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LIVE PROGRAMME

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COMMUNITY

INFORMATION ON US

SUMMER MAY - AUGUST 2012

VISUAL ARTS

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INFORMATION ON US

Executive Director Gail Arnott Box Office: 01933 270 007

Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm or until 6pm when there is no event.

Admin: Fax: Address: Website:

01933 229 022 01933 229 888 The Castle, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA www.thecastle.org.uk

Bookings Priority Friends bookings open Mon 19 Mar 2012

LIVE

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From comedy to drama, music to dance, we have a wide range of live work that can all be found here.

FILM

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At only £5.50 per ticket, The Castle offers great value for money on film. Take a look!

PARTICIPATION

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If you prefer to ‘take-part’ then our participation section is for you.

COMMUNITY

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VISUAL ARTS

p 33 - 35

Online bookings open Wed 21 Mar 2012

General bookings open Fri 23 Mar 2012

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If you would like to get priority booking, then why not join The Friends of The Castle. Turn to page 32 for more information.

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Children’s Theatre You’re never too young to visit The Castle. We’ve four productions this season that are perfect for children aged 3+.

Group rate We offer group discounts on a wide number of Castle promoted shows. Look out for our group discount symbol throughout the brochure. Please call the Box Office for further information.

A wide range of visual art, from professional work to the work of talented local school children, can be found in our gallery.

INFORMATION ON US

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Everything else you need to know about The Castle can be found here.

DIARY AT A GLANCE

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For a quick and easy guide to what’s on when, check out the diary at a glance.

WELCOME The Summer season allows The Castle to major on what it does best, working in and with our local community, and this year we are very proud to announce our Community Production, Well…rough, an original play based on the thoughts and hopes of Wellingborough residents, created by writer Deborah Gearing, and brought to the stage by our Creative Projects Producer Sarah Chiswell and The Castle team. It is fitting that at this particular time we explore and celebrate the town we live and work in through theatre, because The Castle Wellingborough has at last agreed an operating contract with the Borough Council of Wellingborough that will cover the next ten years. In the economic climate nothing is certain, and we have had to make significant changes to our cost levels, but the Business Plan that has been approved by both The Castle Board, and the Council, puts quality and creative output at its centre, which is greatly reassuring. We look forward to continuing with the development of all the excellent work we carry out at The Castle and outside in the Borough, and we hope to see you here at The Castle over the summer.

Gail Arnott Executive Director


Presenting our new website…. We’re excited to be starting the summer season with the launch of our brand new website, from Mon 19 Mar! Features you can now enjoy include: ■

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Online discounts

A brand new-look mailing list

The latest show images and video content

We hope you’ll visit our new website and to start you off, why not use online promotional code NEWWEB10 to get 10% off your tickets to the selected shows marked with this icon*

*Offer is valid online only, subject to availability and is valid until Fri 11 May. Please note: Only 1 promo code can be used per order.

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Christmas is coming!

“If it is story and charm and a little bit of magic that you are after, then with Peter Pan you can’t go wrong” The British Theatre Guide

“Without doubt, the must-have ticket this season in the Northamptonshire area” The Stage (The Jungle Book 2010)

At The Castle, we just love Christmas and we think it’s never too early to start planning ahead for the biggest day of the year. If you’ve seen one of our recent Christmas productions, then you’ll know that you’re in for a treat as it’s guaranteed to be full of magic, laughs and adventure! The big announcement is coming soon and as we’re so friendly, we want to give you a gigantic early bird ticket offer!

Show Times Mon 10 Dec

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10am & 1pm

Tue 11 Dec

10am & 1pm

Wed 12 Dec

10am & 1pm

Thu 13 Dec

10am & 1pm

Fri 14 Dec

1pm & 7pm

Sat 15 Dec

2.30pm & 7pm

Mon 17 Dec

10am & 1pm

Tue 18 Dec

10am & 1pm

Wed 19 Dec

10am

Thu 20 Dec

2.30pm & 7pm

Fri 21 Dec

2.30pm & 5.30pm

Sat 22 Dec

2.30pm & 5.30pm

Mon 24 Dec

2.30pm

Wed 26 Dec

5.30pm

Thu 27 Dec

2.30pm & 5.30pm

Fri 28 Dec

2.30pm & 5.30pm

Sat 29 Dec

2.30pm & 5.30pm

Use promotional codes *HPXMAS* & get half price family tickets before Sun 8 Apr. Or *EBXMAS* to get £10 off a family ticket, right up until Fri 13 July. Promotional codes can be used online, in person or over the phone.* *Limited to 2.30pm, 5.30pm & 7pm performances. Please note: Only 1 promo code can be used per order.

Mon 10 – Sat 29 Dec £14 (£12) Family Ticket £48 (up to 4 inc 1 child) Groups 10+ £1 off Friends £1 off evening performances Genre: Family Musical


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WELCOME

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LIVE PROGRAMME

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Patrick Monahan – Hug Me I Feel Good Lovable comedian Patrick Monahan blends a high energy style with hilarious and engaging stories of his Irish/Iranian/Teeside heritage. Patrick performs this hit show direct from the Edinburgh Festival. Laugh and be hugged at the same time! The winner of ITV One’s Show Me The Funny! Kytsun Wolfe in

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The Image of Cliff & The Sounds of The Shadows

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Kytsun Wolfe & the Sounds of The Shadows are incomparable entertainers who are loved and supported all across the country, not only because of their exceptional talents, but also because no other act can recreate the illusion with such amazing accuracy. Their performance is so uncanny that fans all agree, the experience is truly magical and makes them feel as though they are back in their teens at an actual Cliff & The Shadows concert. Whether you are a fan or not, it cannot be denied that Cliff Richard & The Shadows are the most iconic Rock’n’ Roll act ever produced in the UK, and their music is still as popular today as it was back in the 50s and 60s. Fri 13 Apr, 7.30pm £18 (£16) Genre: Music

“Raised the roof” The Sun “Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen” Daily Mail “Funniest Show in Edinburgh” Guardian “Lovable stuff” Independent “Born to be a stand up” Metro

Wed 25 Apr, 8pm £15 Genre: Comedy


LIVE PROGRAMME

London Classic Theatre presents

Equus by Peter Shaffer

Don’t miss this celebration of wartime entertainment that brings the spirit of this era alive. Starring Marilyn Hill Smith, singing star from The Sound of Music & BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night plus a cast of favourite artistes; enjoy an afternoon of music, comedy and song.

Tue 1 May, 2.30pm £13 (£11) Groups 10+ £10 Genre: Music

In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives. Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan’s trust and the truth gradually emerges. Finally, as Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night. Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Wed 2 May, 7.30pm £16.50 (£14.50) Friends £1 off Genre: Drama

The Golden Eagle Jazz Band This fine band from the south of England make their Castle debut paying tribute to the music of the revival, playing New Orleans jazz the way it was meant to be played – with a powerful and melodic front line and a hard driving rhythm section. Described as ‘the band that has the New Orleans bounce’, the line-up features special guest John Lawes on clarinet.

Thu 3 May, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

Northern Soul Tour Featuring Edwin Starr’s band The Team with Angelo Starr & special guest Lorraine Silver.

The late great Edwin Starr’s brother Angelo Starr is the original music director of The Team. He has now taken over lead vocals performing all the fantastic Edwin Starr classics, plus dynamic performances of some great Northern Soul covers. The evening will also feature northern soul legend, Lorraine Silver, whose record, Lost Summer Love became iconic at the legendary Wigan Casino in the 70s and is still a massive record on the Northern Soul & scooter scene.

