Coming up at Artrix

Words and action on display in the coming weeks.

Methane bubbles are set alight to make fireballs, liquid nitrogen freezes flowers, hydrogen balloons explode and rockets are fired into the audience. Stand well back and cover your ears – theatre just got dangerously exciting!

In The Energy Show, which is coming to Artrix on 15th and 16th July, two futuristic science students race against time to prove their knowledge of energy. With help from the incredible virtual lab-assistant, i-nstein, and a steampunk workshop full of gadgets and chemicals, they explore, experiment and explode anything and everything they can find, building to a breath-taking climax as they demonstrate all forms of energy, live on stage, in under five minutes.

The Energy Show is suitable for all ages from 7+ years and is a must-see for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students. The trailer is available on the Science Museum’s You Tube channel.

Experiments and demonstrations include:
• Flaming methane bubbles
• Flowers frozen solid by liquid nitrogen
• Lights powered by Plasma Balls
• Soaring hydrogen-filled rockets

Science Museum Live presents The Energy Show on Tuesday 15th July at 7.00 pm and Wednesday 16th July at 11.00 am (Schools showing)and 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £15 with special family and group tickets prices available.


The highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight is the next NT Live screening to come to Artrix on 23rd July.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).

Skylight is directed by Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience with Helen Mirren, which was also broadcast to cinemas by National Theatre Live.

Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play.

Skylight (NT Live encore screening) is showing at Artrix on Wednesday 23rd July at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £15 (£12 for students and under 16s)

joanna toye

As the world’s longest running radio soap opera, The Archers is as much of a British institution as Wimbledon and strawberries and cream. With its roots just down the road at Hanbury, it’s always been an important part of the Worcestershire landscape.

In recent years there have seen some shocking and addictive storylines including Nigel’s tragic demise and Lillian’s clandestine affair with Paul. On 13th July Archers scriptwriter and author of The Ambridge Chronicles, Jo Toye will be visiting Artrix to take you behind the scenes to reveal some fascinating – and surprising – facts about the storylines, past and present, drawn from the extensive archives.

Words presents Jo Toye is at Artrix Arts Centre on Sunday 13th July at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £12

All tickets are available from the box office on 01527 577330 or