Speen Festival 2011  

Festival Programme 2011


 

Tickets for all events are now on sale. Call the Box Office to-day on 01494 488315 to book your tickets. You can also visit Speen Stores to buy your tickets for all Youth Events.
Click here to download a printable programme & booking form.

Thursday 8, Friday 9
Saturday 10 September
7.30pm
Festival Marquee

The Dreaming
Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare with music by Howard Goodall (of Blackadder & Vicar of Dibley fame) and book and lyrics by Charles Hart, The Dreaming is the magical opening for this year's festival. Set in a hilltop village surrounded by woodland 100 years ago, our entirely local cast and production team will take you on a journey of mystery with comic twists and turns. Fantastical family musical.
(NB not recommended for under 7s.)RSC Open Stages
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This production is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages Project.
 
Tickets: £10 adults · £5 for under 16s · Licensed Bar

 
Saturday 10 September
Wild Workshop Saturday
Wild About Craft 10am - 4pm
Speen Village Hall

Traditional craft workshops for children including papercraft (10am), buttons and beads (11am), plaiting (12 noon), patchwork pictures (2pm), knitting and pompoms (3pm). Each session has a different craft focus but with a variety of activities within each one. All children will make something to take home. Workshops last 40 minutes and will be led by members of Speen WI.
Tickets: £2 for children ages 3-12 · Accompanying adults free
(children aged 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Surviving in Ridgley's Field 12 noon - dusk (all weathers!)
Surviving in Ridgley's FieldJoin us for a Festive picnic lunch or tea and get stuck into some outdoor activities: help set up a camp fire, cook some traditional Bucks delicacies, create some woodland inspired arts and crafts. Those aged 10 and over are invited to help build a Bodger shelter as used by Speen craftsmen in the past. Expert and novice outdoor craft enthusiasts welcome to demonstrate skills.
Free admission · Bring your own picnic and rug
 
Speen Photo Shoot and Exhibition 2.30pm - 5.30pm
The King William IV Pub & Restaurant
(NB: bar not open)
Run your own fun photo shoot using wild and whacky props with the help of local photography experts. We supply the professional kit and props (or provide your own) and you just book 15 minutes of our 'Studio' to use as you like. Don't forget to bring family and friends to photograph. View your images, print your favourite to take away and enter the best shot into our photography exhibition held at The King William IV Pub & Restaurant for duration of Festival. 15 minute slots start at 2.30pm.
Tickets: £2

 
Sunday 11 September
11am - 4pm
Festival Marquee
and Playing Field

Food Festival
Food FestivalEverything for the fine food lover, including cookery demonstrations and beer and wine tastings. Sample a diverse and delicious range of local fayre as we celebrate some of the best producers and suppliers in the Chilterns. No need to bring lunch or tea but do bring your shopping baskets to stock up your shelves.
 
Tickets: £3 adults · Under 16s free
Licensed bar and refreshments available

 
Sunday 11 September
8pm
Festival Marquee
Stuart King

Echoes of Old Village Life - Pictures, Poems and Prose
Share an informal evening with Stuart King, local craftsman, artist and photojournalist, broadcaster and international lecturer. Stuart is a highly skilled and accomplished craftsman with an extensive knowledge of Bucks history, our countryside and the fascinating trades and traditions that shaped it over the centuries. Stuart invites you to bring your own interesting, peculiar and unfathomable pieces to create an instant exhibition for one night only! Anything that fits the theme, or relevant artwork of your own making. Exhibits welcome from 7pm.
Tickets: £5 adults · £3 for under 16s · Licensed bar

 
The Elysian Singers
Your Song Will Live In My Heart
Monday 12 September
8pm
Speen Chapel

Your Song Will Live In My HeartSong can weave together memories and events in most unexpected ways. Readings devised from oral accounts by some treasured Speen residents are complemented by stunning music from one of the UK's top chamber choirs, led by musical director Sam Laughton. All profits of this concert will be donated to the charity Agape Alive in India.
Tickets: £10 (including a glass of wine & tasty nibbles)
Refreshments available

 
Tuesday 13 September
4pm - 6.30pm
Festival Marquee
Young Speen Goes Wild

Young Speen Goes Wild
How do bees make honey? What do owls eat? Join our team of local experts on safari in Speen to uncover the secrets of the natural world. A host of hands-on fun activities inspired by nature for 4-10 year olds with a bit of art and poetry thrown in.
Tickets: £1 for under 11s · Adults free · Children's tea provided by The King William IV Pub & Restaurant (not included in ticket price)

