Live and Local

February 2024

Live and Local

On February 10th Miltonians and friends were delighted to welcome Spiltmilk Dance with their performance of Desert Island Flicks to Milton village hall. The village hall was themed as a cinema with cartons of popcorn being handed out to all at the start of the performance along with a finger torch and a party popper for everyone. The reason for these items became apparent during the performance, the finger torches being used to great effect for the film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the party poppers for Mission Impossible. There were ninety films in ninety minutes with snippets of soundtrack from each and the two ladies bringing the scene to life with facial expressions, body posture and dance. From the iconic black and white film Brief Encounter through to modern day classics such as Silence of the Lambs and Thelma and Louise, the audience were always engaged by the polished and professional performance. Twelve of the films featured were performed without the name appearing on the screen and it was up to the audience to ‘name the film’. A team effort on behalf of the audience and all 12 were correctly identified.


February 2023

Tortive Theatre presents – Shakespeare’s Fool

A brilliant one-man show. The story of Will ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe – one of the finest performers of the Elizabethan age. Gentleman player, juggling jester, Morris dancer and London’s finest clown, until…he fell out with Will ‘git-face’ Shakespeare.

This one-actor show, starring Robin Leetham, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 to full houses and received rave reviews from critics and audience alike. A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.

Saturday 11th February at 7:30pm. There will be no bar so please bring your own drinks.

Tickets £12 available from or 01283 703075


2022 – Friday 4th March at 7:30pm

Milton Village Hall was pleased to welcome Kick in the Head Theatre Productions ‘Three Men in a Boat’, an adaption from the hilarious book by Jerome K. Jerome and wonderfully presented by actor Giles Shenton.

The audience were transported along a trip on the Thames by three ‘friends’ and a dog many years past, when steam barges were a new and for some unwelcome addition to the river. The many amusing anecdotes made the whole performance totally engaging and Giles managed to make the characters so real you might have known them forever. (The audience could perhaps draw parallels with characters they know today).  A most enjoyable evening with good company and good theatre.


2020 – Friday March 6th at 7:30pm in Milton Village Hall
Tickets £12 from 01283 703075 or 07730 039368. No bar so please bring your own drinks.
UpDownSizing – A play written and performed by Ginny Davis.
Ruth Rich, hapless mother of three has empty nest syndrome. Time to downsize, sale and purchase all organised. Nothing can go wrong, and then it starts to rain and the doorbell rings….
Ginny Davis’s new one-woman show, the sixth in the Ruth Rich saga that has won her five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, explores a dilemma that faces many property-owning parents of middle age.
UpDownSizing takes an affectionate and very funny look at the day-to-day, but nonetheless real and serious problems of life within a large family.
2019 – February 9th in Milton Village Hall

 Live and Local events are usually excellent, but the rendition of Oscar Wilde’s play by Two Gents Productions was quite exceptional.

One might have been expecting two men to be playing the 9 characters , but in fact it was two ladies. The only props were a backdrop cloth (reversible for different scenes), a small table, a chair, a tin can, a mug, a scarf, a biscuit tin lid (for the imaginary cucumber sandwiches which were shared with the audience) and not forgetting the Sports Direct bag starring as Miss Prism’s handbag.

The superb portrayal of the characters had the audience transfixed, always smiling and for much of the performance laughing aloud.

Members of the audience were also called upon to play small parts, with one section of the audience becoming the flowers Miss Cecily was watering.

An outstanding performance by the actress who not only demonstrated superb talent  but brought such warmth and humour to the proceedings.

An unforgettable evening and Milton was lucky to have been able to host such a high calibre performance.

For those visiting London Two Gents Productions are performing this play at the Tara Theatre from February 27th to March 16th – would be well worth a visit.

2018 – May 20th in Milton Village Hall

The Foundry Group entertained residents and friends with a musical comedy entitled;

The Ministry of Biscuits.

A clever and entertaining show packed with quick humour and neat one liners,  performed by a talented and enthusiastic band of 4 actors.

Set in London in 1948 where fancy biscuits were prohibited, it followed the progress of a sparkling confectionery rebellion.  Drawing inspiration from 40’ British Light Music, Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, and the quintessentially British Ealing Comedy capers, this satirical musical fantasy was genuinely funny, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable.

The Live and Local  Network is supported by funds from the Arts Council and to have an act of this calibre in Milton was wonderful. Many thanks to the Foundry Group for such an enjoyable evening.




Live and Local 10th February 2024

Desert Island Flicks.Milton Village Hall  7.30pmTickets £12.50 from Dawn  01283 703075 or Desert Island Flicks sees two leading ladies reimagine, remake and spoof the

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