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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 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.

June

Fri 29
7:30pm

bluegrass apocalyptic americana genre-defying amazing

Whiskey Shivers

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

Here we have a diverse group of masterfully talented musicians stand head-and-shoulders above so many within the traditional bluegrass world. Their genre-defying sound has been described as “apocalyptic Americana” and “frenetic bluegrass with a punk spirit”. Don’t miss them raising the roof at Prema in the first of two astonishing world music gigs this summer weekend. Book early, don’t dally!

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Sat 30
7:30pm

world music Africa celtic fusion hybrid exhilarating

Kabantu

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

Manchester-based Kabantu unravel new hybrids of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet. Uniting indigenous musical strains from several diverse worldwide traditions, the quintet concocts its own charismatic arrangements to create an exhilarating sound brimming with enthralling improvisation, scorching rhythms and beautiful melody.

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July

Fri 6
7:30pm

indie-pop amazing happy summer sound

Coco & the Butterfields

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

A really, really welcome return from the truly fizzing CoCo & the Butterfields - an English indie-pop band from Canterbury. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Dulcima Showan, guitarist and vocalist Tom Twyman, keyboards from Jamie Smith, guitarist Rob Wicks and bass player Patrick Channon. Don’t miss them – they’re awesome!

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Sat 14
12pm - 3pm

storytelling free event families research garden

Touched Theatre in Little Monsters

Free entry

Beccy Smith and Darren East the writer and puppeteer from Touched Theatre (who many of you will remember from last season’s captivating Twinkle Twinkle show) are looking for some help from you (and your own little monsters) as they start work on their brand new show. Beccy and Darren will be sharing their stories and collecting stories from you about just what scares you and what can make you feel brave. Today’s free drop-in storytelling and play session is perfect for small people aged 2 - 5 and their families.

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Fri 20
7:30pm

virtual orchestra summer sound end of term treat great songs happy optimistic

People's String Foundation in Res Publica

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

The People's String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds hailing from the grass roots of British music culture; Mixing world, Classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment. This Cornish band is fronted by the virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Director Of Music for Rogue Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and the Minack Theatre) with co-founder and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi at the core. This summer Ben and Zaid are packing their 32 piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the “Virtual Orchestra” on tour as a live duo, with their newest album release “Res Publica”. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafters' hearts.

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