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What's On: How to get your culture fix at home

From virtual concerts to storytelling and poetry, here’s what’s on for culture vultures this month

Play time?

Launched by Cambridgeshire County Council, ‘The Library Presents. . . in your house’ is a new service allowing people to enjoy music, storytelling, poetry, theatre and animation, magic extravaganzas and craft workshops from the comfort of their sofa. Highlights will include a new audio drama adaptation of Greyhounds, by Time and Again Theatre Company, in collaboration with Yorkshire Air Museum (don’t miss the Discover Florence Nightingale workshop) and inclusive storytelling for young children and those with complex needs, with sensory musical theatre company, Collar and Cuffs.

The Library Presents. . .at home, Greyhounds(35367751)
The Library Presents. . .at home, Greyhounds(35367751)

Find out more at cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts or on Facebook @TheLibraryPresents

New Chapter

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has a new CEO/Artistic Director, Owen Calvert-Lyons, who is due to take up the post this month. Owen’s impressive portfolio includes four years commissioning and creating new plays as Head of Theatre & Artist Development at Ovalhouse, London. Prior to that he was Artistic Director at The Point - and has earned a reputation for delivering memorable, wonderfully-staged productions. “Theatre Royal is a beautiful theatre with an extraordinary history,” he says. “I look forward to working with this team and the wider Bury St Edmunds community to stage great plays and create dynamic projects, which inspire and delight our audiences.”

Owen Calvert-Lyons (35367670)
Owen Calvert-Lyons (35367670)

The theatre remains temporarily close due to pandemic restrictions. Find out more at theatreroyal.org

His Dark Materials

Impington writer Joe Venable, 25, has created a dark new radio play for the ADC Theatre’s online season. Sorry For Your Loss tells the story of a grieving couple visited by an old friend of their deceased son – who turns out to have the worst of motives.

Four actors, communicating and recording via Zoom, have brought the 30-minute drama to life, along with a director and composer. See this and other shows, created by students in isolation, at adctheatre.com/online

Don’t Stop The Music

From spine-tingling string duets (Fran & Flora) to Schumann’s transcendental Cello Concerto (Guy Johnston and the Faust Chamber Orchestra), be mesmerised by heavenly music thanks to Cambridge Summer Music Festival’s virtual offering. Due to take place next month – marking its 42nd year of bringing world-class performers to the city - the event has been cancelled, but if you head to the website, you can revel in performances from exceptional musicians, including Cambridge-based ensemble, Prime Brass; trailblazers The Chiaroscuro Quartet; and outstanding percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2020 has gone virtual (35367809)
Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2020 has gone virtual (35367809)

Visit cambridgesummermusic.co.uk to enjoy the performances

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