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Hailey Tuck

Hailey’s uniquely captivating voice sits somewhere between Billie Holiday, Regina Spektor and Ella Fitzgerald.

She enchants audiences with classics such as My Funny Valentine and surprises with her unique take on tracks by Bob Dylan and Maroon 5. Hailey released her debut EP last year. She has since performed over forty shows across Europe and Asia. Hailey also supported Jamie Cullum at his Parisian album launch.

WHY? ‘The soul of a Jazz Age libertine’ Entertainment Weekly

@Haileytuck
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Hailey's website

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The Water Diviner (15)

In 1915, three brothers leave Australia to fight for the Allied forces in Turkey. After the battle of Gallipolli, they are presumed dead. Their father travels to Europe in search of them but is blocked by military bureaucracy.

WHY? Russell Crowe's directorial debut

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Little Wrigglers

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime. Suitable for ages 2+ years.

£20 for block booking of 4 or £6 per session. Sibling discount £1.50.

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Arts and Crafts Session

Hour long activities themed magic, journeys and adventure.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day:

Tuesday – Aliens and UFO
Wednesday – Ladybirds and Spiders
Thursday – Snails and Caterpillars
Friday – Polar Bear and Elephant

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The Journey Home

Join Polar Bear as he sets off in search of a new home when the ice starts melting.

Travelling through storms, busy shipping lanes and across oceans, he picks up some exciting friends along the way. Meet them all on their journey of discovery and friendship? Adapted from the acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Frann Preston-Gannon. Suitable for ages 3+ years.

WHY? ‘A stunning piece of visual theatre’ Frann Preston-Gannon, author of the book

Click here to read a review on MidLife Mum's blog

Click here to read a review on Childplays blog

Here's what audiences at Little Angel Theatre have said:
Extraordinary theatre…effective at all levels for the younger child and anyone of any age'

'A really inspiring and clever approach to environmental issues for kids and adults'

@LittleATheatre
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Little Angel Theatre website

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Cinderella (U)

Dir: Kenneth Branagh 2014

Ella welcomes her new stepmother and stepsisters into the family home. But she is soon relegated to nothing more than a servant girl and renamed Cinderella.

WHY? ‘A remarkably faithful, full-hearted live action rendition of Cinderella, well cast and sumptuously staged’ ★★★★ This is London

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Home (U)

Dir: Tim Johnson 2014

Oh is a loveable misfit from another planet. He lands on Earth and become friends with a lonely girl named Tip. On their adventures, Oh learns that that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human.

WHY? ‘An entertaining odd-couple comedy on very traditional lines’ The Guardian

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Storytelling

Join storytellers Amelia and Lorna every day at 1.15pm and 3.30pm.

Sit on giant toadstools in the glade or climb inside the wagon in the woods for tales of magic and mischief!

Mon 25 May
13.15 – 13.35 Rumply Crumbly Stinky Pin
15.30 – 15.50 Little Red Riding Wolf

Tues 26 May
13.15 – 13.35 Shampoozel
15.30 – 15.50 Little Red Riding Wolf

Wed 27 May
13.15 – 13.35 Cinder Boy
15.30 – 15.50 Shampoozel

Thur 28 May
13.15 – 13.35 Little Red Riding Wolf
15.30 – 15.50 Rumply Crumbly Stinky Pin

Fri 29 May
13.15 – 13.35 Shampoozel
15.30 – 15.50 Cinder Boy

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces are free and must be booked.

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Paul Lamb and the King Snakes

Acknowledged globally as one of the very finest purveyors of rhythm and blues.

Paul Lamb and the King Snakes have been inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame. They have released over fourteen albums and won countless awards. Paul Lamb has represented Britain in the World Harmonica Championships. Mark Knopfler has said of him ‘This is blues harp as good as it gets’.

WHY? ‘You just have to stand back and admire the sheer brilliance of their musicianship’ Blues and Rhythm Magazine

@PaulLambKS
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Paul Lamb and the King Snakes website

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Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus.

Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer 2015 Dates
Sat 2 May – Sat 8 Aug (exc 23 May and 18 Jul)
£8 per class or £91 for 13 week course

Click here to download the information sheet for these classes

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Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show - for Kids (and childish Grown Ups!)

The time travelling Victorian magicians unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility.

Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea! Suitable for ages 5+ years.

WHY? Mixing brain busting illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, this is a show for all the family – where magic and silliness abound!

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold members until Tuesday 24 March

@MorganMagic
@WestMagic
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Morgan and West's website

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Lucy Beaumont - We can Twerk it Out

Foster’s Best Newcomer nominee 2014.

Lucy is the winner of The BBC New Comedy Award, Chortle Best Newcomer and star of BBC 3's Live at the Electric. This is her hugely anticipated debut show. Spend an hour in Lucy's universe on the North East coast with her unique blend of surreal, offbeat humour and big belly laughs.

WHY? ‘A new voice in stand up both metaphorically and literally’ Chortle

@lucybeaumont
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Lucy's website

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Zumba

Led by Annet Bowler.

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba® programme.

An exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party™. Dance to various Latin rhythms including salsa, reggeaton, merengue, cumbia, bellydance and more.

Spring 2015
Sun 4 Jan - 3 May (exc 5 Apr)

Summer 2015
Sun 10 May – 6 Sept

Click here to download the information sheet for this class

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The Salvation (15)

Dir: Kristian Levring 2014

Jon is a Danish immigrant in the 1870s Wild West. When he kills the men who killed his wife and son, he incurs the wrath of a sadistic gang leader hell bent on hunting him down.

WHY? The mighty Mads Mikkelsen unleashes a maelstrom of bloodshed in this white-knuckle tale of revenge

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Body Control Pilates (Intermediate)

Led by Gillian Burn.

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. Pilates will help to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues 2 Jun – Tues 30 Jun
£40 per 5 week course
£48 for 6 week course
£112 for all 3 courses

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Calm Reflection and Mighty Torrents - Drawing Water in Charcoal and Soft or Oil Pastels

Led by Jo Hall.

Explore the use of chalk or oil pastels to depict water in a variety of landscapes; from still lake water to cascading waterfalls. Inspired by artists such as Turner, Cezanne and Monet, learn to depict turbulence, flow and reflections.

