Our 50th Anniversary Programme!

Published on 10th June 2022

2022 Marks 50 Years of Brewery Arts!

Published 10 June 2022

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re bringing you a special programme throughout the year, featuring energising gigs, free Open Days, a diverse Summer Showcase and much more. So far, we’ve enjoyed side-splitting comedy from the hilarious Mark Watson, but if you missed out, don’t worry, we have lots of exciting events ahead. We can’t wait to welcome you to the party!

Coming up at Brewery Arts…



Warmduscher have never taken to the term ‘supergroup’, but it’s safe to say that their unique, potent blend of raw musicianship, down ‘n’ dirty rock riffs and devil-may-care party attitude was borne from the union of Clams Baker and The Witherer of Paranoid London; Quicksand of Fat White Family; and Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft & Kid Whispers, hailing from Insecure Men.

17 June | Doors 8pm
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She Drew The Gun

She Drew The Gun

I believe art should provoke a reaction.’ – She Drew The Gun

Passionate, principled, and refreshingly plain-spoken, Louisa Roach will not be cowed into silence. As She Drew The Gun, the Wirral-based, singer-songwriter has spent the last seven years cementing her reputation as a vital voice in the alternative scene, using punk-infused psych-pop as a vehicle for exposing injustice and for advocating for a fairer and more tolerant society. That message is more potent than ever on Behave Myself, her incendiary third album.

13 July | Doors 8pm
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This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables. It has carried Stables from Winchester to Bristol to Paris (where she’s lived for the last 15 years), and across tours and festivals around the world, not to mention a prestigious Ivor Novello nomination. In early spring of 2020, just before everything got weird, Kate and her band of trusty companions, (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Jesse D Vernon, and Neil Smith), knuckled down to record what would become This is The Kit’s fifth album ‘Off Off On’. ‘Off Off On’, was released in October 2020 to huge acclaim with Uncut calling it the band’s “most multi-layered yet subtle work so far” and the Independent naming them “One of the most original and musically gifted artists of today”.

16 June | Doors 7.30pm
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Joan as Police Woman

Joan As Police Woman

Joan As Police Woman returns to Europe in August 2022 with her incredible band for extra concert shows and festival performances including All Points East London
with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. For the live show Joan will be handling vocals, guitar and keyboards with Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley, Antony & The Johnsons) on drums and vocals, Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic) on electric bass, samples and vocals and Eric Lane on keyboards and saxophone.

Sensational Sunday Times

19 August | Doors 8pm
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50th Anniversary Open Day

50th Anniversary Summer Open Day

Visit Brewery Arts and take a look around the refurbished venue, try out the new cinema seats, relax and watch a film on us, join a workshop or enjoy outdoor theatre and food and drink. Don’t miss The Wagon of Dreams by Jellyfish Theatre, a free family theatre show outdoors in our garden. Shows start at 1pm and 3pm. Bring a blanket and round up your family and friends.

You can also explore our creative studios and dip into one of our workshops. Try making beats and loops in our pop-up music studio, move and groove with contemporary dance, or get crafting with us. Our free taster sessions run from 12-4pm and everyone is welcome. Look out for special giveaways in the venue, from free popcorn to free cinema tickets. There will also be a chance to share your memories of Brewery Arts. Add your comments or photos into our 50 Years memory boxes or talk to our friendly team on the day.

28 August | 12noon-5pm | Free 


Flight – Propellor

Propellor are a 12-piece ensemble of soaring strings, ambient guitar, double percussion and otherworldly winds, directed by Kendal’s own Jack McNeill. Flight is their latest large-scale production tracing the connections between music, birds, humans and the science in-between. This is a collaboration with one of the UK’s leading authors on nature, Mark Cocker and a host of incredible writers, artists and musicians. 

‘An ensemble who cross the worlds of folk, classical, electronic and experimental music. It twists and turns through different sound worlds. An intriguing project.’ Aidan O’Rourke (LAU) 

1 October | Starts 7pm

Summer Showcase: 50th Anniversary 

Our celebratory Showcase is just around the corner! Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Brewery Arts with an evening full of performance pieces inspired by our past, present and future. 

2 July | Starts 7pm
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Share Your Memories

Do you have special memories of Brewery Arts?  Share your favourite moments and photos via the following channels:

Twitter: using hashtag #BreweryArts50

Post: 50 Years Project, Brewery Arts, 122a Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE

Visit us: Drop into the Main Foyer or Cinema Foyer and add your comments and photos to the collection boxes (July-October)

Please share your memories by 1 October 2022, when we will select some highlights to present in a film.

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