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The High Sheriff’s Performance ‘Uncelebrated Journey’ to hit Wyvern Theatre in October.
On Saturday 6th October, Wyvern Theatre will play host to a very special, one off performing arts performance put together by The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Nicky Alberry.
‘Uncelebrated Journey’ aims to celebrate the extraordinary life of a local poet, Alfred Williams. Working on the Great Western Railway factory floor, Williams had six books of poetry published, the most famous of which entitled ‘Life in a Railway Factory.’ So great was his notoriety that he was given the nickname ‘the Hammerman Poet’ by the Daily Mirror.
The evening, full of specially commissioned pieces of music and dance seek to illustrate Williams’ amazingly varied life. Not only was he a factory worker and poet, he also served in the First World War as a Gunner and travelled to India.
The evening’s entertainment will aim to tell the story of this fascinating man, whose life could easily be used as a metaphor for Swindon itself: a self-starter, ahead of his time, vastly talented, but not given the plaudits he deserved. An ordinary man doing extraordinary things.
Local music and dance companies will be on the bill, as well as nationally recognized acts that either come from, or made their start in our town. Everything from ballet and classical music will be side-by-side with urban and South Asian dance with plenty more in between.
As you can see from the logo, which features Liddington Hill, the Himalayan mountains and the David Murray Building, this is sure to tell a wonderful story through, with the music dance interspersed with short films.
- Rachael Gillespie and Ashley Dixon, by permission of Northern Ballet Theatre
- Paul Turner and Caroline Dale
- Ten in a Bar
- The Janice Thompson Singers
- Wessex Male Voice Choir
- Swindon Choral Society
- Swindon Dance Centre for Advanced Training
- Judith Hockaday School of Dance
- SAPAC of Swindon
- Narration by Prime Theatre
Featuring new commissioned work by:
- Roger May for the Swindon Symphony Orchestra
- Helen Ganberg from Swerve Dance Theatre Company
- Banxy for Swindon Dance
- Divya Kasturi from SAPAC of Swindon
- Film by Create Studios
Tickets are now available through the Wyvern Theatre Box Office on 01793 524481