Suitable for all abilities.

Tue 5 May – 9 Jun (exc 26 May)
£82 for 5 week course or £18 per class

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Body Control Pilates (Beginners)

Led by Gillian Burn.

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. Pilates will help to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues 2 Jun – Tues 30 Jun
£40 per 5 week course
£48 for 6 week course
£112 for all 3 courses

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Geeta Rai

An energetic modern Indian dance style. The classes are a fusion of Indian and western styles with Latino and Arabic influences. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 6+ years and all abilities.

£67 per term.

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Youth Dance - Junior

Norden Exposure led by Becky Hinton

Develop contemporary performance techniques whilst taking inspiration from other popular dance styles. Groups perform at Norden Farm and the Lift Off Dance Festival at South Hill Park. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities.

9 – 13 years l £67 per term

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Youth Dance - Academy

Norden Exposure led by Becky Hinton

Develop contemporary performance techniques whilst taking inspiration from other popular dance styles. Groups perform at Norden Farm and the Lift Off Dance Festival at South Hill Park. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

14+ years l £73 per term

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended). Suitable for all levels of experience.

Acceptance

Tuesday 5 May

We often waste a lot of time and energy worrying because things are not the way that we would like them to be. Acceptance is about a willingness to let go of our fantasy of how things should be and being open to enjoy things as they are.

Living in our Heads

Tuesday 2 June

For many of us, our bodies are used primarily to carry our heads around! This session looks at our relationship with our body and how to begin to integrate it with our mind.

Beginner’s Mind

Tuesday 7 July

This session is about looking at the ordinary in a new light, as if looking at it for the first time. Part of this is noticing our habitual ways of dealing with things which gives us the opportunity to choose a different way to respond.

  •   2 Jun SOLD OUT
  •   7 Jul SOLD OUT
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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Led by Juliette Tieku-Smith

Chant rhythmic rhymes, play with finger puppets, dress up, let loose on the dance floor and jam out on percussion. Suitable for ages 6 months and over.

£20 for block booking of 4 or £6 per session. Sibling discount £1.50.

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Make Silver Jewellery 1

Led by Janet Richardson.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects. Materials cost to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Wed Jun – Wed 1 Jul
£84 per 5 week course

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Woman in Gold (12a)

Dir: Simon Curtis 2015

Maria Altmann is a Jewish refugee forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, she embarks on an epic journey to reclaim a painting of her Aunt Adele stolen by the Nazis.

WHY? Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in this incredible true story

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After School Arts Club - Pop Art & Andy Warhol

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Be inspired by the bold style of Andy Warhol’s prints and print your own self portrait. Learn about printing, colour blocking and explore comic strip styles to make a statement artwork to take home.

Wed 3 June – Wed 24 June | 4pm – 5.15pm
£38 per 4 week course

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Junior Youth Theatre - Group A

Fun and dynamic drama classes led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Juniors £67 per term (from Wed 29 April)
School Year 2 & 3

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Junior Youth Theatre - Group B

Fun and dynamic drama classes led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Juniors £67 per term (from Wed 29 April)
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre - Academy

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Academy £97 per term (from Wed 29 April)
Suitable for all abilities. School Year 12+.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Book Club

Price includes a drink from the bar.

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Titles for Summer are:

May: A Dead Hand by Paul Theroux
June: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
July: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
August: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Click here to download the Book Club information sheet

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Force Majeure (15)

Dir: Ruben Östlund 2014

(Swedish with English subtitles)

Tomas and his family are enjoying a skiing holiday at a high end resort in the French Alps. When an avalanche bears down on them, Tomas makes a decision that rocks his marriage and his role as family patriarch.

WHY? A wickedly funny and precisely observed black comedy

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Youth Theatre - Group C

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities

Seniors £97 per term (from Thurs 30 April)
School Year 7 & 8

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre - Group F

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Seniors £97 per term (from Thurs 30 April)
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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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. These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 4 Jun – Thur 2 Jul
£32 per 5 week course

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Kathakali

One of the world’s foremost Indian theatre companies return to the UK.

Kathakali is the classical dance drama of Kerala. It embraces drama, dance, music, visuals and ritual to create the most exotic, visually exciting and powerful forms of theatre. Colourful costumes and elaborate three dimensional make up magically transforms the actors into gods, kings, devils and princesses. They tell universal stories from the Hindu epics.

‘Spectacularly beautiful!’ The Daily Telegraph

WHY? The show received a standing ovation from over 600 people at the Southbank Centre in May this year!

@KalaChethenaKat
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company website

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Jasper Cromwell-Jones - This is Not a Holiday

The buffoonish creation of award winning comedian Joe Bor. When hapless, upper crust adventurer Jasper learns that daddy is in the Outback, off he pops to Australia.

His mission becomes more about survival than retrieval. He’s not helped by his laddish cousin Jimmy or his obsessive fan Gemma. Luckily Bear Grylls proves to be much more helpful.

WHY? ‘The high gag rate puts many other character comics to shame’ The Guardian

@josephbor
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Joe's website

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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. These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 4 Jun – Thur 2 Jul
£32 per 5 week course

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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fri 1 May – 12 Jun (exc 29 May)

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects. Materials cost to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Fri 5 Jun – Fri 3 Jul
£84 per 5 week course

  •   5 Jun SOLD OUT
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Fun with Acrylics: Acrylic and Ink Landscapes

Led by Karen Carter.

Create lively interpretations of photographs or sketches of landscapes: experimenting with a combination of transparent and opaque techniques, black ink and tissue paper. A fun and fresh approach - producing exciting results! A basic knowledge of acrylics is desirable.

Materials to be supplied by participant, plus materials cost to tutor where indicated.

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Make Silver Jewellery 3

Led by Janet Richardson.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects. Materials cost to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Fri 5 Jun – Fri 3 Jul
£84 per 5 week course

  •   5 Jun SOLD OUT
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Digi Den

Led by DJ Mhlanga

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den. Students will work together to develop their technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation. The final project will be showcased on our main stage. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all levels of experience.

School Year 7 – 13| £80 per 10 week term

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Youth Theatre - Group G

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Seniors £97 per term (from Fri 24 April)
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Anne Janelle with special guest James Hill

The cellist-turned-songwriter creates songs steeped in the rich traditions of folk, pop and blues.

