MUSIC | INVISIBLE MUSIC | FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Invisible Music is an unforgettable, immersive, gig- theatre experience

What happens when the soundtrack to your life changes; when you are listening but hearing differently?

Pete Flood (arranger/percussionist with Bellowhead) and Jules Bushell, P4’s long-term sound designer, have created a 5- piece band full of acoustic delights; supported by stunning projections, this is music, and verbatim audio clips, that are mesmerising, evocative, celebratory and profoundly moving.

This Platform 4’s first major project since the acclaimed Memory Points (The Guardian’s Top 10 shows of 2015). Pete Flood (arranger/percussionist with Bellowhead) and Jules Bushell, P4’s long-term sound designer, collaborate to create a 5- piece band full of acoustic experimental delight.

A concert with a difference, an immersive, celebratory event – think live concept album layered with exquisite audio snippets. This sound- piece is inspired by a series of interviews the company made with members of Winchester’s lip reading group and describes their experiences and stories through a loose narrative of six musical movements: From setting sail into unknown waters, to sinking underwater, to surfacing and eventually finding land. All told through a variety of musical instruments and sampled voices.

This is Platform 4’s most personal project to date, Platform 4’s Artistic Director, Catherine Church says: “This piece was inspired by my mother who initially started me thinking about this project because she showed me a poem she had written called ‘Surreal Existence’ about her own experiences of gradually losing her hearing. That was the starting point, and from there I started going to Mum’s lip reading class and meeting more people. I asked myself: Could I make a sound-piece about the loss of sound?”

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“I was blown away – Beautiful.” BBC South Today.

★★★★“Platform 4 make remarkable work” The Guardian

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to support Platform 4 through our National-Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme to tour Invisible Music. By putting those who experience hearing loss at the centre of the creative process, Platform 4 present a unique and often unexplored perspective which makes a fantastic contribution to the Arts Council’s commitment to embedding and promoting diversity and will ensure more people in more places can experience and be inspired by the arts.”
Editors Note: Platform 4 is an artist-led company that creates playful and unexpected worlds in which performers and participants can explore their creativity and the things that matter to them. The work is highly visual, often intimate in scale and process, connects people and puts human relationships at the heart of the event.”

 

£10 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

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SCREENING | NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR | THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear at the Marine.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)

 

£11 advance /  £13.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.

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MUSIC | BLAIR DUNLOP | THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER

Young folk singer performs at the Marine as part of his new UK album tour for Notes from an Island

Blair Dunlop by Elly Lucas

Following the release of his critically acclaimed 4th album ‘Notes From An Island’, award winning British guitarist, singer and songwriter Blair Dunlop plays a show at the Marine this autumn as part of a UK tour. Looking forward to performing the new songs live, Blair thinks the record is “easily my best yet.”.

The Daily Telegraph Australia described ‘Notes From An Island’ as a massively impressive collection of songs from a young man with talent to burn” in their 4 star review, comparing Blair to Jackson Brown, Richard Thompson and Ralph McTell.

Blair is a true artist in his prime, as is wholly evident on this beautiful record. He has it all’

Ed Harcourt, producer of ‘Notes From An Island’.

A natural storyteller and gifted guitarist Blair will be joined on stage by long term band mates Fred Claridge and Jacob Stoney. The set will consist of new tracks from this most recent release as well as songs from his previous 3 albums – ‘Gilded’, ‘House Of Jacks’ and debut ‘Blight And Blossom’ which won Blair the coveted Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

With its timely mix of socio-political insights, tender love tales and impressive virtuosic guitar playing, ‘Notes From An Island’ is very much an album which reflects the age in which it has been created. Nevertheless, as with everything Blair does, it is fuelled by a desire to keep moving forwards, break down barriers and maintain the integrity which has established him as a favourite of not just a growing body of fans but of radio programmers and critics.

His guitar playing, always impressive, has taken another quantum leap, at least in part because of his love affair with his new Gretsch, on which he wrote most of the songs.

