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Yellow Comedy presents:

Yellow Comedy

HERE AT YELLOW COMEDY WE RUN THE FINEST STAND UP COMEDY NIGHTS IN WATFORD, CROXLEY GREEN AND HARROW.  WE AIM TO FEATURE THE BEST UP AND COMERS ON THE UK OPEN MIC SCENE. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE STAND UP COMEDY AND AFTER YOU'VE BEEN TO ONE OF OUR SHOWS WE THINK YOU WILL, TOO.

Established in 2015, Yellow Comedy produce Comedy Nights fusing the best up & comers from the Stand up comedy circuit with a marvellous headliner across three different venues in Watford, one in Croxley Green and one in Harrow.

Yellow Comedy is promoted by Watford's own  Andrew Carberry  who handpicked all the performing acts from the UK stand up comedy scene in order to provide an enjoyable experience for all audience members.

All Yellow Comedy shows are aimed at over 18's and under 18's are not permitted.

Door Open at 7:30pm the Comedy starts at 8.00pm.

FAQ's:

Can I bring my Own Food and Drink?  -  No, There is a fully licenced bar that will be serving drinks before and during the Intervals.

Is the show really Free?  - Yes, although there will be a bucket collection at the end of the evening.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?  - Email: enquiries@yellowcomedy.uk 

 

More information at www.yellowcomedy.com

Pump House CYT presents:

Godspell

From the writer of "Wicked", this legendary family friendly, award winning rock musical is a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatregoers all over the world. Join in the celebration as our spectacular ensemble stir your soul, raise your spirit and lift you right out of your seat

Box office: 0333 666 3366

The Box School presents:

The Box School of Performance and Communication

The Box School of Performance and Communication hold weekly Saturday Communication lessons.

These Lessons focus on developing key skills and techniques for public speaking and communicating the written word.

Each term students will work towards one of LAMDA's Communication Examinations.

For more information, or to enrol, please email: info@theboxschool.co.uk or call: 07957 156669

Learning Through The Arts presents:

Silent Screams

A captivating story of courage and resistance of a man who struggles to stop the conscription of a man who struggles to stop the conscription of African men into WW1.
Author Ademola Adeniji, Charles Adams, Vance McCall & Julie Bart

 

Ticket price £6.50-  Tel 075772 73597

Blag Youth Theatre presents:

BLAG YOUTH THEATRE SHOW

A performance from Blag's youth Theatre group.

Contact us for more information about Blag Youth and acting classes in Rickmansworth.

 

All Enquires 01923 772320

Rickmansworth Players Youth presents:

Seussical Jr

2014 Noda nominated Rickmansworth Players Youth theatre present Seussical Jr.- The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant, who not only discovers a spec of dust containing the Whos but also has to guard an egg abandoned by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.
Dr Seuss, much loved children's author , provides the inspiration for this wonderful child friendly show.

Author: Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, co-conceived by Eric Idle.
Based on the works of Dr.Seuss

Ticket price All Tickets £12.00
Box Office no 0333 666 3366

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Sitting Pretty

A bitter sweet dramatic comedy written by Amy Rosenthal. A warm and funny play that takes a look at ageing, self definition and co-dependency mainly of two sisters. Nancy, saved from post redundancy depression by becoming a nude model to an art class and Nina, the dynamic employed sister. This wonderful play is an ensemble piece promising warmth, laughter and a feel good factor.

Tickets: £12.50, Concessions (Over 60/Under 16) £11.00
BOX OFFICE: 07917 324179

Pump House CYT presents:

Blackout

Part of the National Theatre Connections 500 festival.
Blackout is a play by Davey Anderson commissioned by the National Theatre. Inspired by the true story of a young offender from Glasgow who had committed a violent crime, a hard-hitting play about getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again.

BOX OFFICE: 0333 666 3366

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Brimstone & Treacle

For two years middle-aged couple Tom and Amy Bates have been struggling to cope with their altered lives since their beloved undergraduate daughter Pattie was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident. Pattie, unable to walk and seemingly unable to communicate beyond making unintelligible sounds, is completely dependent upon them.

But their lives are dramatically changed by the arrival of a mysterious, yet apparently polite and friendly young stranger, Martin.

But who is Martin? And what does he want?

This clever, challenging and controversial play was originally written for television in 1976 for the BBC’s Play for Today series, however it remained untransmitted until 1987. In the meantime, Potter rewrote it for the stage and the play premiered in 1977 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. In 1982 a film version was made with Sting playing the role of Martin.

 

Tickets: Monday £8(No Concessions)
Tue–Sat £12 (Concessions £10.50)
BOX OFFICE: 0333 666 3366

Rickmansworth Players presents:

One Man Two Guvnors

One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean

NODA Winning Rickmansworth Players present “One Man Two Guvnors” – winner of the Evening Standard Best Play  of 2011, this comedy farce follows the permanently ravenous Francis Henshall finds himself working for both a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions and romantic associations.

To prevent discovery, Francis must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart.

Tuesday £10, Wed–Sat £14 (Concessions £11.50)
BOX OFFICE: 0333 666 3366

Aspire Amateur Dramatic Society presents:

The Curse of Lover’s Folly

Written by Kevin Palmer it's a powerful story about love, autism, mental health, prejudice, bullying and a terrible, terrible curse.

We aim to raise awareness and educate people about autism, mental health and other disabilities featuring many issues facing people with these conditions. Some of our actors and crew members have autistic and mental health problems.

Aspire Amateur Dramatic Society perform new and original plays that have never been, or rarely been performed before in theatres, schools and colleges.

Box Office: 07340 981219

Tickets: £10  (£8 concessions)

Comedy fund raiser for the Pump House

The Pump House centre has at short notice been given the opportunity to run a fundraising event in aid of the Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre.  Barry from Watford (Alex Lowe – friend of the Pump House) and Angelos Epithemiou who are both top comedians with plenty of TV and radio credits are creating a new show and will preview it for this fund raising event prior to a national tour.  This hour long show will be a rare opportunity to see these top performers. Please support this if you can.

No tickets - donations on the door

NRYA presents:

Bugsy Malone

The NRYA Saturday Junior School bring Alan Parker’s huge successfully film to life.  Gangsters, Molls, Custard Pies and Splurge Guns that’s all you need for a fun night out.

tickets £10

BOX OFFICE: 07702 965851

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Night Must Fall

Night Must Fall - A thriller by Emlyn Williams.

Crotchety old Mrs. Bransom hires a charming young man named Danny as a live-in companion. Less charmed by Danny is her niece, Olivia, a repressed young woman who suspects Danny of foul play. When news of a local murder is revealed, Olivia suspects Danny. Although repulsed by the thought he might have committed the crime, Olivia also finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to him at the same time.

Tickets: £12.50, Concessions (Over 60/Under 16) £11.00
BOX OFFICE: 07917 324179

Chess Concert

An evening to remember 6 vocalists performing songs from Chess the Musical.

Chess is a musical, which opened in the West End in1986 and is set during the Cold War between East versus West.

Lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeys (both formally of Abba.)

Songs include 'Anthem', 'One Night in Bangkok' and ' I Know him so well'.

 

 

Tickets on the Door £8.00
OAP/Children £6.00

For further information please contact garypoole84@hotmail.co.uk

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Blackadder II

Take a trip with us to Elizabethan England as we stage 3 hilarious episodes from this much loved BBC TV comedy series and follow the ‘cunning plans’ of Edmund Blackadder in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

Bells: Blackadder employs a young man called “Bob” whom he finds himself attracted to, much to his dismay. Once he discovers that “Bob” is actually Kate, he plans to marry her…

Head: Blackadder is made Lord High Executioner and decides to change the execution schedule in order to give himself more free time. Unfortunately this brings him in to conflict with the Queen’s wishes…

Beer: With the promise of a large inheritance in mind, Blackadder attempts to impress his fanatically puritanical relatives while simultaneously attempting to win a drinking competition…

Tickets: Monday £8(No Concessions)
Tue–Sat £12 (Concessions £10.50)
BOX OFFICE: 0333 666 3366

Pump House CYT presents:

Bugsy Malone

Don’t miss the smash hit stage version of Alan Parker’s world famous musical brought to you by the award winning Pump House Children & Youth theatre. Set in Prohibition era New York, the show charts the story of rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan as they wreak havoc with the help of custard pies and destructive splurge guns. After penniless ex-boxer Bugsy Malone falls for aspiring singer Blousey Brown, will he be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah and stay out of trouble while helping Fat Sam defend his business?

  • Tue 5 & Wed 6 – all tickets £7.50
  • Thu 7 & Sat 9 mat - £9.50
    (£7.50 concessions, family ticket £29, 10% off for groups)
  • Fri 8 & Sat 9 eve - £10.50
    (£8 concessions, family ticket £32, 10% off for groups)

Box office: 0333 666 3366

Pump House CYT presents:

Attempts on her life

Who is Anne, Anny, Annie, Anya? Who is she and what does she want us to think or feel?
An exploration of identity, judgement and loneliness in this adaptation of the contemporary play by Martin Crimp.

An innovative play that speaks to the modern age, has been translated into 20 languages and first produced by the National Theatre at the Royal Court.

All tickets £5

Box office: 0333 666 3366

Act2act Youth Theatre presents:

Honk !

Based on Hans Christian Anderson's the ugly duckling, "HONK!" is a wonderful treat for family audiences. A gaggle of farmyard animals join the naïve, but loveable "Ugly" on his rites-of-passage journey from misrepresented duckling to elegant swan.

Tickets: £7.50

Box Office: 07914 999984

Tickets: £7.50

Box Office: 07914 999984

Woodside Morris Men presents:

Woodside Morris Men

Woodside Morris Men are Watford's very own exponents of this most traditional of English arts. Some call it the English martial art !

We dance every Wednesday at 8pm, practising in the Pump House through the winter and spring.  May Day sees us dancing at dawn in Cassiobury Park and then we can be found at pubs, fetes and festivals. Particular events for 2020 include St George's Day at Lord's cricket ground and festivals in Leigh-on-Sea and Swanage.

Why not join us - or maybe you know someone who is secretly wishing to have a go.

Come along to any of our Wednesday evening sessions at the Pump House or call Nick Wilson on 07860 663033.

We welcome new members at any time.

For further details please see our website www.woodsidemorrismen.com or follow us on Twitter@woodsidemorris or Facebook at facebook.com/woodsidemorrismen

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Enjoy

Enjoy by Alan Bennett

Wilfred Craven and his wife Connie live in a back-to-back in Leeds and as the bulldozers are closing in, they encounter a series of jolting surprises, not the least of which is when their son (in drag) returns as a council official to reveal that the council intends to demolish their house brick by brick, and reassemble it in the local museum, complete with its occupants. "An astonishingly prescient, blackly comic modern classic".

Ticket Prices:

Monday £8 ( no concessions)

Tuesday - Saturday £12 ( concessions £10.50)

BOX OFFICE No. 0333 666 3366

For Box Office Queries contact: Derek Martin 01923 449124

Angelos & Barry – Pump House Fundraiser

Barry from Watford is Back !

He has another brand new show and who better to see it first than the people he holds dear to his heart, the people of Watford.

This will be a fundraising event in aid of the Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, to keep this great arts centre running and improving.

Barry from Watford (Alex Lowe - friend of the Pump House) and Angelos Epithemiou who are both top comedians with plenty of TV and radio credits are creating this new show and will preview it for this fund raising event prior to a national tour. This hour long show will be a rare opportunity to see these top performers. Please support this if you can.

 

Pump House Fundraiser - doors open 7:30pm

No tickets - donations on the door

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Stepping Out

We follow a weekly tap-dancing class run by a former professional chorus girl trying hard to teach the bumbling amateurs sufficient skills for an upcoming recital.  But before the dancing begins she must resolve the minor dramas that erupt among the motley crew on their way to ' stepping out' of everyday life into the magic of dance.

 

Tickets: £12.50 and £11 concessions ( over 60/ under 18)

BOX OFFICE No. 07917 324179  or boxoffice@belmonttheatre.co.uk

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

This wickedly amusing and thrillingly dramatic play tells the story of Maureen, a plain and lonely middle-aged spinster who lives with her elderly mother Mag. Maureen's sisters have flown the nest, escaping the drab family home, but Maureen remains at home, trapped in an acutely dysfunctional relationship with her mother.

