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CURVE ANNOUCE NEW PRODUCTION OF ROALD DAHL’S FANTASTIC MR FOX TO TOUR THE UK IN 2017

 

Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith present

ROALD DAHL’S

FANTASTIC MR FOX

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg  Designed by Tom Scutt  Music by Arthur Darvill

Lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel

3 – 9 April

UK TOUR: from 25 January until July 2017

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In celebration of Roald Dahl Day marking Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday on 13 September, producing partners Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith, today announce a major UK tour of Roald Dahl’s FANTASTIC MR FOX, in a brand new musical adaptation for the stage. Following its world premiere at Nuffield Southampton Theatres this Christmas (22 Nov – 8 Jan. National Press Night: Wed 30 November, 7pm), FANTASTIC MR FOX will transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith for a 4-week run (25 Jan – 19 Feb) and will then tour to a further 16 venues nationwide, including Curve (3 – 9 April). This brand new family show is a playful re-telling of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book; a brilliantly witty tale of the clever Mr Fox outfoxing three greedy farmers, brought to life on stage with live music and songs. Tickets are now on sale.

 

This new musical adaptation of FANTASTIC MR FOX is a flagship production for the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations marking the centenary year of the world’s number one storyteller and hotly follows the release of Steven Spielberg’s movie version of THE BFG. Published in 1970, Roald Dahl’s FANTASTIC MR FOX delivers family fun at its finest and remains a firm favourite amongst Roald Dahl fans of all ages. The story of Fantastic Mr Fox and his heroic adventures became a global sensation following the popular success of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated movie version (released in 2009), which starred George Clooney in the title role.

 

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson says:

“We’re excited to be working with such an accomplished partner as Nuffield Theatre to bring FANTASTIC MR FOX to the stage in this brand new musical version, and delighted that so many people across the UK will be able to see it during the 2017 tour.”

 

This new commission by Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith brings together a stellar creative team: playwright Sam Holcroft, director Maria Aberg, designer Tom Scutt, composer Arthur Darvill, lyricists Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel, sound designer Claire Windsor, lighting designer Lee Curran, casting director Annelie Powell and movement director Ayse Tashkiran. Casting to be announced.

 

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive and Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve, say:

“We are delighted to be working with our friends at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on this new production. We’re thrilled to be working with an exceptional creative team, led by Maria Aberg and that  FANTASTIC MR FOX will join recent Curve productions such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sister Act, reaching new audiences and touring across the UK.”

 

Sam Hodges, Director at Nuffield Southampton Theatres says:

“This co-production, with our partners Curve, marks significant growth for Nuffield. I’m delighted to be able to announce our second London transfer in as many years and an ambitious national and international tour, reinforcing Nuffield as one of the country’s leading producing companies.”

 

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith says: “We are delighted to be the London home of FANTASTIC MR FOX, continuing our tradition of world-class family theatre.”

 

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules For Living premiered at the National Theatre in 2015. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre. Other theatre credits include: The Wardrobe and Edgar And Annabel (National Theatre); Dancing Bears (Soho Theatre); While You Lie (Traverse Theatre); Pink (Tricycle Theatre as part of the Women, Power and Politics Season); Vanya (adapted from Chekhov, at The Gate); Cockroach (National Theatre of Scotland).  

 

Maria Aberg’s Dr. Faustus for the Royal Shakespeare Company opened at the Barbican this week following its Stratford season. Other directing credits include: The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days Of Significance (RSC); Polly Stenham’s Hotel (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange); Ionesco’s The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath); D.C. Moore’s Alaska (Royal Court). Maria has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Forthcoming directing projects include: The Great Gatsby (Royal & Derngate, Birmingham Rep) and The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

 

Nuffield Associate Tom Scutt was nominated for a Tony and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Costume Design for King Charles III in 2016. He received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Set Designer in 2013 for Constellations and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Kensington Gardens. In 2007 he received the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design and the Jocelyn Herbert Award for his work with Headlong Theatre. His many theatre credits include: King Charles III (Almeida, West End, Broadway); Constellations (West End, Manhattan Theatre Club, Royal Court); The Deep Blue Sea, Medea, 13  (National Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Elegy, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway); The Weir (Donmar Warehouse); A Number (Nuffield, Young Vic, Tour); Mr Burns, King Lear, Through A Glass Darkly, The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre); East is East (Trafalgar Studios, National tour); Hope, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, No Quarter, Remembrance Day (Royal Court); Absent Friends (West End); South Downs/The Browning Version (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End); Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company); Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Headlong), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nuffield).

