Mon May 22 - Sun May 28
My guide to the cool, brilliant and totally unmissable in Warwickshire and beyond this week.
Spring Mischief Festival, The Other Place, Stratford, Wed May 24 – Sat June 17
A playful and provocative month-long festival of new work, including a double-bill of two new plays, including The Earthworks by super talented playwright Tom Morton-Smith who had a huge hit with his debut play Oppenheimer about the father of the atom bomb in 2015 at the RSC and Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. It will be directed by the RSC’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Wyman. There’s also Myth, a terrific collaborative work by innovative playwright Matt Hartley and award-winning director and Complicite Associate Kirsty Housley about a wine-fuelled dinner party that descends into chaos. I’m sure we’ve all had a few of those…!
rsc.org.uk, Tel: 01789 403493
Ace Dance’s Ten, Walsall A3 Arena, Mon May 22 & Warwick Arts Centre, Wed May 24
Birmingham-based black-led dance company ACE dance and music are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Inspired by global migration, TEN is centred around the relationship between two brothers. Full of intense physical power and very human fragility, TEN explores the concepts of moving away, looking at how and why people choose unimagined destinies over the lives they’d always thought they’d live. Combining contemporary dance with an essence of Flamenco, Kathak and ACE’s inimitable Afro-fusion style. A 7pm start at Walsall and 7.45pm at Warwick Arts Centre
A3 Arena Box office on 0300 555 2898 forestartscentre.co.uk; Warwick Arts Centre book office on 024 7652 4524 or via warwickartscentre.co.uk
The Specials & Toots And The Maytals, The Genting Arena NEC, Fri May 26
Coventry’s influential 2-Tone icons The Specials and legendary Jamaican reggae heroes Toots And The Maytals will share the stage for the very first time with both acts boasting significant careers that span over 40 years. A brilliant kick-start to the summer expect highlights from their back catalogues including Ghost Town, Monkey Man, Message to You Rudy and Too Much Too Young.
Super Sunday, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue May 23 & Wed May 24
All-male Finnish acrobatic troupe Race Horse Company will make a triumphant return with Super Sunday following it storming success at London ‘s Roundhouse in 2016. Staged within a surreal derelict funfair, Super Sunday is a wild whirlwind ride of a show. Six male performers, like beach boy slackers, play out increasingly risky rites of passage. They perform petrifying feats of synchronised trampolining, death-defying human catapulting and daredevil acrobatics on giant seesaws and a wheel of death. Both supercharged and darkly funny.
A Night of Burlesque, The Royal Pug, Leamington Spa, Thur May 25
Entertainment from fab local Burlesque dancer, performer & singer Titine LaVoix in the Gin Palace upstairs who is back following a sold out New Year’s Eve show at the pub. Tickets are £20 and include entry to the Gin Palace, fizz on arrival, canapés and entertainment, admission from 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Aged 18+
The Single Mingle, Three Cafe Bar & Bistro, Clifton Road, Rugby, Fri May 26
The format for Three’s Single Mingle for men and women aged 22-45 is simple. Up to 20 single ladies and 20 single men, £20 a head including two drinks (wine, beer and cider) and a host to welcome you and ensure the night is light-hearted. A £10 deposit is need to book your place. Ring 01788 544782.
Vice Versa, The Swan, Stratford, until Sept 9
An entertaining completely bonkers new farce ‘lovingly ripped off ‘from the Roman comedies of Plutus by playwright Phil Porter (2014’s WWW1 drama The Christmas Truce & 2013’s very funny A Mad World My Masters). A clever servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle Trump-like pompous general. Felix Hayes returns to play General Braggadocio, playing his servant, Dexter, is the wonderfully charismatic Sophia Nomvete, whose credits include The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe). They are joined by former ‘Allo ‘Allo star Kim Hartman who makes her RSC debut playing ‘a lady of the night’ called Climax. Read her My Favourite Places here.
My Country, Warwick Arts Centre, Thu 25 May until Sat May 27
The National Theatre’s celebrated show My Country; a work in progress is a refreshing and entertaining take on Brexit, directed by Rufus Norris in collaboration with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. It’s a verbatim piece and a listening project. In the days following the referendum, a team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow, aged 9 to 87 – to hear their views. The opinions were honest, emotional, funny and sometimes extreme. Opening night will feature a post-show talk with Director Rufus Norris.
Warwick Food Festival, Market Square, Warwick, Sun May 28
This mouth-watering festival will return for its third year will feature an appetising line-up of more than 80 diverse food & drink traders including many regulars from Birmingham’s award-winning weekly street food festival Digbeth Dining Club – ranging from 63 Islands Caribbean street food and Bare Bones Gourmet Churros to Warwickshire’s Bearley Vineyard and Napton Water Buffalo. Check out the full list here There’s also live entertainment and kids activities along with local chefs from Leamington’s Tame Hare, Warwick’s seafood restaurant The Pickled Crab, Duck on the Pond in Long Itchington and Chadwick End’s The Orange Tree in the Demo Kitchen, 10am-6pm.
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club with, The Clarendon, Leamington Spa, Fri May 26
Craig Charles, Red Dwarf actor, poet, comedian and host of the BBC6 Funk and Soul show, returns with his trunk of funk. He’ll be spinning some of the best in funk and soul through to the current club sounds in a live 2 hour DJ set with support. Enjoy a grazing board or a fab homemade New Orleans Chilli before dancing the night away, £12 in advance, 9pm-2am.
KT Tunstall, Warwick Arts Centre, Sat May 27
Brit Award winning KT Tunstall will perform songs from her new album KIN, plus a host of favourites from her back catalogue.
War of the Roses Live, Warwick Castle, Sat May 27 – Sun June 4
A new heart pumping, fist thumping live action show recreating the War of the Roses. Pledge your allegiance in an an epic battle for the English Throne! It’s 1455 and the House of Lancaster holds the English throne. King Henry VI’s crown is challenged by the House of York. The rival houses clash in battle and the bloody war that ensues was to last over 30 years.
Pirate Festival, Hatton Adventure World, Sat May 27–June 4
Shiver me timbers the Pirates are coming to Hatton this Whitsun half-term! Young buccaneers, Long John Silver’s and Captain Jack Sparrow’s are invited to search for hidden treasure and enter a world of skulduggery and pesky pirate antics. Live pirate style entertainment includes a fantastic new Pirate Show in the family theatre, Pirate Battles, finding smuggled booty in the hidden Treasure Hunt and panning for gold. Plus, all the usual activities ranging from the Guinea Pig village, snake handling, tractor safari, falconry demonstrations to outdoor laser combat (for children 8yrs+), fun fair rides and indoor soft play area – Snorty’s Superslide Mania.
hattonworld.com Tel: 01926 843411