of the film is the question: have Nelson Mandela’s lofty ideals of education been realized? Gary Janks is a retired teacher and fledgling filmmaker, who answers this question through three very different students. It’s a deeply moving and empowering film, showing the uphill struggle to realize Mandela’s dreams and depicting the often painful reality.
Comedy Showcase – 7.30pm Wednesday March 9 – £6.50
Come see the latest graduates of Chris Head’s Stroud Stand-Up Course perform their first 5 minutes of stand-up. An uplifting and hilarious night. “Everyone managed to create five minutes of comedy delivered with surprising confidence and pizzazz in the night. The performances I saw were incredibly polished and (thankfully) very funny. I would never have guessed that it was a group of beginners. London Evening Standard (on a previous course showcase).
Amy Winehouse Band In Concert Presents Forever Amy – 8pm Fri 11 March – from £26
In this stunning retrospective show, Amy’s original band, led by outstanding young vocalist Bronte Shand, celebrate their era with defining music and live performances. It’s the only completely authentic reimagining of the Amy Winehouse sound, with brilliantly staged lights and movies. “Forever Amy” has become an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world that we are delighted to bring to you.
Emergence exhibition – 10am-5pm Tue 15 March – Sat 19 March
An exhibition of portraits and figurative studies by Katherine Bryan-Merret exploring self-evolution, entry and journey through motherhood. Deeply thoughtful personal work that digs into the psychological and physical metamorphosis that occurs through this transition.
Nouvelle Vague – 7.30pm Tue 15th March – from £29
Bossa Nova = New Wave = New Wave. This transliteration was the starting point of the unique project by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux who, by appropriating the punk and post-punk canon and passing it through a Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing in passing new and brilliant talents: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer, Nadeah, Mélanie Pain and Liset Alea.
The Beatones – 8pm Fri 18 March – £19.50
Takes you back to when Britain dominated radio waves across the world. Featuring hits from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Who, Herman’s Hermits, Searchers and more. This live musical extravaganza will transport you to the greatest decade in music history – the 1960s. From Merseybeat to Swinging London, get ready to experience those golden sixties sounds delivered by a cast of the world’s finest musical talent. UK.
Where are the women ? 8pm Sat 19 March – from £21
” Where are the women ? is an inclusive non-profit project which aims to highlight, challenge and help tackle gender inequality on the stages of the UK popular music scene with a collaborative mix of art, music, creative oral, theatre, film, discussion and information.
In addition to an evening of live music, spoken word and DJs, featuring Zion Train, Muddy Summers & the DFWs, My Mate Dave, Bashema and Laura Taylor, there is a daytime exhibit, which will include information as well as art, film, photography, poetry and song workshops, talks on the issue of gender imbalance and the vital role of the public, and wonderful street performances outside .
Flats & Sharps – 7.30pm Sunday 20th March – £15.50
Flats and Sharps are a four piece bluegrass band from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and fiery bluegrass to audiences around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique version of this music for over eight years. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and deafening solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that will have you dancing, laughing and singing in no time.
High Ground (15) – 8.00pm Tue 22nd March – £8
Set in the stunning landscapes of 1930s Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, High Ground tells the story of young Aborigine Gutjuk, who, in an effort to save the last member of his family, teams up with ex-soldier Travis to find Baywara, the most dangerous warrior. in the Territory, who is also his uncle. As Travis and Gujuk travel through the backcountry, they begin to gain each other’s trust. An intense film, highly recommended.
GONG – 8.30pm Thu 24 March – from £19.50
The constantly changing entity that is GONG is launching, as always, into unknown – and unconscious – territory with a new tour for 2020, intended to make people talk, discuss and debate on, across the country.
From its beginnings in a French commune in 1967, through the Virgin Records years, mismanagement, court cases, breakups and reunions, deaths and rebirths, there has always been a continuous thread of beautiful music, dangerous and extraordinary.
Otway & Barrett – 8pm Fri 25 March – £16.50
Dovecote this duo at your own risk, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. Still going strong after 40 years and still loved for their utter originality, the contrast between Barrett’s deadpan humor and Otway’s wild on-stage antics is hilarious to watch.
Peekaboo’s Last Night: Dennis Gould & Elvis McGonagall – 7pm Saturday March 26 – £16.50
Films and concerts featuring Dennis Gould, Elvis McGonagall, Jonny Fluffypunk and Jeff Cloves
The Last Cuckoo Night: A screening of Mark Chaudoir’s documentary on the Stroud legend that is Dennis Gould – poet, activist, typographer, cyclist and lover of the beautiful game. Also includes a selection of poetry shorts featuring some of the UK’s top stand-up poets, Kate Tempest, Polar Bear, Rob Auton and Bang Said the Gun, plus live stand-up performances from Dennis Gould, Jonny Fluffypunk and Jeff Cloves, all MC’d by Elvis McGonagall and his band The Resurrectors.