Welcome to the 1st Day of
Tenby Arts Festival 2018
A friendly get together to start the festival off with some lovely cakes and refreshing beverages. There will be plenty of conversation and laughter. Come and join in the fun!
Fundraiser for the Festival.
10am – 12 noon
The ensemble will perform an exciting range of music as an opener to the Festival.
Outside the gates of St Mary’s Church
FREE (donations welcome)
The Samba Band will perform in various spots around North harbour and Tudor Square getting the Festival off to a swing.
FREE (donations welcome)
Mark will decorate the sands of North beach with his amazing and intricate designs. He brings with him a drone that will photograph his work to preserve it after the tide has washed it away. His patterns are reminiscent of crop circles and are part sculpture, part drawing.
FREE (donations welcome)
Rising Stars Concert
The Festival is pleased to welcome once again the winners of the International competition held at Gregynog every year. The competition is as important to young musicians as the BBC Young Musician Competition. Previous winners have included cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones. Charlie can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 and on Classic FM, as can Sheku Kanneh-Mason who, in addition played at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle together with Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano, who also performed at Tenby Arts Festival at the start of her career.
This year the overall winner was Willard Carter -cello. Huw Boucher – harp, won his instrumental section while Julian Trevelyan – piano, won the accompanist prize and is already a distinguished soloist in his own right. He is seen here playing with the Orchestre de Paris.
St Mary’s Church
2pm – 3.30pm
Dance of the Stickfighting Warriors
Oral storytelling may be one of the most ancient art forms but with Dance of the Stickfighting Warriors, performance storyteller, Phil Okwedy & musician, Mikey Price, bring us a story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over tyranny in a show that demonstrates just how vibrant an art form storytelling continues to be.
Dance of the Stickfighting Warriors is a show about the big stories and the little stories. The Holocaust, slavery ,folktale, personal history, song & melody all flow together and rise to mythic level, creating a superb and enchanting piece of storytelling.
Collectively known as Flatfoot Trybe, this is the pair’s first collaboration together. Phil tells his stories with skilled understatement, an economy of words, using repetition like a poet. While the simple elegance of Mikey’s music ensures that song and word flow together to share the telling of this at times disturbing, at times funny but always engaging and entertaining tale.
Strange then, that it should all begin with something as simple as a name – and that the name should be found in a Cumbrian police station in the late 1930’s…
“Stickfighters is a terrific show. Brave, funny, touching and uplifting. Bravo!” Daniel Morden, internationally acclaimed storyteller and recipient of the Hay Festival Medal for Storytelling 2017
“It was our highlight of the festival, and had us all in tears.” Peter Stevenson, organiser Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival 2017
7.30pm – 10pm
Larks and Magic
A new one woman play by an actress familiar to Festival Goers. It is as well crafted as all her work and we look forward to welcoming her. This time she tells the story of E.Nesbit children’s author famous for works such as The Railway Children, Five Children and It and The Wouldbegoods.
ALISON NEIL began her professional acting career in 1978. Before embarking on her one-woman shows, she appeared in numerous theatre productions including the national tour and West End production of Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (playing Ophelia), and LITTLE LIES (with Sir John Mills) playing Beattie Tomlinson in the West End, on national tour and in Canada.Church House.
She now specialises in one-woman shows, which she writes herself, focusing on the lives of famous women of the past. This one about E. Nesbit will be as compelling as her others.
Edith Nesbit’s life was more extraordinary then any of her magical stories. Charming, badly behaved and always up for a lark, she also worked immensely hard to keep her unconventional family afloat. Buffeted by unexpected twists and turns throughout her life, her domestic arrangements still seem jaw-dropping, even today. As part of the Bohemian set in London around the end of the 19th century, she was a founder of the Fabian Society, and friend of famous literary figures such George Bernard Shaw to Noel Coward. And more than a friend so some…
Once read, her children’s stories are never forgotten. E Nesbit herself was unforgettable too…come and meet her in Alison’s new show about her life, larks, and enduring magic.
7pm – 9.30pm
£20.00 including supper