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An Audience with Dan Cruickshank

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
7.30pm
Derby
Derby Theatre

An Audience with John Sergeant

Friday, June 7, 2024
7.30pm
Ludlow
Assembly Rooms Ludlow

An Audience with John Sergeant

Saturday, June 8, 2024
7.30pm
North Yorkshire
Selby Town Hall

An Audience with John Sergeant

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
West Yorkshire
Otley Courthouse

Roger McGough – Is Alive and Gigging

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

An Audience with Bob Flowerdew

Saturday, June 15, 2024
7.00pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre

An Audience with Michael Smith

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
7.30pm
Hexham
Queen's Hall Arts Centre

An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, June 30, 2024
4pm
Canterbury
St. Edmunds School

Alan Johnson in Conversation with Helen Pike

Thursday, July 11, 2024
7.30pm
Oxford
Oxford Festival of the Arts

An Audience with Arthur Smith

Saturday, July 27, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, July 28, 2024
2.30pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall & Theatre

An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Saturday, August 31, 2024
8pm
West Yorkshire
Silsden Town Hall

An Audience with Monty Panesar in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Tuesday, September 3, 2024
7.30pm
Chipping Norton
The Theatre - Chipping Norton

An Audience with Arthur Smith

Friday, October 11, 2024
TBC
Ludlow
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

An Audience with Arthur Smith

Sunday, October 27, 2024
TBC
Helmsley
Helmsley Arts Centre

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An Audience with Dan Cruickshank

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
7.30pm
Derby
Derby Theatre

A brief cultural history of the world through architecture. Buildings give people a sense of identity and pride - particularly historic buildings and treasure houses such as museums and cities such as York and Richmond. These all suggest longevity and continuity and civilised virtues. 

It is for these reasons that historic buildings and museums are highly valued and it is also for these reasons that they are attacked by forces that want to undermine a people’s pride, identity, sense of independence and will to fight. We saw this is recent years in Islamic State’s attacks on ancient sites in Iraq – such as Nimrud and Hatra and in Syria – notably Palmyra. 

This talk will be about why history and culture, particularly architecture,  matter, and why we have to fight for what is important. Examples of inspirational architecture explored will include locations in Yorkshire - notably York, Richmond and Fountains Abbey. The consequences of the brutal collision between culture, conflict and politics will be illustrated by reference to what is currently happening in Ukraine as well as the attacks on Palmyra and in Iraq.

There will be a focus on the wonders that survive but will argue that survival in many cases depends on our vigilance.   With travel now more difficult, there needs to be a determination to keep memory alive. When a building or place is forgotten by the public its loss becomes easier. 

Such talks can help banish forgetfulness or lethargy, that can prove fatal and play a part in the battle to save history, memory and architectural beauty.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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An Audience with John Sergeant

Friday, June 7, 2024
7.30pm
Ludlow
Assembly Rooms Ludlow

John is the former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC from 1992 to 2000 and ITN's Political Editor from 2000 until 2002.

Many people will remember John as one of Britain's most popular and respected broadcasters and authors. His award-winning career as a political journalist has been as lengthy as it has been successful and seen him interview big political hitters like Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair.

In recent years though John has returned to his first love of light entertainment and can be seen regularly on programmes like The One Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and the News Quiz, and of course there were those appearances on Strictly.

Indeed Sergeant’s two left feet approach to the arts of the ballroom consistently found him at the bottom of the judge's score board but the public loved him and he retrained week after week. He finally left the show in Week 10 saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.”

More recently there have been well received documentaries as well including John Sergeant's Tourist Trail, Tracks of Empire - about the Indian Railways, and Britain's First Photo Album about the pioneering photography of Francis Frith.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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An Audience with John Sergeant

Saturday, June 8, 2024
7.30pm
North Yorkshire
Selby Town Hall

John is the former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC from 1992 to 2000 and ITN's Political Editor from 2000 until 2002.

Many people will remember John as one of Britain's most popular and respected broadcasters and authors. His award-winning career as a political journalist has been as lengthy as it has been successful and seen him interview big political hitters like Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair.

In recent years though John has returned to his first love of light entertainment and can be seen regularly on programmes like The One Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and the News Quiz, and of course there were those appearances on Strictly.

Indeed Sergeant’s two left feet approach to the arts of the ballroom consistently found him at the bottom of the judge's score board but the public loved him and he retrained week after week. He finally left the show in Week 10 saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.”

More recently there have been well received documentaries as well including John Sergeant's Tourist Trail, Tracks of Empire - about the Indian Railways, and Britain's First Photo Album about the pioneering photography of Francis Frith.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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An Audience with John Sergeant

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
West Yorkshire
Otley Courthouse

John is the former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC from 1992 to 2000 and ITN's Political Editor from 2000 until 2002.

Many people will remember John as one of Britain's most popular and respected broadcasters and authors. His award-winning career as a political journalist has been as lengthy as it has been successful and seen him interview big political hitters like Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair.

