Meet Tommy Atkins by Peter Gill
On August 4th 1914, with the declaration of war between Britain and Germany, reservist Tommy Atkins is immediately called up to serve his country. Within weeks he sees his first action in the fields of France and subsequently experiences the full scale of life in the Western Front trenches of the First World War - the horror, the pain, the misery, the boredom and even the moments of joy. This brand new play written by playwright/actor Peter Gill (Talbot House, The Jerry Lee Lewis Story) details, through the eyes of a simple 'Tommy' the reality of war for those who actually fought it. In an astonishing solo performance, 'Meet Tommy Atkins' takes the audience through his war - a war that saw him fight at Ypres, Passendale, Loos and on the Somme and that took him to the depths of despair but also brought him unique comradeship that he would never find again. From the beginning of the war to the end, Private Tommy Atkins was there.
This is his story.
'compelling, moving, insightful and believable .... beautifully written and performed'
Stage Talk Magazine
China Crisis formed in 1979 in Kirkby on Merseyside, with a core band of vocalist/keyboardist Garry Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. The band was signed to Virgin Records and recorded their debut album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms: Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain, which was released in December 1982.
A re-release of ‘African & White’ became China Crisis’ first hit in the UK, reaching number 45 in the UK Singles Chart. When the follow-up single, ‘Christian’ made UK number 12 in early 1983, this brought them to national prominence along with ‘Wishful Thinking’. The band toured Europe and USA during the late eighties and and we are delighted they are performing for us this May!
The “Beach Boys” are one of the most successful bands of all time, and are often referred to as "America's Band".
Their music has appealed to all age groups around the world for decades, and are still just as popular today.
No other Band from the USA has had such a major influence on other bands and musicians that followed.
The “U.K. Beach Boys” spent over 6 months preparing and rehearsing a show that could faithfully reproduce the Beach Boys magical sound.
They have now been performing their show to audiences all over the UK, and Europe for the past 14 years, and receive many compliments from clients, venues, and fellow musicians alike.
The U.K Beach Boys have a repertoire of over 35 songs, including all the major hits from the 1962 to present day, both here and in the US, and are proud to be a completely "LIVE" act, without resorting to the use of backing tracks to produce their show.
If there was a style of music that epitomised “Summer", then the Beach Boys are surely it, and the U.K. Beach Boys continue to bring the "Sound of Summer" to audiences everywhere.
‘The Memory of Water’
A Black Comedy by Shelagh Stephenson
Three sisters come together for their mother’s funeral. Their memories don’t match. Their attitudes are not appropriate. They all have problems, not least with each other. Their mother made them what they are, but their focus is not on the dear departed – more on the left behind.
Heart warming, troubling, sad, and uncontrollably funny, this play won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy when it opened in London in 2000. Linda Cowley directs a strong cast, most of whom have also worked together with the Taboo Theatre Company.
This adult play includes some strong language.
This amateur production of "The Memory of Water" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
The true story of a life lost and found.
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Jo Burt is an English songwriter, storyteller, singer and guitar player possibly best known for his incredible history working
with musical legends such as Freddie Mercury, The Troggs and even Black Sabbath over the past 40 years.
The show comprises tracks from the brand new album together with audience favourites from previous releases
'Indestructible' and 'Seven Seeds'; and is interspersed with Jo's own versions of some of the huge hits that have shaped
his career (Wild Thing, Paranoid, 2-4-6-8 Motorway etc).
Jo's writing style is based on his background of rock, with a southern-style influence and a very English 'Beatles-esque'
twist. To use his own terms – 'Anglicana' and 'psycho-country'. He is an hypnotic performer, drawing in his listeners with
tales from his recording and touring past, and telling gripping and intriguing stories through his songs themselves. His
warm and enthusiastic approach never fails to endear him to his audience and the connection and friendship with his
band is equally apparent as they clearly thrive on performing Jo's music. It shows - together with his band, Jo continues to
electrify his audience with the mixture of honesty, intensity and humour that he brings to each performance.
