Top picks from festival director Rosie Turner…
‘I have been a fan of Mary Black since her career began over 25 years ago. Her pure, soaring voice and beautiful evocative lyrics play havoc with my Celtic emotions. When she sings Song for Ireland, I have to stop myself packing my bags and running to the airport – so strong is the pull of home. I’ve waited for years to invite her to the festival – so I’ll be in the front row singing along to her terrific band like a proper groupie!
Happy Hour is a great fun, dynamic piece of physical theatre which showcases a hugely talented young cast from Tmesis Theatre. It’s just the sort of show that I love – clever, ironic, funny and thoughtprovoking. Who says theatre has to be hard work? This will be a blast! The Alex Mendham Ensemble is a period dance orchestra that plays all my favourite music – Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ellington and Irvine Berlin. Slick, classy and authentic down to their hair pomade, the band recreates the swinging, gorgeous tunes of the Fred and Ginger era with style and panache.’