Fri 4 May, 7.30pm *NEW DATE* £20 (£18) Genre: Music

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We’ll Meet Again The Diamond Jubilee Show

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Hickman & Cassidy

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‘Transatlantic folk inspired by the traditions of America and Britain’ James Hickman and Dan Cassidy are Britain’s premiere transatlantic folk and roots duo. James Hickman provides emotive, soaring vocals and driving rhythm guitar while Dan Cassidy brings virtuosic fiddle playing to their unique interpretations of new and old folk music. Their show, presented with the quick-witted English homeliness of Hickman set against Cassidy’s dry humour and American drawl, offers a dynamic musical journey from past to present that effortlessly celebrates the connection between the British and American musical traditions. Fri 4 May, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

Saltmine presents

Image credits: Andrew Cleyndert

Image credits: Oliver Pengilley Photo Stills: by James White

LIVE PROGRAMME

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NC Jazz presents

The Pilgrim’s Progress Don Weller Quartet Following its sell-out tour of Scotland Hormonal Housewives is heading down south! Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate ... and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl! Did we mention men and chocolate? Grab your friends and head down to The Castle for a night of fun and frolics with the girls!

Wed 9 May, 7.30pm £20 Genre: Drama

Adapted for the stage by David Robinson and Richard Hasnip Set in the Industrial Revolution, this new play is a modern adaptation of John Bunyan’s classic novel. The Pilgrim’s Progress has been heralded as a literary masterpiece around the world and having never gone out of print, it is the world’s second most read book. Follow Christian and his companions as they set out on a dangerous adventure, a journey that will see him meet both friends and enemies along the way. With challenges great and small on his path, will he ever reach the Heavenly City? Suitable for everyone aged 12+. Thu 17 May, 7.30pm £10 (£9) Groups 10+ £9 Genre: Community Drama

Tonight The Castle welcomes back tenor saxophone player, Don Weller, who has been a major force on the jazz scene for many years. Renowned for his versatility, he plays a mixture of his own bop-influenced compositions and jazz standards. His playing is swinging and robust, but also smooth and tender. He has worked with a variety of musicians, including Bobby Wellins, Stan Tracey and Alan Price. He has won the award for Best Tenor Saxophone player three times. He leads a big band which he formed in 1996, but tonight he appears with a trio, John Donaldson, piano; Andy Cleyndert, bass; and Dave Barry, drums. Thu 17 May, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music


LIVE PROGRAMME Alexandra Vaduva Piano

Jongleurs on The Railway Children the Road (18) Directed by James J. Smith Looking Glass Theatre presents

Multi-prize winning pianist, including winner of the Vienna International Piano Competition 2011, Alexandra Vaduva puts The Castle’s Steinway through its paces with a challenging programme that includes Schubert’s Sonata in A minor and the Pavanne and Bourree by Romanian-born but French-influenced composer Georges Enescu.

Climb aboard and prepare to be entertained by Looking Glass Theatre’s new stage adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s classic, The Railway Children. Join Albert Perks, the Station Porter, as he retells the exciting adventures that occur one summer, when three children have to mysteriously move from a large Edwardian villa in London to a small house situated close to The Great Northern and Western Railway in the Yorkshire dales. Suitable for all the family.

Fri 18 May, 12.30pm £10 (including buffet lunch) Genre: Music

Fri 18 May, 4.30pm & 7.45pm £10 (£8) Studio Genre: Community Drama

The first Jongleurs comedy night of the summer season, featuring over two hours of top stand-up from the biggest talent on the comedy circuit! Book your tickets now. (Suitable for over 18s only). And don’t forget that you can order a snack from our Light-bites menu on the night.

Fri 18 May, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Genre: Comedy

Community Arts Platform Come and join us for an evening of theatre, song, film and dance! Every May, The Castle hosts the dapa festival (disability and participatory arts). This evening’s Community Arts Platform brings people with and without disabilities together to share the work they are making. It includes youth theatre, film, dance and music presented by schools, youth and community groups from across the region. Historical, sporting, pop, stage and screen legends are celebrated tonight with a couple of fictional and comic book heroes making an appearance too! Thu 24 May, 7.30pm £6 Genre: Community

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Lunchtime Music Series

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LIVE PROGRAMME Barbara Hooton School of Dancing presents

The Sabby Theatre Company presents

Wellingborouh Hatton Rotary Club presents

40 years of Dance – A Celebration

The Last Five Years

Showtime Spectacular

A celebration of fourty years of The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing presenting Ballet, Tap and Modern dance.

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In aid of BrakeThrough Breast Cancer.

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Book, Music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

The story of a five year relationship between novelist Jamie and actress Cathy. Cathy’s story is told in reverse, beginning the show at the end of the marriage and Jamie’s is told starting just after the couple have first met. This is a unique, emotionally gripping show that’s had tremendous reception everywhere. Performed in aid of Cancer research UK. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

A variety show compered by Tom Partridge Underwood and directed by Hughie James. Over 150 of the finest local performers featuring excerps from High Society, The Producers, The Pirates of Penzance, the amazing Kilburn Dancers performing Avatar their routine from The Royal Albert Hall. Two fine award winning vocalists and a very talented young magician. Adding to the variety the dynamic Voices Aloud and the superb Seagrave Singers.

Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends

With Trevor Whiting & Alan Savage Our resident band presents Count in the Duke - a special jazz performance dedicated to the wonderful sounds of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and their marvellous musicians. Featuring award-winning clarinet and sax star Trevor Whiting and very special guest Alan Savage on drums, The Cotton Club and The Apollo come to The Castle.

Proceeds from the show are in support of Rotary local charities including the Northampton based ‘Thomas Fund’ for disabled children. Programme is subject to change.

Fri 25 May, 7.30pm & Sat 26 May, 2.30pm £10 (£8) Genre: Community Dance

Mon 28 – Wed 30 May, 7.45pm £12.50 (£10) Studio Genre: Community Drama

Thu 31 May, 7.30pm £10 Genre: Community Music

Thu 31 May, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music


LIVE PROGRAMME

Tom Stade Deborah McFarlane School of Dance presents

Just Dance A selection of songs, picked to inspire the students of Deborah McFarlane School of Dance. Come along along to see the home-grown talent of these dancers who present a mix of styles ranging from Street dance to Classical slow dance. They will have you tapping your feet!

“Sublime… a rich comic experience. Wonderfully imaginative, original and hilarious” Rhod Gilbert Sat 2 June, 8pm £15 Genre: Comedy

Sun 3 June, 4.30pm £11 (£9.50) Genre: Community Dance

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Following stellar performances on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Ch4’s Stand-Up For The Week, don’t miss hugely talented Canadian émigré Tom Stade on an extended leg of his nationwide tour. His magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first-class story-telling have established him as one of the finest stand-ups around. Join his inimitable, offbeat world for a truly unforgettable night of comedy. Extra dates have been added due to overwhelming public demand. Catch him before he’s a household name.

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LIVE PROGRAMME

Children & Families Come and enjoy fun filled days for the whole family at The Castle at this year’s festival! Entertainment and activities are individually priced.

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Get into all activities by booking your Family Festival Ticket for £50 (2 adults, 2 children)! There is a limited availability of Family Festival Tickets, and are only available to book until Tuesday 29 May

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Tangled (PG) See Walt Disney’s colourful version of the classic tale on the Big Screen. For more info turn to page 25 Tue 5 June, 11am & 2pm Adults accompanying child: Free Under 16s: £4, Over 16s (Adult only): £5

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal presents

Punch and Judy Enjoy a traditional English Punch and Judy Show. Laugh to the outrageous antics of Mr Punch, his wife Judy, and Baby; see if Toby the Dog will appear, or the crocodile with its string of sausages; and if PC99 is able to bring Mr Punch to order. Thu 7 June, 11am and 2pm Adults: £4, Children: £3

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Tue 5 - Thu 7 June 2012

Time for Tea! Curiouser and curiouser! Why is a raven like a writing desk? Find out when you meet the Mad Hatter and friends and discover what it is like to live in the wonderful world of Wonderland! An interactive storytelling show, suitable for 4 upwards. Tue 5 June, 1pm & 3pm Adults: £4, Children: £3 Bouncy Castle Jump, drop, flip, spin and have a jolly bouncy time! Tue 5 June, 11am – 4pm Free

Hare and Tortoise* Meet two competing friends in this new fantastic adaptation of Aesop’s fable; a story about racing, opposites, time and friendship. The Hare and Tortoise in the greatest race on earth with a nail biting, seconds ticking, medal winning end... Wed 6 June, 11am & 2pm £8.50 (£6.50) Family Ticket: £25 for 4 Dance workshops Are you a Hare or a Tortoise? Can you master the Hare Hop or the Tortoise Tango? Find out in this fun and friendly dance workshop and get fit as a family! Wed 6 June, 1pm & 3pm £2 per child Creative, messy play! Drop in and join our arts and crafts workshop for children and families. A variety of fun things to do and take away! Come and get creative, messy and play! Wed 6 June, 11am – 4pm Free

Puppet making workshop A chance to make your own puppet and put on your very own family show! Thu 7 June, 1pm & 3pm £2 per child Circus workshops A fun experience for all ages and an opportunity to have a go at a variety of circus skills including juggling, diabolo, plate spinning, devil sticks and stilts. Thu 7 June, 11am – 4pm Free

*Illustrations © Brian Wildsmith 1966, 1989 and 2003 taken from The Hare and the Tortoise, A Christmas Journey and A Christmas Story published by Oxford University Press.