Her classical training combines with evocative and vulnerable lyrics. Anne has released several albums to critical acclaim and won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year. She is joined by James Hill on ukulele, fiddle and foot percussion.

WHY? ‘Inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed’ R2 Magazine

@AnneJanelleMus
@jameshillmusiq
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Anne's website

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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Laticia Iglesias.

A brand new class at the Farm and a great way to start the weekend. Discover the rhythm and passion of Flamenco! Step into the atmosphere of Andalusia -its movements and music. Start by learning the basic steps and progress through the courses, in a relaxed and fun environment.

Fri 1 May – 12 Jun (exc 29 May) and 19 Jun – 24 Jul
£42 per 6 week course

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Kathak Dance - Beginners

Led by Amrit Bhamra and Devika Shangari.

A chance to experience the most exhilarating classical dance style of Northern India! Students will have the opportunity to work towards annual exams in this beautiful rhythmic dance style. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 4+ years and all abilities.

Beginners l 11.30am – 12pm l £37 per term (from Sat 25 April)

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Kathak Dance - Intermediate

Led by Amrit Bhamra and Devika Shangari.

A chance to experience the most exhilarating classical dance style of Northern India! Students will have the opportunity to work towards annual exams in this beautiful rhythmic dance style. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 4+ years and all abilities.

Intermediate l 10.30am – 11.30am l £73 per term (from Sat 25 April)

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The Neil Diamond Story - The Life of Legend in Song

A celebration of the life and work of the musical legend.

Featuring iconic songs from a hit filled career such as Cracklin’ Rosie, Love on The Rocks, America, and Play Me alongside much loved album tracks and more recent acoustic material.

WHY? Bob Drury’s one-man show is a ‘must see’ for all Diamond fans

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The Churchfitters

A folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw.

Foot stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments.

WHY? ‘Musicians who know how to wring every last drop of passion from a song’ folking.com

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold Members until Wednesday 1 April

Click here to visit the Churchfitters website

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Antony and Cleopatra

Encore screenings from the Globe.

When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

WHY? ★★★★ London Theatre ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Guardian

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Youth Theatre - Group H

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Seniors £97 per term (from Sun 26 April)
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

An opportunity for all those who enjoy singing a toe-tapping repertoire, from Bach to the Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel. No audition or sight-reading required.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 21 Apr – 7 Jul (exc. 26 May and 2 Jun)
£70 per 10 week course

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Dick Tracy

There's been a series of high profile crimes right across the city so the police chief's put his best man on the job – Dick Tracy.

It's down to the square-jawed, hard-hitting, fast-shooting, comic book detective to solve the crime the only way he knows how... the crime solving way. A physical comedy with fooling, live music and lightning quick character changes spattered with mystery, malice and mischief.

WHY? ‘A company on top form and leagues ahead of anyone else doing this work’ ★★★★★ What's On Stage

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold Members until Wednesday 1 April

@LeNavetBete
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Le Navet Bete website

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ROH Live: La Boheme

Live screening (Wednesday, encores Thursday and Sunday).

The Royal Opera House present Puccini’s timeless romance, set in the Bohemian Paris of the 1830s.

WHY? The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings

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Ahir Shah & Gareth Richards

Avalon Edinburgh Preview

Ahir Shah’s sharp, intellectual brand of stand up features a blend of emotional frankness, poetic language, and jokes.

‘He is made for stand-up’ The List

Gareth Richards offers delectable comedy delights, with or without instrumentation. His off-beat and unique style makes him one to watch!

‘He’s a quietly clever craftsman with a big future’ Evening Standard

WHY? Exclusive preview shows from the UK’s biggest comedy agent

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold Members until Wednesday 1 April

@ahirshah
@garethrichards
@nordenfarm

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Fun with Acrylics: Collage, Paint and Line

Led by Karen Carter.

Explore methods for incorporating collage into acrylic painting - combining text, pattern, paint and line to create unique, multi-layered images! Session references the works of John Piper and Mike Bernhard. A basic knowledge of acrylics is desirable.

Materials fee to tutor £2.50

Materials to be supplied by participant, plus materials cost to tutor where indicated.

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Dir: Thomas Vinterberg 2015

Bathsheba Everdene is independent, beautiful and headstrong. She is courted by three very different suitors – sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, soldier Frank Troy and bachelor William Boldwood.

WHY? Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy

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Summer Ceilidh

An evening of dance in our glorious 18th century barn.

Ceilidh band Nedron’s Jig provide the music while caller Hugh Crabtree is on hand to call out the steps and guide you through the dances.

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Summer Sounds with Julian Siegel (saxes)

The internationally in demand musician is known for his creative inspirational sounds.

Supported by Piers Green (sax), and a rhythm section acclaimed at every gig – Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? ‘A world class saxophonist’ Jazz UK

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold Members until Wednesday 1 April

Click here to visit Julian's website

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The Vinyl Frontier - Singles Championship 2015

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

A highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold Members until Wednesday 1 April

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit John's website

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Piano Lessons

Led by Minor Atabek

Make Saturdays a musical day in your week. Playing the piano is not only fun, but also good for memory and concentration. Prepare for ABRSM or Trinity exams or learn just for yourself. Suitable for all levels of experience. Age 5 – 14 years.

Sat 25 Apr – 23 May and Sat 13 Jun – 11 Jul
Lessons held between 10am and 12pm

20 min lesson £75 per 5 week course
40 min lesson £140 per 5 week course

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Dark Side of the Wall

A live tribute to Pink Floyd.

Now in their 19th year, the award winning band continue to enthral audiences. The nine piece line up combine their obvious on-stage enthusiasm with all the necessary attention to detail.
In well over 2 hours of reverent tribute expect music from all Pink Floyd’s classic albums and feature tracks such as Comfortably Numb, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Another Brick In The Wall.

WHY? Accompanied by a moving light and laser show

@DSoftheWall
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Dark Side of the Wall website

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Martin Alvarado: Asi es mi Tango (So This is My Tango)

The award winning tango singer has been heralded the finest vocalist to have emerged from Buenos Aires for decades.