When the arrival of an invitation sparks hopes of a last chance romance and the longed-for prospect of escape, things start to look up for Maureen - but not if her interfering manipulative mother has anything to do with it....

The twists and turns, the dark undertones and laugh-out loud moments, of this perfectly plotted drama have deservedly placed this play among the classics of modern theatre.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane rocketed its playwright Martin McDonagh to fame when it opened  in the West End in 1996, winning a nomination for Best Play at the Olivier Awards with the subsequent Broadway production winning four Tony awards. Since then, McDonagh has been as well known for his movies as for his plays with In Bruges earning him an Oscar nomination and Seven Psychopaths garnering critical acclaim in 2012. Most recently his play Hangman won Best Play at this year's Olivier Awards following its runs at the Royal Court and in the West End.

Tickets: Monday £8(No Concessions)
Tue–Sat £12 (Concessions £10.50)
BOX OFFICE: 0333 666 3366

For Box Office Queries contact: Derek Martin 01923 449124

Pump House CYT presents:

Finding Santa

A showcase from our talented Children with sketches, improvisation and songs. A perfect Christmas warmer.

Blag Theatre Company presents:

‘A Blast from Christmas Past’

Blag Theatre Company bring back some old favourites from years gone by, plus new sketches and songs in this Christmas revue.

Sir Stanton Davenport will be appearing in this production along with Form 3b and the delightful poems of Pam Ayres.

Sick of Panto? Then you will love this !!!    Blag Theatre are well known for their parody and spoof!

Box Office: 01923 772320

Tickets: £14.00 ( Concessions £12.00)

Opening Night offer all seats £12.00

ARC presents:

ARC

ARC (Art Resource Centre) - held weekly in the Charles Room of the Pump House, which provides facilities for artists and non-artists alike.

The sessions provide an open and creative space to share ideas and skills, opportunities to meet other local artists, access to an extensive art library and facilities for practical work.

We have an ART Exhibition in the Upper Rehearsal Room once a year.  In addition to this Exhibition selected ARC members work can now be seen in the revolving display in the Theatre Foyer - changed every three months.

Tuesdays 10am – 2pm £4 per session
Wednesdays £6 per session
For further information please contact:-
Francis Smith 01923 210639

Electric Umbrella presents:

Electric Umbrella

A collaboration of professional musicians and adults with learning disabilities; writing, experiencing and performing music at small pubs, big festivals, live radio and everything else in between.

We believe in a world where there is no 'us and them' and are on a mission to challenge people to think differently about learning disabilities.

Meeting weekly in Rickmansworth, Hemel Hempstead and Watford ( thank you Pump House) Electric Umbrella offer 60 adults with learning disabilities countless opportunities to get on stage alongside professional musicians and show the public at large what they CAN do.

We are challenging the perception of people with learning disabilities with thousand of people each year.

Co-creation and a 'can do' attitude is at the heart of what Electric Umbrella is all about.

Each week we get together at the Pump House on Thursdays at 12:30 pm to write and record songs, play instruments, sing karaoke, eat lunch, hang out....It's just like being in a band! We have visiting artists and workshops and everyone gets the chance to be involved on whatever level they want to.

Find out more at www.electricumbrella.co.uk

Pump House CYT presents:

Monty Python’s Spamalot

The sound of banging coconut shells come to the Pump House for this regional premier of this hit show. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch-burnings (cancelled - health & safety), flying cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show also includes fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention including the Nation’s favourite comedy song (Readers Digest Poll 2010 – before it went bust), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Rickmansworth Players Youth presents:

OLIVER !

Twice NODA Youngstars award-nominated Rickmansworth Players Youth and Junior Theatre group are delighted to be presenting Lionel Bart's Oliver.  Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, about an orphan boy who asks for 'more'. After running away from the orphanage and then an undertakers, to which he's been sold, Oliver ends up in London. He's befriended by the Artful Dodger and taken to be part of Fagin's gang, leading him into all sorts of trouble.

Oliver ! is 'Pick a Pocket' full of fantastic numbers, including; Consider Yourself; Food, Glorious Food and As Long as He Needs Me.

Book early to avoid missing this fantastic family-friendly show!

Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart. Produced for Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Donald Albery.

BOX OFFICE No. 0333 666 3366

All Tickets £12

Divergent Drama Acting School presents:

Divergent Drama Acting School

Divergent Acting School runs rehearsals and actor training sessions for 8-12 years olds from 4-5pm and 13-18 year olds from 5 - 7pm every Saturday at the Pumphouse Watford. Fees are £75.00 per term for our younger group and £125 per term for our older group. This term our younger group will be working towards a performance of Arabian Nights and our older group a performance of The Crucible, both at the Pump House on the 18th July.

Divergent Drama Acting School strives to put the creativity back into drama. Not only do children learn stagecraft, build confidence and improve their social skills, they also have the opportunity to stretch their imaginations by taking control of the stories that they tell.  The acting school is run by professional actors so we offer our older students, who may be interested in a life in the arts, vocal and movement training, monologue practice and advice on applying to drama school.

Actors may sign up termly for our acting schools. Places are allocated on a first come first-serve basis. To book a place or register your interest please contact us.

We will be having a FREE taster session on the 25th February. Our term then runs until 1st April. Beginning again on 22nd April and running until our performance in July.


 

http://www.divergentdrama.co.uk

0208 004 5557
divergentdrama@gmail.com

 

 

Pump House CYT presents:

Status Update

Part of this year’s nationwide NT Connections programme, Pump House CYT will be performing STATUS UPDATE by Tim Etchells.

We know facts. We know secrets. We have opinions, we have intuition and we have the stage. Status Update is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out about the world. From the ridiculous to the highly charged, all these truths and half-truths are laid bare before us, without the safety net of character or fiction.

Bonus one act play as first half on Friday and Saturday performances - Sparkleshark - "High up on a tower block roof, Jake writes stories in secret. The other boys, led by the egotistical and muscular Russell, think he’s a wimp. To the girls, Jake’s almost one of them. When the gang actually confronts Jake, everyone’s in for a great surprise. Jake has to get out of trouble…and his answer is to weave his best story yet."

 

All tickets £3

Act2act Youth Theatre presents:

High School Musical

Act2Act Youth Theatre proudly present 'High School Musical' on stage!

Troy, a high school jock , and Gabriella, the new smart girl at school meet on a family vacation whilst singing karoake. Rediscovering each other at school they decide to audition together for the school show much to the annoyance of the school's current leading lady, Sharpay. Finally Gabriella and Try find a way to be thenselves and are rewardined with the lead roles in the school show. Full of catchy songs and exciting dance routines, Disney's High School Musical on Stage! explores issues of friendship, first love and acceptance.

Tickets £7.50

Box Office 0791499984

Tickets £7.50

Box Office -07914999984

NRYA presents:

Confusions

Confusions is a set of five interlinked one act comedy plays written by Alan Ayckbourn.

Each play deals riotously, but with sharp pointed undertones, with human eccentricities and the human dilemma of loneliness: a mother unable to escape from baby talk, a disastrous fete, an unsuccessful seduction attempt, a fate fraught dinner encounter - the final play sums up with five self- immolated characters on park benches.

Tickets £12.00

Box Office No :07702965851

The Hub presents:

The Hub

The Hub provides exhibition slots throughout its Event, pioneered by local creatives with the option to sell their works on the night. All proceeds from sales of the artists go straight to the artist.

Venture Media is driven to help the young individuals involved within the creative scene in Watford become self-sufficient by doing what they love most. Be assured you will find something you will love at the event. So we ask , PLEASE support young creatives on the night, if you are able to.

With photography exhibits, art installations, Indie made video game testing and live music, there is something for everyone to see at The Hub. For details click on: Venture Media

 

Ticket price £5 entry - creative projects for sale OTN

Rickmansworth Players presents:

‘Allo ‘Allo!

Rickmansworth Players, Winner of Best Amateur Play in London Region 2015 , present 'Allo'Allo!, play based on the hugely successful British television series written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, that ran for seven seasons.

This uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France.

You can see all of your favourite TV characters in the flesh, including Rene's tone-deaf wife Edith, Major-General von Klinkerhoffen and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick!

Ticket prices: Tues Preview £10, Saturday matinee £12.00, Wed-Sat at 7.30 pm £14.00

Box office 0333 666 4466

Cassio Productions presents:

Side by Side by Sondheim

This revue-style entertainment celebrates the timeless wit and genius of musical theatre master Stephen Sondheim . A perfect introduction to his work and a must for diehard fans, the show reflects Sondheim's unique take on the human condition. Moving effortlessly from the sublime to the absurd this perfect mix of music and lyrics has delighted audiences and won awards the world over.

Ticket price £12.00 (Concessions £10)

Box Office 07398214535 and https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/387046

NRYA presents:

James and the Giant Peach

Who hasn't wanted to join James as he escapes his horrible aunts and sets off inside the peach on his wonderful adventures?

The NYRA Saturday youth group are proud to present this wonderful production.

Tickets £10.00

Box Office no: 07702965851

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Suddenly at Home

Written by Francis Durbridge

This is a classic thriller with many twists & turns.

A foolproof murder is committed until fate steps in and tears the alibi to shreds.

Another murder is required so the stakes are raised.

Prepare for an unexpected twist.

Tickets £12.50 Concessions (over 60 under 18) £11.00

Box Office No. 07917 324179 or https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/171404

Shimmy Club presents:

Shimmy Club

 

Belly Dance Classes - Mondays 7 pm - 8 pm ( excludes Bank Holidays) -  Last session for this year 10th December

Try a fun class - very social - Open to all ages - Learn Technique, posture, Prop work and stay fit.

A very friendly class. We look forward to seeing you.

If you need a performer for your event please do contact me for a quote.

Price: £8 drop in (cash only)

Interested call Dawn on 07850 310978 or Email: bellydancedawn@googlemail.com - EQUITY MEMBER

Twitter: @DAwndancer  facebook.com/dawnharveybellydancer

 

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

The Pitman Painters

From the writer of Billy Elliott, comes this triumphant true story of hopes, dreams, determination and camaraderie, as a group of ordinary British miners achieve extraordinary things.

Discovering a new way to express themselves, they unexpectedly become art-world sensations!

Heralded in London's West End and on Broadway, this touching play is a heart-breakingly funny and inspirational story that takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

The Pitman Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.

Ticket prices:
£8.00 Monday (NO concessions)
£12.00 Tuesday-Saturday (£10.50 concessions)

Box Office 0333 666 3366

Watford W.I. presents:

Watford W.I. – Craft Afternoon with Marian Fox

Watford W.I. is here for women of all ages to enjoy and develop craft skills in an informal way.

Meeting at the Pump House Theatre on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month ( Not December 2017) 

2 pm - 5 pm ( W.I. Members only)

We also meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 2:15 pm at Beechen Grove Baptist Church. Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JJ

Contact number: 07920715069 or National Website: www.thewi.org.uk

Pump House CYT presents:

The Wiz

Very many know the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but in this new super soul musical version it's a fantasy for today - mysterious, opulent and fanciful - a dream conjured up by a space-age child with Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz set to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul. "Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat ... Great fun." New York Post

Box office - 0333 666 3366

Threedumb Theatre presents:

The Age of Consent

Peter Morris's play places in counterpoint two acutely uncomfortable monologues about childhood, responsibility and the shattering of innocence.

One voice is a teenager awaiting his release from a correctional facility after serving his time. The other is the young mother of a child performer, ruthlessly scheming for fame and fortune.

The characters are united by a sense of denial, as well as the humanity that can exist behind even the most monstrous abuse.

Ticket Price £12 (£10 concessions)

Pump House CYT presents:

God by Woody Allen

Set in an empty Greek amphitheatre, this mad play within a play switches back and forth between ancient Athens and modern Broadway. A Greek actor and a writer are discussing how to end a play. Actors, including Doris Levine from Great Neck, Blanche DuBois, and Groucho Marx, pop out of the audience. …

Box office - 0333 666 3366

Divergent Drama Acting School presents:

Divergent Drama Acting School

Student performances for tickets contact divergentdrama@gmail.com

7pm onwards

Our Last Dance

What's it like living in the dark shadow of war? How do you come to terms with the loss of loved ones?