LIVE PROGRAMME

A Community Play by Deborah Gearing

£5 tickets for 3pm performance, Sat 9 Jun

Sat 9 Jun, 3pm & 7.30pm Sun 10 Jun, 2pm & 6pm £10 (£8) Family Ticket: £34 Groups of 10+ £7 Genre: Community

Well...rough, a new play by writer Deborah Gearing, is a poetically crafted, sad, witty and poignant tale of Wellingborough and its people. Earlier this year, Deborah led a series of story share workshops across the Borough. The contribution of stories through workshops, discussions, interviews and letters became the foundation for the 2012 Community Production, brought to life on The Castle stage by a community cast.

This project gratefully acknowledges the receipt of financial support from the Northamptonshire County Council Small Grants Fund.

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‘Well...rough?

That sign’s a work of genius.’ ‘How dare they?’ Director ‘Closer to the truth than you think.’ Sarah Chiswell – Hornett Iron Age Will from Wilby Way was found Lighting Designer buried beneath the golden arches. Heath Garrioch Is it a murder story then? No. Designer But there’s a death in it? Kate Unwin We’re human, there’s bound to be death in it. Composer & Sound designer But what was he doing there, Ivan Stott with his head turned Special offer: towards the sun? Limited availability,

Hungry, hopeful people have always come to Wellingborough, looking for a safe place to live, to make an existence from the soil, the deep seams of iron ore, the water, the industry. As people come and go, there’s always something left behind – something calling to be passed on, some faint bit of memory that gathers colour and outline as the story is retold and across the generations one child calls to another.

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LIVE PROGRAMME Townsend Productions presents

Scott Mackenzie presents

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

They Wrote the Songs! Mark Nightingale Quartet The acclaimed Barry Walker &

By Stephen Lowe, based on the book by Robert Tressell Performed by Fine Time Fontayne and Neil Gore Directed by Louise Townsend

Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has become a classic of working-class literature since its first publication in 1914. The themes and style of the piece are eternally relevant and provoking as it puts life and politics into sharp focus in an entertaining and accessible way. What with a Tory-led coalition government in power, and that the year 2011 is the centenary anniversary of Robert Tressell’s death, this is surely the right time for this show to be seen on tour nationally.

Smackee who in the past have provided such sensational productions as Phantom & The Musicals & Abba The Show, are now touring with a brand new presentation that brings together the music of four of the greatest piano singer songwriters in one fabulous show! Barry Walker as the ‘Piano Man’ along with his award winning group Smackee, will perform in words & music the greatest hits from Neil Sedaka, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel & Elton John in this stunning 2 hour production. All the classic hits of today and yesteryear will be featured, along with a few personal favourites of the artistes from Barry himself!

Mark Nightingale emerged through National Youth Jazz Orchestra and recorded his debut album Bonestructure in the late 1980s. He is much-in-demand as session musician and recognised as one of the top-flight jazz trombonists worldwide. He regularly features as a soloist on the European jazz scene, and as a sideman in other groups. He frequently plays in bands led by Alan Barnes and Stan Tracey, among others, and has recorded and appeared with such highly-reputed international players such as, Scott Hamilton, Cleo Laine and, vocalist, Frank Sinatra.

Tue 12 & Wed 13 June, 7.45pm £12.50 (£10.50), £8 for those not working Studio Genre: Drama

Thu 14 June, 7.30pm £16.50 (£14.50) Friends £1 off Genre: Music

Thu 14 June, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

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Performed as a two-hander, this production, which coincides with the centenary anniversary of the author’s death, remains as vivid and as relevant as when it was written almost a century ago. Using instrumentation, songs of the period, comedy and characterisation to create the spirit and clarity of the political message, the play follows a group of painters and decorators and their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England.

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NC Jazz presents


The Elves and the Shoemaker

A coming-of-age for The Castle’s Lunchtime Recitals with the 21st recital in the series. This youthful and simply brilliant brass quintet featured on Radio 3’s In Tune Christmas Special and will dazzle The Castle with toe-tapping numbers from the Renaissance to the present day, taking in a Bach Fugue and some well-loved melodies along the way.

Shooooooooooooooes ....! Ah, new shoes .... Delightful on the feet. Soft, dancing shoes; swarthy pirate shoes; silver buckle and silken soles. No one makes shoes like an elf.

Fri 15 June, 12.30pm £10 (including buffet lunch) Genre: Music

Jongleurs on the Road (18) Over two hours of top stand-up from some of the finest comedians on the UK circuit and the perfect start to your weekend! (Suitable for over 18’s only) Fri 15 June, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Genre: Comedy

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are two musicians with a fast growing following on the folk and roots scene. Drawing inspiration from Indian, American and Traditional English folk music, it’s an appealing and charming act to see live. With incredible dobro (a steel lap guitar) and beatbox harmonica, Phillip’s musicianship and talent has amazed audiences throughout the country. Add in the fluid and beautiful fiddle playing from Hannah and her beautiful songs and it’s a winning act.

Fri 15 June, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

This well known and well loved tale - made popular by the Ladybird Classic - has been re-heeled by Theatre of Widdershins in their own inimitable style. Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse all make this show a magical must-see.

Sat 16 June, 11am & 2pm £8.50 (£6.50) Family Ticket £25 for 4 Studio Genre: Children & Family

LIVE PROGRAMME

Total Brass (Quintet)

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Theatre of Widdershins presents

Lunchtime Music Series

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LIVE PROGRAMME Wellingborough Co-operative Amateur Dramatic Society presents

Busybody: A Comedy by Jack Popplewell

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Detective Superintendant Harry Baxter is plagued by a head cold, a vanishing corpse and the office cleaner, Mrs Piper, who found it. Motives for murder abound with all the office staff and the corpse’s life under suspicion. Baxter needs all his patience and tact whilst pursuing investigations, enthusiastically hindered by Mrs Piper.

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Michelle Gibbs Academy of Dance presents

Emily Dee School of Dance presents

Theatretrain presents

An Evening of Dance Edge of Glory

Together at Last

Pupils of the Michelle Gibbs Academy of Dance proudly present an evening of Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street Jazz and Musical Theatre.

Students of the Emily Dee School of Dance perform a combination of Ballet, Tap and Modern Dances. Students age from 3 to adults.

We are celebrating the ‘coming together’ of our Northampton and Rugby Theatretrains! In 2011 we performed together at the Royal Albert Hall and realised that the two schools made a great team. Now in 2012 at The Castle, we are bringing together Act 1: ‘Oliver & Annie’ and Act 2: some musical mixes. It’s an exciting show, full of songs you know and love!

