Dirty Dusting At The Caxtons

There’s an evening full of laughter for theatregoers this week as Dirty Dusting, from the pens of Geordie comedy writing team Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood and directed by John Solley, comes to the Caxton Theatre.

The play concerns the exploits of three office cleaners; the apparently worldly Elsie, (played with lashings of sauce by Geraldine Godwin), former girl guide leader Olive (whose secret sadnesses are subtly revealed by Christine Cornthwaite) and Diane Grimshaw’s leek widow Gladys, outwardly shy and naive but capable of some serious wardrobe climbing when the mood takes her (which it does with increasing vigour as the play progresses).

When their boss, the loathsome Dave, (played with hissable villainy by Jack Scott), announces that they are all to lose there jobs in a few days time there’s only one course open to them and that is to start a telephone sex line using the office phones.

It’s packed full with more jokes than you can shake a suggestively shaped stick at, some new, (not too many), some old, (quite a lot), some moderately clean, (a minority) and some unmitigatedly vulgar (quite a lot of that). In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, (ooh er madam), it’s a smutfest, a blend of the best bits of Benny Hill, Donald McgGill, On The Buses, the Carry Ons and lots of other performers and shows in a Great British tradition that stretches from Max Miller to Chubby Brown.

There are jokes about seamen, jokes about hamsters, jokes about a cockatoo and the show builds to a huge and juddering climax involving some terrifying electro mechanical frottage, a song and dance routine and a pair of Union Jack underpants.

What more could you ask?

It’s great fun and features four performances that make the most of the humour while still allowing the more nuanced elements of the characters to shine through, but it’s not for the easily offended and it’s probably not a good idea to take your kids, although depending on the age of the kids it may be the case that they’ll be the ones who are uncomfortable about being there with their parents.

All in all an excellent night of ribald laughter and long may its feather dusters tickle.

Dirty Dusting runs from April 22nd-29th. Visit www.caxtontheatre.com for further details.

Dr Feelgood To Headline Cleethorpes Blues Festival

Promoters Solid Entertainments have announced the full line up for the 7th annual Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival which will be returning for to Pleasure Island on Sunday 18th June 2017 and it looks like being quite an event!

There are eleven acts performing over two stages, including, for the first time an acoustic stage) and headliners will be Canvey Island’s favourite sons, Dr Feelgood.
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. They have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.

Ealing Blues Festival 2015

In addition to the Feelgoods the Main Street Stage will play host to blues guitarist Aynsley Lister, soul singer Kyla Brox and her band, Alabama singer songwriter Debbie Bond, no nonsense rockers Albany Down and Glasgow-based, contemporary blues band the Brian Rawson Band.

With this calibre of artist stepping on stage, festival goers can expect to see top class live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate a creative mix of Blues, Rock and R&B, with a sprinkling of Soul for good measure!

No need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day either, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone’s taste!

For more information and tickets go to www.solidentertainments.com

New Sculpture Unveiled At St Martins

Fusion Creative have now been based at St Martin’s Church on Scartho Road for more than a year and as part of the Pilot Project, Lincs Inspire committed funding towards the production of an original piece of artwork to celebrate their moving into their new home.

Our picture shows the unveiling of the finished piece, created by artist Vivienne May. Titled ‘The Sharing’ it is a representation of the story of St Martin who was famous for his acts of compassion to people outside of the mainstream of ordinary society. On seeing a beggar freezing by the road, he tore his own cloak in two, keeping enough of the garment to protect himself from the bitter weather and giving the beggar protection as well.

Vivienne’s sculpture represents this gesture of sharing, compassion and concern for others’ well being.

The Fusion Creative project at St Martin’s has the principles of sharing and reaching out to the community at its heart and the sculpture is intended to reflect those values. The artwork now stands proudly in the entrance of St Martin’s and is a beautiful reminder of the compassion and care demonstrated to others and its importance to our community and wider society.

For more information about activities at St Martin’s go to www.fusioncreative.org.uk or find them on Facebook.

Cossies On For Swimathon 2017

Swimathon is the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in to raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

2017 is the Swimathon’s 30th anniversary. It began in 1986 as a pilot programme for swimmers in London only. Since the launch of the annual event in 1988, nearly 700,000 participants have taken part and £46 million has been raised and distributed to 36 different charities.

Gary Burr, Community Fundraiser Marie Curie, says “We’re looking for swimmers to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet. In 2015, 22,600 swimmers took part and helped raise a brilliant £1.9 million for Marie Curie – a fantastic achievement but one we are hoping to beat this year.”

In our area the event is taking place within Lincs Inspire pools on:
Saturday 8th April at Immingham Swimming Pool from 1:30pm to 5pm and Sunday 9th April at Grimsby Leisure Centre from 4pm to 9pm

Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Marie Curie.

