What's On


Below is a list of all the exciting events and activities we have coming up. From gigs and films to creative workshops for children and adults, there's something for everyone at The Hive.

Feb

23

Fri

10:30

Buzzy Beats - Spring 2024


Tickets from £6

Join musical magpie Mary Keith on a busy, buzzy beat-filled musical journey. Using bodies, percussion instruments and voices we will fill the morning with joyous sound and song! No background tapes here! For babes in arms, crawlers, walkers under 5's and their carers. We encourage the carers and parents to be fully involved - why should the little ones have all the fun?!

Please book for EACH child attending, and we recommend booking in advance wherever possible. We can take bookings on the door, however we cannot always guarantee there will be space due to capacity constraints.

Feb

23

Fri

20:00

EO


Tickets from £6

Poland, 2022, subtitled,

88 mins, cert 15

EO, a grey donkey, escapes from a circus and then treks across Poland and Italy.

Meeting a wide range of characters, including a priest, a countess and a

football team, he reveals society's highs and lows.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Feb

24

Sat

10:00

Verbatim Theatre


FREE

24th February, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Join freelance Theatre-maker Vicki Duckett for a one day Verbatim Theatre Project. Learn about performance techniques when using real life stories and interviews about the Hive as inspiration. These words have never been staged before and the theatrical journey starts with you.

Feb

28

Wed

20:00

Tropical Malady


Tickets from £6

Thailand, 2004, subtitled,

114 minutes, cert 12

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul established himself with international audiences by this fascinating two-part story, half relatively conventional narrative, half in a mysterious deamscape, which in combination produce remarkable, lingering emotions. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Mar

1

Fri

10:30

Buzzy Beats - Spring 2024


Tickets from £6

Join musical magpie Mary Keith on a busy, buzzy beat-filled musical journey. Using bodies, percussion instruments and voices we will fill the morning with joyous sound and song! No background tapes here! For babes in arms, crawlers, walkers under 5's and their carers. We encourage the carers and parents to be fully involved - why should the little ones have all the fun?!

Please book for EACH child attending, and we recommend booking in advance wherever possible. We can take bookings on the door, however we cannot always guarantee there will be space due to capacity constraints.

Mar

8

Fri

10:30

Buzzy Beats - Spring 2024


Tickets from £6

Join musical magpie Mary Keith on a busy, buzzy beat-filled musical journey. Using bodies, percussion instruments and voices we will fill the morning with joyous sound and song! No background tapes here! For babes in arms, crawlers, walkers under 5's and their carers. We encourage the carers and parents to be fully involved - why should the little ones have all the fun?!

Please book for EACH child attending, and we recommend booking in advance wherever possible. We can take bookings on the door, however we cannot always guarantee there will be space due to capacity constraints.

Mar

8

Fri

20:00

Azor


Tickets from £6

Argentina, 2021, subtitled,

100 mins, cert 12

In the alluring world of the ultrawealthy of 1980s Argentina, a private banker mysteriously disappears. Uncovering his trail reveals more than financial wrongdoing.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Mar

9

Sat

20:00

Gaz Hughes Quartet


Tickets from £12

Drummer Gaz Hughes unveils his new opus "Nuclear Bebopalypse - A Swing and Bop Odyssey", in his debut for SJN at the Hive. His trio with Gavin Barras (double bass) & Andrzej Baranek (piano) is augmented by Tim Williams (guitar). Showcasing original compositions, the album pays homage to jazz legends, blending heritage with a modern twist to create a captivating soundscape that strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation.

Mar

13

Wed

20:00

Metropolis


Tickets from £6

Germany, 1927, intertitles,

150 minutes, cert PG, with interval

In Metropolis, director Fritz Lang created the first great science fiction film, with his vision of a futuristic city combining scientific progress and human despair. Using 25,000 extras and astonishing special effects, he created the images that continue to

shape visions of the future. We are showing the fully restored version of the film with breathtakingly sharp images and a striking musical soundtrack.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Mar

15

Fri

10:30

Buzzy Beats - Spring 2024


Tickets from £6

Join musical magpie Mary Keith on a busy, buzzy beat-filled musical journey. Using bodies, percussion instruments and voices we will fill the morning with joyous sound and song! No background tapes here! For babes in arms, crawlers, walkers under 5's and their carers. We encourage the carers and parents to be fully involved - why should the little ones have all the fun?!

Please book for EACH child attending, and we recommend booking in advance wherever possible. We can take bookings on the door, however we cannot always guarantee there will be space due to capacity constraints.

Mar

15

Fri

19:00

Remembering York Lesbian Arts Festival


Tickets from £2

Friday 15th March 7:00pm

Authors Manda Scott and Jane Traies with former festival director Helen Sandler.

An evening to celebrate lesbian stories and histories… and imagine a better tomorrow.

Author Jane Traies will open the evening with a fascinating illustrated talk that provides a peek into her new oral history project.

