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Music Gig listings

What’s on throughout the midlands

May 2010

Events Days out

and things to do

Kids

Grow their own! Healthy food ideas

Not so Short Fashions for summer

Tips for WOW legs!

Theatre

Shows for all ages Fun for the family

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THEATRE – We look at a few productions coming the stage this April.

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DANCE - World class performance

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THEATRE FOR KiDs – show for the young theatre goer

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MUsiC – Gigs in the region.

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MOViEs – Previews of releases for this month

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22 COMEDY – Bags of Laughs 24 FAsHiON – Get shorty! 26 HAiR & BEAUTY – Looking good for summer. 26 HEALTH & FiTNEss – Work The Braybrooke Morris Dancers (above) can be seen on saturday 1 May, 6.30 A.M. The square, Market Harborough, to celebrate May Day. if getting up at 6am is not your thing then you can also catch them at these events: Monday 10 May - The swan, Braybrooke. Monday 17 May - Dog & Gun, Walton (with Coventry Morris). Monday 24 May - The star, Geddington. WOW What’s On Where is published by WOW Publishing Limited, 50 st Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7DU. TEL: 01858 439999. FAx: 01858 469008. EMAiL: sales@wowwhatsonwhere.co.uk. WEBsiTE: www.wowwhatsonwhere.co.uk

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Beijing Fundraising - latest news 3PCFSU4NZUI+B[[#BOEBOE4PVM1BUSPMVQEBUF The Robert Smyth School Jazz and Soul Bands were recently chosen to represent the UK at the International Society for Music Education 29th World Conference in Beijing in August, but need to raise the ÂŁ55,000 needed for the trip. Notable dates in their fundraising drive include: 1. Lubenham Jazz Picnic on Sunday, 13th June in the afternoon at Lubenham Village Green in aid of the Beijing Tour and the Village Green (50/50 split). Both the Jazz Band and Soul Patrol will be playing. Free entrance. Bring own picnic. There will be some stalls selling refreshments also.

2. Jazz Band is opening the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jazz on a Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; organised by Market Harborough Jazz Club at Lamport Hall on Sunday,

27th June. We will be on from 1.30 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.30 pm and after us thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be two other jazz groups: Harborough Jazz Combo at 3 pm

and the headlining pro act Simon Spillett Quartet at 4.00 pm. Tickets are ÂŁ20 for adults and ÂŁ10 for children under 16 on the door, or ÂŁ18 and ÂŁ9 in advance from Rob De Barker on 01858 466737. 3. Auction on 3rd July at Robert Smyth School Main Hall, which includes a signed shirt by Leicester Tigers and Formula 1 merchandise donated by Bernie Ecclestone. To find out more or to help with fund raising you can email office@robertsmyth.leics.sch.uk or check out the school weblink http://www.robertsmyth.leics. sch.uk/?p=1466

Race for Life $BODFS3FTFBSDI6,oT3BDFGPS-JGFJTUIFMBSHFTU XPNFOPOMZGVOESBJTJOHFWFOUJOUIF6, THROUGHOUT MAY & JUNE Since 1994, women of all ages and fitness levels across the UK have come together at these inspiring events to walk, jog or run 5k to help beat cancer. Some take part in celebration of surviving a cancer experience. Others take part in memory of a loved one or to give hope to a cancer-free future. But all of them share a common goal: to raise money for Cancer Research UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groundbreaking work to beat cancer.



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Becky Thurston outside Fatface, Market Harborough.

Every pound raised in sponsorship or fundraising helps to fund the work of over 4,500 researchers, doctors and nurses dedicated to helping more people beat cancer. So far, an incredible 4.7 million women have raised over ÂŁ370 million to fund Cancer Research UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life-saving work. Race for Life events are taking place across the UK throughout May and June. Well known Market Harbororugh

resident and Fatface manager Becky Thurston will be taking part in Birmingham on 12th May. To find out how you can take part, take a look at the race for life website www. raceforlife.org.

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A Tolkien Treat &YQFSJFODFUIFJODSFEJCMFNBHJDPG+335PMLJFOoT5IF)PCCJU spiteful Giant Spiders. Finally Bilbo must face the guardian of the treasure, the most feared and deadly dragon of them all, Smaug â&#x20AC;Ś The Hobbit is directed by Roy Marsden, now best known for his portrayal of Inspector Dalgleish in the televised versions of the PD James novels. This delightful show, a Vanessa Ford production adapted from the novel by Glyn Robbins, can be appreciated on many levels by adults and children alike. Travel â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;there and back againâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with The Hobbit when it comes to Royal & Derngate. TUES 11 - MON 17 MAY Following three hugely successful national tours and two acclaimed capacity seasons in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End, the incredible magic of JRR Tolkienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Hobbit will be playing at Royal & Derngate for one week only from Tuesday 11 May. The Derngate stage will be transformed into Middle Earth for this classic adventure of wizards, magic rings and a dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure. The Derngate stage will be transformed into Middle Earth for this classic adventure of wizards, magic rings and a dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure. JRR Tolkien created a series of literary works set in the fantasy realm of Middle Earth, populated with wonderfully original and

magical characters. These culminated in the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which had its origins in The Hobbit. A firm favourite with both young and old, The Hobbit has sold over 42 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 26 languages. Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented Hobbit, has his life turned upside down when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen by Gandalf the Sorcerer to join Thorin Oakenshield, exiled King of the Dwarves, on his quest to reclaim their kingdom and treasure. With the aid of magic and illusion, audiences will join Gandalf as he leads Bilbo and his Dwarf companions on a frightening but magical journey, a journey from which they might never return, hunting for the powerful

hidden treasure that simply must be found and given back to its rightful owners. Travel with them through the Misty Mountains, through wind, rain, hail and thunderstorms narrowly escaping hungry Trolls, vicious Goblins, avaricious wolves, and

THE HOBBIT is at the Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP from Tues 11 May - Mon 17 May. Tickets from ÂŁ9 - ÂŁ25. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WEDS 5 - SAT 15 MAY Curve, Leicester and Headlong Theatre. By Oscar Wilde. The savage power of ancient myth collides with twentieth century decadence in Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s astonishing verse tragedy. Salome, step-daughter of King Herod agrees to perform the mysterious dance of the seven veils but demands in return, the head of the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most infamous prisoner - the head of John the Baptist. Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salome is a dazzling, shocking piece of storytelling. So be sure not to miss Curveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vivid and contemporary production of this rarely-seen masterpiece. Salome is fragile, savage and shimmeringly beautiful, presented through exquisite poetry and unforgettable theatrical images. Directed by Jamie Lloyd,

one of the most acclaimed young directors in British theatre, directs a vivid, contemporary production of this rarely-seen masterpiece. Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent work includes Piaf and Three Days of Rain in the West End. Salome is a Leicester Theatre Trust co-production with the award-winning Headlong Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x153;the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exciting touring companyâ&#x20AC;? (Daily Telegraph). Headlongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent productions include the critically acclaimed 6 Characters in Search of an Author and the sell-out success, ENRON. Contains scenes that may offend. SALOME is at The Curve, Leicester from 5 - 15 May . For tickets call the box office on 0116 242 3595 or visit www. curveonline.co.uk

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WED 5 MAY An athletic-puppetic duet between father and daughter. Cinefilm, clowning, puppetry and hurdling are used to explore a fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from dosshouse childhood to dancing on graves. In this meditation on love, loss, memory and play, we see Dad training for the Olympics by day and dragging up by night. With age his money-saving schemes become increasingly elaborate, from the secrets of free water to newspaper-

stealing shoes. But eventually Everything Must Go. Kristen visited The Castle in the Spring season as part of incubator, a scheme run by The Castle which offers artists rehearsal space and time for research and development to solve technical challenges and expand artistic horizons. In her time at The Castle, Kristen worked on this production which she has written and directed. The Castle are looking forward to welcoming her back to perform her final piece.

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and compelling piece of theatre, with powerful performances, innovative staging and lighting, and a thrilling live score. A co-production with Exeter Northcott and Oxford Playhouse, The Ministry of Fear was adapted for the stage by Daniel Jamieson, who has created a number of popular productions for Royal & Derngate including Wish Wash and Minibreak. THE MINISTRY OF FEAR is at the Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP from Tues 18 May - Sat 22 May. Tickets from ÂŁ9.50 - ÂŁ35.50. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WEDNESDAY 2 MAY Girls Night returns to the UK after sell out runs in the Far East and Off-Broadway, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stopping in Wellingborough as part of its tour! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out.

