Only one week to go for …and this is my friend Mr Laurel

© Michael Wharley Photography 2013Saturday 12th September

Tickets £13 (Concessions £11)

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

A little slice of cinematic history is revealed in this charming one-act play.

Actor Jeffrey Holland, (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord), has achieved a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel. Jeffrey, who was cast as Rene for the 25th anniversary stage tour of ‘Allo ‘Allo, now becomes Laurel in …and this is my friend Mr Laurel. Continue reading…

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STOP PRESS – ADDITIONAL CONCERT

We are pleased to announce an extra concert has been added to our autumn programme of events.

The name Peter Knight will be familiar with lovers of folk music and on Thursday, 5th November his trio Gigspanner will be performing a full set at Kettering Arts Centre.

The world is fond of labelling everything, putting everything into neat little boxes, but the music of Gigspanner has yet to be categorised. It is not folk, it is not rock, it is not pop, classical or whatever other genre you care to think of, the only description available is the one word which the trio themselves have coined – GIGSPANNER.

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At the end of 2013 the classically trained fiddle player Peter Knight, left the pioneering folk-rock band, Steeleye Span, after being with them for almost 42 years. He had been literally instrumental in helping to create the sound that distinctly set the band apart from any other.

In recent years, whilst still in the band, he started a new project and together with Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salfass (congas, djembe) formed Gigspanner, and with them, a new musical concept. While Peter’s founding in traditional British music is still fundamentally at the core the new format allows him to explore different avenues. The trio incorporate elements of Cajun, African, Aboriginal and Eastern European music into the tunes which led the late author, Terry Pratchett, to write: “Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow” and Folkcast writer Phil Widdows commented that audiences are transported on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour”. The debut album released November 2008, called Lipreading The Poet, was named by The Wire magazine as one of the best 15 ‘Global’ Albums of 2009.

The music IS different, these three professionals create a feast of sound to engage your aural senses – indeed, Remember, remember for this 5th of November it will be fireworks for the ears – a gig not to be missed. As Simon Rowan ((Folk in the Barn, Canterbury) aptly said: “Great, innovative music, encompassing a variety of influences drawn from an invaluable career. Don’t let it be history that tells you how good. Be there.”

Please visit our dedicated event page for further details here.

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Just over three weeks to go!

…and this is my friend Mr Laurel

Mr Laurel webSaturday 12th September

Tickets £13 (Concessions £11)

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

A little slice of cinematic history is revealed in this charming one-act play.

Actor Jeffrey Holland, (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord), has achieved a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel. Jeffrey, who was cast as Rene for the 25th anniversary stage tour of ‘Allo ‘Allo, now becomes Laurel in …and this is my friend Mr Laurel.Continue reading…

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Upcoming events in September 2015

…and this is my friend Mr Laurel

© Michael Wharley Photography 2013Saturday 12th September

Tickets £13 (Concessions £11)

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

A little slice of cinematic history is revealed in this charming one-act play.

Actor Jeffrey Holland, (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord), has achieved a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel. Jeffrey, who was cast as Rene for the 25th anniversary stage tour of ‘Allo ‘Allo, now becomes Laurel in …and this is my friend Mr Laurel.Continue reading…

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night with Vikki Stone

Vikki-StoneSaturday 19th September

Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) Age 14+

Doors open 7.30pm – 8pm start

It may be the harvest moon ten days hence but we have gathered an excellent crop of comedians at Kettering Arts Centre for this Comedy Club night.

Topping the bill is the multi-talented Vikki Stone. Winner of the 2011 Soho Theatre Stand-Up Award and a nominee for Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in the same year, Vikki is also an accomplished musician. Continue reading…

Autumn Events Brochure

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Tickets for these events are available from Waterstones, High Street, Kettering, by post from Becky at St Andrew’s Church (cheques made payable to “PCC of St Andrew’s Kettering”) to St Andrew’s Vicarage, Lindsay Street, Kettering NN16 8RG

You may also buy or reserve tickets from Jaime Ferreira by email at office@ketteringartscentre.com or online at We Got Tickets ( subject to a booking fee).