Fri 22 June, 7.15pm £9 (£8) Genre: Community Dance

Sat 23 June, 2pm & 7pm £8.50 (£6.50) Genre: Community Dance

Sun 24 June, 7pm £9 (£7) Genre: Community Music

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Wed 20 – Sat 23 June, 7.45pm £10 (£9) Studio Genre: Community Drama


Wrenn School Summer Spectacular

Summer Showcase The showcase is a celebration of the work done in Dance, Drama and Music throughout the year. Items are taken from extra-curricular work, exam work and peripatetic music lessons throughout the school by students of all ages.

Northampton Branch of The MNDA Motor Neurone Disease Association

A Helping Hand A flower arranging evening by John Chennell and the helping hands of Lee Berrill and Alan Smith to create a stunning evening of contrasting floral designs for the MNDA.

Thu 28 June, 7.30pm £6 (£3.50) Family Ticket £17 (2 Adults, 2 children) Genre: Community Music

Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band The much-requested return of this Goodtime band featuring the cream of London’s jazzmen – Allan Bradley, Dave Hewitt, Pete Skiv, Jim Douglas et al – and led by the irrepressible Laurie Chescoe on drums. Expect superb swinging and driving sounds of the Dixieland era played with an infectious sense of fun.

Tue 26 June, 7.30pm £6 (£4) Genre: Community Dance

Wed 27 June, 7.30pm £8 Genre: Community

Thu 28 June, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

London Studio Centre presents

Images of Dance

Artistic director Margaret Barbieri The ever-popular Images of Dance return with a delightful programme of new ballets commissioned by former Royal Ballet principal Margaret Barbieri. Images of Dance showcases tomorrow’s new talent – the ballet dancers who will go on to international careers. Images’ programme always features enjoyable ballets by rising choreographers to a wide range of music, in moods ranging from classical to modern and narrative to humorous, including a new Sweeney Todd (the Demon Barber) to music by Malcolm Arnold. The ideal Ballet treat for all the family. “Excellent dancers… beautiful images… a near perfect show” Dancing Times 2010

Fri 29 June, 7.30pm £12.50 (£10.50) Family Ticket £42 for 4 Genre: Dance

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The Ferrers Specialist Arts College

Young people nowadays are… talented musicians, skilful, fun, motivated, good team players. For a happy evening of quality music making come and hear the Wrenn School musicians perform. Featuring The Wrenn School Concert Ensemble and the Cealestis choir.

LIVE PROGRAMME

Wrenn School presents

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Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust Garlic Theatre presents

Fiddlesticks

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Tap your feet and listen to the beat...

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Fiddlesticks is the playful spirit of a violin who breaks free from his strings and leads us into a world of musical fantasy in search of the beautiful Violinka. On his magical journey, puppets made from old instruments spring to life: birds fly out from music scores, a horse emerges from the bow of a violin… Garlic Theatre conjures a spellbinding tale of rhythmical twists and turns with a lively blend of clowning, rod and shadow puppets, percussion and live music. Sat 30 June, 11am & 2pm £8.50 (£6.50) Family Ticket £25 for 4 Studio Genre: Children & Family

A Musical Pick & Mix The concert will include performances by the county’s award-winning Youth clarinet choir, Saxophone choir, Percussion Ensemble and, special guests, Wellingborough Arts Centre.

Oddsocks presents

Julius Caesar The heat is rising, the excitement is building and the competition is fierce……yes, Oddsocks are back with their hilarious rendition of the political thriller, Julius Caesar, set to the background of ancient sporting competition. The most famous political coup in literature is given the Oddsocks treatment with much tearing of togas, and swishing of roman swords. As always it will be an energetic blend of culture and comedy that the public has loved for years. Sat 30 June, 7.30pm £6 (£4) Friends £4 Genre: Community Music

Wed 4 July, 7.30pm £15 (£13) Friends £1 off Genre: Comedy Drama


LIVE PROGRAMME 200 performers! 10 days! 14 shows! Join us for our third annual youth arts festival! We are proud to present an exciting collection of theatre, dance and musical theatre from our very own Castle Youth Arts groups. During the Spring and Summer terms, CYT, CYD and CYMT have been busy creating and rehearsing a fantastic selection of classic and contemporary work. We hope you can join us! For full details of the festival programme, please visit www.thecastle.org.uk

Tue 3 – Wed 18 July, 2012 Genre: Community

NC Jazz presents

Off Da’ Streets presents

Kilburn School of Dance presents

Phil Robson Immeasurable Code Quintet

World Fusion

Kilburn – Looking Good at 90

A fashion show that young people in Wellingborough have managed and proudly present.

Phil Robson is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative guitarist, as well as being a renowned bandleader and composer. He has assembled an exciting new quintet of top grade musicians who appeared at the London Jazz Festival last November. Joining Robson tonight are Julian Arguelles, a favourite British saxophonist, recently returned from four years in Europe; Gareth Lochrane, flautist; American, Michael Janish, bass; and Cuban, Ernesto Simpson, drums. Thu 5 July, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

Sat 7 July, 6pm – 8pm £5 (£2.50) Genre: Community

Wow – can you believe it? Kilburn School was established in 1922 and has provided local children the opportunity to develop the dance skills over the past 90 years. Join us as we celebrate today’s talent in song and dance.

Fri 13 July, 7.30pm Sat 14 July, 2.30pm & 7.30pm £10 (£9) Genre: Community Dance

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LIVE PROGRAMME

Estha Jones School of Dance Ltd presents

Dexterity Showcase 2012

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Dexterity performs an eclectic and innovative mix of dance and performance styles in their annual showcase.

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Fri 20 July, 7.30pm Sat 21 July, 2pm £10 (£7) Genre: Community Dance

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the festivals and concert stages of the world. “Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality” was how they were described in their early days, and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other members of the group, their following has continued to increase. Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain’s top attractions on the folk/acoustic circuit. Fri 20 July, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music

Pulse Dance Academy presents

NC Jazz presents

Jump aboard the… Dance Express

Cool Jazz Quintet

Dance Express features the wonderful talent of students of Pulse Dance Academy. Let them amaze and entertain you in the spectacular showcase including guest appearances. A show full of fun for the whole family and not to be missed!

Sun 22 July, 7pm £12 (£10) Child £6 Genre: Community Dance

Cool Jazz plays mainstream jazz at its very best - the type of jazz that is a superb ambassador for the music and that audiences flock to hear. It is jazz to which you could introduce an elderly uncle and jazz that you never tire of hearing. The band comprises Elaine Hatton, vocals; Alan Wakeman, saxes; Neil Riches, piano; Chris Green, bass and Bobby Orr, drums. The ‘Cool Jazz’ treatment offers an abundance of melody and rhythm sparked by creative improvisation, overlaid by the perfect tone and phrasing of the talented Elaine Hatton.

Thu 26 July, 8pm £12.50 (£10.50) Studio Genre: Music


FILM Did you know? That you can keep up to date with all our latest films releases, as soon as they are announced, by visiting our brand new website www.thecastle.org.uk. And don’t forget, you can now select your own seats!

Saturday Night Specials Do you want to make more of your Saturday night? Then why not buy a combo ticket and get your film ticket, a curry and a bottled beer*. All for just £10! Just look out for this symbol in the film section! * Subject to availability. This deal is for Saturday 8pm films only. Film Only: £5.50. The bottled beer can be substituted for a half pint, draught soft drink.

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A Monster in Paris (U)

A Dangerous Method (15)

Sat 14 Apr, 3pm Adults £5.50 Under 16s £2.75 Running time: 89 mins

Mon 23 Apr, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 99 mins

Young Adult (15)

The Woman in Black (12A)

All films £5.50

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Sat 14 Apr, 8pm Running time: 93 mins

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Coriolanus (15)

The Muppets (U)

Thu 29 Mar, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 122 mins

Tue 10 Apr, 2.30pm & 7pm, Wed 11 Apr, 2.30pm Adults £5.50 Under 16s £2.75 Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 109 mins

The Descendents (15) Mon 2 Apr, 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 114 mins

War Horse (12A) Tue 3 Apr, 7pm, Wed 4 Apr, 2.30pm & 7pm, Thu 5 Apr, 2.30pm Adults £5.50 Under 16s £2.75 Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 146 mins

W.E. (15) Wed 11 Apr, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 119 mins

J.Edgar (15) Thu 12 Apr, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 136 mins

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A) Mon 16 Apr, 8pm, Tue 17 Apr, 2.30pm, Wed 18 Apr, 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 123 mins

Carnage (15) Tue 17 Apr, 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 79 mins

Tue 24 Apr, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 95 mins

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (12A) Mon 30 Apr, 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 129 mins


FILM Thu 3 May, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 103mins

American writer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) comes to Paris to win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don’t go according to plan he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs. Then Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas), a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life and things start looking up. But their passionate and intense relationship is to trigger a string of inexplicable events.

