Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

A picture of an english teapot with an american flag and the text "Instructions for American Servicement in Britain"

Friday 22nd March 2019

A picture of an english teapot with an american flag and the text "Instructions for American Servicement in Britain"

 

In 1942 the United States War Department distributed a booklet to American Servicemen on the peculiarities of the ‘British, their country, and their ways’. With roots in the Edinburgh Fringe and based on the genuine handbook called ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’,  Fol Espoi and the sketch-comedy trio of the Real MacGuffins created this fabulously funny show.

 

The Handbook - A Snapshot of Englandpicture of the cover of the booklet

“We know about this small book only because a curator in the Bodleian Library rediscovered it in 2005 and it was then republished. The director, John Walton, stumbled across it in a bookshop and thought it was such an “endearing snapshot” of England that it deserved to be made into a show, roping in the Fringe-tastic comedy trio the Real MacGuffins.” - Ann Treneman, The Times

 

Yankee Horde 1942

Dan March, centre, as the American major, with Matthew Sheahan, left, as the “token Brit” and James Millard as Lieutenant Schultz

A horde of Yankee servicemen arrived in England where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. So they see the Brits as a strange race. Judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness because a crack team of experts, the Real MacGuffins, explain the rules of British Life through humour. The comedy highlights the differences in English language, pronunciation and the absurdities of the English currency whilst it builds upon the audience’s almost hysterical guffaws and groans in this comedy of British Manners.

 

 “They skillfully carry off asides and interjections, and with much disparaging of both American and English sides, it never seems like an unfair attack on either.” Sophie Adnitt, Off West End

“increasingly over-the-top but gloriously hilarious.” Chris Omaweng, London Theatre Reviews

“It’s sub-Dad’s Army crossed with Monty Python” Ann Treneman, The Times

Tickets & More Information

 Adult £12, (Under 18 £6) available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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The Roving Crows

picture of the Roving Crows at a Gig

Friday 8th February 2019

picture of the Roving Crows at a Gig

Roving Crows music is full of passion. They push the boundaries of their Celtic Folk roots with vibrancy and energy, their music melding vocals with exciting fiddle, electric and acoustic guitars. Bass and percussion rhythms generate exciting, foot-tapping and dance. They are a must-see act.

“an adventurous and inspired heady cocktail of Celtic and World music with  a social conscience and a beating heart” Mike Davies, Folking.com,

"Great party music...I love that band" Paul O'Grady, BBC

picture of two of the band performing on stage
Photos by Maurice Guerard

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC

 “The next folk super group in waiting”, Nancy Dunham, folking.com

"they’re a band .... delivering a uniquely inspiring style." - Duncan Haskell - Songwriting Magazine

 

Tickets:  Adult £12, available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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Town Council Office 01694 722113

Shrewsbury Concert Band

Picture of the Shewsbury Concert Band conducted by Ken Lumley

Friday 18 January 2019 at 7:30pm

cartoon image orchestraSpecial Gala Night with Music from Germany

Includes a glass of German wine and slice of......  Strudel?

What a great start for the New Year! and a warm welcome to our guests, the Shrewsbury Concert Band returns with their Conductor Ken Lumley.

They will entertain us with a variety of music with a German flavour complemented during the interval with a glass of Rhine or Moselle wine and, hopefully, a slice of Strudel.

The program includes Bach’s Toccata in D. Although some still think it was not written by Bach, it remains boisterously popular.
Not to be outdone by controversy, having publicly declared Victor Hugo’s play ‘Ruy Blas’ as "detestable", Mendelssohn refused to write an overture and a song for it. Piqued by stories that he was unable to write them in the time available, he relented and wrote this overture in three days.

Festivities would not be complete without Handel’s Water Music, and more music from one of our favourite Bands.

Tickets Adult £10 Child £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or Church Stretton Town Council Office or  On-Line tickets from here

For more information please ‘phone 01694 720132 or Contact Us.

Mike Walker

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Also from:

Burway Books 01694 723388,
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Town Council Office 01694 722113