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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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  • Website www.colchesterartscentre.com
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Colchester Heritage Tour with High Steward Sir Bob Russell - Tour A

Enjoy an entertaining and fact-filled walk around the country's oldest recorded town, in the company of former Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.

The thing is, there's just so much history in Colchester - far too much to fit in to one walk. So there is now three different versions - A, B and X- all starting at Colchester Arts Centre. They will run alternately - so if you enjoyed one, why not try the others?!

Tours start at 10am unless otherwise specified.

"The routes will embrace ancient and modern" says Sir Bob, who is also a former Mayor of Colchester as well as being the Town's MP for the past 18 years.

The estimated time of the walk, with stops for commentary, is two hours.

Places on each tour are limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Tours A & B focus on the town centre, tour X is “A Roam Around Roman Colchester” with its main feature being walking the entire length of the Roman Circus.

Sir Bob is also willing to do tours for groups and "specials" for individuals on other days of the week - minimum donation request of £25. Please contact the Colchester Arts Centre Box Office to arrange.

PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

All tickets £5 per person.

Proceeds will go towards a project by Sir Bob to erect a statue of sisters Jane and Ann Taylor who in 1806, in Colchester, wrote arguably the world's favourite nursery rhyme: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

Tour starts at 10am prompt from outside the Colchester Arts Centre Box Office in Church Street (adjacent to the Quaker Meeting House).

Sensible walking shoes and emergency brolly recommended!

Sun 23 Sep

£5

Sun 2 Dec

£5

Crowbar + Ingested + Goat Monsoon

This gig is for a standing audience

Crowbar is an American sludge metal band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1990. Through infusing a slow, low-keyed, brooding doom metal sound with hardcore punk aggression, they pioneered sludge metal alongside other bands of the New Orleans heavy metal scene such as Eyehategod, Soilent Green, Acid Bath, and Down.

Supports…

INGESTED

UK Brutal Death Metal

https://www.facebook.com/ingesteduk/

GOAT MONSOON

Colchester doom / sludge…

https://www.facebook.com/goatmonsoon/

All tickets £17.50.

Tue 25 Sep

£17.50

Ewan McLennan

Ewan McLennan has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. Having learnt from and worked with both Martin Simpson and Dick Gaughan over recent years, it’s evident in Ewan’s guitar playing and in his music that he has absorbed and inherited a great deal, and at first hand, from the older generation of ‘folk greats’ before carving his own path. The songs he sings and writes are rooted in traditional songs and the tradition of folk music as social commentary.

www.ewanmclennan.co.uk

Support: The King Driscolls

The King Driscolls are a three piece group who play a mix of traditional and original songs: all of them are land workers, Essex countryside born and raised, which has heavily influenced their music. Their songs range from rousing ballads to bawdy foot-stompers, and most of what lies in-between.

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Mon 24 Sep

£11 (£10)

Frozen Light: Isle Of Brimsker - 1.30pm

A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. Until one day a runaway lands on the shore and together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects.

How do you survive when faced with the biggest decisions of your life? Would you change the world or change yourself?

A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

“Frozen Light show perfectly how theatre can and should push the boundaries and be a place of accessible exploration and inclusion for all.” Opening Night

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon, The Key Theatre, Peterborough. With support from Arts Council England, The Garage Norwich, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and The Point Eastleigh.

Doors 1.30pm.

To book, please contact Emma@colchesterartscentre.com

Fri 21 Sep

Frozen Light: Isle Of Brimsker - 11am

A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. Until one day a runaway lands on the shore and together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects.

How do you survive when faced with the biggest decisions of your life? Would you change the world or change yourself?

A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

“Frozen Light show perfectly how theatre can and should push the boundaries and be a place of accessible exploration and inclusion for all.” Opening Night

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon, The Key Theatre, Peterborough. With support from Arts Council England, The Garage Norwich, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and The Point Eastleigh.

Doors 11am.

To book, please contact Emma@colchesterartscentre.com

Fri 21 Sep

If It's Wrong, Change It

This gig is for a standing audience, but there will also be a section with tables.