Tue 8 May, 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 83 mins

The Raven (15)

Bel Ami (15)

In this gritty thriller set in 19th century Baltimore, struggling writer Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) is obliged to join forces with a young detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a serial killer who is using Poe’s fictional works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. As the stakes are raised, the inventor of the detective story must call upon his own powers of deduction to solve the case before it is too late.

Based on the classic novel by Guy de Maupassant, this timeless tale of ambition, power and seduction chronicles the rise of penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) as he manipulates his way through the upper echelons of 1890s Parisian society. Co-starring Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Mon 14 May, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 110 mins

Tue 15 May, 2.30pm & 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 102 mins

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A newly-wed couple (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) recover from a car accident that has put the wife in a coma. When she wakes up with severe memory loss, unable to recognise her husband, he must endeavour to win her heart all over again. Co-starring Sam Neill and Jessica Lange.

The Woman in the Fifth (15)

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The Vow (12A)

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One for the Money (12A)

We Bought A Zoo (PG)

This Means War (12A)

Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) - the popular hero of Janet Evanovich’s best-selling mystery series - finds herself newly-divorced and recently laid-off, but with plenty of attitude. Landing a job as a recovery agent, she goes on the hunt for a local cop wanted for murder, a cop who just happens to be the guy that broke her heart in high school. This fresh and funny action-comedy sees Stephanie get resourceful, swept up in a world of murder, deceit, and a touch of romance.

Cameron Crowe directs this inspiring and true story about finding joy, the power of family and the triumph of hope. A single Dad (Matt Damon) looks to give his two children a fresh start by moving to a new home situated in the middle of a dilapidated zoo. With no experience and only a shoe-string budget, the family strives - with the support of the Head Zoo-Keeper (Scarlett Johansson) - to return the zoo to its former glory.

Two of the world’s top secret agents (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) are best friends who never let anything come between them - until they inadvertently fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). It’s all-out war as the two spies battle each other with high-tech surveillance, advanced tactics, and an arsenal capable of bringing down a small country.

Wed 16 May, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: 91 mins

Sat 19 May, 3pm Adults £5.50 Under 16s £2.75 Running time: 123 mins

Sat 19 May, 8pm Running time: 97 mins

Trishna (15) Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles is transposed to modern day India by director Michael Winterbottom. Retaining the tragic heart of the original story, Freida Pinto plays the daughter of a rickshaw driver who falls in love with the son of a wealthy property developer. As the couple move from their home in rural Rajasthan to a modern and cosmopolitan life in Mumbai, Trishna harbours a dark secret that will lead them towards the inevitable devastating conclusion.

Mon 21 May, 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: 113 mins


FILM Mon 28 May, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: tbc

See Walt Disney’s colourful version of the classic tale on the Big Screen. Rapunzel - with the so very long hair; Flynn - the bandit who helps her to escape her tower prison; Pascal - her pet chameleon; and Maximus her reluctant horse, all embark on a very big adventure. This film is part of our Children & Families Festival – see page 12 for details.

Tue 5 June, 11am & 2pm Adult £5 Under 16s £4 Running time: 100mins

The Cold Light of Day (cert tbc)

Mirror Mirror (cert tbc)

Will Shaw (Henry Cavill), a young Wall Street trader, goes to Spain with his family on a sailing vacation but his whole world is turned upside down when the family is kidnapped by intelligence agents intent on recovering a mysterious briefcase. Will finds himself on the run with only hours to find his family, uncover a government conspiracy and discover the connection between their abduction and his father’s secrets. Co-starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

An evil Queen (Julia Roberts) steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess (Lily Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to help win her back her birthright. This spirited and familiar adventure comedy, directed by Tarsem Singh, is filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal and is The Untold Adventures of Snow White.

Mon 11 June, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: tbc

Tue 12 June, 2.30pm & 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: tbc

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The latest Scandinavian thriller, this Norwegian film is the first adaptation of any of Jo Nesbo’s best-selling work and is the biggest grossing Norwegian film of all time. Roger is Norway’s most successful corporate headhunter but, anxiously living beyond his means, he gets involved in an art scam that would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – if only things were to go according to plan. A gritty and stylish drama ensues with a touch of black humour. Subtitled.

Tangled (PG)

All films £5.50

Headhunters (cert tbc)

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FILM All films £5.50

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Gone (cert tbc)

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Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from working the night shift to discover that her sister Molly has suddenly disappeared. Convinced that Molly has been abducted by the same serial killer from whom she escaped just a year before, and that by sundown Molly will be dead, Jill embarks on a break-neck ride to rescue her. Racing the sinking sun in a heart-pounding chase, Jill has only twelve hours to find the killer and save her sister.

Wed 13 June, 8pm Friends 2 for 1 Running time: tbc

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (U) The luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain, with a rag-tag crew at his side, has but one dream: to beat his bitter rivals to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that will take our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London, battling along the way a diabolical queen and teaming up with a haplessly smitten young scientist. Hugh Grant, David Tennant and Imelda Staunton are amongst the voices seeking adventure.

Sat 16 June, 3pm Adult £5.50 Under 16s £2.75 Running time: 87 mins

The Hunger Games (cert tbc) In the North America of the future, each of twelve districts must choose one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to compete in the annual Hunger Games - a brutal fight to the death broadcast on live television. When her sister Prim is chosen to participate, 16 year old Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. Now, if she is ever to return home, she must make impossible choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Based on the sensational best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.

Sat 16 June, 7pm Adult £5.50 Under 16s £2.75 Running time: tbc

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (cert tbc)

Directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas, this is the extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love. A scientist looks to fulfill a sheikh’s dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to his dry homeland in Yemen and of his gallant attempt to prove the seemingly impossible, possible.

Tue 19 June, 2.30pm & 8pm Friends Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Running time: tbc


PARTICIPATION

Here at The Castle we have a range of workshops and projects on offer that invite children, young people and adults to get involved! There are regular performance platforms and opportunities to participate in county, regional and national festivals. 27 BED by Jim Cartwright performed by Turrets, The Castle Adult Actor’s Company, 2011. Image credit: MWH Media.


PARTICIPATION

Summer Term Workshops

Begin w/c Mon 16 April

Early Years

Children and Young People

Castle Youth Theatre (Early Years 4-6yrs)

Castle Youth Theatre (CYT)

Participants will explore story-telling, song and movement to make characters in a story come to life. Skills in teamwork, turn-taking and communication are developed through games, exercises and role play.

If you are aged between 7 and 18 and enjoy acting, devising and performing then this is for you! CYT meet weekly to learn and develop skills in theatre making through a range of theatre games, exercises and rehearsal techniques.

Tuesdays 4pm – 4.45pm £42 per term (12 weeks) Fridays 4pm – 4.45pm £42 per term (12 weeks)

Castle Youth Dance (Early Years 4-6yrs) Participants will explore rhythm and expression to develop dance steps and movement memory. Skills in teamwork, timing and imagination are developed through games, exercises and a variety of dance styles. This class is a gentle and fun introduction to dance.

Wednesdays 4pm – 4.45pm (4-6yrs) £42 per term (12 weeks)

Early Years Music Project

Summer 2012

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Music making sessions designed especially for 0-5 years and their mums and dads.

