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Art Club, Morgan’s Bar, Leamington, Wed May 10 & Thurs May 11

Live sketches byPortugese  artist-in-residence Ana Agostinho from Lisbon, who studied at the prestigious Atleier Escola Durqan Castaibert. As well showcasing her portfolio of original work Ana will be offering live sketches, 5pm until late with extended Happy Hour until 7.15pm.

Bring on the Bollywood & Bollywood Dance Classes, B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Sat May 6-Sat May 13

Rising star: Nisha Aaliya

Created by Samir Bhamra, the master of authentic Bollywood inspired work this exuberant dance-theatre production interweaves real stories of love infused with the works of Oliver Goldsmith and William Shakespeare, plus classic Indian cinema. He discovered newcomer Nisha Aaliya who plays fiery heroine Dr. Katrina Pawar by chance when she attended auditions as a choreographic assistant. To coincide Sneha Singh, a dance performer and teacher is running Bollywood Dance Classes at The Belgrade on Saturdays until June 24. A limited number of places are available for beginners from 2-3pm and advanced from 4- 5.30pm., Tel 024 7655 3055

 Protoje & The Indiggnation, O2 Institute Birmingham, Tues May 9
I caught Protoje at Glastonbury last year – on TV not in person – and bought his album Ancient Future on the back of that. The video for Who Knows? ft. Chronixx  is an idylllic picture postcard with the most amazing Jamaican beaches. The talented Jamaican songwriter & singer is one of the instigators of the ‘reggae revival’ movement respecting its history, not surprising as his mother, Lorna Bennett, was a reggae singer in the 1970s and his father, Mike Ollivierre, AKA Lord Have Mercy, is a calypsonian from St Vincent. He’s supported by new talent Sevana.

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Poet, comedian, rock star & BBC 6 music DJ John Cooper Clarke, Leamington Assembly, Tue May 9

Salford-born John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. His poetry is now included on the national curriculum syllabus and his effect on modern music is huge. His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. The Arctic Monkeys even put one of John’s best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album. Age 14+;

Rosie Kay Dance Co presents MK Ultra, Warwick Arts Centre, Thur May 11 & Fri May 12

One of the UK’s leading choreographers Rosie Kay brings a hypnotic world of pop culture to life in an “exceptionally stylish” mash-up of thrilling dance, music and imagery in MK Ultra. Rosie is renowned for her athletic movement, rigorous research and intelligent theatricality., Box Office: 024 7652 4524

Rent, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tue May 9-Sat May 13

A production of Jonathan Larson’s ground-breaking Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent, about a group of bohemian artists set in New York’s East Village follows its 21st anniversary. The cast includes West Midlands-born actress Katie Bradley – an ex Sutton Coldfield College student., Tel 024 7655 3055 

A Night of Speed Dating in the Gin Palace, The Royal Pug, Leamington Spa, Thurs May 11

Sip, flirt and laugh your way through a speed dating event like no other. Places available for ages 24-38,  £20.

Vice Versa, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Thur May 11-Sept 9

‘Vice Versa’ rehearsal

A riotous 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 a pompous general. Felix Hayes returns to play General Braggadocio, playing his servant, Dexter, is Sophia Nomvete, whose  credits include The Color 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 Climax. Read her My Favourite Places here.

Stewart Lee: Content Provider, The Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs May 4 & Thurs May 11

After four years writing and performing his axed BBC 2 show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. Expect gags about Brexit, Trump, kinky sex and selfie culture from the “ex-TV comic”.

Premiere of new work: May Utang, Theatre Absolute, Coventry CV1 3HW, Thurs May 11

Writer-performer Jules Orcullo

Award-winning Theatre Absolute is premiering a 20-minute new work performed by Filipina-Australian writer & performer Jules Orcullo. May Utang translates as ‘There’s Debt’ and tells of her encounters with people questioning her identity while she was living in Coventry, Sydney and the Philippines. It will be followed by a post show chat and soul funk DJ set, £8 & £6 (concessions). This is the first in a series of 9 new commissions written and performed by the writers in a two-year theatre programme called, Are We Where We Are?.

Shop Front Theatre, City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HW Tickets available online from Oxboffice 

Russsell Brand: Re:Birth, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue May 9

We see the return of a mellower, more mature Brand since he became a new dad last autumn  – mindful that the has left his fiancee and baby daughter at home while he nips off on a quick tour of the UK…He unravels the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death in Re:Birth.



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