Dunlop is an adept guitarist whose epic songwriting instincts prevail on a personal-political fourth album” MOJO

Support from Jack Carty

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

£9.50 advance, £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

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MUSIC: Tom Robinson | Friday October 5

The 70s singer, 6Music DJ, and activist plays the classic album Power In The Darkness, alongside other hits.

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Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band’s debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom pays tribute to the original TRB by performing his entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four-piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

 

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£20 advance / £23 on the door / 10% off Theatre Friends

Doors 7:30 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

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SCREENING | MET OPERA: AIDA | MONDAY 8 OCTOBER

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as Aida in this thirtieth-anniversary revival of Sonja Frisell’s production.

A scene from Verdi’s “Aida”.
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

 

Verdi’s drama is set in Ancient Egypt, where the Ethiopian Aida lives a life of slavery. She and the Egyptian warrior Radamès, sung by tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, have fallen in love, although the princess Amneris—mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili—is an implacable rival for Radamès’s affections. Then, when Radamès goes into battle, he unwittingly captures Aida’s father as a prisoner of war. As Aida and Radamès face impossible choices between patriotism, passion, and paternal bonds, the stage is set for tragedy. With heart-stopping music and spectacular set pieces, including the famous Triumphal March, Verdi’s towering masterpiece opens the new Live in HD season with a bang.

This is an encore screening

£12 advance / £14.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 4:55 P.M., starts 5:55 P.M.

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TALK | ONLY FOOLS AND BOYCIE | WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER

This is an intimate evening with the Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis, who famously played Boycie.

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In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his career.

 

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst. There are tales about friends and fellow performers such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best.
He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

John will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

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£17 advance, £19 door. 10% Theatre Friends discount

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

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COMEDY | RICHARD CARPENTER IS CLOSE TO YOU | FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Matthew Floyd Jones in the sell-out hit parody of Richard Carpenter

In a world where rainy days and Mondays collide, one man’s solitary journey to find himself has only just begun…

The piano player from Frisky & Mannish plays the piano player from The Carpenters in a razor-sharp parody play about a life spent playing the piano.

Richard used to be on top of the world, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now he’s back with a vengeance, only to find out it’s not exactly yesterday once more anymore.

DISCLAIMER: This Award-Winning Fringe hit show is not endorsed by the real Richard Carpenter.

“Delightfully on the money… This show’s stroke of genius lies in the characterisation of Carpenter… it has the ring of hard truth”
★★★★ The Times

“A uniquely talented performer… meticulously constructed… the bittersweet comedy narrative is priceless”
★★★★ The Stage

“This charming story joyfully waves a flag for those forgotten heroes”
★★★★ The List

“Exceptional… probably the most impressive performance I’ve seen at the Fringe”
★★★★½ Edinburgh Culture Review

“Perfectly rendered parody songs… There is a deep affection at the heart of this… A Superstar”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

‘You’ll either love it or hate it’  The Daily Mail

 

£13 advance / £15.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

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THEATRE | NOT: LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER | SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER

A laughter-filled parody of the D.H. Lawrence novel

 

 

Lady Chatterley welcomes home her husband, Clifford, from a war that has left the world in tatters. With Clifford’s legs also in tatters, he arrives at Wragby Hall confined to a wheelchair and clutching his secret.

As the couple grow apart Constance falls into a passionate, sexual and curiously experimental affair with estate gamekeeper: Mellors.

There will be long contemplative looks into the middle distance, moments of touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo.

 

‘… a hilarious watch, constantly charming and remains true to the spirit of D.H. Lawrence’s work’  **** Ed Fringe Reviews

 

 

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

£13 advance / £15 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

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SCREENING | THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE | TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

Alan Bennett’s Multi-award-winning drama will be broadcast live to the Marine, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

 

£11 advance / £14 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.

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MUSIC | CHRIS WOOD | SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER

Chris Wood is an uncompromising guitarist and singer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people.

With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”. His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he’s won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. 

He has collaborated with Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.  

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem. 

 “… at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing.”

“The title track alone is a masterpiece” The Independent ***** 5 Stars

With support

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

£8 advance / £10 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Unreserved seating

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