Carmen: Seduction of the Promise

So I got this ‘tweet’ from Meri Everitt from The Flying Kangaroo Alliance, telling me to get over to St Martins Coffee and see a singer called Carmen, who was launching her album ‘Seduction Of The Promise’. So, under orders, I went along.
Carmen, aka Dee Gomez-Walker, was occupying her mind between setting-up and greeting guests, clearly nervous, she thanked me for coming. As guests made their way upstairs to the gig, people seemed genuinely excited about the gig, I wondered if they knew something that I didn’t, because, in truth, I feared Dee would become over-run by her nerves and not be able to go on… But I was wrong!

The gig was split into four sections each consisting of original material and well thought out covers. Her voice slightly quivering, Carmen produced an intelligently thought-out first set with some great covers, her rendition of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ was absolutely captivating and as she run through her set it became clear just how the album got its name. Carmen’s style blends jazz, funk with seductive overtones of Latina, which suits Carmen’s personality and pays homage to her background….

Carmen’s backing band know a thing or two of the genre as well, all accomplished musicians and given the stage area was a little too small to fit them all on, they delivered their end effortlessly and professionally, which enabled Carmen to settle quickly after the first set and deliver, what was, a truly accomplished performance which represented the album well!

‘Seduction of the Promise’ is a great little album and well worth a listen. It’s ideal for de-stressing and having that mellow moment with someone close, in fact, there are many reasons to get a copy of the album than not, and, with Christmas just around the corner, it could earn you enough ‘brownie’ points to see you through until Valentines day!!! Cult



Holy and Horny, Derby Theatre


Written and Performed by Tonya Joy Bolton
27 September


This extraordinary, thought provoking show is a compelling story of love, longing and the ultimate betrayal.

In the production, actress and author Tonya Joy Bolton explores one woman’s struggle to remain holy despite being horny as hell! She draws on a variety of art forms such as comedy, mime, physical theatre, song, poetry and drama.

This enthralling show follows Sheila’s amazing journey as she embarks on a set of disastrous dates which lead to unexpected life-changing consequences.

Suitable for age 15+. Contains strong language and sexual content



© Derby Theatre 2014


Abigails Party, The Studio, Curve Leicester



By Mike Leigh

Director Suba Das; Designer: David Woodhead

Lighting Designer: David Holmes; Sound Designer: Ed Lewis


17 October – 8 November


Leicester’s Curve theatre announces the full cast for Associate Director Suba Das’ new production of Mike Leigh’sAbigail’s Party. Das will direct Cary Crankson (Tony), Emily Head (Angela), Jackie Morrison (Sue), Patrick Moy(Laurence), and Natalie Thomas (Beverley). The production opens on 21 October, with previews from 17 October, and runs until 8 November.


It’s 1977.  Beverly, former beautician and devout Tom Jones fan, is throwing a little party for her neighbours: newlyweds Tony and Angela, and divorcee Sue. Down the road, Sue’s teenage daughter Abigail is throwing a party of her own, but could it be the grown-ups’ night which really spirals out of control?


With little help from long-suffering husband Laurence, Beverly desperately attempts to hold the evening together, but as her guise as the perfect hostess starts to slip and tempers begin to flare, the evening descends into chaos with hilarious and tragic consequences.


Curve’s first show to be staged in the round, this new production of Mike Leigh’s comedy will bring audiences intimately close to the action live on stage.


Cary Crankson plays Tony. His theatre work includes The Saints (Nuffield Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Royal and Derngate),Hamlet, Thebes, The Robbers, Miss Julie, Mary Stuart (New Diorama/Faction Theatre Company), Wasted, London (Paines Plough), Othello (Rose Theatre, Bankside), The Rover (Southwark Playhouse), Exit Signs (Royal Court) and The Fall (Young Vic). For television, his work includes Wild West; and for You’re Gonna Wake Up One.


Emily Head plays Angela. Her theatre work includes Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic), Third Floor (Trafalgar Studios), and An Inspector Calls (NT tour). For television, her credits include Rita, The Inbeweeners, M.I. High, The Invisibles, Doc Martin, Trial and Retribution; and for film, The Inbetweeners.


Jackie Morrison plays Sue. Her theatre credits include This Is Ceilidh (Edinburgh Festival and London Southbank Centre), A Bunch of Amateurs (Watermill Theatre), Private Lives, Taking Steps, Hay Fever (Oldham Coliseum),Peribanez (Young Vic), Oh What A Lovely War (National Theatre), After Mrs Rochester (Duke of York’s), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Strand Theatre), and When We Are Married (Savoy Theatre). She has toured several musical shows around Scotland including Rogers and Hammerstein : The Shows The Story. She also has her one woman show Broadway to Burns.  For television, her work includes Ultimate Force, Doctor Finlay, The Commander, Monarch of The Glen, Head Over Heels, Absolutely, and Little Miss Jocelyn.


Patrick Moy returns to Curve to play Laurence. He previously appeared in Translations and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other theatre work includes Richard II (Ouroborous/Everyman/Abbey Theate), Anglo the Musical (Bord Gais Energy Theatre),The Playboy of the Western World (Lyric, Belfast), The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath, national tour, Apollo Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice (RSC) and Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors(Shakespeare’s Globe). For television, his work includes The Big Bow Wow; and for film, The Daisy Chain.


Natalie Thomas plays Beverley. Her theatre credits include Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible), Earthquakes In London(Headlong), Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre), Macbeth (Suba Das and Rae McKen), After The Dance(National Theatre) and The House of Gingerbread (Edinburgh Festival). For television, her work includes Desperate Romantics.