 

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as ‘Rory’ in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as ‘Rev. Paul Coates’ on ITV’s Broadchurch. Arthur’s most recent theatre work as composer includes: I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre); I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles); The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre); It’s About Time (Nabokov/Latitude); and Jack And The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award, and was nominated for the 2009 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Been So Long (Young Vic/ETT).

 

FANTASTIC MR FOX is produced by Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith 

 

www.fantasticmrfoxlive.com  Twitter: @MrFoxLive #FantasticMrFox  Facebook: /FantasticMrFoxLive

 

ABOUT ROALD DAHL AND HIS LEGACY:

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories.

He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller.

Born in Cardiff of Norwegian descent, Roald Dahl (1916–1990) joined the RAF at the age of 23 and began writing, initially for adults, after being injured in a plane crash during WW2.

Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller.

Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the multi-award winning Matilda The Musical from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin. The latest Roald Dahl story to hit the big screen is Steven Spielberg’s #1 box office blockbuster The BFG.

2016 marks Roald Dahl’s centenary. Entitled Roald Dahl 100, 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

We believe in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to our charity partners. We have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programmes.

Find out more at roalddahl.com

The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust is a registered UK charity (no. 1119330)

* All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions.

 

ABOUT CURVE:

Curve is a major producing theatre, creating exceptional and compelling experiences. We use our unique home and talent to entertain, inspire and engage with a diverse audience and play a leading role in the development of our industry, our city and our global community. At the heart of this is the ambition to offer our local audiences world-class theatrical experiences.

 

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve is developing a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of what Curve does. Recent productions and co-productions Made At Curve include: our Community Company production of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, Spring Awakening (with NYMT), Sister Act (& UK tour), Legally Blonde (& Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea – Winner Best Musical), Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (& Haymarket Theatre, London & UK tour), Ishy Din’s Wipers (in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry & Watford Palace), Roald Dahl’s The Witches (& Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong & UK tour), Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Hairspray (& UK tour), Shakespeare’s Richard III, Akram Khan’s Until the Lions (with Roundhouse, London), Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical, and Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (& UK national tour).

 

For more information, please visit curveonline.co.uk

Curve is a registered charity (no. 230708)

 

ABOUT NST – NUFFIELD SOUTHAMPTON THEATRES:

  • NST – Nuffield Southampton Theatres is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies based at the Nuffield Theatre at the heart of the Highfield campus of the University of Southampton.

 

  • NST (previously Nuffield) won ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’ at The Stage Awards 2015 & Best Design UK Theatre 2015 (The Hudsucker Proxy).

 

  • The Company is led by Samuel Hodges, supported by a team of associates: directors Blanche McIntyre, Natalie Abrahami and Michael Longhurst, designer Tom Scutt and playwright Adam Brace, and develops and produces work with some of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic regional theatres, including Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton.   

 

  • In 2017 NST – Nuffield Southampton Theatres will co-produce with Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion directed by Sam Pritchard (24 April – 13 May 2017).

 

  • In 2017, NST will open a new arts venue in the centre of Southampton at Studio 144.  This new venue will include a flexible 447 seat main house theatre, a 135 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces. It will transform NST’s ability to show new high quality professional work from local, national and international artists.  It will expand the programme to include dance, film and music.  Nuffield will run the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.
  • Nuffield Laboratory is the creative development programme for new work and new talent; through which Nuffield collaborate with artists at all stages in their careers to experiment with new ideas. All of Nuffield’s new produced work is developed alongside the Laboratory, which also provides a programme of talent development opportunities such as creative residencies, scratch nights, networking opportunities and skills development workshops.    

 

  • Nuffield Connect aims to enrich the experience of Nuffield and its work for all through a vibrant programme of engagement and enrichment. Nuffield Connect engages over 5000 people through its programme animation activities, its Youth Theatre and Drama Club, its adult workshops and outreach projects including RSC Open Stages. Nuffield also continues to host the prestigious Hampshire Youth Theatre annually.       

 

  • Nuffield is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, receiving additional core funding from the University of Southampton, Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council.      

 

For more information visit nstheatres.co.uk

Nuffield Southampton Theatres is a registered charity (no. 286876)

 

ABOUT LYRIC HAMMERSMITH:

The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. Over its hundred and twenty one year history it has been responsible for creating some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work. It has also gained a national reputation for its work with and for children and young people. Recent productions include the smash hit Bugsy Malone, Ghost Stories which transferred to the West End and has toured the world and the Olivier award-winning production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted.

 

The Lyric’s dual commitment to producing the highest quality contemporary theatre, whilst nurturing the creativity of young people is what makes it unique within the cultural ecology of the UK. It is a local theatre rooted in its community with a national and international reputation for the quality and innovation of its artistic work.

