Old Town Hall gets back into its showtime stride after summer improvements

The team at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall are swinging back into their stride after a summer shutdown that saw the first stage of a refurbishment programme carried out.

Now the shows are coming thick and fast, starting on Wednesday with drama and the Duchess Of Malfi.

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

This Eyestrings Theatre Company take on the classic John Webster tale of passion, envy and cruelty employs seven actors, six chairs and a gramophone to tackle the epic themes of morality, class and sex head on.

Tickets are £10, £8 concessions and £6 for Dacorum Card holders.

Thursday night sees the first session for the new Acoustic Café.

It’s billed as a chance for performers including poets, spoken word artists, singer-songwriters and instrumentalists to come and share their talents in the new-look café bar.

With an informal atmosphere, friendly master of ceremonies and sign up sheet on the night, there is no need to book a slot to perform. Tickets are only £2.

Saturday morning features an African drumming workshop for youngsters led by talented South African drummer and dancer Risenga Makondo.

There will be two workshops split by age, and everyone who takes part will be invited to return and perform alongside Risenga as part of the Mela celebrations the same afternoon.

It’s a free event but advance booking is essential.

The Communities Together Mela Weekend runs from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, kicking off a weekend of music and contemplation with a programme of song and dance followed on Sunday by an exhibition and film covering the mysteries of the world’s largest annual pilgrimage, the Hajj.

On both days there will be Indian food stalls, henna artists, craft and community stalls – visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk for the full programme, and details of how to book for the drumming workshops.