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Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1ET
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A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

DOT Productions present a staging of Oscar Wilde's comic melodrama and social satire. When Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as the new secretary to the witty and flirtatious bachelor Lord Illingworth, revelations about his mother's scandalous past and his own parentage threaten to throw a spanner into the works.

Thu 13 Sep


Baka Beyond

'If there has to be a definition of world music, this is it!' - Andy Kershaw

Originally inspired by the music of the Baka Forest People, Pygmies whose music and dance have been celebrated since the time of the Pharaohs. Baka Beyond use the Baka rhythms to fuse music from the band-members' Celtic and African roots. The resulting music is highly infectious and crosses boundaries of genre, age and ethnicity.

2018 is Baka Beyond's 25th anniversary. In October 1993 their groundbreaking album 'Spirit of the Forest' hit the scene to great acclaim. The release is regarded as a classic of the genre. They are celebrating 25 years of recording and performing worldwide, with this UK tour this Autumn. Paddy Le Mercier, the fantastic Breton fiddle player, will be rejoining Baka Beyond for their 25th anniversary tour.

The Story After seeing a documentary on Channel 4, Martin Cradick and his wife Su Hart packed a tent, tape recorder, camera, guitar and mandolin, and headed off into the forests of Cameroon. There they spent six weeks living, hunting, gathering and playing many hours of music together with the Baka Pygmies. From this experience came two delightful recordings, 'Heart of the Forest' and 'Spirit of The Forest', which led to the birth of the band Baka Beyond.

The rhythms of the hunter-gatherer Baka People from the Cameroon rainforest resonate with musical styles from all around the world. Also carried in these rhythms and in all Baka Beyond performances is the sense of joyous celebration and inclusion that the Baka bring to all their music. The band brings musicians from different cultures and backgrounds together in a seamless celebration of the Global Village.

After 25 years of touring around the world Baka Beyond's live show has evolved and developed. The current show includes a multi-media element. Videos from the Cameroon rainforest are projected behind the band, cleverly synchronised with the live music so that the Baka become part of the live show.

It is best described in a review by Pete Taberner in the Bristol Post:

Seeing and listening to their current live performance [Baka Beyond] transports you right into the life of the people whose music they celebrate.

Projected onto a large oval screen behind the musicians scenes of forest life provide the perfect backdrop to the music.

Gentle percussion and reedy sounds are used to evoke the dawn and the awakening insect and bird life. Vocalists Su and Ellie recreate the wordless sounds of the forest creatures.

It was impossible to resist the relentlessly upbeat nature of the music. There were big smiles on screen, on stage, and in the audience as the music progressed to a final grand dance with everyone standing and moving to the intoxicating rhythm.

Baka Beyond members still regularly visit the Baka in Cameroon, returning royalties earned by their music and helping them use the money for community development projects through the charity they set up, Global Music Exchange. They have been working with the same extended family group for over 25 years now, helping with health, education, agricultural and musical projects. Baka Beyond's live show includes song, dance, percussion, musical virtuosity, videos and big smiles all round.

'Amazing Gaelic, English and Baka vocals with powerful percussion section, rhythmic guitar and firey fiddle' - National Geographic Live!

'with their fiery rhythms, enchanting harmonies and spectacular dancingBaka Beyond are definitely a feast for the eyes, heart as well as the ears and feet.' - Miami Herald

Support TBC.

Tickets are £14 in advance (booking fee applies online). Also available on the door for £17. 10% discount for students*

Licensed bar.

  • Student discount applies to students in possession of a valid (on the date of the event) NUS or ISIC card, or other student ID card issued by a university or college. Only one ticket per individual student ID permitted. The ID must be presented at the time of entry to the gig along with your ticket, and both ticket and ID must be in the same name. If Student ID cannot be presented along with the discounted ticket you may be refused entry to the event.
Fri 12 Oct

£15.40 some concessions

Bridget St. John

Bridget St. John visits the UK in September 2018 for a short tour. The tour begins with an appearance at Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham, on September 2nd. Bridget then visits some of the UK's intimate acoustic venues, including the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, before concluding the tour with two shows in Ireland.

The late John Peel helped to launch Bridget's musical career and her first three albums were released on his Dandelion label in the late 1960s. Bridget and John's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, have been friends since 1969.

Accompanying Bridget for the first half of the tour, including here at the John Peel Centre, will be cellist Sarah Smout. They met for the first time when they were recording with Michael Chapman and BJ Cole in Wales earlier this year.

The two women immediately became friends and discovered a mutual appreciation for each other's music and decided they would have to play together.

Support from Tilly Moses

Tilly Moses is a mandolin player and singer songwriter from Suffolk, now based in York. She has been performing all over the country since the age of just 13, supporting some of the best-loved folk acts in the UK, and recently released her long awaited debut album Alight & Adrift, to incredible critical acclaim.

Tilly's carefully crafted songs address subjects as diverse as climate change, gender inequality, apathy, love, and leaving home, and she delivers them with an extraordinarily powerful, passionate vocal style, and a colourful stage presence.

Licensed bar.

Wed 5 Sep


Burning Books - A Play By Jess Green

On Teach First student Kat's first day at Hurstville Community College, Nicky Morgan announces forced academistation for all state schools. Kat is ready for the picket line but her attempts to join the NUT are met with contempt by union stalwart Janine. The head teacher is invisible and the staff are more concerned about losing their staff room, disappearing books, and a History teacher who hasn't been seen for weeks.

A powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets. A story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back.

