Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Theatre (music, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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A courageous new work by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. Adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a live gig in this heartfelt and personal show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and genre-melding original songs. Unravelling a story of her grandmother's youth in 1940s Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history? 'Vivid songwriting and composing... spectacularly beautiful' (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is level access from the john Knox building, If entering using the main entrance there are 9 steps. Once inside a lift that can take customers down to the -2 floor which is the bottom of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps to the top of the raked seating then 15 steps to the front row.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Tom Heller about 5 hours ago

This is a remarkable show and I can recommend it highly for anyone who enjoys a good story well told - who enjoys superb musicianship and who wants to be stimulated to think about so many issues. This is a highly personal story - but it contains a multitude of universal themes such as the relationship between generations, the futility of war, the ways that the commonplace can illuminate a magnitude of general themes. Rowan tells the story at a delicious, measured pace. It's calm, thoughtful and it's international setting is highly relevant at a time when the UK seems hell bent on retreating from contact with our European cousins.

Kay Cook about 19 hours ago

Exceptionally well-crafted, thoughtful and intense show which I would highly recommend. I was totally engaged from start to finish by this beautiful exploration of personal and family history which feels so moving and relevant in our current times. I knew Rowan's music and singing would be superb as I have seen her perform with folk band Lady Maisery, but I had no idea she is also such an accomplished storyteller, weaving the different threads of her narrative to create a powerful connection with the audience.

jane ellis 2 days ago

Hugely recommend this. Quietly precise storytelling, not a word is wasted and each thing loops back to something else. The audience just sat in their seats afterwards and didn't move.

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