What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 22-28 Oct 2015

What can I tell you?  We’ve got dance of all sorts of varieties, comedy, music, theatre, you name it, going on this week across the county.  Lots of lovely grown-up fun for you to enjoy…

An Evening of Burlesque, Hertford Theatre, 23 Oct, 8pm


All sounds a bit saucy to me, but a whole lot of fun – and a brilliant spectacle.  Burlesque stars from all across the globe are coming to Hertford for a night that promises “couture costumes, an oh-so-steamy score and mind-boggling speciality acts.”  The mind bogglesThe Times describes it as “beautiful, hilarious, knowing, wicked” – which is sort of how I’d like someone to describe me, y’know?  Tickets are selling fast, so don’t hang around.  Get a wiggle on!


Jo Harman, Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 24 Oct, 8pm


Partial to a bit of the blues?  Jo Harman has more awards and nominations than you can shake a stick at, and was most recently ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the British Blues Awards.  Lots of people who know about this sort of thing have her down as one of most exciting blues and soul vocalists to pop up for years and years.  She’s playing in Bishop’s Stortford this weekend – sounds good!


The Brain Show, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 28 Oct, 8pm

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Remember Newman and Baddiel?  Well, the Newman half – Rob – is touring his new stand-up set, The Brain Show.  It’s all about, as the name suggests, the old grey matter – with a bit of science, a bit of humour, a bit of ‘ooo, that’s interesting.’  Oh, and he gets hooked up to an fMRI scanner to measure his own brain activity.


Diwali, Watford, 25 Oct


Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year with all sorts of activities, performances and workshops going on throughout the day along The Parade in Watford.  Loads of delicious street food to choose from, too, and a special Diwali market.  We took the kids last year and it was great – something a bit different on a chilly weekend.

And inside, just down the road at the Watford Palace Theatre, the Bhavan Centre is staging ‘Divine Dancing’ – a performance featuring the major classic dance forms of India (including Bollywood style!) and depicting stories of Shiva and Parvati, Krishna Radha and Gopies, and Vishnu.  A cast of 40 dancers and some gorgeous costumes – should be good.

Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The PowerPoint), Watford Colosseum, 30 Oct, 8pm


Mr C is a big fan of Dave Gorman – and we’ve seen him perform twice now, once in London and once at Tring’s Court Theatre.  Shame we’re away for this visit to Herts on his new tour, really.  He’s great live – edgier (well, swearier) than on the telly and very, very funny.  Takes the most mundane things and focuses on their utter absurdity.  You’ll never look at the internet the same way again….


Andy Parsons: Live and Unleashed and Naturally Cautious, Broxbourne Civic Hall, 28 Oct, 8pm

Andy Parsons Cambridge Junction

You’ll recognise Andy Parsons from the telly – Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, that sort of thing – and he was also a lead writer on Spitting Image.  This latest tour is his fifth, and he’s been on the road all over the country.  This week, he’s here in Herts — hoorah!


What We Do in the Shadows, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 24 Oct, 7.30pm

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Sounds like a great film, this one, and something a bit less run-of-the-mill in the build-up to Halloween.  ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is about Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav , a group of vampires sharing a flat (bear with…) and struggling with the regular things that entails: paying the rent, getting into nightclubs, arguing about whose turn it is to clean the fridge, that sort of thing.  It’s made by the same people who made ‘Flight of the Conchords’ – so that should give you some idea of what sort of thing to expect….


Holy and Horny, Weston Auditorium, Hatfield, 27 Oct, 6pm

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I have no idea what to expect with this one, but it’s a cracking name.  It’s a one-woman show in which Tonya Joy Bolton plays all 20 characters, and which (quoting here) “celebrates spirituality and sensuality” using comedy, mime, physical theatre, song, poetry, the lot.  This is the production’s UK farewell tour – so see it before it’s gone!  And, as if the poor woman hadn’t done enough, there’s a Q & A sessions after the performance.  Oh, and in case you hadn’t twigged, there’s some strong language and sexual content.


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