Watch Jo's music videos here: www.youtube.com/user/wummingbird.
Reaching the Live Finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2016, prepare to experience the sensational magic of Christian Lee, who is an award winning comedy magician.
With over 40 million and counting Youtube Hits worldwide, Christian has been crowned various prestigious awards over the years, He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and performs magic ranging from close up tricks to illusions and full stage productions.
With his tongue in cheek humour Christian is currently leading the way with his unique style and wacky performances and has been dubbed the ‘King of Comedy Magic’ by Time Out.
Also joining Christian on stage is multi-award winning illusionist Oliver Tabor. This London magician has provided jaw dropping entertainment for over 15 years, mesmerizing audiences with outstanding illusions and trickery.
So watch closely as Christian Lee and Oliver Tabor conjure you to an evening of magic and humour.
David Walliams: “I had the best view of everybody at the trick, and you’re a great magician”.
Alesha Dixon:“You entertained us so brilliantly well”. “You know how to work the audience, I had a big smile on my face. It was silly and stupid, but all in a great way”
Amanda Holden: “You’re very, very funny, which is what makes it entertaining”. “Tonight, the thing I think makes it for me is your humour and banter. Really enjoyed it”.
Simon Cowell: “I think you’re funny’
“Flashy conjuring from Christian Lee” – Three Weeks
“Mighty magical talents” – Evening Standard
“Hysterical” – Remote Goat
“Slick Tricks” Daily Express
“Fabulous magic-riddled comic Christian Lee” – Time Out.
“Christian is one of the few magicians who genuinely crosses the divide between comedy and magic. He possesses the comic genius of Tommy Cooper along with world class skills as a prestidigitator” – TNT Magazine
WINNER OF "BEST INTERNATIONAL SHOW" AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010.
BURTON vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom.
Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious one-man show. Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.
RHODRI MILES, (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises, Atlantis) takes on the role of the younger BURTON and received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 and also Hollywood fringe festival 2010 where the play won 'Best International' show.
“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” ***** Edinburgh Guide
“Charming, Elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory” **** The Scotsman
"Welsh actor Rhodri Miles delivers a brilliant and gripping portrait" 'Critics Choice-GO' LA Weekly*****
"Clever, concise, alcoholically tragic and furtive storytelling" LA Theatre Review*****
“A masterful performance” British theatre guide
Written by: Gwynne Edwards
Directed by: Gareth Armstrong
Performed by: Rhodri Miles
Hollywood & The Kings takes you on a musical journey of jazz, swing and post-modern jukebox classics.
Celebrate soaring musical moments from the 20th century with a trio of tantalising talent direct from the West End and Broadway.
Portia Emare, Matt Firth and Paul Spicer take you on an intimate journey through the music of the glory days of cinemascope, with a few twists along the way.
Featuring all of the greats such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand & Judy Garland, Hollywood & The Kings are an acclaimed international powerhouse offering stunning close vocal harmony and chemistry that is second to none.
Come and relive those legendary days.
An opportunity to experience, live on stage, one of Rock'n'Roll’s original pioneers.
Marty, whose career began in 1957, was amongst the very first British singers to play a leading role in the early formative and groundbreaking Rock'n'Roll years. He is also one of the few still performing in the world today.
Playing his many hits - combined with a host of magical songs from that wonderful era - Marty and his fabulous band, The Wildcats, will take you on a trip down Memory Lane and guide you through some of the most exciting musical periods that this country has ever experienced.
A fantastic evening awaits all ages! Enjoy this musical roller coaster of a show, which has become one of the most acclaimed on the circuit today.
Don't miss it!
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Winner of Golden Globe Award for Best Film
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Join the ultimate celebration of one of the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage - Queen.
Champions of Rock recreates the magic, fun and showmanship of the bands touring days.
Take a journey through the decades, with all 25 number one hits and fan favourites, performed live with an electrifying band such as; We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Starring the National UK Tribute Awards winners, Champions of Rock recreates Queen's legendary stadium spectaculars.
