LUDLOW COMES ALIVE

What's On 2018

16th June - 1st of July

Ludlow Fringe
Flower Power Conservation Day
To compliment the 'Secret Gardens of Ludlow' day we are inviting conservation groups from the area to set up displays on the square and talk about the amazing work they do to highlight the need to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.
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Ludlow Fringe
Best Dressed Dog in Ludlow Parade
Get creative and bring your pooch to the Castle Square at midday for the judging of the Best Dressed Dog in Ludlow. Then join together with all the other crazy dog owners for a parade to the Whitcliffe where there will be fun, games and prizes on the common until 1pm.
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Two Score Theatre Company
The Merry Wives of Windsor By William Shakespeare
Fusing pantomime with farce, Windsor's merry wives successfully engineer the hilarious downfall of the money - and bottom - grabbing Sir John Falstaff while their husbands remain at least three beats behind. It's a wonderfully daft romp.
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Pure Studios
Stay Fabulous Cabaret
Join us for a fabulous night of carefree frolics, lip-syncing extravaganzas, enchanting chair dancing, pole dancing, burlesque and Aerial, all with a dash of weirdness!
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Ludlow Fringe & People for Ludlow
The Great Ludlow Get Together
The Great Ludlow Get Together - Street Party with music, crafts and games. Bring some food to share and join us in celebrating our town and share in our desire to make this a fairer, kinder, more tolerant world.
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Home Office
Ludlow Fringe Pub Quiz
A pub quiz with a difference! Do you think you're a good British Citizen? Well we'll be testing your knowledge according to Home Office expectations and seeing what chance you'd have of passing. There could be dire consequences for failing to achieve the necessary 75%!!
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The Kagools
Kula
They’re back! Following their sell-out show at Ludlow last year this multi award-winning UK silent comedy duo are bringing their fantastic new show 'Kula' to this year’s Fringe. Don't miss it!
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The Cliffe at Dinham
Ludlow Jazz Collective
“Ludlow Jazz Collective” plays well-known jazz standards, Latin songs and some blues! Free Entry – drop in for a cocktail, light bite or book a table for dinner from 7.00pm
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Trev Tokabi
AWOL (Work in Progress)
Straight from the Ivory Coast, Trev Tokabi brings his unique humour that takes on long distance parenting - just like long distance relationships it's doomed from the start! He opens up about the mundane 1st world problems he’s facing … gentrification!
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Richard Pulsford
Conflict of Interest
Spoken word show marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. A personal journey to determine the backgrounds and lives of two great-uncles who volunteered and died in France and at sea in 1918. What is their legacy for 2018?
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Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company
Flamenco and tapas
An al fresco performance from composer & Flamenco guitar soloist Daniel Martinez alongside exceptional musicians, singers, a violinist and a dancer. An unforgettable evening of pure authentic Flamenco with complimentary tapas included. Don't miss it!
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Ludlow Fringe
The Paint Jam
Urban street art comes to Ludlow's Event Square. Watch it happen, talk to artists, see their finished work. You could even make them an offer and take a piece home! Artists come from near and far to take part in this growing event.
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Ludlow Fringe
Young Musicians
A terrific night of talent and versatility from our newest up-and-coming, local young musicians in the attractive surroundings of the Ludlow Brewery. This event is sponsord by David Burford Independent Financial Advisers Ltd.
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The Compasses Inn
Ludlow Pride After Party
Ludlow Pride 2018 After Party, for those who just want to keep feeling the love!
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Comedy at the Brewery
Jo Caulfield and Sally-Anne Hayward
Grab your chance to see the wonderfully sharp and bitchy Jo Caulfield - one of the finest female comedians on the circuit - preview her new show Killing Time. Supported by the award-winning and fabulously funny, Sally-Anne Hayward.
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Ludlow Fringe
Children's Creative Crafts
Pizza Express is sponsoring Children's Creative Crafts and after-school activities during the Fringe. Bring your little people along to get involved in making and painting objects inspired by the natural world. Plus, everyone gets a free slice of pizza and a drink. Yum!
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The Old Dic Theatre Company
Merry Wives of Windsor or Meghan's Near Miss
The Longest Running Bad Shakespeare in Ludlow! The 34th Year of Bardic Demolition! The Old Dic Theatre Company presents “Meghan’s Near Miss” or “The Merry Wives of Windsor” The Budget Version in 30 minutes”
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Kev F Sutherland
Comic Art Masterclass
Kev F Sutherland writes and draws for The Beano, Dr Who and Marvel Comics and now he’ll teach you just how easy it is. At the end of this fun after-school class, everyone will have their own comic as well as an individual caricature by Kev F. Thoroughly recommended!