Jane is currently researching the history of York Lesbian Arts Festival (YLAF), which grew out of Libertas! bookshop a quarter of a century ago. She has begun interviewing the writers and musicians who appeared at the festival as well as some of the women who flocked to the festival to hear them. These interviews will feed into a film called Three Thousand Lesbians Go to York, directed by Rachel Dax, and an accompanying book, to be published by Tollington Press.

Created by lesbian bookseller Jenny Roberts (who happened to be a trans woman), this ground-breaking festival ran for ten years. Jane appeared there as a writer before joining the organising committee and briefly becoming the Festival Events Manager – or ‘FEM’ for short. Her own memories have fed into her research.

After Jane’s talk, we go back to the future as one-time YLAF director Helen Sandler invites both Jane Traies and Manda Scott to the sofa, to read from their recent or forthcoming novels and talk about how fiction can recreate queer pasts – and dream up speculative new futures for all.

Mar

16

Sat

19:30

Mark Farrelly's Jarman


Tickets from £2

A mighty spirit is about to reawaken. Yours.

Derek Jarman: film-maker, painter, gardener at Prospect Cottage, activist, writer... his influence remains as strong as it was on the day AIDS killed him in 1994. But his story, one of the most extraordinary lives ever lived, has never been told. Until now.

This vibrant solo play by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope / Howerd's End) brings Derek back into being for a passionate, daring reminder of the courage it takes to truly live while you're alive. A journey from Dungeness to deepest, brightest Soho and into the heart of one of our most iconoclastic artists.

Jarman’s works include taboo-breaking films like Sebastiane, Jubilee and Caravaggio, pop videos for the Pet Shop Boys (It’s A Sin and Rent), his extraordinary borderless garden in Dungeness, his shocking last paintings, and his unforgettable final film Blue, consisting of a single continuous frame of blue and chronicling what it’s like to lose your sight…but never your artistic vision.

Running time: 80 minutes, no interval

Ticket prices for this event range from £2.00 to £22.00. You decide which ticket price to pay, depending on what you can afford and there is no judgement, we just want you to come along.

Part of the 2024 Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival (15-17 March), in partnership with SAND, please see link below for more information.

https://www.lgbtsand.com/projects/history/

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Mar

22

Fri

10:30

Buzzy Beats - Spring 2024


Tickets from £6

Join musical magpie Mary Keith on a busy, buzzy beat-filled musical journey. Using bodies, percussion instruments and voices we will fill the morning with joyous sound and song! No background tapes here! For babes in arms, crawlers, walkers under 5's and their carers. We encourage the carers and parents to be fully involved - why should the little ones have all the fun?!

Please book for EACH child attending, and we recommend booking in advance wherever possible. We can take bookings on the door, however we cannot always guarantee there will be space due to capacity constraints.

Mar

22

Fri

20:00

People of the Mountains


Tickets from £6

Hungary, 1942, subtitled,

88 mins, cert 15

Set in the beautiful woodlands of Transylvania, this moving story tells of the impact of industrialisation on family and community life. One of the greatest Hungarian films of all time!

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Mar

23

Sat

20:30

The Classic Blues Show


Tickets from £12.5

From Bessie Smith to Buddy Guy, from Jimmy Rogers to Jimi Hendrix - The Classic Blues Show celebrates the finest blues music from the last 60 years.

This six-piece band of experienced musicians has roots - and branches and leaves too, perhaps - all firmly anchored in the blues. This is the blues of not just the Delta, Chicago, and elsewhere in the USA but also the blues of Ealing, Dartford and wherever else formed the British Blues Boom of the 60's and beyond.

Mar

24

Sun

19:45

Richard Shindell


Tickets from £16

Richard Shindell lives as both an immigrant and emigrant, crossing thresholds, that informs his illumination of the human experience through narrative song. Shindell has inhabited a Zen Buddhist monastery, busked in the streets of Paris, opened for Joan Baez (who covered several of his songs), and collaborated with Grammy-winner Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Elvis Costello).

Originally from New York, now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. Meticulously recorded over three years in New York and Buenos Aires, his most recent release, Careless, offered an ambitious, luxurious, full-length statement. Shindell immersed himself in the studio, allowing the time and latitude to explore, experiment, take risks—to play—as each of these eleven songs was given form and substance. While his signature acoustic guitar style is used to good effect, Careless also found Shindell plugging in more. “The wider sonic and dynamic range of the electric has been a real inspiration. Rejuvenating.”

Apr

5

Fri

20:00

Alcarras


Tickets from £6

Spain, 2022, subtitled,

120 mins, cert 15

Winner of the "Best FIlm" award at the Berlin Film Festival, this is an impressive ensemble drama about change in the spectacular Spanish countryside, and its winners and losers.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Apr

10

Wed

20:00

A Matter of Life and Death


Tickets from £6

UK, 1946,

104 minutes, cert U

From the acclaimed directorial pairing of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger comes a remarkable fantasy in which World War II airman David Niven finds himself summoned to heaven after surviving a plane crash that should have killed him. With England filmed in glorious Technicolor and heaven in monochrome greys, this is an utterly delightful and thought-provoking drama.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Apr

19

Fri

20:00

Tori and Lokita


Tickets from £6

Belgium 2022, subtitled,

88 mins, cert 15

The Dardenne brothers, directors of "Two Days, One Night" and "The Promise", are

back with another blistering slice of social realism set in their home town, this time

focused on forced migration and the trade in illegal drugs.

