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The Lehr Theatre is based at The Glasshouse; a pioneering project promoting culture, arts and special needs education within the context of social regeneration inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner. The Glasshouse is part of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. The Ruskin Glass Centre is also based on the Glasshouse site hosting workshops in glass blowing, glass cutting, glass repairs, photography and stone carving. Workshops are open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday with free admission.

The Glasshouse College also includes workshops in jewellery, mask making, pottery and weaving, and can be visited during term time with prior arrangement. Free guided tours for groups are available when booked in advance. Public workshops are available in eurythmy and anthroposophy, weaving and wool craft and hand blown designer glass. Please contact the Glasshouse office on 01384 399400 for further details.

The Coffee Shop is open for refreshments at each event serving light refreshments. The Coffee Shop is also open to the public during the day between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and serves a vegetarian organic lunch between1pm and 2pm.
The Glasshouse Organic Shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am - 4pm selling a wide range of organic wholefoods, fruit and vegetables.

A season ticket is available for entry to all events (excluding workshops) priced £45.
Concessions are valid for students, underwaged and OAP’s.

Booking and Box Office: 01384 399430
Administration: 01384 399458

WHAT'S ON 2008

Autumn 2008
the lehr studio theatre
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theatre    dance     poetry    workshops    exhibition    family

 view the lehr studio programme in .pdf form here

[the diary of events is on page 11]

THE GLASSHOUSE ARTS CENTRE
AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2008

Welcome

…to the 22nd season of cultural events at the Glasshouse, and thank you for your continued support of the Arts in Stourbridge.  Our three big events this Autumn are: The Transformation of Matter, a Michaelmas celebration featuring
Dr.  Aric Sigman with a talk on the dangers to the economy and society posed by the TV and computer generation.  We are pleased to be hosting a rich musical event from Methera in combination with Kerr Fagan Harbron from Australia in a limited tour of the highest quality of vibrant folk music ever seen or heard at the Glasshouse.  This Christmas we are inviting back Hugh Lupton, Chris Wood and others in Christmas Champions, a celebration of Mummers’ plays for Christmas time.

We are very pleased that we have at last been able to get Yehuda Tagar to give a talk and introductory workshop on spiritual psychology; Puppet State Theatre’s The Man who Planted Trees and to welcome back for the fourth time Fabulous Old Spot with the King of Spain’s Daughter.  Our exhibitions in the coffee shop are getting more and more popular, with The Tempest Glassbead Exhibition (as part of the International Festival of Glass), runs until 28th September,  followed by Stephen Whinnery’s Animals, and Glasshouse In-House, a chance to see the work of artists and crafts people working at the Glasshouse.

Please remember that The British Glass Biennale, the UK’s major exhibition of Contemporary Glass, continues in the Lower Glasshouse to the 28th
September (10am - 5pm daily, free).

Things are moving on a pace for the Glasshouse Arts Centre, with over £2 million raised and more set to come in the near future.  This heralds a major upgrade in the next few years; more news about these exciting developments next season.

 

Michael Chase

*SCEI is looking to coordinate cultural events in Stourbridge and play a roll in fostering and creating initiatives arising out of Anthroposophy.

 

 

Exhibitions
All exhibitions take place in our Organic Coffee Shop open between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm Monday to Saturday with free entry.

 

Tempest Bead Exhibition
Thursday 21st August to Sunday 28th September
(open 10am - 5pm during the festival 22 - 25 Aug.)
An international exhibition of beads inspired by characters and themes from Shakespeare’s famous play. Featuring beads by 40 international artists, this exhibition will explore the exciting and ever popular artistry of beadmaking with the magical imagery of The Tempest.

Animal Beings: Exhibition of drawings
Steven Whinnery
Friday 3rd October to Saturday 1st November
Actor, mask maker, director and artist, Stephen Whinnery has a passion for animals.  His performance Lying with the Animals which was performed in the International Mask Festival 2007 brought this to life in a theatrical way, along side his contributions of masks to the exhibition.  To see his lines on the paper is inspiring, as his observation of the animal is not sentimental or derogatory, but captures an essence of the being itself.

Glasshouse In-house Exhibition
Tues 04 Nov – Sat 03 Jan ’09
Annual exhibition of the professional arts and crafts by people working at the Glasshouse site.
Including painting, pottery, sculpture, masks,textiles, woodwork and glass.

