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.
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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
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.
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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