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SPAIN 1936: When Fascism clutched at the throat of the Spanish people threatening a foul tyranny and the menace of war in Europe, Clem felt at once that his place was in freedom's rank and joined many other volunteers that formed the International Brigades. Not for nothing did he earn the name, "Dare Devil". He was loved by the masses for his great daring, courage and skill on the Speedway track. He was a man of the people, and the same fight he used against money-sharks and corruption in his sport, he used to defend democracy against Franco's rising fascist army. In Spain Clem developed an unlikely friendship with literary critic, writer and poet Christopher Caudwell; but a common cause had brought them together and they died at their machine gun post covering their battalion's retreat at the Battle of Jarama in February 1937.
It's 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.
1995 Perrier Award winner. Jenny's brash and bawdy stand-up routines have earned her the reputation of being one of Britain's leading female comics.
Professional Grumpy Old Woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi-bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.
Delightful bitchy and incredibly witty, Jo Caulfield is one of the very best stand ups on the circuit.
Have you ever noticed that even when you're right, you're wrong? From the potential minefields of dating, relationships and divorce, to the simple things, like booking a holiday, or joining a pub-quiz team - nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Jo Caulfield is determined to get things back on track... Award-winning Stand-Up comedian Jo Caulfield takes a humorous look at life's potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them (and, in some cases, how to make everyone else suffer with you).
Joe Stilgoe is a serious musician having fun. His parents, both professional musicians, encouraged him to practise and it's now paying off as he draws comparisons with singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr, Buddy Greco and Jamie Cullum. His singing, piano playing and sense of humour have made him a regular at the UK's top jazz clubs including Ronnie Scotts, where he regularly plays with his dynamic trio.
Sell-out hit returns! Singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe pays tribute to much-loved movies. Self-confessed film buff Joe raids his collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to the most memorable moments in cinematic history. From Hollywood's golden age, to the classic films of the 80's, to Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar. Joe and his remarkable band perform your popular favourites in a show of virtuosic musicianship, breathtaking theatricality and wit.
From 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live At The Apollo, come and see Jon Richardson as he works on his new material ahead of a major UK tour.
Kinetics is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites. As Rose tries to come to terms with Parkinson's Disease, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas literally lands on her doorstep. But will the bond between them be strong enough when things go wrong? With brilliant writing, dynamic projected images and parkour, this play is personal, poignant and will make you laugh out loud.
Christmas is coming, - The Goose is panicking, - And Living Spit are back - To start your Christmas with a zing! Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill. Until a visit from three Phantoms one memorable Christmas Eve makes him rethink his miserly ways and turn his wicked life upside down...blah blah blah. We all know the story. We've all seen the film(s). But who's the best Scrooge of all time? Albert Finney? Alistair Sim? Patrick Stewart? Well, just hold your horses there, Sir/Madam! Because you've yet to witness the actor Howard Coggins's unique take on the eponymous anti-hero of Dickens' festive masterpiece. Like a coiled spring he waits in the wings, ready to take up the mantle and give the performance of his career as the mean miserabilist, Ebenezer Scrooge. And he's brought Stu Mcloughlin along for the ride to dress up, sing, dance and generally act like a complete idiot whilst playing ALL the other parts. With silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Dickensian daftness than you can shake a selection box at - a feast of festive foolery!
Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since 1983. He has also written and performed four series of The Mark Steel Solution (Radio 4) and four series of The Mark Steel Lecture (Radio 4) - a collection of absorbing, half-hour profiles of historical figures. The television version of ?The Mark Steel Lectures' ran for three series on BBC4 and was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award. Mark is also a regular on TV shows such as "QI", a columnist for the Independent and an fan of both Crystal Palace and Kent County Cricket Club.
Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston have a unique connection - which is a pleasure to listen to and plain to see when they share a stage together. Miranda Sykes is well known as the third member of SHOW OF HANDS. She is one of the few female double bassists in England & is an accomplished singer in her own right. Miranda holds her audience spellbound: it is the emotional quality of her voice that makes her musical partnership with Rex so engaging, rather than the novelty of such an unusual musical pairing as the double bass & mandolin. Rex Preston has a reputation as a fine & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. He is a rising star in mandolin-playing circles and with 20 years of playing behind him, he possesses a wonderfully sensitive musicality and a dexterous, flamboyant playing style. The rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene. Miranda & Rex interweave timeless, well chosen covers with one or two Preston originals. Their backgrounds, as well as skilful instrumentation & warm engaging vocals have shaped their unique sound.
A performance of songs, operatic arias and ensembles inspired by Shakespeare's plays and poetry, performed in the company's engaging, intimate and theatrical style.
Romeo gate-crashes a ball given by his family's enemies, the Capulets, only to fall in love with their daughter Juliet. Their passion is mutual, but the hatred between their families forces their relationship to a catastrophic conclusion.
Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years. Within two years of his first comedy performance, Seann was the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Shortly after other accolades included Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011.
Disney's fabulous Frozen in sing-along form
The most highly acclaimed folk / bluegrass band in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union have recently released their fourth album ?Pencaitland' and since starting out in 2006 they've toured their exciting live show all over the UK, Ireland, Netherlands & Germany.
Nothing could prepare Fancy Day for the small village of Mellstock. Young, beautiful and educated, she soon catches the eye of the honest, hard working Dick Dewy who is struck by love at first sight. But all is not simple for Fancy when she receives offers from Reverend Maybold, who can show her the world, and Farmer Shiner, who can offer wealth and stability. Torn between love, opportunity, and her father’s expectations Fancy has a hard decision to make.
Set in the bar of The North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, ?When The Eye Has Gone?tells the all too brief life of Colin 'Ollie' Milburn ? the cricketing legend who was one of England's most unlikely sporting heroes. The action takes place on the 28th February 1990 during Milburn's cabaret performance as "Jolly Ollie", the character he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering. With songs, anecdotes and a large gin and coke, the story swings backwards and forwards through Milburn's life as he raises a glass to his triumphs, including his first Test Century against the West Indies at Lords in 1966 and the disaster of losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969.
Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. Do you believe in ghost ships, Gracie? Gracie and her friend Daniel unravel the mystery of a cursed island and its haunting secrets...Action-packed, with exciting adventure story for 8-13 year olds and their families.