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The Sunday Supplement tomorrow from 9am with Pete Phillips

Classic music from the 70's from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
Greg Fitch - "Engaged" - a guitarist from Suffolk
Gypsy's Kiss - "Influence" - What do you get when you cross a Golfer, a Bird Watcher, a Business Man, a Man On A Boat, a Keys supremo, a Red Wine Drinker and a vole…
Jess And The Bandits - "Don't Let Me Take You Home" - a Country music part-Texan, part-UK group
Koburg - "Love, Let It Rain Down On Me" - the Symphonic Rock solo project of Anastasia Coburg
Lockeland - "Til The Cows Come" & "Drive" - from the red-hot, U.S. country music breakout band, touring the UK
Presley & Taylor - "Everybody Wanna Be Us" a US Country sister duo
Rock Choir - "Don't you Worry 'Bout A Thing" - On 14th September, they return to perform to a 40,000 strong audience at BBC’s Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park.
Songwriterz - "Into The Night" - from the danish duo Songwriterz (Heidi and Michael Henriksen)
The Band Steele - "Waitin' On Sunshine" - made up of longtime friends, Bo Steele/Ben Rubino from Alabama
Miranda Sykes - brand new Album "Behind The Wall" - and appearing at The Artrix on September 6th

What's On at our local venues from 11am

Tune in live from 9…
streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
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The Sunday Supplement tomorrow from 9am with Pete Phillips

Classic music from the 70s from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
Greg Fitch - Engaged - a guitarist from Suffolk
Gypsys Kiss - Influence - What do you get when you cross a Golfer, a Bird Watcher, a Business Man, a Man On A Boat, a Keys supremo, a Red Wine Drinker and a vole… 
Jess And The Bandits - Dont Let Me Take You Home - a Country music part-Texan, part-UK group 
Koburg - Love, Let It Rain Down On Me - the Symphonic Rock solo project of Anastasia Coburg
Lockeland - Til The Cows Come & Drive - from the red-hot, U.S. country music breakout band, touring the UK
Presley & Taylor - Everybody Wanna Be Us a US Country sister duo
Rock Choir - Dont you Worry Bout A Thing - On 14th September, they return to perform to a 40,000 strong audience at BBC’s Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park. 
Songwriterz - Into The Night - from the danish duo Songwriterz (Heidi and Michael Henriksen) 
The Band Steele - Waitin On Sunshine - made up of longtime friends, Bo Steele/Ben Rubino from Alabama
Miranda Sykes - brand new Album Behind The Wall - and appearing at The Artrix on September 6th

Whats On at our local venues from 11am

Tune in live from 9…
http://streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr

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2 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Originally written as a play for radio (commissioned by the BBC no less) and completed just before his death in 1953, it may seem a little strange to perform Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood on the stage as it is indeed a "play for voices". One thing which director (and Malvern Theatres Chief Executive) Nic Lloyd had to consider was how best to do this to make the most of the talents of the Malvern Theatres Young Company whilst giving the audience an experience which was more than a reading of the script.

The answer? Do it "in the round" (or, in reality, on a relatively small square surrounded on four sides by the audience with just a lobster pot as a prop). And what about the fact the play delves into the lives of the individual inhabitants of the small Welsh town, meaning only one or two would be active at any one time whilst all are on stage with nowhere to hide? Simple - their conversation complete, the actors fall to the ground only to re-awaken when their character is needed again. Clever stuff and it certainly keeps the cast on their toes having to perform to an audience on all sides.

The story - via three narrators - tells the story of a day in the life of the inhabitants of the fictional Welsh town of Llareggub (go on, read it backwards - you know you want to!). The names Thomas has given to these people are funny in themselves - Mrs Dai Bread 1 (and 2), Mr Willy Nilly, Captain Cat, No Good Boyo - with others simply described by their activity or fate - first drinker, second drowned, etc. There's the typical gossip which runs through every town and village, the inevitable involvement of the clergy and even a schoolmaster, Mr Pugh, who dreams of poisoning his domineering wife and reads a book entitled "Lives of the Great Poisoners" whilst eating his evening meal with Mrs. Pugh...

In fact, there are well over 50 characters waiting to be portrayed by the young cast of twelve. And without exception, they performed their parts with confidence and the complexity of the mix of different characters was easy to follow.

Like their successful presentation of Antigone last summer, after the run at Malvern (it finishes on Friday and is free to see, with donations suggested), they will be taking it up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, bringing it and the actors to the attention of a very cosmopolitan and international audience.
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A very talented company. Well done everyone 👏

2 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

One of Willy Russell's plays seems to come around with great regularly - Blood Brothers - whilst another sits quietly remembered as a film. So it's with great pleasure to see that Educating Rita is currently on tour and visiting Malvern this week. But who could possibly take the roles played in the film version by Michael Caine and Julie Walters?