4.30pm – 6.30pm DJ set from Milonguera Lisa (included in ticket price)

7.30pm Live music from Martin Alvarado

With his colourful tenor voice and charismatic stage presence, he has toured major venues and festivals around Europe and South America. Internationally acclaimed Finnish pianist and bandoneonista Mikko Helenius is an intriguing and contrasting personality on stage.

WHY? Together they deliver a varied repertoire, including rare Piazzolla songs, crossing the language barrier with often heart-rending interpretations

Authentic Argentinian snacks available throughout the day

@alvaradomartin
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Martin's website

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Girlhood

Dir: Céline Sciamma 2014

(French with English subtitles)

Marieme is oppressed by her family setting and dead-end school prospects. She meets three free spirited girls and starts new life with them, even changing her name.

WHY? ‘Ravishingly shot in Cinemascope, it is a work of cinematic art’ The Guardian

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Crochet Club

Crochet offers a way to relax, to be creative and to have fun.

Learn in a relaxed atmosphere at this new addition to the Norden Farm Night School.
Learn basic stitches and techniques in a supportive environment or for those with experience, come along and get expert tips for your projects.


Bring a 4mm hook and some light coloured smooth double knitting yarn or buy a starter kit on the night from £5.

£10 per session.

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Pierre Bensusan

The ‘Mozart of Guitar’ is back in the UK.

The finger style acoustic guitar virtuoso has been performing for over 40 years. He is recognised as one of the great guitar players of the 21st century and described as a ‘genius’ by the likes of Jon Gomm and Melody Maker. Pierre’s style of playing crosses world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more.

WHY? Winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award for Live Performance Album

@PBensusan
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Pierre's website

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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fri 19 Jun – Fri 24 Jul

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Lino Printing: Beginners

Led by Karen Carter

Learn all the basics of this wonderful printing process and produce a set of single and multi-coloured prints, in this structured but relaxed workshop. Learn how to create a design from source materials, how to cut lino and printing techniques. No experience necessary.

Materials fee of £5 payable to tutor.

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Red Priest - Baroque Ensemble

Piers Adams (recorders)
Julia Bishop (violin)
Angela East (cello)
David Wright (harpsichord)

Carnival of the Seasons

Vivaldi's Four Seasons as you have never heard them before!

A dazzling array of baroque 'affects' and theatrical effects bring these pieces vividly to life.

WHY? The four piece baroque super group has become an international phenomenon, turning the period instrument movement on its head

Click here to visit the Red Priest website

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Precious Metal Clay Workshop

Led by Janet Richardson.

Learn a range of techniques for working with this wonderful material, which can be moulded like clay and turned into pure silver by firing (sintering). Create earrings, pendants and charms, leaving with three finished pieces or more. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Materials fee payable to tutor £24

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The Summer Sessions: Headlined by New Town Kings

5pm Live music in the Café Bar
6.30pm Beth Atkinson
7.15pm Simpson
8.15pm Fella

Headline at 9.30pm

New Town Kings

The ska reggae collective emphatically blend old school Jamaican rhythms with a fresh dose of UK inspired ska. The eight piece band’s modern twist on classic Jamaican music has seen them tour the country and play with the likes of The Skints, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and US reggae legends The Aggrolites to name a few.

WHY? ‘Nice work from the New Town Kings...the best of Brit reggae’ BBC Radio 1Xtra


@newtownkings
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the New Town Kings website

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Pete Firman - Edinburgh Festival Preview

Join the star of BBC1's The Magicians and the UK's leading comedian/magician as he previews new jokes and tricks for his next show.

Expect his own trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ The Telegraph

This event is on sale to Bronze, Silver and Gold Members until Wednesday 1 April

@petefirman
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Pete's website

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Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

Adapted by Mike Poulton.

Dickens considered A Tale of Two Cities ‘the best story I have ever written’.

Interweaving one family’s personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution this is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption. The ‘Poulton’s adaptation is brilliant… ensures no-one unacquainted with the novel will be baffled’ The Observer.

WHY? ‘Gripping… there isn’t a dull moment’ The Telegraph

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Family Ticket: 2 adults - £16 each and 2 children - £10 each

@MaidenheadDG
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Maidenhead Drama Guild website

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Lino Printing: Intermediate

Led by Karen Carter

Progressing from basic lino-cutting techniques, learn how to create unique layered print! The workshop focuses on the reduction cutting method and multiple blocks, with advice given on registration, colour selection and the construction of images. Suitable for those with some experience.

Materials fee of £5 payable to tutor.

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Caddy Cooper and Friends

The acoustic blues, country and folk singer songwriter is a travelling soul.

She has spent the last year dotting across the globe on a British military tour from Afghanistan through Australia, Europe and India. Caddy has played at festivals, had extensive radio play and toured across the UK promoting her critically acclaimed debut album.

WHY? Caddy returns with her band and a brand new album

@CaddyCooper
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Caddy's website

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Vintage Flower Cupcakes

Led by Sophie Turner

Learn how to design and create your own beautiful, vintage inspired cupcakes - perfect for summer tea parties and special occasions! Students will be taught how to ice their cupcakes using simple but effective techniques that can be practiced at home. Six cupcakes are provided per student.

Materials fee of £3 payable to tutor

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Weave by Hand

Led by Erica Sharpe.

Learn how to hand weave a mat using a recycled CD, wool, and textiles! Be inspired by textile artists and create bright, colourful and tactile hand woven mats to take home. Suitable for ages 8+ years.

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Danny Buckler's Magic Salon

The magic show where the world’s finest trick artists perform headline sets before sharing their insights about the mysterious world of illusion.

Danny presents three of the biggest names in magic for an evening of illusion, card tricks and mystery in a chat show revealing how a magician’s mind works.

WHY? Featuring mindreader Luke Jermay and close up magician and sleight of hand artiste Laura London

Just announced! Danny will also be joined by Andi Gladwin who has been voted Number One Close-Up Magician by the Magic Circle.

@DannyBuckler
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Danny's website

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Comedy of Errors

Encore screenings from the Globe.

Shakespeare’s hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Guardian

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A Royal Night Out

Dir: Julian Jarrold 2015

On VE Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

WHY? A comedy drama based on true events

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The Sun Always Shines on Turtle Beach

The Hawaiian Beach continues indoors, so whatever the weather it's always summer at the Farm.

