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Southport Arts Centre 2004 Listings.


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Southport film guild present:- City of God
Directed by Fernando Meirelles
Film New Cambridge Theatre
Tuesday 6 January 7.45 pm
Tickets:- £3.50 (film guild members free)
City of god charts events from the ‘60s to the ‘80s in the notorious Cidade de Deus housing project, one of the most dangerous Favelas in Rio De Janeiro.  A visual masterpiece, shocking and totally captivating; cinema just doesn’t get more exhilarating than this.
(Bra/Fra/Ger 2002)
Theatre centre present
A Spell of Cold Weather
by Charles Way
Children’s Theatre Matinee studio 1
Saturday 24 January 2pm
(performances for schools
Tuesday 20 to Friday 23)
Tickets:- £5 (£4 concessions)
Family ticket discount
Deep in the frozen heart of winter there is a farm where everyone has forgotten how to be happy.  Bob and Betty are the world’s most miserable farmers, expecting nothing from a new year but the same icy gloom.  However, the snow has bought the mischievous magic of a fairy trickster; animals start to talk, there’s toothpaste in the slippers and a cockerel in the bedroom.  Nat what little Holly, on a visit from the city, was expecting… a new year delight for audiences aged 4+.
Southport film guild present
Whiskey Galore
Directed by Alexander MacKendrick
Tuesday 20 January 7.45pm
Tickets:- £3.50 (Film Guild members free)
A chance to see this much-loved Ealing comedy.  (UK 1948)
Folk Studio 1 Clubstyle
The Cottars (Cape Breton, Canada)
Friday 23 january doors 7.30pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
Special offer! – free ticket for accompanied child (aged 8 to 16) with full price adult
Ranging in age from 13 to 16, these four young Cape Breton Celts – Ciaran & Fiona MacGillivray and Jimmy & Roseanne MacKenzie – have been playing traditional music since early childhood. The Cottars are becoming a world-wide phenomenon, appearing at The Newport Folk Festival, winning an award for the preservation of Cape Breton culture and capturing the hearts of listeners with the purity of their voices and accomplished musicianship.
TTI & Guy Masterson productions present


Pern Hill & other Dylan Thomas
Written by Dylan Thomas
Performed by Guy Masterson
Drama studio 1 Saturday 31 January 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
Multiplay discount – save up to £4.50 (see
The tempest, February events page)


Completing a pair of events (with last season’s Return Journey) marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Dylan Thomas, Guy Masterson brings another outstanding solo performance of the works of the great Welshman to our stage.  In an award-winning performance of staggering energy and invention, Masterson brilliantly conjures up the lyricism and passion of Thomas’s poetry and prose.
Comedy New Cambridge Theatre
Talking Cock
Richard Herring
Saturday 31 January 8pm
Tickets:- £12 (£10 concessions)
From the writer and star of such seminal comedy shows as Radio 4’s on the hour (which went on to become BBC 2’s The Day Today), Lionel Nimrod’s Inexplicable World, Lee and Herring’s Fist of Fun, and This Morning with Richard not Judy, comes the sell-out Edinburgh Festival and West End show Talking Cock.
Film new Cambridge theatre
Member’s choice
Tuesday 3 February 7.45pm
Tickets:- £3.50 (Film Guild members free)
Title top be announced – see local press
Folk New Cambridge Theatre
Fairport Convention
Plus guests Mundy – Turner
Wednesday 4 February 8pm
Tickets:- £15 (£13 concessions)
It’s February; it’s Fairport! First and foremost in the folk-rock firmament, Fairport are a formidable force and firm favourites.  Follow the faithful!
Blues Studio 1 Clubstyle
Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack
Saturday 7 February doors 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
In 1968 Chicken Shack were a major signing to the now legendary Blue Horizon label.  Led by the mercurial Stan Webb on guitar and vocals, the band included Christine Perfect (later Mcvie) who, of course, went on to even greater fame with Fleetwood Mac.  Stan’s blistering guitar style matched with a huge stage presence have made Chicken Shack an enduring favourite of rock and blues fans everywhere.