Step forward Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson as professor and student in a two-hander played out on a single set representing Frank's office-cum-lecture room, chock full of the books of his profession but which also conceal his hidden secret.

When Rita - a hairdresser - visits the professor for an Open University interview, Frank is somewhat non-plussed. What can he possibly do for her in terms of her desire to "learn everything"? Especially as he is in a job which he is doing only for the extra money and not for the love it. Rita's desire to learn about and be confident in talking about poetry and literature spurs him on to take this student seriously until the time when she effectively no longer needs him. But the path to getting there is littered with difficulties - a dislike of fellow students, problems at home, the hidden bottles of whisky, the extent of which only comes to light at the very end...

Russell's skill as a scriptwriter is clear in the show, as it is dependant purely on the interaction between the two characters and how this relationship changes over the two hours. And very funny it is too as it is made up of smaller set pieces as time moves on rather than a continuous story with only an interval.

Jessica Johnson is excellent as the Scouser wanting to better herself and Stephen Tompkinson is perfect as the professor, slipping very comfortably into the role with his characteristic hangdog facial expressions, looking the part of a college professor and thoroughly believable in his corduroy jacket with his unkempt hair. In fact, he is that convincing that you could easily believe that the part was written for him.

This is his second visit to Malvern this year as he was previously here in the production of Art. And judging by the response of the audience, he will be made very welcome in his next show.

And we can all learn something from the play too - never forget that "Assonance is getting the rhyme wrong"!
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2 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Amélie is that rare thing - a 2001 French-language film ("Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain") that went on to be nominated for 5 Oscars, win two BAFTAs and achieved the position of being the highest-grossing French film in the US.

So making a stage version is perfectly natural and now, nearly two decades later, this has come to pass. But turning this much-loved and idiosynchratic film into a musical version???

It turns out that this was the best decision they could have made and Amélie The Musical, directed by Michael Fentiman with words and music by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, is a sheer delight from beginning to end.

From the moment you enter the auditorium when you are met with a superb set mimicking a typical Paris Metropolitain tube station and the first notes of the very first song - The flight of the blue fly - you are well and truly hooked.

The entire cast are actors/singers/musicians and perform as a band of troubadours who luckily have an absolutely brilliant musical score to work with. And this is important as virtually the entire story of Amélie is told through song - more than 30 in total. And there isn't a single sub-standard song in there.

Amélie Poulain herself is played by French-Canadian Audrey Brisson (no stranger to the stage, her family having been involved in Cirque Du Soleil for many years ) and she totally nails it, portraying the kind of cute, innocent and playful Gallic charm the role needs as Amélie is a troubled soul hiding away from the dangerous world around her but nonetheless secretly enacting small acts of kindness on those around her.

Sadly, Amélie's mother died when she was young - "squished" when a man committing suicide from the top of Notre Dame fell on top of her - leaving her with just a rather distant father, portrayed in a section which is cleverly performed with a puppet of Amélie. Meanwhile, disturbing her gentle way of life is another quiet soul, the mysterious Nino Quincampoix, poignantly played by Strictly-finalist Danny Mac, who spends his days visiting tube station photo booths, collecting discarded photos and putting them in an album. Which he then loses…

For the first time, Amélie feels a need to connect but simply cannot bring herself to do so... Will these two lost souls who are so obviously made for each other finally manage to get together after a series of cat-and-mouse games by Amélie??

You genuinely hope that they will...

There are some hilarious moments throughout the show - Act One ends with an appearance by Elton John and his tribute to Amélie (replacing Lady Di), the Mary Poppins-like means of getting to her bedroom, there's the nun "just browsing" the Pigalle sex shop complete with... well use your imagination!, the garden gnome which travels the world, the dancing figs (yes, really!) - it is a really imaginative and well-conceived version of the film.

You certainly do not need to have seen the original film, nor for that matter understand French, to enjoy and appreciate this show. Both the music and the songs and the very talented cast who perform them make this easily the best new - and very different - musical for years, beating other contenders by a very long French country kilometre. A truly brilliant show.
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Saw it yesterday, absolutely brilliant. Just go.

Join me from 8-10 with the weekend starts here on choice radio. Go to choice radio Worcester website and listen live. Get your requests in 01905 760820
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4 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

If there is one musical which continually re-invents itself, bringing its energy and charm to a brand-new audience as well as retaining its hard-core fans, then it must be Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show. Opening in June 1973, O'Brien's story of a pair of lovers who unexpectedly find themselves in a completely different world headed by Frank N Furter and his motley bunch of friends/workers/lovers/Phantoms has been a perennial favourite on the touring circuit for years and as such, with clever and varied casting particularly in the main roles of Frank and The Narrator, continues to draw a huge and very involved audience. Indeed, the involvement of the audience is as important an element as the story itself and tests every Narrator to the extreme.