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Valerie Hobson

She relinquished a film career to become the wife of John Profumo MP. She stood by him when he resigned from Government. Where did this leave Valerie Hobson? After the scandal, the wife answers back in this show about a woman defying her husband’s enemies – and her own ghosts.

WHY? Stars internationally acclaimed West End actress Liz Robertson

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Glyndebourne: Ravel Double Bill

An encore screening from 2012.

Ravel’s two short operas L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges are brought to the stage in Laurent Pelly’s unique interpretation.

L’heure espagnole is a sassy and funny sex farce while L’enfant et les sortilèges is a touching morality tale in which fantastical fairy tale characters, animals, furniture and crockery all come to life to teach a small boy about kindness.

'A sparkling evening' The Independent
'An evening of wit, style and surreal enchantment' The Daily Mail
'Breathtaking' The Guardian

WHY? This award winning recording stars French mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac and Canadian baritone Elliot Madore

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Nathan Caton & Charlie Baker

For the first time ever, Off the Kerb comedy agents bring rising stars of the comedy world for a series of comedy previews.

Charlie Baker is known for his instant likeability and charming delivery style. He has appeared on TV panel shows and is team captain on Channel 4’s A Short History of Everything Else.

‘A superior take on the modern showman’ The Guardian

Nathan Caton’s award winning combination of personal and topical anecdotes has led to television appearances and his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing.

‘Laidback, on-the-nose material’ The Guardian

WHY? For the first time ever, Off the Kerb comedy agents bring rising stars of the comedy world for a series of comedy previews

@NathanCaton
@BakersTweet
@nordenfarm


Click here to visit the Off the Kerb website

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The Billy Joel Songbook - performed by Elio Pace and his band

Performed by Elio Pace and his band. Following on from his highly acclaimed concerts in New York and Philadelphia, Elio Pace delivers a sensational tour celebrating the music of Billy Joel.

With all the hits including Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are, My Life and fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

'Enthralling, exciting and mesmerising' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre.com

WHY? An electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano player accompanied by his six piece band

@eliopace
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Elio's website

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Experimental Textiles - Book Covers

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba.

Create a beautiful book cover using a sumptuous array of threads and fabrics in a variety of colours. By the end of the day you will have explored texture, colour, drawing with stitch, free machining and appliqué to produce an original notebook cover. Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring your own sewing machine.

Materials fee payable to the tutors £5.

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LDN Wrestling

An all new show for 2015 and a night of action packed drama!

Don’t miss out with top names including British Heavyweight Champion Alan Lee Travis, the Masked Man of Mystery the Dark Lord and many more. See the highest quality, fastest paced, non-stop wrestling action ever seen on these shores! You won’t want to miss this fantastic action packed wrestling family night out.

WHY? Meet the stars after the show and maybe even grab yourself a souvenir or two!

7pm (doors), 7.30pm (bell)

@LDNwrestling
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The LDN Wrestling website

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ROH Live: William Tell

Live screening.

Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece.

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Body Control Pilates (Intermediate)

Led by Gillian Burn.

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. Pilates will help to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues Jul 7 – Tues 18 Aug (exc 28 Jul)
£40 per 5 week course
£48 for 6 week course
£112 for all 3 courses

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Body Control Pilates (Beginners)

Led by Gillian Burn.

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. Pilates will help to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues Jul 7 – Tues 18 Aug (exc 28 Jul)
£40 per 5 week course
£48 for 6 week course
£112 for all 3 courses

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Iain Lee vs Radio

The award winning radio and TV presenter picks some of the most hilarious moments from the history of the wireless.

Why did Nicky Campbell drop himself in it when talking about foxes? What do callers to local radio REALLY think about Mayor Boris Johnson? And surely old lady professors know what you can and what you most definitely can't say on the radio?

WHY? These are the clips that all radio presenters would rather you forgot and Iain has collected them into a hilarious show

@iainlee
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Iain's website

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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. These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

9 Jul – 6 Aug
£32 per 5 week course

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Ed Gamble & Carl Donnelly

Your chance to see exclusive material before this summer’s Edinburgh Festival.

Ed Gamble is one half the idiot double act and iTunes chart toppers Peacock & Gamble. He’s supported Greg Davies on tour and appeared on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News. He’s also a Chortle Award winner 2014.

Carl Donnelly is an Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and has appeared on BBC1’s Mock the Week. He is known for his conversational style, hilarious anecdotes and observations on the state of the world.

@EdGambleComedy
@CarlDonnelly
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Avalon website

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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. These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

9 Jul – 6 Aug
£32 per 5 week course

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Matt Holland (trumpet) & Leo Green (sax)

The jazz duo has stormed the UK and Europe with astonishing acclaim for its swinging, stomping performance.

Supported by their smoothly inventive colleagues Gary Baldwin (piano, hammond organ), Andy Jones (bass guitar) and Bob Knight (drums).

WHY? Matt has performed on Strictly Come Dancing and with Ray Charles while Leo started his career with Jerry Lee Lewis and has played with Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie

@theleogreen
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Leo's website

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine

Learn about the stages of portraiture and work with a live model in this relaxed yet structured workshop. Students are taught about proportion, the structure of the head and values. Drawing with charcoal the class will experiment with creating contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro) to depict facial features.

Materials included.

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Ultimate Beatles

The band have been thrilling audiences across the world for over ten years.

They look the part as well as sounding it. The two hour theatre show is split in four half hour sets with different costumes representing the different eras of the Fab Four's musical journey.

WHY? All the hits will be performed live from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

@UltimateBeatles
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Ultimate Beatles website

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The Vinyl Frontier - Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

A highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

Why? Hear a classic album as it was intended – in full and on vinyl

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Vinyl Frontier website

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The Vinyl Frontier presents Mission 181

An ever-changing story of the Number 1 singles of the 1980s on 7” vinyl.

Join Jeff Lloyd on a trip down memory lane via the complete collection of 1980s Number 1 singles he amassed as part of a charity challenge – all on 7” vinyl.
The audience will be responsible for the majority of the evening’s selections via a series of random draws and personal choices. All backed by videos, pictures and trivia.

A special one-off Reading Fringe Festival warm up show.

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Aunty Donna - Edinburgh Festival Preview

The Edinburgh favourites return to the UK from Australia with a killer new show.

