Wednesday 18 April – 7pm The Forum, The Common, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8YU,
Cumbria – Arts Out West Tour
Friday 20 April – Ireby
Saturday 21 April – Gosforth
Northumberland – Highlights Tour Thursday 26 April – St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
Friday 27 April – Wreay Village Hall
Saturday 28 April – The Cheviot Centre, Wooler
Sunday 29 April – Lesbury Village Hall
English Music Festival, Oxfordshire Bank Holiday Monday 28 May – Silk Hall, Radley College
Thursday 21 June King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DB
London School of Economics
Wednesday 4 July – The Shaw Library, LSE, Holborn, London
Saturday 7 July – Woodside Hall, Hitchin
Cambridge Monday 16 July Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes
Wednesday 3 October – Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street, Barbican
Dorchester Arts Friday 15 February Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF
Isle of Wight Saturday 16 February Quay Arts, 15 Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD
Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! 2018
Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire. Wednesday 1 August – Church Stretton Arts Festival
Past Performances 2018
Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle
1 February Redbridge Drama Centre, “We were enraptured by the show. What a brilliant new play. What an outstanding actress! I felt like I had met Ethel. I would love to see it all again.” audience member
Cornwall 8 February Sterts Studio, Liskeard. 9 February The Acorn, Penzance. 10 February The Poly, Falmouth “…a very powerful performance, fascinating character portrayed, and also the sensitive and skilled piano accompaniment.” Acorn Theatre Trustee
15 February Rayner Centre “Another absolute triumph! Your combined musical skills are tremendous. Last night you gave us an extraordinary insight into the life and music of a truly remarkable woman. It was magical, moving and totally engrossing.” Nick Barnes Chairman & Programme Secretary, The Arts Society, South Cambs
3 March The Old Town Hall. “A tremendously thought provoking and moving show. Lucy’s performance; such brilliant acting and her beautiful voice!” Audience member.
Woking 11 March Rhoda McGaw Theatre “Grasp the Nettle was truly wonderful, dramatic, skillful, accomplished and overall simply rather brilliant. Thank you for opening my eyes to the talent and life of Ethel Smyth… an incredibly virtuosic, dynamic and engaging performance.” Dr. Amy Bebbington
Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle This is the story of Ethel Smyth, composer, writer and activist, and her personal conflicts, triumphs and relationships – told in her own words and compositions, in a flowing fusion of drama and music. She was the first woman composer to be performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and is now acclaimed as “the missing link” between Purcell and Britten.
“An amazing and important story presented up close and personal by the immensely talented dramatist and contralto Lucy Stevens. This will make your soul sing.” – Rob Webb, founder Quietrevolution
Photographs by Laura Doddington
Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!
Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! Tells the story of the great English contralto from her debut as a singer in 1940, through her meteoric rise, to her tragic death in 1953. The text is taken from her letters and diaries interwoven with music from her repertoire. Just like Kathleen during her short but full life, the show has a great sense of fun and talks straight from the heart.
★ ★ ★ ★ “Lucy Stevens as Ferrier, capturing the singer’s radiant personality most winningly…always at home in the Ferrier songbook, the warmth in her own voice, matching to a large degree Ferrier’s own contralto, causes a frisson in the audience.” – Adrian Edwards Musical Theatre Review
Shakespeare in Song
Shakespeare in Song
A song recital exploring love, lust, power and decay. Fourteen composers set, over four centuries, songs from Shakespeare’s plays, interwoven with spoken poetry from his plays and sonnets.
“A remarkable performance, with magical, deeply touching moments – the audience spellbound, the recitations beautifully delivered and subtly interwoven with the songs – some well known, others less familiar and fresh. Lauderdale House 2017
“Another triumphant performance!! Brilliant singing and accompaniment.” Nick Barnes, Chairman Cambridge NADFAS