Join five friends as they celebrate the past on an hilarious karaoke night out packed with girlie anthems like Dancing Queen, I Will Survive, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raining Men

and more! From the pen of Where the Heart Is writer, Louise Roche, this thoughtful, brilliantly funny and down to earth musical comedy follows five girlfriends on a riotous, cocktail fuelled karaoke night out. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll recognise every one of our ladies; Carol was born to party, Anita says it like it is, Liza has â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Kate, bless her, is boring but very handy for driving! Grab your own girlfriends, sisters and workmates and prepare to laugh, cry and dance in the aisles like never before, as our pals remember the many years of tears, joy

Travels with my Aunt )PMEPOUPZPVSIBUGPSBHMPCFUSPUUJOHBEWFOUVSF FRI 30 APRIL - SAT 15 MAY Recently retired city gent Henry Pulling loved nothing more than tending his beautiful English garden. That was before he met his long-lost, flamboyant, septuagenarian Aunt Augusta. In need of a travelling companion, she suggests a trip and, before he can plant another Dahlia, they set off on a thrilling, globetrotting adventure. Lured slightly unwittingly into the exciting world of the eccentric aunt, Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old life of banking and botany is turned upside down as he embarks on a new non-stop journey of crime, intrigue and espionage! At lightning pace, four male actors play all twenty five characters in this hilarious new staging of Graham Greeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light-hearted 1969 novel.



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Graham Greene is of course well known for titles including Brighton Rock and The Ministry of Fear. Travels With My Aunt was adapted for the stage by Scottish dramatist Giles Havergal, and was first staged at the Citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theatre, Glasgow, in 1989 and has since been performed in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End and offBroadway in New York, and in San Francisco. For Royal & Derngate, Travels With My Aunt is directed by Gary Sefton. TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT is at the Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP from Fri 30 April Sat 15 May. Tickets from ÂŁ11. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

and hilarious antics they have shared. Girls Night is an unmissable slice of sparkling entertainment for anyone who either has danced through a night of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;new shoe blistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at their favourite nightclub or just really knows how to party!

GIRLS NIGHT is at The Castle Theatre, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA on Weds 16 May at 7.30pm. Tickets cost ÂŁ6 (ÂŁ14). Birthday Party Members 15% off. For tickets call the box office on 01933 270 007 or visit: www.thecastle.org.uk.


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4USJDUMZ$PNF%BODJOHoT #SFOEBO$PMF -JWFBOE6OKVEHFE BU/PSUIBNQUPOoT%FSOHBUF THURSDAY 2 MAY This is no sit back-and-relax production. This show is full-on, high energy dance dynamite, up close and personal. It is brilliantly lit, glamorously costumed, with a scorching 14-piece band and Brendanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprisingly good singing thrown in the mix. Live and Unjudged is a dance show with a difference. Love or hate him...come and meet the real Brendan Cole. You will undoubtedly enjoy the dance spectacle but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised it you become a quiet Brendan fan. If you are already an avid fan then you are in for a feast of music, dance and audience interaction. Joining Brendan are four former Strictly Come Dancing professionals, Nicole Cutler, Izabela Hannah, Andrew Cuerdan, Hanna Haraala, and his brother Scott Cole. Scott is himself a dance proâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid of offering some intimate insights into the real Brendan! The audience will see every style of ballroom and Latin dance from Brendan and his

hand-picked championship dancers. From the sensual moves of the tango, rumba and cha cha to the elegance of the foxtrot and quickstep, to a red hot explosion of pasa doble, salsa and jive, Brendan and his guests perform their choice of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite dances. With songs from a variety of music legends, such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Whitney Houston, Michael Buble and Michael Jackson, played by an amazing band, this show will give you the ultimate modern take on ballroom dancing. The audience will be hooked and dancing in the aisles for Brendan Cole Live and Unjudged. The summer may or may not bring sizzling weather, but Brendan brings scorching dancing to Royal & Derngate. BREDAN COLE is at the Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP on Thurs 27 May at 7.30pm. Tickets cost ÂŁ25/ÂŁ28/ÂŁ32. Call the box office on 01604 624811 or go online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WEDNESDAY 12 MAY Performed in-the-round to an eclectic soundtrack which includes Sparklehorse, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age and György Ligeti, this startling new piece of work will plunge the imagination into a raw arena of the otherworld. Time shifts and figures from myth and ritual collide; Gods emerge amongst frenzied cheerleaders, murderous strangers, dogs of war and bedraggled homecoming queens, in a heart-searching dance work of savage beauty. Love and War is the Mark Bruce Company’s latest fulllength production since its critically acclaimed Sea of Bones, which earned reviews like the following “Bruce’s choreography has never looked more inventive, with classically based moves

twisted into ferocious gestures of destruction or strung out into decadent ennui. The dancers are excellent.” The Guardian The Mark Bruce Company was formed in 1991 as a vehicle for the uncompromising dance theatre of Mark Bruce. Its work pushes the boundaries of style and expectations, whilst remaining rooted in a strong choreographic language; it stakes out territory unoccupied by any other English dance company.

tion of Irish dance and culture, presented with sophistication and vibrancy.” The Hollywood Reporter acclaimed, “the sort of spectacle and experience that comes along once in a lifetime.” This series of dates in 2010 represent the final chance for UK Riverdance fans old and new to experience a truly phenomenal piece of theatrical en-

tertainment, back by popular demand. Don’t miss out!

LOVE AND WAR is at The Castle Theatre, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA on Weds 12 May at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14/£12 (schools £8). Birthday members 15% off. Call the box office on 01933 270 007 or visit: www.thecastle.org.uk.

Riverdance *SJTI%BODFTQFDUBDVMBSIFBET UP/PUUJOHIBN TUES 11 - SUN 16 MAY Live Nation is proud to announce the final dates of the Riverdance Farewell Tour in ten cities across the UK from March 2010 to include Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall from Tuesday 11 – Sunday16 May. This is the last chance for UK audiences to see the show rightly described by the Irish Times as “The Original...The Best”, there can be no further extension and there are no further dates to be released. “2010 will mark the show’s 15th anniversary and, since 1995, the success of RIVERDANCE in the UK has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew mem-



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ber who have dedicated themselves to the show. We look forward to this farewell tour of the UK as it was always our intention to end on a high note.” Composed by Bill Whelan, Produced by Moya Doherty and Directed by John McColgan, the full-length show opened in February 1995 in the Point Theatre, Dublin and Riverdance has performed across the UK where it has been experienced by over 2.9 million people in well over 1000 performances in 18 cities and the show has lost none of its magic. The worldwide TV audience for Riverdance is in excess of 2 billion people. Riverdance has received rave reviews across the world but perhaps the simplicity of The Guardian’s verdict sums it up: “Dance does not often get so good.” Riverdance is a celebra-

RIVERDANCE is at the Nottingham Royal Centre, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND. Tickets cost £21-£41 Tues 11 to Sun 16 May. Call the Box Office on 0115 989 5555 or visit: www. royalcentre-nottingham.com.


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gether with never before seen content, leaving audiences stunned and spellbound. Strictly Come Dancing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Professionals is a celebration of the glitz, glamour and passion of Ballroom and Latin from the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dancing elite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a must see for fans of the TV series and dance enthusiasts of all ages! STriCTlY COMe DANCiNg - The PrOfeSSiONAlS is at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road Leicester LE1 7RU Mon 24 to Sat 29 May. For tickets call the box office on 0116 233 3111 or visit www.demontforthall.co.uk

exceptional dance from Brazil $PNQBOIJBEF%BODB%FCPSBI$PMLFS TueS 4 & WeD 5 MAY Founder of one of the most exciting and athletic dance companies in the world, Deborah Colker has always left audiences awe-inspired by the sheer daring and sexiness of her choreography, and her latest piece Cruel lives up to her reputation. Inspired by ordinary stories in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives, that involve love, lovers, and family bonds that bind and unbind, Cruel takes place over four acts, which explore different aspects of the unpleasantness that can take

place within personal relationships. The piece opens as a glamorous study of romantic love, with the dancers sweeping across the stage in beautiful costumes under a huge glowing white globe. Later violence is explored as a 5 metre long table is spun around as knives are thrown on it. The final section features four large, revolving mirrors, with a porthole through which the dancers move, throwing disturbingly surreal images of their bodies

onto the giant glass. The accompanying soundtrack to all this gorgeously danced, daring physicality is a mix of originally composed music, references to classical music and the layering of Brazilian urban beats. Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 May. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or go online at www. royalandderngate.co.uk

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FRI 28 - SAT 30 MAY Back by popular demand, Tall Stories’ live adaptation of children’s favourite picture book The Gruffalo takes to the Derngate stage from Friday 28 to Saturday 30 May. Touring nationally and internationally since 2001, this magical musical adaptation of the best selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler has been performed over 4000 times to over a million people the world over! The award-wining book was recently voted the nation’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners and even hit the small screens on Christmas Day in a star studded TV adaptation on BBC! Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark

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wood... meet a wheelerdealer Fox, an eccentric old owl, a maraca-shaking, party mad snake! Mouse can scare away these hungry animals with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, But what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined...? The Gruffalo is an ideal introduction to theatre for preand primary school children and their families, with plenty of songs, laughs and fun for children aged 3 to 300. Delve into the magical world of The Gruffalo... THE GRUFFALO is at the Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP. Tickets from £8. Call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Twinkle Twonkle 3FBDIGPSUIFTUBST SATURDAY 22 MAY The Castle are delighed to welcome back Tall Stories with their latest show for young people, Twinkle Twonkle. This is the perfect introduction to theatre for young children, and will be performed at The Castle on Sat 22 May, 11am & 2pm. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. Stella loves the stars. Every evening she gazes at them through her telescope. But one night her little brother Ryan wishes on a star, extends the telescope all the way

