Review: Dogs don’t do Ballet by Ballet Black

THERE are not many ballet troupes that are set up with the sole purpose of making their own existence obsolete, but that is the very idea behind ballet black. A professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent, their goals is to get a more diverse range of faces on both the stage and in the audience, of mainstream ballet.

Richard Digance at The Playhouse, Harlow

RICHARD Digance is a BAFTA nominated entertainer who has supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams. He is loved by young and old and respected by comedians and musicians alike for his original comedic songs alongside his talent as a guitarist and performer. This night of live entertainment from a man of so many talents is not to be missed!

“Dogs don’t do ballet” apparently

THE award-winning ballet company, Ballet Black, return this season with their first-ever family production, based on the best-selling children’s book, Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, written by Anna Kemp with choreography by Christopher Marney (War Letters, Two of a Kind) and designs by Gary Harris (Royal New Zealand Ballet).

Copacabana: Life is going to be a beach at Harlow Playhouse!

Thom Sunderland then went on to explain what is different this time around. He spoke about how he wanted to make it more relevant to today, but the basics had to stay the same. “It’s still Lola, she’s still a showgirl, and she still meets Tony who is the love of her life. It’s still the really good old fashioned wonderful show that everybody knows and loves we just felt that for this production we just wanted to create something that was more up to date”.

“The best comedy club outside of London” and it is coming to the Harlow Playhouse

Live at the Playhouse is bringing back two phenomenal line-ups of cutting edge comedy on the 13th September and 22nd November. The brilliant line-up in September includes satirical comic Andrew Lawrence, the whimsical Tom Deacon, energetic Joe Rowntree and cheeky chappy Andrew Doyle. The compere of the evening will be the brilliant, Fin Taylor.

Meet me on the corner for The Lindisfarne Story at Harlow Playhouse

IT took the monks of Lindisfarne seven years to carry the body of Saint Cuthbert from North Northumberland to Durham, albeit with a few detours. It will take Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne ten weeks to cover the same ground but with considerably more stop-overs. There will be 48 nationwide UK concerts between their opening night at Berwick Maltings on 4th September and their final show on 15th November at the Gala Theatre, Durham, such is the demand for The Lindisfarne Story

Rime sets sail for the Harlow Playhouse

FIRST premiered to a sold out audience at Roundhouse in April 2012, Rime has been performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 (Herald Angel Award winner), at the National Theatre’s Watch This Space festival, and Camp Bestival. This is the first large scale tour of the show.

Purple Zeppelin coming to the Harlow Playhouse

IN a “full on” two and a half hour show using the same stage costumes, guitars and equipment as the original bands, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME. However, this is more than just a great band performing the “Greatest Hits” – It’s a theatrical insight into these two giants of Rock complete with Special Effects, onstage “artistic differences” & even some audience participation!

Review: The Rat Pack was the Ultimate Event

Frank, Liza and Sammy The Ultimate Event Harlow Playhouse By Sally Casey ANOTHER very busy audience headed into the main auditorium at the Harlow Playhouse and were not disappointed with a two hour show that brought you back to a halcyon days when the star shone brightly from Hollywood to Broadway. The show started off […]

Burnt Mill’s Bugsy Malone hits the spot

BURNT MILL’S performing arts department produced a wonderful adaptation of Bugsy Malone at the Harlow Playhouse on Friday night. Firstly, it was good to see a packed audience pour into the main auditorium. It was also good to see the audience full of pupils, parents and proud grand-parents. The audience seemed to symbolise the sense of cohesion at the “Outstanding” school.

Oh Boy! Jess Conrad meets Norman Wisdom

JESS Conrad is a multi-talented entertainer who began his career doing extra work on film and TV. Then he got cast as a pop singer in the TV play ‘Bye, Bye Barney’. From here he gained more jobs in both singing and acting, featuring on shows such as ‘Oh! Boy’, ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’, ‘The Generation Game’ and many more. His film and TV roles are extensive, as well as his glittering music career.

It will soon be Rat Pack time at the Harlow Playhouse

THEATREGOERS are advised to buy their tickets early for the Ultimate Event. This show isn’t to be mistaken for a typical tribute Rat Pack show – Expect to be taken back in time with some Fifties Hollywood glamour from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr for a special concert full of music, laughter and sophisticated style.

Harlow Playhouse-bound: The Simon and Garfunkel Story

HAS it really been 50 years since the most successful Folk/Rock Duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single ‘The Sound of Silence’? With standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is currently the biggest and the most successful No 1 touring theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.

Review: Carrie’s War

IT’S often said that the British look back at the Blitz spirit of the 40s, the rose tinted glasses, the same can be said of favour. The Apollo Theatre Company’s Carries War should work on stage, and it does to some extent but it feels distant, like a fond memory too faded to relish properly.

Still time to see Carrie’s War

THE story follows Carrie and her younger brother who are evacuated to the welsh countryside during the Second World War. Staying with the kind but timid Auntie Lou and her miserly brother, Mr Evans, the children explore their new environment which is very different from anything they’ve known before. They meet lots of new characters including Hepzibah Green, the mysterious housekeeper with her tales of magic and wonder and a terrifying curse…

The Rat Pack are coming to Harlow Playhouse

OVER the last few years the boys have teamed up on occasions with many renowned performers including Buddy Greco who was a regular performer with the original Rat Pack. “I can honestly say that having toured with these guys, they are as close as anyone will ever get to my dear friends – Frank, Dean and Sammy.

Bananas In Pyjamas

THE plot involves a missing guest of honour and the Bananas enlist the help of their friends and the audience on their adventure to track down the lost guest. With all the singing, dancing and light slapstick comedy from the television show and the added bonus of audience participation it’s a great show for the whole family.