The hottest tick­ets in town

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Bridge Place -

With more than 200 events tak­ing place at the festival, here is a guide to some of the hottest tick­ets in town from plat­inum-sell­ing mu­si­cians to award-win­ning feats of phys­i­cal dar­ing. Ten years ago, New­ton Faulkner was known for his gin­ger dread­locks, great beats and vir­tu­oso gui­tar play­ing. Now tour­ing his sixth al­bum, Hit the Ground Run­ning, singer­song­writer New­ton (Wednesday) mixes his acoustic folk roots with gen­tle har­monies and drums in a di­verse set of new songs that he will be per­form­ing at the Mar­lowe Theatre. Drift­wood is a cir­cus show, but there cer­tainly won’t be any clowns. Through ac­ro­bat­ics, aerial gym­nas­tics and phys­i­cal theatre, Ca­sus of­fers an ex­hil­a­rat­ing hour of en­ter­tain­ment,with su­per-hu­man feats of per­for­mance, body-bal­anc­ing and joy­ful use of hula hoops. Ar­riv­ing at the festival all the way from Aus­tralia, the per­for­mance (Novem­ber 2-4) has been de­scribed as “breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful and eye-wa­ter­ingly dif­fi­cult”. For all of you bud­ding bal­leri­nas, Bal­let Black (Oc­to­ber 19) will be de­light­ing au­di­ences with bold and cap­ti­vat­ing chore­og­ra­phy. This ex­cit­ing bal­let com­pany com­prises en­tirely of in­ter­na­tional dancers of black and Asian de­scent and they will be per­form­ing a triple bill, one of which will be the time­less clas­sic, the story of Red Rid­ing Hood – with a bit of a twist. With his re­cent ap­pear­ances on Mock the Week and The Great Bri­tish Bake Off: An Ex­tra Slice, Tom Allen is rapidly be­com­ing a house­hold name in stand-up com­edy. You’ll find it im­pos­si­ble not to love this sharply dressed, well-spoken, dis­parag­ingly camp 30-some­thing from Brom­ley. Tom’s Festival per­for­mance (Oc­to­ber 31) prom­ises an evening of as­tute ob­ser­va­tional silli­ness. Over the course of her 30-year ca­reer, Mary Black has taken Ir­ish mu­sic to new heights, demon­strat­ing a range and del­i­cacy that has touched the lives of thou­sands of fans both sides of the At­lantic. Fa­mous for the crys­tal purity of songs like Moon River and Song for Ire­land, ex­pect plenty of serene and achingly beau­ti­ful songs from the Emer­ald Isle and be­yond (Oc­to­ber 22). Ear­lier this year Jo Har­man fea­tured on Ra­dio 2’s playlist and re­ceived the back­ing of Rag ‘n’ Bone man, who de­scribed her as “one of the finest singers this coun­try has to of­fer”. Her su­per-size voice ranges ef­fort­lessly from blues to gospel to pop, and has at its core a mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity found in the clas­sic, time­less mu­sic of past gen­er­a­tions. You will love her. Le Gateau Cho­co­lat (Oc­to­ber 27) is a bit of a sen­sa­tion in cabaret com­edy; he will ut­terly woo you with his bari­tone depths and in­cred­i­ble op­er­atic range. In this show, Icons, Le Gateau Cho­co­lat ex­plores re­la­tion­ships with our icons – the peo­ple, the mo­ments, the books, the re­la­tion­ships that have come to shape us, or the ideal we as­pire to. From Kate Bush to Whit­ney or from Elvis to Wag­ner, ex­pect an emo­tional evening of shapeshift­ing and nos­tal­gia. In 2016, New­ton Faulkner (Wednesday) was cast as a lead role in Amer­i­can Id­iot, a West End play writ­ten by Green Day. A dream come true for New­ton, who at the age of 13 played bass in a Green Day cover band.

Pic­ture: Bill Cooper

Le Gateau Cho­co­lat Drift­wood Bal­let Black in Red Rid­ing Hood

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