With the current tour boasting a number of different narrators (Alison Hammond being chosen as Narrator for the recent shows in Birmingham), in Malvern the show features a stalwart in the role - Steve Punt, a comedian with a suitably deadpan delivery whilst also having the skills to ad-lib back to the audience. And, of course, the audience knows exactly what was expected of them, filling in the built-in pauses in the script where necessary. Indeed, a show where the audience did not enthusiastically fill in the gaps would be a pretty dismal affair!

In this show, the muscular Frank is played by Stephen Webb with James Darch as clean-cut Brad and alongside this pair is Joanne Clifton as Brad's other half Janet (dammit!). The pivotal role of Riff Raff is still the domain of Kristian Lavercombe, who has basically made the role his own having done it now for more than 1500 performances. Kudos too for the very energetic and acrobatic Callum Evans who was obviously much-loved in the title role of Rocky and who expertly carried out his aerobics perfectly on the smaller Malvern stage.

The whole cast worked brilliantly - as, to be fair, did the audience! - and the musical accompaniment from the live band hidden away at the top of the stage was superb. The spectacular and colourful ending using smoke and lights was also beautifully done.

It certainly seems that the show, forever being refreshed with new casting and effects, is set to continue for many years to come.
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4 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Amélie is that rare thing - a 2001 French-language film ("Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain") that went on to be nominated for 5 Oscars, win two BAFTAs and achieved the position of being the highest-grossing French film in the US.

So making a stage version is perfectly natural and now, nearly two decades later, this has come to pass. But turning this much-loved and idiosynchratic film into a musical version???

It turns out that this was the best decision they could have made and Amélie The Musical, directed by Michael Fentiman with words and music by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, is a sheer delight from beginning to end.

From the moment you enter the auditorium when you are met with a superb set mimicking a typical Paris Metropolitain tube station and the first notes of the very first song - The flight of the blue fly - you are well and truly hooked.

The entire cast are actors/singers/musicians and perform as a band of troubadours who luckily have an absolutely brilliant musical score to work with. And this is important as virtually the entire story of Amélie is told through song - more than 30 in total. And there isn't a single sub-standard song in there.

Amélie Poulain herself is played by French-Canadian Audrey Brisson (no stranger to the stage, her family having been involved in Cirque Du Soleil for many years ) and she totally nails it, portraying the kind of cute, innocent and playful Gallic charm the role needs as Amélie is a troubled soul hiding away from the dangerous world around her but nonetheless secretly enacting small acts of kindness on those around her.

Sadly, Amélie's mother died when she was young - "squished" when a man committing suicide from the top of Notre Dame fell on top of her - leaving her with just a rather distant father, portrayed in a section which is cleverly performed with a puppet of Amélie. Meanwhile, disturbing her gentle way of life is another quiet soul, the mysterious Nino Quincampoix, poignantly played by Strictly-finalist Danny Mac, who spends his days visiting tube station photo booths, collecting discarded photos and putting them in an album. Which he then loses…

For the first time, Amélie feels a need to connect but simply cannot bring herself to do so... Will these two lost souls who are so obviously made for each other finally manage to get together after a series of cat-and-mouse games by Amélie??

There are some hilarious moments throughout the show - Act One ends with an appearance by Elton John and his tribute to Amélie (replacing Lady Di), the Mary Poppins-like means of getting to her bedroom, there's the nun "just browsing" the Pigalle sex shop complete with... well use your imagination!, the garden gnome which travels the world, the dancing figs (yes, really!) - it is a really imaginative and well-conceived version of the film.

You certainly do not need to have seen the original film, nor for that matter understand French, to enjoy and appreciate this show. Both the music and the songs and the very talented cast who perform them make this easily the best new - and very different - musical for years, beating other contenders by a very long French country kilometre. A truly brilliant show.
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The Now & Then Show on Choice Radio Worcester were delighted to be invited to this years Nozstock The Hidden Valley Festival in Bromyard. Now in its 21st year offering a wonderful 3 day family event packed with live music and arts. Headlining the festival this year were the Skatalites celebrating 55 years of music, punk offerings from the Sleaford Mods and bass and beats from chart toppers Rudimental and the original super sharp shooter DJ Zinc. Holly Cook was back at the farm as well as reggae dance hall legend David Rodigan and of course things 'got back to life and back to reality' on sunday evening when Soul II Soul took to the Orchard Stage.

Rob Mace from the now and then show said “its a wonderful festival that we highly recommend, it's full of friendly festival goers of all ages and the music line up has something for everyone whether it's folk, punk, soul, hip hop or drum and bass. Big shouts to Damo, Ella and the family for inviting us, the wizard was truly at Noz this year! “

For more information or to get your early bird tickets for 2020 go to www.nozstock.com or listen in to the Monday Night Show with Rob Mace & Chris Aggrey to hear the full review and much more!
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Skatalites were brilliant! Had great fun dancing to them 🤙 always enjoy Nozstock 🌈

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