Yearly Archives: 2016

4 07, 2016

Sonrisa – Latin Flavours



A Latin Rhythms journey through Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and beyond with SONRISA 

RadVentures hosts SONRISA (Smile in Spanish) a talented five piece combo devoted to Latin, jazz and world music at British Legion Club, Radcliffe on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Currently on tour,  the combo’s show includes Cuban Son, Tango, Bossa Nova, Samba and Rumba played with a real Latin groove on trumpet, acoustic and bass guitars, cajon, percussion and flute mixed with smoky, heartfelt vocals.

The band’s latest show ‘Latin Flavours’ mixes traditional and old favourites with new numbers as they guide the audience through an irresistible map of music and song, from

Argentina to Andalucia, Havana to Rio and lots in between.

The beat will grab your soul – and your feet – so whether you fancy a Salsa or just swaying to the groove, everyone’s sure to have a great Latino-style night out.


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3 07, 2016

The After Hours Quintet


The After Hours Quintet in Concert

The ‘After Hours Quintet’  line up to give Radcliffe a  musical treat with  swing, crooning and Roaring Twenties  fun

RadVentures Arts Group hosts the young and talented After Hours Quintet to play the sounds of The Roaring Twenties at Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent and set the tone for a lively 2017.

Hot jazz standards and swing tunes using everything from washboard, sax and trumpet to guitar, banjo and drums will guarantee lots of toe tapping and perhaps some  shimmy turns on the dance floor! Add a great crooner vocalist and the mix is complete for a great night out.

The audience will enjoy standards from Sheik of Araby to Sweet Georgia Brown and many more familiar melodies.

With a mix of splendid musicianship, bucket loads of charisma, fun and timeless music, the evening with be a crowd pleaser for audiences young and not so young.

Event: The After Hours Quintet … Roaring 20s and more

Date & time: Thursday 19th Jan 2017 from 7.30pm sharp

Venue: Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FB


Live & Local touring events are sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.

Review by John Thorn

The After Hours Quintet certainly had the feet in the Grange Hall stomping and its ears ringing from the applause as the audience kept the band to two encores.
The quintet was fronted by a clarinet/sax player/singer with an amusing patter. He shared leads with an excellent trumpet player and a terrific guitarist, backed by solid double bass and a one handed drummer making up the rhythm section. (Yes the drummer broke a finger earlier in the week and has his hand strapped up …. less can obviously be more, he was superb!)
The band’s repertoire was mostly a range of great 20s/30s/40s Jazz from the likes of Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington and Django Reinhardt but it was also peppered with cheeky modern numbers such “I wan’na be like you” from the Jungle Book, a Moloko cover and a couple of numbers penned by the singer. Altogether a set which showed off the individual talents of the quintet. It was exciting to see how the band members riffed off one another, improvising solos and coming back together seamlessly.
The band was evidently pleased with its reception at Radcliffe. The audience, as ever, warming to the freshness, energy and quality of the music coming from the Village Ventures stable, and making for an atmosphere to match the “speakeasy” venues of American Jazz in its heyday.

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1 07, 2016

Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain



WW2 Yanks land in Radcliffe for English lessons and a comic romp

On Wednesday 16 November 2016  at Grange Hall, Radcliffe prepares itself for a Yankee landing in rural England, and an evening of comic misunderstandings on British life and culture.

Theatre at its laughing best launches the RadVentures Autumn/Winter programme of professionals on tour entertainments.

Everything from boiling food to death to accents and obsessive tea drinking confuse the Yankees.  The crack team of English officers charged with tutoring them in Brit survival skills results in total chaos. It’s a classic case of American troops  overpaid, oversexed and over here pitted against the best of British stiff upper lip stupidity.
You can be sure that a mixed age audience of 11+ will love this daft wartime romp and feel part of it from the very start. 

Event:  ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’ by Fol Espoir Theatre Company

Date/venue: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent,  Notts NG12  2FB @ 7.30pm prompt.

Interval pay bar.

Tickets: £8.50 from Pen2Paper shop (next to veg shop, Main Rd, R-on-T) or RadVentures direct: Tel: 0115 933 4115 or 07954701058

Live & Local touring events are sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.






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11 02, 2016

A Life With Songs – Call Mr Robeson


Sunday 20th March at 7.30pm, Grange Hall, R-on-T

Call Mr Robeson – A Life With Songs

From playing New York’s Carnegie Hall to Grange Hall Radcliffe, Paul Robeson’s life and times are splendidly brought to life with a bravura performance from actor-singer Tayo Aluku, currently on national tour.
‘Call Mr Robeson’ is an international, multi-award winning production and a night to remember in words and music.
Robeson, perhaps most famous to millions as a bass singer whose many global hits include ‘Ole Man River’ was one of the 20th century’s first black civil rights campaigners.
Trained as a lawyer, one of only three black students at his university, he was also an athlete and actor. He starred in classical roles from Shakespeare’s Othello to key 20th century dramas, and played lead characters in musical theatre productions.
When over the years he became too radical and uncomfortably outspoken for America’s white establishment, he was branded a traitor and a ‘communist’ the ultimate insult during the darkest period of 20th century USA politics.
He joined many of the best actors, playwrights, authors and commentators of the time, all accused, blacklisted and labelled ‘un-American’ for their liberal views during the 1950’s McCarthy show trials period.
Thereafter he was damned by the media, denied opportunities to perform and travel, physically and mentally threatened and ultimately ‘dis-remembered.’
Tayo Aluko’s performance shows the man in his many roles and how he survived his roller coaster of a life.

Suitable for aged 12+

A’ Live & Local’ touring scheme production sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts County Council & Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Review by Martin Culshaw

On the face of it, this performance by Tayo Aluko seemed likely to be a fairly ‘light’ presentation of the life and times of Paul Robeson, interspersed with some of his songs. Being somewhat younger than the late singer, I was unaware of the depth and leaning of his politics and the range of his talents as a lawyer, American footballer and straight actor, as well as a singer. But I was most ignorant of the way in which white American politicians treated him and made him one of the victims of the dreadful McCarthyite period in the 1940s and ‘50s. At a time when immigrants to Britain are starting to be vilified as the Syrian war drags on and the EU referendum debate intensifies, it was good to be reminded of how not to treat people who are ‘different.’
After a slightly slow start Tayo put on a great one-man show that gradually ramped up the horrors to which Robeson was subjected while recognising some of his weaknesses. The show included both some of Robeson’s well known songs and lesser known ones for which … … provided excellent piano accompaniment. At the end of the show Tayo took part in a lively question and answer session that, unsurprisingly, focussed on whether racial awareness in the USA had improved since Robeson’s time.
A thought-provoking and excellently performed show.

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5 01, 2016

Victor and Albert


Friday 22nd January, Grange Hall, R-on-T

Victor & Albert present ‘An A-Z of Britain’

Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

RadVentures, Radcliffe on Trent’s Arts Group kicks off 2016 by hosting  more professionals on tour, this time it’s a riotously entertaining duo with very suspect beards! Come and join comic twins Prof. Victor and Dr. Albert for a lively, uplifting and hilarious evening of discovery.

They’ll perform an A to Z of what makes us what we are on this tiny group of islands called the UK, and will invite the audience to help discover more ‘strange but true’ fascinating and quirky facts.

Victor and Albert are skilled musicians with top quality singing voices. An evening of fun, comedy, games, music and songs with a touch of magic thrown in all guarantee a great night out.

Cabaret style; bring drinks and nibbles

Suitable for ages 14+

A Village Ventures touring production



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