Time to bash out one of our favourite blog posts again – yep, it’s only the latest schedule from the absolutely ACE Colchester Arts Centre.
We’re sure that behind the scenes at St-Mary-at-the-Wall and the quarterly arrival of the programme causes a slight panic in producing each time. We LOVE writing these preview blog posts so much that we almost wish that the schedule was made available monthly.
Put simply: if you have any interest in the arts in Sunny Colch – whatever that might mean – then you should be making yourself known down at the Arts Centre.
Singers, strummed and, um, shirkers – there’s something for everyone. It’s an impossible task to blog it all. You really do need to get yourself on the mail out list, or even better, pick up the latest programme from the many pubs and shops around town.
And so here is The Chronic’s highly subjective lick lipping tease [Ooooh] as to what will be entertaining us throughout spring as the epicentre of art in sunny Colch.
If we had kids then we would take them along to The Selfish Giant on 12th January. Ditto The Teddy’s Picnic on 2nd March. Anyone want to lend us a couple of ankle biters for the afternoon?
Live art [uh-oh] often sends the alarm bells ringing. This needn’t be the case at Colchester Arts Centre. Sexuality, power and migration are all explored with Natasha Davis on 6th February. Not your average post-Panto show then.
Comedy continues to be a big hitter at the Arts Centre. As well as the established circuit acts such as Russell Kane (2nd February) Simon Day (27th February) and Sean Lock (17th March), the Arts Centre is also staging the Colchester Comedy Festival throughout April.
Lorraine Bowen on 20th April will bring some campness to Britain’s Oldest Recorded. We’re also looking forward to Richard Herring Talking Cock on 24th April. Mark Steel on 27th April will be probably sell out before we even get the chance to publish this blog post.
Fancy some folk?
Boo Hewerdine on 14th January, John Kirkpatrick on 4th February and Martin Simpson on 29th April continue to be attracted to the regular Monday night Colchester Folk Club. Plus no folk preview from the Art Centre would be complete without mentioning the return of Fairport on 17th February.
Turning up the volume slightly and we come to the Colchester Art Centre gigs. Sunny Colch faves Angry Vs The Bear will be launching their new album on 15th February. Animal Noise continue the Colne Rock theme on 29th March. Skanking it up with The Selecter (28th March) and The Beat (18th May) have long since been in The Chronic’s diary.
Oh – and don’t forget the BONKERS Dingus Khan on 16th April.
Elsewhere and jazz gets a look in with Sunday night sessions. Classic Albums cover White Light / White Heat, Spirit of Eden [untouchable] and Bitches Brew. Luke Wright adds a little hyperlocal poetry on 16th May, plus there’s the return of the slightly anarchic Colchester Variety Night on 23rd March.
Still thirsty for more?
Why don’t we finish with the Colchester CAMRA 6th Winter Beer Festival running from 23rd – 26th January. We hear that a *shhh* Sunny Colch tweet up is a possibility for the Saturday afternoon.
Colchester Arts Centre: never knowingly understood.
Or even blogged about.