Arts Alive is back – in a different form, as most festivals are this year.

At Damn Cheek we’ve now participated in the Buxton Fringe and Saltaire Festival with online productions, and it’s good to be able to add Mole Valley Arts E-Live 2020 to the list: 3 festivals we have existing relationships with, 3 festivals where the team have been able to adapt to a different cultural world, and 3 festivals finding benefits as well as challenges in so doing.

The Damn Cheek offering for Arts E-Live is my play Little Brother, which I have adapted to allow for the current social distancing and ‘rule of 6’ environment. We’ve a great cast, a talented director and an approach to online staging which could be characterised as ‘Zoom TV’.

Little Brother will be online at 8.15pm on 21 October (note: new date!) and will run for just under an hour with a short Q&A session afterwards – click here to book your free seat now!

Mole Valley Poets will also be taking part. The group (of which I’m a member) has held 3 online events already, in addition to our member meetings, and each one has prompted calls for a repeat. The Arts E-Live evening will be at 7.30pm on 19 October and will feature readings from 10 poets under the heading 2020 Vision – poems from an unusual year. Expect passion, humour, reflection and drama from a range of styles and a range of personalities. To book a place email me at

There’s a lot more on offer from Arts E-Live 2020 – music, art, drama and more. See their website for more detail.

This blog post originally appeared on Tony’s website.

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