Unique, tight, fresh, filthy, but best of all just flat out funny. Expect an hour of pure sketch comedy that transports you into the warped world that is Aunty Donna – turning the ridiculous into the sublime. Hold onto your seats and don't blink! You won’t want to miss a beat.

WHY? ‘Ingenious and brilliantly crafted show… smart, fast-paced, hilarious and wonderfully absurd’ ★★★★ The List

@auntydonnaboys
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Aunty Donna's website

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NT Live: Everyman (15)

Encore screening.

A dynamic new production starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when he is forced to abandon the life he has built.

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Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell – Double Header Tour

Two of comedy's rising stand up stars embark on their first UK tour.

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day
Winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Act Award 2013 and host of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack.

Suzi Ruffell – Social Chameleon
As seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and BBC Radio 1’s LOLz Lounge.

WHY? Both acts are fresh from supporting their comedy idols including Seann Walsh, Ricky Gervais and Alan Carr

@RomeshRanga
@suziruffell
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Romesh's website
Click here to visit Suzi's website

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. Learn traditional charcoal drawing methods as well as new, experimental techniques. Half day sessions comprise a variety of short and long poses. Full day sessions also include a prolonged pose to allow for sustained work on one piece.

Sat 16 May 10am - 1pm
Sat 13 June 10am - 3pm

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The Summer Sessions: Headlined by Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

5pm Live music in the Café Bar
6.30pm Palmanova
7.15pm Reviva Rush
8.15pm Chameleon

Headline at 9.30pm

Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

Close your eyes and let these four world class musicians take you back to when Led Zeppelin ruled the earth! This professional band has played with Gerry and The Pacemakers, Queen and Ray Davies. They’ve been acclaimed by Led Zeppelin’s tour manager and official biographer and are the only tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers.

WHY? One of the most exciting live acts around – think you know tribute bands? Think again!


Click here to visit the band's website

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Dave Gorman's Screen Guild

In preparation for the next series of his hit Dave TV show Modern Life is Goodish, Dave Gorman is hitting the road this summer armed with new material.

Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.
Known as one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers Dave Gorman credits include sell out live shows Are you Dave Gorman?, Googlewhack Adventure, Powerpoint Presentation and Gets Straight to the Powerpoint. He has starred in his own hit BBC Radio 4 and BBC2 series Genius and published best selling books Googlewhack Adventure, Dave Gorman vs the Rest of the World and Too Much Information.
The chance to see this unique comedian in an intimate warm up gig.

WHY? ‘Has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro

@DaveGorman
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Dave's website

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RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice

Live screening (Wednesday, encore Thursday).

In Venice trade is God and, with the gold flowing, all is well. But when a contract is broken, simmering tensions boil over.

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Andre Rieu's 2015 Maastricht Concert

(English and Dutch with some English subtitles)

An encore screening of André Rieu's spectacular summer evening concert.

He is joined by his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra and some very special guests.

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Laurie Holloway and his Trio

The Jazz pianist and composer is supported by the Summer School Students of 2015.

WHY? A concert not to be missed - early booking strongly advised

Click here to visit Laurie's website

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Glyndebourne: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

An encore screening of Mozart’s take on the glittering Orient - a stirring tale of abduction, escape and forgiveness.

Glyndebourne is the home of Mozart. This new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is often said to be the opera in which the 25 year old composer found his mature voice.
Both a popular comedy and a compassionate Enlightenment drama, it tells the story of one man's attempt to rescue his beloved from the harem of a Turkish despot and his fall to the mercy of his nemesis.
The opera's East/West clash and its surprising resolution defies all stereotypes and strikes a startlingly contemporary chord.

Synopsis - The young Spanish noblewoman Konstanze has been abducted by pirates together with her English maid Blonde, and Pedrillo, valet to her betrothed, Belmonte. Landing on the shores of Turkey, they have been sold as slaves to Pasha Selim. Originally a Spanish subject himself, he has become a 'renegade', a convert and prospered in Turkey. He has fallen in love with Konstanze. Pedrillo has smuggled letters out to his master and Belmonte has sailed from Spain to try to rescue them.

WHY? Directed by Glyndebourne favourite David McVicar and conducted by Music Director Robin Ticciati, with a stellar cast including Sally Matthews as Konstanze, Edgaras Montvidas as Belmonte, Tobias Kehrer as Osmin and Mari Eriksmoen as Blonde

Image credit: (Anonymous) Odalisques in a Harem, Constantinople, Lithograph with clay plate, C. 1880. akg-images

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Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra

Seamlessly weaving trance blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits' darker works.

Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra deliver an enthralling and passionate performance. They perform original pieces and renditions of old American classics.

WHY? 'Raw musical excellence...guitar, fiddle and double bass played to within and inch of their inanimate lives' 4000milestonashville

Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door.


Click here to visit Marty's website

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Summer Circus Week

Led by Albert and Friends

A week of incredible circus skills and performing. Learn to walk on stilts, ride a unicycle, walk the tightrope and perform on a trapeze!

Suitable for ages 7 – 13 years

Mon 27 – Fri 31 Jul 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card)

The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

Aloha! There's an Elvis movie being shot at The Farm all Summer long. It's set in Hawaii and your're all invited.

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Rob Beckett and Ali Cook

An Off The Kerb Edinburgh Preview.

Rob Beckett's debut tour saw him play to sell out venues accross the UK. He is a familiar face to TV audeinces from BBC1's Live at The Apollo, BBC2's Mock the Week and ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now!

Ali Cook's mix of stand up and magic has made him a headliner on the UK comedy circuit. He has written and starred in seven British television series including Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

WHY? Two comedians who are incredibly in demand on the television and stand up scene

@robbeckettcomic
@ali_cook
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Rob's website
Click here to visit Ali's website

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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fri 31 Jul – Fri 4 Sept

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The Tom Show

A show that's got it all!

Comedy, magic, sword swallowing, ventriloquism, music and a breath taking death defying underwater escape. Tom Balmont performs his own unique style of hilarious entertainment in this exciting new show.

WHY? 'I laughed so hard my socks fell off' Berkshire Worm Farmer Weekly

@tombalmont
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Tom's website

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A Little Man's Holiday

Set sail and journey on the high seas with Little Man - an ordinary man who dreams of adventure.

