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Corsham Summer Festival 2014 is nearly here! A family friendly arts festival with many events free, this years’ theme is inspired by Shakespeare. Expect a celebration of summer, food, love and laughter with inspiring workshops and classic entertainment in venues around Corsham.

 

To open the festival, a drinks reception at The Pound will be held on Thursday 19 June, from 8pm to preview one of The Pound’s resident artists Claire Baker and furniture artist Andrew Oliver’s work in their first joint exhibition Theatre of Dreams.  The exhibition will run from Thursday 19 June – Saturday 19 July. You can also visit The Royal Oak forAcoustic Oak, a free evening of music on Thursday 19 June from 8pm onwards.

 

Sam Lewis will be performing a country music set straight out of Nashville at The Pound on Friday 20 June, 8.30pm as a Free Friday event, kindly sponsored by David Ingram Residential.

 

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Don’t miss the exciting production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare on Friday 20 June, 7.30pm by innovative visual theatre company Platform 4 and New Tempest Club. Tickets are £10 (£9 concessions), limited £1 tickets available for under 16s. You can take part in a masterclass on Performing Shakespeare beforehand by Pound Arts Director Russ Tunney, previously a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Royal Bath.

 

 

 

As in previous years, Corsham Summer Festival is in partnership with Transcoco’s Food and Drink Festival, and will be hosting a series of pop-up performances on the High Street on Saturday 21 June, including performances by The Natural Theatre Company.

 

On Saturday night, The Pound is thrilled to present an outdoor concert from The Scott Quartet in the garden of Corsham Almshouses, so bring a picnic and the whole family. The garden will be beautifully decorated by local schoolchildren and by participants in the Saturday craft workshops. Make a lantern, write a poem, or create a sprite or fairy and be a part of this community event.

 

Continuing the Shakespearean theme into Sunday, The Pound will be screening two classic films adapted from two of his most famous plays; The Lion King, loosely inspired by Hamlet, at 11am, followed by West Side Story, based on Romeo and Juliet, at 2pm.

 

Offering more live performances on the Sunday, The Pound will play host to a Songwriter’s Showcase for talented students from Corsham Court and further afield who will perform their own compositions in a range of musical styles. The showcase will be at The Pound on Sunday 22 June, 3pm onwards.

 

“It’s exciting to have such a creative theme to this year’s festival” said Charity Colborne, Marketing Coordinator at Pound Arts. “Whether it’s making a sprite or fairy, taking part in a theatrical masterclass or enjoying the outdoor concert in the evening sun, it was all inspired by the famous Bard” she added.

 

All tickets can be booked through the box office on 01249 701628.  Find out more and see the full programme of Corsham Summer Festival at www.poundarts.org.uk.