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Live & Local


Live & Local brings a wide range of professional performances to rural communities in Derbyshire and neighbouring counties. At the time of publication, the 2017/18 Live & Local season will have ended. It has been a successful season in Crich, despite the weather, which caused one show to be postponed, and a theatre company to be stranded here overnight after another. Our shows this season have been seen by over 500 people, who we would like to thank for their support. We will have raised over £3k this season alone, with all profits go to The Glebe.

We have put in our bid for the next (2018/19) season, so you can expect more top quality professional acts, whether they be music, dance, theatre, story-telling, puppetry, or other genres; we try to choose shows which are suitable for all ages, an all tastes. We are delighted that Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council, and Amber Valley Borough Council continue to support the scheme, meaning we can continue to bring West End standard shows into the heart of the community at affordable prices.

Details will be published in the summer edition of CACN and on the Glebe website in July.

As a bonus, we are putting on two very different theatre performances in Crich this summer:


‘Sharing Joy’ by Vamos Theatre Company

Wednesday 11th July – 10:30 am (tbc)

(with support from, and in collaboration with, Crich Area Dementia Friends).

Vamos Theatre is the leading full mask professional mime theatre company in the UK, with an international reputation.

This interactive performance, ‘Sharing Joy’, is a theatre show especially created for those living with dementia and their carers. It’s a huge celebration of life and all its joys, using music, dance, nostalgia, masks, puppetry and laughter to bring pleasure and meaning to everyone involved.

Tickets will be restricted to those living with dementia, and their carers, and will be available only from David – 01773 853 260.


‘Wild Walk: The Golden Thief ‘by Babbling Vagabonds

Saturday 18th August – 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

An exciting outdoor theatre adventure for young explorers, wanderers, the daring, and their families. Join us as leading Derbyshire professional theatre/story telling company Babbling Vagabonds take us on a Wild Walk theatre quest, to discover the rascal who has been stealing the King’s golden apples.

Pit your wits against riddlers, puzzle makers, and a useless wolf, to see if you can discover who is the Golden Thief!

This is a ‘for all the family’ event, but it is an outside theatrical short walk, and will take about an hour to complete.

Please come prepared with good walking shoes, a rain coat and other outdoorsy things.

Tickets cost £5.00 (3s and under free, but will need a ticket), and are on sale – 01773 853 260, and online

Be warned – you may need to be brave, quick thinking and definitely ready for adventure!


We rely totally on volunteers to put these shows on, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the stalwarts who willingly roll their sleeves up to make these shows happen. It may be a cliché, but Live & Local, and other shows really wouldn’t happen without them.

We could put on more if we had more helpers, so would welcome anyone who would like to join us and get involved in any way – if that’s you then please contact us!

Come and have a chat at our stall at Crich Fête on 14th July to find out what’s involved!


If you would like to get involved and help in any way, then please contact either of the promoters (details below).


The Live & Local promoter for Crich is David Lane. His contact details are:, or phone 01773 853260


The Live & Local promoter for Holloway is Dave Carless. His contact details are: or 01773 856545


Live & Local is a scheme run as part of the National Rural Touring Forum specifically for the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Its aim is to promote the appearance of top quality professional performers and musicians in small intimate rural locations, accessible to as wide a range of the community as possible. Subsidies negotiated by Live and Local with Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council, and Amber Valley Borough Council mean we can bring top quality professional shows to Crich & Holloway at an affordable price