 
Tuesday 13 September
8pm
Speen Village Hall

Wild about Speen
Wild about SpeenA fascinating talk and slide show revealing the secrets of the fauna and flora in Speen and North Dean during the course of the year by local expert Peter Symonds. Peter has been busy collating his most up-to-date wildlife sightings not far from your doorstep: a chance for us all to stop and reflect on the wildlife treats so close to home. Doors open 7.45pm.
Tickets: £3 adults (including a glass of wine) · £2 for under 16s
Refreshments available

 
Wednesday 14 September
8pm
Festival Marquee

Jazz Concert: 'Johnny Mercer, A Life In Music'
Jazz ConcertAn evening of jazz by the Martin Hart Quintet with Lynn Garner featuring the music and life story of Johnny Mercer, one of the quintessential giants of the 20th century popular-song genre. A man who won 4 Academy Awards and was nominated for a further 19. Doors open 7.30pm.
Tickets: £12 · Advance booking essential · Bring your own drinks

 
Thursday 15 September
7.30pm
Festival Marquee
Science Matters

Science Matters
A night guaranteed to keep you young. A thought-provoking debate with experts on topical science issues, including the brain, the mind and ageing, compered by Professor Barry Stickings CBE and featuring the editor of New Scientist Roger Highfield and technology consultant Sandy Primrose. Come and join Speen's own take on Question Time, without the politicians. Doors open at 7pm. Email questions by 8 Sept to: director@speenfestival.org.
Tickets: £5 adults · £2 students · Refreshments available

 
Friday 16 September
7pm - 10pm
Festival Marquee

Youth Takeover
Youth TakeoverCan you walk the walk? This could be your moment. A talented young line-up will take the Festival platform as artists, comedians, singers, video artists, dancers - performers in many different guises. You could be one of them, or book a ticket to support your friends and neighbours who are keen to do just that! Sign up to perform or help (including adult mentors) via email: director@speenfestival.org or visit Speen Stores.
Click here for more details - don't miss workshops on Sept 1 and 6!
Tickets: £2 · Registered participants and youth organisers free
BBQ and soft drinks available (not included in ticket price)
NB this is an evening presented by young adults for young adults between the ages of 13 to 25

 
Friday 16 September
from 8pm
The King William IV Pub & Restaurant
Friday Folk

Friday Folk
Folk music is enjoying a renaissance, come and find out why and enjoy live acoustic music at its best. If you can't get to Dingle, or even Towersey, come and join us for a great night in the local.
Free admission · Families welcome before 9pm · Refreshments available

 
Teatro Unfortunato
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
Saturday 17 September
10.30am
Festival Marquee

Teatro UnfortunatoThis local children's theatre company, riotous as ever, return to Speen with a re-working of the Lewis Carroll tale told through the eyes of the sleepy dormouse - with lots and lots and lots of cups of tea. For children under 10, and parents, if silly enough.
Tickets: £5 children · Adults free · Refreshments available

 
 
Saturday 17 September
2pm - 4pm
Speen Bike Park, Ridgley's Field
Bike Park Challenge

Speen Bike Park Challenge
With new biking challenges, this event will test your biking skills to the limit. You can also just come and have fun! Three age groups (6-18 years) will compete for the coveted awards and prizes. Bike helmets compulsory and bikes are checked for condition.
Tickets: £2.50 (incl BBQ) · Spectators free

 
Saturday 17 September
6.45pm - late
Festival Marquee

Cabaret Supper   SOLD OUT
An intoxicating and stylish evening of food, drink & entertainment with a twist of Art Nouveau. The Festival ends as it began with a riotous ball in a hilltop village surrounded by woodland - only 100 years on. Some regular and some surprising events come together to form our homegrown, and sumptuous, cabaret supper.
Tickets: £25 (including a reception drink and 3 course meal) · Advance booking essential · Licensed bar · Dress: Black tie 1911 or 2011

 
Sunday 18 September
3pm
Festival Marquee/Playing Field

Prom in the Playing Field
Prom in the Playing FieldJust when you thought it was all over: a fabulous free finale afternoon treat for all ages. Settle down for an entertaining afternoon of music classics and some prom style participation with impresario Sam Laughton. A collaboration of local orchestras and soloists will showcase their talent and perform favourites from film, TV and the classical masters. Supporting Iain Rennie Hospice at Home - part of Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care. Registered Charity: 1140386. Prom in the Playing Field
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Free admission · Bring your own refreshments and seating or indulge in the champagne and beer tent, BBQ and afternoon tea from the KW4


 
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