Workshops

An introduction to Fused Glass Art
Paul Floyd Workshop
Saturday 20th September, Saturday 11th October and Saturday 15th November
10 am to 4 pm £85/£75
A one day workshop with Glass Artist Paul Floyd at the Ruskin Glass Centre at the Glasshouse.
Create an original piece of art work using Fusing Techniques.  Learn to cut and make a fused glass project from a chosen pattern.  Please contact Paul Floyd for further details and to book on 01384 399412.  Places limited.

 

The Heart as the Key to the Kingdom
With Marah Evans and Karl-Heinz Finke
Courses for Personal and Professional Development
For expanding the individual’s creativity in life or those working in care related professions, teaching or management. Exploring life processes and supportive perspectives for change through dialogue, exercises and artistic approaches. The following is the fist in a series of courses designed to be taken together over a year,  or separately.

 

Seeing and Interacting with Heart Cost:£165
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November   Eurythmy Room.

How can I see more clearly what belongs to me in the outer events that I meet? What issues lie hidden in specific outer events and in encounters? Creative methods are introduced for perceiving more clearly some of the questions that lie behind encounters in life and in cultural and social phenomena. Faculties for ‘seeing with the heart’ are exercised and these include supportive ways to work with the individual’s challenges and strengths. Through this theme we explore how to bring our true selves more effectively into everyday life and work.

Marah Evans: In 1993 she became a course director of Hibernia College offering post graduate training in art therapy as well as related courses.  Marah has been actively involved with Renewal/Schooling Courses since 1998 and with Biography Work Training since 2003.

Karl-Heinz Finke: From 1992 to 1997 he attended training in Biography Work under Gudrun Burkhard.  His special interest is in the facilitation of learning and development through experiential, creative and accessible methods.  Since 1998 he has led training in Biography Work in Europe and internationally.

The fee for each following seminar is £155.

 

Application: Please send a letter briefly outlining your interest, motivation, expectations and relevant prior experience. Cheques are payable to Living-way. Send your application with a deposit of £120 to
Marah Evans, Living-Way, Rock Cottage, Main Road, Whiteshill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England  GL66JS

 

For further information email marahevans@btinternet.com or call Jacqui Williams on 01384-440942.

 

Empathy as a Skill for Working with People  
Workshop with Yehuda Tagar
Saturday 18th October 9.30am to 1.00pm
£45/ £35 conc.  Eurythmy Room

Empathy is a conscious act of extending one’s
self-awareness to experiencing the awareness of another person from within. At Persephone Institute we created a methodical process for the development of empathy, based on the conscious extension of people’s natural abilities to see others imaginatively, to hear others inspirationally and to know others intuitively. Psychophonetics counselling, expressive modes of knowing through body awareness, movement, visualization and sounds become initiatory pathways for the conscious evolution of new faculties of perceiving people from the inside. A conscious development of empathy forms a decisive step in the evolution of humanity.

Yehuda Tagar is an Israeli/Australian psychotherapist, trainer and international speaker. He is the founder of
Psychophonetics, a modality of counselling, coaching and psychotherapy. He is principal of Persephone Institute of Psychophonetics— South Africa, Australia & UK.
It is required that all participants attending this workshop attend the talk by Yehuda Tagar on Friday evening.  The cost of the talk will be deducted from the workshop price.

To book a place on this workshop please phone the booking line on 01384 399430.

 

Performances & Talks

Transformation of Matter: a Michaelmas Celebration
Buffet, Talk, Performance
Friday 26th September 6.30 pm Donations Courtyard and Coffee Shop
Glass flow forms have been created out of recycled television sets, which now enliven water at the heart of the Glasshouse site. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Aric Sigman to give a talk on the subject of the dangers imposed by ‘software instead of a screwdriver society.’ There will be an introduction by Aonghus Gordon on the transformation of matter and the redemption of the cathode-ray tube.  The event will include artistic contributions of music, spoken word and eurythmy prepared by the new Stourbridge Cultural Events Initiative*.

Research found that today's children are already falling behind in crucial areas of cognitive development by the age of 11. Report commissioned by the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust: The hands are particularly sensitive to perceiving and transmitting exceedingly sophisticated information to the learning brain through sensation and movement. With woodwork, metalwork, craft, music or car mechanic classes dropped by many schools and children wanting to play computer games at home the UK is becoming a "software instead of a screwdriver society".