After our successful show "The Curse of Lover's Folly" performed last May, Aspire are back with another play written by Kevin Palmer. This never before performed play features ballroom dancing, autism, mental health and is a period piece starting during the First and Second World Wars and it follows the lives and struggles of a family. Join us on an emotional roller-coaster of a journey.

Tickets £12 (£10 Concessions)

Box Office: 07400 574120  or email aspire_drama@hotmail.com

 

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

The Dresser

Sir, the last of the great, but dying breed of English actor-managers, is in a bad way tonight.

As his dresser tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear, Sir is having difficulty remembering who and where he is, let alone  Lear's lines.

A Herculean effort will need to be made on the part of Norman, the, dresser, if Sir is to make it on stage at all.

Tickets: Monday £8.00(no concessions) Tuesday-Saturday: £12.00 Inc Matinee (concessions £10.50)

 

Watford Borough Council

Diwali Festival

Come and join our Diwali celebrations on Sunday October 8th- 11 am-6 pm

There will be Henna Gopi dots, Children's Arts & Crafts, Diwali Bazaar, Food Stall and 2 showings of the Bollywood Film- Tera Main Hero - A young manleaves his village for a college in Bangalore, where he falls in love with a sophisticated, mysterious woman and gets caught up in a wild adventure.

Showing at 1 pm & 6.pm

Tickets £5.00 ( No concessions)

Start the celebrations early at The Pump House .

For more information email Vimal at vpatel@rsk.org.uk

Various presents:

In conjunction with Watford Museum and Pump House Theatre & Arts centre present

Watford Fringe

Make sure you are part of the first Watford Fringe, to say "you were there".  This new festival is showing the best of local and emerging talent. See great music from a wide range of styles, comedy, musical theatre and art.

For more information to perform at this exciting event which will be held at the Pumphouse Theatre and Watford Museum

Check out www.watfringe.com for timetable of events and tickets

21st October 2017 2 pm -10pm

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Separate Tables

Set in a 1950's Bournemouth hotel where the secrets of some of its residents are exposed.  Anne Shankland travels to the hotel hoping for a reconciliation with her ex-husband. Meanwhile other guests discover the hidden truth about resident Major Pollock. Over the years this fine textured drama has been adapted for stage and screen, winning many awards.

Box Office : 07917 324179 or ticketsource via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/191839

Tickets: £13 and £11.50 concessions ( Over 60/Under 18)

Alive and Brel

'Alive and Brel' presents the finest songs from the iconic singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

Brel's music, famed for it's emotional power and sharp wit, comes to life when this trio perform well-known hits such as  Ne Me Quitte Pas, Jackie and Amsterdam among many others.

Performance at 8 pm

Tickets: £10

www.aliveandbrel.co.uk

01432840410

Kingsbury Amateur Operatic Society presents:

Don’t Stop the Show Music !

Please come and join us for a lovely evening of musical entertainment.

KAOS will be performing well-known songs and show tunes from your favourite musicals and movies.

A chance for you to relax, sit back and enjoy the friendly cabaret atmosphere.

Tickets are available via our Box office at £12 a ticket. Seating is limited so please book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Box Office: 020 3000 7818 or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/387046

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Proof

Having cared for her mathematician father up to his untimely death, Catherine now needs to prove not only his theories but is genius to the world, whilst she herself is haunted by his mental issues which she may have inherited.

This Pulitzer Prize winning play offers a very human story of mystery, surprise, inherited talents and burdens plus the reality if family relationships.

Tickets:  Wednesday - Saturday:£12.00  (concessions £10.50)

Call 0333663366

Pump House CYT presents:

Christmas Snowcase

A “snowcase” showcase from our talented Children with sketches, improvisation and songs. A perfect Christmas warmer.

Blag Theatre Company presents:

Blag Theatre Company’s 19th Christmas Show

A fun filled Christmas show with songs, sketches and audience participation akimbo !                                                                IDEAL FOR ALL THE FAMILY

' If you only get to see one show this year....You should get out more!'

Previous Christmas Show Reviews:

'Blag Theatre Company's Christmas show is proving an oasis of brilliance in a dessert of blandness...Brilliant, Lampooning, Artistic, Gifted - Blag Theatre Company is all this and more'                                                                       - Watford Observer

'This spectacular company were nothing short of perfect and are really what this business is all about....Excellent."                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Swindon Advertiser

ALL SEATS: £14.00 ( Concessions: £12.00)

BOX OFFICE: 01923 772320

Pump House CYT presents:

West Side Story

The Iconic West Side Story, the musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondeim which was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet, is coming to the Pump House in a new adaptation. Set in the Upper West Side of New York City in the mid-1950s , it eplores the rivalry between the Jets & the sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds, but with the love story of Maria and Tony at its heart.

The epic musical is one not to be missed.

 

 

 

Box office: 0333 666 3366

Act2act Youth Theatre presents:

“Oliver”

Bring Charles Dickens' beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart's Oliver! tells the story of the young orphan, Oliver. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving , Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn't commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin's violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill's thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like "as Long as He Needs Me", "Food, Glorious Food" and "Where is Love", Oliver! is a musical classic.

Ticket price £7.50

 

Box Office: 0791 4999 984

Rickmansworth Players Youth presents:

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Adapted for the stage by Rickmansworth Players Youth Theatre.

A family half term theatrical treat!

Join us on a magical journey down the rabbit hole and follow Alice's adventures through a wonderful, wacky and enchanting world of weirdness.

An innovative and creative interactive production, staying true to the classic tale and characters.

All tickets £10

 

Box Office: 0333 666 3366
www.alice2018.co.uk

Pump House – Music

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

The Actress

This funny and poignant play by author Peter Quilter, full of witty dialogue is set in the dressing room of a colourful leading actress as she prepares for her emotional farewell performance. Unexpected arrivals try to grab a final embrace and renew old battles. A delightful play mirroring the happiest and saddest sides of the theatre world.

Tickets: £13 and £11.50 concessions ( Over 60/Under 18)

Box Office:  07917 324179
www.belmonttheatre.co.uk

WSDF presents:

Watford Speech & Drama Festival 2018

The Watford Festival was established over 60 years ago and has grown from strength to strength to become one of the largest and most respected in the UK.

The Festival runs from 9:30am till 10pm - ish at weekends and from 4pm till 10pm-ish on weekdays.

The Festival is for children from 3 years old to school year 13, and includes drama, prose reading, poetry recital, mime and public speaking.

Our website is www.watfordfestival.co.uk - a timetable will be on this site in January 2018

Contact: katherine@watford.festival.co.uk or 0208 959 7819  for details

 

Pump House CYT presents:

Blue Electric Wind

Written by Brad Birch

Blue Electric Wind is a newly commissioned play, part of National Theatre Connections programme.

"When people at school start forgetting things, Scott wonders if he's the only one who's noticed. He and some of the school's misfits seem to be the only ones who can see what's happening. Is it the weather? Is it a virus? They must join forces to try and work out what is causing everyone in town to lose all sense of who they are."

All tickets £5.00

Box office: www.pumphousecyt.info
0333 666 3366

Pump House CYT presents:

Rainforest Dreams

World premier play in partnership with The Green Triangle and Sani Lodge in Ecuador.

" A group of students find themselves transported to the Rainforest, to find they are running for their lives as soon as they arrive. With footage from real indigenous Indians of the Amazonian Rainforest ( especially filmed for this production) we share what happens to the people living with the oil exploration and the illegal logging on an everyday basis. On screen they interact with the students giving a real insight into how they live.  Threatened with their lives will this group of teenagers do the right thing or will they succumb to the illegal loggers and oilmen's demands? With a real twist at the end it is difficult to guess what direction they will take. "

All tickets: £5

Support our project and help to get this important message to a wider audience - www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rain-forest-dreams

Box office: www.pumphousecyt.info
or 0333 666 3366

 

Electric Umbrella presents:

Electric Umbrella Spring Show

Experience the joy of Electric Umbrella at our Spring Show with live music performances by incredible people taking to the stage to prove that having a learning disability isn't a barrier to creating incredible music.

Join us in The Colne River Room  before or after the show for tea, coffee and homemade cake in our 'Electric Umbrella' pop up cafe. Crafts and gifts made by our members and local Artisans will be available to purchase. Open 2 pm -6.30 pm

A matinee performance at 3.45 pm and evening performance at 6.30 pm will be taking place in the Theatre.

Tickets and further details will be available  soon.

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

A comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

A Bunch of Amateurs

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele, arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs.

Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians - who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves.

As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself and his relationships with other people... along with his inner Lear!

Ticket Prices : Monday: £8.00 (no concessions)

Tuesday - Saturday £12.00 (concessions £10.50)

*phone bookings open Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm , Sat 9 am - 5 pm. A £1.50 fee applies for telephone booking. Tickets are non- refundable

Box office: 03336 663366
www.pumphousetheatrecompany.com

Radlett Theatre Company presents:

BEN HUR – a tale of the Christ by Patrick Barlow ( 39 steps)

A sensational, awe-inspiring and unforgettable staging of General Lew Wallace's timeless classic Ben Hur including sea battles, chariot and leprosy !

Watch in awe as only a handful of actors take on the might of Rome in a comedy of quick changes, over the top acting, sand dances, camels, the birth of Christ and real life sized Roman orgy ( suitable for all ages).

You'll gasp at the sight of Rome

You'll stare in disbelief at the monumental sea battles ( with real water)

You'll cheer and be slightly nervous at the real life chariot racing!..........and you'll wonder at the scale of acting

BEN HUR. An hilarious comedy on an epic scale !

 

TICKETS: £10 ( £8 concessions)
Box office: 0333 666 3366

Rickmansworth Players presents:

Merrily we roll along

Merrily We Roll Along is an exciting show not often done on the amateur circuit because it’s a real challenge. The characters have to play themselves over twenty years with the main characters starting in their forties when friendships have disintegrated, compromises have been made and their values worn away, and moving backwards towards an idealism that bound them in their twenties. It is a strong storyline and fantastically witty lyrics. The show really has something in it for everyone, whether you are young and starting out in life, have been through your own tragedies or triumphs or are going through them now. With hits made famous by Frank Sinatra (Good Thing Going) and Carly Simon (Not a Day Goes By), it is considered one of Sondheim’s most accessible musicals, and we are lucky to have a chance to bring it to the stage.

Box office: www.Merrily2018.co.uk
0333 666 3366

Kingsbury Amateur Operatic Society presents:

Into The Woods

Cursed by a once beautiful witch a Baker and his wife are childless. They venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

 

 

Box office: 020 3000 7818  Ticket price: £13 ( concessions £11)
www.kaosonline.org

 

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Haywire

Alec has planned an illicit weekend in Marbella with Liz, his glamorous assistant , while his wife is away with friends. Before he can leave his meticulous plans are disrupted by the arrival of various infuriating family members.

So who will finally get to accompany him on his Spanish break?

Tickets £13.00 (£11.50 concessions over 60/under 18) Box Office 07917 324179

SORRY THIS PRODUCTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

By Way of Murder

By Way of Murder - or 'Murder, Sex, Kidnap, Suicide, Blackmail and Despicable Deceit' - is a classic thriller with a generous splash of comedy.

Lady Sarah's stately home of Baxford Hall is the setting for this tale of murder, kidnap and deceit. Film producer Jack Summers and his actress wife Janie, have taken refuge at the Hall to escape death threats that Jack has been receiving. A visit by Detective Superintendent Beveridge puts Jack's shady dealings under scrutiny, and when Jack's bodyguard and one of Lady Sarah's employees are murdered, and Janie is kidnapped and held to ransom, no one is sure who they can trust. It's up to Beveridge to solve the crimes. Meanwhile, what is Miss Franklin - the Hall's mysterious housekeeper- up to?

Ticket Prices : Monday: £8.00 (no concessions)

Tuesday - Saturday £12.00 (concessions £10.50)

*phone bookings open Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm , Sat 9 am - 5 pm. A £1.50 fee applies for telephone booking. Tickets are non- refundable

Box office: 03336 663366
Enquiries:    www.pumphousetheatrecompany.com or email info@pumphousetheatrecompany.com

Pump House CYT presents:

Honk Jr

"This is the delightful award-winning musical adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Anderson ugly duckling fable. Ugly looks quite a bit different from his duckling brothers and sisters.  The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be."

