TUE MAY 2-FRI MAY 5
Gecko’s The Wedding, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs May 4-Sat May 6
Gecko’s The Wedding, an exploration of personal and political marriage – are we all wedded to the society? If so, is divorce an option? Seems quite timely! Gecko is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav.
Soul II Soul, The Assembly, Leamington Spa, Fri May 5
The legendary pioneers of Neo Soul play a rare live show. Jazzie B OBE and Carol Wheeler will be bringing their full 11-piece band including backing vocalists and string section to Leamington Spa.
Mod musical All or Nothing, The Belgrade, Coventry, Thurs May 4-Sat May 6
Written by award-winning actress Carol Harrison, best known for her role as Louise Raymond in EastEnders, All or Nothing celebrates the sound of the iconic Mod band Small Faces. The musical is packed full of all the timeless hits, including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Itchycoo Park and of course All or Nothing. It first received critical acclaim and standing ovations when it opened at the Vaults Theatre in 2016 and was inspired by Carol’s long-term friendship with Small Faces frontman, the late Steve Marriott. Carol will also be taking on the role of Kay Marriott, Steve’s mother, in this production.
The 2017 Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull Women Who… Awards Lunch, Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Friday May 5
It’s the second year of the region’s Women Who awards which are all about celebrating women in business and the rising stars, who are still in education. 12 categories range from Inspiring and Outstanding Leader to Real-Life Entrepreneur and Woman Who… Innovates Through Technology. See here for this year’s finalists. The winners will be announced on Friday. The awards lunch will be hosted by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio presenter Trish Adudu and there will be three keynote speakers.
Ayesha Hazarika’s State of the Nation, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, Thurs May 4
Stand-up comedian turned political commentator Ayesha Hazarika MBE is a regular face on Good Morning Britain (ITV) as well as hard-hitting news shows from The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1) to Newsnight (BBC2) and Radio 4’s The Today Programme (BBC Radio 4). She lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour. But having been at the heart of the Labour party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband for the last decade, does she think Corbyn can win the election? Hmm, 7.45pm
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”.
May the fourth Be With You, everyone! Star Wars, Dough & Brew Film Club, Warwick, Thurs May 4
Sorry I couldn’t resist including this. My teenage son’s a massive Star Wars fan who never tires of this ‘hilarious’ joke. Eat sourdough wood-fired pizza and watch Star Wars at this kid-friendly indie pizzeria, which opened in June 2016 bringing cool industrial chic to Warwick.
All is Well, Theatre Absolute, Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, Thursday May 4- Sat May 6
A new play about the long term aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster by Vanessa Oakes. All Is Well tells the story of Aleks, Stefan and Nina as they struggle to trust one another again while living with the fear of the invisible radiation by Vanessa Oakes.
Tickets for Coventry shows: Shop Front Theatre
Gloria Sunset Duo, Fizzy Moon Brewhouse, Leamingon Spa, Thurs May 4
Days after celebrating its first birthday the fab & quirky Fizzy Moon Microbrewery continues its weekly programme of live music with the Gloria Sunset Duo, voted best vintage entertainer at the National Vintage Awards. An authentic voice that lends its self perfectly to old fashioned jazz and blues.
Gin Tasting, The Leamington Wine Company, Fri May 5
Bank holiday is over now it’s time for the next adventure…Another chance to enjoy around 30 craft gins for £30 supplemented by Fever Tree products, 7-9pm