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The Church­fit­ters; left, Hai­ley Tuck; bot­tom, Paul Lamb and the King Snakes and left be­low, Lucy Beau­mon Beau­mont uni­ver­sal sto­riess from the

Hindu e epics. Th Thurs­day, June 4 8p 8pm / £12 (£10 co conc) Th The buf­foon­ish cre cre­ation of award­win win­ning co­me­dian Joe Bor. Up­perU crust ad­vent ad­ven­turer Jasper is on a res­cue mi mission hin­dered by his lad­dish co cousin Jimmy and his ob­ses­sive fan Gemma.G Luck­ily Bear Grylls proves to be more help­ful.

Anne Janelle with spe­cial guest James Hill

Fri­day, June 5 8pm / £8 The cel­list-turned-song­writer cre­ates songs steeped in the rich tra­di­tions of folk, pop and blues. Anne has re­leased sev­eral al­bums to crit­i­cal ac­claim and won the Canadian Folk Mu­sic Award for Tra­di­tional Al­bum of the Year. She is joined by James Hill on ukulele/fid­dle/ foot per­cus­sion.

The Neil Di­a­mond Story – The Life of Leg­end in Song

Satur­day, June 6 8pm / £14 A cel­e­bra­tion of the life and work of the mu­si­cal leg­end. Fea­tur­ing iconic songs from a hit filled ca­reer such as Crack­lin’ Rosie, Love on The Rocks, Amer­ica, and Play Me along­side much loved al­bum tracks and more re­cent acous­tic ma­te­rial.

The Church­fit­ters JasperJasp Cromwell Jones – –T This is Not a Hol­i­dayHo

Satur­day, June 6 8pm / £15 A folk band like no other. A dou­ble bass made out of a saucepan. Heart wrench­ing vo­cals ac­com­pa­nied by a mu­si­cal saw. Foot stomp­ingly fast fid­dle mixed with in­fec­tious funk-rock rhythms. And tra­di­tional tunes rein­vig­o­rated with mes­meris­ing jazz sax. The vir­tu­oso mu­si­cians strut their stuff on a stage that bris­tles with in­stru­ments.

Le Navet Bête presents

Dick Tracy

Tues­day, June 9 7.30pm / £14 (£12 conc) The square-jawed, hard-hit­ting, fast­shoot­ing, comic book de­tec­tive solves the city’s crime the only way he knows how... the crime-solv­ing way. A phys­i­cal com­edy with fool­ing, live mu­sic and light­ning char­ac­ter changes spat­tered with mys­tery, mal­ice and mis­chief.

Avalon Ed­in­burgh Pre­view

Ahir Shah and Gareth Richards

Thurs­day, June 11 8pm / £8 Ahir Shah’s sharp, in­tel­lec­tual brand of stand up fea­tures a blend of emo­tional frank­ness, po­etic lan­guage, and jokes. Gareth Richards of­fers de­lec­ta­ble com­edy de­lights, with or with­out in­stru­men­ta­tion. His off-beat and unique style makes him one to watch!

Sum­mer Sounds with Ju­lian Siegel

Fri­day, June 12 8pm / £14 (£12 conc) (£5 un­der 16s) The in-de­mand sax­o­phon­ist is known for his cre­ative in­spi­ra­tional sounds. Sup­ported by Piers Green (sax), and a rhythm sec­tion ac­claimed at ev­ery gig – Alex Hut­ton (pi­ano), Andy Cleyn­dert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

Dark Side of the Wall

Satur­day, June 13 8pm / £15 A live trib­ute to Pink Floyd. The award­win­ning band con­tinue to en­thral au­di­ences. The nine-piece line up com­bine their ob­vi­ous on-stage en­thu­si­asm with all the nec­es­sary at­ten­tion to de­tail. Ex­pect mu­sic from all Pink Floyd’s clas­sic al­bums and fea­ture tracks such as Com­fort­ably Numb, Money, Shine On You Crazy Di­a­mond and An­other Brick In The Wall.

