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Dust off your old instruments and join the band at Salisbury Playhouse

Putting the band back together
10 October 2016

A special production of Putting the Band Back Together which runs in The Salberg from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 November will give some members of the audience who used to play an instrument the opportunity to join the band live onstage. 

Part riotous gig and part tender storytelling, every performance features some local ex-players picking their instruments back up to play live alongside the house band which is led by The Futureheads’ Ross Millard.

Inspired by theatre-maker and terminal cancer sufferer Mark Lloyd’s wish to “put his old band back together”, this uplifting new show looks at forgotten dreams and lost passions and asks why we stop playing and what makes us start again. The piece ponders the guitars propped up in bedrooms, the voices now only heard in the shower and drum-kits taking up too much garage space.

Local audiences who would like to pick up their instruments again can join the house band by attending a pre-show workshop on the night of the performance. There is no need to audition and players and singers of all levels are welcome. Players do not need to be able to read music but song sheets with chords and melody lines will be provided for those who would like them. A keyboard, drums and percussion instruments will be available to borrow and other instruments may be able to be sourced if players do not have their own.

Director Annie Rigby is an ex-accordionist who stopped playing music at 18. She said: “We’re really excited to bring this welcoming, uplifting show to Salisbury. It celebrates everybody’s creativity, and encourages us all to make space for the things we love in life. We hope it inspires audiences to blow the dust off their own musical instruments/paintbrushes/dance shoes.”

Ross Millard is a singer and guitarist. He has toured internationally with rock bands The Futureheads and Frankie & The Heartstrings. He has composed the show’s music, and leads the house band in the show.

Putting the Band Back Together visits The Salberg for just four performances from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 November. Audiences can choose to see the show with or without joining the band. For tickets and details of how to join the band please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page for more information.