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Summer 10 week programme, workshops start w/c 30 Apr, 2012

Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1.30pm – 2.30pm Under 2s 1.30pm – 2.30pm 2-5 yrs 2pm – 3pm Under 2s 2pm – 3pm 2-5 yrs 3pm – 4pm Under 5s

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£1.50 per session per child. To book your place, please complete a registration form. These are available online at www.thecastle.org.uk or at Box Office on 01933 270 007. This project has been commissioned as part of the Northamptonshire Youth Music programme and is delivered in partnership with Wellingborough Library.

Tuesdays or Fridays: Juniors (7-10yrs) 5pm – 6.30pm, £60 per term (12 weeks) Tuesdays or Fridays: Middles (11-14yrs) 7pm – 8.30pm, £60 per term (12 weeks) Mondays or Wednesdays: Seniors (15-18yrs) 6pm – 8pm £66 per term (12 weeks)

Castle Youth Dance (CYD) If you are aged between 7 and 18 and enjoy dancing, creating your own moves and performing then this is for you! CYD meet weekly to learn and develop skills in a range of techniques and performance styles including street dance, contemporary and dance theatre.

Wednesdays: Juniors (7-10yrs) 5pm – 6.30pm, £60 per term (12 weeks) Wednesdays: Middles (11-14yrs) 7pm – 8.30pm, £60 per term (12 weeks) Thursdays: Seniors (15-18yrs) 6-8pm, £66 per term (12 weeks)

Castle Youth Musical Theatre (CYMT) If you are aged between 7 and 18 and enjoy singing, dancing, acting and performing then this is for you! CYMT members meet weekly and participate in musical theatre acting, singing and dancing sessions to develop a range of rehearsal and performance techniques.

Saturdays: Juniors (7-10yrs) 10.15am – 11.45am £60 per term (12 weeks) Saturdays: Middles (11-14yrs) 1pm – 2.30pm £60 per term (12 weeks) Saturdays: Seniors (15-18yrs) 3pm – 5pm £66 per term (12 weeks)


Tap for Beginners* / Advanced**

Summer workshop programme for 50 years+

This class is designed for adults of all ages and abilities who fancy having some fun and keeping fit. Individual moves and technique are taught week by week culminating in a fun group dance to be choreographed by the members at the end of the term.

If you are 50 years+ and like being creative then why not come along and try one of our workshops? Workshops are individually priced at £4, or all 6 for £20.

Mondays, 7.30pm – 8.30pm* / 8.30pm – 9.30pm** £5 per session (12 weeks)

Theatre Arts – Script Writing This weekly group for the over 50s invites participants to take part in a variety of exercises and experiments to explore the craft of script writing. Discover and develop skills in writing action, conflict, character and dialogue in these activity based sessions.

Acting Tue 21 Aug, 11am – 1.30pm Directing Tue 21 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm Play reading Wed 22 Aug, 11am – 1.30pm Script Writing Wed 22 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursdays, 11.30am – 1pm (50yrs+) £30 per term (12 weeks)

Tap Dance Thu 23 Aug, 11am – 1.30pm

Theatre Arts - Drama

Line Dancing Thu 23 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm

This weekly group for the over 50s invites participants to take part in a variety of drama and theatre workshop based activities including theatre games, acting exercises, improvisation, puppetry, mask and mime.

Cost: £3 per workshop, or all for £15

How to book Simply go to www.thecastle. org.uk and download the registration form, complete it and bring it to the Box Office along with your payment for the term. Or collect your registration form from the Box Office who can then process your form, along with your payment. For further information please contact the participation team on 01933 229 022 Dept 8

PARTICIPATION

Adults

Turrets – The Castle Adult Actors Company Calling all budding performers aged 16yrs+ who are passionate about theatre making and performing! If you enjoy acting, devising and performing then this is for you! Members of Turrets, The Castle Adult Actors Company will participate in a series of practical workshops and work towards a performance each term.

Thursdays, 7pm – 9pm (16yrs+) £50 per term (12 weeks)

The Castle’s annual disability and participatory arts festival. Mon 21 – Thu 24 May, 2012

This year brings another exciting week of workshops and opportunities to learn new skills, get creative and have fun in the theatre! There will be workshops in story-telling, dance and crafts for children and adults with disabilities plus the popular residency, an opportunity for students aged 1118 to create a brand new piece of theatre in 4 days! For full details of the festival programme, costs and how to get involved, contact Sarah on 01933 221847 or email sarah@thecastle.org.uk

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Thursdays, 2pm – 3.30pm (50yrs+) £30 per term (12 weeks)

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PARTICIPATION

Summer Holiday Projects Summer Art Days - Mad Masks Participants will work with aluminium, tape and plaster to build and sculpt their own large and colourful mask. We will look at the artistry of Disney and Giger and how the face is used in film and theatre to bring characters to life. Through discussion and sketching we will consider different personalities, and how facial features can be exaggerated or removed to communicate ideas. Whether you choose to imagine the beautiful, the grotesque, the funny or the frightened…we can help you bring your ideas to life! Suitable for 10 yrs+

Mon 23 – Wed 25 Jul, 10am – 3pm Cost: 3 Day Workshops: £45 per participant

Theatre Fun Days A range of fun, practical and exciting theatre arts workshops including dance, drama and musical theatre. Join us for one or all six! Workshops include playwriting, improvisation, street dance, tap, musical theatre and singing. Suitable for young people ages 7 – 12yrs.

Mon 30 Jul – Wed 1 Aug, 10am – 3pm* Cost: £8 per workshop or all 6 workshops for £45

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*Each workshop is 2 hours: 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. There will be a supervised lunch break for participants staying for a whole day.

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Dance / Theatre Residencies: Madness, Myth & Magic Dance: 4 days of dancing, creating your own moves and learning clever tricks! Theatre: 4 days of acting, creating characters and telling tall tales! Both residencies will culminate in a magical double-bill at The Castle for family and friends. Suitable for 10-18 year olds

Mon 6 – Wed 8 Aug, 10am – 4pm Thu 9 Aug, 12pm – 8pm Cost: £65 members** £75 non members **members are participants in weekly CYT, CYD and CYMT.

Thu 9 Aug, performance: Main House: 7pm

How to book Call The Castle Box Office on 01933 270 007 to book your place. For any further information please contact the participation team on 01933 229022 dept 8 option 2.


The Castle work with a variety of partners throughout the year supporting and delivering outreach and community programmes.

Young Creations and So..! Dancers Young Creations provides creative opportunities for people with and without disabilities to participate in the arts. Regular sessions develop self-esteem, confidence and teamwork encouraging participants to look forward to a positive future. So..! Dancers is a partnership between Tina Dixon and Sheagh Broomhall, two contemporary dancers who regularly work with professional artists. Young Creations and So..! Dancers work together to provide outreach sessions for schools and open access sessions and term break programmes for members of the community. Thursdays 10am – 2.30pm; Post 16 Consortium, Expressive and Performing Arts 3.30pm – 4.30pm; Open access session (£2.50 per week) 5pm – 6pm; Open access session (£2.50 per week)

33rd International Waendel Walk (Scout Group for Waendel) The only joint IML/ IVV walking event in the UK Fri 11, Sat 12 and Sun 13 May, 2012 Walking, Cycling and Swimming events: Choices of 5, 10, 15, 25 and 42km routes for walkers across fields, footpaths and roads visiting local villages. Cyclists can take advantage of the 25 and 42km all road cycles routes. All routes start and finish at The Castle. Friendship 5 and 10km walks on Friday night, with live entertainment from 5pm. Saturday and Sunday live entertainment at The Castle throughout the afternoon to early evening.

