“It happened in Hampshire,” a new play by Andoverian playwright Roy Chatfield.

The team that brought Andover ‘And Now We Tell Our Tale’ are returning to the Lights. Roy Chatfield’s new play  ‘It Happened In Hampshire’ will be staged there with a professional cast on Tuesday 5 February 2019.  It will also be visiting local schools.

Roy Chatfield

Roy Chatfield

It Happened In Hampshire’ is an irreverent romp through Hampshire’s past, incorporating music, rap and audience participation. Highlights include

  • Alfred defeating the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake Off
  • The Story of Edgar and Elfrida, as told by Jane Austen
  • A very civil Civil War.
  • Supernurse V the grime army
  • A starring role for an Iceberg
  • The secret of Spitfire modification XXX

The show is family friendly and you can book at The Lights.



Open Word in Wiltshire Friday 13th of July Poets day and Art Exhibition

Open Word in Wiltshire Friday 13th of July Poets day and Art Exhibition

Open Words is holding a day and night long event in Burbage Village Hall, 60 Eastcourt Rd, Burbage, Malborough SN8 3AJ

The Poets Gala Cafe in the Village Hall (8.30 am -5.00pm) Your favourite poets will be running the Cafe, with a special programme of events during the day for all to enjoy. All day in the cafe David Robinson and Deborah Robinson will have their artwork on display to enjoy and buy.

10.00 am Audio Visual Poetry with David Robinson
David Robinson 
will entertain and delight our senses with his audio-visual poetry. A big hit in Open Word 2016 and are delighted to have him in the hall

Boundary Stone from MoonTree Gallery http://www.moontree.org.uk/davids-landscapes.html

Boundary Stone from MoonTree Gallery http://www.moontree.org.uk/davids-landscapes.html












10.30 Stories for Adults
Mike Rogers is our storyteller. If you are a mum with toddlers, he can take requests. Mike runs several storytelling clubs around South East England and is Storyteller-in-residence for Test Valley Arts foundation “Talk About” festival.

 11.00 am Comic Poetry Appreciation Club

Rat Candle (aka Cat Randle) will introduce you to the difference between funny poems and bad ones. She will be introducing a new comic poem style, “The Punnit” Fresh from 2017’s ‘SO: To Speak,’ Southampton’s Festival of Words
2.00pm Poetry Workshop
David’s workshop caters for all levels whether you are a complete beginner, intermediate or seasoned poet, there’s something for everyone.
Dave reading from one of his books.

Dave reading from one of his books.










3.30 Children’s play The Colourful Adventures of Merciful Grace
A colourful adventure of a mechanical maid who wants to bring her robot friend a present “Of the best blue paint “and the mishaps and creatures she meets along the way. A wonderful mix of humour and costumes straight from their sucessful debut at Andover Rocks Festival.








Gala Cafe stops serving at 5 pm to get ready for the evening’s entertainment and reopens at 7 pm

7 pm Open Mic for Poets

. Come and perform your poetry workshop poems. Our guest poet is David Robinson. This will give you the opportunity to see his audio-visual poetry if you missed it in the morning.

Part Two (Adults Only): 8.30pm A Grown Up version of “The Colourful Adventures of Merciful Grace.” Bob the evil man-bot wants Merciful Grace the mechanical maid to stay longer than 59 seconds exactly, and he has a plan. How long will it take Merciful Grace to work out what’s going on?

Open Word logo Stockbridge

Open Word logo Stockbridge

Billed as Horrible Histories meets Monty Python, the poetry show is an anarchic steampunk romp through time and space. Filled with all the naughty bits we had to cut out of the children’s version. FREE ENTRY. We’ll be passing the bucket around and donations will go to Big Up Words to support and promote local writers and poets



Open Word Burbage Gala Weekpage 2Evening