Martín Al­varado: Así es mi Tango (So This I Is My Tango)

w with spe­cial guest Mikko He­le­nius S Sun­day, June 14 7.30pm / £14 (£12 conc) T The award-win­ning tango singer has been h her­alded the finest vo­cal­ist to have e emerged from Buenos Aires for decades. H He has toured ma­jor venues and fes­ti­vals a around Europe and South Amer­ica. A Ac­claimed Finnish pi­anist and b ban­do­neon­ista Mikko He­le­nius is an i in­trigu­ing per­son­al­ity on stage. Cer­tifi­cate Fea­tur­ing the voices of Rus­sell Tovey, Nathaniel Parker, Tracy Ann Oberman, Stephanie Winiecki, Ruth Gibson, Dave Brown, Philippe Smo­likowski, Shel­ley Blond

FUINNISH illustrator Tove Jans­son’s lov­able char­ac­ters, the Moomins, sprung to life as a comic strip and pic­ture books, then made an in­deli­ble mark in the UK as a 1980s stop-mo­tion an­i­mated chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion se­ries nar­rated by Richard Mur­doch.

A Ja­panese anime TV ver­sion and a theme park on the is­land of Kailo fol­lowed in the 1990s as part of a mer­chan­dis­ing boom that has firmly in­stalled th­ese ro­tund crea­tures, who re­sem­ble hip­popota­muses, in global pop cul­ture.

Jans­son’s in­quis­i­tive cre­ations set sail for the big screen in this lov­ingly hand-drawn an­i­ma­tion, based on the orig­i­nal comic strips.

Moomins On The Riviera is a cau­tion­ary tale about the cor­rup­tive power of greed and jeal­ousy, which takes a few gen­tle sideswipes at the cult of celebrity and the in­flated price of mod­ern art.

The in­of­fen­sive script main­tains a gen­tle pace, de­spite the ex­trav­a­gance of the set­ting with its luxury yachts and speed­boats, re­mind­ing au­di­ences of all ages that money can’t buy the hap­pi­ness of a fam­ily united.

In the af­ter­math of a pirate ship­wreck close to the Moomins’ is­land home, Moominpappa (Nathaniel Parker), Moom­in­mamma (Tracy Ann Oberman), Moom­introll (Rus­sell Tovey), Snork­maiden (Stephanie Winiecki) and Lit­tle My (Ruth Gibson) em­bark on an ex­cit­ing adventure by sea to the French Riviera.

In this sun-kissed play­ground of the rich and fab­u­lous, there are man­i­fold dis­trac­tions.

“Why do peo­ple in the south keep their hedge­hogs in the wa­ter?” in­no­cently won­ders one of the clan, glimps­ing a sea anemone in the rip­pling wa­ter.

Snork­maiden’s head is turned first by her Hol­ly­wood idol Au­drey Glam­our (Shel­ley Blond) and then by suave aris­to­cratic play­boy, Clark Tresco (Dave Brown).

“Cousin, I need you to take my place in the story. I’m get­ting mar­ried,” she coos to Moom­introll in a sweet mo­ment of script in-jok­ery.

He is par­tic­u­larly in­fu­ri­ated by the skimpi­ness of Snork­maiden’s two-piece bikini.

“You can’t wear that!” he scolds. “It’s like you’re wear­ing noth­ing!”

Mean­while, Moominpappa be­friends artist Mar­quis Mon­gaga (Philippe Smo­likowski) and adopts the name de Moomin in or­der to im­press his new ac­quain­tance.

Moom­in­mamma be­comes ex­as­per­ated and re­tires to the rel­a­tive calm of the fam­ily’s trusty boat, hop­ing that the rest of her brood will come to their senses and re­mem­ber the fam­ily motto – “Live in peace, plant pota­toes and dream” – in time for the jour­ney home.

Di­rected with a light touch by Xavier Pi­card, Moomins On The Riviera is an en­ter­tain­ing in­tro­duc­tion for younger au­di­ences to the cud­dly char­ac­ters, and a nos­tal­gia trip for the rest of us, cre­ated with the bless­ing of Jans­son’s niece Sophia.

Vi­su­als re­tain the naïve charm of orig­i­nal il­lus­tra­tions, even with the in­tro­duc­tion of po­ten­tially grown-up scenes like Moominpappa suf­fer­ing a whiskey-in­duced han­gover.

Vo­cal per­for­mances for this dubbed English lan­guage ver­sion are solid, and the 77-minute run­ning time passes in the blink of an eye.

Moom­in­mamma and Moominpappa get ready for an adventure on the Riviera

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