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Mark Steel: Work in Progress 

Join Mark as he warms up ahead of his brand-new UK tour!

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Lynne Hanson

Too tough for folk and too blues-influenced for country, Lynne Hanson’s brand of porch music with a little red dirt can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. Her hard living music has garnered her the nickname “Canada’s Queen of Americana.” And while her deep, bluesy croon has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, it’s the poetry of her lyrics that really sets her apart.

Hanson is known for her high energy, roots guitar driven live performances, whether playing solo or with her band the Good Intentions. She has an uncanny way of connecting with her audience with an authenticity that is as entertaining as it is disarming. Her sense of humour and spontaneity as a storyteller is likely honed from years of competing with eight older siblings for attention at the dinner table.  And speaking of tables, don’t be surprised if she hops up on one at a concert to play unplugged for a song or two!

The prolific songwriter has released eight studio albums along with two books of poetry over her 16 year solo career.  She’s toured extensively across North America, Europe and the UK, and appeared at leading international festivals including Take Root (Netherlands), Glasgow Americana (Scotland), Maverick Festival (UK), Kerrville Folk Festival (US), and Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada). She has also toured as support for Grammy-nominated artists like Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert and Albert Lee.

On stage Hanson has a wonderful charm and disarming sense of humour … a spontaneity and honesty that enchants.” – Americana UK

Somewhere in the heartlands, in a town called ‘Americana USA,’ nestles a particular variety of singer songwriter.   Someone who views a melodic sensibility through the bottom of a whiskey glass. Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson could run for mayor of that town.” R2 Magazine – 5 stars

That performance from Lynne Hanson was worth waiting for. It was different, yet mightily satisfying for those hooked in the magnetic appeal of songwriters sharing their valued craft. It underlined the versatility of this Canadian who you feel could grace any arena in a folk, country and rock scene.” – Three Chords And The Truth (UK)


A contemporary blend of both mainstream hip & retro musicality … Her voice potentiates popular music with modern sensitivity that’s effective & assertive … Lynne Hanson is that good an artist.” – Americana Highways

This performance is part of our Members’ 241 Offer. Please ask for details.

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Richard Strange

presents: An Accent Waiting to Happen

A collection of songs, stories, film clips, anecdotes, gossip and readings from his critically-acclaimed memoir “Strange- Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks”

Writer, musician, composer, nightclub host, curator, actor and adventurer, Richard Strange was born in London in 1951. Since his proto-punk rock band Doctors of Madness (“The missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols…” wrote The Guardian in May 2017) was first unleashed on an uncomprehending public in 1975 (the band were supported by The Sex Pistols, The Jam and Joy Division) he has been a Zelig-like figure whose presence has been felt in every corner of London’s cultural life.

Now comes his solo show An Accent Waiting To Happen, an evening of songs, films clips, stories, readings and downright scurrilous gossip from his 40 years in the arts and entertainment world.

He founded the hugely influential mixed-media Cabaret Futura in 1980, and has subsequently worked as an actor, appearing extensively on stage, in films and on television. Strange has been seen in films as diverse as Batman, Mona Lisa, Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Gangs of New York and Harry Potter. He has made numerous TV appearances, including a number of episodes of Men Behaving Badly, and as a stage actor he has worked alongside household names such as James Nesbitt, Peter Capaldi and Marianne Faithfull.

As a writer he is a regular contributor to publications as diverse as The Guardian, Tatler, Culture and Travel and Vogue. In 1989/90 he toured the world in a production of Hamlet directed by the Russian maestro Yuri Lyubimov.

He has recently branched out into broadcasting, with his own Dark Times Radio weekly broadcast and syndications to various radio stations around the world, and has written a play, When You Awake You Will Remember Nothing, which he directed and starred in, and which premiered in London this January to great acclaim, returning to The Courtyard Theatre, London, for an extended 3 -week return run in 2022

This performance is part of our Members’ 241 Offer. Please ask for details.

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Tom Killner Band

Tom Killner, a 28-year-old award-winning powerhouse vocalist and guitar player, who straddles the line between genres with soulfully infused Blues, Southern Rock, Country, and Americana, winning over audiences across the UK and Europe with their highly dynamic show, that takes you on a rollercoaster of hooky riffs and soulful songs from Tom’s back catalog. Signing with L.A.-based label, Cleopatra Records early in his career, Tom released two albums “Hard Road” and “Live”. His recent independent releases “Get Back Up”, “Church House Sessions”, and the latest single, “Home”, were received to critical acclaim, featured in many publications, receiving great reviews with international airplay, including BBC radio.

This Performance is part of our Members’ 241 Offer. Please ask for details.

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Kate Fox: Bigger on the Inside

Like the TARDIS in Doctor Who, we’re all Bigger on the Inside.  

Join stand-up poet and BBC radio regular Kate Fox on a funny, thought provoking and poetic trip through time and space as she uncovers new ways to think about labels like Autism and ADHD. She finds inspiration in Doctor Who and in the passionate happiness of neurodivergent joy. 

She imagines a universe in which “it’s understood that energy ebbs and flows in people and spaces” and “eye contact, body language and facial expressions are not policed or queried” while taking us on a sci fi journey of hope and healing.

This performance is part of our Members’ 241 Offer. Please ask for details.

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Havisham

Written and Performed by Award winning actress Heather Alexander

Direction & Dramaturg by Dominique Gerrard

A journey into the psyche of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations

‘If you knew my story, your heart would break too. A cobwebbed tale of heartbreak’

This is the story that Dickens left out….

Who was the woman being behind Dickens’ most monstrous female creation?  What condemned the hopeful young Miss Havisham to her cruel and fractured fate? Experience her heartbreak as we delve into her childhood trauma and follow her on an intricate journey to a world where she finds herself ‘the leading lady in a drama she can’t comprehend.’ The gaslighting is subtle, the coercive control slick. Can Miss Havisham escape her twisted karma?

Havisham offers a fresh perspective of Dickens’ greatest work of Gothic characterisation and invites the audience to share poignant moments from her childhood in rural Kent and as a naive young woman who arrives in London unprepared for the events which gradually consume her.

The story appeals to both fans of Dickens as well as those new to his stories and confronts how the ripples of fate can lead to devastating consequences.

A journey into the psyche of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations

★★★★★

‘Powerful, tense, heart-breaking.’

This Performance is part of our Members’ 241 Offer. Please ask for details.

By Richard |