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The Barn Boutique - Totton
Local crafters, makers and artists will be taking over Hanger Farm’s delightful foyer space throughout September to bring you a whole range of unique pieces and quirky gift ideas to purchase. Why not start your Christmas shopping early, or even treat yourself to a one-off work of art, a cosy wrap, handmade greetings cards, gorgeous jewellery or a felted handbag!
Paul Foot - ‘Tis a Pity She's a Piglet - Totton
The multi-award winning Mr Foot has appeared on numerous TV and Radio programmes including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World, Russell Howard’s Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4. “Utterly outlandish, but beneath layers of absurdity is Foot’s sharp eye for satire” - Time Out “He’s a comedy whirlwind from the school of Spike Milligan… It’s risky to call someone unique, but Foot is certainly pretty close” - Three Weeks “Sublime, original and brilliant” - Independent
Purple Zeppelin - Totton
They blow the roof off every time, so we couldn’t wait to invite them back again with their new show! This time, the first set is played 'Unplugged' on acoustic instruments, comprising well known songs from both bands. In the second set, they plug in and play all the classic hits. Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in a new show for 2017! In a “full on” two and a half hour show complete with costume changes for each band, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically the best bits, all of the time! Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!
The Book of Genesis - Totton
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the early songs of the influential progressive rock band Genesis with leading UK tribute band The Book of Genesis, who faithfully recreate the 1970s era complete with period musical instruments, fabulous costumes, an animated slide show and atmospheric synchronised lighting in a packed 3-hour show. This is a welcome return by The Book of Genesis to Hanger Farm and follows a successful year of touring both in the UK (including Charterhouse School – where Genesis formed) and in Europe. “…The fantastic progressive rock music in combination with the costumes and other props are a real feast for your eyes and ears… A band which covers it all the way are The Book of Genesis.“ - Henri Strik
Movie Monday: Their Finest - Totton
A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, the film tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz. Certificate 12A.
Powertex Notebook Workshop - Totton
Powertex is an environmentally friendly, water based fabric hardener that is suitable for all ages and abilities. Under the careful tuition of a qualified level 3 Powertex tutor, Donna McGhie, you will learn how to use this product to create a unique notebook that you will be proud to show off to all your friends. No need to bring anything at all, as everything is provided for the workshop. All you will need is a willingness to get messy, so old clothing is highly recommended!
Black Box Theatre present: Bouncers - Totton
Set in 1984, John Godber’s classic comic drama, Bouncers, tells the story of a typical northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dancefloor. It’s Friday night and the weekend’s here… so, put on your dancing shoes… it’s going to be a night to remember! Maureen and the girls are having their hair done. Barry and the lads are ‘down the pub’ getting a few drinks in. And Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric are manning the doors at the town’s hottest nightspot… Mr Cinders. Full of sharp one liners, 80s dancefloor classics and a host of extraordinary characters – all played by just four actors – Bouncers will transport you back to those heady days of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair dos. Hysterically funny, with a touch of pathos and a whole load of nostalgia thrown in, this hilarious play takes a look at urban nightlife through the eyes our eponymous ‘heroes’.
The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra - Totton
The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra combine eccentric humour with high energy roots music from around the globe. Funny songs, crazy costumes, and virtuoso music! In addition to Britain, they have wowed festival audiences in Finland, Norway, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. Their individual experiences range from appearances on the Benny Hill Show, Kenny Everett Show, Eastenders, Little & Large Show and StarWars to performing in Barnum’s Circus (USA). Learn the washboard! Suffer canine constipation! Polka with a horse, frog, snake and pig!
Saturday Movie and Make: The Smurfs Lost Village - Totton
A trippy treat for under 8s! Best friends Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that's filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel to find a mysterious village! Certificate U. Don’t forget the make and take craft activity after the film!
