“A Truly Original Act”

International One Man Band Laurence Marshall and award winning step dancer Phoebe Ophelia Douthwaite join forces to create a truly original show. Enthralling audiences across the globe with there take on the traditions of Vaudeville, music hall and classic street entertainment.

The duo have hit the ground running and there highly energetic and engaging show has gained them a reputation as a truly essential part to any festival!

past shows include Glastonbury international arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The International Buskers Festival (NZ), Melbourne Arts Centre (AUS) and Global Village (UAE) to name a few.

About Us

The Old Time Rags Travelling show is an interactive show with a vaudevillian flair. Singing music hall to early Jazz classics one man band Laurence Marshall and percussive dancer Phoebe Douthwaite present an energetic array of skilful performances. Expect honking horns, duelling banjos, dazzling tap dancing, slapping spoon playing and their world famous traditional broom dance. They have performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Southland Buskers Festival (NZ ) Auckland Folk Festival (NZ) Cuba Dupa Street arts festival (NZ) Musicport and Sidmouth Folk Week also with a season at Global Village in Dubai.

The Old Time Rags were formed in 2016 as both shared a love for early 20th Century music, theatre and movement. The duo have crafted performances to showcase their skills and passions bringing the audience on a journey with them to a time when live entertainment was King.

Their pop up style lends itself perfectly to any event. They can appear in just about any space (having performed on trains, double decker buses, streets, caravans and on board steam engines they really are up for fun ideas) and create one off experiences for those around.

With Extensive touring, street performances, concert and festival appearances the duo are gaining a reputation as a must see act.

 

 

 

About Us

The Old Time Rags Travelling show is an interactive show with a vaudevillian flair. Singing music hall to early Jazz classics one man band Laurence Marshall and percussive dancer Phoebe Douthwaite present an energetic array of skilful performances. Expect honking horns, duelling banjos, dazzling tap dancing, slapping spoon playing and their world famous traditional broom dance. They have performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Southland Buskers Festival (NZ ) Auckland Folk Festival (NZ) Cuba Dupa Street arts festival (NZ) Musicport and Sidmouth Folk Week also with a season at Global Village in Dubai.

The Old Time Rags were formed in 2016 as both shared a love for early 20th Century music, theatre and movement. The duo have crafted performances to showcase their skills and passions bringing the audience on a journey with them to a time when live entertainment was King.

Their pop up style lends itself perfectly to any event. They can appear in just about any space (having performed on trains, double decker buses, streets, caravans and on board steam engines they really are up for fun ideas) and create one off experiences for those around.

With Extensive touring, street performances, concert and festival appearances the duo are gaining a reputation as a must see act.

 

 

 

Workshops

As well as shows the duo can also provide workshops to encourage others to learn some of their traditional skills.

Flat footing is a traditional percussive folk dance from the Appalachian mountain region of North America. Phoebe Ophelia Douthwaite began flat foot dancing 6 years ago and annually travels to North Carolina to learn more about the American folk dance scene and learnt from Ira Bernstein, Rodney Sutton and Matt Gordon, and The Green Grass Cloggers. She has taught percussive dance in the UK (Sidmouth Folk festival and Northern School of Contemporary Dance), USA Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has won awards for Step Dancing at festivals West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

In these workshops we will cover the basic steps of traditional Appalachian step dancing (flat footing) and learn how to combine steps for solo free styling. All levels welcome and please bring either hard leather soled shoes (preferably no taps) or shoes without grip.

 

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