Rainy Day Events for September and October

If you’ve not felt the temperature dip already, then I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that Summer is over!

The Autumn Equinox is on 22nd September and although British Summertime is still with us for another month or so, we can safely say that the best of the season is long behind us.

Thankfully, Shrewsbury is the kind of town that doesn’t stop moving just because there’s a chill in the air. There’s a whole host of interesting and exciting events in our calendars, easing us out of the brilliant sunshine of the Summer into the cold depths of Winter. There’s a bit of something for everyone in the next couple of months, including classical music, cult horror movie showings and an exhibition of Hollywood costumes and props.

Ocean Film Festival

The Ocean Film Festival is an ideal night out for anyone with a deep fascination of the sea and what lives inside it. The tour is bringing 6 movies from international film makers, all exhibiting the power that the ocean commands and how it affects us. Surfing icon and film maker, Keith Malloy, brings his bodysurf doc, Fishpeople, a fascinating look into how the ocean has the power of truly transforming human lives. Guillame Nery’s short, Haven, follows freedivers down into the largest shipwreck in the Mediterranean, whilst Sea Gypsies introduces us to a crew of nomadic sailors travelling on a hand-built boat from the 70s.

Watch all these films and more at Theatre Severn on Wednesday 20th September.

Pietro Fresa plays Piano

It’s not every day that a bonafide child prodigy comes to Shrewsbury, but that’s exactly what will happen later this month when 17-year old Italian piano extraordinaire Pietro Fresa lands in England to play a series of concerts across the UK. He’s already built up quite the reputation for reworking Classical pieces in a particularly lively style, now you can see the wunderkind for yourself playing selections of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. Tickets cost £16.50 and should be booked well in advance.

See Petra at St. Chad’s Church for one-night only on Wednesday 27th September. 

Promise and Promiscuity: A new musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

After four years on the road, New Zealand actress and Jane Austen obsessive, Penny Ashton brings her successful one-woman show to Shrewsbury. A must for any Austen fan, Ashton’s fast-paced show cross-stitches together Austen’s back catalogue together with an impressive selection of songs accompanied with a ukulele of all things.

Penny recently discovered that she’s distantly related to Thomas Langlois Lefroy, a man said to have had a flirtatious relationship with Austen herself – expect more light to be shed on this revelation at her one-off performance in Shrewsbury.

Catch Promise and Promiscuity at the Theatre Severn on Friday October 6th.

Samurai: Warriors of Japan

Fans of the classic Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai, will not want to miss this exhibition that will be gracing the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery through to January 2018. In this touring exhibition, visitors will be given an unprecedented look into the downfall of the Samurai at the hands of the West.

An authentic suit of Samurai armour will be the centre piece of the exhibition, whilst a collection of props used in the 2003 blockbuster will be shipped from California to be displayed in the UK for the first time ever.

Samurai: Warrior of Japan will run from Monday 16th October to Sunday 21st January, 2018 – usual admission prices for the Museum will apply.