The Great Get Together

"We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us." Jo Cox MP

Members of hte public come together to dance to a ceilidh, listening through headphones.
Photo by Sam Allard © RSC – Image Licensing

Sunday 18 June
The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Free, no booking required.

We are hosting a 'silent ceilidh' to commemorate the life of MP Jo Cox in a celebratory gathering of the community. A chance to dance and come together; you'll be given a pair of headphones to hear the ceilidh calls, so no prior knowledge of the dance is required, it's a dance for everyone.

Across the weekend, people from all over the UK will be coming together to celebrate what we have in common with 'The Great Get Together' events. This event will follow Stratford-upon-Avon's Amnesty International Great Get Together Picnic by the bandstand on 'The Rec'. 

Avonbank Gardens is on the banks of the River Avon, near Holy Trinity Church, there's no need to book, just come along.  

Why a 'silent ceilidh'?

We heard the news of Jo’s death whilst we were setting up the Fairy Portal Camp, our collaboration with the Leeds-based theatre company Slung Low. The camp saw the creation of a temporary, yet open and generous community that seemed to reflect everything that Jo stood for. So, in thinking of how to contribute to The Great Get Together, the RSC and Slung Low have decided to reprise an element of the camp – ceilidh dancing using silent disco headphones. There's something in people being so joyfully lost in something that through the week encouraged others to join us. Ceilidh dancing is about social interaction – it brings people together. It feels the perfect way for us to remember that we have much more in common than that which divides us.

Music by The Burdock Scratch Band

Drawing from the wealth of local talent The Burdock Scratch Band - featuring Sam (fiddle), Vicki (percussion), Mike (guitar) and their charismatic caller Dan - promises to get your toes tapping and bodies moving to an electric mix of traditional tunes and dances. Sam Norman is also playing in our current production of Vice Versa.

burdoch scratch band