Light Up Elmbridge Festival – Elmbridge BC, Riverhouse Barn & RC Sherriff Trust

Light Up Elmbridge Festival
Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre Walton on Thames Elmbridge Surrey

Light Up Elmbridge aims to bring together the borough’s cultural sector in an exciting and dynamic celebration of music, theatre, dance, the visual and literary arts.

Get involved in the Light Up Elmbridge Festival

Elmbridge Borough Council, R C Sherriff Trust and Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre are running a virtual festival called Light Up Elmbridge to keep us all entertained and creative in the run up to the festive season.

Light up Elmbridge Festival - Choirs Jazz & Theatre
Light up Elmbridge Festival - Cobham Band and Candlelit Carol Concert
Light up Elmbridge Festival - Narnia and Theatre at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre Walton on Thames

Light Up Elmbridge Festival – Programme Of Events


Window Wanderland

Now until Saturday 12th December 2020
As part of the Light Up Elmbridge Festival (LUEF), they are inviting you to take part in a window decorating project called Window Wanderland until 12 December. They are asking all Elmbridge residents, schools and community groups to decorate their street side windows to be viewed by the community. They hope this will bring some cheer to everybody while we are going through lockdown 2 and preparing for the festive season.

The theme for the decorations is ‘Starry Starry Night’. There will be a best window/street/block competition to be announced and broadcast live at the end of the event so make sure you register and upload photos of your creations so the panel can choose the winner.

Full information on how to register and to find ideas and templates for decorating your window can be found on the Riverhouse Barn website using the button below.

Concert and Cake: Phoebe Gorry’s Jazz Trio

Friday 27th November 2020 @ 2pm
Phoebe’s Jazz Trio invite you to join them for a mellow afternoon of sing-a-long jazz classics and wonderful renditions of songs from artists including Carol King, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
Concert information and booking

Freewheelers Theatre and Media Company

Wednesday 2nd December 2020 @ 7.30pm
Freewheelers Theatre and Media Company,  who work with people of many different abilities, talk about their work and present a double header of inspiring pieces, created during Lockdown.

Three Men in a Boat

Thursday 3rd December 2020 @ 7.30pm
Kick In The Head productions are back at Riverhouse Barn with a rip roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton playing the part of Jerome K Jerome. A live-streamed theatre production from Walton.
Play information and booking

Candlelit Carol Concert

Friday 4th December 2020 @ 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Live-streamed from Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre – led by Johnny Kilhams and friends.

Four beautiful voices come together for a candlelit Christmas concert which is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Not only will you be serenaded in style but you’ll have a chance to join in as well! So stock up on mince pies and mulled wine and why not join us in person or on zoom for a night to remember?

Please donate to help us cover the costs of putting on this carol concert for you to enjoy. We hope it brings you some Christmas Cheer. Your generosity is keeping artists and venues alive through this difficult time.

The Absence of Peas

Friday 4th December 2020 @7pm

Written by Peter Shaw, produced by and starring Stephen Alexander.

In the midst of a global pandemic, what better way to distract yourself than listening to a comedy/drama about a worldwide apocalypse? It’s Day of the Triffids meets Abel & Cole, as our hero ‘Oswald’ has to face the ultimate catastrophe: a world without peas. But, don’t worry, it has a happy ending (kind of).

Listen on Youtube

Elmbridge Festival of Choirs

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December 2020

Sadly we have had to postpone the Festival of Choirs until the Summer, however we have some events that will still go ahead either recorded or live so keep an eye out:

A Trio from Molesing will record a Christmas programme which we will stream later in the festival.

