| 10:30 am - 11:30 amDance and Movement for Wellbeing for over 60s
Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
A gentle session for over 60s to ease joint mobility, improve agility, balance and self-awareness in movement.
| 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmThe Greatest Showman Sing A Long
Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall, High St
Come one, come all, and join us in Colehster Town Hall on the 22nd November for our screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’ sing a long. Licensed bar, food, pre-screening entertainment from our modern choir ‘The Sound Collective’. It would be ‘A Million Dreams’ if you came along, to watch the cathedral ‘Come Alive’, with this fabulous musical
| 7:00 pm - 11:00 pmThe Specials Ltd.
Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
AGMP Concerts presents
The Specials Ltd
The UK’s finest tribute to The Specials.
The Specials Ltd are the UK’s most authentic and original tribute to 2-Tone Legends, The Specials.
The Specials Ltd recreate the passion and enthusiasm of The Specials, bringing back memories of those who were there first time around and showing younger fans what they missed. The Specials Ltd are a 9 piece band full of energy, excitement and accuracy, performing Specials favourites such as Gangsters, Too Much Too Young, Do The Dog, Message To You Rudy, Stereotype, Rat Race, Do Nothing, Monkey Man, and Ghost Town.
| 7:30 pm - 10:00 pmA Little Night Music
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North
A Little Night Music
Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd November at 7.30pm.
Andrew Hodgson’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s witty and romantic musical, based on Ingmar Bergman’s classic film “Smiles of a Summer Night” and featuring Sondheim’s beautiful and poignant song “Send in the Clowns”.
A chance meeting between ex-lovers sparks a game of romantic musical chairs over a weekend in the country, as hopelessly mismatched couples find themselves confronted by their own vanities and deceptions.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick’s wife, Anne; Desirée’s current lover, the Count; and the Count’s wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.
| 7:30 pm - 10:45 pmPaul Higgs: Pavane
Fleece Jazz, Fleece Jazz,
Trumpeter, pianist, composer Paul Higgs, has produced a gently atmospheric melange of classical, jazz and new age vignettes.
Paul Higgs Trumpet, Andy Watson Guitar, Chris Ingham piano, Jerome Davies Bass. Natalie Rosario celllo, George Double drums
Paul Higgs is one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. Blending the traditions of classical and jazz, he has the rare ability to capture the most elusive of dreams in his music, expressing subtle emotions and bold exciting energy with equal ease. Guitarist Andy Watson is both player and educator. His experience as a session player includes live and TV work. As a solo artist he has performed nationally and internationally
A regular visitor to the Fleece Chris Ingham has lead over 150 performances of his Hoagy Carmichael, Dudley Moore and Stan Getz repertoire projects all over the UK. He is also a TV composer and a record producer. Jerome Davies loves all sorts of music. As well as performing on double bass and bass guitar he can occasionally be heard playing trumpet, piano and keyboards, guitar, harmonica, recorder and banjo.
Prize-winning cellist Natalie Rozario is known for her versatility and musicality. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and William Pleeth (who famously taught Jacqueline du Pré).
Another club regular and supporter, Drummer George Double is very active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere.
In frenetic times Pavane escorts the listener to a softly lit secluded space, with music to soothe and salve the mind and body.
| 7:45 pm - 10:45 pmFamily Minded
Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
By Bekka Hudson
“You will hear two voices, mine and my dad’s. We have two very different stories to tell but they both are entwined around the same thing. Depression.” Inviting us to view mental illness from a new perspective, Family Minded is an “intimate, comical and uplifting” autobiographical performance. Told through the anecdotes and experiences of Bekka and her Father, the show hilariously and sensitively explores the tale of two lives touched by depression.
| 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmHenning Wehn: Get On With It
Colchester Charter Hall, Cowdray Avenue
You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going.
This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone!
