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Red Shoes and Huge Apologies: Two exciting events visit Northamptonshire this weekend!

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What Became of the Red Shoes?

This coming Friday 21 March, Little Pixie Productions will play at Helmdon Primary School with their magical family show What Became of the Red Shoes?

Granny Flo’s attic is full of old junk…or is it? On a rainy day a curious child, Ruby, explores it - discovering forgotten treasures including an interesting pair of shoes. Her imagination is sparked and she embarks on a magical journey meeting a pirate, some animals and even has a trip into space!

This brilliantly imaginative one woman show uses original music, movement and dance.

The show played at Staverton Village Hall last weekend and was brilliantly received:

"The children were mesmirised - it met our expectations and Rebecca [performer and producer at Little Pixie Productions] is to complemented on her skills - all of them! The parents and grandparents were smiling too!" - Judith Hurst, Promoter at Staverton Village Hall

The show starts at 6pm and is suitable for children aged 3+ and their families. Tickets are available from Helmdon Primary School 01295 768126 or Julie Crouch 01295 760699

For a taster of the show why not watch their trailer.


Him With His Foot In His Mouth 2 Stephen Chance Please Credit Pamela Raith Photography

Him With His Foot in His Mouth

Also on Friday 21 March, New Perspective, who run Northants Touring Arts, will present their heart-warming one man show Him With His Foot in His Mouth by acclaimed American author Saul Bellow at Helmdon Reading Room at 7.30pm

Harry Shawmut is a man who often says things he shouldn't. He once made an unkind comment to a lady in passing and now, years later, he has decided to apologise. But saying sorry isn't always that straightforward. Harry uses us, the theatre audience, to help rehearse the most elaborate apology in history, taking us through the contours of his heart-warming and uniquely moving life story.

Him With His Foot in His Mouth will also play at two other Northamptonshire venues that same weekend:

Ecton Village Hall, Wellingborough on Saturday 22 March at 7.30pm - tickets are available from 01604 402582 or

Gretton Village Hall, Corby on Sunday 23 March at 7.30pm - tickets are available from Andy Butterworth on 01536 770302, Gretton Post Office or can be purchased on the door

Watch the company's teaser trailer for the show here

For more information about both events please visit our What's On Section

tags: Northants Touring Arts NTA New Perspectives Little Pixie Productions

Seven Ages comes to Northamptonshire

Kepow Theatre Company's production of Seven Ages will visit two venues in Northamptonshire in 2013.

Praised for it's wonderful combination of comedy, drama and pathos, Seven Ages  explores the idea that we go through seven stages in life; from infancy - through love and wisdom - to growing old disgracefully.

Formed in 1991, Kepow are now one of Europe's leading improvisation and mask-based theatre companies and one of Britain's funniest. Over the past 21 years Kepow have produced 25 shows and have toured the world, performing in Hawaii, New Zealand, America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Norway, Bali and Holland. The company have also collectively, worked with some of Britain's leading theatres and theatre companies including the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Kevin Tomlinson in Seven Ages

Praised by audiences and critics alike, this groundbreaking comedy theatre production recently celebrated it's 400th performance at Riverhouse Arts Centre in Surrey earlier this month.

The whole thing works like a dream  - What’s On Stage

Impossible not to fall for likeable Kevin Tomlinson's Shakespeare-inspired Seven Ages - packed houses and audience adored! - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The show will visit:

Staverton Village Hall on 26 January 2013 - For tickets call 07900 896268

Blakesley and Woodend Village Hall on 7 February 2013 - For tickets call 01327 860461

For more information about Kepow Theatre Company visit

WATCH the Seven Ages trailer here

tags: Northants Touring Arts Theatre Comedy Seven Ages Kepow Theatre

The Incredible Dr Guttman comes to Northamptonshire

We're delighted that The Incredible Dr Guttman will be coming to Old Village Hall on Saturday 24 November as part of Northants Touring Arts.

The production is a world premiere and tells the remarkable story of Dr Guttman, a doctor at Stoke Mandeville Hosptial, who staged the first ever games for ex-service men and women on the same day as the 1948 London Olympics.

The Incredible Dr Guttman

The brainchild of Producer Karen Simpson, the show has been praised by audience and critics alike. Karen began working on the project three years ago when living and working in Oxford:

‘When I first started to tell people about my idea for a new play based on Ludwig Guttmann, everyone I met outside of Stoke Mandeville said “ who?”  Even though he lived in Oxford for most of his life it was really hard to get anyone to take the idea seriously but maybe I’m a little bit like Guttmann.  I don’t like to give up on a good idea!’ 

Earlier this year, Karen who is an experienced theatre director and producer was successful in attracting funds from the National Lottery to develop the play with TV and theatre-writer Nicholas McInerny.  Since then they have been working with staff from Stoke Mandeville, ex-patients and people who knew the man to try and capture what made him so special.

Read a review of the show HERE

Take a look at the full selection of production photographs HERE

The Incredible Dr Guttman plays at Old Village Hall, Northamptonshire on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm. For tickets call 07867 778073.


tags: Dr Guttman Northants Touring Arts Karen Simpson NTA

Northants Touring Arts Review of 2011/ 12

It’s been a wonderful year for Northants Touring, with an exciting range of events and performances taking place across the county throughout 2011.

'We are pleased with the programme delivered - It has been varied both in terms of art forms, styles and geography, 7 regionally based companies and artists performing as part of the scheme. Overall we have maintained very similar audience totals for the year with a total of 4198 people attending the 71 performances that took place.

Despite the tightening funding environment, NTA sourced more work with a wider range of costs to allow us to programme flexibly and as we continue into 2012 - 13 season we will endeavour to offer a wide range of events to encourage promoters to choose a variety of work to attract different audiences.'

Chris Kirkwood, Northants Touring Arts

To read the Northants Touring Arts 2011 – 12 report please click on the link below



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Welcome to Our Brand New Site

We are delighted to welcome you to the launch of Northants Touring Arts' brand new website

Having led the way for rural touring websites throughout the UK, the website has received a brand new look, which will coincide with exciting changes that we will be making to the scheme in the coming months.

The scheme will allow more flexibilty for promoters to book events in their communities and give performers more of an opportunity to put their work out there. The website will assist with this by allowing performers and promotrs access to the latest information all year round.

Audiences will also benefit, as the website has been designed to be more user-friendly and offers a wide range of access to information, including links to videos, images, venue information and much, much more!

Chris Kirkwood, General Manager at New Perspectives Theatre Company, who runs Northants Touring Arts is thrilled with the new site:

 At Northants Touring Arts we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of developments in the rural touring sector.  This website, developed in partnership with De Facto is the first step in providing volunteer promoters in villages across Northamptonshire with an even better service for booking high quality professional performances right in the heart of their community. We are thrilled with the result!





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