 

Box Office: www.pumphousecyt.info
or 0333 666 3366

Pump House CYT presents:

Rainforest Dreams Edinburgh Fringe Preview

This is a chance to see this updated multimedia production in Watford before it goes to the Edinburgh Fringe in August (20-26)

" A group of students find themselves transported to the Rainforest, to find they are running for their lives as soon as they arrive. With footage from real indigenous Indians of the Amazonian Rainforest ( especially filmed for this production) we share what happens to the people living with the oil exploration and the illegal logging on an everyday basis. On screen they interact with the students giving a real insight into how they live.  Threatened with their lives will this group of teenagers do the right thing or will they succumb to the illegal loggers and oilmen's demands? With a real twist at the end it is difficult to guess what direction they will take. "

Donations on the door

For more information and to support our project to help get this important message to a wider audience - www.rainforestdreams.co.uk

Donations on the door

Angelos & Barry ‘A Matter of Life and Death’

Following their sell out national tour last year Angelos and Barry return with a new one ' A Matter of Life and Death'

A brand new show and who better to see it first than the people he holds dear to his heart, the people of Watford.

This will be a fundraising event in aid of the Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, to keep this great arts centre running and improving.

Barry from Watford (Alex Lowe – friend of the Pump House) and Angelos Epithemiou who are both top comedians with plenty of TV and radio credits are creating this new show and will preview it for this fund raising event prior to the Edinburgh Fringe.  This hour long show will be a rare opportunity to see these top performers.

Pump House Fundraiser - doors open 7:30pm

Suitable for age 14+

Tickets on the door - a suggested minimum donation of £5

The Academy presents:

The Academy Watford Summer Show !

The Academy Watford, lead by Sara Bispham,  presents their annual Summer Show!

A two hour show celebration of Musical Theatre & Pop featuring some of Watford's finest young talent !

For more information please visit: www.theacademywatford.com 

Performances: Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm and 5 pm

Tickets £15

Performances: Saturday  5pm / Sunday at 1pm & 4pm

Box Office: 07568 150759 or info@theacademywatford.com

Tickets £14

 

Adam Patel presents:

‘Adam Patel: Brown Magic’

Following the release of his TV special on Amazon Prime, Adam Patel, takes to the stage to showcase his unique fusion of sleight-of-hand, perceptual manipulation and mind-hacking while relating magic to stories from his life.

" One of the UK's top street magicians" - Telegraph & Argus

"Fantastic !" - Amol Rajan, BBC

"Stand aside Dynamo" - The Examiner

Show at  7:30pm

Tickets: £8.50 (excluding booking fee)

Box Office: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/watford/pump-house-theatre/adam-patel-brown-magic

Two-thirds Comedy presents:

TRUMP’D

As seen in Time Magazine, BBC News and The Times, the sell-out comedy musical returns....

The year is 2030... As supreme dictator, Donald Trump has brought American society to the brink. As a unified resistance grows, the time for reckoning has come......  Will the Mexican Resistance find their way home?  ......Will the last remnants of ISIS finally have their revenge?....                Is Arnold Schwarzenegger really a robot, or just that good an actor? .....

Find out in an all-singing, all-dancing parody-musical journey through the desolate wasteland of future America.

For ticket enquiries contact box office: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/two-thirds-comedy

A very limited number of 'early-bird' tickets are available at £9.50 for all performances !

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Written by Bernard Shaw

Mrs Warren’s Profession

 

Vivie Warren, a young Cambridge graduate is horrified to learn that her education and entire luxurious life-style has been financed by her mother's career in the world's oldest profession.

The play was written in 1893 but not performed until 1902 after which it was banned from public performance until 1925. Apparently Shaw wrote the play "to draw attention to the truth that prostitution is caused - not by female depravity or male licentiousness but simply by underpaying, undervaluing and overworking women so shamefully that the poorest of them are forced to resort to prostitution to keep body and soul together".

This ground-breaking drama is full of insight and humane understanding and ranks as one of Shaw's masterpieces.

Ticket Prices

Monday £8.00 (no concessions)

Tuesday to Saturday £12.00 (concessions £10.50)

Watford Fringe

Watford Fringe returns for a two day festival of the best of existing and emerging talent in Watford including music, theatre, comedy and much more across several venues

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Journey’s End

Set in the Trenches during World War 1, this play commemorates the centenary of the end of the War. It highlights the sacrifices and experiences of men thrown together in battle and brings out the simmering raw tensions and traumatic relationships of the situation.

Box Office 07917 324179 or online viaTicketsource

www.belmonttheatre.co.uk

Ticket Price £13.00 concessions £11.50 (over 60/under 18)

Act2act Youth Theatre presents:

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors" is a delectable sci-fi horror musical comedy which tells the story of Seymour, a meek flower shop assistant who happens upon a strange plant. Little does he know that this extra-terrestrial plant will develop a thirst for blood and a drive for world domination.

Tickets £8.50

Box office 07914999984

Radlett Theatre Company presents:

The HOTEL of COUNTESS DRACULA !

A spooky comedy romp the whole family can enjoy!

Guests are unexpectedly disappearing from Hotel Countess Dracula. But never fear! The arrival of Professor Van Helsing, vampire hunter, may let a few skeletons out of the closet!!

Join Countess Dracula, Prof Van Helsing, Mary Shelley, Dr Frankenstein and a host of vampish creatures in this all new comedy horror from the Award Winning Company that brought you the hilarious and quite brilliant BEN HUR !

If you love Carry on Screaming, The Addams Family, Hotel Transylvania and Scooby Doo, then you'll scream with delight at the ridiculous amount of bad jokes and puns in this monster comedy!

The HOTEL of COUNTESS DRACULA....it'll be all BITE on the night!! Stake your life on it!

Tickets range from £8 - £12

BOX OFFICE: ticketsource.co.uk/radletttheatrecompany or call 0333 666 3366 

Pump House CYT presents:

Tinsel Tastic

A showcase of the talent from the Pump House Children & Youth theatre, including songs, sketches, improvisation and much more, with a touch of Christmas sprinkled on top.

Vivo D'Arte presents:

Cinderella Pantomime

Vivo D'Arte Productions present Cinderella

Performances at 7pm with a Saturday matinee at 1pm

Box Office 01442 800211 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/vivodarte

Tickets £10 - £14 * booking fee applies

Blag Theatre Company presents:

Blag Theatre Company's 20th Christmas Show

Jingle All the Way

If you love live theatre but don't like the idea of going to a Pantomime seeing Russell Grant playing Humpty Dumpty ...again! The Blag Theatre Company have the ideal solution! Come along to the Pump House Theatre, Local Board Road, Watford, for a veritable feast of Christmas delights.

Blag Theatre Company have been doing this type of show at the Pump House for the last 20 years , so they MUST be doing something right!

A fun filled show with songs, sketches and audience participation akimbo!

IDEAL FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Box Office 01923 772320

Tickets £14.00 (Concessions £12.00) Opening night ALL seats £10.00

 

Box Office 01923 772320
www.blagtheatre.co.uk

Pump House Clogg Morris presents:

Pump House Clog Morris

Mondays at 8.oopm - Upper Rehearsal Room

We are looking forward to a new Decade of Dancing, Music and Fun !

We are still practising at the Pump House on a Monday evening, so we are ready to dance out in lots of lovely places over the summer months - including Oxford, Rochester, Sheringham and Swanage. It's never too late to try out this wonderful dance tradition, so come on down and join our group of dancers and musicians.  All welcome - a good sense of rhythm and an enjoyment of music and dance ids all you need and we'll teach you the rest !

Take a look at our website and Facebook page for details of where we are dancing over the summer months.

Contact  Sue  - 07866 654520

Email: pumphouseclogmorris@gmail.com

Website: www.pumphouseclogmorris.co.uk or our Facebook page

Pump House CYT presents:

Our House

Based in 1980s Camden Town, the Our House tells the story of London lad Joe Casey, who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street, which is owned by Mister Pressman, a high-end property developer. The police turn up, at which point Joe’s life splits into two: the Good Joe, who stays to help, and Bad Joe, who flees.

Featuring a collection of Madness hits including House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, the show is a huge British musical hit.

Herts Collective CiC presents:

Herts Collective CiC

Get Active , Stay Fit - Cardio, Core, Flexibility, Resistance and Mindfulness

Weekly fitness classes on Monday's starting from 21st January 2019

£25 per month - First session FREE once you join

07956 640467 or email: hertscollectivecic@gmail.com

 

https://www.hertscollectivecic.org/getactivestayfit

Rickmansworth Players Youth presents:

The Jungle Book Kids / High School Musical Jnr

The Jungle Book Kids  - The "man cub" Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film and the works of Rudyard Kipling, the jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat featuring a host of colourful characters and favourite songs from the movie.

Performances 7pm and 2pm matinee  - £6 including details of any concessions, £12 if you book to see both shows.                                                          Box Office: www.junglemusical2019.co.uk

High School Musical Jnr - Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life at The Pump House in Disney's High School Musical Jnr.  Troy , Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show's infectious, danceable songs are sure to entertain audiences young and old.

Performances 8:30pm and 3.30pm matinee - £8 including details of any concessions, £12 if you book to see both shows                                             Box Office: www.junglemusical2019.co.uk

 

Mark Waghorn presents:

The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll & Mr Hyde

This is a one-man show performed by Mark Waghorn- this one  raising funds for charity.

It's a faithful adaptation for the stage of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic mystery tale about the conflict between good and evil and was well received when Mark performed it a few years ago.

Gabriel John Utterson is Henry Jekyll's lawyer and most trusted friend. Deeply concerned by a strange clause in his friend's will, Utterson feels compelled to investigate the sinister Edward Hyde - Jekyll's unlikely protégé. Convinced that Jekyll and Hyde's relationship is founded on Blackmail , Utterson embarks on a quest to learn more , but - as he does so , he finds the truth to be far worse than he  could ever have imagined.

Set in Victorian London at Scotland Yard , Utterson & Inspector Newcomen recount for a select audience the climactic events that have unfolded at Jekyll's house the night before and in so doing , explain the strange case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde...

Colne River Room  7 pm

Tickets £9.00, £6.00 (concessions) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jekyll-and-hyde or Telephone 0333 666 3366 (note £1.75 booking fee applies to phone booking)

Due to demand another show has been added on 3rd March

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Gail Young

Bothered and Bewildered

A comedy drama about one woman's struggle with Alzheimer's. The play follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as the girls lose their mum in spirit but not in body. Irene's imaginary friend and favourite author Barbara Cartland also appears.

 

Ticket Price £13.00 concessions £11.50  (over 60/under 18)

07917324179

 

Mark Waghorn presents:

The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll & Mr Hyde

This is a one-man show performed by Mark Waghorn.

It's a faithful adaptation for the stage of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic mystery tale about the conflict between good and evil and was well received when Mark performed it a few years ago.

Gabriel John Utterson is Henry Jekyll's lawyer and most trusted friend. Deeply concerned by a strange clause in his friend's will, Utterson feels compelled to investigate the sinister Edward Hyde - Jekyll's unlikely protégé. Convinced that Jekyll and Hyde's relationship is founded on Blackmail , Utterson embarks on a quest to learn more , but - as he does so , he finds the truth to be far worse than he  could ever have imagined.

Set in Victorian London at Scotland Yard , Utterson & Inspector Newcomen recount for a select audience the climactic events that have unfolded at Jekyll's house the night before and in so doing , explain the strange case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde...

Colne River Room  7 pm

Tickets £9.00, £6.00 (concessions) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jekyll-and-hyde or Telephone 0333 666 3366 (note £1.75 booking fee applies to phone booking)

 

Pump House CYT presents:

Ageless

A brand new play that is part of this year’s National Theatre Connections programme called Ageless.  This intriguing one act play by Benjamin Kuffour is set in a not too distant future, where Temples pharmaceutical corporation has quite literally changed the face of ageing. Their miracle drug keeps its users looking perpetually teenage. With an ever youthful population, how can society support those who are genuinely young?

All tickets £6

Rickmansworth Players presents:

In association with Rickmansworth Players

Ordinary Days

A romance on the rocks, an artist's vision stalled, and a graduates thesis in peril lead four young New Yorkers through a series of humorous and touching musical, intersecting vignettes, as they search for fulfilment, happiness, love and cabs.
This melodious one act musical, performed by an award winning cast, will reveal the simple beauty of letting go to truly live. Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days musical is a hidden gem. (contains small amount of swearing)

All tickets £9

ordinarydays.co.uk

Pump House CYT presents:

Flour Babies

Flour Babies by Anne Fine.

