Location
Fleece Inn
The Cross
Bretforton
Nr Evesham
Worcester
WR11 7JE 

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  • Outdoor Shakespeare: The Handlebards with Much Ado About Nothing

    Outdoor Shakespeare – The Handlebards with Much Ado About Nothing

    Friday 21st Jun, 6:30pm, Earlybird Tickets £12 (on the door £18)

    The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.
     
    Join their all-male troupe here at the Fleece for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
     
    And what’s the play about? Well – a group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.
     
    This is an outdoor production, so please dress for the weather!
     
    Visit www.handlebards.com to find out more – we also have the all-female troupe here on 24 April with The Tempest

  • Whodunnit

    Thu 20 June & Sat 22 June 7.30pm
    Bretforton Amateur Dramatics Society present Whodunnit? by Anthony Shaffer.

    This Broadway success by the author of Sleuth takes audiences to Agatha Christie's England. Six strangers and a butler have gathered for a black tie dinner in a wealthy lawyer's mansion during a thunderstorm. The guests include an aged rear admiral, a bitchy aristocrat, a doddering old archeologist, a dashing young cad and other Christie types. One of the guests is an oily Levantine who tells the others (each in private) that he has the goods to blackmail them. He is ripe for murder and so it happens. Whodunnit?

    "A torrent of merriment ... heavy with excitement, crackles with repartee, rings the bell with epigrams, and detonates depth charges of laughter.... Converts the theatre into a discotheque of explosive delight ... [with] enough riotous surprises to supply another mystery dramatist with a trunkful of plays."- New York Magazine

    This is BADS first performance as a fully fledged Drama Group.

  • Ye Vagabonds and Brėghde Chaimbeul

    Friday 28th Jun, 8pm, £15

    A double bill of the best new Irish & Scottish musicians
     
    Ye Vagabonds
     
    Nominated ‘Best Traditional Track’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
    Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
     
    Brėghde Chaimbeul
     
    Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brėghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.
     
    “A talent beyond her years.” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

  • Saltfishforty

    Sunday 14th Jul, 8pm, £14
    Saltfishforty are a fresh and dynamic duo hailing from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland. Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola) combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with original compositions.
     
    The powerhouse partnership have won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, brilliantly transcending the duo format’s conventional confines. Linchpin figures in the currently flourishing revival of Orkney’s traditional music, they unite these deep-rooted sources with an exhilarating breadth of influence and expertise, catalysed by a creative empathy born from decades of friendship.  The result is a sound of equally thrilling raw attack and multi-dimensional richness.
     
    A partnership forged back in 2002 – more by accident than design – the two knew each other since primary school, and played together in sessions and various bands, until they were booked in a four-piece for a charity gig, and only the two turned up: “We decided to go on and just make as much noise as two people possibly could – which is kind of how it’s been ever since” they say.
     
    Years later, Saltfishforty have delighted audiences at many of the world’s top folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, HebCelt, Shetland, Lorient in Brittany and Canada’s Celtic Colours, as well as touring to the US and throughout Europe. Their focus on Orkney music takes in traditional, contemporary and original material, boldly cross-fertilised with influences from Americana to East European folk, plus a high-octane whiff of heavy metal.

  • Taste & Tour 2019

    A Flavour of the Fleece – Taste & Tour Evening
    Mon 8th Jul, Mon 30th Sept, Mon 11th Nov, 6pm, £20
    Join Nigel Smith, Landlord of the Fleece Inn, for a tour of our fascinating building and the artefacts, giving an insight into the pub’s long history and the people who lived here.
    The evening starts at 6pm, with complimentary tea & coffee.
    A 2-course meal is served at approx 6.45pm, in the pub, choose from our Fleecey Favourites menu.
     

  • Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone – Outdoor Theatre
    Thursday 15th Aug, 7pm
    Tickets £12 (Under 18s £10), £40 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2-3 children)
    “Whosoever pulls this sword from the stone is the rightful King of England”
    Wizards, Magic Swords, Knights in Shining Armour, and the Throne of England.
     
    There are fights to be fought, Knights to be knighted, and quests to be… quested. See for yourself exactly how Arthur became the most renowned King of England in this madcap, hilarious retelling of the legendary English story of The Sword in the Stone.
     
    Following their phenomenal response from last year’s The Three Musketeers, IKP are back with another unique, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of a classic story.
     
    Excellent fun for all ages – with slapstick, physical humour, fast-paced multi-rolling, and a smattering of playful innuendo for the grown-ups, IKP’s The Sword in the Stone is an unmissable Outdoor Theatre treat this Summer.
     
    Suitable for all ages, recommended for families with children aged 7+
    Show duration: 2 hours including a 20 minute interval

  • Duncan Chisholm

    Saturday 14th Sep, 8pm, £16
     
    Duncan Chisholm effortlessly evokes a background steeped in the rich highland music tradition through his rich, varied compositions. Having been described as ‘one of the most authentic interpreters of traditional highland music.’ his fiddle playing takes you on an emotional journey through the beautiful landscape which inspires him.
     
    Joining Duncan for this show will be Calum Stewart on Uilleann Pipes and Whistles, Megan Henderson (Breabach) on Piano and Fiddle and Innes Watson on Acoustic Guitar.
     

  • Live at the Fleece: Rory McLeod

    Live at the Fleece: Rory McLeod

    Sunday 29th Sep, 8pm, £12
     
    A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories.
     
    A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, a cappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments!
     
    Rory has travelled the globe from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth. “I’ve travelled to look for work, to mend a broken heart, to be with someone I longed for. I’d travel to visit friends and on the way I’d make new ones; I’d roam because I was curious to see what was around the next corner, sometimes I travelled to follow the warmer weather and migrate… like the birds and the big whales and fishes do”.
     
    Rory comes toting a swag of new songs, Launching his very new album “GUSTO!”.
     
    Rory is a musical Gypsy, his eccentric melodies are infused with influences from Flamenco to Country blues, through to Celtic, East European and Calypso rhythms creating a style of music and songwriting that has been described as “Intimate, revealing, political and powerful.” “When he sings his songs he will take you on a journey with him.” “Poetry and dance-stories with verve, sharpness, humour and warmth about people and for people.” “Great songs to dance to, infectious rhythms, flying harmonica!”
     
    “McLeod is one of the most energetic, most generous performers I’ve seen.” : Doug Spencer, ABC Radio.

  • Sing in the Spring 2020

    The dates for 2020 are 17-19 April. 

    Graeme Knights, Granny's Attic and Will Finn and Rosie Calvert (from The Teacups) are already booked.  
    A weekend of song in the Fleece orchard and barn.

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