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

Apr

28

Sun

19:45

Joshua Burnell and Annie Dressner


Tickets from £15

“A creatively fearless artist... 5/5" - RnR Magazine

"Much of it would fit comfortably in a Peter-Gabriel era Genesis set (though said group never wrote anything as catchy as Don't Lose Your Faith). - The Observer

“His music takes on chameleon dimensions with alt-folk, glam rock, & classical influences – musics of the past which he skilfully brings to the present." - Irish Music Magazine

Joshua Burnell makes retro pop-rock for the modern world. His latest album, Glass Knight - which according to the Financial Times, "plays like a lost out-take from Spiders-From-Mars-era Bowie" - won over a lot of new fans upon its release in Autumn. Expect hooky melodies drenched in warm, retro-synth textures, reverbing guitars, lush harmonies and words that make you think. Imagine The War On Drugs meets Genesis with “lashings of Peter Gabriel stylings,” - The Guardian.

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Born and bred in the heart of NYC, Annie's musical journey started at an unexpected crossroads. The night of her high school graduation, she picked up the family guitar for the very first time and discovered a hidden passion that would change her life. Inspired by icons like Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, and Ben Kweller, she began crafting her own melodies, often humming her thoughts like a secret soundtrack to city life.

Annie's artistic odyssey led her to countless open mic nights in the bustling streets of New York, where she learned the art of performance and songwriting. It wasn't just about singing; it was about baring her soul through her own creations. These experiences ignited a fire within her, setting the stage for her debut solo show at legendary NYC venue 'The Bitter End' in 2008.

An avid collaborator, she's since shared her talent with the likes of David Ford, Polly Paulusma, and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), yet Annie's voice stands out as a singular force. Her music serves as a reminder that even in life's chaos, there's beauty to be found in its soundtrack.

May

3

Fri

20:00

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom


Tickets from £6

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Bhutan, 2019, subtitled,

109 mins, cert PG

Ugyen dreams of being a singer, but for now is a teacher assigned to the remotest village school in Bhutan, there developing an unusual approach to his lessons. An enjoyable finale to our season!

Presented by Shrewsbury Film Society

May

5

Sun

19:45

Blair Dunlop


Tickets from £16.5

Blair Dunlop begins the campaign for his 5th studio album announcing 25 UK tour dates in April and May 2024. Let’s Get Out of the Rain will be Blair’s first Studio album since 2018 (Notes from and Island). Where ‘Notes’ was an introspective analysis of Brexit Britain, the new collection is a celebration of spring, newness and freedom. Songs of metamorphosis and wide screen road trips prevail.

Blair has been hailed as one of the UK's most accomplished songwriters since he burst into the folk scene with his debut Blight & Blossom (2012). BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards followed along with critical acclaim. In 2016 Blair released on his own label (Gilded Wings) and received wider acclaim and BBC Radio 2 playlisting for singled ‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’. Appearances at Glastonbury and the major Folk Festivals followed, along with breakthrough tours of Australia; and Blair is now firmly established as a household name amongst respected British songwriters.

Jun

2

Sun

19:45

Luke Concannon and Stephanie Hollenberg


Tickets from £15

‘Luke is one of my three main hero’s along with Van Morrison’ - Ed Sheeran

Renowned for his magnetic live performances and ‘direct-from-the-heart’ songs, #1 UK chart artist Luke Concannon has something special. Performing with his wife, the classically trained singer Stephanie Hollenberg, the duo present an evening of musical passion and audience participation that will become one of those gigs that live long in the memory. Somewhere between the Celtic soul of Van Morrison, and the deep lyricism of Leonard Cohen.

Jun

9

Sun

19:45

Charm of Finches


Tickets from £14

Australian sister duo Charm of Finches delivers intricate folk-pop that is simultaneously graceful and darkly bewitching. Their seamless blood harmonies traverse melancholy and wonder in equal measure.

The sisters, Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, released their third full length album Wonderful Oblivion in 2021 through New York-based label AntiFragile Music to critical acclaim. They have since toured extensively through the UK, Europe and Canada in 2022/23.

Winners of the Australian Folk Music Awards Best Folk Album (2022) and Music Victoria Best Contemporary Folk Act (2021), their music has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.

In February 2023 the sisters spent a month in rural Nova Scotia recording with acclaimed Canadian producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Oh Pep!), inspired by the frozen beauty of the landscape and their transient life on the road with their music. The result is their fourth studio album to be released in 2024.

“Wonderful Oblivion is a triumphant indie folk effort – nostalgic yet fresh, haunting, but at the same time serene. ” - We Found New Music

“Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches are perched for stardom. For lovers of tight sibling harmonies, chamber folk, and those who long to be carried-away by a lullaby…” - Ariana Morgenstern KCRW Today's Top Tune