 

In April 2015 the Lyric reopened following a multi-million pound capital project, which saw the addition of the Reuben Foundation Wing housing state-of-the-art facilities for theatre, dance, film, music, digital and more. The ‘new’ Lyric is now the largest creative hub in West London and home to an innovative partnership of like-minded leading arts organisations who work together to deliver life-changing creative opportunities for thousands of young West Londoners.

 

For more information, please visit lyric.co.uk

Lyric is a registered charity (no. 278518)

VENUE LISTINGS:

WORLD PREMIERE:

 

    22 November 2016 – 8 January 2017    SOUTHAMPTON Nuffield Theatre   

    Performance times vary, see website for schedule    University Rd, Southampton SO17 1TR       

    Tickets £10 – £25    Box Office 023 8067 1771 | nuffieldtheatre.co.uk       

UK TOUR 2017:

 

    Wednesday 25 January – Sunday 19 February    LONDON Lyric Hammersmith 


    Performance times vary, see website for schedule    Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL   

    Tickets £15 – £40    Box Office 020 8741 6850

        lyric.co.uk

       

 

    Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February    CARDIFF New Theatre

    Tue 7pm, Wed 2.30pm, Thu & Fri 2.30pm & 7pm    Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3LN                
Sat 11am & 3pm     Box Office 029 2087 8889



    Tickets £11 – £23.50    newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

 

    Tuesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March    DARTFORD Orchard Theatre


    Tue, Thu, Fri 7pm; Wed 10.30am & 5.30pm    Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED       

    Sat 10.30am & 2pm; Sun 10am    Box Office 01322 220000

    Tickets: £17.50 – £22.50    orchardtheatre.co.uk

 

    Monday 3 – Sunday 9 April
    LEICESTER Curve   

    Mon 7pm, Tue 10am, Wed & Thu 1.30pm & 7pm     60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB       

    Fri 7pm, Sat 11am & 3pm & 7pm, Sun 11am & 3pm    Box Office 0116 242 3595

    Tickets: £10 – £20    curveonline.co.uk

 

    Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April    OXFORD Playhouse       

    Sales open in Nov    11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW 
       

        Box Office 01865 305305

        oxfordplayhouse.com



 

    Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April     COVENTRY Belgrade

    Tue – Sat 7pm    Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

    Wed, Thu, Sat 2pm    Box Office 024 7655 3055

    Tickets: £18.50 – £22.50    belgrade.co.uk       

 

    Tuesday 2 – Saturday 5 May    SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre   

    Sales open in Nov    55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA 


        Box Office 0141 249 6000

        sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

    Monday 15 – Saturday 20 May    EDINBURGH King’s Theatre                Mon – Sat 7.30pm    2 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

    Wed & Sat 2.30pm    Box Office 0131 529 6000

    Tickets: £12.50 – £22.50    edtheatres.com

 

    Monday 22 – Saturday 27 May    GLASGOW Theatre Royal   

    Mon – Sat 7pm    282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA

    Thu 1.30pm, Sat 2.30pm    Box Office 0844 871 7602*

    Tickets: £14 – £25 (Premium £31.50)    atgtickets.com/glasgow

 

    Monday 5 – Saturday 10 June    HIGH WYCOMBE Wycombe Swan

    Mon – Fri 7pm, Thu 2pm    St Mary St, High Wycombe HP11 2XE

    Sat 10.30am & 2.30pm    Box Office 01494 552875

    Tickets: £17 – £25    wycombeswan.co.uk       

 

    Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 June    PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal Plymouth            Sales open 23 Sep    Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR

        Box Office 01752 267 222

        theatreroyal.com

 

    Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 June    NORWICH Theatre Royal
   

    Sales open in Nov    Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1RL

        Box Office 01603 63 00 00

        theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

 

– FURTHER TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED –
Fees may apply. Suitable for ages 5+

The Fantistic Mr Fox

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OLD TATTOOS

the debut album by

THE BRANDY THIEVES

Many of you know about my love of The Brandy Thieves. A great Leicester based band with influences from folk, punk and soul, with a healthy dose of scar thrown in for good measure.

The Brandy Thieves came together in late 2012 during which time they have produced some of the best festival anthems around. So, it came as something of a surprise to find that, until November 2015, they had not produced an album! The guys have released a couple of ep’s but not a full album… well they have now it’s called ‘Old Tattoos’ and I got my hands on a copy of it!