Henning’s most recent television and radio appearances include “Live At The Apollo” BBC2, “Have I Got News For You” BBC1, “Would I Lie To You” BBC1, “8 Out Of Cats Does Countdown” Channel 4, “Fighting Talk” BBC Radio 5 Live and “The Unbelievable Truth” BBC Radio 4.
| 8:00 pm - 11:00 pmLitter of Kings and Friends – an evening of music & spoken word
The Foresters Arms, 1-2 Castle Road
Litter of Kings (Duo) present an evening of local acoustic and spoken word acts. On the bill…
The Gin Twins are a guitar-based acoustic duo playing original songs for the betterment of your heart and mind. Jim Reynolds’ charmingly understated guitar, fairly drips with suspended melodies. It pairs wonderfully with the folk-rootsy tone of Eleanor Victoria. She’ll remind you that the human voice is truly a beautiful thing.
Martin Reed describes himself as ‘A man wandering through life without a wristband.’ You know, that wristband that tells you what you can and can’t do; where you can and can’t go. Martin doesn’t wear one and never will. He’s a storyteller, street-performer, actor, poet and comedian. He’s performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. His hobbies include drinking beer. Make time to sit back and let his creativity flow.
All I know is the world needs more Dave Stannards. His comic songs tear apart modern life and dish up more wayward characters than a Dickens novel. In the song ‘My Swears’, he pits his childhood self against a classmate in a competition to be a more effective swearer. He’s a much-needed laugh in a land consumed by hardcore rankle and tiff.
Litter of Kings are delighted to share an evening again with the lovely EllY Tree. Helen by name, tree by nature, she is a singing whirlwind with a sidecar of heavy duty ukulele. Expect heart-crushing lyrics juxtaposed with pick-me-up melodies from this true original.
Leon Helsby is a guitarist, spoken word performer and lover of language. He performs spoken word tonight. He takes words seriously, they form his ways and they invite us on a journey. Travel with him.
…and filling in some of the gaps between these marvellous acts be Litter of Kings (Duo). They’ve been busy in their tree-house drinking pissy lukewarm lemonade, arguing over the remains of a single packet of out-of-date Quavers and writing really shit songs about the local vicar.
Kick off: 8pm
Clinically insane tbh.
| 8:30 pm - 1:00 amTWM Live: Stone Shuffle Jones + DJ Ben Howard *Free Entry*
Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street
Party on the top floor of Three Wise Monkeys Colchester on Friday 22nd November when the brilliant Stone Shuffle Jones return to our venue for a FREE gig.
The lively rock covers band comprise the legacy of several critically appraised song writing bands from the last 20 years (Junk/Cav OK/Scooby Brown/Silver Light Reaction/Precious)
Stone Shuffle Jones have built up a solid reputation and specialise in all the best rock/pop hits from the 60’s up to the present day, a perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend at Three Wise Monkeys.
Also joining the band on the night is DJ Ben Howard who will be playing big tunes throughout the night and after the band go off stage, to ensure the party continues.
FREE ENTRY but arrive early as this will be a busy night!
Doors open 8.30pm on the Top Floor of Three Wise Monkeys Colchester, live music starts at 9.30pm.
| 8:30 pm - 12:00 amVorte live In Colchester
Queen St Brewhouse, 7 – 9 Queen Street
| 9:00 pm - 1:30 amCan You Dig It? The Alternative 90s Night at Twisters Bar
Twisters Bar, 45 North Hill
Whether you were into britpop, grunge, alternative rock or electronic, the 90s had something for everyone.
So on Friday 22nd November, join DJ Sam Leppard as he brings a night of alternative anthems from the 90s to Twisters Bar.
Expect to hear classics from the likes of
Bar & Heated Beer Garden opens at 5pm and DJs start at 9pm.
| 9:00 pm - 12:00 amOld Street Rockers!
The Bull Colchester,
| 9:00 pm - 12:00 amThe Hook Open Mic Nights
Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Our weekly open mic night is pretty legendary here at University of Essex.
We provide a guitar, keyboard, two mics and an eager audience.
You just have to show us what you’ve got!
Want to perform?
Don’t fancy braving the stage?
When is it?
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Photo credit: Punctum Art Collective