Rook Lane Blog

It’s finally looking like summer outside, which means the new season is nearly upon us.  We have a host of new and interesting events this summer at Rook Lane, in particular two events from documentary film production team, Litmus Films.

On 10th May, we’ll be joined by Robert Stern of Litmus Films, who will be discussing his recent project with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and screening some of the journey too.  Since 1985 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has been astonishing audiences with their unique blend of genre-busting musicality and gut-busting comedy.  For a quarter of century they played in village halls and pubs, but in the last few years the global ukulele boom and YouTube has propelled them from cult heroes to international stars, and they now receive standing ovations from sellout crowds at the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Robert has followed the group as they have taken the world by storm, and this event should provide a unique insight into how a little group of players from the UK, ended up performing on the stage of the Sydney Opera House.  The evening will be rounded off by a play-along, led by the Frome Ukulele Group.

On Friday 28th June, Robert and Litmus Films will be returning, this time to offer us a glimpse of what education could be like, if we stopped wrapping our children up in cotton wool.  The Real Education film night offers three short documentaries, charting some unusually risky adventures with children in Norway, Hungary and Writhington.  This event is a must-see for any parent, teacher (or child!) who believes that taking risks can be an important tool for learning and development.

Tickets for both the Ukulele Film Night, on Friday 10th May, and the Real Education Film Night on Friday 28th June, are £5 and available from Cheese & Grain 01373 455420 and Bath Box Office 01225 463362


Ukulele Group

Screen grab UOGB on stage at SOH

Screen Grab UOGB in Svalbard



Screen grab orchid teacher & pupils

Screen grab Botond salutes train

Screen grab Heidi & kids light fire

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