Through their music, The Brandy Thieves use well crafted lyrics and an array of musical instruments to tell, in the great folk tradition, a story. Stories based on their experience of life. They tell stories of alcohol fueled benders and the kind of social commentary that can only come from a life well lived. Their songs are catchy and easy to get into and before you know it, you are hooked!

If their ep’s and live gigs tell you a story, then their new album, ‘Old Tattoos’, use those stories to take you on a journey; the journey of The Brandy Thieves. The album brings together their music from the very beginning of their existence to where they are today. In many ways the listeners become voyeurs, watching through sound, the very personal journeys these guys have gone through and which comes through in their lyrics and music.

I loved the new album, Old Tattoo’s and have it playing at least once a day, much to my kids annoyance; they are big fans of The Brandy Thieves but, they tell me,  “you always have it on!”. Well that may be near the truth but I make no apologies for it! So The Brandy Thieves first album, Old Tattoo’s’, should be in everyone’s collection and I can hardly wait for their next one!

The Brandy Thieves are a very talented bunch who deserve to have much wider recognition than they currently enjoy! So, watch out Mumford and Son, you have some serious competition!!!

 

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/thebrandythieves

TWIT: @thebrandythieves

Gigs:

 

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The Brandy Thieves

Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain

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I bumped in to these guys at an open mic session some time back and just on seeing them once and having an all too brief chat with them between venues, I became hooked!

 

 

Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain, composed of Andrew Mills and Daniel Heath, have been getting into people’s heads for sometime now, largely through The TGC Project which brought together various music talent into one vast, live, jamming session. This new venture demonstrates what they have learned from their previous lives and presents it live to a growing fan base, of which TheGuyWithaStick is most certainly one!

Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain have been making a name for themselves over the last few months, playing supporting spots with the Strangler Figs and Brandy Thieves and getting a write-up in Music In Leicester. Their style is folk/bluegrass. Their mastery of the guitar, banjo and mandolin is a joy to watch and fun to listen to as are their original lyrics, laced with humour but certainly not a comedy act, and then… before you know it you are hooked!

I don’t know when their next gig is but I hope it’s soon, we could do with a lift after the holidays.

All the best lads, we’ll see you soon!

 

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Bombay Bicycle Club

3rd DEC 2014

 

Bombay Bicycle Club

We are pleased to announce that Bombay Bicycle Club will embark on their biggest and most ambitious tour yet.

Bombay Bicycle Club’s critically acclaimed fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, captures the results of singer Jack Steadman’s picaresque adventures in the likes of Turkey and India throughout 2013.  Joyously escapist, its electronic-inflected and Bollywood-referencing sound made good on the Eastern promise, as it went straight to Number 1 in the album charts (Feb 2014) and reached silver status in record time.

The press were effusive with their praise “Buoyant, wistful and heart-rending” said The Telegraph, “sensational” said Sunday Times Culture, whilst The Times chimed in “Bombay Bicycle Club remain one of the most inventive indie bands out there.”

The band’s broad and varied body of work means the North London four-piece are both as at home with the intimate acoustic nature of Eyes Off You as they are with the euphoric highs of first single Carry Me and the exhilarating rush of album openerOverdone.  In songwriting terms Bombay Bicycle Club, who are still only 24 years old, posses a kind of dynamism that’s been missing from young British bands for years. They have mastered the melodic, the melancholic and at the same time, the euphoric.

With an expanded live line-up to cater to the ever-increasing range and complexity of their songs, this tour is not only their biggest in terms of venue, but also in terms of sound.

It follows on from their poignant, career augmenting performances on the Other Stage at Glastonbury and the Radio One stage at T in the Park, and their appearances to come at Reading and Leeds (NME/Radio 1 stage headliners).

“Bombay Bicycle Club have grown from talented teens overflowing with ideas into a slick outfit with a confident grasp of their place in pop.” **** The Times

“They continue to confound expectations.” **** The Independent

“A brooding, impressive return.” Uncut 8/10

“A real standout.” **** The Sun 4

“One of 2014’s most exhilarating returns.” NME

“Sincerely captivating and euphorically playful.” Clash 9/10

“Bombay Bicycle Club remain one of the most inventive indie bands out there.” Saturday Review

 

 

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THE BOB CATS

 

THE INIMITABLE STU CROWN AND THE BOBCATS BLUES BAND.

The purpose of TheGuyWithaStick is to celebrate originality, which is what you get with The Bobcats. Heavily influenced by the likes of BB King and Peter Green, The Bobcats effortlessly blend originality with good old, traditional, 12 bar blues. A good smattering of the blues favourites pays homage to the past greats, but, they do it their way… The Bobcats way!!!

