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Roger Monkhouse heads new comedy night

Roger Monkhouse heads new comedy night

Fresh from London’s Comedy Store, Roger Monkhouse headlines a new comedy night in Derbyshire.

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What’s coming up at Derby Theatre studio

Drama, music and children’s shows offer entertainment to suit all the family in the new season at Derby Theatre studio.
A magical, musical space adventure kicks off the fun. The show 3, 2, 1 Blast Off gives young chldren the opportunity to moonwalk, meet friendly aliens and help Geoffrey Jumper and Mandy get home in time for tea. Catch the production on September 1 and 2.
Tales of Birbal (October 14) focuses on the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar, his witty advisor Birbal and travelling storytellers. Humour, puppetry and music combine in this show.
Children are also the focus of the season’s final offering, The Gingerbread Man, which is running in the Studio from December 5 to 31.
During the intervening months, there is plenty to entertain older viewers.
The drama Hymns (September 8 and 9) focuses on four men who reunite to mourn the loss of a close friend but time and events have had a corrosive effect on this once tight-knit bunch. 
High-energy physical theatre, acapella singing and humour combine in Freeman (October 6).
Rich storytelling features in Tell Me Anything (November 3) about a boy trying to be a man and his girl who has an eating disorder.

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Peatbog Faeries play at Off The Tracks festival.

Off The Tracks festival tickets up for grabs

Peatbog Faeries, Dub Pistols and Le Vent Du Nord headline this year’s Off The Tracks - and you win tickets to see them and free camping over the weekend.
We have teamed up with the festival promoter to give away a pair of weekend tickets, worth £160, which will entitle the winner to watch the bands at Donington Park Farmhouse and stay on the campsite for free.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Misty In Roots and The Jar Family are among a stellar line-up of acts performing over the weekend of September 1 to 3.
Children’s activities include a costumed parade, workshops in circus, music, arts and crafts and enjoy hula hoops.
To win two weekend camping tickets, complete the name of this Off The Tracks headliner: Dub .......
Email the answer with your name, address and daytime phone number to: gay.bolton@jpress.co.uk
Entries close on August 29, 2017

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Sherlocks Live For The Moment as debut album is set to be a smash hit - out August 18

Live for the Moment is the long-awaited debut album from latest Radio 1 sensations The Sherlocks and the moment is finally here - it's released tomorrow, Friday, August 18.
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Film Review: A Ghost Story

Film Review: A Ghost Story

Rooney Mara gives a mesmeric performance in this strange and beautiful film about a ghost trapped, eternally, in his marital home long after his wife has left, writes Natalie Stendall.

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Chris Farlowe is part of the Sensational 60's Experience tour

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, TV star Terri Dwyer and 60’s legends among big names heading to Derbyshire

Former Specials man Neville Staple and even Mr Toad are also on the way.

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Northern Green Gathering.

Family fun is generated at Northern Green Gathering

Four days of music, workshops and festivities will be powered by solar, wind and bicycle generators.

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Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger on tour in Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger takes on the role of a housewife who changes her life for the better in the heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine.

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The Neville Staple Band

Neville Staple returns to Derbyshire

Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy, is bringing his band back to Derbyshire.

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Route 66 play at the Ark Tavern. Brimington Photo courtesy of Kakpo.

Gig guide

Friday, August 18

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VIDEO: Speedy SIV sales is just the ticket to boost regional economy, says new entertainment and events boss

A speedy new tickets sales system to help people buy easier and faster at SIV's venues - including Sheffield Arena - was outlined today as part of major plans to increase business and boost the region's economy.

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Craft workshops at Pirate Weekend in Cromford Mills.

Pirate fun at Cromford Mills

Ahoy me hearties! Are your kids pirate-mad?
Budding buccaneers have everything they could wish for in a pirate-themed weekend for all the family.

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The Lol Goodman band is live in Clowne this weekend

Lol Goodman Band to give Clowne the blues

The Lol Goodman Band is live at Clowne Rock & Blues Club this weekend.

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Girls brushing guine pigs at Chatsworth. Photo by Simon Broadhead.

Pet a bunny or guinea pig at Chatsworth House farmyard

Families visiting Chatsworth House farmyard this summer are invited to pet bunnies, guinea pigs and other small animals in the handling pen.
Daily milking demonstrations will enable visitors to discover how cows and goats are milked.
There’s also an opportunity to see the newest edition, Princess Beatrice, the Suffolk Punch foal. ‘Bea’ is a very important foal as she will be joining a small number of breeding females of this rare and critically endangered breed of wonderful heavy horses, and the hope is that one day she will be able to increase their numbers.

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Nando's is giving away free chicken on A-Level results day

Nando's is giving away FREE chicken to all A-level students

Restaurant chain Nando's is giving away free chicken to A-level students across the East Midlands this week.

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Liberty Ship.

Adventure tours, hot air balloon flights and music at Peakender

Family activities, live music, world-class beers and street food are in store for visitors to the Peakender Festival.

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Heanor Musical Theatre Company present Forever Young at Guildhall Theatre, Derby.

World premiere for Heanor Musical Theatre Company

Heanor Musical Theatre Company will present the world amateur premiere of a show which is set in a care home for retired actors and musicians.
Erik Gideon’s song drama Forever Young runs at the Guildhall Theatre, Derby, from October 12-14.
The script was written for seven performers but its Sweden-based creator has given the company permission to double the number of characters.

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Paul Lovatt-Cooper has composed a piece of music for the Victoria Park celebration event on Sunday, August 20.

Famous composer to debut Ilkeston fanfare at park event

A world renowned musician and composer has written a new piece of music to be performed in a celebration event at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park.

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Ignite UK. Photo by Ashley Franklin

Choirs concert aids Sight Support

Belper based choirs Bel Canto and Ignite UK will be raising money for Sight Support Derbyshire which helps blind and visually impaired people.

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