In recent years though John has returned to his first love of light entertainment and can be seen regularly on programmes like The One Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and the News Quiz, and of course there were those appearances on Strictly.

Indeed Sergeant’s two left feet approach to the arts of the ballroom consistently found him at the bottom of the judge's score board but the public loved him and he retrained week after week. He finally left the show in Week 10 saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.”

More recently there have been well received documentaries as well including John Sergeant's Tourist Trail, Tracks of Empire - about the Indian Railways, and Britain's First Photo Album about the pioneering photography of Francis Frith.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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Roger McGough – Is Alive and Gigging

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

At 87, Roger McGough is a national treasure and the poetry equivalent of the Rolling Stones.  He has a new show called Alive and Gigging full of laughs as well as more contemplative moments looking back at his life and the 60’s. He recently performed at the South Bank with Adrian Patten and did a sell out event at Liverpool Playhouse. If you are old enough - Lily the Pink should also strike a cord.

Roger has a new book - Collected Poems of Roger McGough 1959 to 2024 publishing in June 2024 and would love to bring this evening or matinee to your theatre and will do a book signing afterwards.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

Image credit: Vicki Sharp
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An Audience with Bob Flowerdew

Saturday, June 15, 2024
7.00pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre

Bob Flowerdew is one of Britain's leading organic gardeners, and a television and radio presenter. He is a regular panel member of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.

The son of a farmer, his family have been working the land in East Anglia since Elizabethan times. Flowerdew runs a consultancy landscape service, is President of the Norfolk group of the Soil Association, and also teaches at agricultural college. He has written books on gardening including "Going Organic: The Good Gardener's Guide to Getting It Right".

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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An Audience with Michael Smith

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
7.30pm
Hexham
Queen's Hall Arts Centre

Michael Smith is the author of a number of widely acclaimed books about spies and special forces, including the Sunday Times No 1 bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park and the New York Times bestseller Killer Elite: America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. He served in British military intelligence before becoming an award-winning journalist with the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

‘Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews’. 

Frank Foley was MI6 head of station in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. The full extent of what he did was only revealed in Michael Smith’s best selling 1999 biography Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews

Bletchley Park and the Birth of the Special Relationship

Based on the opening chapters of Smith’s most recent, and widely acclaimed book The Real Special Relationship, this focuses on how the British and US codebreakers linked up even before America had entered the war,  Michael describes how intelligence from MI6, GCHQ and the little known BBC Monitoring Service played key roles

Intelligence and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Michael will explain how intelligence actually worked during the 1962 Missile Crisis. when the Soviet Union tried to base surface-to surface missiles capable of hitting most of the United States on Cuba.

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An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, June 30, 2024
4pm
Canterbury
St. Edmunds School

Widely respected as the voice of Test Match Special ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld brings his wit and wisdom to the stage once again.

Henry’s keen to stress though that it’s not all cricket, in fact, most of it isn’t and that every show is different. So, even if you’ve been before you can be sure that it’ll never be the same twice. “If you think you’re going to learn how to play a forward defensive, you’ll be sadly disappointed.”

Instead, the talk is based, in the loosest sense, on Henry’s life story, although there’s time for as many after-dinner anecdotes and meandering digressions as there is in a Test Match Special rain break.

The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel to horticulture to mountaineering. Audiences are always sure of an evening of great tales from this quintessential Englishman.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

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Alan Johnson in Conversation with Helen Pike

Thursday, July 11, 2024
7.30pm
Oxford
Oxford Festival of the Arts

Alan Johnson was General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as a Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle in 1997. He served as Home Secretary Health Secretary and Education Secretary, in the Blair/Brown government. Until 20 January 2011, he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.

He has written several biographies including his childhood memoirs ‘This Boy’, ‘Please Mr Postman’, ‘The Long and winding Road’ and ‘In my Life – A music memoir’ as well as moving into writing novels‘The Late Train to Gipsy Hill’ in September 2021 and ‘One of Our Ministers is Missing’, is due for publication on September 1st, 2022, A thriller. His memoirs have won many accolades, Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Orwell Prize, National Book Club award for Best Biography. Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir.

Alan retired as an MP before the 2017 general election after 20 years as an MP. Alan has spent eight years on the BBC’s ‘This Week’ with Andrew Neil and Michael Portillo, Alan now appears regularly with Steph McGovern on Channel 4’s ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ and is the agony uncle for saga Magazine. He lives in East Yorkshire with his wife Carolyn.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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An Audience with Arthur Smith

Saturday, July 27, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

Often described as the compère beyond compare, but before becoming a fully-fledged playwright, panellist, performer and stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival, Arthur worked as a road sweeper, dustman, market researcher, teacher and advertised chicken burgers in supermarkets dressed as a fox.

A career in comedy was the only one that could follow a build up like that. He was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the Eighties.

Twenty years on he still performs in much the same manner, perhaps ironically, he now describes himself as a "semi-professional" comedian.