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and starts climbing up it. Stella follows him. But something is wrong in the night sky. There’s Pegasus the flying horse – but there’s also a cow jumping over the moon. And the Great Bear and the Little Bear have been joined by a medium-sized bear… Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, presents its latest show, for everyone aged 4 and up. Inspired by nursery rhymes and the Big Bang – stories, music and the mystery of space lift

TWINKLE TWONKLE is at The Castle Theatre, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA on Sat 22 May at 11am and 2pm. Tickets cost £6/£8 (family of 4 £24). Birthday members 15% off. Call the box office on 01933 270 007 or visit: www.thecastle.org.uk


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day 5 June, this show will be a fantastic family outing for half term week. HORRIBLE SCIENCE is at the Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP. Tickets from £11. Call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

An Audience with the Chuckle Brothers $FMFCSBUJOHZFBSTPG$IVDLMFWJTJPO SATURDAY 22 MAY Having completed the 21st series of the ever successful series “ChuckleVision” for the BBC. Paul and Barry have decided to interact live with their audience and fans . In this ‘one off’ tour special they will be showing film clips of some of their favourite routines. As well as performing some of your favourite live routines with supporting artistes, the Chucklebrothers will talk about how it all started for them. They will speak about the most memorable “incidents” of their career which changed their lives and turned them in to becoming

one of Britain’s best loved family double acts. Have your questions ready as Mr Noslacking and Mr Getoutofit will be moving through the audience with microphones’ get your questions to put to Paul and Barry. Who knows, you may even be asked on stage to join them. AN AUDIENCE WITH THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS is at the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on 22 May at 2pm. Tickets from £xx. Call the box office on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or visit: www.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk

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Sun 2 THE STONES Cuttle Inn Rugby HAWKWIND ALL DAYER The Assembly Leamington Spa Mon 3 BIFFY CLYRO De Montfort Hall Leicester JASON AND THE SCORCHERS The Musician Leicester CURTIS STIGERS The Stables Milton Keynes Tue 4 AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD De Montfort Hall Leicester ROCKET MAN Belgrade Theatre Coventry THE FALL Rock City Nottingham Wed 5 ASH Roadmender Northampton KISS LG Arena Birmingham Fri 7 GLEN CAMPBELL De Montfort Hall Leicester

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Gordan Giltrap and (inset) Vinny Garbutt THU 13 & FRI 28 MAY Not one but two gentle guitar heroes at The Castle this month, and both of them in dire danger of getting labelled a ‘national treasure’. There’s a lot more to Gordon Giltrap than the BBC Holiday theme ‘Heartsong’: on seven or eight touring guitars he’ll be tripping out thousands of notes

from his latest album, Shining Morn, which combines rock, blues, folk and classical to unique effect. And so to folk hero Vinny Garbutt, variously described as powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. After 40 years on the road, kindly distributing his humour and poignant song all over the folkie world,

it’s time to get sprinkled with his magic twangy guitar… and whistling. GORDON GILTRAP is on Thurs 13 May. VIN GARBUTT is on Fri 28 May. Both at The Castle Theatre, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA. For tickets call the box office on 01933 270 007 or online at www.thecastle.org.uk.


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Big Session is there is always a safe haven to keep dry in our indoor spaces and covered outdoor areas so we do our best to make sure you have a great time and stay as dry as possible! In 2009 and 2008 De Montfort Hall won the Greener Festival Award and were given a special Red Kite Mark for Their efforts to make the festival as

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Kate Rusby environmentally friendly as possible. Confirmed acts for 2010 include The Proclaimers, Kate Rusby, Oysterband, Cara Dillon, Dreadzone and Stornoway. Friday line-up: THE Proclaimers, Cara Dillon, The Rockingbirds, Chris Wood, Ian King, John Smith, Ray Cooper, Julian Gaskell & The Ragged Trouser Philanthropists, 6 Day Riot. Saturday line-up: Kate Rusby, Dreadzone, Stornoway, Holy Bandits, Chumbawamba, Nancy Elizabeth, Damien Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;kane, Whapweasel With Gor-

don Potts, Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls, Tyde, Moulettes, The Ranelagh Renegades, Raghu Dixit, Blair Dunlop. Sunday line-up: Oysterband, Jackie Oates, Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman, Dervish, Megson, Kerfuffle, Will Pound & Dan Walsh, James Findlay, Moulton Morris. . THE BIG SESSION FESTIVAL is on Fri 18 - Sun 20 June at De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Leicester.. Go to

www.bigsessionfestival.com for the latest information.

Lesley Garrett /PSUIBNQUPOBVEJFODFTIBWFUIFDIBODFUPFOKPZ#SJUBJOoTNPTUQPQVMBSTPQSBOP FRIDAY 7 MAY Renowned for her unique talents which cover opera, radio, television, concerts and the West End, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel and The Sound of Music and appeared on television in Strictly Come Dancing, Loose Women and Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. In this concert, Lesley presents a recital evening of songs and arias from well known operas, musicals and popular music. Accompanied by pianist Andrew West and joined by a special guest singer, this sensational

concert will include a selection of pieces from the likes of Mozart, Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Rodgers and Hammerstein, plus many more. Onstage, Lesley has developed a reputation for caring about her audience and establishing an intimate rapport with them, sweeping them off their feet with her down to earth charm and glorious voice, and this concert will be no exception. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this opportunity to see the graceful star perform live on the Derngate stage.

LESLEY GARRETT is on Fri 7 May at 7.30pm. Tickets from ÂŁ29. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624 811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

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THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND Royal Spa Centre Leamington JANE TAYLOR The Stables MK RIHANNA + PIXIE LOTT LG Arena Birmingham Sat 8 UK PINK FLOYD Queen’s Hall Nuneaton Sat 8 UK PINK FLOYD Queen’s Hall Nuneaton THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN The Stables Milton Keynes BLACK EYED PEAS + CHERYL COLE LG Arena Birmingham Sun 9 KATHRYN TICKELL BAND The Stables Milton Keynes Tue 11 SHONEN KNIFE The Musician Leicester Wed 12 NME RADAR TOUR: HURTS + EVERYTHING EVERYTHING + DARWIN DEEZ Roadmender Northampton Thu 13 A ‘60S NIGHT OUT: THE FORTUNES + THE IVY LEAGUE Loughborough Town Hall THE BARRON KNIGHTS Tamworth Assembly Rooms Sun 16 MR HUDSON Roadmender Northampton Sun 16-Mon 17 WHERE WE ARE TOUR: WESTLIFE LG Arena Birmingham Tue 18 BOO HEWERDINE The Musician Leicester ALVIN STARDUST Loughborough Town Hall ERIC CLAPTON + STEVE WINWOOD LG Arena Birmingham Wed 19 DAVID ROVICS + ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER The Criterion Leicester RAY DAVIES The Royal Centre Nottingham

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Art imitating life $PNFEZPSQPQ UIF$PODIPSETSPDL MONDAY 10 MAY Tourist to New York taxi driver: “How do you get to Madison Square Garden?” Taxi driver: “Lady, you gotta practice.” Showbiz’s oldest truism – or is it just a joke? – gets a postmodern bashing on this Flight of the Conchords live

tour. No longer do you need to practice to sell out tickets around the Western world – you just need an HBO comedy series about a couple of nohoper Kiwi musicians lost in New York (based on an actual band), and then you can go ahead and play your brilliantly wordy, stripped-down punk

funk to the huge audience it deserves. Hats in the air for the Rhyme Rhinoceros and the Hip-hoppopotamus.

FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS are at NIA Birmingham on Mon 10 May. For tickets visit: www.thenia.co.uk

Pop motherlode (SPPWZHSPPWFTSFWJTJUFE THU 6, THU 20 & SAT 29 MAY Twenty-five years ago, a bunch of formerly hep cats who hadn’t hit the charts in 20 years embarked on the very first Solid Silver ‘60s Show, a nostalgic celebration of the power of guitars and tunes and simpler times. The assembled cast changes every year according to, ahem, availability, but here’s a line-up to rank with the best ever. Reading like a who’s who of early-to-mid ‘60s multi-hit wonders, we’re talking Dave

Berry (minus his Cruisers, but he won’t forget ‘The Crying Game’, Mike Pender out of the Searchers (‘Needles and Pins’) and Brian Poole of Tremeloes fame (‘Do You Love Me’) – all THE SOLID SILVER ‘60S SHOW is on Thurs 6 May at Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk Thurs 20 May at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, LE1 7RU.

backed by Vanity Fayre. Plus! The Swinging Blue Jeans (‘Hippy Hippy Shake’). And the best of the lot: the mighty Troggs, complete with Reg ‘Wild Thing’ Presley. Phew. For tickets call the box office on 0116 233 3111 or visit: www.demontforthall.co.uk Sat 29 May at Nottingham Royal Centre, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND. For tickets call the box office on 0115 989 5555.


