After a busy day of talks there will a wide range of entertainment to enjoy at After Hours:
- Contemporary worship
- Film nights
Steph Macleod is a talented singer/songwriter who exudes the reality of Christ in his music. Think John Martyn, Ray Lamontagne and add some Scottishness to the sound and you are presented with the earthly sound of Steph Macleod. Steph has played gigs all over the UK and Europe and has been received radio play in Scotland and on Radio 2.
Saltmine Theatre Company performs professional theatre with a message, engaging with social issues and sharing Gods story in mainstream theatres, churches and schools throughout the UK. They are part of registered charity Saltmine Trust. SaltmineTheatre Company presents John Newton-Amazing Grace. Follow Newton as he journeys from slaveship captain to radical preacher and famous hymn writer. This is a moving story of slavery, freedom and the power of love and grace to transform a life.
Playing in prisons, pubs, theatres and cafés, Andy Mayo's music presents Jesus Christ to secular audiences across Europe. Andy will play a solo set with his characteristic blues/jazz-influenced sound. Sharing the stories behind his songs – ranging from glimpses of the war-torn Balkans to captured moments from closer to home– this will be an acoustic evening to savour.
Stuart Townend is one of todays leading worship songwriters. Hymns such as, In Christ alone, How deep the Fathers love and The power of the cross, are sung in churches around the world, while the skill and depth of his lyric writing has drawn many to compare him with the likes of Watts and Wesley at their best. Aside from writing, Stuart travels around the UK and abroad, performing solo or with his band. His latest album, The Journey, has a strong folk influence. He is married with three children, and lives in Brighton.
Mooncoin, are North Wales busiest and most popular ceilidh band. Their repertoire comprises popular dances, music and songs from the British Isles and beyond. Their caller, Emerald, is ready to walk dancers through the steps and call out the moves to the bands rhythmic and infectious music.
Fronted by the compelling voice of Swedish singer Annika Scutt, the five members of Treasure Field bring their unique sound to Word Alive for the first time. Expect an evening of accessible contemporary rock, thought-provoking Christian themes, powerful, atmospheric, wide-screen sounds balanced with more intimate acoustic moments. The bands debut album Butterflies & Galaxies was released in 2011 and warmly received by media and fans alike. In the last three years the band have undertaken three short UK tours and also gigs in Sweden. Treasure Fields eagerly anticipated second album is expected to be released towards the end of this year.
After Hours Film Seminars With Tony Watkins
After hours meets seminar! At Word Alive week 2 this year a have a seminar series on watching and interacting with films from a Christian perspective by Tony Watkins from Damaris Trust. What will be new this year is that we'll have Gravity and Blue Jasmine screened in After Hours, and then the next day Tony will be discussing those films in the seminar series. Be entertained and edified!
Delusions and Distractions
Looking closely at Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' and what it says about materialism and meaning.
What to hold on to
Looking closely at Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' and what
it says about death and life.
Recognised by commentators as an established talent in the Troubador tradition and with ten years as a professional musician Gareth is a seasoned singer-songwriter/guitarist. He has appeared at many of the UKs best known venues and Festivals and his music combines the roots, acoustic and folk traditions. There is an honesty, depth and passion
in his beautifully arranged, evocative songs and they have been featured on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 & BBC Local Radio across the UK. Hes often to be found using his talents with organisations such as Traidcraft, Christian Aid and Globalcare, helping to raise awareness of their work through music.
Writer for BBC1s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensas the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals. A decade into his stand-up career, Paul is just at home on Radio 2s Pause For Thought or playing to a packed-out church as he is at Londons Comedy Store or the Edinburgh Festival.
Elevate dance company make their Word Alive debut with an exciting programme of dance and theatre as part of their UK 2014 tour. Company members from the UK, Japan, America and Finland will introduce a feast of short dances by an array of choreographers that are explosive, funny, colourful, accessible and refreshingly honest. Whether youre 3 or 103, theres something for everyone in this show. elevate dance company is the daughter company Springs Dance Company, formed by trainees of SDCs Apprenticeship Scheme.
Warm. Witty. Encouraging. Challenging. Paul Bell is a singer and songwriter who never fails to entertain and inspire. His music has been playing on BBC Radio 2 and his latest album Small Town Boy has been critically acclaimed. Hes appearing with his band to sing songs about love, life, biscuits, and the joy of being four.