To BBC radio and TV audiences, his career has been split between appearing on top quiz shows and fronting the funny section in Loose Ends. On TV, he's been a regular Grumpy Old Man and Countdown wordsmith.

His plays include the award-winning An Evening with Gary Lineker, My Summer with Des and The Bed Show. He has presented Radio 4’s Excess Baggage and Radio 2’s The Smith Lectures and is a regular guest on Loose Ends. He describes himself as Radio 4’s “bit of rough".

Image Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, July 28, 2024
2.30pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall & Theatre

Widely respected as the voice of Test Match Special ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld brings his wit and wisdom to the stage once again.

Henry’s keen to stress though that it’s not all cricket, in fact, most of it isn’t and that every show is different. So, even if you’ve been before you can be sure that it’ll never be the same twice. “If you think you’re going to learn how to play a forward defensive, you’ll be sadly disappointed.”

Instead, the talk is based, in the loosest sense, on Henry’s life story, although there’s time for as many after-dinner anecdotes and meandering digressions as there is in a Test Match Special rain break.

The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel to horticulture to mountaineering. Audiences are always sure of an evening of great tales from this quintessential Englishman.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

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An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Saturday, August 31, 2024
8pm
West Yorkshire
Silsden Town Hall

Widely respected as the voice of Test Match Special ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld brings his wit and wisdom to the stage once again.

Henry’s keen to stress though that it’s not all cricket, in fact, most of it isn’t and that every show is different. So, even if you’ve been before you can be sure that it’ll never be the same twice. “If you think you’re going to learn how to play a forward defensive, you’ll be sadly disappointed.”

Instead, the talk is based, in the loosest sense, on Henry’s life story, although there’s time for as many after-dinner anecdotes and meandering digressions as there is in a Test Match Special rain break.

The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel to horticulture to mountaineering. Audiences are always sure of an evening of great tales from this quintessential Englishman.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

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An Audience with Monty Panesar in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Tuesday, September 3, 2024
7.30pm
Chipping Norton
The Theatre - Chipping Norton

Monty Panesar is a folk hero with England cricket fans. Known as much for his terrible fielding in his early days as for his world-beating left-arm spin, Monty became a household name and helped England to become the number one Test team on the planet. Born in Luton, he played 50 Test matches for his country, took 167 Test wickets, saved an Ashes Test with the bat alongside Jimmy Anderson, claimed Sachin Tendulkar as his first Test wicket, won a Test series in India, was friends with Shane Warne and captured the public’s imagination with his joyous celebrations. 

In conversation with national broadcaster Matt Stadlen, the first England spinner to take a five wicket haul at the WACA will take us behind the scenes of his record-breaking career. What was it like bowling at Tendulkar, Dravid and Gilchrist? How did he hit Muralitharan for six? How did he deal with the pressure of Ashes cricket? What was Sir Andrew Strauss like as a captain? How did the Barmy Army help him succeed? What was his greatest England victory? What’s his verdict on this summer’s Ashes? 

Don’t miss this chance to come face to face with one of English sport’s best loved characters.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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An Audience with Arthur Smith

Friday, October 11, 2024
TBC
Ludlow
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Often described as the compère beyond compare, but before becoming a fully-fledged playwright, panellist, performer and stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival, Arthur worked as a road sweeper, dustman, market researcher, teacher and advertised chicken burgers in supermarkets dressed as a fox.

A career in comedy was the only one that could follow a build up like that. He was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the Eighties.

Twenty years on he still performs in much the same manner, perhaps ironically, he now describes himself as a "semi-professional" comedian.

To BBC radio and TV audiences, his career has been split between appearing on top quiz shows and fronting the funny section in Loose Ends. On TV, he's been a regular Grumpy Old Man and Countdown wordsmith.

His plays include the award-winning An Evening with Gary Lineker, My Summer with Des and The Bed Show. He has presented Radio 4’s Excess Baggage and Radio 2’s The Smith Lectures and is a regular guest on Loose Ends. He describes himself as Radio 4’s “bit of rough".

Image Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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An Audience with Arthur Smith

Sunday, October 27, 2024
TBC
Helmsley
Helmsley Arts Centre

Often described as the compère beyond compare, but before becoming a fully-fledged playwright, panellist, performer and stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival, Arthur worked as a road sweeper, dustman, market researcher, teacher and advertised chicken burgers in supermarkets dressed as a fox.

A career in comedy was the only one that could follow a build up like that. He was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the Eighties.

Twenty years on he still performs in much the same manner, perhaps ironically, he now describes himself as a "semi-professional" comedian.

To BBC radio and TV audiences, his career has been split between appearing on top quiz shows and fronting the funny section in Loose Ends. On TV, he's been a regular Grumpy Old Man and Countdown wordsmith.

His plays include the award-winning An Evening with Gary Lineker, My Summer with Des and The Bed Show. He has presented Radio 4’s Excess Baggage and Radio 2’s The Smith Lectures and is a regular guest on Loose Ends. He describes himself as Radio 4’s “bit of rough".

Image Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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