When his terrifying boss reveals the whereabouts of a mysterious treasure island, Little Man leaves his dull office life behind and finds himself swept along on an exhilarating pirate adventure, with only his mother and his imagination to help him along the way.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

WHY? Garb your treasure maps, bring your imagination, and watch as Little Man realises he's not so little after all

This will be followed by an exciting workshop!
Little Man has discovered a world of treasure and pirates beyond his office! Can you help us create the things Little Man needs for his next big adventure? Join Little Man's crew and help us bring swashbuckling adventures to life with puppetry, narration and mime.

@PaddleBoatTCo
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Paddleboat Theatre website

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According to Arthur...

Meet Arthur – an old man who lives alone in his attic unleashing his imagination through pen and paper.

He never ventures outside, instead he spends his time writing stories for the moon. But Arthur needs your help! The clouds have covered the sky, the moon is nowhere to be seen and without it Arthur can’t finish his stories.

WHY? Have you got stories to share? Unleash your imagination in a workshop after the show with Arthur!

Suitable for ages 6+years.

@PaddleBoatTCo
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Paddleboat Theatre website

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Tina May

Vocalist Tina’s repertoire includes torch ballads and eclectic jazz plus popular standards, many of which arranged by clarinettist and saxophonist Frank Griffith.

She is accompanied by a sterling band of pianist John Pearce, Dave Green (bass), Winston Clifford (drums) and Freddie Gavita (trumpet).

WHY? ‘Tina May has always followed her own star, and is a true jazz singer at ease with jazz musicians and content to operate in a jazz context’ London Jazz News

Click here to visit Tina's website

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Summer Theatre Week - The Jungle Book

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Create an entire show from idea to performance. Experience all aspects of stage production, from lighting to stage blocking to acting with the help of professional directors, then perform on the main Courtyard Stage!

Suitable for age 10 – 18 years

Mon 3 – Fri 7 Aug 10am – 4pm (Fri 5pm)
£110 (£95 Advantage Card)

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The FB Pocket Orchestra

Taking listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920s and 30s.

The band are Paul Stevenson (guitar), Jenny Russell (vocals, clarinet) and Ollie Corbin (cornet). They originally played together to explore the repertoire of music from 1900 – 1930 and now present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the era.

WHY? 'Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago’ Jazz FM

@fbpocketorch
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The FB Pocket Orchestra website

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Clare Deniz (cello) and Raymond Burley (guitar)

An opportunity to hear two much loved instruments performed together in a rare, delicate and intriguing ensemble duo.

As independent solo performers, Clare and Raymond are well established. Raymond has toured throughout the world. He has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic. Clare has been taught by eminent teachers including Jacqueline du Pre and performed on film sound tracks.

WHY? The repertory is extensive and eclectic, ranging from Couperin right the way through to the exciting Tangos of Piazzolla

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The Mick Ralphs Blues Band

After a career featuring stadium tours, platinum selling songwriting and a huge fan base, Mick has formed a band for pure fun.

He is joined by Dickie Baldwin (bass, vocals), Adam Perry (drums), Jim Maving (guitar, vocals) and the brilliant vocals of Adam Barron. The band perform classic blues, original material and songs from Mick’s back catalogue.

WHY? The latest band from the founder of two of the UK’s most loved and respected bands – Mott The Hoople and Bad Company

@realmickralphs
@nordenfarm

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Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe

Freeberg, Lehrer, the Pythons, Pete 'n’ Dud, Donegan, Cribbins, Digance, Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Tom Paxton, Formby, Coward, Flanders 'n’ Swan, Sherman, Chris de Burgh, Presley, Righteous Brothers etc etc. The title of this show says it all.

WHY? 'An exceptional gift for comedy that had us rolling in the aisles' The Scotsman


Click here to visit their website

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Glyndebourne: The Rape of Lucretia

A live screening of Benjamin Britten’s extraordinarily tense and chilling opera.

This award winning production of the dark British masterpiece is directed by Fiona Shaw.

Lucretia is a model of fidelity among Roman wives. But when the Etruscan prince Tarquinius is provoked by his Roman army comrades, he gallops back to Rome to ruin her virtue.

'Searingly beautiful… (a) triumphant production' The Observer
'This may be a deeply unsettling evening but it’s a richly rewarding one too' The Stage
'Opera at its most nakedly powerful' The Daily Telegraph

WHY? This production live from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival is conducted by Leo Hussain and performed by some of the most exciting British singers on stage today - including Christine Rice, Kate Royal, Allan Clayton and Duncan Rock

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Summer Art Week

Led by Michaela Clarke

Inspired by the theme 'Planet Earth' work on individual craft activities with lots of messy materials and also work together on a group art project.

Each day will focus on a different type of creature - insects, sea creatures, birds, animals and reptiles.

The group projects will include a 3D spider, whale and snake plus a bird collage.


Suitable for age 8+ years.

Mon 10 – Fri 14 Aug 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card)

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (1 of 3)

This year’s summer recital series features a wide cross-section of music from the last three decades of the 19th century.

Amiran Zenaishvili (piano)

Bach/Busoni Chaconne
Debussy Clair de lune & Passepied (Suite bergamasque)
Franck Prelude, Chorale & Fugue
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

To open the series, we are delighted to welcome the young prize winning Russian pianist Amiran Zenaishvili.

WHY? The wide ranging late Romantic programme includes Busoni’s famous reworking of Bach, some magical early Debussy and Mussorgsky’s magnificent and dazzling suite

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Caladh Nua

The five versatile musicians and singers play a wide selection of instruments from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran, and tin whistle to button accordion. They capture the essential qualities of traditional Irish music, performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes

WHY? ‘Solid traditional music with plenty of flair and lots of musical imagination’ Irish Music Magazine

@caladh_nua
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the band's website

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Fred and Ginger

The story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.

Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the story of the great dancing pair of the 1930s and the songs they introduced into their iconic series of films. The show not only covers their eight films but also the career of Astaire after Ginger left the duo.

WHY? Featuring hits such as Top Hat, Cheek To Cheek, The Continental, A Fine Romance, Night And Day, Change Partners, That's Entertainment, Something's Gotta Give and many others

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Simon Weston

In April 1982 Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands.