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*UoTUIFOPXTPVOEPGe SAT 8 & THU 13 MAY Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no neater showcase of Sunderlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Futureheads than their own website â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can guess â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which slaps the cool new single â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heartbeat Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; right into your lugs with a comedy video to keep your wandering amused. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if XTC had been walking out with The Cure on a happy day and, by some strange miracle, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d begat four speedy guitar-licking kids with canny North-East accents. Boingy basslines, cheesewire guitars, wit and

clattering thrust. Enough to make you feel nostalgic for Franz Ferdinand, almost. But best steer clear of that website if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the office and singing and bouncing along would be inadvisableâ&#x20AC;Ś THE FUTUREHEADS are on Sat 8 May at Kasbah Coventry. Thurs 13 May at New Roadmender, 1 Ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane, Northampton, NN1 3AH. For tickets call the box office on 01604 230638 or visit: www.purplehaus.com

Tommy Castro 64#MVFTTUBSDPNFTUP-FJDFTUFS TIJSFPO6,MFHPG8PSME5PVS FRiDAY 14 MAY Born in San Jose, California, Tommy Castro has made a name for himself all over the world, a fact endorsed by winning the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer Of The Year. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the UK for a couple of weeks as part of a tour taking him from California to Warsaw. Straight from performing in Glasgow and before stopping at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz CafĂŠ, Tommy will be stopping off at Wilbarston Village Hall on Friday May 14th. Quoted by Carlos Santana as â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the person who has the voice, the sound, and the intentions, to touch everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

heart.â&#x20AC;? This is truly a Blues evening not to be missed. TOMMY CASTRO is at Wilbarston Hall, Carlton Road, Leicestershire, LE16 8QD on Friday May 14th Tickets ÂŁ15 advance For more info, go online to www.loudpromotions.co.uk

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Thu 20 BRITISH SEA POWER Y Theatre Leicester THE COUNTERFEIT STONES The Stables Milton Keynes Fri 21 MOSTLY AUTUMN The Stables Milton Keynes JAMIE CULLUM The Royal Centre Nottingham Sat 22 GRETCHEN PETERS The Stables Milton Keynes

Got the 2010 Blues *UoTUIFCBSSFWPMVUJPOe WED 12 & MON 17 MAY You might think the Blues is kinda old hat, a strictly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s affair with middle-aged white men sitting in the corner pulling faces over their guitar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or maybe you remember the original mid-war explosion

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but either way, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new Blues boom with new faces and new guitars in town. Oli Brown is only 19, but his debut â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Open Roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; showcased an incredible talent, and pointed the way forward for many other acts.

Sat 22 - Sun23 May ROD STEWART NIA Birmingham Mon 24 CHRISTY MOORE Warwick Arts Centre Coventry

NEW GENERATION BLUES are on Wed 12 May at The Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NF. For tickets call the box office on 01926 523001 or visit: www.leamingtonassembly.com Mon 17 May at The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU. For tickets call thr box office on 01908 280800 or visit: www.stables.org

Tue 25 - Thu 26 ERIC BIBB + MEGAN HENWOOD The Stables Milton Keynes Thu 27 THE CAVERN BEATLES The Castle Wellingborough Fri 28 GEORGE BENSON + MARTI PELLOW NIA Birmingham Tue 1 Jun BILLY OCEAN The Stables Milton Keynes JAzz & CLASSICAL Fri 7 LESLEY GARRETT RECITAL Derngate Northampton Fri 14 CRAzY LOVE TOUR: MICHAEL BUBLE LG Arena Birmingham Sat 15 THE DUTCH SWING COLLEGE BAND The Stables Milton Keynes Sun 16 JAzz X 3 Y Theatre Leicester Sat 22 FOUR SEASONS: THE ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN Bedworth Civic Hall Bedworth Thu 27 IAN SHAW The Castle Wellingborough

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Joanne Shaw Taylor, her blues guitar and her gravelly vocal were discovered by Dave Stewart of the Euryrthmics: hear her â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;White Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. And finally thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Virgil & The Accelerators, the eponymous guitarist aged 18 and his bro Gabriel on drums just 16. Move over Jimi: youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been dead 40 years.

Just champion &DMFDUJDNJYBU6,oTUPQWFOVF THU 6, TUE 11 & SAT 22 MAY The fabulous refurbed Art Deco temple known as The Assembly in Leamington has

only gone and won this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best UK Venue Award! Congratulations to Becky and Vas and all involved! It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just the venue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the brilliant booking policy that sets the Assembly apart â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as demonstrated by these three eclectic choices from the mustsee schedules. Our Tip of the Month is Brit strummer-siren Thea Gilmore, whose haunting and dramatic works recalls Annie Lennox and Maria McKee at their best. Uncut mag labelled Gilmore â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best British singer-songwriter of the last 10 years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and then some.â&#x20AC;? Sample the vibe on myspace. Great to hear the Alabama

3 havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been buried out in the back country, and are back for a rave-up in our neck of the woods, spilling out more of the fuzzy, acid-house blues that was picked up as the theme to The Sopranos. Ditto punk godfathers The Damned, ever a ferocious, fun-packed prospect liveâ&#x20AC;Ś THEA GILMORE is on Thurs 6 May. ALABAMA 3 are on Tues 11 May. THE DAMNED are on Sat 22 May. All at The Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NF. For tickets call the box office on 01926 523001 or visit: www.leamingtonassembly.com


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F70C{B>= Released FRiday 7th a NiGhtMaRe ON elM stReet Freddy Krueger returns in â&#x20AC;&#x153;a Nightmare on elm street,â&#x20AC;? a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. FOUR liONs Four lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. as the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. FURRy VeNGeaNCe led by an incredibly clever raccoon, a band of angry animals stymie the plans ofan ambitious young real estate developer dan sanders, and teach our hero about the environmental consequences of manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encroachment on nature. GeNtleMeN BRONCOs Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loner whose passion for writing leads him on an journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier, and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prolific homespun filmmaker.

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Robin hood "OEIJTNFSSZNFOSFUVSOHMPSZUP &OHMBOEPODFBHBJO Release date: May 14 Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robin Hood,â&#x20AC;? whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his merry men confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Either thief or hero, the man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people. The Robin Hood adventure portrays the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s army against the French.

Upon Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn her hand and save the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct the injustices under the sheriff. With their country weakened after years of war, the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off

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THE REBOunD sandy, upon discovering her husband’s infidelity while watching her son’s birthday video, leaves the suburbs and moves into the city where she meets a new man.

8JMMJUBMMUVSOPVUUPCFQPTJUJWF RElEAsE DATE: MAY 7 After years of dating, Zoe has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. On the day of her artificial insemination, Zoe meets Stan – a man with real possibilities. Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hide the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. When Zoe nervously reveals the reason for her unpredictable behavior, Stan commits fully and says he’s in. Never before has love seen a courtship where a wild night

of love involves three in a bed – Stan, Zoe and the ever— present massive pregnancy pillow. Or, where “date night” consists of being the “focal point” at a near—stranger’s water birth which does for kiddie pools what “Jaws” did for swimming in the ocean. The real pregnancy test comes when both of them realize they really don’t know each other outside of hormonal chaos and birth preparations. With the nine month clock ticking, both begin to experience cold feet. Anyone can fall in love, get married and have a baby but doing it backwards in hyper— drive could be proof positive that they were made for each other.

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HEARTlEss The story follows Jamie, a troubled young man with a birthmark on his face, which has left him feeling isolated and fearful. He lives in the east end of london, an area notorious for its violent, hooded, demon mask wearing gangs. One night, Jamie discovers the terrifying truth: the gangs are not wearing masks. They are real demons.

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PRInCe OF PeRsIa: tHe sands OF tIMe an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. a rogue prince (JaKe GYllenHaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (GeMMa aRteRtOn) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of reverseing time and allowing its possessor to rule the world. stReetdanCe 3d While training for the uK streetdance Championships, a streetdance crew are forced to work with Royal ballet dancers in return for rehearsal space. With no common ground and with passions riding high, they realise they need to find a way to join forces to win. Featuring diversity, Flawless, and George sampson. --------------------------------Released FRIdaY 28tH BlaCK deatH With Medieval england having fallen under the shadow of the Black death, a young monk called Osmund (eddie Redmayne) is charged with leading fearsome knight ulric (sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. their quest is to hunt down a necromancer — someone able to bring the dead back to life. seX and tHe CItY 2 Carrie, samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster. tHe tOOtH FaIRY dwayne Johnson returns to family comedy with this film that has the brawny ex-wrestler forced to be a tooth fairy.