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POTBELLY SONG CONTEST RULES UPDATED!

* POTBELLY SONG CONTEST RULES

Applications are now open.

  1. The contest is open to non-professional singer-songwriters of any age.
  2. Only original songs can be submitted – a maximum of two per act.
  3. Entries to be emailed to kev@kcbworld.co.uk no later than 24th September with “potbelly song contest entry” as the subject. Entry to the competition is free. Entries via CD or other audio medium are also accepted, but contact the above email address for further details.
  4. Eight acts will be chosen from the entrants to perform at the Potbelly Song Contest between 5pm and 7pm on Saturday 17th October. The contest forms part of the Potbelly Folk & Roots Festival.
  5. The eight acts will be selected by 1st October.
  6. Acts may perform either solo or as a duo, and play no more than two songs each.
  7. The contest will be judged by a panel of five judges, all of whom are prominent in the local acoustic roots scene.

**Please note acts can be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Tickets for this event are available from Waterstones, High Street, Kettering, by post from Becky at St Andrew’s Church (cheques made payable to “PCC of St Andrew’s Kettering”) to St Andrew’s Vicarage, Lindsay Street, Kettering NN16 8RG

You may also buy or reserve tickets from Jaime Ferreira by email at office@ketteringartscentre.com or online at We Got Tickets ( subject to a booking fee).

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FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

KAC_LogoFIVE YEARS

Once a year we turn our clocks back an hour but as Kettering Arts Centre celebrates its fifth anniversary the team has turned the hands back five years to recall the beginnings of this venture.

Jeremy Strong at Kettering Arts CentreMany of the larger towns up and down the country have realised there is a need for a venue in which to run a variety of cultural events for the members of the local community. Catering for those who do not want to travel miles to a large theatre to enjoy a play or concert, these centres have played a vital role in keeping alive, or even rejuvenating, town centres.jw1

This was something that was missing in Kettering. While it can boast its own theatre, The Lighthouse (which opened in 2008), this was located on the outskirts of the town. Apart from the pubs and clubs which host music nights, the centre itself was devoid of a cultural core. The cinemas had long closed and the new(ish) complex when it opened was again located away from the centre and not within easy walking distance for many The Virtuosi GUS Band outside St Andrew's Church in 2007people. As is said in business communities – there was definitely a gap in the market for a venue of this kind.

Fortunately, for the townsfolk, the Rev’d Nick Wills, priest in charge at St Andrew’s Church, Kettering, and his wife Becky had similar thoughts. The venue was not going to be a problem, what better place to host an arts centre than within the church itself?boothby_graffoe_1

As Nick said: “Many Arts Centres are housed in disused churches. We have a church building that is home to several thriving congregations, but which is still empty for most of the week. So at a time when public, private and charitable funds were severely restricted we thought rather than buy or build a performance space, why not use our beautiful, roger llewellynhistoric, but flexible, town centre building.”

With a strong belief and a determination to make it work and the backing of the church it was not long before a team of volunteers was formed.

Preparations were soon under way to put together a programme of events. In February of 2010, the best-selling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson visited the newly formed Kettering Arts Centre for a book-signing session but it was in July when the first staged event took place.pennyless

This was a jazz concert featuring trombonist Dave Keech and his band Close to the Bone.

milton jeremyAn instant success, it was a just reward for the team who had invested many hours in arranging and organising the event. More than pleased with the number of people who attended the concert it had shown that there was ample support for an arts centre in the town – the right decision had been made.

Peter FirmanBecky, who is and has been the manager of the Arts Centre from day one, said: “It’s exciting to see how well the Arts Centre has taken off. We began by contacting the acts we thought people would like to see and it didn’t take long before we had acts coming to us, wanting to perform in our beautiful Church setting. Over the first five years we have developed a national reputation for hosting class comedy acts and have attracted musicians of international calibre to play on our stage.

