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Arts Centre (Colchester)

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Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
01206 500 900 https://www.colchesterartscentre.com/

Colchester Arts Centre – the little church with the big attitude deep in the heart of Essex.

Well that’s how we describe it anyway.  It sort of works, it at least gives a flavour of what we’re about.

Because just how do you describe a venue that can put children’s entertainer Palfi the Clown on, on the same day as Cradle of Filth? Where a Farmer’s Market in the morning becomes a comedy club in the evening, where folk enthusiasts can sit happily knitting (and they do!) in the exact same spot a ferocious mosh pit of teenage dancing takes place the following night?  And where the beautiful historic architecture of St Mary’s Church dating back over a thousand years, plays host to some of the newest comics, most modern choreographers, some of the coolest DJ’s and some of the freshest talent in Britain.

Over the years we’ve promoted Coldplay, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Harry Hill, Catherine Tate, Jo Brand, The Libertines, Ash, The Killers, The Strokes, Phill Jupitus, Mick Jones, Bill Bailey, Jack Dee, Count Arthur Strong  – all before anyone had ever heard of them of course  – plus the likes of jazz legend Ronnie Scott and even the late lamented and much loved Brian Johnston the cricket commentator.

Our passion to present new work bring great bands and comics to Colchester burns more brightly than ever.  Our business is all about fresh ideas, new acts, new art forms and vibrant new ways of working.  We can’t stand still. We embrace the new, the quirky the original and yes, the surreal.

 

February 2020

Byron Wallen

February 2 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£15
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Granny’s Attic

February 3 @ 7:45 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£11

These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music.

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Phil Wang

February 4 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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Following a sell-out 2018 tour, and fresh from a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run that sold out in advance, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wang is back on tour with his newest show.

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Battle of the Bands

February 6 @ 7:00 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£5

Sixth Form College

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Comedy Club

February 7 @ 8:00 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£10

Come on in for a riotous night of laughs. Bar open throughout and always a great atmosphere - come and give us a try!

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David Harper

February 8 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£15

Join Antiques Expert and raconteur David for an improvised, unscripted audience-led show of embarrassing moments, celebrities, breakdowns, big profits, bigger losses, historical journeys through time, world records and disastrous TV appearances!

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Teddy Bear’s Concert

February 9 @ 2:00 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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A perfect introduction to the world of music, with musical stories and short pieces that will get your teddy dancing! A chance to conduct the orchestra and join in the percussion section.

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Rob Auton

February 9 @ 7:00 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£12

'The Time Show’ is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton.

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Rag Mama Rag

February 10 @ 7:45 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£11

The English duo RAG MAMA RAG has slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts, making use of an interesting and wide range of instruments.

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Skiltron

February 13 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£15

Originally founded in 2004 in Argentina, SKILTRON is the leading Folk Metal band from South America, now based in Europe.

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Ahir Shah

February 15 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£12

Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is on tour again with his new stand-up show DOTS.

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Nicolas Meier

February 16 @ 7:00 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£14

In a few short years, Nicolas Meier has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more - all mixed with jazz - he’s one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene.

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Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

February 17 @ 7:45 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£15

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2020.

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Matt Richardson

February 18 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£16

Following an acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival, the multi award-winning comedian takes to the road with a brand-new nationwide tour.

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The Noise Next Door

February 20 @ 1:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£8

Join the undisputed masters of off-the-cuff comedy for a side-splitting, jaw-dropping, time-travelling adventure that's fun for literally everyone.

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Dreadzone

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£18

One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993.

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Geoff Norcott

February 23 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£13.50

Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again in the Spring, continuing with the success of his critically acclaimed show, ‘Taking Liberties’.

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Knight & Spiers

February 24 @ 7:45 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£13
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Jessica Fostekew

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£12.50

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength.

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Cara Dillon

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£20

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years.

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Rhys James

February 28 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£12

Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour.

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Surfquake

February 29 @ 7:30 pm
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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£8

SURFQUAKE are a fun & upbeat 4-piece Surf Rock Band, that'll get you shakin’ around to the infectious surf beat before you can say WIPE OUT!

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April 2020

Roy Ayers

April 13
Arts Centre (Colchester), Church Street
Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF United Kingdom
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Roy Ayers Ubiquity celebrate the 45th anniversary of their seminal 1975 album ‘Mystic Voyage’. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York, ‘Mystic Voyage’ has been sampled countless times in Hip Hop over the years and was one of the foundations of the burgeoning Jazz-Funk scene which developed in the mid to late 1970’s. The opening song from the album “Brother Green (The Disco King)” was a huge tune in the Rare Groove clubs of the 1980’s. “Evolution” was a…

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