Drama studio 1
AJTC present
The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Director:- Geoff Bullen
Performers:- Mick Jasper and Iain Armstrong
Thursday 12 February 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
Multiplay discount – save up to £4.50 (see below)
AJTC’s darkly-shaded slant on The Tempest is directed by RADA Shakespeare except Geoff Bullen, with an original score by award-winning composer Tot Taylor, featuring the voice of Jazz singer Stacy Kent and the saxophone of Alan Barnes.  With an enchanting blend of mime, mask, movement, and music, the two actors conjure storms and apparitions, lay bare treasons and counterplot, and finally transport us to a ‘brave new world’ of love and reconciliation.
Moby Duck present
The Mazemaker
Words by Guy Hutchins
Music by Hugh Lawrence
Children’s Theatre Matinee Studio 1
Saturday 14 February 2pm
Tickets:- £5 (£4 concessions)
Family ticket discount
A spine-tingling epic for 8 year olds and over.  The Mazemaker is a blood-soaked epic filled with murders and Minotaurs, man’s first flight and a king boiled alive in his bath.  Reuniting story strands that haven’t been told together for the last two thousand years, the show mixes powerful storytelling with soaring, swooping saxophone synthesiser and wild digitally-generated images projected onto a giant.
Film New Cambridge Theatre
Southport Film Guild present
Talk to Her
Directed by Pedro Almodaver
Tuesday 17 February 7.45pm
Tickets:- £3.50 (Film Guild members Free)
In this ravishing tale of romantic obsession, loneliness and friendship, Almodaver crafts a life-affirming story of two tragic women and the men who love them.  Winner of the Golden Globe ‘best foreign film’ 2003.
Southport YouTheatre present
The Twits
By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood
Children’s Theatre Matinee studio 1
Thurs 19 to sat 21 February 2pm
Ticket:- £5 (£4 concessions)
They’re shocking! They’re smelly! They’re stupefying stupid!  Gat ready to meet the one and only (thank Goodness)… the Twits!  Filthy fun for 5 years old and upwards.
Music studio 1 lifestyle
Saturday 14 February doors 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
Despite Frank Zappas’ mixed feelings about jazz (“jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny”), his idiosyncratic compositions at the meeting point of jazz, rock and the bizarre were among his most innovative. Few contempory musicians would even dare to revisit this territory but John Etheridge – one of the UK’s most revered guitarists – has put together an eight-piece band with a remarkable pedigree capable of doing just that.  A unique reinvention of some of the 20th century’s most original music.
Comedy studio 1 clubstyle
Rawhide comedy & Southport Arts Centre
Thursday 26 February doors 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
The return of Southport’s premier comedy club to warm your wintry hearts – come in from the cold!
Film new Cambridge theatre
Directed by Bob Fosse
Tuesday 2 March 7.45pm
Tickets:- £3.50 (film guild members free)
Bob Fosse’s multi Oscar-winner set amidst the faux-glamour of pre-nazi Berlin, with Liza Minnellli in the star-making role of Sally Bowles and Joel Grey’s mesmerising performances as the unforgettable Master of Ceremonies.
Folk new Cambridge theatre
Kathryn Tickell Band
Friday 5 March 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
Steeped in the traditions of her native Northumberland, Kathryn Tickell took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of nine, released her first album at 16 and turned professional two years later, in 1986.  Still championing a seemingly endless stream of young talent from the North East, Kathryn’s latest band is the youngest yet.  With ‘The Picasso of the Mandolin’ Julian Sutton, multi-instrumentalist Joss Clapp and youngest Tickell, fiddle-playing Peter, this band is full of excitement and vitality.
Drama studio 2
Gambolling Arena Theatre Co. present
The Vagina Monologues
By Eve Ensler
Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 March 8pm
Tickets:- £7 (£5 concessions)
Following sell-out performances last year, Gambolling Arena return to the Arts Centre with celebrated Vagina Monologues, witty, irreverent, compassionate and wise – an explicit tour of the ultimate forbidden zone.  In aid of the ‘Vday’ charity.
