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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 you'd prefer it if our performance and live gigs were just a bit earlier and so now all evening performances start 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 13
7:30pm

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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 dally – book ‘em now!

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Fri 27
7:30pm

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Stephen Mottram in Parachute

£8/£6(c) • Friends £7/£5(c) • Family £20/ • Friends £18 • On the day £12

A back-to-school treat for you and very welcome return to Prema for Stephen Mottram with his spellbinding show. The Parachute is a funny and mesmerising story of youth, love and confronting old age. Using just a few white sticks and a clutch of pingpong balls, master of manipulation and animation, Stephen Mottram plays with the way our brains make sense of things we see and stealthily reels us into a world of movement, populated by captivating, non-existent actors. A wonderful evening for the family and suitable for anyone over the age of nine.

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October

Sat 12
7:30pm

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Anne Niepold & Riccardo Tesi

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£8(c) • On the day £15

Solo performances from two extraordinarily gifted and influential European musicians in one concert. Together these two luminaries offer us an evening of electrifying squeezebox wonder. Make sure you don’t miss this early autumn gig and a rare chance to get up-close to two astonishing musicians!

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November

Fri 1
7:30pm

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Flats & Sharps

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£8(c) • On the day £15

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance. They deliver hugely energetic, infectiously enthusiastic and highly-spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world. Their music incorporates a wide variety of influences from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between.

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Sat 9
2pm

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Paper Jungle in Three Suns

£3/£1.50(c) • Friends £2/£1(c) • Family £8/ • Friends £7 • On the day £8

In the kitchen a young boy and his babysitter are cooking up a storm, as they cook they remember familiar flavours and begin to unravel magical folktales from around the world. Weaving together innovative puppetry, storytelling and live music Three Suns tells three stories from three different continents - from Africa, Europe and Asia.

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Sat 16
1:30pm - 2:30pm

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The Environment Show - 1.30pm

£7/£5(c) • Friends £6/£4(c) • Family £17/ • Friends £15 • On the day £10

This totally immersive environment is jam-packed with knowledge and facts, ripe for discovery. Here’s the perfect place to learn about our planet, how climate change is suffocating Mother Earth and what you, me and every one of us can do to be kinder to our planet so that we are able to create a harmonious, healthy environment for our future.

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Sat 16
3pm - 4pm

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The Environment Show - 3pm

£7/£5(c) • Friends £6/£4(c) • Family £17/ • Friends £15 • On the day £10

This totally immersive environment is jam-packed with knowledge and facts, ripe for discovery. Here’s the perfect place to learn about our planet, how climate change is suffocating Mother Earth and what you, me and every one of us can do to be kinder to our planet so that we are able to create a harmonious, healthy environment for our future. Our guides within the dome are the most inspiring educators, helping young and old to find solutions while learning a whole stack of fun facts and alarming truths about the human race and its ecological impact to date.

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Sat 16
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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The Environment Show - 4.30pm

£7/£5(c) • Friends £6/£4(c) • Family £17/ • Friends £15 • On the day £10

This afternoon art meets science under the canopy of the amazing Explorer Dome. This totally immersive environment is jam-packed with knowledge and facts, ripe for discovery. Here’s the perfect place to learn about our planet, how climate change is suffocating Mother Earth and what you, me and every one of us can do to be kinder to our planet so that we are able to create a harmonious, healthy environment for our future.

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Fri 29
7pm - 9pm

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Short Story Reading Evening

£5 • £3.50(c)

Come along to hear the shortlisted stories of the Prema Short Story competition read aloud! A celebration of story writing, storytelling and the wonder of words. (Entry free to those who entered the competition).

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December

Fri 6
7:30pm

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Fishclaw

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£8(c) • On the day £15

Flshclaw’s music may be tricky to define but it’s shockingly easy to become smitten with their sound within moments of listening. This is warm, intelligent music which is enhanced in performance by a backdrop of video and still projections. The band offers an evening of dusky soundscapes all the way through to seriously hi-tempo tunes. Whilst folk is always at its core, Fishclaw offers a very different and brave new “take” on folkdom, bringing it bang up to date and helping to take traditional tunes and brilliant musicianship to new audiences and most notably to younger devotees.

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