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Countdown to Evesham's Weekend Festival is on

Rob George 15th Jul, 2021

A CELEBRATION of the arts will take to the stage at various locations around the town this weekend in the first Evesham Weekend Festival.

Three days and four great events are planned, safely performed out of doors, with sensible outdoor audiences.

The event is the brainchild of Eric Jones, director of the Festival Players and kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with a drama and music evening at Hampton Ferry at 7pm.

‘Kings, Teens and Tyrants, an evening of drama excerpts, comic and dramatic, from Shakespeare to Noel Coward, plus a few songs and plenty to amuse everyone. Tickets are £8 from the Almonry or from Eric Jones on 01386 48788. Bring a chair and a picnic if you wish.

The rest of the weekend is free, with performances on a stage erected in Market Square. There will be a children’s entertainment on Saturday at 2pm and 4pm, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Funky Pigs presented by the professional group, Theatre2U.

Bandwagon Productions brings the blockbuster music of the movies at 7.30pm.

While on Sunday (July 18), Music all the Way at 7.30pm will feature local bands, musicians and singers on the town square stage; pop, blues, rock, gospel and jazz.

The experienced directors said he hoped as many people possible will gather safely and enjoy the music and words.

“Getting through the Covid year of 2020 has not been very easy for anybody. Our hearts and thanks go out to the NHS workers and scientists who’ve kept us safe, and developed the vaccines which will give us back our freedom,” he said.

“We’ve had food delivered to our shops or to our homes and we have survived financially, although some sadly, with considerable difficulty. We’re nearly over the very worst of it all.”

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