Katherine Ryan at Brewery Arts Freerange Comedy Festival Alan Davies at Brewery Arts Freerange Comedy Festival Zoe Rahman at Brewery Arts Centre Wed 6 May Courtney Pine at Brewery Arts Centre Wed 6 May

The performing arts are a very expressive and emotive collection of creative activities. Amongst them are theatre, comedy, music and dance, all of which hold the potential to captivate and inspire their audiences.

This year, the Lakes Ignite festival plays host to a remarkable selection of performance art, handpicked for its talent and innovation, for your viewing pleasure.

The Abduction from the Seraglio          

Brewery Arts Centre: Wednesday 22 April               

Innovative touring opera company Pop-up Opera return to the Brewery Art’s Centre with Mozart’s comedy about two young men, Belmonte and Pedrillo, attempting to rescue their lovers from an Ottoman harem. A stunning and spectacular production.

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Shooting with Light              

Brewery Arts Centre: Saturday 25 April                     

In this shocking and enriching performance, theatre production company Idle Motion exposes one of the most remarkable untold stories of our age.

In 1934 a young German refugee flees to Paris and discovers the power of photography. She reinvents herself as Gerda Taro, becoming one of the pioneering women to photograph the front line.

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Stuart Maconie – The People’s Songs                                  

Theatre by the Lake: 3 May     

Join popular presenter and writer Stuart Maconie, as he tells the story of modern Britain through the nation’s most loved songs– from WWII to the present day. Originally a series on BBC Radio 2, Stuart is now bringing The People’s Songs to the people with this fascinating evening of music and social history.

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Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman               

Brewery Arts Centre: Wednesday 6 May               

Courtney Pine was one of the first black British Jazz artists to make it in the jazz world when he burst onto the scene in the 80’s.

Now, with several prestigious honours and a string of highly acclaimed and successful albums under his belt, Courtney returns with his latest project, his 16th studio album to date.

In this intimate performance he takes to the stage in celebration of his phenomenal career playing bass clarinet, accompanied only by MOBO Award winning Pianist, Zoe Rahman.

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To enjoy these events and much more, book your break in the Lake District here