Have a Go Ludlow – workshops for residents (and visitors)

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Written byRachel Buchanan

Brought to you by the Out Of The Ordinary team, Have A Go Ludlow is a brand new rolling programme of out-of-the-ordinary activities and have-a-go happenings in Ludlow. Workshops are at the heart of what we do and over the year there will be lots of interesting, interactive sessions for you to try.

Our first mini-fest is on 2-3 April at the Ludlow Mascall Centre and these workshops are a mixture of arts focused sessions, including photography, music, writing and printing. Workshop leaders include acclaimed BBC writer William Gallagher, who will be encouraging people to get writing and keep writing, expert photographer Ashleigh Cadet who will be teaching people how to make the best of the camera they already have – the one on their mobile phone, and discovering classical music sessions by Dan Tong, Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire and his colleagues.


Have a Go Ludlow is curated by respected Ledbury-based poet and former programmer of Cheltenham Fringe Festival Sara-Jane Arbury, and Ludlow-based event organisers Rachel Buchanan, formerly Director at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, and Paul Sayers, co-director of Rooftop Theatre.

‘Research shows that one of the very best ways to combat feelings of worry, loneliness and rising panic is to DO something, even something simple, and that taking the risk to try something new increases confidence and resilience which, let’s face it, we all need just now. After two hard years, Have a Go Ludlow wants to encourage people to get out of their houses and remember how wonderful it is to meet each other again, to play, and to try new things. Artists in particular have been hard-hit by the pandemic, so by paying our artists, we are helping to maintain our creative communities as well as encourage our participants to find (or remember) their own creative souls.’ Have a Go Ludlow director Rachel Buchanan.


The first weekend of workshops is on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April. All workshops are suitable for beginners upwards and based at Ludlow Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RZ. Spaces are strictly limited so booking is essential

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Sat 2nd April – SINGING FOR THE TERRIFIED. Gentle guidance from speech to singing with Polly Bolton; HAVE A GO AT PRINTING… WITH LITTER! Turn trash into (artistic) treasure with artist Megan Evans; DIVE DEEPLY INTO CLASSICAL MUSIC I. Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert discovery day with world class musicians Daniel Tong, Sara Trickey and Robin MIchaels. (Session repeated on Sunday 3rd April).

Sun 3rd April – CREATING CHARACTERS & WRITING DIALOGUE and GET WRITING, KEEP WRITING & FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED – both workshops with author and BBC writer William Gallagher; CREATIVE PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY out and about with photographer Ashleigh Cadet.

For more information and to book, visit the Have a Go Ludlow website or Tel: 07813 612033

About Us

Out of the Ordinary is led by three directors:

Sara-Jane Arbury:

Sara-Jane is a writer, performer and workshop leader based in the West Midlands. An active advocate of creative writing and live literature, she collaborates with many organisations including Oxford University Press, National Literacy Trust and Ledbury Poetry Festival. She was director of the Voice Off fringe programme at Cheltenham Literature Festival for 11 years.

Rachel Buchanan:

Rachel grew up in Shropshire and has run events and festivals for many years, including posts at Wye Valley Chamber Music, London International Festival of Theatre, and Killer Women Crime Writing Festival. She is a former director of Ludlow Assembly Rooms and is currently Company Manager for Wye Valley River Festival and the Cultural Consortium Programme Officer for Leominster’s Cultural Consortium.

Paul Sayers:

Paul is a theatre producer and finance/ admin expert. He is co-founder, artistic and finance director of Rooftop Theatre Company which was been based in London and the home counties before moving in Ludlow in 2013. He brings his finance and admin skills to help local businesses, arts and community organisations.

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