COMMUNITY

Community Partnerships

Book online at www.thecastle.org.uk or call The Castle Box Office on 01933 270 007. Organised and run by the Borough Council of Wellingborough www.wellingborough.gov.uk/waendel Tel: Julia Wells, Waendel Walk Co-ordinator 01933 229 777

Fridays 10am – 12pm; Theme Days, Northgate School 1.30pm – 3.30pm; Inclusive Dance

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For more information call Veronica Broomhall on 07941 987 105 or email veronica.broomhall@gmail.com

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COMMUNITY

Join the Friends of The Castle If you like theatre, cinema, drama, comedy or anything else that The Castle offers, then become a Friend and save £££’s today! ■

Special Discounts on selected shows and films Priority Booking ■ Regular Newsletter ■ Discounts at the restaurant and bar ■ Invitations to specials Friends theatre trips and social evenings ■

Remember! If you have an email address, you can register it with the box office to start making use of your Friends discounts online! Friends of The Castle Memberships are available from as little as £7.50 per year; can you really afford not to join?

Annual Membership Fees Individual:

£15

Double:

£25 (2 Adults)

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Family: £35 (2 Adults, up to 4 children)

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Junior:

£7.50

Senior Citizen:

£7.50

Registered Disabled:

£7.50

Life member:

£250

Further details on memberships are available at www.thecastle.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01933 270 007.

The Friends of The Castle Upcoming Events AGM + Ock ‘n’ Dough Supper Annual General Meeting of The Friends of The Castle followed by a speaker and traditional ‘Ock ‘n’ Dough’ supper.

Wed 9 May, 7pm £7.50 Studio

Caribbean BBQ with The New Simba Steel Band A lively event for a summer evening, with good food and music on The Castle bar and terrace. Come and join in the fun!

Sat 28 July, 7.30pm – 11pm £18.50 (including 2 course supper)


VISUAL ARTS

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Young Creations and Carol McDermott Wellingborough Well ... rough Northgate School Camera Club This exhibition is a selection from the This month’s exhibition brings together a collection of stories from Arts College Post 16 work produced for Carol’s Fine Art Exhibition of Photography Degree and includes both paintings people who live, or have lived in Consortium and drawings. There is a mix of images Wellingborough Camera Club present Wellingborough. In spring 2011, a

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This exhibition looks back on daily life during World War 2, focusing on the times, when children, were evacuated from their homes and families in cities to strangers in the countryside. It will take you on a tactile and visual journey, incorporating various aspects of the war and its effect on society, including the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympic Games. Inspiration from the Wellingborough Museum’s exhibition of World War 2.

including cropped close up flower sections and images taken from bouquets of flowers. The paintings are oil on canvas and the drawings are graphite on drawing paper, the drawings are all framed. “My objective is to produce beautiful realistic paintings and drawings that look at flowers as abstract shape” Carol McDermott

Supported by Northgate School Arts College Post 16 Schools Consortium.

May Location: Gallery

May Location: Exhibition Wall

this exhibition of images and promote the appreciation of photography for the people of Wellingborough and all to enjoy.

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Wellingborough sign was defaced by vandals and the national interest they received and the mixture of reactions and emotions they evoked from local residents. This became the stimulus for The Castle Community Show 2012.* Earlier this year, playwright Deborah Gearing asked the people of Wellingborough to share their stories; arrivals or departures, meetings or accidents, rifts or reconciliations, comic or tragic incidents, things that happened at work or at home and much more! *See page 13 for more details.

June Location: Gallery

June Location: Exhibition Wall

“Our club was founded to bring together all those who are interested in photography. We have been enjoying photography and producing pictures for the last 60 years. Using your camera, improving your pictures, producing prints, or simply enjoying looking at pictures, we will have something to help you.”


VISUAL ARTS The Abstract Unconscious: Recent Paintings The paintings are generated from random marks that slowly form into highly complex structures. Fundamental to this work is a commitment to the revealing power of imagination and a belief that, through imaginative processes, the individual transcends the illusion of appearances and accesses the trans-personal and archetypal. David Parker is Reader in Fine Art and Psychological Studies and teaches painting at the University of Northampton.

ProgressAbility.org Broadening Horizons This collection of images has been created by local Year 10 and 11 students using photography as a means to refocus on their own learning and self-development outside of the classroom. Whilst compiling observations of their hometowns, the local countryside, places of interest and each other, the students have been challenged to look at each in a different light, as part of a wider process of re-evaluating and discovering new future pathways for themselves after leaving school.

Max Green

Northamptonshire & Bordering Counties Max has spent the last five years taking digital images of Northamptonshire & its bordering counties and this is an exhibition of some of his favourite images from the project to launch his second self-published book. Some are straight digital photographs; others have been given a more personal expression of what he sees by using specialist software. “I hope you enjoy these images as much as I have in their production.�

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Mad Masks Holiday Project participants A team of young artists worked with Mary-Jane Wise to create this collection of mad masks! Participants worked with aluminium, tape and plaster to build and sculpt their own large and colourful mask. The young artists looked at the artistry of Disney and Giger and how the face is used in film and theatre to bring characters to life. Through discussion and sketching they considered different personalities, and how facial features can be exaggerated or removed to communicate ideas.

www.daveparkerpaintings.co.uk July Location: Gallery

July Location: Exhibition Wall

August Location: Gallery

August Location: Exhibition Wall

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INFORMATION ON US

You can book tickets In person

By telephone

Or online

The Castle, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

01933 270 007

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How to pay

We accept cash, credit/debit cards, cheque, postal orders, Castle gift vouchers and National Theatre tokens. There is a £1.50 booking fee levied on all bookings except for those paid in cash, in person at the Box Office; this is one fee per booking, not per ticket. The booking fee is not levied on classes.

Reservations, Re-sales and Refunds

Ticket reservations are held for three working days, or until 24 hours before the start of the show if that’s sooner. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangable except when an event is cancelled. We can accept your tickets for resale, however The Castle’s own unsold tickets take priority. A charge of £1 per ticket (to a maximum of £5) will be charged for tickets resold on your behalf.

Postal Charges

Tickets can be posted to you for a charge of 50p. However, all tickets can be held at Box Office for collection for no charge.

Infant in Arms

Children aged 18 months & under may sit on a parent or guardian’s lap for most shows free of charge. More details are available from the Box Office. 36

Concessions

Selected shows offer all or some of the following concessions with valid ID; Under 18s, Full Time Students, Over 60s, Job Seekers & Disabled Patrons. For specific concession availability please speak to a member of box office staff.

Disabled Patrons & Wheelchair Users

Companions come free on selected shows. Please check with the Box Office for our discount prices.

Community Hires

The Castle frequently makes its facilities available for hire to community and voluntary groups. Whilst we attempt at all times to safeguard customers’ interest, The Castle can accept no responsibility for the quality, content, discount policies or pricing of these events.

Terms and Conditions ■ All customers must hold a valid ticket for the event. ■ Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. ■ The use of camera, tape recorder and video equipment is strictly forbidden during performances. ■ There is a £1.50 booking fee levied on all bookings except for those paid in cash in person at the Box Office. ■ The Castle management reserves the right to refuse admission to any part of the building or site.

The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd is a Registered Charity No.1028809 in receipt of financial support from the Borough Council of Wellingborough. Company Registration No.2867446. VAT No.638 353523. Data Protection Register No.U 700853. Member of the Theatrical Management Association. All information in this brochure was correct at time of printing - Feb 2012. ©The Castle (Wellingborough) Limited. The Management reserves the right to make any necessary changes without prior notice.


By Car Head for Wellingborough town centre and follow the signs. Use the map to guide you round the one-way system. Parking There is level free parking for 130 cars behind The Castle. Free overflow parking is available at the Council managed multi-storey opposite. By Bus All buses stop at the central bus stop in Church Street which is only a three minute walk away. By train Regular Inter City trains serve Wellingborough from London St Pancras, Bedford, Kettering, Market Harborough and Leicester.

Access

Thank you

The Castle is easily accessible to all.

The Castle would like to thank the following companies for their generous support this season:

Wheelchair users have easy access to all areas of the building via ramps and lifts. Parking for disabled is available and cars can drop off patrons at the main doors. There are ten spaces for wheelchairs for users in the main auditorium and a minimum of two in the studio. Early booking is advisable. To ensure your safety we request that wheelchair users bring a friend or companion to assist them.

