Arts Alive have a jam-packed schedule of performances this October across Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Through a partnership with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, they have three diverse dance shows lined up for October.

The award-winning Sonia Sabri Company will be performing ‘Same Same But Different’ at the Steiner Academy in Hereford on October 8. Three dancers will combine Kathak, contemporary and street dance, physical storytelling, and hints of live music to create celebratory dance theatre suitable for a family audience. The show is inspired by the well-known Anglo-Asian phrase ‘same, same, but different’. The dancers will celebrate our individuality, diversity and the bonds which connect us all.

The UK’s leading Krump dancers are coming to Wem Town Hall on October 30 with a double bill – Blacklist and Figleaf. Krump is a form of street dance characterised by expressive and exaggerated movements. Blacklist is an explosive piece asking how we cope with inner conflict. Fig Leaf asks what it means to be a man, swinging from love and support, to anger and aggression.

The third show commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative is ‘The Rest of Our Lives’ with Jo Fong and George Orange at Welshampton Parish Hall on October 30. A dancer and a clown are at the mid-point of their lives, and they are wondering what’s next. Armed with a soundtrack of floor-fillers, join them as they negotiate middle-life together with humour, tenderness, and outlandish optimism.

Cerin Mills, Live Events Programmer at Arts Alive, said, “This is a trio of amazing dance shows! We’re thankful to the Rural Touring Dance Initiative for helping to bring such culturally diverse shows to the region. There really is something for everyone with these three performances.

“Our autumn programme proves that live events are back with a bang. On top of these phenomenal dance shows, we have a line-up of music and drama performances which includes a 32-piece gypsy orchestra packed into a suitcase for ‘Res Publica’, a new drama ‘Jacaranda’ from the award-winning playwright Lorna French, and the darkly comic, hilarious yet macabre stories in ‘Twisted Tales Vol. 2’.

“We are also facilitating film showings across rural communities with Flicks in the Sticks. There are over 70 film nights lined up for October!

“It is fantastic to have a full programme of high-quality events for rural communities across Shropshire and Herefordshire. Please come and support these performers, theatre groups and community events!”

For full details of all shows and film nights, and to buy tickets, visit