Blues new Cambridge theatre
The Hamsters
Saturday 6 March 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
Having performed 3,250 concerts in 16 years, it’s hardly surprising that The Hamsters have evolved into a blues-rock live attraction second to none.  They sold out in the studio last year so this year they’re storming the main house.  Bigger, louder and better than ever, tonight they’ll be showcasing material from their forthcoming studio album, ‘Open all Hours’ and new concert video, ‘To Infirmity, and Beyond’.
Drama new Cambridge theatre
Trestle Theatre Company with the Palace Theatre Watford present
Tonight we Fly – The story of Marc Chagall
Written by Darren Tunstall, directed by Toby Wilsher
Tuesday 9 March 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
Multiplay discount
The ever-innovative Trestle Theatre Company’s vibrant new production based on the extraordinary life and pictures of artist Marc Chagall, from turbulent beginnings to becoming one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century.  As the artist sets of across Europe in search of his stolen paintings, puppeteers bring to life scenes of Chagall and his wife, Bella, flying through the night sky.  The addition of stirring Klezmer music makes for an evening of exhilarating entertainment.
Children’s Theatre Matinee studio 1
Lempen Puppet Theatre Company present
Puppets in the Wild
Saturday 13 March 2pm
Tickets:- £5 (£4 concessions) family ticket discount
Puppets are made from wood and cloth, aren’t they? We control them, don’t we?  They’re not alive!….are they?  This is a story about George, a film maker, sent to make a documentary about puppets living in the lost canyons of Baldley Moor.  A unique opportunity to see real, wild puppets in their natural habitat!
Rock studio 1 clubstyle
Rogar Chapman & the Shortlist
Saturday 13 March 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
Best known as the charismatic front man with classic rock band Family, Rogar Chapman possesses one of the most distinctive voices in any musical field.  Since the 1973 Family break-up, Chappo has been one of those elusive artists whose light has burned brighter in continental Europe than on home soil. However, he has never ceased to write and record great songs, touring incessantly and surrounding himself with excellent musicians.  Catch up with a musician whose prime, thus far, has extended for 35 years!
Comedy studio 1 clubstyle
Rawhide comedy & Southport Arts Centre
Thursday 25 March doors 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
Sean Percival is the scourge of the politically-correct and slayer of hecklers!
Film new Cambridge theatre
Southport film guild present
Japon directed by Carlos Reygadas
Another remarkable film from the nueva ola of Mexican cinema.  A cerebral and hypnotic film about love, death, sex and resurrection.
Film new Cambridge theatre
Southport film guild presents
Donnie Darko
Directed by Richard Kelly
Monday 29 March 7.45pm
Tickets:- £3.50 (film guild members free)
Apocalyptic time-travel weirdness in small-town USA; stylish, funny and mind-bending.
Drama studio 1
Mind the gap presents:- Cyrano
Written by Mike Kenny
Directed by Tim Wheeler
Thursday 1 April 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (36 concessions)
Multiplay discount – (see Feb events page)
Cyrano is in love with Roxane but she won’t look at him twice because of his enormous nose.  Unable to tell her how he really feels, he lends his fine words to Christian, a tongue-tied young soldier who is also besotted with Roxane.  And so the tragically comic story of mistaken identities and unrequited love unfolds….
Blues studio 1 clubstyle
Otis Grand & the Big Blues Band
Friday 2 April doors 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
A big Southport Arts Centre favourite in more ways than one!  Otis Grand, the gentle giant of the Blues, has absorbed a wide spectrum of blues styles in the past four decades and now leads one f the hottest blues and R&B bands around.  His superb guitar technique and playing coupled with his original arrangements and a band that rocks guarantee that he will be at the top of the blues scene for many years to come.
Acoustic new Cambridge theatre
Tommy Emmanuel (Australia)
Thursday 8 April 8pm
Tickets:- £12 (310 concessions)
It’s probably no longer strictly true to describe Tommy Emmanuel as ‘the music world’s best kept secret’, since 300 people turned up to see him at Southport Arts Centre last year and went away raving.  The man himself is quietly content to let his guitar do the talking; his fans are not so reticent….