Mike Leigh is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. His plays include The Box Play, The Last Crusade of Five Little Nuns, Individual Fruit Pies, Bleak Moments, Wholesome Glory, Too Much of a Good Thing, Ecstasy, Smelling Like a Rat, Greek Tragedy, Two Thousand Years and Grief. His most recent film, Mr Turner, is released later this year.


Abigail’s Party is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, who recently curated Curve’s Inside Out Festival and has previously directed for the National Theatre Studio, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Young Vic. Directing at Curve includes Serious Money, Mother Clap’s Molly House and the UK première of two award-winning Indian plays developed by the Royal Court (Ok Tata Bye Bye by Purva Naresh and Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road by Ayeesha Menon); all performed by local actors. Alongside his role at Curve, he continues to develop his own work, recently directing a major community production for the Young Vic, and winning the 2013 IdeasTap Underbelly Award for the world première of Hope Light And Nowhere by Bruntwood Prize winner Andrew Sheridan.



Leicester Theatre Trust Limited gratefully acknowledges and welcomes the continued support of and partnership with the above organisations. Registered charity 230708. © Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved


Demontfort Hall, Leicester

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls

Plus Special Guests Koo Koo Kanga Roo

12th SEP


Frank Turner


After his acclaimed performance on the main stage at Sonisphere festival in Knebworth Park earlier this year, Frank Turner has announced his latest UK tour with The Sleeping Souls for September 2014.

Turner rounded off a busy and hugely successful 2013 by playing a show with Billy Bragg in aid of Shelter. As well as the intimate gig at Wiltons in London in December, the pair took to the streets for a busking session for the charity. He also packed in a title-winning performance on Celebrity Mastermind, answering questions on his chosen specialist subject of Iron Maiden. The episode was screened on BBC One in January.

Tape Deck Heart reached number one on the iTunes chart, number two on the Official Chart and also entered the Top Ten on the US iTunes Chart in its week of release, underlining Frank Turner’s arrival as a crossover DIY star. Tape Deck Heart is his most expertly crafted yet, an album pockmarked with years of relentless touring and prolific writing, where Turner sounds at his most accomplished without sandpapering down his raw edge, spinning narrative tales through rousing, adrenaline-veined anthems.


© All Rights Reserved, De Montfort Hall, Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU. Box Office: 0116 233 3111.
De Montfort Hall is owned and funded by Leicester City Council.

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Fri 12th September

The Saturdays

The Saturdays

Show dates: Fri 12th September Running time: TBC

The Saturday’s
Plus Special Guests Bribry, SD*Jem and Beth Sherburn

Since The Saturday’s formed in 2007, the multi platinum-selling band have become a household name in the UK. They’ve scored 11 Top 10 singles (including signature hits like ‘All Fired Up’ and ‘Higher’) and three Top 10 albums (‘Chasing Lights’ ,’Wordshaker’ and ‘Headlines’). Renowned for their energetic live performances, The Saturdays have embarked on three nationwide headline tours (including 2011’s All Fired Up arena tour, their biggest to date).

The Saturdays have also become unavoidable on screens across the nation, not least as part of their own fly-on-the-wall TV shows The Saturdays 24/7 and What Goes On Tour. Add to this a loyal following of over 1 million fans on Facebook, over 3 million combined followers on Twitter and over 67 million video views on YouTube, and it’s clear that The Saturdays have become the UK’s foremost girl group.

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Tue 09 Sep 14



Twenty five years after topping the charts globally with the single, All Around The World, Britain’s iconic soul singer Lisa Stansfield is joined by a live band to perform songs from her new album, Seven, along with classic hits from her extensive, successful career.
VIP package £99:
Meeting with Lisa before the show
A photo opportunity
A signed tour merchandise
A commemorative tour laminate
A seat in front 4 rows


Copyright Royal & Derngate 2013

LISA STANSFIELD; Derngate, Northampton


 Jimmy Carr


Fri 05 Sep 14


Jimmy has been described as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’. Which, let’s face facts, is not that impressive. It’s like being the ‘Tallest Dwarf’ or the ‘Healthiest Glaswegian’. Really not that big a deal. Funny Business is Jimmy’s brand new stand up show. Come for the witty and incisive musings on the human condition; stay for the knob gags.
Copyright Royal & Derngate 2013

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The Royal & Derngate



Thu 04 Sep 14



Jasper Carrott is back to his very best  with new stand up routines and his musical compatriots, Bev Bevanand The Bev Bevan Band, Trevor Burton of The Move, Geoff Turton lead singer of The Rockin Berries andJoy Strachan-Brain the lead singer of one of the UK’s finest celtic rock bands Quill.
Do not miss this unique show that gives the opportunity to see and hear great legendary artists in a night of fantastic songs, with Jasper back where he belongs.



Copyright Royal & Derngate 2013



Victoria Melody presents


5 SEP 2014



“A truly winning comedy that is half-literally about the triumph of the underdog.” 

The Times


Major Tom is the story of how an average 34 year old became a beauty queen and how her unruly pet basset hound, Major Tom, became a championship show dog. Major Tom and Victoria increasingly immerse themselves in the obsessive and confusing realm of personal scrutiny as they participate as genuine contestants, determined to win. Accompanied on stage by documentary film footage and her dog, Victoria tells this true story exploring the British fascination with celebrity, beauty and winning.

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Commissioned and produced by Farnham Maltings
Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, The Showroom Chichester and MAKE, Ireland
Supported by Arts Council England



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