James Phelan: Trickster - Totton
James Phelan presents a night of light hearted, prank focused magic, utilising audience participation to comic effect. Described by The Radio Times as having “a cheeky charm”, the show is presented through this personality and is both jaw-dropping and laugh-out-loud funny. Nephew of the late Paul Daniels, James has been storming it online in the last twelve months; gaining almost 200,000 social media followers of his own, his videos have an average of around 400,000 views. Having toured as part of a troupe in 2016, James brings you his brand new own one-man show.
October Half Term - Beaulieu
Discover the fantasy and folklore of Halloween at Beaulieu with amazing seasonal activities and traditional fun and games. Visit Palace House to help the cook bake soul cakes before having your face-painted! The All Hallows Trail will take you all over the attraction, where you can discover fascinating facts about the origins of Halloween and search for the hidden spiders along the way!
Discover your Past Lives, with Tony Rae - Totton
Past Life Regression is a technique that uses a form similar to hypnosis to recover what many believe are memories of past lives. Tony Rae is the world's leading Past Life Regressionist and Chairman of The British Council of Professional Hypnotists since 1995. This is a fascinating show both for the audience and participants. Tony explains the concepts in his usual engaging manner then demonstrates the technique on volunteers from the audience. This will leave you talking for months!
Wind in the Willows: A Folk Opera - Totton
A brand-new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic by Chris Green. GreenMatthews (with special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer) use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Using traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics, the four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall. This show is vivacious, sparkling and full of life.
Murder In Play - Lyndhurst
Priorswell Manor is the seemingly idyllic setting for a genteel house party. The country seat of the Cholmondleys sees Lady Cholmondley hosting a weekend of convivial conversation and preprandial drinks. But all is not well! Sinister things are afoot. A dangerous escaped prisoner is on the loose in the neighbourhood and who knows what the mysterious Mr Papadopoulos has in mind. As tensions rise blood is spilled and is that a whiff of poison in the air? Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society is delighted to present Simon Brett's comic whodunnit, directed by Debbie Murray. It will keep you guessing to the end while wiping away tears of laughter!
26 October £8, 27 & 28 October £9
19.45 - 22.15
Location: Vernon Theatre, Sandy Lane, Lyndhurst SO43 7DN
Lyndhurst Drama & Muscial Society
Keith James in Concert: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Totton
His wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility… A Man of Grace. This world will miss him very much! With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’, Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence.
The FB Pocket Orchestra - Totton
Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire - taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed, becoming an ‘official’ project in 2012. The orchestra aim to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Fireworks Spectacular - Beaulieu
Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a "Beaulieu does Broadway" theme. Have fun on the Beaulieu Rides & Drives and Old-Time Fairground, all at good value extra charges. Hot food and drinks are available both inside and out, as well as roast chestnuts and candyfloss. Everyone is invited to get in the spirit of the night in fancy dress!
Please see website for full details.
Location: Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO42 7ZN
The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Tel: 01590 612345
‘a fleeting production’ presents: Private Henry Tandey VC… or … ‘Henry & Hitler’ - Totton
How one single shot could have changed world history! One actor and three musicians tell Henry’s incredible story. It is the 28th September, 1918 in northern France. A humble British Private has the opportunity to change the course of history by preventing World War Two! This is the compelling story of Henry Tandey VC, the most decorated British Soldier of the Great War who with one single shot could have made the world a very different place. This is Henry’s story.
Pocket G&S present: Ruddigore - Totton
Celebrate Halloween with Pocket Theatre and this feather boa twirling, insult hurling, hip thrusting, basque busting take on Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. Robin and Rose are normal healthy kids who end up at the home of Sir Despard Murgatroyd for a night they will never forget! Pocket Theatre have made a name for themselves at Hanger Farm with innovative, high energy, small scale productions. The audience dress code is Ruddy Horror - discounted tickets for costume wearers! (Contact Box Office to reserve your £7.50 ticket and pay on arrival in your suspenders… if you dare!)
Don’t Go Into The Cellar present: The Canterville Ghost - Totton
Enjoy comedy and chills in this original adaptation of the charming Oscar Wilde tale, written especially for children and young families. This one-man show, featuring much audience participation, is guaranteed to raise more than just a ghost of a smile! Phil Jennings stars in a show that's written by Jonathan Goodwin, and directed by Gary Archer.
