Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre unveil their Spring Programme 2016


Samyo at the Capstone in 2015

As the snow falls outside, Getintothis’ Glyn Akroyd previews the Spring Programme for 2016 at Liverpool’s ‘hidden gem’ Capstone Theatre.

The Capstone Theatre aims to provide a ‘rich mix of cultural experiences’ by ‘taking a multi-arts and international approach’ to its programming. Even the most perfunctory glance at their 2016 Spring Programme will tell you that they are well on track to realise that aim. The programme features music, theatre and dance, and each of these disciplines provides its own diverse artistic diaspora; classical and jazz, Indian and European, contemporary and ancient, at times within the space of a single performance.

Indian arts promoter Milapfest kick things off (Jan 30th) with their monthly ‘Music for the Mind and Soul’ programme, and continue with several one off concerts. If last summer’s Indika Festival is anything to go by these will be exhilarating and beautiful exhibitions of the confluence of Indian music and dance and will also pack a few surprises, such as Shantala Subramanyam’s flute and violin interpretations of Southern Indian compositions (June 24).

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The fourth Liverpool International Jazz Festival (Feb 25-28) brings its now customary mix of heavy hitters (Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard) and new talent (Cameron Vale, Artephis), and a four-part Friday night jazz/world music series features pianist John Laws’ hotly tipped quartet New Congregation (April 8).

Roger McGuinn at the Capstone Theatre

Roger McGuinn at the Capstone Theatre

Those who like their classics pure can check out the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, who perform pieces by Mozart, Dvorak and Elgar (Mar 12) and a ‘Spring Serenade’ (May 14).

enCompass Collective’s high energy dance theatre troupe premiere the playful and thought provoking ‘Circumstances’ (Feb 23), People Show celebrate 50 years of off-kilter theatre, with the premiere of comedy-thriller ‘Seagull Noir’ (March 8) and the intriguing Joan Laage dancesEarthtones in Japanese ‘Butoh’ style.(March 9).

Open Culture referred to the Capstone as a ‘hidden gem’. For this sparkling and truly eclectic programme you should beat a path over to Shaw Street and ensure it remainshidden’ no longer.