Play On live music

A new live music night featuring local musicians from the Midlands performing in a unique and exciting setting.

First Thursday of the month, 7.30pm
Susie's Cafe Bar, The Other Place
Free, no booking required.

  • Thursday 4 April - Green Matthews
  • Thursday 2 May - Jack Blackman
  • Thursday 6 June - Sarah Sayeed
  • Thursday 4 July - Behind the Settee
  • Thursday 8 August - Alice Meixner

Performances will take place in Susie’s Cafe Bar, located on the ground floor foyer of The Other Place (please note the start time will be later during our festival seasons).

The Other Place is the RSC’s creative hub for learning, research and development, and an inspiring evening venue showcasing a vibrant array of talent and creativity from across the arts. The delicious vibe of Susie’s bar provides the perfect atmosphere, to relax over a drink and enjoy the music.



Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st century kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.

Also known for their popular themed touring shows, GreenMatthews have built an enviable reputation for combining incisive wit and humour with a genuine love for the English tradition. They have a particular passion for 18th-century ballads and dance tunes – several of which have been unearthed by Chris from various libraries around the country and which are now being performed again for the first time in two hundred years. They also perform original songs which draw on their wealth of historical research to paint a fascinating picture of individual lives and stories from England’s past

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Jack Blackman is fast developing into one the most accomplished and exciting young performers on the roots scene today. 

Jack’s guitar playing has been described as 'exceptional' by Whispering Bob Harris. He has performed his songs all across the country and as far as the Mississippi Delta. Having cut his teeth in his teens trading licks with such luminaries as Paul Jones and The Blues Band, more recently with Tony Joe White and receiving accolades from Martin Simpson who marvelled, ‘At last! A brilliant young guitarist coming through’, Jack is no stranger to blues and folk. On his latest album, he fuses this with country, rock and pop with a voice that has been described as sounding 'older and more careworn than his tender years should allow' (Acoustic Magazine). Jack is an artist not to be missed.

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