Performing Arts @ Quartz for 2016

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperors Clothes
Stuff and Nonsense return to Quartz with a brand new show telling the story of an emperor who loves clothes more than anything, but, despite a wardrobe the size of Paris, he hasn’t got a stitch to wear! With puppets, music and song, this inventive production is a show for all the family.

Beautiful, engaging theatre for children
Quartz Festival 2015 on Stuff and Nonsense’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Created using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support from The Point Eastleigh, Waterside Arts Centre Sale, Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Lyric Theatre Bridport.

  • Suitable for children of 2 years+
  • Wednesday 5 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 2.00pm
  • Adults: £7.00
  • Children: £5.00

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James Pearson

James Pearson at Ronnie Scotts
James Pearson is one of the UK’s most respected musicians. He is nothing short of a virtuoso with a stunning technique enhanced by an inventiveness and flair that is breathtaking.

Completely at home in multiple musical genres, be it contemporary, jazz or classical, James’ fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. Perhaps best known as the Artistic Director at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, James has also worked with such luminaries as Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing, Marian Montgomery, Petula Clark, Kevin Spacey, John Wilson, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Buddy Greco, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Horowitz, Richard Rodney Bennett, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney.

For the festival, James will focus on the song book of jazz giant, Oscar Peterson. Presented with style, panache and musical extravagance, this will be a concert to live long in the memory.

  • Thursday 6 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £17.50
  • OAPs: £15.00
  • Students: £10.00

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Milton Jones

Milton JonesKnown for his extensive repertoire of one-liners, Milton is a regular on our screens in shows such as Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Dave’s One Night Stand and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. The ‘wild-haired’ Jones comes to Quartz for what promises to be a night to remember!

Pun-derful Jones leaves audiences gagging for more Metro

He’s fast, absurd and very funny Radio Times

Beautiful one-liners so skilfully sculpted, you don’t know whether to laugh or put them on your mantelpiece The Guardian

Supported by Laura Lexx

  • Suitable for audiences of 17+
  • Friday 7 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £17.50
  • Concs: £15.00

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Treorchy Male Choir

Treorchy Male ChoirFor 130 years the Treorchy Male Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time. They have toured the world from Canada to Australia, performed at several Royal Command Performances, plus numerous television and radio broadcasts. We are delighted to welcome this world-renowned male voice choir from Wales to the Quartz Festival for the first time.

To hear the Treorchy Male Choir in full throat is one of the greatest joys of choral music Melyvn Bragg, broadcaster

  • Saturday 8 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £17.50
  • Concs: £15.00

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The Mozart Question

The Mozart QuestionWhen reporter Lesley is sent to Venice to interview a world-renowned violinist, the journalist is told that she can ask Paolo Levi anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no account must she ask him the Mozart question; never the Mozart question. Paolo, however has realised he must finally reveal the truth.

Suitable for audiences from 8 years old this unique concert performance of the story, narrated by Michael Morpurgo and directed by Simon Reade, is beautifully enhanced and embellished with extracts of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi. Featuring Daniel Pioro on violin and string quartet, The Storyteller’s Ensemble. Treated with utmost sensitivity for a family audience, The Mozart Question is a story of friendship and family, truth and secrets set against the background of the Holocaust.

  • Monday 10 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £20.00
  • Concs: £17.50
  • School Groups 10+: £15.00

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Dinosaur Park (The Jurassic Parody)

James Seabright presents Superbolt Theatre’s laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park, an award-winning theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia. Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park family embark on a journey to a misty past. When things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the ‘raptorous’ roar of DIY dinosaurs! Superbolt Theatre’s five-star production is an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and megalithic mayhem. Sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe, London and Australia!

Will make you chuckle your human-hide off. A brilliantly nutty and nostalgic affair Time Out

Spielberg should be amused and touched by what this young trio have produced … both irreverent and reverent The Times

Hilarious and touching The Edinburgh List

  • Thursday 13 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £15.00
  • OAPs: £12.50
  • Students: £10.00

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Lavolta

Sarah Owen LavoltaThis stunning chamber ensemble, featuring vocalists Sarah Owen and Kate Westbrook together with an 11-piece band, presents a concert of extraordinary 20th century music.

The programme features William Walton’s jaunty settings of Edith Sitwell’s poetry Facade 2 and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, collected from around the world, alongside music by Kurt Weill, Vaughan Williams and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.

Brilliant, tight, disciplined playing and dazzling vocals…

  • Friday 14 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £15.00
  • OAP’s: £12.50
  • Students: £10.00

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The Chicago Blues Brothers Jailbreak Tour

Chicago Blues BrothersClosing the Festival this year is the world’s leading tribute to the legendary Blues Brothers.

Celebrating over 30 years of The Blues Brothers phenomenon, this explosive non-stop party night is packed with over 40 of the greatest Blues, Motown and Soul songs from both of The Blues Brothers movies – and plenty of laughs too!

  • Saturday 15 October
  • Queen’s Hall
  • 7.30pm
  • Adults: £17.50
  • Concs: £15.00

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