Brilliant. Her words have certainly struck a chord with teachers Huffington Post A play that will ring true for every teacher in the country! National Union Teachers Green has struck a chord with exhausted teachers up and down the country - The Guardian

Burning Books is an adaptation of a music and poetry show of the same name which Jess Green took to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and 2015 with her band, Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves, before touring it nationally in autumn 2015 to venues including Roundhouse, Richmix, Komedia Brighton, and Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

The time listed is the door time and the performance will begin approx. 30 min. after this time. The running time is approx. 1hr 40 mins, including a 20 min interval.

Suitable for 14yrs and older.

Tickets are £12 (£10 for 14 to 17yr olds & 65+yr olds).

Please note that this is a seated performance and seating is unallocated (though all with a good view).

Thu 11 Oct

£13.20 some concessions

Cgtc Present The Scarlet Pipistrelle



by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

They seek him here, they seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven, or is he in Hell, Or an Arts Centre in Suffolk - who can tell?

  1. Paris is gripped by the Jacobins. The Compte de Creme-Brulée is to be guillotined on the morrow. His only hope, a daring swoop by that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, who has already undertaken several rescues of aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed!

Common Ground will be concocting their trademark heady mix of genre pastiche, musical dexterity and sheer lunacy that East Anglian Christmas audiences know and love.

Performances: Monday 17th December 7.30pm Tuesday 18th December 4pm & 7.30pm Wednesday 19th December 4pm & 7.30pm These times are the performance start time, and doors will be open approx 30minutes prior to this time.

Tickets: Full: £14 Under 21s/on Income Support (please bring evidence): £7 (booking fee applies online)

Please note that this is a seated event

Mon 17 Dec


Tue 18 Dec


Wed 19 Dec


Common Ground Theatre Company Present The Mariner





After their acclaimed productions of The Old Curiosity Shop & Sherlock Holmes and The Hooded Lance in 2017, Common Ground Theatre Company return with this enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation of Coleridge's The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, with its themes of ecological disaster, man's destructive compulsions, and the death and rebirth of imagination and faith.

The show will feature live action, puppetry, film and original music by Pat Whymark, sung by a live choir. Coleridge will be played by Patrick Neyman & The Mariner by Julian Harries.

It takes real skill to take a sturdy piece of classic literature and turn it into one of the most imaginative shows of the year. - Andrew Clarke, reviewing our production of The Count of Monte Cristo in the EADT

Supported by Suffolk Community Foundation.

Performances on Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th October. Doors open 7pm, with the performance starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12 (full), £7 (u21s or on Income Support (evidence required))

Please note that this is a seated event.

Wed 17 Oct


Thu 18 Oct


Diamond: Stand Up To Cancer Concert

Diamond's Stand Up To Cancer concert is a night of celebration not to be missed. Making a difference through music, with all monies raised from ticket sales and on the night donations going to the Stand Up To Cancer fundraising campaign.

Diamond are local vocal group/band from Ipswich that raises money for Cancer Research UK and other charities through song. With their own unique style of mashing songs up.

The band consists of vocals, guitar, keyboard, cajon and bass. The band members are: Gareth Grayston, Aidan Elsey, Pippa Jacob, Clare Arnold, Phia Bushell, Ben Derrett, Georgina Page, Emily Sheridan and Lewis Pratt

Our Special Guests for the evening are: Jessica Richardson (from the ITV show 'The Voice Kids') James Harper (a solo singer from London) D'LuXE (an Essex girl-band fresh from releasing their very own album in the iTunes Charts)

This promises to be night of fun, filled with great music! Bring your dancing shoes and let's party!

Doors open 7.30pm. Licensed bar.

Tickets available online from WeGotTickets (booking fee applies) or from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays, closed bank holidays).

Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Sat 6 Oct


Hymn For Her

Bought to you by Beehive Live Agency.

Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as Hell's Angels meets the Amish.

They recorded their 2nd album, "Hymn for Her Presents … Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream", in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour. For their latest release, "Hymn for Her Presents … Lucy and Wayne's Smokin Flames", the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond.

They recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week.

The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H's sound a riotous, rocking roadkill stew, while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.

Impressively, the two create their ripsaw sounds (Los Angeles Times' Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group's rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her Lowebow a custom-made cigar-box guitar: The Riff Monster.

Catch this duo as they burn down the highway and tear up your town like a Wichita twister.

Please note that this event is a hire and the JPC is not responsible for this event.

Sat 4 Aug


Mark Thomas' Check-up: Our NHS @ 70

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Mark speaks to leading experts, and looks at what lies ahead for our health service.

Tue 17 Jul


Miles Hunt

Miles Hunt

Lead singer of the Wonder Stuff performs an intimate solo show.

Fri 9 Nov


Sods Present: Come Follow The Band

This year's summer show from Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society will be a compilation of Musical numbers, ensemble pieces, and solos, performed in front of a live band. Most of the music will be from modern musicals, with a few of your favourite golden oldies!

Performances at 7.30pm on Weds 22nd, Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th, and 2.30pm & 7.30pm on Sat 25th.

Suitable for all ages.

All performances will be seated, with seats unallocated. The doors will open approx. 30mins prior to the start of each performance (the ticket time is the door time).

Tickets are £13 (£10 for under 18s/over 60s)

Wed 22 Aug


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Sat 25 Aug


Zion Train

Zion Train

Legendary UK dub collective formed in Oxford in 1988 by Neil Perch and Ben Hamilton..

Fri 21 Sep


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