Laurence Owen: The Elemental Dynamic

27 February 2012 - 24 March 2012

Venue: Art Exchange

Taking the constrictions implicit in the supposedly childish medium of felt tips to see what might emerge with their garish tones, Laurence Owen makes a series of images which are both disturbing and familiar. He presents us with a skewed rendition of the everyday, appropriating the language of advertising, photographs and holiday brochures to his own ends. Owen calls his felt tip drawings ‘a newsreel of everyday life’, resulting in images that lie somewhere between the fantastical and the mundane.


Polar Bear

25 February 2012

Performance Time: 20:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre
Making a welcome return to Lakeside Theatre, Polar Bear are a London-based avant-garde jazz combo led from the back by BBC award winning drummer Seb Rochford. Pioneering a new form of British jazz, Polar Bear’s pulsating electronic soundscapes, dance friendly beats and catchy sax melodies lend their music wide appeal to audiences from traditionalists to people who don’t normally do jazz.

“The big-hitters of the current new wave” Independent on Sunday

Curator’s Lunchtime Tour

Wednesday 22 February
Venue: Art Exchange
Time: 1 – 1.30pm

Admission free, booking essential - Email arts@essex.ac.uk Come along and find out more about the extraordinary work of artist Laure Prouvost. Join curator Jess Kenny for a tour of The Wanderer (Betty Drunk).

1 Beach Road

24 February 2012

Performance Time: 19:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre
A tale of friendship, defiance, a shrinking island, synchronized swimming and trying to turn back the tide. 1 Beach Road explores the metaphorical connections between Alzheimer’s disease and coastal erosion and asks “what is it like to lose everything – your home and your memories?”Returning after the huge success of The Idiot Colony, award winning company Red Cape bring us their unique visual, physical storytelling, sense of humour and original writing.“a thoughtful, unsettling and beautifully
conceived show”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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The John Law Trio

17 February 2012

Performance Time: 20:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre

Sensational pianist John Law leads his highly acclaimed ensemble in an evening of breathtaking original and popular jazz. Playing the best material from his acclaimed Art of Sound trio as well as ingenious reworkings of tunes from the standard jazz repertoire, John Law’s highly accomplished trio features Yuri Goloubev on bass and percussionist Asaf Sirkis.

“sheer technical brilliance” The Telegraph
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Scenes From Communal Living

09 February 2012
Performance Time: 19:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre

Performed by an ensemble of the UK’s hottest improvisers, Scenes from
Communal Living
uses audience suggestions to create a unique night of

Completely new combinations of characters and stories are invented in
each scene, all set in the rooms of shared accommodation. Witness the strangest characters who ever argued over a gas bill or taped a vaguely threatening note to the fridge in this show of fast paced invention!

“Very funny, fresh and endlessly creative...Two thumbs up!” Time Out London

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Comedy Central Live with Sean Hughes

04 February 2012
Performance Time: 20:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre
Tonight's Comedy Central Live! The updated line up features:
Sean Hughes
Stand Up Comedy legend and star of Never Mind The Buzzcocks Sean Hughes joins us to headline tonight.

"One of the best stand ups of his generation" The Daily Telegraph

Matt Forde
A sharp brain and an infectious laugh are the hallmarks of Matt Forde. A regular host and contributor to BBC radio, Forde is a keen eyed satirist who has written for Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats and received high acclaim for his 2011 Edinburgh show Dishonourable Member.

MC Jimmie McGhie
A highly regarded young stand-up and comic performer, Jimmy performs on the UK and international comedy circuit to great acclaim.

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Lucinda Belle Orchestra

05 February 2012
Performance Time: 20:30
Venue: Lakeside Theatre

Singer, songwriter and jazz harpist Lucinda Belle is a rising star of the British music scene. Having played alongside Rufus Wainwright and Robbie Williams she is now building a reputation with Lucinda Belle Orchestra.
Belle’s soft toned melodies ring out over the cafe jazz of her versatile orchestra whose tunes effortlessly reference 1920’s Parisian gypsy cool and pop icons such as Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse.
Playing music from her 2010 debut album My Voice and My 45 Strings, don’t miss the incredible Lucinda Belle Orchestra. 

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Dianna's Last / My Last

02 February 2012 - 03 February 2012

Performance Time: 19:30

Venue: Lakeside Theatre Studio
 A kidnapping and the tense relationships that follow are the subject of a play and film by Troy Balmayer.
Exploring the process of cross medium adaptation, witness two versions of one thriller in Dianna’s Last/My Last, viewed sequentially in the Lakeside Theatre’s studio then main house.

Working in collaboration with the University of Essex Centre for Theatre Studies, Lakeside Theatre presents this Independent Practical Production third year Drama student Troy Balmayer.