Summer’s Out for Kettering Arts Centre! Back with a bang in September

So June has been and gone and we are still enjoying a beautiful summer which shows no sign of disappearing just yet.

We hope you came to one of our great events last month.  Green Matthews were fantastic and blew us away with their talent and energy.  We hope to have them back again so watch this space for those of you that missed out this time.

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra also performed a stonking show that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

As you may be aware we have no events over the summer period, so you can enjoy KettFest, the World Cup, your BBQ’s and holidays but here at KAC Central we are busy planning a packed Autumn/Winter programme. Don’t forget to sign up for our Mailing list to get all the details in our monthly e-bulletin. And check out the rest of this website and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for up to date information.

In the meantime though we are really looking forward to some massive nights in September.

First, on Friday 21st at 19.30 we have the one and only Nish Kumar bringing his show Nish Kumar tour 2018 placeholder image-min“It’s in our nature to destroy ourselves” to our stage. Nish is a very popular face on our TV’s right now and this night promises to be incredibly funny. There are still some tickets left but it will no doubt sell out very soon so don’t delay in picking yours up asap.  You can click the link below or pop into Waterstones in town if you would prefer. Ticket price £20 (£18 concession).

cloud live tour image with titleOnly one week later on Friday 28th we have another amazing act for you. Colin Cloud – Forensic Mind Reader has been on This Morning, performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and now he’s coming to Kettering. This is guaranteed to be another sell-out show so please don’t miss out. Again you can click the link below or pop into Waterstones. Ticket price £15.

Add in brilliant theatre from the Pantaloons, loads of great comedy, beautiful Icelandic music, thought provoking themed shows and lots of Christmas treats and you’ll agree, we have a season to savour!

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This Saturday the stunning Budapest Cafe Orchestra return

Join us Saturday night for some amazing progressive gypsy-beat from The Budapest Cafe Orchestra!

Tickets are £15 (concessions available) and are available online from WeGotTickets, in person at Waterstones and on the door which opens at 7.30pm with show start at 8pm.

The BCO is a music-driven phenomenon, a specialist performance-entertainment outfit, certified to enthrall audiences everywhere. The infectious energy of the BCO will sweep you off your feet and stay in your heart forever. You will journey from one emotional pole to another: from a desperately tragic evocative heart-rending ancient Jewish melody to a dance from Romania or Russia and all the fiery exuberance that goes with it.

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra share as many blood cells with the folk of Hungary as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra do with the web-footed fellows of Antarctica. Their Magic Potion is a closely guarded recipe of malt, hops, yeast and water, handed down in the secret tongue of Estuary English through generations of Professional Gypsies. With a sole mission: to entertain and enchant audiences, they are undaunted by even the most demanding and wildest village hall crowds, for example those inhabiting the darkest corners of Northamptonshire.



For more choice selections check their Youtube youtube.com/user/racinghairtrick

The BCO website is www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk

Follow them on Twitter: @bco100

Like their Facebook page: facebook.com/budapestcafeorchestra/

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The return of Fantastic Summer Music at Kettering Arts Centre

This June we are delighted to be hosting some magical musical Summer nights…

On 22nd June at 7.30pm GreenMatthews present “A Brief History of Music”

BHM-website-pic-1Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.

Tickets are £11 (£10 concessions) from our usual vendors. Informative, fun, entertaining and unique – for all ages!

Then on 30th June, in a last minute but really exciting addition to the programme, we are delighted to be welcoming back the wonderful Budapest Café Orchestra after they blew us away (twice!) a few years ago with some very special performances.

BCOThe Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful and driving folk-based music from Eastern Europe inspired by the music of European gypsies.   The richness and dynamism of Balkan music is on display here in all its untamable glory in a wide-ranging programme of impassioned Hungarian Czardas, tender Russian folk melodies, rollicking dances from Romania and Moldavia, bitter sweet Jewish laments, one or two electrifying compositions of the group’s own making plus a few surprises along the way…  The music evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – good enough to make you want to book a holiday along the Danube!

Comprising four fabulous players of violins, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika the BCO boasts some of the country’s most revered international stars.

It will be a great night of top quality music, don’t miss out.

Show starts at 8pm, tickets £15 (£14 concessions) available here and in Waterstones by 30th June

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Jay Foreman – Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children – May 12th 2pm!

I’ve been watching a fair amount of Jay Foreman on YouTube in anticipation of his upcoming kids (and big kids) show on Saturday 12th May at 1.30pm. They are brilliant!

Here are three of my faves (ticket details below):

We are doing a special family ticket (comprising two adults and two children) for £24 (+ booking fee) from WeGotTicket

Otherwise standard tickets are £8 (+ booking fee) WeGotTickets

Tickets are also available in Kettering Waterstones and further is information HERE!

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Great Laughs coming up – for kids and adults at Kettering Arts Centre

Coming up very soon on 12th May at 2pm we have the fantastically funny Jay Foreman, bringing his hilariously funny-bone tickling comedy songs for kids! Don’t miss out on superb LIVE entertainment for your whole family. Great value family tickets make it a brilliant alternative to sitting at home in front of a screen!

Click here to see what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say about him!!!!…

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And we’re very excited about this one – Nish Kumar is coming to Kettering Arts Centre on 21st Sept 2018!
Man of the moment, host of the Mash Report and Live at the Apollo, Nish has featured on loads of TV and Radio including the utterly brilliant Taskmaster and with Joel Dommett on Joel & Nish vs the World. And he’s one of James Acaster’s best comedy mates!
Find out more here and get your tickets fast – they are online here at WeGotTickets.com and here at Ticketmaster NOW and in Waterstones from 12noon on 28/4/18!