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Vincere "UBMFPGQPXFS MPWFBOECFUSBZBM Release date: MaY 14 This unusual and offbeat historical drama rests on a little-known conceit. Though rarely discussed in history books, fascist dictator Benito Mussolini conceived an illegitimate son by a woman named Ida Dalser -- a son Mussolini allowed to be born, acknowledged, and then denied for the whole of his life. The tale begins in early 20th century Milan, with Benito working as the socialist editor of a controversial newspaper called Avanti. His dream in life involves leading the Italian masses away from monarchy and toward a “socially emancipated future.” He met the young and wealthy Ida once before, in Trento; then they reencounter one another during Mussolini’s period at Avanti and Ida has fallen deeply in love with Benito; she believes wholeheartedly in his ideals and his future as the leader

of Italy -- to such an extent that she sells everything she has to fuel the development of his newspaper, Popolo d’Italia. While the two become romantically entangled, with Ida completely magnetized by Benito’s charisma and Benito hooked on a lust for power, he quickly switches allegiances overnight, changing from an atheistic socialist to a deeply Catholic fascist -- Catholic, because association with the Vatican will enable him to take control over Italy’s government. Benito and Ida marry and have a son, but the marriage certificate soon conveniently disappears and Ida learns, to her horror, that Benito has married someone else. She unwisely begins to protest the situation -- so loudly and persistently that she’s first forced into house arrest and then shoved permanently into an insane asylum --

raising key questions about the fate and future of her young son.

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I am love 5JMEB4XJOUPOEB[[MFTJO*UBMJBOESBNB *"N-PWFBUUIF'PSVN$JOFNB FRI 14 - sun 16 MaY Tilda Swinton plays Emma, a Russian woman married into a wealthy, aristocratic Milanese family. With every possible luxury at hand, Emma finds it hard to accept a growing dissatisfaction with her gilded existence. As the family gather to celebrate a family birthday and discuss the succession, secrets are unearthed and hidden passions ignited,

forcing the family to undergo a profound and irrevocable transformation. Featuring

a mesmerising score form composer John Adams, this sumptuous film enthrals right up to its dramatic climax.

CeRtIFICate: 15 GenRe: Drama dIReCtOR: Luca Guadagnino Cast: Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Marisa Berenson RunnInG tIMe: 120mins For screening times, please call 01604 837 007


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#JHUPQTIPXFNCPEJFTOBUJPOBM QSJEF 11th 16th mAy Gerry Cottle decided he was going to own Britain’s biggest ever circus the day his parents took him to see Jack Hilton’s circus in Earl’s Court in 1953. It was a Christmas treat and I was just eight years old.” Now a legendary showman, Gerry Cottle achieved his ambition. His life story is the stuff of story-books - the boy who ran away from home at 15 years old to join a travelling circus. Fêted as the man who breathed new life into Big Top entertainment Gerry Cottle now owns one of the Uk’s Biggest All Human Circuses. At its peak Gerry Cottle’s Circus hosted BBC TV’s Seaside Specials on Saturday nights on BBC1, performed UK tours, and indoor Christmas seasons at Wembley. Gerry Cottle’s Circus became the most travelled Circus in the world - a real ‘flying circus’! This year, to celebrate 50 years since he ran away from home, Gerry is bringing back Gerry Cottle’s Circus. The new look show will be a circus for the 21st century aimed at the family au-

dience and starring the finest performers from around the globe, and is coming to your Town. Gerry Cottle’s Circus 2010 features: • From Russia, twice the skill and twice the glamour the BUGROVI SISTERS on the deceptively dangerous Rola-rola • From Ukraine, the high-flying TERSKY BROTHERS, daring gymnasts on the horizontal bars • The TRIO BOKAFI high-flying Springboard acrobats from Hungary • The mystifying illusions of ROSS PRESTO • Elegant and original aerialiste ALINA in the Magic Cube • Hitge, solo trapeze star from Mongolia • PLUS RIB-TICKLING COMEDY with the CIRCUS CLOWNS And lots more besides….

The GERRY COTTLE’s CIRCUS performs at CAMPBELL PARK, MILTON KEYNES every day from 11th to 16th May. Call the box office on 0844 4155 228 Early bookers’ DISCOUNT at www.gerry-cottles-circus. co.uk

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Sat 1 RUTLAND COMEDY NIGHT: JACK WHITEHALL Rutland County Museum Oakham Sun 2 FAKESPEARE: RUSSELL KANE Warwick Arts Centre Coventry ANDI OSHO The Cannon Newport Pagnell Tue 4 WORD! Y Theatre Leicester Thu 6 THE COMEDY CLUB: Guest Comedians Wicksteed Park Kettering I WOULD HAPPILY PUNCH EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE FACE: FRANKIE BOYLE De Montfort Hall Leicester Sat 8 BOTTLE ROCKET COMEDY CLUB: MILTON JONES, ALUN COCHRANE + Y Theatre Leicester RUBY WAX: LOSING IT? Warwick Arts Centre Coventry Fri 14 CHRIS ADDISON The Castle Wellingborough To advertise your event in the East Midlands’ fastestgrowing guide to what’s going on and where to be seen, email sales@ wowwhatsonwhere.co.uk or call 01858 439 999

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4IBLFTPNFDPNFEZBDUJPOXJUI,BUZ SUN 23 & MON 31 MAY Katy Brand won a lot of friends with her set piece for this year’s Sport Relief, when her virtually step-perfect routine of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ only just missed out to Rufus Hound and his take on Cheryl Cole’s ‘Fight For This Love’. So it’s a good time to haul her Big Ass Show off the nether regions of ITV, and out on tour.

If you’ve ever caught the ITV2 show, you’ll be familiar with the East End gangster Her Majesty The Queen giving it 110%, and ‘Jack of all trades’ Lily Allen. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s what Freeview was invented for: like an all-dancing, all-dancing Catherine Tate, except funny. Expect the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz, Kanye West, Coldplay and Lady Gaga along for the laughs.

KATY BRAND’S BIG ASS TOUR is at on Sun 23 May at Warwick Arts Centre Coventry. For tickets call the box office on 024 7652 4524 or visit: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk Mon 31 May at Alexandra Theatre Birmingham. For tickets call the box office on 0844 847 2302 or visit: wwwalexandratheatre.org.uk


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Sun 16 THE WIFE’S NEW SHOES: BRADLEY WALSH Loughborough Town Hall DIE ROTEN PUNKTE The Stables Milton Keynes Wed 19 SCREAMING BLUE MURDER: ANDREW BIRD & KEVIN DEWSBURY The Stables MK FRIDAY 28 MAY Laura ‘Frisky’ Corcoran and Matthew ‘Mannish’ Jones had an Edinburgh smash on their hands with a self-styled musical reeducation programme based around pop hits such as ‘Come On Eileen’ and ‘Thriller’. The trick lies in their merciless exposition of all things pop as shockingly vacuous, utterly psychotic and/ or bizarrely hilarious. Mannish sure can play his keyboard, and Frisky sure can sing; and for

cheesy goth glamourpusses they’re both highly talented social critics. Hear Meat Loaf feigning the voice of a small child, and die just a little inside. Hear new existential meaning read into Chesney Hawkes’ ‘The One and Only’. Hear Lily Allen take on an entirely different slant when crooned by Noel Coward… and all this hilarious ‘reeducation’ dressed up in stockings, corsets, and heavy

goth eyeshadow. You’ll never think of the Bangles the same way again once you’ve heard them expose themselves as sex stalkers in ‘Eternal Flame’… FRISKY & MANNISH’S SCHOOL OF POP are on Fri 28 May. Castle Theatre, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA. For tickets call the box office on 01933 270 007 or visit: www.thecastle.org.uk.

Mustn’t Grumble News for You’. Expect a feast of low-angle observation. And cricket fans will be delighted to join in person the voice of a million Test Match

Fri 21 HIYA AND HIGHER: MRS BARBARA NICE (JANICE CONNOLLY) Y Theatre Leicester COMEDY & CLUB NIGHT: JUNIOR SIMPSON, NICK REVELL + Famous For Comedy Highlight Leicester Tue 25 PATRICK MONAHAN Kayal Restaurant Leicester

8FMM POMZJGZPVJOTJTUe WED 5 & WED 12 MAY Here’s a couple of quintessentially English comic characters, both appearing this month at The Stables – the trick is separating the men on stage from the characters they’ve created. In Andy Hamilton’s case, he’s put words into characters mouths in some of the best comedy TV of the past 30 years – Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey, Shelley, Not The Nine O’Clock News – but is probably best known as the bearded 5’3” Grumpy Old Man on ‘Have I Got

Thu 20 THE COMEDY CLUB: Guest Comedians Wicksteed Park Kettering REGINALD D HUNTER Loughborough Town Hall

Specials. That’s right: Blowers is a real person with real anecdotes – though sometimes it’s hard to believe he isn’t written by Harry Enfield…. BLOWERS: CAUGHT SHORT & GRUMPY: HENRY BLOFELD is on Wed 5 May. HAT OF DOOM: ANDY HAMILTON is on Wed 12 May. Both at The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU. For tickets call the box office on 01908 280800 or visit: www.stables.org

Wed 26 RUSSELL KANE The Crauford Arms Milton Keynes Thu 27 FUNHOUSE COMEDY NIGHT: IVAN BRACKENBURY & PAUL RICKETTS The Walnut Tree Inn Northampton Sat 29 THE BEST OF LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL: ROB ROUSE, MARK OLVER & DOC BROWN Y Theatre Leicester PAUL MERTON’S IMPRO CHUMS Warwick Arts Centre Coventry

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Great things really do come in small packages

If you have any haircare questions you would like to ask our expert, please write to: Adam @ Vivid Hair, C/O WOW, 50 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DU.