DiElle: Acoustic Club - Totton
DiElle’s acoustic show with John Gleadall and Chris Wood is an honest celebration of the joys of acoustic music. Indulging in acoustic hit songs through the ages, the show includes songs from classic songwriters such as the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, The Beatles and The Hollies, and the next generation of artists they have influenced such as Crowded House and Snow Patrol. This upbeat, fun trio is not to be missed if you love good songs and acoustic music.
Saturday Movie and Make: The Secret Life of Pets - Totton
Max is a spoiled terrier enjoying a comfortable life in New York until his owner adopts giant, hairy Duke. They encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that's bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who've done them wrong. Certificate U. Join the gang for Saturday morning fun, and the chance to make something awesome to take home!
John Kirkpatrick : Tunes From the Trenches - Totton
This Armistice Day at Hanger Farm John Kirkpatrick opens a kit bag of songs from the two World Wars in a programme that highlights two different kinds of material. As you’d expect, there’ll be a fair old smattering of the popular hits of the day - designed to keep the spirits high, to raise a smile, share a chorus, and provide a moment’s respite from the horrors on every side, and find the heart to keep going. And threaded through these selections, John will also give an airing to some of the songs sung on the Front Line by the service personnel themselves - tunes sung on everyone’s lips wedded to new words, conjured up far from home by an army of ordinary folk doing their best to be good soldiers. You’ll hear how experiences on the front were dealt with and described with great directness, wit, robust humour, and, occasionally, very fruity language!
Simply Smart - Beaulieu
Come to Beaulieu in your Smart Car on Sunday 12th November for ‘Simply Smart’ – a gathering of Smart Cars of all shapes and sizes. All models are welcome and visitors will have the choice to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Award – the winner will receive a Beaulieu trophy! Your Simply Smart ticket also includes entry to the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear.
Normal admission applies for visitors.
10:00 - 17:00
Location: Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO42 7ZN
The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Tel: 01590 612345
Movie Monday: The Zookeeper’s Wife - Totton
The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. A compelling story bolstered by engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl. Certificate PG.
The Phonics - Totton
The Phonics are the UK’s premier Stereophonics tribute band. They play tracks from every album including the new up and coming album, Keep The Village Alive. Their set has something for all fans including hits such as Have a Nice Day, Maybe Tomorrow, Dakota and Handbags and Gladrags, not to mention those amazing album tracks for the die hard Stereophonics fans. The Phonics simply love playing songs from their musical idols and this passion shines through when you hear them live. The Phonics are the closest thing you will hear to the Stereophonics.
Robin Ince : Pragmatic Insanity - Totton
Robin's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena and his new book, ‘I'm a Joke… and So Are You’ (Atlantic books) is also available at all good book stores.
A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera - Totton
GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all - Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. First published in 1843, the story is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved and retold by every generation since. Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims' Way) use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite. This heart-warming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies. This is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.
Movie Monday: Whisky Galore - Totton
Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship during WW2 in this reimagining of the classic 1949 Ealing Comedy. The SS Cabinet was carrying 50,000 cases of Scotch whisky to America when she ran aground affording the islanders the opportunity to get their hands on the 'water of life.' There are two problems though; the strict local minister who will not allow work to take place on a Sunday and Captain Waggett, the Home Guard officer who wants to stop any looting of his precious whisky. Certificate PG.
The Albion Christmas Band - Totton
Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol join founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings on stage once more, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show! The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. It really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year will see a collection of new material alongside favourites from their back catalogue of Xmas albums as well as the brand new studio album packed full of new material. Described in the Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas”, this is a show you must not miss!
Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found - Totton
Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He didn’t know where it had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost. So he decided to help it find its way home, even if that meant rowing all the way to the South Pole. This funny, charming tale of friendship is the perfect treat for a younger audience. Brought to life by Little Blue Monster Theatre Co with puppetry, songs and music, this fantastic new show is suitable for ages 3+ and their grown-ups
2 shows: 11.30am & 2.30pm (both 1 hour long)
Location: Hanger Farm Arts Centre West Totton SO40 8FT
Tel: 02380 667683
Malcolm the Magician - Totton
It’s that time of year again! Why not get into the holiday mood with Malcolm the Magician? Malcolm’s Magical Christmas Show is full of fun, laughter, magic and surprises for the whole family. A regular at Hanger Farm, Malcolm can always be relied upon to deliver an exciting and entertaining performance. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Bumblefly Theatre and Forest Forge present: The Frog Prince - Totton
The travelling players have gone up in the world and set up shop in a castle to tell the story of The Frog Prince. Everyone wants to live in a castle; to eat fine food, sleep in the softest, most comfortable bed, even a talking frog; but the spoilt princess really doesn’t want to share. She can’t see that ugliness may only be skin deep! Forest Forge and Bumblefly Theatre team up again to bring you this classic story for the festive season, filled with madcap humour, a sprinkling of magic, a large portion of family fun and brilliant storytelling. What castle would be complete without a long haired maiden in a tower and a prince chopping through brambles to get inside? Many characters from familiar fairy tales plus a couple of lesser known gems keep the action moving whilst memorable songs will have you singing all the way home!
Movie Monday: My Cousin Rachel - Totton
Philip, a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, vows revenge against Ambrose's missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his death. But when Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband's estate from the unsuspecting Philip. Certificate PG.
Swing Time with Five Star Swing - Totton
A touch of London’s Swinging West End is coming to Hanger Farm! “Swing Time” - with the Five Star Swing band promises an evening of Vintage Swing, with classic songs from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and many more. Saxophonist and vocalist Simone Smith will be swinging along with songs she has previously performed with the famous Ivy Benson Orchestra and the Squadronaires band. As seen on BBC TV “Children in Need” and Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball, the band of multi-instrumentalists and singers is led by bandleader Chris Smith - composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band and is also pleased to feature Mike Innes, trombonist to Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett!
Steve Knightley - Landlocked - Totton
In 2018 Steve Knightley will be joining us with new material for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. Knightley, who won the Best Original Song category at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his biting, banker-baiting Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed, has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters” and has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the rousing Country Life (about the demise of rural living) to Tall Ships (set in a West Country fishing village) and Roots and crowd pleasers like Santiago and his Cornish miners’ song Cousin Jack.
Ed Gamble - Mammoth - Totton
After the huge success of his 2016 tour, that gobby little toerag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show. Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Almost Royal (E4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3), Man Down (C4) as well as countless other things (3 other things). “… He is on irresistible form” The Telegraph “… a master of unlocking the humour in everything” The List
Movie Monday: Hampstead - Totton
An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighbourhood. The film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow against the glorious setting of London’s beautiful Hampstead Heath. Certificate 12A.
A History of Everything in 60 Mins (more or less) - Totton
Everything you ever wanted to know about everything… ever. Silly, surreal and satirical fast-paced comic adventure through history - from the dawn of time to the present day. From Ancient Rome to the Millennium Dome, Telegraphy to the mobile phone, Tudors, Trump and Tory capers, Persians, peace signs and the Panama papers. Musical and sketch comedy with a sprinkling of cabaret and spoken word poetry with the brilliant Ben Watson.
No Finer Life - Totton
Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero, an enduring romance and the fight to retain the heart of rural Britain. The story moves between the 1940s and the current day and is set in the Oxfordshire countryside, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble. This is Elizabeth’s story... What inspires a young Somerset land girl to set off in search of a bestselling author in the darkest days of war? It is a story that is timeless, yet hugely relevant today as it questions our relationship with the countryside, the quality of the food we produce and our very identity. “When peace is won, we fight for the land we love”. Award-winning composer, Alistair Collingwood, who has written scores for numerous theatre shows and TV themes, provides live music.