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Deborah Alma
Dirty Laundry
Deborah Alma is well known to Ludlow as the 'Emergency Poet'. Join her and guest poets to celebrate the launch of her first collection 'Dirty Laundry'. Plus readings from #MeToo poetry anthology.
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Friends of Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Secret Gardens of Ludlow
Ludlow Assembly Rooms annual fundraiser takes you through eleven wonderful private gardens hidden away in Ludlow’s centre. Ploughman’s lunch, afternoon tea, ice cream, Prosecco, herbs, plants and wine will all be on sale.
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Tony Cowards
Punderdog
Bursting at the seams with glorious gags, puns and witty one-liners, Punderdog is the follow-up to last year's hilarious Daft Pun An hour of great gags, playful puns and witty wordplay - If laughter is the best medicine, then Tony is a veritable pharmacy of comedy.
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Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company
Art of Believing
A must-see powerful Flamenco performance, bursting with passion and authenticity. Alongside exceptional musicians, singers and a violinist, guitarist Daniel Martinez promises an unforgettable Flamenco experience. Vibrant and exciting, this show cannot be missed!
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Ludlow Choirs
The Big Sing
Ludlow people love to sing and the Big Sing brings all of the choirs from the area to sing together in the square to create an amazing and joyful sound. Afterwards they will sing around the town in their groups and can pop up almost anywhere!
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Comedy at the Charlie
James Acaster & Alex Kealy
5-time Edinburgh Best Show Nominee and Mock the Week regular James Acaster previews his latest show. "Stand-up of the highest, most playful order" ★★★★★ Guardian. Alex Kealy is "fresh, insightful, and original...a great hour of cerebral stand-up" ★★★★★ - FringeGuru)
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Lukey Magic
Totally Tricked
Lukey Magic Totally Tricked is a live audience show combining cutting edge magic combined with mind reading and illusions for the whole family. Lukey will perform amazing magic tricks, mind reading and illusions live on stage. So come and see this amazing show!!!!
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Alf Jenkins MBE
Tours Of Clee Hill's Industrial and social history sites
Titterstone Clee, Ancient summit camp and Hydro Electric Power of the 1800s. (10am Meet in Victoria Car park at Clee Hill village – on the A4117. Warm weatherproof clothing, packed lunch and strong shoes needed.)
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Annette Gregory
Annette Gregory Presents 'Ladies Of Jazz'
Annette will captivate you with her rich, deep delicate phrasing to songs sung by legends like Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day.
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Glen Buglass
The Life and Times of the Tat Man
The Tat Man, who, from his home in the scrapyard, tells rag-and-tat tales of travelling folk and bloody births, blacksmiths, devils and magical horses, taking the audience on a journey from the world of folk-tale and myth, to the battlefields of the First World War.
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Comedy at the Brewery
Gary Delaney and Larry Dean
Gary returns to Ludlow Fringe with another great helping of his expertly crafted gaggery. The comedian who delivers more quality jokes in a single show than most comics do in their careers is supported by the fantastically funny Fringe favourite Larry Dean. 5★★★★★ fun!
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Meta4 Dance
Meta4 Double Bill
Meta4 Dance is a vibrant dance and physical theatre company working to create transparent, provocative and captivating work. In this diverse double bill, they bring pieces from very different backgrounds: a powerful dance duet.
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Louise Stokes
Please Stop The Dark
Exploring the complex issue of PTSD through The Poet’s encounters with the personified characters of Trauma and Pain. A journey the audience won’t forget in a hurry. Adult themes and language.
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Gerard Harris
Gerard Harris: Attention Seeker
A shy, joke writer for a top UK comedian crashes into the stand-up spotlight... and the rest is history. Except history is normally written by the winners. An Off-Broadway & World Fringe hit from Montreal (via Uxbridge ★★★★★“Incredibly smart, funny" Edmonton Journal, CA
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Ludlow Fringe
Film Demain
Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on positive actions to ecological and social problems around the globe, highlighting the best solutions to date in agriculture, energy, economics, education, and democracy.
