Here’s a list of  eveything coming up at Colchester Arts Centre in the month of May, plus a few  events they’ve only just announced. To buy tickets or for further information  visit   www.colchesterartscentre.com

MONDAY 3RD MAY
LONE TWIN: THE FESTIVAL
The Festival is the third part of Lone Twin’s acclaimed The Catastrophe Trilogy, three works which share a playful approach to storytelling. The first two instalments – Alice Bell in 2006 and Daniel Hit By A Train in 2008 – were both great hits at the Arts Centre. In The Festival, a chain of events discretely alters a private world to devastating effect when two lives cross at a festival of music and song. Told against a backdrop of the here and now, this is a simple story of love and expectation, of family and companionship, of the mundane and the extraordinary.
£6 / £3.50
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.

TUESDAY 4TH MAY
KING BLUES
+ MOUTHWASH
+ DIRTY REVOLUTION
Acoustic-Ska blended with a punk twist!
£9.50
Doors open 8pm

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY
IDIOTS OF ANTS
In the few short years that they have been working together, Idiots of Ants have been constantly at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary sketch
comedy shows. Prepare to witness the most bizarre revelation of World War 2, the origins of Tom and Jerry’s epic battle and the launch of the new Idiots of Ants computer game ‘Urban Sword Fighter 3’. “Best Sketch Group of 2009” Tim Arthur, Time Out.
£12 / £10 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 7TH MAY
FARMERS MARKET
A wide array of produce from local sources.
9am – 1pm
Admission free

FRIDAY 7TH MAY
STEWART FRANCIS:
TOUR DE FRANCIS
Back due to popular demand! An accomplished actor, writer and comedian, Stewart has performed his slick, perfectly timed wealth of gags all over the world from the US to Kilkenny and Aspen to South Africa.
SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 8TH MAY
BLUNDERBUS THEATRE CO:
THE RAINBOW FISH
Come along and meet the Rainbow Fish, in this brand new musical adaptation of the ever-popular story for children. Prepare to dive deep down to the watery depths, as you’re whisked away on a magical underwater adventure.
£3.95
Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2pm.

SATURDAY 8TH MAY
LUCY PORTER: FOOL’S GOLD
Featuring live alchemy, a tribute to Mr T and a very valuable, big gold thing with security guards and everything!
£14 / £12 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

SUNDAY 8TH MAY
THE GODFATHERS
Legendary Alt-rockers, back at last!
£12
Doors open 7pm

MONDAY 10TH MAY
MARTIN SIMPSON
Guitar hero and celebrated interpreter of song, feted several times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and considered one of the national treasures of English traditional music.
£11 / £9 concs
Doors Open 7.45pm

THURSDAY 13TH MAY
SHAMS THEATRE: REYKJAVIC
Part travelogue, part forensic reconstruction, Reykjavík is a journey through a city of extremes – mysterious, absurd and beautiful – in search of a half-forgotten love affair. An immersive, multi-sensory installation and playful performance that invites you a witness to ask: how far can we trust our own memory?
£6 / £3.50 concs
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.

FRIDAY 14TH MAY
THE ASYLUM
COLCHESTER’S TOP UNDER 18s NIGHT!
Rock, indie and alternative.
£6
7pm – 11pm

SATURDAY 15TH MAY
Reinvent your look with Colchester’s
FROCK SWAP!
Shopaholic? Bag yourself a free outfit! Delve into the depths of your wardrobe for all those unworn and unwanted items of clothing that you’ve been dying to declutter! Bring along your party clothes, fancy dress, prom dresses, bridesmaids or even that wedding dress that’s taking up far too much space. Anything goes; you can bring clothes of any size, colour and material, suitable for children, women and men. Basically –any textiles! Drop your clothing off from 9:30 – 10:30am at the arts centre on Saturday 15 May and pick up something more appealing. Swapping begins at 11am until 12pm with a free for all between 12-1pm.
Admission £1 donation to charity.
Working in partnership with Colchester Borough Council, whose recycling team will be recycling any remaining textiles at the end of the day.

SUNDAY 16TH MAY
JOHN LAW TRIO
John Law’s trio The Art of Sound, with Sam Burgess (resident bass player at Ronnie Scotts and known for his work with Gwyneth Herbert, Tom Cawley and many others) and Asaf Sirkis (Gilad Atzmon and Tim Garland groups) has established, since its formation in 2005, a reputation as one of the UK’s most creative small ensembles. Renowned for incredibly wide-ranging dynamics, the trio covers the entire spectrum, from poised, romantic ballads, to heavy rock sounding anthems. And plenty of jazz and rhythmic grooves.
“If there’s one jazz ensemble on the British scene that wows you with sheer technical brilliance, it’s surely this one.” Ivan Hewitt, Telegraph
“a sublime trio…a band heading for great things!” John Fordham, Jazz UK/The Guardian
John Law: Piano
Sam Burgess: Bass
Asaf Sirkis: Drums
Table seating £10
Standard £8 / £6 concs
Doors open 8pm, Concert Starts 8.30pm

MONDAY 17TH MAY
VIN GARBUTT
An accomplished guitarist and fine whistle-player; a zany wit and superb performer. Bound to sell out so buy your tickets early!
£11 / £10 concs
Doors Open 7.45pm

TUESDAY 18TH MAY
THE BATTENBERG CIRCUS
A night of musical treats from Colchester Institute.
£7
Doors open 7pm

WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY
ECLECTRICITY
More talent from Colchester Institute.
£6
Doors open 7pm

THURSDAY 20TH MAY
ADRIAN EDMONDSON
& THE BAD SHEPHERDS
+ ELLA EDMONDSON
SOLD OUT
Doors open 8pm

FRIDAY 21ST MAY
SMUDGE
+ THE HILLMISTERS + (((OH DEAR
+ THE HOONS
Aussie indie-pop heroes who co-wrote all the Lemonheads best songs. First UK show since 1994!
£6
Doors open 7pm

SATURDAY 22ND MAY
JACTITO PUPPET THEATRE:
PANDORA’S TRUNK
If you put rubbish into Pandora’s Trunk it changes into something better! A wacky, magical show with storytelling, acting and puppetry.
£3.95
Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2pm.