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change is that it’s the season of the minis. I’m not talking about the iconic small car so lovingly produced on these fair shores, or indeed the equally iconic item of clothing designed to set pulses racing. No dear reader I’m talking about all the wonderful ‘mini’ hair products available to you. We have some great travel hair dryers from

ice diamond they are very handy for that weekend away & when combined with ice diamonds mini straighteners will add a touch of glamour to your suitcase. Both products come in a range of colours, and are priced at £28.99 each. We also have a range of products from Chill & Davines in travel size please come to the salon to see our selection. At Vivid we have launched a new loyalty card scheme

& have just had some great vouchers printed by those wonderful people at Pewter Design. So if you fancy treating yourself of someone you love this spring then Vivid might just have what you are looking for. Adam VIVID HAIR is at 44 St Marys Road, Market Harborough LE16 7DU. To book an appointment telephone 01858 468 394


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This treatment involves exfoliation on areas of concern, then using a contouring gel and TechniSpa the benefits of this is it breaks down areas of cellulite, dissolves any toxins or build up of cellulite and firms the skin. After one session; on average 1.5cm loss on waist.

If you have any beauty questions you would like to ask our expert, please write to: Kara @ Beauty Manor, C/O WOW, 50 St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DU.

After 1 session 0.6cm loss on thighs.

4PPUIJOH -FH 5SFBUNFOU NJO~ Soothing Legs is ideal for anyone suffering with water retention, decongests the tissues, reboosts the circulation puffiness around the knees and ankles. It drains any excess fluid away leaving your legs feel light and relieved. 9 out of 10 women are affected by heavy, uncomfortable legs. Why? Standing for long periods of time, Heat, Clothing and Diet.

'JSNJOH5SFBUNFOU NJO~ The firming treatment uses a stimulation current working on the origin and insertion of the muscles, causing the to contract and tone. Perfect for them areas that can not be

toned up in the gym! Courses are available in all treatments and consultations are FREE. I will be honest, with all the cellulite treatments and products available in the beauty industry I wondered if this one would actually work, but as usual its another amazing treatment by Guinot. I am completely bewildered by the results and am so pleased with

the comments from by clients, this will definitely be a hit for the summer holidays! Kara Beauty ManOr is above Browns Hairdressing, Manor House, High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NL. To book an appointment telephone 0844 999 4365 www.thebeautymanor.co.uk

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Here comes the summer... #FBDI#PEZ-FHT$PSF#PEZXFJHIU8PSLPVU It’s that time of year again when your beach holiday is getting closer and the fear of not having your body in shape ready for the beach starts to kick in. Personal Trainer and Fat Los Specialist Nicky Sehgal shows you how you can get your legs and core muscles in great shape ready for the summer season with one of his time friendly body weight workouts Here is a workout we use at our fitness boot camps (www. bodyfitnessbootcamps.co.uk), the workout will help you shape and tone your legs and core muscles as well as giving your body a metabolic boost for up to 4 hours after the workout, this

means you will burn fat for up to 4 hours post workout due to what is called the EPOC effect (Exercise post oxygen consumption) It’s an all in one workout; no need for extra cardio work so is a real time saver. The workout will take you between 10 and 30 minutes depending on your fitness levels and how many circuits you can perform. BOdy Fitness PersOnal training Is at Archway Natural Health Centre 44 Coventry Road Market Harborough, LE16 9BZ Tel: 01858 810420 Mob: 07939 056745

ask our expert, please write to: Nicky at Body Fitness, C/O WOW, 50 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DU.

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Sunday Specials at the Waterfront &UFSOBMGBWPVSJUFTBOENPSFBEWFOUVSPVTPQUJPOTBU )BSCPSPVHIoTOFXDBOBMTJEFSFTUBVSBOU Who would have thought it would be possible to sit outside and enjoy a pre-Sunday lunch aperatif on the Waterfront’s canalside patio, sun glinting off the water and the bobbing boats – in April? Coming in out of the fresh air, it was then possible to settle down with a large glass of Merlot and enjoy the theatrical bustle of the open-plan kitchen, contrasting with the peaceful vision of the canal. A perfect start to a perfect Sunday lunch. Like its sister restaurant at Foxton Locks, The Waterfront offers a solid foundation of traditional, high-quality dishes with an exciting sprinkling of options for more adventurous tastes. Also, from our point of view, it was great to see a sensibly priced and wholly appealing children’s menu provided. For starters, the smoked

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salmon, prawn and horseradish fishcake (£4.95) hit the spot perfectly, an explosion of tastes

creeping up out of the fresh seafood and freshly prepared mache leaves and caper berry

mayonnaise. The Waterfront crayfish cocktail was similarly appetising; but Sunday dinner is all about meat, and at this time of week a restaurant can only really be judged on its Scottish sirloin of beef with creamed horseradish and Yorkshire pud. A perfectly pink, expertly sealed and delivered joint, ample in portion and good value at £10.95 – though I did have my head turned by a revisionist Sunday luncher’s slow-cooked, winesoaked pork belly with black pudding and smoked bacon. A new Sunday tradition.

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Starry potters 'JOFTURVBMJUZDFSBNJDBSUBU %FSOHBUF UNTIL 18 JULy Running throughout May at 78 Derngate’s Gallery Upstairs is a wonderful exhibition of the potter’s art, expertly selected from prestigious national shows such as the Crafts Council’s ‘Origin’ at Somerset House and Ceramic Art London at the RCA. Contemporary Ceramics does exactly what it says on the

pot – showcasing a wide range of work from fine porcelain to rough-hewn earthenware, from functional pieces to decorative flights of fancy. And these creations of the ceramic scene’s stars aren’t just here to admire and delight, but can all be taken home to treasure. Entry to the exhibition is free; but beyond the door you’ll be at the mercy of London-based Chris Keenan’s signature ‘rocking bowls’ in thrown Limoges porcelain; local Northampton potter Wendy Hoare’s sculptural, hand-built forms, and Nottinghamshire artist Sue Disley’s highly refined vases. As a taster, here’s one of Wales-based Sara Moorhouse’s experiments in colour changing form and form affecting colour. Dramatic and different. CONTEMPORARy CERAMICS will be at The Gallery Upstairs 78 Derngate: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries Northampton NNI IUH Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm www.78derngate.org.uk Tel: 01604 603 407

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Ideal shoe show 8IBUNBLFTBTIPFnJEFBMo 'JOEPVUBU/PSUIBNQUPO .VTFVNBOE"SU(BMMFSZ UNTIL 13 JUNE The exhibition will explore how different shoes are designed for different purposes, illustrating the difference between a shoe for hot weather and a shoe for cold weather, and how our shoes changes as we grow up and age. The exhibition will look at how shoe designers develop their designs and the different kinds of materials used to make a shoe ideal, how consumers choose their shoes and what makes a shoe ideal for them. Josie Hickin, Northampton Borough Council shoe heritage officer, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people will choose a pair of expensive heels because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important

for them to feel fashionable, whilst for others comfort, functionality and cost are paramount. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have a different definition of the ideal shoe depending on our tastes and lifestyles. The exhibition features work boots, school shoes and sports trainers and looks at the design and technology in making them ideal.â&#x20AC;? ThE IdEaL ShOE ShOW will be showing at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery until 13 June. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Admission is free.