For further information about Swimathon including how to sign up visit: www.swimathon.org

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Last year, Marie Curie cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK. If you have questions about terminal illness, need support or just want to talk, call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. It’s for anyone affected by terminal illness, including family and friends.

Oak Furniture At Ticker-T-Boo

You’re probably familiar with Ticker-T-Boo, everybody’s favourite discount shop, up at the back of the Wilton Road Estate. It’s one of those places that manage to be constantly surprising, with everything from door mats to pet foods and from toolkits to kitchen equipment, all top quality and all at amazingly low prices.

What might come as a surprise is that the upstairs at their shop is given over to a fantastic range of furniture, in oak and oak veneer, plus rugs, carpets and ornaments galore. There are stylish bedrooms and living rooms and ultra fashionable grey shaker style dining room cabinets. Ticker-T-Boo also specialise in those touches of bling that give your home some real celebrity chic, so if you’re in the market for a life size Buddha or a big silver rhino then this is the place to be!

In fact Ticker-T-Boo have just about everything you might need to furnish your home with comfort and elegance and without breaking the bank so before you buy furniture make sure you pay them a visit. You’ll be glad you did.

Something Tells Me Something’s Gonna Happen …

If you’re a fan of 60s hits or 80s TV or if you just love fantastic music and a great show then you should take a look at Cilla And The Shades Of The Sixties which visits Grimsby Auditorium on Friday 24th March.

It’s a hugely entertaining stage show for families and pop fans of all ages, a fabulous musical tribute to the songs of Cilla Black and the many artists and songwriters who changed the world of popular entertainment during the 1960s.

The show is fronted by the effervescent Liverpudlian singer and actress Victoria Jones who, along with the Shades Trio, will take audiences on a musical journey through Cilla’s life and some of the biggest chart hits of the era.

Classic hit songs such as Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Step Inside Love and many more will also celebrate the great songwriting partnerships of the time including Lennon/McCartney, Bacharach/David, Lamont/Dozier/Holland, and Greenaway/Cook.

Victoria Jones will also take the audience down memory lane reliving some of the most popular aspects of Cilla’s stellar career such as Blind Date – which ran for a record breaking 18 years – and her own hit TV show.

It sounds like it’ll be a great show and you can see Victoria talking about what it’s like to play a scouse icon here.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Auditorium Box Office on 0300 300 0035. There’s more information and online booking at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

Keep On Climbing

Singing sensation Joe McElderry heading for the Auditorium in August

It has been a busy few months for X Factor winner Joe McElderry. He’s been back in the studio recording his new album Saturday Night At The Movies, scheduled for release in July but available for pre release on iTunes on Mothers Day and there’s a new single, Gloria, written by renowned songwriter and 10CC front man Graham Gouldman, released on March 6th.

The album includes iconic hits from film and theatre including I’m into Something Good, Love is All Around and Daydream Believer as well as the new single.

Number 1 and platinum selling artist Joe has already released four top 20 albums, two of which reached the UK top three. His debut single The Climb went to the top of the charts and was nominated for the Best British Single BRIT award in 2010.

To celebrate the release of his fifth studio album Joe will embark on a nationwide live tour where he will be joined on stage by special guests, X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis who have all featured in the musical phenomenon that is Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

You can catch the tour at the Grimsby Auditorium on Friday 11th August.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Auditorium Box Office on 0300 300 0035. There’s more information and online booking at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

Wonderland at Grimsby Auditorium

Alice isn’t a little girl any more. In fact it’s her fortieth birthday and it’s not going well. Her car has been stolen from outside her desolate tower block, she’s been fired from her job, there’s nothing in for tea and she has fallen out with her own daughter. Oh yes and her ex-husnad, with whom she is secretly still in love, is getting remarried.

Sounds like a cue for a song.

At least it does if you’re ready to be transported to Wonderland – but it’s not the old fashioned pastel hued Tenniel Wonderland we’re talking about here. It’s not Disney either and it’s definitely not Tim Burton.

This is a new, urban, technicolour Wonderland inhabited by a delightfully frenzied Cheshire Cat, a soulful caterpillar with some very chic detachable legs, a Mad Hatter with ideas above her station, a narcoleptic Dormouse, and a cunning White Rabbit who used to be a judge. There’s also a torch singing Queen of Hearts played by Wendy Peters (that’s Cilla from Corrie to you and me, and she’s in the image below) who steals the show with her off with their heads routine.

It’s full of great music too, (by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Jack Murphy), more pop than traditional stage musical, with a boy band number here, a power ballad there and a tea table that doubles as a disco floor. But with some of the best sets and costumes you’ll ever see this is a show that looks great and sounds great and it’s definitely well worth a visit to the Auditorium.

Wonderland runs at Grimsby Auditorium until Saturday 4th March. Tickets are available from the Auditorium website – www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

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