"What a sad business, being funny" - "Limelight" (1952)
For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world's best-loved clown. His brilliant comic creation of "The Little Tramp" is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. But his remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side.
Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a stable family. Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights of vaudeville, and gradually began to see a way out.
Critically-acclaimed Arrows & Traps return with an examination of the relationship between experience and creativity, and invite you to discover how Chaplin spun personal tragedy into universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world's most remarkable lives.
This production is being produced with the full endorsement of the Chaplin Estate and the Chaplin Family.
Siobhan Phillips recently wowed audiences as the only female finalist in Britain's Got Talent 2019.
Described as "the love child of Peter Kay and Victoria Wood", her hilarious self-penned songs really struck a chord with the nation, who could totally relate to a selection of her observational daft ditties.
Covering subjects from becoming a first-time Mum at 40, tantrum-throwing toddlers and the frustrations of mother-daughter relationships, you'll be treated to an insight to her life presented with exceptional candour and warmth.
This brand new show has variety at its core and features the smash hit songs performed on Britain's Got Talent, along with more daft ditties, comedy and the chance to experience Siobhan's breathtaking vocals in an evening guaranteed to be Live and Unhinged.
As seen and heard on Britain's Got Talent 2019, Operatunity, The Frank Skinner Show, Lorraine, Loose Women, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio, Heart FM and Talk Radio.
‘You always get this massive crowd reaction... you light up the room and you're very funny!' Simon Cowell
‘You're hilariously funny, but more than that, you have this tremendous warmth... we love you!' David Walliams
£22 - Standard
£50 - Meet and Greet (this will be available as an upgrade in your basket)
Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer, songwriter, television personality and author. As the lead singer of the Happy Mondays he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene in the late 1980s. In 1993 he formed another band, Black Grape.
Ryder was the runner-up of the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The film 24 Hour Party People featured the story of Ryder's youth. Join Shaun as he discusses his life, career & the music industry.
You will also have the opportunity to ask Shaun a question.
Live music support act: No Conflict feat. Harrison Gent
Started on Livejournal back in 2006, Gothla UK, now in its 14th year is a dark and gothic fusion festival, based on Traditional, as well as Fusion Bellydance, but featuring alternative skills such as marital arts, hula hoop, poi, costume making, stage make up and other crafts.
We are proud to have built a community based on trust, diversity and inclusion and have hosted many teachers from around the globe to bring the very best and push the envelope!
Our classes range from beginners to professional standard, so there is something for every level, and we offer drumming and non-dance classes for partners and/or non-dancers.
The showcase on Friday night kicks off our weekend in style and has inspired many students for over a decade to work harder and smarter.
The open stage is an inclusive opportunity and safe environment for students to showcase their skill as well an opportunity for us to scout for up and coming talent.
We also have a souk displaying some of the UK’s finest Fusion Crafts; our Gothla UK fashion show is famous and a MUST; usually featuring items from the Pussy Tat stall in aid of the Cats Protection League.
David Lammy is one of Britain's most outspoken politicians. A member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet, he is a GQ Magazine Politician Of The Year, an award he dedicated to the victims of the Windrush immigration scandal and the Grenfell Tower fire.
A remarkable public speaker, his first ever tour follows the publication of his remarkable book, Tribes. Part memoir, part call-to-arms Tribes explores how David Lammy felt reading his DNA results, and how they led him to rethink what it meant to need to belong to a tribe, and the results of being part of one. How this need – genetically programmed and socially acquired – can manifest itself in positive ways, collaboratively achieving great things that individuals alone cannot. And yet how, in recent years, globalisation and digitisation have led to new, more pernicious kinds of tribalism.
David Lammy was the first black Briton to study at Harvard Law School and served as a minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.