Threshold: Songs, Stories & Hospitality.


Come on in and stay a while. Take off your coat and warm yourself by the fire. There are stories to tell, songs to sing. A warm bed, a cup of tea and the kindness of strangers. Step over the threshold.

Using music, poetry and verbatim testimony Threshold explores the themes of hospitality and our relationships with strangers. It’s a show about how we welcome people into our homes and our lives. With beautiful melodies and heart-rending testimony it tells the story those who leave the safety of home.

Threshold is a performance piece by artists Schwa: Peter Spafford, writer and composer, Richard Ormrod, arranger and composer, Jacqui Wicks, vocalist.

Audience Response

A super presentation with words and music, musical poetry. Perfectly timed to make everyone think about the influx of people escaping war and poverty all over the world.

Lovely music, smiles and free cake at the end of a stressed and weird day, I appreciated your hospitality. Thank you

Threshold: A thought provoking reminder of humanity

My door would always be open to you all, you bring a variety of sounds and thought provoking words that encouraged conversation, do not be strangers to our part of the country

A perfectly-blended mixture of spoken word and beautiful music on the theme of hospitality and our shared experiences of the kindness of strangers

Dates 2017

Libraries tour of Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford in Spring 2017 – dates to be confirmed.

Dates 2016

Wakefield Lit Fest – Wednesday September 28th

Grassington Festival – Friday June 17th

Helmsley Arts Centre – Sunday 22nd May

Bradford Literature Festival, Theatre In The Mill  – Saturday 21st May

Headingley Library, Leeds – Tuesday May 3rd –

Cleckheaton Literature Festival – Thursday 28th April

Unity Works, Wakefield  – Thursday 21st April

Ropery Hall, Barton Upon Humber – February 6th

Hospitality with Schwa

As part of the show we offer hospitality to our audience and they are invited to leave a memory in our Guestbook. Take a look at some of the beautiful  stories of hospitality and kindness that we have gathered thus far.


Funded by Arts Council England , Threshold is a new collaboration between Ossett Observer Presents and Schwa that will tour in Spring/Summer 2016.