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In a striking solo exhibition that brings life and light to the beautiful converted barn space of JGallery, figurative artist Susie Mendelsson summons up images from her past, from her dreams and from places altogether less sweet. Influenced by German expressionism and medieval art, Susie has exhibited nationally

and internationally, though no matter where her work goes on public display, there will always be a cavalcade of onlookers asking the questions Who? and Where? and When? And Why? Though the sources of her imagery are autobiographical, her anxious and sometimes even traumatic visions are always nakedly human, communicating universal concerns and emotions. Take a peek inside Susieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s psyche, and see what you recognise. SUSIE MENdELSSON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; INNER LIVES: UNGUaRdEd MOMENTS will be showing at JGallery in Northampton from Fri 7 May-27 June. www.jgallery.org.uk

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Transports of delight 'FTUJWBMGVOBT4OJCTUPO4UFBNT"IFBEe Sun 16 and MOn 31 May Snibston Discovery Museum’s second annual Transport Festival promises to become one of the county’s biggest events of the year – bigger and better than ever, and starring a steam locomotive called Linda! Steam lovers will be thrilled to take a £1.50 ride on the 1940 Royal Ordnance factory loco, which will be running on

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George Stephenson’s historic original colliery railway over the whole weekend; however, for just £75, those with a special penchant can buy a hands-on experience to prepare the locomotive for the day’s passenger trains. This includes a driving opportunity whilst shunting prior to the day’s operations. The Transport Festival will have something for all visitors

to the region’s largest interactive science, technology and design museum. The Battle of Britain Lancaster Bomber flyover will be a big draw, there’ll be vintage vehicles from the museum’s collections and local enthusiasts, plus trade stands, artists and music from organ grinders. For the kids, there’ll be a Thomas the Tank Engine bouncy castle, horseshoe painting and pony rides. And, two weeks later, Snibston’s Country Park hosts one of the eight biggest picnics out of thousands set to take place across the UK. The Bank Holiday Monday will be a great time to spend together as a family, enjoying some tradition-

al sports and games including egg-and-spoon and sack races, plus face painting and a bouncy castle for children. Kite making workshops are available before the event: they cost £4.50, and booking is required.

Sun 16 Transport Festival Show Day Mon 31 National Family Week Picnic 12pm - 3pm (Entry free to Country Park, Museum extra: standard charges apply) Snibston Discovery Museum Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3LN Tel: 01530 278444 www.snibston.com


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Rushden back in time 5BLFBUSJQUPUIF&EXBSEJBOUPXOe All set to open for its fifth year, Rushden Museum is proud to present an exclusive peek back in time to the Edwardian town. The community museum has recently benefited from £10,000 of Lottery funding, which has enabled the trustees, volunteers, Research Group and Collectors’ Circle involved in its running to invest in an eye-opening new exhibition. Two new timewarp shopfront displays have been made possible – the barber’s and the shoemaker’s – along with improvements in the popular interactive kiosk, where visitors can look up buildings, churches, schools and personalities central to the history of the town,

as well as contribute their own memories, photographs and artefacts. Look out for the Edwardian toys and games, Edwardian cameras and bottles, relics from the local shoe industry of 100 years ago – and keep an eye on the website for details of the Heritage Weekend Edwardian tea to be held at Knuston Hall Rushden MuseuM The Old Stable Block, Hall Avenue, Rushden NN10 9NG Open 2pm-4pm Saturdays and Sundays From Sat 1 May to October www.eastnorthantsonline.co.uk/ rushdenmuseum

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Babyfest "NJOJGFTUJWBMGPSNJOJQFPQMF MONDAY 31 MAY You enjoyed this last year, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; only bigger and better! Join us with your babies and toddlers for a day of play-centred festivity in the Hall and Gardens. All you need is an open mind and plenty of babywipes! Inside is the Play Garden, where toddlers can get stuck into all kinds of creative play, as well as activities for the newborns and babes in arms. Out in the gardens, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Messy Marquee with paint, jelly and rice-crispy mountains, a Music Marquee and Baby Disco so you can sing and dance all day, storytrails and a soft play area. When it all gets too much, flop in the new improved Chill Out room. With more shopping, food

stalls and a baby tea-room, what more do you need? Toddler heaven!

BABYFEST is at xxxxxxxxxxx on Mon 31 May. From 11am until 4pm.

Blaston Show

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SUNDAY 27 JUNE Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new management team, with the support of the Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many section chairmen, continue in their roles to organise this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Show with the aim of raising money for a variety of local charities, which last year were able to donate over ÂŁ1,000. The Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main ring displays will include tug of war, terrier racing, gymkhanas, driven ponies and show jumping. The many other attractions will include childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair rides, trade stands, rural crafts, a licensed bar and food outlets, classic cars, classic and vintage tractors, modern farming display, dog showing, hound showing and sheep and goat showing. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Show also will also feature a cattle exhibit.

SUN 30 & MON 31 MAY At Rookery Open Farm in Stoke Bruerne, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something special to look forward to on the calendar. No matter that the season for lambing may be just past, as the next fun phase of the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year is looming with a sheep shearing display at the end of May (Sun 30 and Mon 31, weather permitting). At the Open Farm, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a host of animals to get your hands on in a clean and safe environment. Horses. Pigs. Goats. Plus rabbits, guinea pigs, chipmunksâ&#x20AC;Ś And for junior animal spotters with nerves of steel, Thursday 2 June sees the arrival of the ever-popular Reptile Roadshow! Learning about farming, dif-

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Hoping for an even bigger and better Show this summer, the Blaston Show organisers are planning many new attractions. The Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chairman, Rupert West commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raising as much money as we can for local charities is our ultimate aim, but it is also important that this local rural show offers a great day out for everyoneâ&#x20AC;?. The 53rd Show will once again take place on the temporary Blaston Road showground which is located between the villages of Blaston and Slawston in Leicestershire. Bookings for all classes are now taking place. For full information about class bookings and the show, visit: www.blastonshow.co.uk

ferent breeds and animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; requirements comes as naturally as confidence around the critters as kids are encouraged to feed and stroke their favourites. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge playbarn with an inflatable tractor, together with all the tearoom refreshments youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect for mums and dads. An ideal kids party venue, too.

ROOkERY OpEN FARM Admission ÂŁ4.50 adults; ÂŁ4.00 children and senior citizens Open daily 10am-5pm except for Tuesdays Rookery Lane, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northants NN12 7SJ Tel: 01604 864855 www.rookeryopenfarm.com


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Babyfest "NJOJGFTUJWBMGPSNJOJQFPQMF MONDAY 31 MAY You enjoyed this last year, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; only bigger and better! Join us with your babies and toddlers for a day of play-centred festivity in the Hall and Gardens. All you need is an open mind and plenty of babywipes! Inside is the Play Garden, where toddlers can get stuck into all kinds of creative play, as well as activities for the newborns and babes in arms. Out in the gardens, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Messy Marquee with paint, jelly and rice-crispy mountains, a Music Marquee and Baby Disco so you can sing and dance all day, storytrails and a soft play area. When it all gets too much, flop in the new improved Chill Out room. With more shopping, food

stalls and a baby tea-room, what more do you need? Toddler heaven!

BABYFEST is at xxxxxxxxxxx on Mon 31 May. From 11am until 4pm.

Blaston Show

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SUN 30 & MON 31 MAY At Rookery Open Farm in Stoke Bruerne, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something special to look forward to on the calendar. No matter that the season for lambing may be just past, as the next fun phase of the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year is looming with a sheep shearing display at the end of May (Sun 30 and Mon 31, weather permitting). At the Open Farm, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a host of animals to get your hands on in a clean and safe environment. Horses. Pigs. Goats. Plus rabbits, guinea pigs, chipmunksâ&#x20AC;Ś And for junior animal spotters with nerves of steel, Thursday 2 June sees the arrival of the ever-popular Reptile Roadshow! Learning about farming, dif-

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Hoping for an even bigger and better Show this summer, the Blaston Show organisers are planning many new attractions. The Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chairman, Rupert West commented: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raising as much money as we can for local charities is our ultimate aim, but it is also important that this local rural show offers a great day out for everyoneâ&#x20AC;?. The 53rd Show will once again take place on the temporary Blaston Road showground which is located between the villages of Blaston and Slawston in Leicestershire. Bookings for all classes are now taking place. For full information about class bookings and the show, visit: www.blastonshow.co.uk

ferent breeds and animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; requirements comes as naturally as confidence around the critters as kids are encouraged to feed and stroke their favourites. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge playbarn with an inflatable tractor, together with all the tearoom refreshments youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect for mums and dads. An ideal kids party venue, too.

