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Prema is a family friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.

Prema, near Dursley in the Stroud valleys, offers an affordable day out for all folk in the South West.

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At Prema we strive to offer something rather different by way of performance and live music. We have a particular interest in edgy, funny theatre which uses both physicality and stunning visuals to tell a story in a remarkable and entertaining way.

We warmly welcome families to attend both music and theatre here at the arts centre. We suggest minimum ages for shows and sometimes offer a family deal ticket for theatre events to make a memorable evening out all the more affordable.

A family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 kids (or equivalent)

You told us that it you'd prefer it if our performance and live gigs were just a bit earlier and so now all evening performances start at 7pm and our live music gigs at 7.30pm.

We want to reward you for booking early and the tickets booked and paid for in advance are discounted. Please note that at a minute past midnight on the day of the show only "on the day" tickets are available. Please be sure to book in good time so that you can take advantage of the discounted ticket prices.

September

Fri 29
7:30pm

folk roots big band massive sound dance vibrant

Habadekuk

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Habadekuk is Denmark’s most exciting and innovative folk band. They have gobsmacked audiences across Europe in venues and at festivals with their powerful, commanding sound and delicious, infectious energy. Habadekuk is often hailed as the Danish answer to Bellowhead. The sound comprises powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms and is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. With a vibrant mix of folk, rock, salsa and big band jazz, the lively eight-man band catapults old folk melodies into the 21st century.

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October

Fri 6
7:30pm

politically-driven roots reggae folk-hop

Undercover Hippy

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Billy Salisbury aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the UK's most prestigious independent festivals. The music is best described as politically-driven acoustic-roots reggae folk-hop, with feel good vibes and a sly sense of humour. Their live shows are packed with energy, highly interactive and are sure to leave you begging for more. Don’t miss this fantastic sound fusion this Friday autumn evening. Don’t delay – book now!

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Sat 7
7pm

mask family emotion fun

Vamos Theatre in Finding Joy

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Joy is 83 today: she's feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead? Suitable for brave and imaginative people over the age of ten.

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Fri 20
7pm

visual theatre dark family puppets physical

Ding Foundation in Wild Life

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Wild Life presents the story of an ordinary woman's journey to an extraordinary dimension. From behind the walls of her flat, something is emerging. A feeling. A sound. Definitely, something’s there – maybe a plant or a creature? Compelled to investigate, she is drawn into a surreal world of transformations to discover what or who lies beneath. Contains dark imagery and so only suitable for hardy youngsters over the age of nine.

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November

Fri 3
7:30pm

rootsy Euro-folk dance big band immense

Blowzabella

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band with a driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music that is influenced and flavoured by English and European traditional dance music. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them. The tickets are going to sell super-quick. Don’t dawdle – book ‘em now!

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Sat 18
7:30pm

folk roots big band rampant amazing dazzling

Rusty Shackle

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle have been tearing-up stages around the world since 2010. Brandishing their distinct folk-roots sound and armed with an electrifying blend of rampant fiddle, scorching electric guitars, pounding drums, searing trumpet and banjo, the band have built up a devoted fanbase with their captivating live shows. Rusty Shackle’s sound has been compared to that of Mumford & Sons for its rootsy, driven sound with a refreshing clarity and infectious beat. Don’t miss this final item in our autumn line-up of BIG roots music.

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Sat 25
7pm

circus manipulation contraptions mad physical family fun

PanGottic presents Long Shot

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Long Shot is a stripped-back circus performance where the audience is in charge. Using handcrafted remote control contraptions, tight choreography and laugh-out-loud humour, PanGottic brings to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost-unachievable and the highly-unlikely. Suitable for audiences over the age of seven.

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December

Sun 10
11am

climate change family show igloo winter Christmas

The Bone Ensemble in Where's My Igloo Gone?

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Sitting in her igloo, a drop of water falls on Oolik’s head. And then another! Is her home melting? Venture into a dazzling, Arctic world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs and starry, starry nights. And the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle! Travelling through snowstorms, across oceans and into our hearts, Oolik is not the kind of girl to give up on her quest for help. This morning’s show is performed in “Iglooish” and is suitable for anyone over the age of five and is accessible to Deaf, hearing and non-English speaking audiences.

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