Review: Spelling Bee…In a sentence… Fantastic!

WELL, we learned a lot. Strabismus, crepuscule and cow to name just three words but we also laughed and applauded a whole lot more at a terrific production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which ran for three nights at the Harlow Playhouse. What marks this musical out is the characters. Not only a very dry and witty Darren Day as vice-principal Douglas Panch as well as the outstanding singing of Niki Evans but it was the patchwork personalities of the contestants that really lit up the playhouse.

Sign up for Hospice fright hike!

IN the run-up to Halloween, why not spook yourself silly with a Fright Hike Challenge through Epping Forest at night in aid of St Clare Hospice? Designed as a team event, the 30km overnight walk in six hours on Saturday, October 26 is one Hell of an adventure and will challenge your mind and body.

Secret love at the Playhouse

THE MUSIC of Doris Day has a timeless quality. It may have come from the fifties but the music resonates today. ‘Secret Love’ is a heart-warming, heart breaking new musical play which comes to Harlow Playhouse on Wednesday 16th Oct.

Benjamin Eel: A bitter pill and a beautiful voice…..

ON Thursday night at ‘The Square’ Benjamin Eel took to the stage. Behind him stood a range of incense sticks, this made the crowd wonder who was about to perform. Picking up his guitar with a big smile on his face, he filled the room with acoustic/alternative music. Around forty curious people stood around and watching Ben sing his heart out, meaning every single word he sung.

Playhouse prepares to open ‘The Hatch’

THIS OCTOBER as part of its ‘Freaky Fortnight’ The Playhouse prepares to lift the lid on Harlow’s deepest , darkest and most well covered secret. On the run up to Halloween, members of the public will be able to explore a labyrinthine network of storm drains recently uncovered during building works at the Playhouse. Accessed via an entrance in the basement, known as The Hatch, the drains aren’t for the faint-hearted or claustrophobic, and getting around will mean crawling on hands and knees.

October is the time for Stoptober

BY stopping smoking this October residents can begin to experience financial, physical and health benefits including saving money, a better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease. Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free support including a stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app, motivational text support and the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.

Lakeside to be transformed into “Student haven”!

ON 9th October, intu Lakeside will be transformed into a student haven for the shopping centre’s first ever student night. From 6-10pm, the centre will play host to live DJs and the KISS FM street team who will provide the ultimate shopping soundtrack while students scoop up exclusive discounts from a wide range of shops and restaurants, including Superdry, Topshop/Topman and Nando’s.

“Lost Modernist” returns to Harlow

MICHAEL O’ Connell last had an exhibition in Harlow in 1973, held at Harlow Playhouse. Professor Edquist mentioned his fondness of Harlow as a growing town, and that O’Connell very much saw art as fundamental to re – building a society. Professor Edquist moved from one piece of his work to another, each had a story behind it, and one couldn’t help but notice the wit and charisma of the artist infused in his work, Edquist said: “He was an extraordinary design genius.”

Gibberd Gallery Hosts Michael O’Connell Retrospective

A ground breaking exhibition of large scale hangings and textiles by Michael O’Connell are being exhibited for the first time in Britain at the Gibberd Gallery. O’ Connell taught in Harlow and Ware and lived and worked with artists locally in Perry Green. He was a key figure in contemporary textile design. This exhibition will […]

Irish singer marks UK return with Playhouse Performance

FLARE-haired Irish songstress Rose Marie sings at The Playhouse next Thursday September 26th at 19:30pm.

The Irish singing star returns home to the UK after sellout performances in Las Vegas and taking the USA by storm. The celebrated singer, famed for her red hair, high-octane voice and zany humour has captured the hearts of audiences, including the Royal Family.

New Writers Set To Make A Splash At Essex Book Festival

ENTRIES have been flowing in for the Essex Book Festival’s audio drama writing competition Making Waves. Interest has not ebbed since the competition was launched in July and the deadline is not until 31 October 2013 so you still have time to take part in this free-to-enter Essex Book Festival writing competition.