Join us for an evening celebrating a new mood of hope about creating a better society, with top local bands Pet Needs, Tundra, Feedback and Lighthouse Jam - and local activists involved in campaigns promoting fairness, justice and equality. Also featuring The Great Antonio and his Bed o’ Nails, poet Mike Harwood, stalls, banners and lovely Syrian food.

Fri 21 Sep

£5 (£3)

Jason Byrne: The Man With Three Brains

Jason Byrne: The Man With Three Brains

The Dublin-born stand-up follows up his highly-acclaimed Propped Up tour with a new show full of energetic humour, props and fast-thinking improv.

Thu 27 Sep

£21

Jason Byrne: You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything

Jason Byrne: You Can Come in, But Don't Start Anything

Irish comic performs his usual brand of chaotic stand-up.

Thu 27 Sep

Prices to be confirmed

Jazz Meets Classical with Vein

Our contribution to this year's Roman River Music Festival is a prodigiously talented Swiss trio who, with their technical precision, passion, drive and stunning virtuosity, provided the club with one of the highlights of 2017. Formed in 2006 by twin brothers Michael Arbenz (piano) and Florian Arbenz (drums), together with bassist Thomas Lahns, VEIN have released no less than 12 critically acclaimed albums, including collaborations with American saxmeisters David Leibmann and Greg Osby.

VEIN's CD, ‘The Chamber Music Effect’ - comprising a collection of original jazz compositions that drew upon the structures of chamber music - turned out to be one of the group’s most successful releases to date.

With their latest offering, ‘VEIN Plays Ravel’, the trio are attempting to build upon the success of ‘The Chamber Music Effect’ by again returning to their classical roots. What is also often overlooked by both classical and jazz music fans is that Ravel introduced jazz into his compositions.

What marks this trio out from their contemporaries is outstanding musicianship and playing is far, far removed from the kind of tepid jazz-classical ‘crossover’ that can give this sort of project a bad name. On the contrary, it's a very tight excursion in melody and imagination by three extremely gifted musicians - and you don’t have to be a classical music or jazz buff to enjoy it!

Reviewing ‘The Chamber Music Effect’, London Jazz News summed it up thus: "Unless you have another CD by VEIN, I reckon you're unlikely to have anything else in your collection that's quite like this… It grooves, it's rubato, it's subtle, it's fun, it's ruminative, it’s exultant; above all, it's constantly surprising. It's a treat."

"VEIN Plays Ravel is that rarity, a jazz-classical fusion album that works because the musicians involved know both types of music and know what they’re doing. Great stuff!," surmised The Art Music Lounge.


One of the most enthusiastic and interesting groups of its kind in recent years, VEIN is a piano trio that's all about interplay: stop-start grooves, flighty melodies and games of hide and seek. In other words, a piano trio with a difference. And a damn fine one too.

www.vein.ch

"Vein tackle Ravel’s music with panache, invention, and a great deal of musical skill and sophistication." - The JazzMann

"The title doesn’t begin to describe the detailing and brilliance of this project – and it wouldn’t be surprising if Maurice is right there, in the midst." - AP Reviews

"There’s a certain Jacques Loussier Trio-type feeling to this group, and that in itself makes them perfect for what they do." - The Art Music Lounge

"This CD is a fascinating exploration of the music of Ravel - who introduced jazz into classical music almost a hundred years ago - by a chamber jazz trio at the top of their game." - London Jazz News

Sun 23 Sep

£15 (£13)

Trans Creative: You've Changed

So, let's face the music and dance…

It’s fourteen years since Kate transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages? With no rule book, she’s had to write her own.

In a world where genitals equals gender, Kate has decided it's time to get hers out on the proverbial table and explore what’s down there and what’s up here.

Through song, dance, hard-won wit and wisdom. You’ve Changed sees Kate collaborate with choreographers, musicians and filmmakers to explore the ins and outs and ups and downs of of transitioning.

Has Kate changed? Or is the world just catching up? This show questions how far we’ve come and how far we’ve still got to go. The world is changing, but not fast enough for Kate…

Pay What You Can Afford.

Wed 26 Sep

Pay What You Think

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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