Hearing and seeing guide dogs are welcome into all areas of the building. A bowl of water can be provided.

INFORMATION ON US

How To Find Us

Infra-Red Sound Enhancement is available in the Main Auditorium and Studio. Headsets should be booked 10 days in advance through the Box Office, to guarantee availability. Please use your TDD announcer. Hearing guide dogs are welcome. This free service is available thanks to Northamptonshire Association for The Blind and Wellingborough Talking Newspaper.

Braille, recorded or large print brochures are available by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007

With special thanks to St John’s Ambulance, The Friends of The Castle, Heart 96 FM, BBC Radio Northampton and Connect FM. Extra special thanks to our fantastic team of volunteer stewards and envelope stuffers. 37


DIARY AT A GLANCE

Date

Time

Genre

Page

May

Date

Time

Title

Genre

Page

June

Tue 1 May

2.30pm

We’ll Meet Again

Music

7

Sat 2 June

8pm

Tom Stade

Comedy

11

Wed 2 May

7.30pm

Equus

Drama

7

Sun 3 June

4.30pm

Just Dance

Community

11

Thu 3 May

8pm

The Vow (12A)

Film

23

Tue 5 June

11am & 2pm

Tangled (PG)

Film

25

Thu 3 May

8pm

The Golden Eagle Jazz Band

Music

7

Tue 5 June

1pm & 3pm

Time for Tea

Children & Family 12

Fri 4 May

7.30pm

Northern Soul Tour

Music

7

Wed 6 June

11am & 2pm

Hare and Tortoise

Children & Family 12

Fri 4 May

8pm

Hickman & Cassidy

Music

8

Wed 6 June

11am – 4pm

Creative, Messy Play

Children & Family 12

Tue 8 May

8pm

The Woman in the Fifth (15)

Film

23

Wed 6 June

1pm & 3pm

Dance Workshops

Children & Family 12

Wed 9 May

7.30pm

Hormonal Housewives

Drama

8

Thu 7 June

11am & 2pm

Punch & Judy

Children & Family 12

Wed 9 May

7pm

Friends of The Castle AGM and Ock’N’ Dough

Event

32

Thu 7 June

11am – 4pm

Circus Workshops

Children & Family 12

Thu 7 June

1pm & 3pm

Puppet Making Workshops

Children & Family 12

Fri 11 – Sun 13 May

Waendel Walk Weekend

Community

31

Sat 9 June

3pm & 7.30pm

Well…rough

Community Drama 13

Mon 14 May

8pm

The Raven (15)

Film

23

Sun 10 June

2pm & 6pm

Well…rough

Community Drama 13

Tue 15 May

2.30pm & 8pm

Bel Ami (15)

Film

23

Mon 11 June

8pm

The Cold Light of Day (cert tbc)

Film

25

Wed 16 May

8pm

One for the Money (12A)

Film

24

Tue 12 June

2.30pm & 8pm

Mirror Mirror (cert tbc)

Film

25

Thu 17 May

7.30pm

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Community

8

Don Weller Quartet

Music

8

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

14

8pm

7.45pm

Drama

Thu 17 May

Tue 12 June

Fri 18 May

12.30pm

Lunchtime Music Series

Music

9

Community 9

7.45pm

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

14

4.30pm & 7.45pm The Railway Children

Wed 13 June

Drama

Fri 18 May Fri 18 May

8pm

Comedy

9

Wed 13 June

8pm

Gone (cert tbc)

Film

26

24

Thu 14 June

7.30pm

They Wrote The Songs

Music

14

8pm

Mark Nightingale Quartet

Music

14 15

Sat 19 May Sat 19 May

3pm 8pm

Mon 21 – Thu 24 May Mon 21 May

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Title

8pm

Jongleurs on the Road (18) We Bought A Zoo (PG)

Film

This Means War (12A)

Film

24

Thu 14 June

DAPA Festival

Event

29

Fri 15 June

12.30pm

Lunchtime Music Series

Music

24

Fri 15 June

8pm

Jongleurs on the Road (18)

Comedy

15

8pm

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Music

15

Trishna (15)

Film

Thu 24 May

7.30pm

Community Arts Platform

Community

9

Fri 15 June

Fri 25 May

7.30pm

40 years of Dance – A Celebration Community

10

Sat 16 June

11am & 2pm

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Children & Family 15

Sat 26 May

2.30pm

40 years of Dance – A Celebration Community

10

The Last Five Years

Community

10

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (U)

26

7.45pm

3pm

Film

Mon 28 May

Sat 16 June

Mon 28 May

8pm

Headhunters (cert tbc)

Film

25

Tue 29 May

7.45pm

The Last Five Years

Community

Wed 30 May

7.45pm

The Last Five Years

Thu 31 May

7.30pm

Showtime Spectacular

Thu 31 May

8pm

Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends

Sat 16 June

7pm

The Hunger Games (cert tbc)

Film

26

10

Tue 19 June

2.30pm & 8pm

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (cert tbc)

Film

26

Community

10

Wed 20 June 7.45pm

Busybody

Community

16

Community

10

Thu 21 June

7.45pm

Busybody

Community

16

Music

10

Fri 22 June

7.15pm

An Evening of Dance

Community

16


Time

Title

Genre

Page

Date

Time

Title

Genre

Page

Fri 22 June

7.45pm

Busybody

Community

16

August

Sat 23 June

2pm & 7pm

Edge of Glory

Community

16

Wed 1 Aug

10am – 3pm

Summer School: Theatre Fun Days Summer School 30

Sat 23 June

7.45pm

Busybody

Community

16

Mon 6 Aug

10am – 4pm

Dance/ Theatre Residencies

Summer School 30

Sun 24 June

7pm

Together at Last

Community

16

Tue 7 Aug

10am – 4pm

Dance/ Theatre Residencies

Summer School 30

Tue 26 June

7.30pm

Summer Showcase

Community

17

Wed 8 Aug

10am – 4pm

Dance/ Theatre Residencies

Summer School 30

Wed 27 June

7.30pm

A Helping Hand

Community 17

Thu 9 Aug

12pm – 8pm

Dance/ Theatre Residencies

Summer School 30

Thu 28 June

7.30pm

Wrenn School Summer Spectacular Community 17

Over 50s Summer Workshop

Summer School

Thu 28 June

8pm

Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band

Music

17

Fri 29 June

7.30pm

Images of Dance

Dance

17

Sat 30 June

11am & 2pm

Fiddlesticks

Children & Family 18

Sat 30 June

7.30pm

A Musical Pick & Mix

Community 18

Tue 3 July – Wed 18 July

The Castle Youth Arts Festival

Community

Wed 4 July

7.30pm

Julius Caesar

Comedy Drama

18

Thu 5 July

8pm

Phil Robson Immeasurable Code Quintet

Music

19

July

Tue 21 – Thu 23 Aug

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DIARY AT A GLANCE

Date

19

Sat 7 July

6pm -8pm

World Fusion

Community

19

Fri 13 July

7.30pm

Kilburn – Looking Good at 90

Community

19

Sat 14 July

2.30pm & 7.30pm Kilburn – Looking Good at 90

Community

19

Fri 20 July

7.30pm

Dexterity Showcase 2012

Community

20

Fri 20 July

8pm

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Music

20

Sat 21 July

2pm

Dexterity Showcase 2012

Community

20

Sun 22 July

7pm

Jump aboard the … Dance Express Community

20

Mon 23 July

10am – 3pm

Summer Art Days

Art Event

30

Tue 24 July

10am – 3pm

Summer Art Days

Art Event

30

Wed 25 July

10am – 3pm

Summer Art Days

Art Event

30

Thu 26 July

8pm

Cool Jazz Quintet

Music

20

Sat 28 July

7.30pm – 11pm Friends of The Castle: Caribbean Summer BBQ

Event

32

Mon 30 July

10am – 3pm

Summer School: Theatre Fun Days Summer School 30

Tue 31 July

10am – 3pm

Summer School: Theatre Fun Days Summer School 30

*See page 3 for details.

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