Bewdley Festival 2022 takes place between Friday October 7th and Saturday October 15th with events in four different venues, including Tree Tops Pavilion at West Midlands Safari Park.
As usual for all the last 35 years performances, the programme features a wide range of events and subjects across a full multi-arts spectrum.
Our Daytime Programme is crammed with well-known names and returning Festival favourites.
Saturday 8th October brings the return of the Aardmann Animation team from Bristol with two clay modelling workshops for all the family, hosted by one of their top animators. Participants in the morning workshop will be making the character Bitzer, and those attending in the afternoon will create Timmy the lamb. Each workshop will be preceded by an Aardman short film on the big screen in St. George’s Hall.
Monday 10th afternoon brings the Shakespearean actor and director Michael Pennington to Bewdley Baptist Church.
Now approaching his sixth decade in the business, Pennington has written his autobiography packed with names, from the theatre giants of the 1960’s to current Hollywood A-listers, “In My Own Footsteps” which he will present at the festival.
Anyone who is fond of the theatre cannot afford to miss this fascinating appearance full of insights
Tuesday 11th has two daytime offerings, starting in the morning with Stephen Moss, one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters, and wildlife television producers, with “The Twelve Birds of Christmas” a light-hearted exploration of the birds featured in the song.
The afternoon brings Philip Serrell, with “My Life Under The Hammer”. Philip is a firm favourite where antiques on television are concerned and he takes us behind the scenes of his 30 years as an auctioneer and TV presenter.
Wednesday 12th afternoon sees the return of local historian and Festival favourite Max Keen, who is on a quest to sift the fact from the fiction in pirate history – “Pirates – The Truth” being his topic.
Thursday 13th is another three events day. The morning features the Exhibition on Screen Film “Pissarro, Father of Impressionism”.
The afternoon features a series of scenes and sketches developed and performed by local actors Claire Worboys and Jonathan Darby – ‘The Importance of Being a Blithe Spirit’ – an afternoon of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward from handbags to the very flat plains of Norfolk.
Friday 14th features an award-winning artist, Hannah Lowe with “The Kids Are Alright”. The highly regarded poet, memoirist and academic’s latest book, ‘The Kids’, won the Costa Poetry Award and the Costa Book of the Year’s award in 2021 for her depiction of what she learned from the students she taught whilst working in a London school.
The judges said, “It’s joyous, it’s warm and it’s completely universal. A book to fall in love with.” Saturday
October 15th features perennial Festival favourite Lesley Smith, the Curator at Tetbury Museum, who is returning to portray the story of Katherine of Aragon in her inimitable style.