Amongst those sent to the conflict was Simon Weston OBE. When RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentine planes, it would change his life forever. For the first time, Simon takes to the stage to tell his story with no holds barred. Guiding him from that fateful day to current times is David Fitzgerald, former Sky news anchor and close friend.

WHY? An inspirational show about one man’s journey from the front line of war

@Simon_Weston
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Simon's website

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The Sherry Babys

A Jersey Boys tribute telling the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history.

Discover how four New Jersey boys invented their own unique sound, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide. With all the hits including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Lets Hang On, Beggin, Rag Doll and Sherry Baby.

WHY? A magnificent interpretation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music

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The Summer Sessions: Headlined by Son Yambu

5pm Live music in the Café Bar
6.30pm Bootlegger's Son
7.15pm Ollie Robbens
8.15pm Totie

Headline at 9.30pm

Son Yambu

Playing authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Expect red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba.

WHY? ‘Son Yambu are an acoustic septet with the real sound of Santiago De Cuba’ ★★★★ The Evening Standard

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Click here to visit the band's website

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RSC Live: Othello

Live screening.

Othello is the greatest general of his age and a revered defender of Venice. But he is also an outsider whose enemies are out to destroy him.

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (2 of 3)

The summer series devoted to music from the closing decades of the 19th century continues with a delightful cross section of French music, ending with Saint-Saens’ brilliantly inventive suite.

St John’s Chamber Players with Rebecca van den Berg (soprano)

Faure Dolly Suite
Duparc 3 Songs
Saint-Saens Septet for trumpet, strings and piano
Faure Elegie for cello and piano
Satie 3 Gymnopedies
Saint-Saens The Carnival of the Animals

WHY? The programme also includes some luscious songs by Duparc, Faure’s impassioned cello solo, and Satie’s ground-breaking piano pieces

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Papa Truck

Home grown British bluegrass!

The five piece band are Martin Selman (vocals, guitar and mandolin), Ryan Quartermaine (vocals, guitar), Dan Abram (banjo), Nia Sherrington (vocals, fiddle) and Sparkie Dalton (vocals, double bass). They have played at festivals and venues over the last ten years from Northern Ireland to Lithuania. Their set is a mix of original material from their three studio albums and a few well known songs from the bluegrass genre as well as popular music.

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Click here to visit Papa Truck's website

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The Studio Session

Local musicians play a set of stripped back music in our Studio space. If you would like to perform, please email: jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

WHY? The night showcases an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians, solo acts, duos and bands

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (3 of 3)

The final recital in the summer series featuring music 1870-1900 takes us to central Europe for a programme of warm-hearted lyricism.

St John’s Chamber Players

Dvorak 2 Slavonic Dances for piano duet
Smetana From my homeland, for violin and piano
Brahms Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor
Brahms 2 Songs with viola, Op.102
Dvorak Piano Trio in E minor (Dumky)

In their music, Dvorak and Smetana expressed their deep feelings for Czech nationalism; whilst Brahms ended his career with some powerful and emotional works for clarinet.

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Aida on Sydney Harbour

An encore screening from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe - where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.

Amid all of the spectacle, the famous 'Triumphal March', battle scenes and ancient temples, there's an emotional heart.

Performed in Italian with English translations

WHY? There could be no grander setting for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself, awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun

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Jenny Eclair: How to be a Middle Aged Woman (without going insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine.

Semi–bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

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Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road

A brand new show crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) reminiscences and anecdotes from their extensive careers spent broadcasting around the globe.

Bastions of the beloved Test Match Special with over 80 years in the commentary box and touring the world with the programme between them, Henry and Peter have some tales to tell.

WHY? ‘A show that is not so much about cricket as about what happens in the commentary box and beyond’ The Telegraph

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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

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Andy Hamilton - Change Management (work in progress)

The award winning comedian and comedy writer is back with a brand new show. In his 60 years on this planet, Andy has experienced many changes.

Change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Some changes are good, some bad. If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come. Contains mild peril. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? Andy is co-writer and director of BBC1’s hit sitcom Outnumbered

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NT Live: Hamlet

An encore screening from the Barbican.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

WHY? Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy

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Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

The host of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and star of BBC Radio 4 is back.

He’ll be ranting about the real evils of the modern world – over sharing on social media and the 5:2 diet. The more he complains the funnier he gets. Hal has been seen on The Royal Variety Performance, BBC1’s Would I Lie To You?, The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice and Have I Got News For You.

WHY? ‘Hugely talented’ ★★★★ The Times

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Justin Moorhouse - Destiny Calling

Justin is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show for 2015, doing what he does best - making people laugh up and down the country.

‘Comedic Tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical eye’ The Herald

Fresh from the 15 date Manchester Arena Phoenix Nights LIVE reunion in aid of Comic Relief, Justin is ready to hit the road.

‘Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd’ Sunday Times

He has recently appeared in the new series of BBC1's Live at the Apollo and Coronation Street, playing pub landlord Dean Upton. He is currently Champion of Champions on RAdio 5Live's Fighting Talk, a familiar voice on talkSPORT as well as Radio 4’s News Quiz and winner of BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind.

‘Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world’ The List

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Stephen K Amos - The Laughter Master

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show.

Stephen comes to Norden Farm fresh from touring the UK and Australia. He has starred in BBC Radio 4's Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?.

WHY? 'Amos is officially becoming a national treasure. Expect more warm insight and spiky charm here' Sunday Times

'Unashamed feel-good entertainment' ★★★★ The Evening Standard

'A note-perfect hour' ★★★★★ Metro

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

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One Snowy Night

One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…

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Nish Kumar: Long Word….Long Word….Blah Blah Blah….I’m So Clever

A stand up comedy show for people who like stand up comedy shows by a man that does stand up comedy.
This is Nish’s first solo tour. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience curated by Stewart Lee, Live at the Comedy Store and Stand up Central. He has been seen on BBC 3’s Live at the Edinburgh Festival and Sweat the Small Stuff plus supported Milton Jones and David O’Doherty.
Nish has also been on XFM's The Josh Widdicombe Show, BBC Radio 4's The Now Show and more recently was the host of BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack.

WHY? ★★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Daily Telegraph ★★★★ Guardian
‘With his combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver.’
★★★★ Chortle

Click here to go to Nish's website
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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

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