Let it be flour babies. Let chaos reign.

In this one act play, when the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartwright's underachieving class don't get to work on the Soap Factory, the Maggot Farm or the Exploding Custard Tins. To their intense disgust they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that must be cared for at all times.

All tickets £6

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

The Pillowman

Having written a set of gruesome short stories about child murders, Katurian is an obvious suspect when copycat events take place in the town.  Memories of his brother Michal's childhood and the need to protect his work from destruction lead to disturbing discoveries.

This powerful play has explicit language that some may find disturbing. It is suitable only for adult audience!

 

Tickets: £12.00 ( Concessions £10.50) / Monday night £8.00 ( no concessions)

Box Office: 0333 666 3366 or www.pumphousetheatrecompany.com

Radlett Theatre Company presents:

Boeing Boeing

Journalist Bernard Lawrence has his hands full in the romance department; he has three girlfriends, all stewardesses. Ingeniously, he's arranged it so that their layovers don't overlap , keeping each woman unaware of the others. But Bernard's fool-proof scheme comes crashing down when new, fast jets are introduced. With the girls set to arrive at his Paris apartment all at once, matters are made worse by a surprise house guest Robert with a scheme of his own.

 

Tickets £10.00 Concessions £8.00

Opening night all £8.00

Box Office No. 07958326908

Rickmansworth Players presents:

Wyrd Sisters

Award-winning Rickmansworth Players are proud to perform the fantastic Terry Pratchett's sixth Discworld novel Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs .

The Kingdom of Lancre is in turmoil following the death of King Verence in mysterious circumstances, and the throne passing to his cousin and his wife, Duke & Lady Felmet, who are ruling with an iron fist. The only person who can take the throne is the infant Prince. However he is missing, last seen in the charge of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, three local witches. The witches have a rule never to interfere but, with the life of a child at stake and the fate of the kingdom at hand ...

Granny has a saying about rules, if you are going to break them "Break them good and hard!"

Box Office www.wyrd2019.co.uk  Tel.03336663366

Ticket price £14.00 Concessions £12.00 Tuesday preview/Saturday Matinee - all tickets £12.00

The Voice UK presents:

The Voice UK…..coming to Watford

Do you think you have what it takes to turn a chair for The Voice 2020?

Tuesday 30th April  7:30pm - 9pm

To book a slot please contact sharon.gaffney@pumphouse.info - subject title The Voice @ Pump House Watford

Please prepare 1 x song with a backing track/instrument ( All backing tracks on CD /instruments must be provided by yourself). Limited slots available.

Good Luck ! 

Elixir School of Dance presents:

Elixir School of Dance

Bringing the magic of dance to your little ones. High quality training in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz.  At Elixir School of Dance children are given the opportunity to work towards class presentations, shows and exams.

Having trained professionally at Bird College and Masters Performing Arts.  With over 4 years teaching experience and performing in venues across Europe. I am extremely passionate about inspiring young dancers to become the best that they can be through using their creativity, imagination and pure love of dance. With qualified teachers up tho date with the latest information come along with your little ones and enjoy the joys of dance.

Laurie

Classes Fridays 3pm - 5pm (term-time only) starting the 10th May

To book or enquire call: 07590 442835 or email: elixirdance@outlook.com

Blue Valentines: Tom Waits reworked

An evening in the Colne River Room of music and anecdotes paying tribute to the talent and eccentricity of Tom Waits

He has produced the most amazing diversity of music: composing for music theatre, plays & films. Under the growl of his distinctive voice there often lurk sweet tunes and always haunting lyrics - he has been described as America's best lyricist since Johnny Mercer.

Covering songs from across his career we give a flavour of both his melancholy and his humour - and his range of styles from Folk to Jazz, from Blues to Rock.

Band: Steve Lodder (keyboard & arrangements); Wendy Lanchin (vocals); Gerry Hunt (sax & guitar); Andy Hamill (bass & harmonica); Tamas Teszary (drums)

Box Office: On the door ( doors open 7:30pm)

Tickets: £11 (online) or £12 (on the door)

 

NRYA presents:

Oliver Twist

This production is not a musical but a stage adaptation of the Dickens Classic.

Follow little 'Oliver Twist' on his journey from rags to riches.

 

Ticket price £12.00

Box Office No: 07702965851

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Ken Ludwig's

Be My Baby

A comedy with the incompatible mature couple John and Maud who are forced to travel to the States to collect a baby that their young married relatives have arranged to adopt. They meet many colourful characters in their journey and return transformed, thanks to the cutest baby in California.

 

Tickets £13.00 and  £11.50 (under 18/ over 60)

Box Office No: 07917324179 or www.belmonttheatre.co.uk

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

How The Other Half Loves

Written by Alan Ayckbourn

This hilarious comedy, has a composite set of two over laid living rooms allowing for simultaneous action in two places, Fiona Foster and Bob Phillips are having an illicit affair unbeknownst to each other's partners, and their cover story involves helping an unaware third couple, the Featherstone's, leading to farcical misunderstandings and events .

 

Tickets £12.00, concessions £10.50 - Monday night tickets £8.00 no concessions

Box Office No 03336663366 or www.pumphousetheatrecompany.com

Pump House CYT presents:

Annie Kids / The Little Mermaid JR – A Double Bill Show

Annie Kids ( 30 minute version):

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930's New York City.  Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grave Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Disney's Little Mermaid Junior (60 minute versions):

In am magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home-and her fins-behind and live in the world above. But, first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Box Office: 0333 666 3366 http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pumphousecyt

 

Pump House CYT presents:

Girls Like That by Evan Placey

An urgent and explosive play that explores the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology.

When a naked photograph of Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. But while rumours run wild and everyone forms and opinion, Scarlett just stays silent.....

Box Office: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pumphousecyt or call 0333 666 3366

Act2act Youth Theatre presents:

Act2Act present

Hairspray

You can't stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world. Hairspray JR is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs . Hairspray  JR. is a show that celebrates diversity and brings audiences to their feet with it's positive message and uproarious sense of humour.

Thursday 25th July - Saturday 27th  Eves - 7.30 pm Saturday matinee -2.30 pm

Tickets  £8.50

to book call 07914999984

On With The Show presents:

On With The Show Productions Summer 2019

There's no better way to keep four to 16 year old occupied than getting them involved with a local production.

On With The Show Productions (OWTS) is a two week summer project, at the Pump House, from 29th July to 9th August 9:30am - 3pm ( early sessions available from 8am)

OWTS has more than 16 years experience in performing arts and that experience is used to involve the students in all aspects of putting on a show - the back stage crew, sound and lighting, costume and set-design, directing and script writing through to performing. All the hard work is then presented in two shows on the final day of the project.

The two weeks is all about making friends, learning new skills, working as part of a team and putting on a show to be proud of.

Experience and ability is not necessary as the ethos behind OWTS is to encourage everyone to get fully involved, build confidence and many students discover talents they didn't know they had.

Check out www.owts.co.uk or email: onwiththeshow@ntlworld.com for more information

Dates of project: 29th July - 9th August 2019  9:30am - 3pm ( early drop off available from 8am)

 

 

Alex Lowe presents:

CLINTON BAPTISTE in The Paranormalist Returns!

Alex Lowe returns to the Pump House with a tour warm up......This will be a fundraising event in aid of the Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, to keep this great arts centre running and improving.
Join paranormal sensation Clinton Baptiste as he takes you on a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the Celestial Curtains.
Clinton Baptiste is the hapless clairvoyant, medium and psychic from Peter Kay’s smash hit Channel 4 TV show PETER KAY’S PHOENIX NIGHTS.  Now, some eighteen years after the show aired, he returns to conjure up his extraordinary powers for a new generation.
Clinton will give readings to the audience, offering advice from beyond the grave.  He will predict your future, tell you about your past and all manner of spooky stuff an’ that.
But more, he takes you through his demise, his comeback and finally…finally on this special night, he will attempt to pass over to The Other Side and return (before the venue want you all out)….with THE ANSWER!Starring ALEX LOWE, Clinton Baptiste is the copyright of Goodnight Vienna Productions.
Pump House Fundraiser - doors open 7:30pmSuitable for age 14+Tickets on the door - a suggested minimum donation of £10

Nadine Sanders presents:

Vinyasa Yoga

Fridays
10am–11.15am (75 mins)

SEPTEMBER ONWARDS at the Rehearsal Studio, 

(please use the theatre entrance and then go up the stairs on the right - parking in the rear car park of Pump House or if coming from Bushey side avoid the one way system, park in Century Park and walk down the side alley, please read parking restrictions notice)

CLASS DESCRIPTION: A dynamic Vinyasa class focusing on breath awareness. Classes will involve Surya Namaskar, standing postures, forward bending, backward bending, inversions, meditation and relaxation. Expect chanting, hands on assists and great music. All levels welcome but knowledge of sun salutation is recommended.

You can book and buy classes online via the ‘book now’ button on the home page.

Prices

£10 - drop in

£45 - 5 class pack (£9/class)

£80 - 10 class pack (£8/class)

THE PUMP HOUSE – A TOUR OF TWO TALES

Part of Watford Heritage Open Days 2019.

Have a full guided tour of The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre, including visiting backstage; seeing all the fantastic props and view wonderful costumes from fabulous productions. Plus, opening up areas rarely seen by the public.

Built in 1854 the building was used as a Victorian Pumping Station, the second part of the tale will include; the secret tour; historical photos and information. The Pump House is truly a hidden gem.

Opening times Friday 13 September, Saturday 14 September and Sunday 15 September, 11am - 5pm

Booking details: Pre-booking essential via 01923 241362 or sharon.gaffney@pumphouse.info

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Seventeen

Adults play teenagers in this funny, poignant play, that turns our notions of adolescence and adulthood on its head. Set in that time after the end of the last day of school, just before everyone moves on, a group of friends share their dreams, air their insecurities, and spill their secrets.....

Ticket Price: Monday £8.00 ( no concessions) / Tuesday - Saturday £12.00 ( £10.50)

Box Office: 0333 666 3366 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pumphousetheatrecompany

 

Build your own Bollywood

Vedi Roy will create stereotypical Bollywood scenarios and help you understand what it takes to create a Bollywood scene; there’ll be drama, romance, action, sadness and melodrama ! Then you create your own scene and the session ends with a fabulous Bollywood dance finale.

Sunday 6th October 2pm to 4pm, Only 30 spaces available. It is £FREE but you need to book.

To book contact Sharon at office@pumphouse.info

 

Vedi Roy trained at DNA StudiosPineapple Arts, and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Credits:

As Actor/Dancer – Touchstone in As You Like It (National Theatre/Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Gurvinder in Pop Music (Paines Plough/Birmingham Rep); Genie in Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); Pinky in Miss Meena and the Masala Queens (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Kazi/Ensemble in Laila the Musical (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Duke Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Dancer for Ideal Home ShowDancer for Britain's Next Top Model Live.

As Creative collaborator – Co-creator and Actor in Pinky and Preetho’s Comedy Night (Rifco Theatre Company/Watford Palace Theatre); Writer for Future’s in the Making (Spread the Word)


Vedi regularly Choreographs and directs movement for productions, workshops and classes in London and across the nation. He is currently branching out into Directing whilst enhancing his writing practice. In March 2019 he completed his role as Assistant Director on Absurd Person Singular for Watford Palace Theatre as part of an RTYDS placement.

Twitter/Instagram - @vediroy

Watford Fringe

The Watford Fringe was set up by the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust, Watford’s hub for emerging talent,as an opportunity to show the amazing talent and venues we have in Watford.

Now in its third year across 11 venue spaces, it has something for everybody including music, comedy, drama, improv, dance, film, food and much more.

More information at WatFringe.com

Blonde sheep events presents:

GUTTED by Sharon Byrne

GUTTED a black comedy explores the lives of three strong women who work in a fish factory in 1980's Dublin. Told through comic monologue, raw powerful language and dance, the women give us a snapshot of the characters and challenges in their lives at the time. In light of Ireland's recent referendum on abortion, these issues remain as relevant today as they did over 30 years ago.