Patrickevening“Our vision was always to broaden people’s cultural horizons by bringing wonderful quality acts to the centre. We are pleased with the successes we have achieved so far and hope to inspire more people to come and share future events with us.”

As part of the administration process a ‘Friends of Kettering Arts Centre’ was created, an invitation for like-minded people to join up to a mailing list to be kept informed of future events through regular newsletters. It also allows them to receive priority booking for the acts before tickets go on sale to the general public. This support for the arts centre, and this scheme has proved to be very popular.James Acaster 2

“I could rave about the place!” said Julia Thorley, member number 001.

Julia, of Kettering, who has been to dozens of events since the venue opened continued by saying: “We are so lucky to have this venue in Kettering, not just because of the big names that it attracts, but also because it has given us the opportunity to see people we not familiar with. It’s not only about seeing the famous acts, like Jack Dee and Fairport Convention – and there have been plenty of Jo Caulfieldthose – but also being introduced to comedians and musicians we’ve not heard of, as well as seeing plays from national and local companies.”

It hardly seems possible that Kettering Arts Centre only opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2010. As Julia mentioned, the number and diversity of the acts has been exceptional.

Catering for all tastes the music has ranged from big bands accordion jeremyand blues to vaudeville and all points along the way; mainstream and fringe comics have had the audiences rolling in the aisles, so much so that the Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club was formed. This monthly event, hosted by Nick, which features a headline act with two supporting acts, is attracting greater numbers of people as the months go by, and is in addition to the solo comedy performances which populate the programme of events.

DSC_0393As regular visitors know, the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Theatrics from The Reduced Shakespeare Company and the Pantaloons Theatre Company have introduced, or re-introduced, audiences to the works of the classic writers in heart-warming and enjoyable productions. Magicians have delighted children, and adults, alike with dazzling displays of dexterity and the annual Christmas Carols and Comedians event has always attracted a full house.Heathen Kings.JPG plus logo

All this in just five years and the team have no intention for it to stop there. Indeed, far from it.

In recognition of a thriving format plans are underway to apply for funding to improve the interior of St Andrew’s Church. The application, if successful will include the introduction of a raised seating area and a new gerard loganfloor complete with underfloor heating.

Nick said: “We’ve had a lot of fun over the last five years. We made things happen, and have made a couple of small upgrades to the building as we’ve gone along. Having run successfully for five years with your support, now it’s time to give Kettering the Arts Centre it deserves.”Jack Dee

There are promising times ahead which we hope you will continue to share with us, but for now, I would like to thank you all for your support over the past five years and ask you to join with me in saying:

HAPPY 5th ANNIVERSARY

KETTERING ARTS CENTRE

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Thank you

The Kettering Arts Centre Team

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Kettering Arts Centre Brochure Autumn 2015

The team has been hard at work compiling yet another programme of exhilarating entertainment for your delectation. Running from September through to the end of November, we hope, like us, that you will agree this is another fantastic programme.

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If you would like to download the Autumn brochure to your computer please, right-click on each image and select “save image as…” from the drop-down menu, click “Save” and you will be able to find it in your “Downloads” folder or whichever destination is set by default on your device, from there you can preview the image or print it if more convenient. From mobile devices, simply touch and hold the image until a message to save it pops up, select save and you will be able to find them in your mobile device photos folder. The images above have been named as follows:

For extra instructions, information or any other inquires do not hesitate to contact Jaime at office@ketteringartscentre.com

Tickets for these events are available from Waterstones, High Street, Kettering, by post from Becky at St Andrew’s Church (cheques made payable to “PCC of St Andrew’s Kettering”) to St Andrew’s Vicarage, Lindsay Street, Kettering NN16 8RG

You may also buy or reserve tickets from Jaime Ferreira by email at office@ketteringartscentre.com or online at We Got Tickets ( subject to a booking fee).

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