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Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe

Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) is joined on stage by her Blues Troupe - internationally renowned drummer Sam Kelly, with musical director Paul Jobson (piano), Tony Qunta (acoustic guitar), Marianne Windham (upright bass), Clare Hirst (sax/clarinet) and Kevin Davy (trumpet).

WHY? A narrated show featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs

Courtyard Theatre
£14 (£12 conc)

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CalleJondo - The Flamenco Dance, Music & Singing Show

An exciting new flamenco show which takes you on a journey from the purest flamenco traditions to contemporary fusion.

Artistic directors Rebeca, Martín and Josie met while performing in the streets of Seville. Drawn together by a mutual interest in learning from the others’ varied artistic backgrounds, they soon united and began performing together.

WHY? Flamenco traditions are infused with contemporary influences and the power of street arts – making for a truly unforgettable experience

Studio
£15, £13 Advantage Card holders

Advantage Card holder tickets can be booked online using the code ADVANTAGE and entering your advantage card number when prompted.

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James & Black

Bruce James and Bella Black joined musical forces in Austin, Texas in 2011 and have been on a mission spreading the word of ‘Guerrilla Soul’ ever since.

The roots of their music spring from the tradition of the Southern Soul from Texas, New Orleans and Memphis - yet they are no throwback. The foundation of their music is in the voices and stories in their songs.

WHY? The duo have toured extensively across Europe and supported the likes of Gregory Porter and Fatoumata Diawara at some of the biggest festivals

Studio
£14, £12 Supporters

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 15 May – 12 Jun, 19 Jun – 17 Jul and 24 Jul – 21 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 16 May – 13 Jun, 20 Jun – 18 Jul and 25 Jul – 22 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 15 May – 12 Jun, 19 Jun – 17 Jul and 24 Jul – 21 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Thur 16 May – 13 Jun, 20 Jun – 18 Jul and 25 Jul – 22 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing!

Teddies is energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.

Summer
Wednesdays (exc 29 May)
10am – 11am
£6 | £4 siblings

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Please book one free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a sibling under 6 months

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Eggs on Legs

Presented by Garlic Theatre.

Once I found a little egg
To my surprise it grew a leg!
Where did it come from?
Where will it go?
To find out come and see the show...

A cracking family show full of wonder and surprise. Garlic Theatre bring you a Dr Zeuss world filled with funny, crazy eggs that hatch in the most unexpected places.

WHY? Full of clowning, puppets and zany music to make you roll around with laughter

Ages guidance: 3-7 years.

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36

Garlic Theatre's Website

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Half Term Concertini with The Polka Dots

Grab your tiny dancers and join us for upbeat originals and cover songs, high energy dance routines and on-stage charisma.

Vintage vocal harmony band The Polka Dots bring the best of 1940s and 50s classics - plus some modern numbers with a retro
twist!

The 11.30am is a Relaxed performance – ideal for families with babies and toddlers or children with SEND.

WHY? Guaranteed to have the even the tiredest of feet tapping!

Age Guidance: 0 -8 years.

45 minutes.

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36

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