"An exhilarating experience and a wonderful life affirming play". Mark Everitt, 'former' Director The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Performance 8pm ( no interval)

Box Office: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gutted-irish-dark-comedy-tickets-56552867148

(tickets cannot be purchased by phone)

Ticket price: £15 + booking fee

 

Learning Through The Arts presents:

After The Storm

Set in 1919. Madu Okoli returns from the Western Front with fresh hopes and expectations, but life takes a completely different turn. After the Storm , is the story of one man's quest for survival and posterity, characterised by selflessness, determination and fortitude.

Ticket Price £12.00 General, £10 groups (4 or more) and concession (65+ and students)

Box office number : 07510917517

 

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

Love in Idleness

In 1944 17 year old socialist Michael returns from Canada to London to find his widowed mother. Olivia, is mistress to a leading Conservative Cabinet Member. Sparks fly as Olivia has to choose between the men in her life, in this witty mix of comedy and drama.

Tickets £13.00 and  £11.50 (under 18/ over 60)

Box Office No: 0791 7324179 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/belmont-theatre-company

Tom Kanji presents:

Shakespeare Workshop

This workshop will provide a unique chance to experience and learn about aspects of Shakespeare's plays from one of Shakespeare's Globe professional actors, Tom Kanji. You will get the chance to try some extracts from Shakespeare’s best plays and work on them under the guidance from Tom. Suitable for ages 11 - 99

Theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe, LA Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and Doctor Scroggy’s War, (Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe and ETT); Cadfael – The Virgin in The Ice (Middle Ground Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival); A Russian Play, (Lion and Unicorn); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); OthelloImportance of Being Ernest (RADA); Wild Horses, (Theatre 503); Back of the Throat, (Old Red Lion); The Girl the Oil Pipe and the Murder in the ForumThe Tempest (Tara Arts); Prints Of Denmark (Edinburgh Fringe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Vic Stoke); Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse).

Television credits include: Tyrant, (Fox TV); Silent Witness and Hustle (BBC); Midnight Man (Carnival Film); Saddam’s Tribe, (Channel 4).

£2 per person. To book: Contact Sharon.Gaffney@Pumphouse.info 01923 241362

TheatreShack StageWorks presents:

Punk Rock

Edgy and acute, Punk Rock is a slow-building story of violence at school, told with compelling depth and tension. The play introduces us to seven high-achieving teenagers at a fee-paying grammar school. They are holed up in the Upper School library, tucked away from supervision, revising — or not, as the case may be — for their mock A-Levels. It is a recognisable stew of rivalries, desires and confusions. As exam pressure builds, anxiety flares up into aggression, revealing a raw undercurrent of panic and hostility.

Suitable for ages 14+     Content warning - Contains strong language and adult themes

Box Office: www.buytickets.at/vbn/280968

Ticket Price: £10 (concessions)

Kate Flatt presents:

Once around the sun

The workshop for children and families, will explore how ancient circle dances from around the globe, offer connection to our planet, and inspire creative ideas. Guided by Kate Flatt, the activities - whatever age we are - will offer through dance, a positive sense of connection between us and how we can work to sustain and value our Earth.

Kate is a choreographer and experienced workshop leader working both in UK and internationally. Her 'Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows' was a dance theatre work, that drew on rituals and celebration of community, created in Watford for 55 local participants of all ages. Kate will be accompanied by Tim van Eyken the original song man in Warhorse. Come and enjoy this creative and engaging experience, with your family and friends!!

£5 per family. To book: contact Sharon.Gaffney@Pumphouse.info 01923 241362

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

ENDGAME

After an unexplained apocalyptic event the once powerful and important (so he believes) Hamm is left blind and wheelchair bound, looked after by his servant Clov who both adores and hates him. They share their small refuge with Nagg and  Nell, Hamm's elderly and (literally) legless parents who reside in bins. These desperate characters live out the last days of mankind unwilling to give up but with no real reason to keep going.

Ticket Price: Monday £11.00 ( no concessions) / Tuesday - Saturday £14.00 ( £11.00)

Box Office: 0333 666 3366 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pumphousetheatrecompany

 

Electric Umbrella presents:

Electric Umbrella – MEET ME WHERE I AM

This small but perfectly formed show will provide a wonderful intimate night of fun, music and laughter. Complete with a full pro band line up, it is dedicated to the Watford group, giving EVERY individual the opportunity to shine.

Seen us before? Well you know two shows are NEVER the same so come again and bring a friend or someone new who you feel needs a bit of Electric Umbrella Joy in their lives.

Tickets £10

The Ginger Magician presents:

Fizz Kids: Magic & Mayhem

This is a fun filled show starring our top entertainer Kurtis Whitehead. Kurtis has performed all over the world and has worked for both Butlins and Disney ! This show is going to be filled with laughter, wonder, audience participation and most importantly MAGIC !

The show is suitable for all ages and is a family friendly show.

Tickets start at £7

The Ginger Magician presents:

The Ginger Magician

Ever wondered if magic or mentalism is real ?  Is it possible for series of events to be predetermined?  Is it 'Magic', or is it just 'Trickery'?

Come and join Kurtis as he takes you through his world of comedy, magic & mentalism.

Kurtis is an award winning stage magician who is bringing his 60 minute show to The Pump House Theatre here in Watford.  This is going to be a fun filled evening of laughter, magic and astonishment !    DON'T MISS OUT !

Tickets start at £10

Pump House CYT presents:

Pump Ho Ho House Christmas

Your presents is required for a christingle pringle mingle of songs, sketches and showcase  of our talented Children's theatre.

You will laugh and maybe cry, after all it is that time of year when we all get a bit Santa-mental!

Don't miss these kids sleigh-in it or yule be sorry!

Blag Theatre Company presents:

Blag Theatre Company's 21st Christmas Revue Show

So, Here it is Merry Christmas

IDEAL FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Yup! They're back again! Can't believe they have been around so long!

It's another year of their festive, fantastic, funny first-class, frolicking, fabulous, familiar, flamboyant, five-star, feel-good, twenty first, family Christmas Show.

Here's the thing...You love live theatre but the only things on around Christmas are Pantomimes like...Snow White and those pesky Dwarfs, Jack and his boring Beanstalk, Beauty and the stupid Beast, Cinder-bleedin'-rella or Dozy Sleeping Beauty...BUT if you want to avoid such characters as Abanazer, Widow Twanky, Silly Billy, Dame Trott and Fairy Liquid the pop down to the Pump House for veritable feast of the Christmas Variety.

SEE: A look back at 2019, Mega Audience participation,'Love Island'...with Tinsel X-mas Factor, a festive Brexit, What's been going on in the West End, An Audience with a multiple award winning Centenarian actor. How your pets cope with all the festive Shenanigans, singing trees, turkeys and balls!

BLAG THEATRE COMPANY OFFERS ALL THIS AND MORE... WITH BELLS !

Blag Theatre Company has been doing this type of show at the  Pump House for the last 20 years, so, 'Somewhere in their youth or childhood, they MUST have done something good!'

A fun filled Christmas show with songs, sketches and audience participation AKIMBO!

BOX OFFICE : 01923 772320 Tickets £16.00 (Concessions £14.00)

Opening night all tickets £12.00 

https:www.ticketsource.co.uk/blagtheatre

Cathartic Creative cafe

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice Cafe cancelled until further notice ***

The Cathartic Creative Cafe

Open every Thursday 10am-2pm at The Pump House 

A friendly café, serving hot drinks and cakes.

The Cathartic Creative Café is a fully inclusive community initiative, providing a warm and caring environment with a creative flare...

More information at catharticcic.com/cathartic-creative-cafe

Pump House CYT presents:

Little Shop of Horrors

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical by Howard Ashman and Alen Menken (who also wrote Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin), Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success

PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday 22nd Jan 7.30pm performance is a Relaxed and Sensory Adapted performance
This performance has a more relaxed performance environment, allowing for noise and movement in the auditorium, a chill-out space for patrons who may need time away from the performance, and re-entry when needed.
The performance also includes technical changes to the production, such as adjustments to light and sound effects, for those with sensory sensitivities.

The Actor's Cafe presents:

The Actors Cafe

THE ACTOR'S CAFE

Expert Acting Tuition For Novice To Advanced Actors

FREE ACTING CLASS OFFER

APPLY - visit actorscafe.co.uk and click the Free Workshop Tab

FOUNDATION & ADVANCED COURSES

- Concise acting technique with an expert Actor-Tutor

- Build your screen showreel as part of your training

- Meet professional creatives and industry guests

- Cast for Spotlight credited stage and film productions

 

- CAMILLA ARTHUR CASTING "A massive 'hats off' to you and your team - and thank you. I am blown away with your teaching and your approach and just your generosity of spirit. I loved it."

- ALEX SCANLAN. CAM ACTOR'S AGENCY "Having visited the Actor's Cafe on three separate occasions now, I can really see the great work it produces."

- CARL PROCTOR. CASTING DIRECTOR "Everyone seemed to get a lot out of it. A nice group who seem to benefit hugely from you courses."

- PAUL GIDDINGS. BBC TV DIRECTOR "Thanks for having us at The Actors Cafe and for creating such a relaxed, positive and supportive environment."

Apply at actorscafe.co.uk and click the Free Workshop tab

Herts Inclusive Theatre presents:

The Wizard of OZ Panto !

Join Herts Inclusive Theatre for a magical performance by our Borehamwood Children's and Youth Theatres

Booking is essential. To book please contact admin@hit-theatre.org.uk or 01923 216951

Tickets: £9 standard / £7 concessions

 

Rickmansworth Players Youth presents:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Youth Group

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballards ("Those Canaan Days"), to country-western ("One More Angel in Heaven") and calypso(Benjamin Calypso"), along with the unforgettable classics "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door".

Box Office No 0333 663366  www.joseph2020.co.uk

All tickets £12.00

Belmont Theatre Company presents:

The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie

On a foggy night, Starkwedder enters the home of the Warwick's through a French window in the study and finds the dead body of Richard Warwick, with Richard's wife, Laura , holding a gun. Things are not clear-cut and the police are baffled, not least by unidentified fingerprints, revelations of motives and a variety of suspects as the unpleasant victim had many enemies.

Ticket: £13  ( concessions £11.50 - over 60/under 18)

Phone booking line opens 16th November on 07917 324179

Moya Brewer presents:

Linked LAMDA Lessons AKA OLLAMA Drama

Opportunity for young people 11-21 to develop their acting skills by taking LAMDA lessons on a weekly basis with an Accredited LAMDA teachers and experienced Secondary School Drama teacher for a number of decades.

Meet for 30 minutes to 60 minutes slots in the Upper Rehearsal Room at the Pump House for a reasonable weekly fee which can be paid weekly to termly to secure a place in these popular classes.

Termly opportunities to enter LAMDA exams at their London Based Centre and gain accreditation at Pass or Distinction to Medal Level.

Opportunity to perform in local Speech and Drama Festivals.

Mondays in term time  4:30pm - 7:30pm    Contact: moyapbrewer@gmail.org   30 mins £15 (individual)   60 mins £40 (duos)

WSDF presents:

Watford Speech & Drama Festival 2020

Watford Speech and Drama Festival 2020.

Children from nursery age to year 13 perform poetry, prose reading, acting and mime, from 4:30pm on weekdays, all day at weekends. Also Group performances and Finale at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth.

Box Office: http://www.watfordfestival.co.uk

Monday 2nd March - Sunday 15th March 2020 runs from 9:30am - 8:30pm at weekends, and from 4pm till 10pm on weekdays.

The Pump House – Theatre

While we are unable to fully open our doors, we and our creative Pump House community of artists and organisations are carrying on some activities with social distancing and online.  Watch out for details about upcoming masterclasses, workshops and events.

As the situation progresses and we get past the initial lockdown, we will also offer ways that you can enjoy art, shows, clubs and events safely either onsite or online through live broadcasts.

Keep safe and keep creating.

Please help The Pump House continue through and beyond Covid-19

Donate here - justgiving.com/pumphouse-theatre

The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre has been running for over 46 years and there have been so much incredible Art, Music Dance and Drama to ooze out of this old Pumping Station over that time. This year alone we have had over 20,000 people from all ages and backgrounds step over the threshold to either entertain or be entertained. The biggest story however is that all of this is run by volunteers – over 1500 per year which is remarkable. This is truly a community theatre and arts centre and if you were to start this from scratch it would be very hard to recreate this incredible community place.