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Lejazzetal
The Kamao Quartet
Traditional manouche songs, swinging Gypsy jazz clasics, Django Reinhardt classics, jazz songs, a sprinkle of Brazilian Choro music. KAMAO means “I like/I love/I want” in Western European Romani dialect.
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Comedy at the Brewery
Stephen Carlin & Mawaan Rizwan
Fresh from a UK tour with Simon Amstell we have a Ludlow Fringe first with Mawaan Rizwan’s surreal concoction of confessional stand-up, absurd dance and trippy songs along with Stephen Carlin, named by Stewart Lee as one of the ‘Ten Best Comedians in the World Ever’.
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Alf Jenkins MBE
Local History Lectures
Lecture 1 - DVD Presentation "A Stroll round the Clee Hills". With discussion on the industrial and social history of Clee Hill. Lecture 2 - The Development of Clee Hill's unique Dialect. A conversation by Ann and Alf Jenkins with a fun quiz to end.
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Robert Lane
The Improlectuals
Impro-ducing a night of comedy and improv games featuring the best of Birmingham's improv talent. Spontaneous and hilarious, on the spot comedy from audience suggestions.
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Richard Pulsford
Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun
An hour of stand-up from master of wordplay Richard Pulsford (Leicester Comedy Festival’s ‘UK Pun Championships’ runner up 2016), touring his fourth solo show. “Like a well-oiled machine of mirth… a likeable stand-up comedian with great material” (Buxton Fringe 2017).
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Gill Hamer - Zumba Shropshire
Zumba on the Sqaure
You can enjoy a full hour of exercise either from the comfort of your seat or by popping on your trainers and getting involved yourself. Go at your own pace and enjoy this energetic and fun event. If you're interested in joining in just come along!
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Stone & Stallion
DJ Set
Stone and Stallion weaved their musical loin cloths in the frothy gardens of Studio 54 and Castlemorton Festival. Hailed, by themselves, as the best DJ’s in the world, they spin records ranging from 1970s Disco to the latest House and Techno.
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Carl John
The Psychic Cabaret
Carl John Is not a normal person. He believes that he can read your mind, and after seeing his new show you will too. He does not use psychological tricks or word games, so come along and have your mind read ... and blown!
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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
Superheroes
Sock! Pow! The award-winning Socks are back with a new show of comedy songs, sketches, socks & violence. You think you've seen heroes in tights before? This pair will run and run. "Space age comedy to knock your socks off" - ★★★★ Daily Record
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Storymine
Portal - Slip Casting Workshop
Inspired by the photograph of the 'Doors Of Ludlow' ceramic installation artist Emma Summers is inviting people to cast porcelain door handles as part of a community-wide art project. This family-friendly workshop is suitable for children aged 6 and over.
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Ludlow Fringe
Ludlow Pride 2018
A day of fun and exciting events as we celebrate our second year supporting a positive stance toward LGBTQ people promoting their self-affirmation, dignity, equality and rights, to increase their visibility as a social group and to build a stronger community.
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John Jarvis
Ludlow Arts Trail
Come and see the diverse work of some amazing local artists, showing across a host of different venues in Ludlow throughout the Fringe Festival. Look out for our easy to follow map and guide which is available all over town.
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Thomas Cameron
Thomas Cameron Live
Thomas Cameron is an English tenor whose voice has been described as having velvet-like qualities. He performs classics such as "Bring Him Home' and 'Music of the Night', ensuring there is something for everyone. 5 Stars - Express and Echo
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Ludlow Fringe
Burlesque Life Drawing session
A fabulously fun and colourful life drawing class for artists of ALL abilities. Our model will pose in Burlesque style costume that will unfold as the session draws on. Tuition and materials provided or bring your own.
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Ludlow Fringe
Burlesque Performance Workshop
You'll learn glove peeling, how to strut your stuff and how to begin creating characters. The workshop will culminate in an over-the-top burlesque routine ending. Suitable for any ability. Dressing up and high heels encouraged. Ooh la la!
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Here to There Productions
As You Like It.
It's the Swinging 60’s and life at the court of the usurping Duke Frederick is lived on the edge - overflowing with tension, intrigue and brotherly hate. An open air production of Shakespeare’s comedy in the beautiful setting of Ludlow Castle. Bring chairs and a picnic!
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Join Emma Summers, Sandra Salter and Dulcie Fulton.