SATURDAY 22ND MAY
ABANDON SHIP 3
featuring DURACELL
+ DISCO BITCH + UM
+ SHITSOCK + HISSING AT SWANS
+ CATS AGAINST THE BOMB
The annual night of sonic absurdity, featuring a French synth / drum explosion, Colchester techno punk mayhem and sex, ukes & rock ‘n roll.
£6
Doors open 7pm

SUNDAY 23RD MAY
FUZZBOX
All-girl 80s DIY pop punks turned chart conquering pop behemoths. Expect hits like “International Rescue” and “Pink Sunshine”.
£10
Doors open 7pm

MONDAY 24TH MAY
KAN
featuring BRIAN FINNEGAN
& AIDAN O’ROURKE
FLOOK and LAU members join forces to travel a daring and innovative musical path. Brian is the Irish flute and whistle genius from Flook and Aidan the astounding fiddle player from Lau.
£10 / £9 concs
Doors Open 7.45pm

THURSDAY 27TH MAY
KLAXONS
The progenitors of New Rave make a stop off in little old Colchester!
£12.50
Doors open 8pm

FRIDAY 28TH MAY
SURFQUAKE
+ VELLOCETTA
Authentic Surf-Rock from the newly expanded four-piece lineup of Swell (guitar), The Dunes (drums), Hannah Lu Lu and whatever the bass player is called these days.
£6
Doors open 8pm

SATURDAY 29TH MAY
CRIMINAL
+ ROMEO MUST DIE + SOWER
Chilean technical thrashers.
£6
Doors open 7pm

JUST ADDED…

GIGS

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE
JULIETTE LEWIS
Hollywood star turned indie rock sensation, now going it alone post The Licks. Her new album sees her teaming up with producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta.
£12.50
Doors open 8pm

THURSDAY 7TH OCTOBER
GEORGIE FAME & SONS
Georgie, with his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become an Icon of the British music scene. So far there have been more than twenty albums and fourteen hit singles, including the Number 1’s: Yeh Yeh, Getaway and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.   Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names:   Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, amongst many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide Musical Legend!
£17.50
NB This show is not covered by the Colchester Arts Centre Membership Scheme.

SUNDAY 24TH OCTOBER
WE ARE THE OCEAN
Screamo favourites – back for more carnage!
£7.50
Doors 7pm

COMEDY

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY
DR PHIL HAMMOND:
DR PHIL’S RUDE HEALTH SHOW
“Great to have a pint with but you wouldn’t want him as your Doctor” The Times.
£14 / £12
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

WEDNESDAY 6TH OCTOBER
RUSSELL KANE
As seen on FIVE US and LIVE AT THE APOLLO – a set of pure stand-up from Westcliff On Sea’s finest comedy export.
£14 / £12 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 8TH OCTOBER
ROB DEERING
Rob Deering and his guitar – the finest double act working in Britain today – combine razor-sharp stand-up with incredible flights of musicianship to create the ultimate Rob Deering experience. He’s not so much a one man band as a one man comedy Woodstock.
“Massively engaging intelligent comic offering a cracking mix of songs and silliness” The Guardian
“As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army knife, Rob Deering is one of the best performers currently on the circuit” The Independent £12 / £10 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER
TOMMY TIERNAN:
CROOKED MAN
Fresh from sell out runs in Montreal, Boston, Chicago and New York and following his third appearance on Letterman, Tiernan’s high intensity, high octane shows are not for the faint-hearted. This new show CROOKED MAN is a delicious journey of rich, honest unashamed laughs. A no holds barred roller coaster ride as Tommy continues his relentless interrogation of the big ideas – Sex, Religion, Family, all viewed through the lens of his own curious quirks, personal demons and indignant sense of outrage.
£16 / £14 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
LEE NELSON’S WELL GOOD TOUR
The legend behind Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC3) brings some funnies to people in the UK who don’t have a TV. Last chance to see him before his trial. Qwalit-eeey!
“Genius” The Independent on Sunday
“Real star quality” The Times
£12.50 / £10.50 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER
ISY SUTTIE
The new show from the girl perhaps more familiar to many as Dobby in Channel 4’s Peep Show.
£12 / £10 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER
ALUN COCHRANE:
JOKES. LIFE. AND JOKES ABOUT LIFE.
An envelope stuffed full of my own hand-chiselled lovingly created jokes, versus a bag of ‘life’ (not insulin: anecdotes, observations). But which is funniest? Let’s decide together.
“the best, as well as the most natural stand-up I’ve seen at the Fringe this year… Expect Alun Cochrane to be filling arenas soon.” THE INDEPENDENT
£12 / £10 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.