92% of our income comes from our doors being open, with only 8% coming from funding streams. In this day and age that is pretty remarkable, however with our doors closed then it is hard to generate this income. We have not however been sitting on our laurels. The Pump House and our community have been putting plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied online. Our Children and Youth had an online Cabaret; EUTV was developed by the amazing Electric Umbrella; Jazz has been played online weekly; Ghost stories are being told; Shakespeare Monologue workshops with the incredible Tom Kanji and IsoVision has been set up to help people get over the devastation of the Eurovision being cancelled…or not possibly just for fun. All of this is free for you to access by going to www.pumphouse.info. We will be publishing everything we are doing here.

We do however, need your support if possible. To be able to keep our doors open and be here for the future we need some help. Are you able to do a fundraiser for us or are you able to donate? Your support will help us ensure that The Pump House doors remain open for generations to come. Thank you.

Pump House CYT presents:

Dungeness – POSTPONED

*** Sorry this production has been postponed ***

A one act play, part of the National Theatre Connections programme.

Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, Chris Thompson wanted to write a play about the struggles and the joy of being gay. In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT+ young people. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace.

The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.

Online production

Big Mama Funk Family Party – The Lockdown

https://www.facebook.com/events/221116505791551/

Bringing the party to you again!

Another huge success! So it's gonna be a weekly thing until...who knows when!!!

Please join us VIRTUALLY here on the Big Mama Funk main page for some more PARTY FUNKIN!

Send me your song requests & shout outs by 9pm on Friday!

Please use tags #BigMamaFunk & #watfordtogether

Online production

Julian Mount – Live stream concert

Local musician Julian Mount is going to be broadcasting a SECOND 30 minute (-ish) concert from home. Wednesday 22 April 2020 starting 7pm BST ending 7.30pm (-ish). Please tune in and leave me a comment and/or a reaction! Hope to see you there! #JulianMount

During the concert (or before or after) you can donate here (but it's not obligatory!):

https://paypal.me/JulianMount

Online event

Free online monologue acting masterclass

Wednesday 29th April 7pm - Monologue acting masterclass with professional Shakespearean actor Tom Kanji.  This session will cover how to take a monologue for an audition or a performance and break it down to understand it, rehearse it and improve your performance.

You can bring your own monologue to work on or use one of the Shakespeare monologues suggested by Tom (available to download here)

This is organised by Pump House CYT, but anyone is welcome to join.  For this first workshop we have set a minimum age of 14.  You need to register in advance to receive the joining instructions.  Click https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdeiprT8jE9WJNNEw59AfBasMH8pyxLAJ to register.

This workshop will provide a unique chance to experience and learn about aspects of Shakespeare's and other monologues from one of Shakespeare's Globe professional actors, Tom Kanji. You will get the chance to try some extracts from Shakespeare’s best plays and work on them under the guidance from Tom. 

Theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe, LA Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and Doctor Scroggy’s War, (Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe and ETT); Cadfael – The Virgin in The Ice (Middle Ground Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival); A Russian Play, (Lion and Unicorn); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); OthelloImportance of Being Ernest (RADA); Wild Horses, (Theatre 503); Back of the Throat, (Old Red Lion); The Girl the Oil Pipe and the Murder in the ForumThe Tempest (Tara Arts); Prints Of Denmark (Edinburgh Fringe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Vic Stoke); Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse).

Television credits include: Tyrant, (Fox TV); Silent Witness and Hustle (BBC); Midnight Man (Carnival Film); Saddam’s Tribe, (Channel 4).

Rohan Ashar

Quarantine Tapes

Part of bringing the creative Pump House community to you. Up and coming comic Rohan Ashar brings you a series of hilarious sketches called Quarantine Tapes.

Quarantine Tapes is a 5-part series of comedy sketches that explores what different groups of people are doing during lockdown. This first video's theme is sports and fitness, portraying home workouts and desperate football fans.

What the episodes on YouTube here

Online show

75th Anniversary of VE Day with Victoria Sponge!

Victoria Sponge is a housewife like no other! To celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Victoria is giving a special online performance to help celebrate the heroes of yesteryear as well as the heroes of today. So why not join her for an extra special slice of Victoria Sponge!

The event is absolutely free but if you would like to, please make donation to Raise, who are the fundraising group for West Herts hospitals which is the area I live in and that’s why I’ve chosen them 😊

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/victoriaspongeveday?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=victoriaspongeveday&utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_term=4cf23b32b6ce4c06903d0457a558be66

Hosted by Watford Museum.  Information on how to join and view the event will be published on Facebook and other places soon.

Online production

isoVision song’ish contest

Watch the show live from 7pm here - youtu.be/gqEy6nPQwDQ

A just for fun, created from isolation, song'ish competition and online show for Watford and the surrounding areas
#WatfordTogether

While the Eurovision song content may not be the first major event you would put in your list of "cancelled events I was looking forwarded to", it is probably the one that would generate silliest, fun entertainment. But now the highly creative people of Watford and surrounding areas do not have to miss out.

isoVision is a very lighthearted competition of short songs or comedy or fun items created by people while in isolation.  It will use the Eurovision format including jovial juries and "completely unbiased" public voting.  We have hosts and our very own Graham Norton stand in, to take us through the show.

When: The show will be streamed live on our Pump House YouTube channel on Saturday 9th May from 7pm.  The pre-recorded entries will be shown, followed by jury votes from each jury representative and finally the public vote will be added to find a "winner" live at the end of the show.  There are no prizes, it is just for fun, but you could gain many local bragging rights.

To enter you need to:

  1. Choose somewhere or some group to represent.  You can choose one of the Eurovision countries, or any country or even a local area or group or organisation or even your road (it does not have to be a country).
  2. Produce a clip between 30 and 60 seconds long.  It can be a part of a song or a funny sketch or spoof.  It does not have to relate to Eurovision but if it can that would be great.  For example you can recreate part of a past iconic Eurovision performance.
  3. Record the people involved in your submission waving and saying something like "Hello we are".  Please keep this to 5 seconds or less.
  4. Upload your video clip (any common format is fine) and information via entry request form before the deadline of Monday 4th May

We are looking for jury representatives as well

If you want to represent a local group or organisation and form a jury (in the same way Eurovision has a jury giving votes from each country) then we want to hear from you.  At some point during the week starting 4th May you will need to view the entries and then a representative will submit a recording of announcing their 12 points (full guidance and instructions will be given).  Contact lee.farman@pumphouse.info if you are interested in being a jury.

Tips for recording

To get the best out of your recorded item try the following:

  1. Ensure the recorded subject/person is facing the light source (lamp or window) and there is plenty of light
  2. If using a phone please record in landscape (phone on its side)
  3. Please make sure any sung or spoken words are clearly audible over any backing tracks or music
  4. Please do not use any full names or address or anything else that may identify your exact location to the general public
  5. We hope to have a wide age range of audience so please no bad language or adult content

 

Online performance

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Live-streaming of an unabridged, one-man performance of Edgar Allan Poe classic horror story: 'The Tell-Tale Heart' from my living room on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May (both at 10pm).

First published in 1843, this macabre short story follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity whilst describing the gruesome details of the crime he has committed..."

The show (which will be about 20 minutes in length) will be streamed live from our Threedumb theatre company's facebook page (www.facebook.com/3dumbtheatre).

Herts Inclusive Theatre presents:

Herts Inclusive Theatre – Workshops

Herts Inclusive Theatre have an exciting online summer programme and will be coming back to the Pump House starting in September 2020

Monday Children's Theatre ( ages 5 - 12 yrs)       4:45pm - 6pm

Monday Youth Theatre ( ages 12 and over)          6:45pm - 7:45pm

For further details click on link below:

https://hit-theatre.org.uk/whats-on/theatre-workshops

 

 

 

 

Watford Short Film Festival presents:

Watford Short Film Festival 2020 – CANCELLED

Watford Short Film Festival returns for for Hertfordshire's Year of Culture in 2020 to showcase some of the best local, national and international film-making talent.

Open to an audience of avid film fans and film-makers alike, watford Short Film Festival celebrates the best drama, factual and animated content.

Times of performances to be confirmed

Entry - Free

More information on the Watford Short Film Festival website or on the facebook page

 

Live outdoor music featuring the Jazz Goats

Live music is back at the Pump House.

This unique outdoor performance celebrates the return of live events at the Pump House and features the renowned local band the Jazz Goats.  Music will include a mix of Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Classic Pop, so if you have missed that live music experience, you wont want to miss this opportunity.

A basic, licensed bar service will be in operation for our socially distanced audience.

Tickets:
£5 + donations per person (£5 is really minimum ticket price and donations will go towards keeping the Pump House open for all to enjoy)
or
£30 + donations per table of 6 people (outdoor events you are allowed to mix in groups up to 6 even not from the same household)

Frequently asked questions:

  • Do I need to wear a mask?  -> As it is an outside event and you will be 2m socially distanced at all times then masks are optional.  However rules are changing all the time so please check local and government rules before arrive and perhaps bring a mask just in case.
  • Do I need a ticket before coming? -> Yes all tickets must be purchased in advance.  This is so that we can control numbers and collect government required contact details.  You must check in and show your ticket on arrival.
  • Can I reserve a seat position? No, seating will be unreserved (like a festival) but all positions will have good sound and view.
  • Do I need to bring a seat? No we will provide seats.  However if you want to bring your own seat, you are welcome to, but their placement position must be approved by our front of house staff.
  • Can I sit with my family or people in my bubble? Yes, however to ensure proper social distancing we may in some cases allow only two seats for every 2m spaced position or in pre-set tables of 6.
  • Can I buy drinks? Yes, our licensed bar will be open, but we will be running a simple bottle and can drinks only service. The bar will be card payment only.
  • Can I bring my own drinks? You cannot bring any of your own alcohol on site.  You can bring other drinks and snack, however by using our bar you are supporting the Pump House also we please ask that you take away all your own rubbish
  • Will toilets be available? Yes our toilets will be available to be used, however only one person at a time will be allowing in each toilet room, so please be considerate as queuing may occurs at times.
  • Where do I park?  There is no car parking available at the Pump House (as we are using it for the show).  You can park on local roads (as it is a Sunday) or in the Centaury Park retail area next door to the Pump House
  • What about the weather? The event is subject to the weather conditions.  There will be no cover.  We will check weather outlook the morning of the event.  If due to rain heavily we may cancel the event so do keep an eye out for emails or updates on our website.  If only light rain due, we will go ahead, so as for any outdoor event, please bring appropriate rain protection.

POSTPONED-Spotlight series – Ep.3 – Panto Special!

***POSTPONED to a future date***

Unfortunately due to today’s announcement placing Watford into Tier 3, our Saturday 19th December Spotlight Series event will be postponed to next month. The amazing line up of star guests will still be joining us next year so do look out for future updates.

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After a brief pause for Lockdown 2.0 The Spotlight Series is back (Oh yes it is!)! Join us for a festive and funny evening where our host will be joined by Watford’s own and legendary Pantomime Dame - Martyn Knight, the Olivier award nominated and creators of Potted Panto Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner PLUS Winners of Britain's Got Talent The Champions Twist and Pulse.

The Pump House Theatre in Watford have teamed up with West End and International theatre producer Chris Wheeler (whose credits include ‘The West End Men’ at the Vaudeville Theatre, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ for Curve in Leicester and ‘The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson’ for Glynis Henderson Productions) to launch its ‘Spotlight Series’. A season of staged interviews and masterclasses with top arts industry professionals from across the world.
The 90 minute ‘episodes’ will be once a month and promises audiences (who will be socially distanced) a rare and unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with special guests from all areas of the arts industry.

Guests in the series will include writers, directors, performers and practitioners from theatre, music, television and film industries. The full line up for the season is still to be announced.
Each episode will take audiences on a thrilling insight and experience into the lives and work of some of the world’s finest talent as well and include exclusive performances, masterclasses and Q&A sessions.

More episodes to be announced...

Watford Fringe 2020

WatFringe 1st to 25th October 2020

See WatFringe.co.uk for full, latest details

The Watford Fringe is still going ahead. The worsening general COVID-19 situation has meant that we had to make changes to our Fringe plans to enable it to go ahead safely. So reluctantly, at short notice, we have implemented some of our contingency plans, which does mean some major changes to the schedule. There are 12 online only shows continuing online between 1st – 4th October, and 22 shows move to dates between 9th – 25th October that will have socially distanced audiences.

