Theatre Royal and Rock City both feature twice on this week's list, but who can blame us when they're putting on events as great as these ones? Read on to find out more...
A Voyage Round My Father
When: Tuesday 14 November - Saturday 18 November
Where: Theatre Royal
How much: £17.50 to £47.50
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Rupert Everett stars in John Mortimer’s celebrated autobiographical play. Growing up in the shadow of a brilliant and eccentric barrister, a man whose tea-time conversation could take in music hall, adultery, evolution, the ridiculous inconvenience of sex, Shakespeare, and the importance of avoiding anything heroic in wartime, the son continually yearns for his father’s love and respect. A Voyage Round My Father shines a light on this delicate relationship between a young man and his father who adored his garden and hated visitors, and whose blindness was never mentioned, and introduces us to a world of hilarious eccentrics, bumbling headteachers and exasperated relatives.
When: Wednesday 15 November 6:30pm
Where: Rock City
How much: £27
Raised in Cork, Cian was surrounded by music growing up and soon excelled himself, learning piano, classical guitar, saxophone, percussion, drums, violin and the flute. He studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music from the age of nine and soon felt split between his classical training and his desire to make pop music. He continued his studies while writing songs and posting on social media, but his mind was made up following a successful songwriting camp in Los Angeles. The deciding factor between the two worlds was the ability that a pop artist has to connect with their audience – and that remains a big aspect of his artistry to this day. He was far from an overnight success, however, often borrowing money, busking, surfing sofas and taking on random jobs to fund writing trips to London and LA. His first breakthrough on TikTok led to his debut EP ‘Make Believe’ and he grew in stature with every release, especially when ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ and ‘All For You’ completed his journey from pub gigs in Cork to the upper reaches of the charts.
Scouting for Girls
When: Friday 17 November 6:30pm
Where: Rock City
How much: £28.50
Scouting For Girls’ unforgettable indie-pop anthems such as ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ and ‘Heartbeat’ set them on a path to phenomenal success which included four Top 10 singles, four Top 10 albums, 2 million sales and more than a billion streams – plus four BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello. After so many highlights, the trio questioned where to go next as they planned their seventh studio album. The solution? To return to their roots back when they were three unknown musicians in Ruislip, west London, and reconnect with the reasons that they started a band in the first place. As a result, Scouting For Girls are back to their best with their new album ‘The Place We Used To Meet’, which will be released on 13 October, and a major UK headline tour this autumn. ‘The Place We Used To Meet’ was written and recorded in the same way that they recorded their debut single ‘She’s So Lovely’ in 2007. It’s an album full of the instantly memorable, life-affirming, singalong indie-pop with which they made their name, with songs that resonate with stories of longing and loss.
Garth Marenghi's INCARCERAT Book Tour
When: Saturday 18 November 7:30pm
Where: Theatre Royal
How much: £22.50
Following the massive success of his long-lost novel TERRORTOME, Sunday Times Bestseller & Archduke O’ Darkdom, Garth Marenghi is back on the road with his latest masterpiece, INCARCERAT. Hardback copies of Incarcerat will be available for purchase on the day. Be warned: signings are strictly time-limited. You’ll get no more than one minute with the world’s greatest Frighternerman, Darkscribe, Doomsage (plus Man-Shee) before you’re moved on and/or manhandled.
1525 Slow Craft Social
When: Saturday 19 November 1pm
Where: Nottingham Contemporary
How much: Free
Drawing ideas from Craftivism and Mindfulness, this drop-in slow craft workshop will explore relaxing techniques such as embroidery, collage and printing in the session. Take time to approach making in a contemplative space to resist the pressures of productivity, focusing on enjoying the process of making as opposed to producing a finished piece. There’s no need to have previous craft experience. Drop-in at any time - but booking in advance is required. Materials will be provided!
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