Synchronise will record their programme to be streamed later in the festival

Promenade Choirs will be available as a streamed recording later in the festival

Riverhouse Virtual Choir are available to watch on on the LUEF YouTube playlist

Love After Death

Monday 7th December 2020 @ 7.30pm

A New Play by Stephen Alexander – recorded the Barn Theatre, East Molesey preceded by an interview with the cast and writer/director
Watch on YouTube – Love After Death, Interview


Tuesday 8th December 2020 @ 7pm

Enigma Theatre presents PYGMALION by George Bernard Shaw

Watch on Youtube

Narnia Adventure Walk

18th, 19th, 20th & 21st December 2020 @ 4.30pm

Tickets: £20 for family of 4 or £6 per single person – maximum 6 per group

A magical outdoor interactive theatre experience at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton.

Step through the wardrobe into Narnia…. and meet the characters from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Hot beverage and lantern included!

Theatre experience information & booking

Monkey Theatre: Talking with Angels

Saturday 19th December 2020 @ 6.30pm and 8pm

Monkey Theatre perform extracts from ‘Talking with Angels’ by Neil Duffield. Joan of Arc has a calling – to save her beloved France from the English…and nothing is going to stop her! 

Theatre event information and booking

Much More Online!

Saturday 28 November – Sunday 20 December 2020

Much more On-line & Recorded Digital Performances will be featured on youtube dates to be confirmed including:

6 Stages of A Pandemic/The Covid Kid; 2 Short Films:
By The Young Pro School of Acting

The Absence of Peas
A New Radio Play by Peter Shaw

The Gates of Valhalla
By The Upstage Theatre Company

I’m Just Saying
A Collection of New Monologues from Elmbridge Writers

What A Racquet
By Quicksilver Dance

The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton & Other Christmas Tales
Performed by Pete Allen

Four Families of the Fallen; A Virtual Exhibition
Quick Fix Theatre

The Rosebriars Virtual Lockdown Art Exhibition
The Rosebriars Arts Group

More information:  Light Up Elmbridge Festival Information

Light Up Elmbridge Online Arts Festival – 27th November – 6th December 2020

An Invitation to Arts Practitioners, Organisations and Groups To Light Up Elmbridge in a Burst of Creative Energy.

Despite covid-19, the arts community has shown resilience and solidarity with its members, audiences and the families impacted by this crisis by finding new and innovative ways to keep the arts alive and to help people through these strange days.

Many artists have performed from their living rooms, run workshops from their gardens and kept the creative juices flowing. And while it may feel as if the many hours of work and the sleepless nights spent coming up with creative ideas are going to waste, nothing is further from the truth.

The Light Up Elmbridge Online Arts Festival, run in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council, The R C Sherriff Trust and Riverhouse Arts Centre, is an opportunity for us to highlight the cultural importance of the arts across the Borough, and to celebrate the wealth of talent we have here.

This is an invitation to all Elmbridge organisations, companies and practitioners to participate. We are looking for new and original content – productions/readings/recordings, archive performances, virtual exhibitions, literary submissions – that can be presented as part of an online programme.

Taking place from the 27th November to the 6th December 2020,  it also offers the opportunity for content of a seasonal nature.

Riverhouse Arts Centre now has a broadcast quality 3 camera set up capable of streaming performances and is looking to partner with performers and artists that that would like to utilise this technology while adhering to government guidelines on social distancing.

The RC Sherriff Trust has a number of plays by Sherriff that may be of interest to Elmbridge theatre companies; contact Pete Allen for more details.

Proposed performances, projects and content should be submitted to by 14th September 2020 (this just needs to be your proposed idea)

All content will be hosted centrally on the Riverhouse YouTube Channel as well as on other social media sites and media outlets as appropriate to maximise the reach of the performances.

Proposals should include as much information about your project as possible including whether:
• you want it to happen ‘live’
• you would like to use Riverhouse’s streaming technology
• running time
• links if the ‘project’ is run through your, or another’s, website

We look forward to The Light Up Elmbridge Festival bringing together the Borough’s cultural sector in an exciting and dynamic celebration of music, theatre, dance, the visual and literary arts demonstrating how the arts is one of the most powerful agents of reflection, of recovery and renewal.

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