Prepare to be entertained, exhilirated and regally rocked 'til you drop!
AN EVENING WITH TIM VINE FOR YEWSTOCK SCHOOL
Tim Vine is returning to the Edinburgh Festival to tell lots of silly new jokes, to show off new homemade props, to sing some new daft ditties, and do it all with the appearance of confidence!
This is your chance to see a preview of Tim’s new show, with all profits going to Yewstock School! The following subjects will be touched upon briefly: pixie football, jet-propelled y-fronts, and the modern postal system. Come along, sit down, and laugh. The quantity won't let up!T his is comedy seeking a message. What an odd person. What a lot of nonsense. What else is he going to do?
This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors, an
array of the most talented, gifted cast who keep audiences wowed all over the world.
The show continues to evolve thanks to the constant striving for perfection by its producer. “Rhythm of the Dance” celebrates a renewed vigour in Irish culture, embracing traditional and current to the ancient SeanNos dance style.
Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour, by critics, audiences, and millions of fans around the world.
Be sure to share the experience when it comes to a venue near you.
For more information go to : www.rhythmofthedance.com
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.
Winner of Best Film at this year's Academy Awards
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A MAN ABOUT THE GARDEN
TV presenter Joe Swift digs deep to reveal his fascinating story from his Rock 'n Roll youth to becoming one of the country’s top Garden Designers. Hear what really happens behind the scenes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World and find out what it takes to get a Chelsea Show Gold Medal?
His TV credits include Gardeners World, and the RHS Chelsea Flower show and he is a regular columnist for The Times and Gardeners World magazine.
Joe will share all this with you, taking questions on his life and career but warns that answering questions on dead plants isn’t going to be top of his list!
'Time spent in Joe's company is always hugely rewarding.' Alan Titchmarsh
Through the decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly
Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly both grew up in the same part of Texas.
They both recorded their earlier work in the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, even at one point recording the same songs 'An Empty Cup' (and a broken date)' as well as 'You've Got Love, both written by Roy Orbison.
Both Artists brought a unique Texas influence into their music and through their creative writing an individual sound was born!
Presenting Darren Paige as Roy Orbison & Marc Robinson as Buddy Holly with live backing from The Counterfeit Crickets.
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies and is jam-packed full of songs by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cab Calloway – plus many other blues, soul, Motown and funk classics and a few surprises thrown in along the way. Capturing the sound, energy and persona that propelled the film to a cult status that still thrills audiences worldwide today,
Back with a Brand new production for 2017 with an all new elaborate stage set the Chicago Blues Brothers are taking you back to 1980 to finish the concert at the Palace ballroom hotel This show is a powerhouse two-hour song-fest with over 40 hits performed live on stage in the concert that never finished.
The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.
Infectious, dazzling, riotous, exuberant and spirited, the legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jump-started for a new generation with an energy that’s impossible to resist. The Chicago Blues Brothers are on a mission once again – in a high-octane, on-stage party you can’t afford to miss.
Tight Classy and Brassy – Time out
Fun and Infectious – The Stage
A high octane musical mash up – Bristol Post
Please note Early Bird tickets £20 until 30th June
From July 1st £22
Living Spit present 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'
Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego.
Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There's no escaping that.
Stu McLoughlin doesn't look like any of the wives, but he's going to give it a go.
After their previous self-funded historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard & Stu are at their wits end.
Then they hit on an idea for a show that could change everything....
But can two of the South West's favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other?
'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is an undisputed hit and with live original music, embroidary, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history you'll never forget.
After a sell out concert last year Jethro is back by popular demand!
Every once in a while there comes along a true comedy genius,
someone who rapidly gains cult status with the British public.
Such is the case with Jethro!
Armed with nothing more than a microphone and delivered
to you in a warm Cornish accent, Jethro has the rare ability to paint hilarious pictures in the mind of his audience.
Over 4 million DVD sales pay testimony to the size and dedication of his army of followers, and their love of the unpredictable, irreverent twaddle that reduces his audience to tears of laughter night after unforgettable night