The Bobcats are a very good, 3 piece, traditional, 12 bar blues rock band who are not afraid to learn and refine their art through some grueling practice sessions. Comprising of Stu Crown lead/vocals,  Dan Fraser-Betts on bass and Boppa on drums. They have been together since 2013 and can be seen playing throughout the region on a very regular basis. Stu Crowns persona and, almost hardcore voice along with Boppa’s attack of the drums and Dan’s 6 string bass are a trio well matched and completely suited to blues rock…

 

TheGuyWithaStick held back on reviewing The Bobcats, not because they are not original or inconsistent but purely because of the fake American accent Stu Crown uses between numbers. The plain fact of the matter was, we didn’t get it!; we didn’t get the reason for such a cliché, we couldn’t understand why a band as good as The Bobcats would use a fake American accent instead of their own and why on the one hand you have the charismatic and highly original persona of Stu Crown and on the other, you have that accent. I put this to Stu who tells me he is moving away from the accent, I felt he meant the accent had served its purpose and it is now time to move on… I hope I’m right because they don’t need it, the way they look and the way they play is all they need… these guys are VERY GOOD!

These guys make a statement… This is the blues, we are The Bobcats and this is the way we play… original and charismatic, yet as traditional as they come.

 

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We’ve seen The Bobcats many time now and each time we pick-up a little more understanding, a little more originality. They strive for perfection and it shines through in their performance each and every time. If you have not yet seen The Bobcats, do yourself a favour and check them out, you certainly won’t regret it!

 

Check out The Bob Cats on Facebook www.facebook.com/thebobcatsbluesband and bobcatsbluesband.co.uk

 

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The Bow Bridge Band

THE BOW BRIDGE BAND

We at TheGuyWithaStick feel privileged to be able to indulge our passion for live music right here in the East Midlands. The music scene throughout the region is absolutely kicking nowhere more so than in City of Leicester, where, on a daily basis, you can see a wide variety of bands and soloists, from teenagers to the more ‘mature’ artists, playing just about every genre possible to imagine.

With originality in abundance, bands like The Bow Bridge Band set-out to deliver an ‘experience’, one that will leave you shouting for more. infact, Bow Bridge are the epitome of pop rock, with its roots based firmly in the blues.

The Bow Bridge Band consist of Peter Stafford on lead/vocals Howard Fairey on bass and  Barry Gibson on drums, when they are not gigging around Leicester, the guys can be seen, busy as hell, at their day jobs, at a local hospital. However, Bow Bridge are not a ‘cobbled together’ outfit looking for a way to unwind after a long day saving lives, these guys are good!… bloody good!

 

 

Currently working on their second album, The Bow Bridge Band offer-up a cleverly conceived set of classic hits together with some well crafted original numbers. Their musicianship is of a high standard and on stage they really seem to gel and enjoy, which, in turn enables the audience to ‘believe’ in the band and come away with an infectious euphoria. They work well together and enjoy their craft; you certainly get your monies worth with Bow Bridge.

We at TheGuyWithaStick are looking forward to getting our hands on a copy of Bow Bridge’s new album and hope to be in the audience the next time they play, which, I believe is on the 19th of September at Odd Bar, Millstone Lane in Leicester.

Check-out The Bowbridge Band on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thebowbridgeband

 

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Sam Bradshaw

Playing under the name ‘Instrumental Sam’, Sam Bradshaw is an accomplished experimental guitarist from Leicester. Using the slapping style long before a certain advert for an expensive money-lender mad it popular, Sam captivates audiences where ever he plays. A stalwart of Leicester’s music scene, Sam is equally comfortable playing the festivals as he is playing at the local pub. In fact, the very first time I had the pleasure of hearing Sam play was in a City centre pub where he worked; he finished his shift behind the bar, grabbed his guitar and set about enthralling the regulars with a number of his own compositions…

(sorry for the poor quality video but stay with it!!!)

 

TheGuyWithaStick have had the pleasure of including a couple of tracks from Sam on our acoustic playlist, available on http://www.theguywithastick.com/playlist.html, in fact, without Sam it is unlikely that TheGuyWithaStick would have come into existence… It’s all his fault!!!

Sam is a must have for any gig or music festival, he sets the mood and hints to the crowd of a great time to come. If TheGuyWithaStick was to put on a gig or two, Instrumental Sam would be on the bill, of that there is no doubt!

Finally, I would like to pass-on my congratulations to Sam on becoming a father for the first time, no doubt another great guitarist in the making… like father like son?

Sam is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/guitarmansam83

 

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Abigails Party, The Studio, Curve Leicester

ABIGAIL’S PARTY

A CURVE PRODUCTION

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.

 

 

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