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Less than a month until Richard Herring makes his Kettering Arts Centre debut

ohfrig_lWe are very excited to be hosting Richard Herring’s Oh Frig, I’m 50 on Saturday 28th April. It will be Richs first appearance at Kettering Arts Centre and a very exciting time for local residents (well definitely me at least).

Originally famous for co-creating Alan Partridge (allegedly) and the fantastic 90’s TV comedy shows Fist of Fun (which had the profound effect of adding the phrase ‘moon on a stick‘ to my lexicon) and This Morning With Richard Not Judy (featuring the iconic meeting of Kevin Eldon as Rod Hull and the Curious Orange), he left the heady days of TV broadcasting behind to concentrate on amassing a die-hard and loyal fan base over the next 20 years, with sixteen Edinburgh shows and subsequent national tours.

He is a prolific podcaster with Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP, RHLSTP!) now up to thirteen series and 170+ episodes (and having just won another Chortle award), nearly 80 episodes of Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast (RHEFP) and the proudly nigh-on unlistenable Me1 vs Me2 Snooker, in which he recreates his lonely childhood by playing himself at a game of snooker while commentating on it as himself.

Oh and he raised £150,000 for Refuge on International Womens Day by using twitter to tell idiot men who asked ‘When is International Mens Day?’ that it is November 19th.

“I thought this year it would be nice if we raised some money…to turn stupid or negative comments by people who don’t understand how to Google into something that will be positive and helpful.”

Having seen this show earlier in the year I can personally attest as to how great it is and that he absolutely deserves his legendary status!


Doors open 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £17.50 (+booking fee) from WeGotTickets or you can buy them in person at Waterstones Kettering (ask behind the counter).

 

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April 21st Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club at Kettering Arts Centre

On April 21st we have another great night of laughs for you at Rolling in the Aisles (or RITA, as I’ve heard two people call it).

Headlining is Wes Zaharuk, an amazing props comedian with a penchant for the madcap. Then we have a Brummie takeover with both Andy White and Craig Deeley hailing from that fair town (and probably sharing a car!)

Tickets are available online from WeGotTickets, or in person at Waterstones and also on the door.

Doors open 7.30pm with show start at 8pm.

WES ZAHARUK

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“Tommy Cooper on acid.” Channel 4

Master of mayhem, prop lunatic Wes Zaharuk, takes audience on a joy-ride of frenzy machine-gun anarchic physical comedy routines and maniac physical audience interaction. Wes is easily one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit. If you like to laugh out loud you won’t want to miss this show.

Canadian Wes appeared across the USA and Canada before basing himself in the UK. As well as North America, he’s brought his eccentric collection of prop tricks to (amongst other countries) Germany, Israel, Cyprus, Denmark, Australia and Singapore. He has a wealth of experience in both the club and corporate worlds across North America and Europe.

Wes Zaharuk credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that looked like a large, all-dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Through it all, Wes developed his desire to be heard — if only to reduce rash.

About the use of props, such as vacuums, whips, and blowers, in his performance Wes quips ‘Show business sometimes lures people who didn’t get enough love early in life. I feel as a child I didn’t get enough unsupervised time with power tools but who has perfect parents?’

“Twin Peaks meets Cirque Du Soleil” Toronto Sun

“A rib-ticking dive into the surreal.” Channel 4

 

ANDY WHITE

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Andy White is an energetic, confident and silly Brummie who combines silly voices and a mad afro to devastating comic effect. Andy has numerous media appearences, including the BBC New Comedy Awards on BBC Choice, Brand Spanking New on BBC Radio 7 and his winning performance on the Weakest Link comedian’s special! His appearance on the BBC quiz show featured in his five star (* * * * * Three Weeks) Edinburgh show, ‘It Started With A Quiz’ in 2007. This followed on from his well-received one man show at the 2005 Leicester Comedy Festival: Young, Gifted and Beige.

Andy escaped from a call centre to become a stand up comic who mixes silly voices and faces with observational humour, topical humour and his mixed
race background. He can do material that’s clever, cheeky, sick or just silly and his performance can shift from deadpan to loud and physical. Andy has played to a wide variety of audiences, adults and children, both at home and abroad, in comedy clubs, theatres, universities, radio and TV shows, and at corporate entertainment events. He regularly headlines up and down the UK and has worked with all the major chains and comedy promoters along the way. Overseas, he’s performed in Monte Carlo (Laughing Horse), Berlin (Bleu Montag), Abu Dhabi and Dubai (Laughter House) amongst others.

“Had me exercising my pelvic floor muscles to avoid an accident” Karen Slater, BBC Tees

“Undeniably entertaining” Chortle.co.uk

“Oozes talent” What’s On Magazine

 

CRAIG DEELEY

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over the last ten years. Craig’s repertoire is one of anecdotal observational comedy, combining humble self-mockery and tapping into the ridiculousness of modern life and everyday occurrences that we all recognise.

Craig works throughout the UK and has toured extensively on the national comedy circuit including regular comedy festival appearances. He has fulfilled several broadcast media engagements and is also an experienced stage actor and improvisation performer.

“What a revelation! Really good, great material!” — Cheeky Monkey

“Charming Brummie with a nice take on life” – Gay Times

“His 15 minutes were over far too quickly” – BBC Birmingham


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As ever our Rolling in the Aisles club nights are ably and amusingly hosted by our very own comedian compere – Nick Wills.

“The vicar is very funny” – Mark Steel

 

Please note: Acts are subject to change.
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