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Colchester Arts Centre

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Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
  • Telephone 01206 500900
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10.30am–5.30pm; closed Sun.
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Granny's Attic

Fantastic young folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style.

These three young men are all exceptional musicians, and fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, out of a shared passion for folk music, they have been playing at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.


Rosie Eade and Randy Abel

Rosie is a regular performer here, who plays mainly self-penned songs, accompanied by guitar. She will be appearing this time with American, Randy Abel in a new duo, Abel and Eade. They play a mixture of folk and Americana / country with harmony vocals.

Mon 19 Mar

£11 (£10)

The Guns 'N Roses Experience + Wrong Jovi + Hotter Than Hell (Kiss Tribute)

GIANTS OF ROCK U.S.A 2018 TOUR is a tribute to 2 American rock legends performed by 2 of the world's very best tributes to their respective original artist. This show is very real alternative to seeing these U.S rock giants as witnessed by millions back in their heyday.

GUNS N' ROSES performed by The Guns N’ Roses Experience.

These guys are the biggest and best and most in Demand Gn’R tribute in the world. Not an over-hyped claim, we prove it time after time. Gn’Re have the only singer able to deliver the exact same unique vocal style and stage show synonymous with Classic Axl Rose. Gn’Re have the only tribute band guitarist OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED by MARSHALL AMPS, just like the legend SLASH himself. Together with 3 other Gn’R clones, these guys deliver a sound and look that is unequalled by any other band.

Since their very first gig the Guns N’ Roses Experience train has been rolling at an incredible pace, visiting various Middle Eastern countries, mainland Europe, Cyprus, Ireland and all of the major venues in the UK.

With a true GN’R sound and stage show, The Guns N’ Roses Experience meticulously recreates every visual detail and every musical note to capture that reckless spirit of the original Guns N Roses legendary live performances.

In a bone crushing set, all the essentials are covered with breathtaking accuracy including Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City, Mr. Brownstone, You Could Be Mine, Nightrain, Rocket Queen, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and so much more…

Don’t miss the chance to see the most authentic live Guns ‘N Roses experience touring today.

BON JOVI performed by Wrong Jovi

A band that have been wowing audiences in UK since their inception back in the day.

WJ will have you jumping as they fire hit after hit at you such as; LIVIN ON A PRAYER, ITS MY LIFE, YOU GAVE LOVE A BAD NAME, LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME and BED OF ROSES.

This show will have you believing that you are at a BON JOVI concert back in 1986.

WJ front man will deliver a JON BON JOVI vocal unequalled by any other apart from JBJ himself. Couple this with a lead guitarist many people think is RICHIE SAMBORA and you have the making of UK's No1 BON JOVI show.

KISS performed by Hotter Than Hell

Voted as one of the hottest Kiss Tribute Shows in Europe, Hotter Than Hell deliver the ultimate night out in tribute to the Hottest Band in the World!

Formed in 2003, Hotter Than Hell deliver the world-renowned classic 1970s style KISS stage show, by mimicking it in every way with amazing pyrotechnics; fire breathing; blood spitting; smoking guitars; theatrical costumes, the 7 inch platform boots, and of course the iconic greasepaint make-up.

Replicating songs from the KISS multi-platinum hits from the 70s to present such as: Detroit Rock City, Crazy Crazy Nights, Rock N Roll All Night and God Gave Rock and Roll to You.

Fri 23 Mar


Rob Auton: The Hair Show

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs.

Award winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner, Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs.

Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.

For the past five years Rob has used his command of words and distinctive unconventional humour to explore seemingly mundane subjects: sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow. These shows have given rise to a cult status at the Fringe. His unique world view has been acknowledged through being shortlisted for the prestigious Spoken Word Award by the Arts Foundation, receiving a Best Short Film nomination for the The Peamaster, which he co-wrote and starred in, at the Milan Film Festival.

Alongside performing solo, Rob hosts “the best poetry gig in the UK” (The Times) Bang Said The Gun. The spoken-word night’s raucous and anarchic spirit attracts a rich mix of new talent and some of the most established names in poetry/music including KATE TEMPEST, ROGER MCGOUGH and JOHN HEGLEY.

'A genuine original' The Guardian

'One of my absolute favourites' Daniel Kitson

'His absurd brand of stand-up and poetry is exactly what the country needs right now'

Huffington Post

‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch’ Independent

'I haven’t seen anything else quite like it, or him' Stage

Thu 22 Mar

£12 (£10)

Timberlina presents FFS!!

FFS!! is a hilarious alt-drag, rock n roll eco-show for the vexed generation.

FFS!! is a comedy show about giving a shit. A show for our times about trying to be a good person in a world that cares less. It’s also about the taboo of eco-anxiety, the bewildering, exhausting contradictions of modern life, reaching peak worry and letting go… All beautifully framed in a collection of original, joyously profane and original songs about fatbergs, plastics, eco-woe and other worries.

Presented by and based on the true life adventures of country living, cult, bearded drag queen Timberlina, FFS!! is a frank and hilarious testament to escaping city life and embracing a stoic lifestyle of foraging and free-cycling.

Part cabaret, theatre performance, rock-gig, drag-show and comedy, FFS!! transcends boundaries and brings something unique to your stage and audience whilst opening up conversations about ecology, environmentalism and contemporary guilt.

Between songs, Timberlina vigorousy discusses themes such as the thrill of subsistence living, the highs and lows of gardening, environmentally friendly surface cleaners and the everyday perils of passive consumption, especially shoes.

Come take a dip in the geothermic warmth of Timberlina’s sardonic wit. Let the healing begin as you embark on a Women͛’s Institute meets late night psychedelic toke of folk wisdom, blues and rock n roll…


‘The show teases rather than preaches as Timberlina satirises middle-class and hipster concerns around up-cycling and wood-burning stoves.’ - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘Timberlina does it all, sings, swings and serves some truth’ - Broadway World



‘Fierce, thoughtful, and somehow comforting’

‘Love the focus on eco anxiety, something I've definitely experienced’

There is a particular kind of drag that is fierce and challenging but also done with much love for the audience. This was it! Thank you!’

‘I loved it!


Pay What You Can Afford

Wed 21 Mar

Pay What You Think

Undiscovered Live Music Contest: The Final

Now into its 8th year, Undiscovered is firmly bedded into the Essex musical landscape.

Following county-wide heats and semi-finals, 5 bands battle it out to be crowned the Undiscovered ‘Best Band’ 2018 and bag themselves some great prizes.

Line Up:


Rolled Up Sleeves



Let’s Be Strange

Guest Harry Adams

Sat 24 Mar

£6 (£5)

Vinyl Sessions: DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

The event of choice for the seasoned vinyl aficionado!

Each month we listen to an album that could be considered a classic, all the way through, always on vinyl and in a relaxed Sunday afternoon atmosphere. Then there's the chance to chat about it at the end. Tell us your stories or just listen - everyone's welcome!

There's also the chance to BRING A SEVEN INCH of your choice and give it a spin after the main session! This can be anything you like, for any reason - the more out there the better.

It's about meeting fellow music lovers, talking about the great records of the past and predicting upcoming future classics.

The bar's open throughout and we're selling Veggie Chilli for just £3 a bowl.


Admission £3.

Sun 25 Mar


The venue promotes a wide range of contemporary performing arts including comedy theatre and live music covering folk, world, pop and rock as well as children's workshops and farmers' markets. The centre has showcased several big names on their road to stardom including Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, The Libertines and The Killers.

There is no parking outside the venue in Church Street, except for performers/contractors loading in and out but parking is available on St Mary's Car Park on Balkerne Hill. The nearest railway station is Colchester Town.

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