OUR very own version of Trafalgar Square’s Forth Plinth will be the centrepiece of the Rugby Festival of Culture.
A specially commissioned story chair will sit on the festival stage in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church.
The beautifully carved oak creation, designed and made at Lawrence Sheriff School, will be in position from Thursday, July 3 to Friday, July 11 between 12.30pm and 1pm, and the church is keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in filling it by reading from their favourite book, storytelling, performing poetry or showcasing drama.
Pupils from Bilton Junior, Clifton Primary, Dunchurch Junior, Northlands Primary and Rokeby Primary will get in costume and act out their stories on Wednesday, July 2 from 5.30pm to 6.45pm, accompanied by three County Music Guitar Groups. Tickets at the door £2, or £5 for a family ticket.
The children’s rehearsals on Monday, June 30 (9.30am-3pm) and Tuesday, July 1 (9.30am-12.30pm and 1.45pm-3.00pm) will be open to the public, free of charge.
Time slots of up to 15 minutes, to be booked in advance, are available to anyone wishing to perform in the chair. Visit rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk or call the church office on 01788 565609 to register.
– ST ANDREW’S Church will be hosting internationally recognised musicians during the festival.
World-renowned Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas will play a recital in church at 7.30 pm on Saturday June 28, accompanied by our local pianist David King. All money raised will go towards a school in Kolkata for destitute street children, founded by Anup.
Globe-trotting Organ recitalist Stephen Davies will play a concert on Friday July 11, also at 7.30pm, as part of the St Andrew’s Open Door programme. Tickets for each event are £5.
The Festival of Culture runs from Friday June 27 until Sunday July 13. Free guides are available from the town’s visitor centre.