Culture Close to Home with the Live and Local Autumn Season

Live and Local, the rural and community touring networks, returns to South Kesteven this autumn to bring a wide variety of cultural offerings including music, comedy, drama and dance to the district.

Smaller community venues in villages including Swayfield, Irnham, Aisby and Ropesley will welcome performers to delight audiences – and bring communities closer together again after the restrictions of the pandemic.

These venues may be less well known but they will be hosting some real hidden gems. This is a chance for audiences to experience top-notch shows, but in the intimacy of a local venue such as a village hall, or a community centre – or other surprising spaces!

By attending one of these fantastic events audiences not only will you have a great evening, but you will also be supporting live performances and South Kesteven’s excellent village venues, making these events even better in the future.

You may be surprised by the quality of performances that you can enjoy locally, and rather than driving to the 

larger towns of Stamford and Grantham, you can experience these events closer to home.

One fantastic theatre company is Pentabus – well regarded for producing high quality theatre and bringing it to communities in rural areas. Their new play ‘Jacaranda’ by award-winning playwright Lorna French will be performed at Ropsley Village Hall on 27 October. Not to be missed.

If you’re looking for live music, Scratchy Beard offer up bluesy jazz music with added storytelling songs inspired by English and Celtic folk music. This quartet of dyed-in-the-wool touring musos, classically trained instrumentalists and a celebrated illustrator are sure to impress and will be live in Swayfield Village Hall on 16 October. Other events are throughout October, November, and December at the aforementioned venues plus West Deeping Village Hall and The Old Town Hall in Bourne.

The full listing is here:

Saturday, 16 October 2021, 7:30 PM

Swayfield Village Hall

Scratchy Beard in Concert presented by Scratchy Beard
An evening of songs and storytelling inspired by the swing and melodies of gypsy jazz, adorned by the storytelling spirit of Anglo-Celtic folk and spiced with a gentle nod to rootsy blues. Experienced performers, Scratchy Beard are an up-beat and enjoyable live quartet.

Box Office: 01476 550909



Friday, 22 October 2021, 8:00 PM
West Deeping Village Hall

Saturday, 23rd October 2021, 7:30 PM
Heydour Parish Village Hall, Aisby

Florence ‘Flo’ Smith – Now and Then presented by Kick In The Head
Funny and poignant, Flo is an engaging personal story and the best kind of history lesson. In 1969 Flo Smith looks back on her life in London from the Boer War to The Summer of Love. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow and grandmother she recalls with horror, humour, tears and joy turbulent times at home and in the wider world.
Box Office: 01778 380197


Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 7:30 PM

Ropsley Village Hall

Jacaranda presented by Pentabus Theatre Company

A deeply affecting new drama about acceptance and belonging, as two unlikely strangers – a wary gamekeeper and a ‘not local’ – find themselves embroiled in a mission to save an endangered bird.
Box Office: 01476 585739


Friday, 19 November 2021, 7:30 PM

Ropsley Village Hall

Bonfire Radicals in Concert presented by Bonfire Radicals
One of the most exciting and eclectic groups on the folk/ world scene, translating a wide variety of influences – medieval and Celtic folk, eastern European jazz-swing and world-beats – into a distinctive and gloriously high-spirited live stage show.



Friday, 26 November 2021, 7:30 PM

Heydour Parish Village Hall, Aisby

The Beast in Me presented by The Devil’s Violin Company
The Devil’s Violin return! Since their inception in 2006, they have developed a huge following for their gripping and powerful storytelling. ‘The Beast in Me’ will feature their trademark fusion of timeless story and beautiful live music, as well as a few surprises!



Saturday, 11 December 2021, 7:00 PM

The Old Town Hall, Bourne
Essex Girl presented by Maria Ferguson
This show is a monologue about growing up surrounded by expectation, of inappropriate relationships, female friendship, secrets, desires and alcopops. It questions how the Essex Girl stereotype influences young girls, what they want, what they think they deserve, and how they are treated. Wonderfully funny and ultimately hard-hitting it will resonate with a wide audience.