Dr Sigman says that class-obsessed Britons needed to drop their snobbish attitude to hands-on vocational training within schools. Working with your hands is considered declasse and the sciences are often see as 'trade'. Using their hands simply makes children more intelligent.
Dr Aric Sigman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Member of the Institute of Biology and has received the Chartered Scientist award from the Science Council. Dr Sigman has written and presented scientific documentaries for BBC1 and Radio 4 on the scientific basis of faith; the biology of hypnosis; and on the effects of too much choice, and for Dispatches on Channel 4 on the hidden detrimental effects of moderate dieting. His health and psychology book Getting Physical won The Times Educational Supplement's Information Book Award.

 

The King of Spain’s Daughter
The Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Co.
Friday 3rd October 7.30pm  £8/£6 lehr studio theatre
A welcome return to the raucous  Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company with  their new show the Autumn, The King of Spain’s Daughter. This is tale of Royal love, childcare, dastardly double-crossing and the never ending battle to do the right thing. Using their characteristic comic and skilful approach to theatre making.
This is both a excellent ‘stand-alone’ comedy and also the fourth and final instalment of our Jack and Florence trilogy. With live music, singing, masks and slapstick.

“In these days of celebrity mediocrity it was uplifting to see a cast of four multi-talented performers present such superb entertainment of drama, music and dance” Uley Gazette, Glos.

Kerr Fagan Harbron and Methera 
Thursday 16th October 7.30pm £9/£7  lehr studio theatre

This exciting double bill features two of the finest folk acts of 2008 with Anglo-Australian super-trio Kerr Fagan Harbron teaming up with groundbreaking English-rooted string quartet Methera for a special one-off tour.  A rare chance to hear two cutting-edge ensembles on the same bill, the show will also feature a number of unique collaborations between members of the two ensembles.  Powerful songs, stirring tunes and memorable new compositions performed by seven outstanding instrumentalists and singers.

“A joy to listen to ... the sound of three consummate musicians delighting in their art. Beautiful tunes, wonderful songs and tremendous musicianship.” Martin Simpson

“There surely can’t be a finer trio on the folk scene” Folking.com

“Seriously stylish playing that’s putting the sparkle back into the tradition” Verity Sharp, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

“A marvel of musicality: sublime, beautiful, intense and passionate”
Karen Tweed

 

See me, hear me, know me
Empathy as a path of modern initiation. Talk by Yehuda Tagar
Friday 17th October at 7.30 pm £5 lehr studio theatre

This talk describes steps in personal growth and community building, inspired the richness of Rudolf Steiner’s psychology of freedom, Psychosophy, which lays the ground for a spiritual psychology. It has taken until our 21st century for this little noticed gift of Rudolf Steiner’s to be understood and appreciated.

Yehuda Tagar is an Israeli/Australian psychotherapist, trainer and international speaker. He is the founder of Psychophonetics, a modality of counselling, coaching and psychotherapy. He is Principal of Persephone Institute of Psychophonetics  - South Africa, Australia & UK.

The Man Who Planted Trees    Edinburgh Fringe sell out show 2007
Puppet State Theatre Company
Friday 7th November 6pm £6/£4 Family £16 (2 adults and 2 children) lehr studio theatre
A captivating adaptation by Puppet State Theatre Company of Jean Giono’s environmental cult classic. A French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. As war rages across Europe, their young forest comes under threat … A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and storytelling, with sensory effects creating scents, wind and rain. An inspiring and unforgettable story that shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.
For adults and children aged 7 and over (though most 5s and 6s will love it too).  55 minutes

 

“Successfully combines the sounds and scents of hot Provençal summers, with a shade of tragedy and an irreverent canine comedian ... a fertile swathe of hilarity in this green and pleasant  piece of theatre.”TimeOut ***** 5 Stars, Critics' Choice

“Expertly put together and extremely entertaining … This is just a wonderful, enchanting piece of theatre for children or for adults.”
British Theatre Guide

"It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to children and adults as this magical show." The Scotsman*****
If you're looking for a show that all the family can enjoy, The Man Who Planted Trees, back by popular demand, is an absolute gem. living.scotsman.com

Jill Crossland  Piano
Bach Beethoven Chopin
Friday 14th November 7.30 pm £9/£7 lehr studio theatre
Jill Crossland pursues an active concert and recording career, including regular appearances at London's Wigmore Hall and South Bank. In the last two seasons she has given debuts at Bridgewater Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and Vienna Konzerthaus.

