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Susie Dent presents The Secret Life of Words

Lexicographer - Best Selling Author – Queen of Dictionary Corner

Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge).

Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters.

Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.

WHY? 'Funny, fact-filled and delightful' Jonathan Ross

'Wonderfully clever and funny... a national treasury from a national treasure Richard Osman

'Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words' Pam Ayres

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@susie_dent
@nordenfarm

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WHY? First performed in 1874, the opera continues to be an audience pleaser right into the 21st century

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WHY? A joyful and moving celebration of one of the most popular comic actors of our era

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@JulianDutton1
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It will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition Gauguin Portraits, just after it opens in London. Audiences will be given an engaging and lively guided tour by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

Why? Exploring the work of one of the world's most popular and important artists

Run time: 90 mins

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Featuring funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, live auctions, exciting antique finds, huge profits, even bigger losses, as well as stories from celebrity TV appearances and historical journeys through time. It’s all part of what makes this show like no other.

The show is very much audience led with involvement in the form of questions from the audience or questions and challenges from David throughout, as the talk develops.

WHY? Join the TV celebrity and national treasure David Harper as he shares the stories of his career

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@DavidHarperTV
@nordenfarm

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Bring Baby Screenings
The screening on Friday 25 October at 11am is exclusively for parents, careers and grown-ups with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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WHY? Watch him create from scratch, stunning floral designs fit for any and every home

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@migkim
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WHY? ‘A treat from start to finish’ The Herald

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Age Guidance 14+ years.

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Our storyteller Ruth will be joining us on Sunday 29 September and reading The Runaway Pancake and other Tales.

Age guidance 4 – 7 years.

WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children

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£3.50 per person (45 mins)

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