Anatomy of an Artist
Three professional artists. Three creative stories. Come and join Emma Summers, Sandra Salter and Dulcie Fulton for an afternoon exploring the creative process; the highs and the lows, inspirations and challenges. There is an opportunity for Q+A afterwards.
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Simon King
Simon King Organ Trio
The Simon Peter King Organ Trio features three top Midlands based musicians who play a groove-infused jazz that incorporates blues, funk and latin. Jim Bashford - Drums, Matt Ratcliffe - Organ and Simon Peter King - Guitar. Come and enjoy great jazz and great beer.
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Jem Roberts
Tales Of Britain LIVE!
TALES OF BRITAIN is the first treasury of British folklore to be released in over 40 years – 77 tales retold for a new generation, complete with tourist guides to each story's location! Author Brother Bernard performs choicest tales in the Blue Boar courtyard.
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Regal Theatre
Talking Heads by Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett's series of monologues have been entertaining audiences for nearly 30 years. After a successful run at The Regal Theatre, Peter Hayter & Sue Hawkins charm audiences with Bennett's style of wit, observation and social commentary.
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Paul Hopkins BWS
Painting Skies, Trees and Water in Watercolour
A workshop for artists of all abilities. Pick up tips and tricks and enjoy trying different ways of handling these landscape features. Bring your own brushes, paints etc. Paper will be provided for a small charge. This workshop will now be delivered by Paul Hopkins BWS.
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Ludlow Concert Band
Summer Sounds in the Castle Gardens
Come and spend a wonderful sunny, Sunday afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of the Castle Gardens listening to the Ludlow Concert Band playing popular tunes from screen and musicals.
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Ludlow Fringe
Makers Market
Bringing together the finest art, craft, food and drink producers in the area, this annual event is a great showcase for unique, original and inspiring designs.
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Robyn Perkins
10,000 Decisions
Everyone makes bad decisions, right? This brilliant new stand up show uses a series of hilarious personal anecdotes, family stories and neuroscience to come up with a well thought out decision for one random audience member.
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James Hunt Saxophone Quartet
Jazz on the Green
Wander down to the tranquil setting of the Millennium Green for an hour of summertime jazz by the river with the amazing James Hunt Saxophone Quartet.
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Ludlow Fringe
Counterfeit ABBA
Come along and dance the night away at the ever popular Fringe Finale. This year we have Counterfeit ABBA – the fantastic ABBA tribute band who’ve performed their show worldwide since 2000 - a superb ABBA experience is guaranteed! Dress to impress!
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Boozey Belle's Vintage Cocktails
An evening of Electro Swing with a vintage twist
Come and see the amazing' After-Hour’s Electro Swing Band' perform vintage style Gatsby to electro versions of modern pop songs. A 1940's style atmosphere with a retro bar serving creative cocktails inspired from the decade. Dress to impress.
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Kaboodle Community Choir
Choral Mix With Four Part Harmony
Kaboodle Community Choir is a mixed non audition choir which has grown into a family of choral singers who just love singing. There will be 44 voices singing together, creating four part harmonies of a wide range of songs from ABBA to Queen via Cole Porter.
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Rob Gee
Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit
A murder mystery set on a dementia ward from comic, poet and psych nurse Rob Gee. ★★★★★ “Hilarious and heartbreaking” Victoria Times; ★★★★★ “Razor-sharp” CBC, Canada; ★★★★★ “Wonderful!” Theatre in London; “A disturbing masterpiece” Gig City, Alberta
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Ludlow College
Theatre on the Square
An afternoon of street theatre and entertainment on event square brought to you by the students of Ludlow College. See a variety of shows performed by young people of all ages from the area - spot the stars of tomorrow performing in Ludlow today.
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Phillip Northfield
'MIND READER'
Phil͛s previous shows have seen him predict human behaviour, reveal PIN codes, and influence seemingly impossible choices. This one promises to be even more ambitious! For a unique fringe show experience come and see 'MIND-READER'.
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Ludlow Fringe
Arts on the Green
Sculpture making workshop for all the family on the Millennium Green influenced by the natural world around us. Come along and get involved in creating a piece of work which will stay on the Green and become a part of the Ludlow Fringe Art Trail.
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Shropshire Morris
The Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish
Back for our annual midsummer treat, the Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Roden's Tuppeny Dish will give another spectacular performance in the Castle Square, with this year's special guest dancers - The Earlsdon Morris Men.
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