Day Time Programme

Aardman Animations: Modelling Workshops and Film Screenings. Saturday 9th October: – Suitable for all ages from aged 5 upwards, participants will join one of Aardman Animation’s top team of modellers to create clay Wallace, Gromit, or Shaun the Sheep. We will be holding two one-hour workshops in St.George’s Hall at 10:30am and 2:30pm, each workshop is limited to 60 participants; it is recommended that younger children are accompanied by an adult.

Each workshop will be followed by a screening of two of Aardman’s award winning short films – A Grand Day Out and The Farmer’s Llamas, on the big screen at St. George’s Hall.

The Allegri Quartet is Britain’s longest-running chamber music ensemble, sustained over six decades by successive generations of performers. The current quartet consists of Martyn Jackson, Rafael Todes, Dorothea Vogel and Vanessa Lucas-Smithand we are very pleased that they will be performing at the annual Classical Concert in St. Anne’s Church. The programme for the afternoon is: Mendelssohn Quartet in D major opus 44 no 1, Stravinsky – 3 pieces and Schubert A minor quartet – Rosamunde. St. Anne’s Church: 3:00pm Sunday 10th October 

Michael Pennington’s career has spanned 40 years and a wide variety of leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and the English Shakespeare Company. He has also performed regularly on the West End stage, on television and in film. He has also published successful books on, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. his acclaimed one man show, ‘Sweet William’, gives the audience an unprecedented portrait of William Shakespeare through dramatic characterization and insights revealing the infinite variety found in the plays and in the man himself. Bewdley Baptist Church 2:30pm Monday 11th October

Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. His TV credits include the BAFTA award-winning Springwatch, The Nature of Britain and Birds Britannia, while his books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Wild Kingdom and The Robin: A Biography. “The Secrets of Songbirds: the Robin, Wren and Swallow” features a series of readings and revelations from Stephen’s three ‘bird biographies’. St. George’s Hall: 10:00am Tuesday 12th October

Lesley Smith has created another absorbing tale of a woman in history. Unlike most of the famous characters that Lesley portrays, Peggy Knight was an understated heroine, who lived in the shadows as a member of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. This young woman was a shorthand typist in 1944 at 24 years of age, living in north London. Suddenly she found herself recruited and after just two short weeks of training was parachuted into enemy-occupied France. Learn more of those tense months in France and Peggy’s immense courage and patriotism as she looks back on her experiences. Bewdley Baptist Church: 2:30pm Tuesday 12th October.

Actor Carole Boyd is well known to the listeners of “The Archers” as the character Lynda Snell. Carole’s “Life’s a Soap Opera” provides insights not only into being one of radio’s most divisive characters, but also the multiple roles she has performed including voicing every woman and child for the programme “Postman Pat”. Bewdley Baptist Church: 2:30pm Wednesday 13th October.

Hymn & Her is a brand-new play for the Bewdley Festival, starring Jonathan Darby and Claire Worboys. Written and directed by Nick Wilkes.  The children have grown and flown the nest, leaving Reverend Adam Weaver and his wife Mary a little lost. His life is now the happy joy of study, theology and rambling through God’s own countryside. Her life is now the deep dread of bell ringing, cake sales and the village fete!  With their wedding anniversary looming should they be content with all things bright and beautiful? Or should they try to rekindle that old black magic? It’s all well and good fundraising to fix the organ, but wouldn’t you rather be skinny-dipping in the Azores? Bewdley Baptist Church: 2:30pm Thursday 14th October.

In “Dominion; the Making of the Western Mind” historian, writer and presenter of Radio and TV documentaries, Tom Holland, attempts to tell the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, this intriguing work explores the extraordinary transformation that has taken place in our understanding of what it is to be human. Bewdley Baptis Church: 2:30pm Friday 15th October.

Greg Foot is a Science Presenter and Producer on BBC TV & Radio. He is also an educational YouTuber with more than 30 million views who regularly gives keynotes and school talks on his science adventures. Greg will be presenting, “The Future of Food”, which asks the burning question, ‘How will we feed the 10 billion people potentially crowding our planet in 2050?’ A family event and tickets students 18 and under are £5. St. Georges Hall: 4:30pm Friday 15th October.

Max Keen has portrayed 14 historical characters at Bewdley Festival and his 15th sees his forensic historical eye turned upon “Sir William Marshall 1146 – 1219 – The Greatest Knight?”. William Marshall, known as ‘The Marshall’, born during the 12th century civil war of King Stephen and Empress Matilda, found fame and riches on the brutal European tournament circuit as a knight. He faithfully served kings Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and John, was knighted and served as regent for the young Henry III and was instrumental in reissuing Magna Carta and saving England from French rule. Not bad for a youth who, after his minor Anglo-Norman noble father left him penniless, had the choice of either joining the church or becoming a knight in order to survive! Bewdley Baptist Church: 2:30pm Saturday 16th October.

Art Exhibition in Bewdley Museum

Andrea Hannon is a contemporary artist based in Southwest London. Her work explores pre-existing ideas of gender and the home, and how these are perpetuated through language that is conditioned by binary categorisations of understanding (male/female, man/woman, feminine/masculine, subject/object). Drawing from a range of historic and contemporary sources such as encyclopaedia, magazines, books, existing objects and materials, Andrea creates surreal two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that question existing knowledge structures that define us in various ways by our biological sex.

Art Film. St. George’s Hall 10:00am Thursday 14th October

“Sunflowers” is a feature-length documentary film unveiling the mystery of Van Gogh’s greatest masterworks.

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are some of the most iconic paintings in the world. What many mistake for one masterpiece, are actually five paintings of sunflowers in vases scattered across galleries in Amsterdam, London, Munich, Philadelphia and Tokyo.

Working closely with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Sunflowers goes beyond a ‘virtual exhibition’, delving into the rich and complex stories behind each of the paintings to unveil the mysteries of the sunflowers. What did the flowers mean to Van Gogh, and why do they resonate so much with audiences today? With a striking portrayal of the artist by actor Jamie de Courcey and fascinating insights from art historians, botanists and everything in between, the film offers a unique insight into Van Gogh’s life and artwork.

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  • Michael Pennington - "Sweet William"