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Spring Season at Salisbury Arts Centre

18 January 2018 - 22 April 2018

Tickets for the full line up of live events for the Spring Season at Salisbury Arts Centre are now on sale. The Arts Centre’s varied programme features events that offer something for everyone – world class theatre, exceptional music and dance, some of comedy’s biggest names plus delightful productions for younger audiences.

Season’s highlights include:


Our Life with Birds, Friday 2 February

It’s not often you see birds on stage in a theatre and even more rare to see one flying over the audience but ‘Our Life with Birds’ promises to give audiences a rare opportunity to meet Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, hawks, owls, starlings and many more – all raised and trained with the utmost loving care by bird handlers Lloyd and Rose Buck.

Over the last 25 years, Lloyd and his wife Rose have devoted their lives to taking care of birds and mastering the art of capturing them on film. They are, without a doubt, the world’s experts at tracking birds and in-flight filming. Between them Lloyd and Rose have been involved with over 100 different productions and feature films and have worked with every natural history television star including Sir David Attenborough, Steve Backshall, Bear Grylls, Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham, Kate Humble and many more.
They often appear on camera themselves and are frequent guests on BBC programmes such as ‘The One Show’, ‘Springwatch’ and ‘Countryfile’. From Tilly the Golden Eagle to Poppy the pigeon, it’s unusual to find Lloyd and Rose without one of their feathered family under their arms.

This show is illustrated with Lloyd and Rose’s own film footage and photography and is suitable for all ages.  It promises to be an interactive wildlife experience like no other!


Theatre Fest West: Louise Jordan ‘No Petticoats Here’, Thursday 15 February

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan brings to life inspirational women who challenged expectations.

From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA (including St.Helens’ own Lily Parr), the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy.


A Brave Face, Friday 2 March

The award-winning Vamos Theatre brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told. Set in Afghanistan in 2009, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, A Brave Face engages audiences across borders and boundaries.

“The Enormous Room”, Tuesday 20 March

In the latest epic production from Stopgap Dance Company, we follow a father and daughter gradually coming to terms with the loss of Jackie – their wife and mother. Combining exquisite detail in movement with evocative text and design, this performance  will take you somewhere in between this world and the next. Thoughtful, moving and uplifting, this is a show about saying goodbye and moving on.

“Too Pretty to Punch”, Friday 20 April

An exploration of trans violence and our image obsessed culture, told through clowning, animation and spoken word. It’s also a one person celebration of international trans visibility and self-acceptance; a mix of clown, mime, music, spoken word and video projection focusing on society’s obsession with trans bodies, judging our acceptability on how attractive we are and the horrifically high rates of trans homicide and suicide around the world, swinging violently between light hearted comedy cabaret and dark humour.


Glisten, Saturday 17 February

Interactive, intimate and unique performance for babies aged 0 – 18 months and their grown-ups. The audience are taken on a gentle and immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in a soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over.

Landscapes, Saturday 17 March

Sit inside Mimika’s beautiful hand made tent and experience an intimate, magical and quite unique theatre presentation which will enchant both children and adults alike. Using no words, Mimika combine over 30 ingeniously crafted puppet creatures with an original musical score and stunning visual effects to capture the atmosphere, rhythms, sounds and movements of the Desert, Rainforest, under the Sea and Antarctica. Suitable for ages 3 – 11 years.


Clare Summerskill: From Fairly Vocal to Varifocal, Friday 6 April

A celebratory evening of songs and comedy. Clare Summerskill is a standup comedienne, singer-songwriter, actress and writer who combines many of her amazing talents in this show which explores the lives, loves, and reflections of a middle-aged lesbian.

Her humour is warm and often far too close to the bone, and her comedy songs are hilarious. Women (and men) of any age and sexual orientation will adore her unique take on matters of age, looks, weight, love and lust.


The Red Turtle, Thursday 18 January

A man becomes shipwrecked on a desert island populated by turtles, crabs and birds in this enchanting, dialogue free animation. His attempts to escape are continuously thwarted by a mysterious red turtle and it is only when he comes to respect his surroundings that he grows to understand his place on the island. A beautifully drawn meditation on nature and existence that will captivate castaways of all ages.

The Midwife, Wednesday 31 January

Catherine Denevue stars as a loud, eccentric and impulsive woman, who, out of the blue re-enters the life of her ex lovers daughter, a straight laced midwife who already has enough on her plate to deal with. Despite being opposites in every way, they learn to accept one another and, by revealing long-held secrets, try to make up for lost years.


SQUAWK: Queer Cinema Since 1990. Saturday 21 April

New Queer Cinema emerged in North America in 1990, offering a form of filmmaking that challenged previous, often stereotypical portrayals of queers, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-individuals. We’ll look at what ‘queer cinema’ actually is, what it means to filmmakers and audiences, and its depictions of LGBTQIA+ individuals over the past 3 decades in films such as Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain and Carol.

Tickets for all events are available online at www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk or from Salisbury Arts Centre box office on 01722321744.



18 January 2018
22 April 2018

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