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Norton Theatre Group

Norton Theatre Group has been going now for over 30 years. Click here to check out some fab pics.

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New Hours! New Me?

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Change can be good. 

For the past couple of years I have been working twelve hour shifts 3 or 4 days a week. When we were given these hours I thought it would be easy. Friday off every week and only two Thursdays a month. No problem!!

But it didn’t work out that way. I have always been a sucker for long hours – often doing two jobs during the day and then gig promoting at night. But times change. I’ve changed. I am no longer a young guy and twelve hours of hard manual work takes it’s toll. I cannot remember the last time I didn’t have a bad back or when I’d come home from work and didn’t want to just crawl into bed. I’m often grumpy, my health suffers, my frame of mind suffers. I am constantly tired. Read the rest of this entry »

Worcester Music Festival – A Brief History of Stress and Gratitude.

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When ‘The Big Book of Worcester Who’s Who’ is written (you never know, it might one day) I hope the authors will find it in their hearts to include the following as a lasting reminder of a small town boy who dared to dream. 

“In 2007 I had a dream. A dream that would bring musicians, venues, music lovers and the general public together in a festival of love, appreciation and enjoyment of live music whilst helping those less fortunate than ourselves. This dream was a dream I dreamt and foolishly tried to make it reality. And a reality it became, born with the co-operation of like-minded people my dream was fulfilled and I could live my life knowing that I had achieved something, and I saw that it was good.”

That is what I hope they’ll print.

In reality I probably won’t get a mention or possibly, if I’m lucky, they’ll write
“Chris Bennion, nice guy, put on a few gigs, called it Worcester Music Festival and then gave up.”

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The Fete of Live Music (and chutney)

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I seem to be doing a lot of these things at the moment. No, not stupid puns and play on words, although this is the time of year I edit pantomime scripts so maybe puns and bad jokes are more likely to surface
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No, what I mean are Fetes, Garden Parties, Fayres. Maybe its living out in the country (well, Lower Broadheath is kind of in the country) but I’ve noticed that there seems to be a huge amount of village fayres and fetes happening and they seem to be increasingly asking for live music too.   Read the rest of this entry »

Free Gigs and Reasons Why I Quit. 

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I was asked recently, by a nice old lady  if I could book some live music for a local event. “What’s the budget?” I asked. The woman looked at me like I’d molested her pet parrot. Confused, worried and a little shocked she said “It’s a community event.”

Still looking at me like that had answered my question she continued “It’s to raise money for the local parish. There’ll be hundreds of people there.”

“So there’s no fee?”

“I’m sure we can offer them a cream cake and as much tea and coffee they want.”

I have put on gigs in a variety of venues in Worcester. The Marrs Bar, Drummonds, Keystones, Coach and Horses, St Swithuns Church, Cap n Gown, Boston Tea Party, The Pheasant, Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester Arts Workshop, Eagle Vaults, Tudor House Museum …. (jeez, that’s a lot of venues. I’d forgotten about a lot of these until writing this list.) Read the rest of this entry »

One Table, Two Chairs

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The idea is for a collection of short one act plays to be performed back to back. 

Minimal set – one table, and two chairs. 

Infinite possibilities. 

Interested in beings part of it? The show needs actors, directors, and some inovative scripts. 

The set will be one table and two chairs…. and as many props and sound effects as you need. 

Fancy the challenge?

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