Children’s theatre matinee studio 1
Mac productions presents
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Written by Mike Kenny
Directed by Paul Jonathan Savage
Saturday 10 April 2pm
Tickets:- £5 (£4 concessions)
When two worlds meet… there’s magic! And music, puppets and non-stop action, bringing to life an enchanting story.  Mike Kenny’s magical adaptation of this traditional story has delighted young audiences around the country.  Things aren’t going well in the shoemakers shop.  The old shoemakers are hungry and cold and down to their final piece of leather to make one last pair of shoes.  But help comes in a very unexpected way….
Folk studio 1 clubstyle
Lunasa (Ireland)
Friday 23 April doors 8pm
Tickets:- £10 (£8 concessions)
Drawing members from the cream of the Irish music scene, Lunasa met with instant acclaim on the release of their debut CD in 1997.
Comedy studio 1 clubstyle
Rawhide comedy & Southport Arts Centre
Thursday 22 April doors 8pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions)
Tony Burgess and Carey Marx double headliners.
Film new Cambridge theatre
Southport film guild presents
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Tuesday 27 April 7.45pm
Tickets:- £3.5 (film guild members free)
Imagine… a world in which luck is a commodity to be stolen, hoarded and spent.  An atmospheric, time-skipping puzzler, blending tones of the Matrix and Memento.
Pantomime new Cambridge theatre
All Souls Dramatic Club present their 44th annual pantomime
Sleeping Beauty; Written, produced & choreographed by Elspeth Fisher
Fridays 9, 16 & 23 January 7.30pm
Saturdays 10, 17 & 24 January 2.30pm & 7.30pm,
Sundays 11, 18 & 25 January 2.30pm
Tickets:- &6.50 (adults) £5 (children)
Friday 9 January all Tickets:- £5
Showcase new Cambridge theatre
Sefton Arts College present
The Groove
Wednesday 28 January 7.30pm
Tickets:- £4 (£2 concessions)
A showcase for curricular and extra curricular work from Formby and Magull High Schools featuring Dance Students, Performing Arts Students and Gifted and Talented Students.
Mayoral Concert new Cambridge theatre
Sefton Music Support Service present
Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund – Youth Concert
Thursday 29 January 7.30pm
Ticket:- £4.50 (£3 concessions)
A varied and entertaining concert featuring the musical talents of Sefton’s Young Musicians, in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Fund.
Jazz new Cambridge theatre
Sefton Music Support Service present
Jazz Collaboration
Thursday 5 February 7.30pm
Tickets:- £5 (£2.50 concessions)
The Steve Berry Quartet joins forces with Sefton Youth Jazz Orchestra and Workshop for an evening of jazz celebrating professional musicians working with local young talent from Sefton schools. 
Musical new Cambridge theatre
Planet Workshop Ltd present
Honk Jr
Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 February 7.30pm
Tickets:- £6 (£4 concessions)
A charming musical based on the tale of the ugly duckling, presented by 7-15 year olds.
Musical new Cambridge theatre
Southport Amateur Operatic Society present
My Fair Lady
Saturday 21 February – Saturday 28 February
(excluding Sun 22 Feb) 7.30pm
matinee (sat 28 Feb) 2pm
Tickets from £7 - £9.50
Lerner & Loewe contrived to create a perfect musical out of a flawlessly play Pygmalion – an achievement unmatched before or since.
Musical new Cambridge theatre
Rainbow children’s theatre workshop present
Thursday 11 & Friday 12 March 7.30pm
Tickets:- £6
Popular musical performed by 5-11 year olds
Jazz new Cambridge theatre
Ray McVay directs the
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Thursday 25 March 7.30pm
Tickets:- £13.50 (£12 concessions)
Featuring the Moonlight Serenades & The Uptown Hall Jazz Band performing the original arrangements of classic wartime chart toppers including ‘In the Mood’ and ‘Moonlight Serenade’.
Musical new Cambridge theatre
Hoghton Players Gilbert & Sullivan Society present
The Mikado
Wednesday 31 March – Saturday 3 April 7.30pm
Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets from £5 - £8.50
A great evening’s entertainment of wit, humour and pathos.
Musical new Cambridge theatre
Southport Operatic New Generation present
Narnia – The Musical
Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 April 7.30pm
Matinee Saturday 17 2.30pm
Tickets from £5 - £8
An enchanting musical based on C.S. Lewis’ classic story “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”.

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