You know what- it’s going to work!

The team who worked hard to put on the Close to the Bone concert on Saturday 17th July, had a meeting to review the event, see what worked, spot areas for improvement etc. One of the best things to come out of the night was the number of people who echoed Dave Keech’s feelings that Kettering Arts Centre is exactly what our town needs. (A number of people said that they hadn’t particularly been jazz fans before, but they came along on 17th July to support the Arts Centre (and then were blown away by the quality of the musicianship!)) So thanks to those who have supported us so far!

As we put on the rest of our summer programme we would love you to show your support to Broken Pipe Theatre Company as they present a high tech thriller Safe House as a preview for the Edinburgh Festival. They are a young Northamptonshire Theatre Company and I hope lots of you can come along and encourage them. Details are here.

We will then host one of the country’s most popular authors of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory, as she comes to launch her new book, The Red Queen, on Friday 20th August 2010 at 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm). Loads more details here. Tickets, only £3, from Waterstone’s, High Street, Kettering, or phone 0843 2908421. BUY IN ADVANCE, THIS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY SELL OUT!!!

And a quick reminder about Comedian Alex Horne, who will present his extended Edinburgh Festival show Wordwatching on Saturday 11th September. All tickets can be bought in advance for the concessions price of £8, full price tickets will go up to £10 on the door on the night (which you’ll have to admit is not much honk for a two hour show). Alex is a wonderful, thoughtful, charming, intelligent comedian, and this show is suitable for lovers of comedy and lovers of words. Even more here. Buy tickets online (at £7.50, which with the booking fee comes to 25p more than trekking into town for them…) here. Tickets will be on sale from town centre outlets from mid-August.

So please carry on supporting us as we bring real quality to Kettering, in a great venue with wonderful, friendly volunteers and a surprisingly inexpensive bar! Somebody at the Close to the Bone concert was overheard turning to their friend just after the first song and saying “Just imagine how much you’d have to pay for this in London.” And you got it for eight quid (£7 concessions!) and also save yourselves travel costs to London or Birmingham or Cambridge or Northampton. Similarly Alex Horne has toured his Wordwatching show to many Arts Centres up and down the country which typically charged £14 for tickets- get in quickly and get yours here for £8. And you know what, if you keep on supporting these events we can keep on charging these recession beating prices and still make enough over to upgrade the facilities, which will mean we’ll be able to put on a greater and more varied range of events. So spread the word about the Arts Centre, keep on supporting the events, and let’s all make it work!

And finally, I’ve done the deal that will bring Edinburgh Festival Award winning comedian Josie Long to Kettering Arts Centre, supported by Kettering’s own story-telling stand up  James Acaster. This is very big news! Lots more to come on this…

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