All existing ticket holders will be contacted and full refunds will be given for any cancelled show. Thank you for your support.

The Watford Fringe is back from Friday 1st October 2020 with
Music | Drama | Comedy | Improv | Dance | Poetry | Musical Theatre

We have worked hard to plan a flexible set of safe festival that incorporates social distancing and other safety considerations. We have added online streaming facilities so that the events can additionally reach an audiences that cannot or are reluctant to attend live events in person. We also contingency plans to cope with any last-minute changes in government or health advice.

Pump House LIVE Jazz Club presents:

The Pump House Jazz Club – WATFORD

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice events cancelled until further notice ***

The Pump House Jazz Club has been a thriving jazz venue in Watford for the part 48 years. Founded in 1972 by Trevor Hodgkinson and Neville Marsh, in the newly acquired buildings that were to become the Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre.

The first bands were alternating each week between Trevor Anthony's Jazz Men and Richard Leach's Northside Jazz band, which formed a great basis to establish traditional jazz in the Watford area.

In the late 1970s the Club was set on a more formal footing with Reg & Margaret Bright booking different bands each week. A typical month saw Ken Sims All Stars, Trevor Anthony Jazz Men, Northside Jazz Band, Monty Sunshine and Main Avenue Jazz Band.

Since those heady smoky nights, the Pump House Jazz Club is still thriving - in fact it is becoming the Preservation Hall of Hertfordshire & London attracting the top jazz bands on the circuit. Recently the Club has updated the facilities for audiences and bands with LED controlled lighting and a professional sound system.

We are pleased that a more diverse programme is attracting a younger audience (under 50!) who are enjoying the varied styles of Jazz, not to mention a well-stocked bar selling real ales, a selection of filled rolls made on the day and a fun raffle.

Do come and visit the Club you will be given a warm welcome and enjoy bands from UK, Europe and USA. With n entry price (a donation) of £10, it's not only excellent value for money, but a great night out as well.

If you cannot find space within The Pump House Car Park, there are several alternatives within walking distance, but be aware of their time limits !

General Enquiries: pumphouse.jazz@virginmedia.com / 020 8950 3513 or 07887 666615

"Click on the band link in the list of events below for more information about each band" 

 Every Thursday 8.15-11.00 pm

 £10.00 donation on the Door (no booking)            

Free car parking  (2 minute walk from Watford High Street Overground railway station)

Watford Open Mic presents:

Watford Open Mic @ The Pump House

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice events cancelled until further notice ***

Every Tuesday night 8pm to 11pm doors open 7:30pm

We have been running Watford Open Mic for 12 years now. We offer 10 or 15 min slots and provide full sound. Cd's and DVDs available on request for £3 ...All ages and styles are very welcome, we have a piano on site too..

This is an open mic run by musicians for musicians, our youngest performer was 8, our oldest 90.. Come along and meet the team, a friendly welcome awaits..pre book via Facebook to guarantee a spot. (members only...apply to join)

Entry is £3 -  under 16's free..

Come and say hi, a warm welcome awaits......

Find us Facebook group pages: Open Mic Watford or Watford Open Mic (apply to join)

 

watfordopenmic@hotmail.com

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Watford Folk Club presents:

Watford Folk Club

*** Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and current advice events cancelled until further notice ***

The Watford Folk Club: Fridays, 8 pm - 11 pm in  the Colne River Room

The Watford Folk Club is the friendliest Folk Club in Watford. There has been a Folk Club at The Pump House since 1973 and the present club was founded in 2008 and is a run by a committee and willing volunteers, all of whom are passionate about Folk Music.
The Watford Folk Club has an enviable reputation for the quality and the quantity of its floor singers/players and for headlining new and established Folk performers.
We run “Guest Nights”, “Singarounds”, “Spotlight Singarounds” and “Songwriters Circles”  On a Guest Night, a professional or semi-professional Folk/Acoustic performer will play two 40-minute sets and a number of Floor Spots are available. At Singarounds, chairs are arranged in a circle and anyone can sing a song or two or play a piece or two. People also come to the club just to listen to the high-quality music. There is never any obligation to perform! Spotlight Singarounds feature two 20-minute sets at a Singaround from local supporters of the club. Songwriters Circles feature three local songwriters, discussing what inspires their writing and their individual songwriting process, plus performances of their songs.
Admission is by suggested minimum and varies from £5 (at Singarounds & Spotlights) to £7-£15 (at Guest nights).

There is a real ale bar, great acoustics and a friendly welcome every week.
We’re really pleased with our lineup for this year, featuring not only major folk artists but also amazing local talent. Members of the club are active on the folk scene and can often be found performing at local and national festivals and events. We also play at fundraising events for charity.
For the latest information visit us at: www.watfordfolkclub.co.uk Find us on Facebook: Watford Folk Club or Email: WatfordFolkClub@outlook.com
We look forward to seeing you very soon!!!!

[Note: The Watford Folk Club no longer has a telephone number].

Friday Evening from 8pm - 11pm

watfordfolkclub.co.uk

Music24 presents:

Music 24

'Musical Herts is a community music therapy project supporting people diagnosed with dementia and their carers. This group has been running for 3 years now and provides a creative outlet that maintains and improves people's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Activities include : improvising on a wide range of instruments, singing familiar songs and dancing.People also have the opportunity to socialise with others in the group and make friends.

Light refreshments are provided.

Session price suggested voluntary  donation £5 carers FREE

The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:30 am. (please check diary as dates are sometime changed)

Please note, this group is not a drop-in. Access is by referral only (including self-referrals) so please call us to find out more.

Call: 07521 248091 email- info@music24.org.uk or visit the website www.music24.org..uk

 

Light refreshments are provided. Suggested voluntary contribution is £5 pp, carers go free !

For more information call Teela on 07521 248091 or visit www.musicalherts.org.uk

Pump House Theatre Company presents:

Pump House at home – Monologues Evening

Members of the Pump House Theatre Company present an evening of monologues and dramatic excerpts for your entertainment and amusement.

View Online on FaceBook Live at 7.30pm Sunday 8th November

This is a free show.  To donate to support this event go to justgiving.com/campaign/phtc

#WatfordTogether

Threedumb Theatre presents:

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

“How does anything come to be? I mean to say: really, and truly, begin?”

Henry Jekyll is a doctor and a man of God. Respectable. Upstanding. The child born on the Sabbath Day. So why does he long for the darkness? And isn’t that… blood on his cuff?

Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic short story, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ is a timely meditation on the evil that men do in pursuit of all that they can be…

“I dare say you’ll think me mad. Indeed, perhaps that is so…”

Performed and streamed completely LIVE from the Pump House Theatre stage, this online offering is the perfect way to get your fix of theatre during lockdown.

For more information on how to watch the show, please visit www.threedumbtheatre.com/jekyllandhyde

 

Show dates/times:

20:00 (GMT) – Thursday 26th November

17:00 (GMT) – Friday 27th November

20:00 (GMT) – Friday 28th November

www.facebook.com/3dumbtheatre

Runtime:

40 mins (approx)

Pump House LIVE Jazz Club presents:

Pump House Jazz Club – Online – Dave Browning & Friends

***Available to watch online OnDemand without a ticket ***

Please support the Jazz Club to provide more top quality gigs by donating here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/phjc 

 

Dave Browning & Friends - formed especially for the Pumphouse Jazz Club recording sessions 27th November 2020

Here is the link to our playlist now with sets  recorded at the Pump House.

The play list will continue to show the sets as they are released.

To watch the gig use this link: Dave Browning & Friends - YouTube

Dave Browning – Piano - An accomplished Harlem Stride Pianist. After 23 enjoyable years in the Hugh Rainey Jazz Band, Dave has worked with many of the top U.K jazz artistes and performed at jazz clubs and festivals in the UK and in New Orleans.

Sarah Spencer – Reeds & Vocals - Sarah started playing on the British jazz scene at 18; was the youngest visitor to play in Preservation Hall at 19; and formed the first of her own bands at 20. She now leads ‘Sarah Spencer’s Transatlantic Band’ and performs internationally as a guest star.

Jim Douglas – Guitar & Banjo -  “Legendary” Scottish guitarist, Jim Douglas has been a part of the British scene for sixty years. In this time, he has worked with a virtual who’s who of International stars. He is mostly associated with the Alex Welsh Band in which he appeared at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival. He has also published two books about his life in jazz.

Heather Birt – Double Bass - Heather plays Double Bass in Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz, and with the John Petters Swing Band. She is regularly invited to play bass with many other bands, and solo artists including Sammy Rimmington on his UK tours. She has performed at many jazz festivals including Holywood, Brecon, Eindhoven, Keswick, Swanage, Bude, Birmingham, and Soho.

All the videos are free to watch; we are asking for donations to keep your club running in these strange and unpredictable times.

There is a JustGiving link in the video it is: https://justgiving.com/campaign/phjc 

or you can make a bank transfer to: Pump House Jazz Club WATFORD    Sort Code  40-45-27   Account No. 91557270

To keep the Jazz Club’s finances in order we ask for a donation of £5.00 per view of these performances. If you are a Jazz Club member you can pay
electronically. (See separate email for information how to do so. Please add your name and initial when paying). Or pay by cheque made out to ‘Pump House Jazz Club’ and post to ‘Jazz Club, The Watford Pump House, 5/6 Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP’.

Dave Browning & Friends recorded session on 27th November 2020 in the Colne River Room at the Pump House; the session was recorded and engineered by Eddie Stephens.

 

Dillie Keane – Love and other bad ideas

DILLIE KEANE - new solo show

Love And Other Bad Ideas

“A rare performer who can produce sharp, piercing satire and deliver heartbreaking songs with élan.”  Huffington Post * * * * *

After far too much bloody gardening leave (thank you Covid!), Dillie is back where she belongs - on a cabaret stage, accompanied by the marvellous Michael Roulston.  Her take on life, love and government is cheerfully sour, gently savage and peculiarly mordant - but the beautiful music softens the effect.  She freely admits she has a voice like a dying crow being crushed beneath an angry sheep, but that’s never stopped her.  In fact, she will be singing some perfectly wonderful songs by other songwriters which she recently discovered in New York.  As well as a raft of her own songs too, of course.  A delightful evening.

Dillie Keane is best known as one third of the satirical trio, Fascinating Aïda.   She has also done a fair bit of legitimate theatre:  nominated for Best Actress in the Manchester Evening News for playing Maggie in DANCING AT LUGHNASA.  In 2018, she appeared at the Watermill as Madame Armfeld in Paul Foster’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, since when she has performed her solo show HELLO DILLIE all over the UK, at the Adelaide Comedy festival and in New York’s prestigious 59e59 Theatre, where she received her fourth nomination for a Drama Desk Award.

Dillie is currently pondering an update of the recent Fascinating Aïda show which started out with a three week run over Christmas 2019 and New Year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.  It was then followed by a stonking sell-out national tour that was sadly cut short by you-know-what.  Three times nominated for an Olivier Award and three times nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award, the three of them are champing at the bit to get back on the road.

A recording of that show will soon be available on the usual channels.

“Exudes faded glamour, a bit like Brighton Sea Front.”  Daily Mail * * * * *

“The wonderful Dillie Keane wears her genius lightly.”  Onstage * * * *

“Life, love and the songwriting process are celebrated in this richly layered cabaret.”  The Stage * * * *

“Her world view is laconic, her lyrics lacerating, her voice now capable of going deeper than a Chilean miner.”  The Telegraph * * * * *

Jo Emery Productions presents:

Presented by Jo Emery Productions

King Lear by William Shakespeare adapted by Jo Emery

“After a long, successful career, the ageing Lear is dividing up his Property Development business empire between his three daughters.  The onset of dementia has made his behaviour erratic and dangerous and threats of a hostile French Corporate take-over bid are circling.  His rash decision to give up all his power has devastating and fatal consequences for him, his family and Executives.  A modern day, reduced version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, referencing mental health, homelessness and knife crime.

https://joemery.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Lear-programme-landscape.pdf

Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th May 2021

7.45 pm nightly

Please note this has changed to a Live Streamed/No audience Event : Tickets £14

Tickets must be purchased before 5:45pm on each night of the performance in order to obtain the YouTube streaming link in time.

Box Office: 0333 666 3366

www.ticketsource.co.uk/jo-emery-productions

Visit website:  www.joemery.co.uk      and Facebook page "Jo Emery Productions"