This December, Spinning Wheel Theatre's atmospheric and quirky adaptation of Charles Dickens' treasured Christmas classic returns to The John Peel Centre.
With much-loved characters Bob Cratchit, good old Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and, of course, the old humbug himself brought to life by three actors and a whole host of puppets, this timeless ghost-story is the perfect way to enjoy some festive cheer.
If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!
Miserly humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, has no time for Christmas. But as the clock strikes midnight his world is turned upside-down. A visit from his long-dead business partner, Jacob Marley, propels Scrooge on a helter-skelter night of visions of his happy past, harsh present and horrific future.
This performance will be audio described.
Please note that this is a seated performance and seating is unallocated. The performance will start at 6.00pm and we aim to open doors at 5.30pm.
Fri 22 Dec
£11 some concessions
This Classic Album Sunday (on a Thursday!) will feature Pink Floyd's second studio album, "A Saucerful of Secrets". Joining us for this not-to-be-missed session is founder member and drummer, Nick Mason.
Please note that these are unallocated seated tickets, all with a good view.
Thu 11 Jan
After some fantastic gigs in 2017, Connor Adams returns to the John Peel Centre for what is sure to be a brilliant night.
Please note that this is a hire and the event and its content is not organised by the John Peel Centre.
Fri 16 Feb
The actor and singer, known for his characters Jilted John and John Shuttleworth and his pivotal role in Coronation Street, talks about his comic creations and performs his own music.
Wed 14 Feb
Presented by Eastern Angles Theatre Company. Age guidance 11yrs.+
A grandmother, mother and a daughter have to set aside differences as they decide the fate of their family-run Guesthouse. Battling family demons and the crashing waves of a troubled past, tensions are high in Clacton-on-Sea.
Exploring the lives of three generations of women, Guesthouse asks what's it like when the town you were proud to grow up in becomes impoverished? What does it take to keep going? And what does it take to face the truth?
Written by Essex playwright Nicola Werenowska and directed by Tony Casement this new show will tour across the East of England.
About the Writer: After a flirtation with playwriting when she was 16 (her play 20% was runner-up in 1988 Royal Court Young Playwrights' Competition), Nicola began playwriting in 2003, following her dyspraxia diagnosis. Productions include: Davy's Day (Mercury, 2004); Peapickers (Eastern Angles, 2007); Freedoms of the Forest (Menagerie, 2008); BirthDate (Nabakov, 2012); CASH! (Mercury, 2013); Tu I Teraz (Hampstead, Nuffield, Mercury, 2012/13); Tattooed Under Your Skin (Theatre 503, 2016); Hidden (Oxford Playhouse, Marlowe, Mercury, 2017). Nicola has been on attachment to Graeae, a member of the Royal Court National group and is playwright in residence at Lakeside Theatre.
Please note this is a seated performance and Seating is unallocated. Please also note that the time stated for this event (7pm) is the time we will endevour to open the doors. The performance is due to start at 7.30pm.
Wed 14 Mar
Thu 15 Mar
An alt rock duo from Berlin with KC McKanzie on guitar/vocals and Budi on drums.
Sat 24 Feb
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed 'Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lifetime Achievement Award BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" - Q Magazine "Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers." - The Telegraph
This event is part of Independent Venue Week, 29th Jan to 4th Feb.
Please note that this is a seated event, with seats unallocated (though all with a good view).
Tue 30 Jan
Brilliant mix of English tradition and American music from the virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and singer, a former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year.
Fri 23 Mar
A lighthearted seasonal adventure set to music from the Common Ground Theatre Company by Pat Whymark and Julian Harries.
Mon 18 Dec
£12 (under 21s £7)
Tue 19 Dec
£12 (under 21s £7)
Wed 20 Dec
£12 (under 21s £7)
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