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New Year at the Memorial Theatre

THERE’S an exciting line-up planned for February at the Memorial Theatre with visits from Tom Robinson and Aggers & Tuffers, a 50th anniversary Simon and Garfunkel show direct from the West End, a children’s pop concert with a difference and Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams’ presenting a Wildlife Road Trip.

Coming up are: 

An Evening with Tom Robinson at the Assembly Rooms, Thursday 3rd February @ 7.30pm. Tickets £21. 

Musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson presents an evening of songs and stories spanning five decades of adventures in the music industry. 

Tom’s musical journey began in 1974 when his first band was discovered by Ray Davies, and included a BBC ban for being Glad To be Gay, rocking against racism alongside The Clash, headlining Glastonbury with Peter Gabriel, writing lyrics for Elton John, drug smuggling in East Germany, two nervous breakdowns and a period in tabloid hell after falling in love with a woman. 

Having made his peace with the BBC, he’s presented programmes on all the corporation’s national radio networks, and his broadcasting work has won two Sony Radio Academy awards.  

Expect intimate versions of classics such as War Baby, Glad To Be Gay and 2-4-6-8 Motorway alongside stories from behind the scenes and a sprinkling of fan favourites from his extensive back catalogue. 

The Simon and Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversary Tour) . Friday 11th February @ 7.30pm. Tickets £23.50, Concessions £21.50.

Direct from a week-long run in London’s West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! 

“Fantastic” – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. “Authentic and Exciting” – The Stage 

www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

Pop Princesses. Saturday 12th February @ 3.00pm. Tickets £15.50 

Pop Princesses is a magical show where beautiful Princesses become Pop Stars! 

This is the children’s pop concert with a big difference. A musical spectacular starring four fabulous Fairy tale Princesses who just love to sing! It’s the perfect mix. 

Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus  all the best songs from all your favourite films and musicals. Come and join the fun! 

­­­An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers. Friday 18th February @ 7.30pm. Tickets £27.50 

Back by popular demand, Jonathan and Phil have teamed up for a brand new show.  

From their first Evening With Aggers and Tuffers in 2016, they were an immediate hit with cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike and have gone on to sell out theatres all over the country. 

Tuffers was the bad boy of English cricket in the 1990s, but the best spinner – left-arm or otherwise – as well. Known as The Cat because of his love of dressing-room naps and, rarely seen without a beer and a fag, Tufnell has always been something of a folk hero. Since retiring, he has carved out a successful TV career, appearing in I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, The Jump, Strictly Come Dancing and he is Matt Dawson’s opposing team captain in BBC’s long-running series, A Question of Sport.  

This is a fascinating, entertaining, no-holds-barred evening and you can tweet Aggers with your own questions. This is the ideal present for the sports lover in your life. 

The event is raising money for The Professional Cricketers’ Trust.  

Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams’ Wildlife Road Trip. Saturday 26th February @7.30pm. Tickets £21.00 

Wildlife TV presenters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams have teamed up for an amusing and informative show packed with facts and fun for the whole family. Extremely wild about wildlife these two brilliant and entertaining enthusiasts will take the audience on a funny and fascinating journey. 

The journey begins with stories from their childhood when their love of nature and wildlife was just natural: Martin’s love of chickens and Iolo’s connection with fish and a compulsive desire to skip school, preferring to be out in the wild. The journey continues with stories of the occurrences and life events that lead them to where they are today, including Martin’s experience as a producer/director (there’s plenty of tales to tell here) and Iolo’s experience working with the RSPB catching egg thieves and working with the army. 

The tales of their journeys continue to where they are today: well-known and passionate wildlife TV presenters working with the BBC to educate and inspire its audience to connect with and care for the natural world. Here the audience can take a look behind the scenes of wildlife TV presenting and some of the interesting things it entails. 

You can be sure it won’t be boring and nobody will fall asleep as the show involves audience participation, plus there is a wildlife ‘agony aunt’ to answer any wildlife questions the audience may have. 

All in all this is a funny, informative and very wild show! 

Please visit www.frome memorialtheatre.org.uk for more details or to book tickets. 

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