Jill Crossland was born in Yorkshire, and began playing the piano at the age of four. She studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, with Charles Hopkins and Ryszard Bakst. While a student, Jill performed the complete cycle of Bach's 48 Preludes & Fugues from memory, and won the Pinson Book Prize for her Bach playing. She later studied in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda, and performed
throughout Austria as soloist and chamber player.

Tonight she plays; Bach Selection from the Well-tempered Clavier (48 Preludes and Fugues), Beethoven Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor Op 27 No. 2 (Moonlight) Chopin Scherzo No 1 Op 20; Fantasie-Impromptu.

 “well deserves her enviable reputation as a Bach pianist"- BBC Music Magazine

“I can't remember a more convincing and thoroughly engaging performance”
from American Record Guide

Christmas Champions
Hugh Lupton, Chris Wood and others
Friday 5th December 7.30pm £10/£8 conc.   lehr studio theatre

Christmas Champions was originally written for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Now a live multimedia show has been commissioned by The Sage. BBC Folk Award winning duo Chris Wood and Hugh Lupton are joined by The English Acoustic Collective and Olivia Ross in a performance that mixes the recorded voices of past generations with ritual theatre, seasonal song, storytelling and music in a celebration of England’s most enduring midwinter custom: The Mummers Play.
The show combines the music of midwinter, both choral and instrumental, with new songs and re-workings of established carols, worked into field recordings of Herbie Smith's reminiscences of mumming in the Medway valley at the turn of the last century. Hugh Lupton's narrative constantly contextualises the music and the singers reciprocate, weaving and compounding imagery, parable and drama. It is the true, native, vernacular mystery play and this performance, directed by Tim Dalling, brings it vividly to life.
Hugh Lupton is one of Britain’s leading storytellers. His interest in traditional music, in street theatre, in live poetry, and in myth, resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981. In 1985 he formed the Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Pomme Clayton. Over the last ten years, Hugh has worked in collaboration with singer and composer Helen Chadwick, with violinist Chris Wood, with percussionist Rick Wilson, and with artist Liz McGowan, widening and challenging the possibilities of the form.
Chris Wood has his roots in the traditional folk music of Britain and his response to this rich inheritance has been to compose new works to add to that repertoire. He has lectured on composition, interpretation and arrangement at Newcastle University, Goldsmiths, the Guildhall and the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick. In 1998 he founded The English Acoustic Collective String School.


End of Term Presentation Eurythmy
Friday 12th 7.30pm
Presentation of end of term work from first, second and third year students of the West Midlands Eurythmy School. The performances will include movement to music and poetry. Donations on the door.

 

A Christmas Story by Barbara Gordon Foster
A community production performed by The Phoenix Players
Saturday 13th December 4pm
£5/£4/Family £12 (2 adults and 2 children)

This Advent and Christmas play tells the story of the four Advent Sundays in which Mary, guided by an angel, travels to the stars to reach the sun and receives the Christ child.  The earth rejoices and the gnomes, sylphs and fire beings appear.  The shepherds welcome the birth of the child in Bethlehem.
The Phoenix Players present this festival story magically in both tableau and dramatic form with eurythmy and music.  It is a play for both adults and children, the latter will receive a small Christmas gift.

 

A Holy Nights Celebration Tuesday 30th December
Talk 4.30 pm
Dinner 6pm
Presentation 7.30pm
Donations

A Holy Nights Celebration including talks, a meal and a dramatic presentation.  Details will be available later in the season.

 

The Glasshouse Arts Centre, lehr studio theatre, is based at The Glasshouse; a pioneering project promoting culture, arts and special needs education within the context of social regeneration inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner. The Glasshouse is part of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. The Ruskin Glass Centre is also based on the Glasshouse site hosting businesses in glass blowing, glass cutting, glass repairs, photography and stone carving. Workshops are open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday with free admission.

The Glasshouse College also includes workshops in many crafts including jewellery, pottery and weaving, and can be visited during term time with prior arrangement. Free guided tours for groups are available when booked in advance.   The Glasshouse College students work in the car park, coffee shop, backstage and front of house.  

The Coffee Shop is open for refreshments at each event. The Coffee Shop is also open to the public   during the day between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and serves a vegetarian organic lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

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