There’s a theatre themed season launching at Pound Arts this spring with comedy, music and a film festival thrown in to the mix for good measure. Tickets are selling fast for comedian Mark Thomas who returns with mischief with a purpose in his new show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent to The Pound on Thursday 23 January, 8pm.
Also on the bill for January, actor James Hyland returns with his one-man theatre show The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on Saturday 25 January, 7.30pm. During his lecture on the duality of humankind, Dr Jekyll reveals his strange association with the mysterious Edward Hyde and the shocking truth about his identity: Hyde is not only fundamentally evil, but also the very definition of it. Combining edge-of-your-seat thrills with stunning physical theatre, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “bogey tale” is brought chillingly to life.
Our theatre-theme continues with a double dose of Cube Theatre on Saturday 1 February. Freddy Dare and the Ginger Robber follows the story of Fred who is living a lonely existence until he discovers a mysterious package in a wardrobe and an unexpected visitor in the shed. With influences ranging from Strictly Come Dancing and films The Artist and Scott Pilgrim, Cube Theatre transports you on an epic adventure.
Aubade is a blend of theatre, film, knife-sharp dialogue and dance. A young, trainee teacher arrives at a failing school, determined to raise the aspirations of poverty-line pupils with the help of her middle-aged mentor. But disillusioned, alienated and recently bereaved, he finds solace as the star in his own, dark Fred Astaire fantasy. Cube Theatre’s Aubade is for mature audiences, recommended ages 15+.
Russ Tunney, recently appointed Director of Pound Arts said “I am delighted that The Pound has been able to programme two pieces from Cube Theatre. It is such a thrill to see high quality performers turning their hands to vastly contrasting material. They work with such dexterity and skill and audiences in Corsham will have the rare chance to see them in both pieces”.
We’re excited to launch the 2014 Corsham Film Festival over three intense days, bringing together a host of international films to celebrate the art of documentary making. The festival opens with two Preview Screenings on Friday 14 March, 20 Feet From Stardom and A Story of Children and Film, and offers a variety of special events involving writers, directors and stars of the films across the weekend.
One of the most highly anticipated films of 2013, Leviathan is a thrilling, immersive documentary taking the audience deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Screening at The Pound on Friday 14 March at 5pm, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fisherman in a starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.
The Armstrong Lie is an unflinching account of a sport ruled by money and power. Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney began recording cycling superstar Lance Armstrong in 2009. His unprecedented access to Armstrong, his ex-teammates and the infamous Doctor Ferrari, draws an intricate portrait of an extraordinarily ambitious man who would stop at nothing to win. The Armstrong lie will be showing at The Pound on Saturday 15 March, 7pm.
Corsham Film Festival is delighted once again to team up with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, to promote the film screening of Project Wild Thing which will be followed by a post-film discussion with the filmmakers. This feature-length documentary takes a look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and the great outdoors. Look out for A Wild Workshop for children which will be running in addition to this screening on the Sunday afternoon.
‘It’s fantastic to have an opportunity to bring such a wide programme of diverse and interesting documentary films to Corsham’, said Martin Campbell, Box Office and Venue Coordinator.
‘With tickets available from as little as £3, and a number of post-film discussions and events, there is a real opportunity to engage and seek out a more thought-provoking cinematic experience’, he added.
There’s plenty to get stuck into at Pound Arts this Spring to ban the January blues. Pick up a brochure from box office or visit our website for a full programme of events: www.poundarts.org.uk