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The Jar Family are a fabulous band: toe-tapplingly good, and lots of fun. This high energy 6 piece, multi-instrumental band from Sunderland each take their turn on lead vocals, share great harmonies and play up a storm; they're truly dynamic live and will happily get the audience stirred up: singing and foot stomping along with the music. The Jar Family have mesmerised, entertained, thrilled and conscripted punters at more than 400 gigs including approximately 75 festival performances. Their fan base…Find out more »
After a short break following the previous event back in January, The Whole Shebang Open Mic Night returns with another evening of Whimsical, Homegrown, Organic Live Entertainment. No fire, no nudity, no animals! Other than that we like to keep the “open” in “open mic” so no matter what it is you do, music, poetry, juggling, dance, magic, exotic bird mating call impersonations, whatever, we’d love to have you along! Anyone interested in taking part should email jane @ johnpeelcentre.…Find out more »
If you had to take a long journey away from home and you could only take one item with you – what would it be? This is the decision facing our young hero in this story of human migration. Follow the story of nameless child who is told by her mother that she is not safe in her home and must flee. Join her as she goes from her troubled homeland across mountains and seas in search of a place of…Find out more »
From the team that created The Doodle Dance Show, which visited the John Peel Centre last summer, The Buildy Uppy Dance Show is a magical hour of building, music, and dancing. Let your imagination run riot as hundreds of boxes are stacked, squashed and rebuilt. Help create enticing caves, wonky castles and fabulous creatures, as together we learn that the strongest thing we can build is friendship. As part of Bury St. Edmund’s Theatre Royal’s Once Upon A Festival, award…Find out more »
Our NHS @70 Work in Progress Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries and with director Nicolas Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going wrong in our NHS,…Find out more »
After a very successful show during Independent Venue Week earlier this year, Tensheds returns to the John Peel Centre due to popular demand. Once again, Tensheds brings his unique style of blues and balladry. His audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style piano skills deftly delivers a brand of gritty, heavy, edgy blues/punk, which incorporate elements of this classical background. He is touring his 3rd album ‘The Dandy Punk Prince’ – which won him yet more critical acclaim from the likes of…Find out more »
A scandalous melodrama by Oscar Wilde Lady Hunstanton's house party is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However once Gerald's mother makes an appearance, suddenly his future is uncertain. "I can never repent. I would rather be your mother than pure" - Mrs Arbuthnot Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years? Would Gerald and Society ever forgive her? With a cast of 6 and DOT…Find out more »
One of the most unique and enjoyable live dub acts on the planet, their use of dynamic onstage dub mixing whilst performing alongside acoustic instruments and exceptional vocalists, make Zion Train one of a kind. The group will celebrate 30 years in 2018, and have played well over 2750 shows, including Woodstock (Poland), Madasound (Martinique), Fusion Festival (Germany), Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (USA), Rototom Sunsplash (Italy/Spain), Outlook (Croatia), Boomtown (UK), Glastonbury Festival (UK) 14 TIMES , Seasplash Festival (Croatia),…Find out more »