ROOkERY OpEN FARM Admission ÂŁ4.50 adults; ÂŁ4.00 children and senior citizens Open daily 10am-5pm except for Tuesdays Rookery Lane, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northants NN12 7SJ Tel: 01604 864855 www.rookeryopenfarm.com


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In the Market for art Museums at night 0O/PSUIBNQUPO.BSLFU4RVBSF ours to modern art, from original jewellery to beautiful corsages, pottery and sculpture. With local musicians, arts workshops for young people, delightful tea and buns from the Nook CafĂŠ, and other delicious stalls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can while-away your Sunday morning till the roast is ready! ReLeaSe Date: OCtOBeR 31 Market Square Northampton is gaining a reputation for bringing specialist markets in to the heart of the town, and providing space for the arts community to flourish. The thriving Art Markets provide a great place for artists and art lovers to meet and to sell their work, giving the opportunity to find gifts and items that are really original â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from watercol-

MARKET SQUARE Dates for the 2010 Art Markets: May 2nd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June 13th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 4th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug 1st â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept 5th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Oct 3rd 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm For more info or for an application form to trade â&#x20AC;&#x201C; contact: 01604 837829 mobile 07824 475606 email: lcarroll-wheat@northampton. gov.uk www.marketsquareevents.com

"OBUJPOBMDBNQBJHO FRI 14 - Sun 16 May Northampton Museum & Art Gallery is holding itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museums at Night event on Friday 14 May between 5.30pm and 10pm. This free event links with the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new exhibition entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Victoriansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the evening includes creative fun and story telling for adults and children. At 5.30pm children can watch a magic lantern show and listen to the stories told by Kevin Varty which are woven around the Victorian images. This show is suitable for children aged under 14. Later they can take part in various free activities. At 7.30pm, Kevin Varty will be giving a second magic lantern show and his stories will be suitable for older children aged twelve years and above. The evening will end with the

Looking Glass Theatre re-enacting spine chilling ghost stories at 8.45pm (suitable for those aged twelve and above). The evening event will have something for all ages and the museum will remain open until 10pm. All exhibition galleries will be open to visitors including the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Victoriansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exhibition which looks at life in Victorian Northampton through the eyes of a typical Northampton family. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Victoriansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is open for viewing from 5.30pm on Friday May 14th and runs until September 19th at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Contact the museum on 01604 838111 for current opening hours. Entry is FREE. Visit www.culture24.org. uk/museums@night for complete listings around the country.

english Wine Week &OHMJTI8JOFTIBWFGSVJUZBQQFBM Sat 29 May â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sun 6 June English wines will take centre stage this month, as local vineyards, wine merchants, farm shops, delicatessens, hotels, pubs and restaurants get involved in English Wine Week, which takes place from Saturday 29th May â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday 6th June. Vineyards across the country will be opening their doors to welcome visitors, offering tours, tastings and special offers. Other local and regional outlets will also be supporting English wines by holding in house tastings, special menus and many other events. It has never been a better time to promote English wines. They consistently gain top marks or awards in na-

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tional and international competitions. Crisp dry to medium dry whites, refreshing rosĂŠs, luscious dessert wines and light fruity reds also enjoy a wide appeal. What better way to enjoy the summer season than with a glass or two of delicious English wine? English wines are perfect partners to the wide range of outstanding English food, from seafood, light meats, to cheese and salads.

All events and participating outlets are listed by region and by date on the English Wine Week Website www. englishwineweek.co.uk, which is constantly updated.


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A dream come true! 5JN#BSOFT$MBZUFTUESJWFTUIF-PUVT&WPSB  Every little boy goes through a stage of liking cars and some, like me, simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow out of it. Much of my car addiction could be down to growing up in Norwich, only a few miles from the Lotus HQ in Hethel where THE Bond car of the seventies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Lotus Esprit S1 was made. The nearest I ever got to seeing my â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Spy Who Loved Meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dream car was on a sponsored cycle ride around the Lotus test track for the cubs. That seemed enough for me at the time, and I soaked up the atmosphere of that windswept former airfield as though I was somehow connected to Roger Moore and his 1977 Bond car with its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;underwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gadgetry. I was still giddy from excitement a few years later when the new Turbo Esprit featured in the 1981 film, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;For Your Eyes Onlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Yes, looking back, that is definitely where my addiction to cars came from.

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So, you can imagine my reaction when, after months of pestering from me, Lotus rang to see if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to test drive their new Evora 2+2 model. And guess what? The model I was being offered was in white â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just like the dream car Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d first clapped eyes on at the Norwich Odeon in 1977. To say I was excited would be an understatement. I was off to

Norfolk in a flash. After being shown around the Lotus factory and witnessing Evoras being skilfully and lovingly put together by local people rather than robots, I was more than itching to get behind the wheel of my 59 plate demo model. I was hooked from the moment I set eyes upon it. Once inside the Lotus Evora 2+2 you soon realise that the

worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only mid-engined fourseater is just as dramatic as its gratifyingly styled exterior. The front leather seats are very comfortable, and touch sensitive switchgear abound. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d struggle to get all but the tiniest baby seats to fit the miniscule rear seats, but, fair play to Lotus, the rear bench is a useful storage area and is trimmed in black leather as


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standard, which gives the illusion that the car is only a twoseater. The boot is even decent enough to fit in two sets of golf clubs. Brilliant! The first thing I noticed about the Evora is how well it rides. The 3.5-litre V6 lump is tame in town, but it’s hard to mask the rich throaty burble of the power waiting to be unleashed. Hit the open roads and the Toyota-sourced powerplant simply pins you in your seat. The 5.1-second 0-62mph time blows you away, yet the Lotus still feels cool, calm and collected. The car’s brakes took me by surprise – they scrub off speed in a blink of an eye and yet the Evora is totally stable under heavy braking and the mid-engined layout gives the car terrific traction. As well as the ability to turn heads and its sheer driving pleasure the Evora’s combined cycle fuel economy figure of 32.5mpg is also something to be admired. In a day driving

from Norwich via Lincolnshire to Northamptonshire I got about 28 mpg - not bad considering I played about a little on the 100 mile journey home. The Norfolk based company has done an amazing job on this car. It’s utterly exciting to drive, it draws looks wherever it goes, it feels safe and it is an extraordinarily competent allrounder. All in all Group Lotus fulfilled my boyhood dreams by letting me drive this beautiful work of art. It’s something I won’t forget for a long time and nor will anyone else who gets behind the wheel of the stunning new Evora. LOtus EvOra 2+2 Max spEEd: 162 mph 0-62 mph 5.1 seconds COMbinEd MpG: 32.5 EnGinE LayOut: Mid-mounted, V6 petrol, 3456 cc pOWEr: 276 bhp @ 6400 rpm tOrquE: 258 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm CO2: 205 g/km priCE: : £49,875

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With their continued success since the Turtle Wax Wash Centre opened in Market Harborough last November, they have now upgraded and relocated to a prime position in Protheroes Service Station on the Northampton Rd. in Market Harborough. They opened ahead of schedule and offer a service that runs

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counter to our experience of every other car wash in the country. The team eagerly await delivery of their new uniforms to add to the finishing touches but if your car needs a clean donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay! The American car cleaning giant, who have lent their name and products exclusively to their first UK hand car wash should

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part, a week’s rugby tuition from England Rugby Under21 coach Paul Westgate is a wonderful adventure – likewise learning a part in a play or an instrument under expert tutelage. But beyond the camaraderie of the Harry Potterish dorms and the excitement of working towards an end-of-week performance, real and lasting skills are learned almost effortlessly along the way. Take advantage of the historic school’s state-ofthe-art facilities and beautiful surroundings, which in summer this wonderful old institution has the chance to share with the wider public. For more information about Summer School at Uppingham please call 01572 820800 or visit: www.uppinghamsummerschool.co.uk

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t was back in WOW issue 1 that we visited Lyveden New Bield, Sir Thomas Treshamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand Elizabethan summer house on the high plain east of Kettering and Corby. You may remember the haunting image of the roofless,

skeletal mansion that everyone imagines is a ruin, but is in fact a deserted building site. In 1605, when the lavishly rich gentleman farmer Sir Thomas Tresham died after a life of being hounded for his Catholic beliefs, the craftsmen working on the house and pleasure gardens downed tools and left, knowing they would never be paid. At Lyveden, the cruciform mansion, the elaborate ornamental garden and maze, the moats and orchards were all designed in mathematical divisions of three, five, seven and nine to symbolise the Trinity, Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wounds and the Stations of the Cross. Here in the grounds of Sir Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rushton Hall home near Desborough, his earlier,

5>;;H502CB F7>F74A4F7H. SIR THOMAS TRESHAM A landed politician at the end of the Elizabethan age and the beginning of the Stuart dynasty. Paid a fortune in fines for his Catholic beliefs, and died deep in debt. FRANCIS TRESHAM Inherited his father Sir Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lands upon his death in 1605, but later that year was involved in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament. Died in prison before he could be executed. RUSHTON HALL The magnificent, 15th-century Tresham family home, where a stone figure of Plenty sits above heavy timber doors flanked by carved armed knights. Now transformed into a luxury hotel and spa. www.rushtonhall.com LYVEDEN NEW BIELD In 1832 stonemasons working on Rushton Hall discovered hidden documents relating to the Gunpowder Plot and Sir Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s detailed plans for the Lyveden gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201C; now being created on site by the National Trust.

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more famous Triangular Lodge folly also shouts from the rooftops of its creatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forbidden Catholicism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tres Testimonium Dant,â&#x20AC;? reads one Biblical inscription: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There are three that give witness.â&#x20AC;? And so there are three walls of 33 feet each for the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Three gables, three floors, and sets of three windows decorated with triangles and trefoils (which figured handily in the Treshamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coat-of-arms). Looking over the beautifully preserved building today, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to be drawn into a game of spotting clues and solving

riddles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whole books have been written on the numbers, symbols and Biblical codes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; forgetting the deadly nature of the game that was being played out 400 years ago, when to demonstrate oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic faith was to risk the ultimate penance. Inside the building, the tight triangular rooms leading off hexagonal chambers bring to mind images of Tresham and his friends holding secret Masses in their curious private sanctuary, which must go down in history as the most suspicious rabbit warrenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lodge ever built.



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