What’s on where around Luton: listings, March 9 edition

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Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Luton over the coming week. Please email editorial@lutonnews.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.

WEDNESDAY

Adults with learning difficulties arts and craft sessions. Every Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 1pm at Arttrend, Arundel Road, Luton. Social and creative activity for adults with learning difficulties, engaging in all types of art and craft work such as painting in acrylics, papier mache, salt dough, cross stitch, rug making etc. Please see the website www.arttrend.co.uk and go to Art ALD, then see the gallery of work already done. Tel 07794 987796 if you would like more details. 10.30am to 12.30pm Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm Saturdays – but you can come and go at any time. £6 per session including materials and refreshments.

Luton Irish Forum holds a weekly Tuesday and Wednesday Club from 11am to 1.30pm at 102 Hitchin Road. This is a great chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. Refreshments are all included along with soda bread, scones with jam and monthly chicken and chips. Entry costs £1, plus optional £3 for two games of bingo and a raffle.

Author Dennis Carey talks about his book, The Ditcher, which tells the story of Irish company Bord na Móna moving into the small town of Bangor Erris in County Mayo in the 1950s. Their mission was to harvest enough turf to fuel the new power station at Bellacorrick, six miles away. The talk takes place at Luton Irish Forum at 11.30am. Call 01582 720447 to book or for more information.

Joe Longthorne performs at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable. The talented artist began his career over three decades ago with appearances on Junior Showtime, followed by a grounding on the tough Northern club circuit. His big break came in 1981 when he was a finalist on London Weekend Television’s Search for a Star. This led to appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town. Now, Joe is looking forward to new challenges, new songs to sing and new audiences to thrill. Tickets £22. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

THURSDAY

The Utter! Lutonia Fringe event at the Hat Factory, Luton. The night aims to be powerful and enlivening, full of bubbling words and running rhythms, voice and mind connecting directly in a room alive with ideas. Utter! Spoken Word brings the freshest talent from the Edinburgh, London and international spoken-word circuit. It’s compered by Lee Nelson, the keeper of Luton’s live-poetry flame, veteran of the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and compere of the regular Utter! Lutonia spoken-word nights across Hightown and beyond. It runs from 8pm to 10.30pm. Tickets £8 or £6 concessions. Ages 16+. Part of the Lutonia festival. Visit www.lutonculture.com or call 01582 878100 to book or for more information.

Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. He’s bringing this one to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 8pm. Tickets: £23. Ages 15+. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

French circus company Circa Tsuica is coming to the Hat Factory, Luton with a feel-good blend of daredevil acrobatics, ripping brass rhythm and added local flavour. The company’s nine acrobat-musicians will be joined at the Hat Factory by the Luton Sixth Form College Brass Ensemble for the show, called Opus 7. It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 or £8. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.luton

culture.com/hatfactory

FRIDAY

Luton Irish Forum’s Baby and Toddler group meets at 102 Hitchin Road, Luton LU2 0ES, every Friday from 9.30am to 11am during term time. Recommended donation of £1 per adult and 50p per child. A drink and a healthy snack is provided for your child(ren) around the middle of the session. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for the adults throughout the morning. Telephone 01582 720447.

Home Grown Shorts at the Hat Factory, Luton. Films by Luton professional film makers and panel discussion with the film makers. Featuring 6 Cup Chai, which was shot in the slums of Mumbai, 6 Cup Chai was screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner 2014; Before I was Me, screened in the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2009; Oh Syria My Syria, following the lives of four Syrian refugees and exhibits their poignant past; The Million Dollar Question, with Mike French and Josh Hodson; and Rooftop Jesus, with Brian Hutton and Bill Sheikh. It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5 or £ 3.50 for concessions. Ages 16+. Part of the Lutonia festival. Visit www.lutonculture.com or call 01582 878100 to book or for more information.

The UK’s number one Buddy, Marc Robinson, arrives at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable with the Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn concert show. Marc revives classic hits like Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day and Oh Boy. Backed by a band reminiscent of the Crickets in their 50s heyday, Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn is an authentic slice of rock ’n’ roll nostalgia that ensures Buddy’s incredible legacy of unforgettable hit songs lives on. It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £23.50. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

Classic psychological thriller Gaslight comes to the Little Theatre in Dunstable, courtesy of Dunstable Rep, at 7.45pm. Call 07940 105864 or email dunstable

repboxoffice@gmail.com to book.

Let’s All Dance, a company which specialises in presenting condensed dance shows for children, visits the Library Theatre, Luton, with Romeo and Juliet at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. This timeless tale of love, jealousy and loss has been told thousands of times in countless different ways, but never loses its appeal for each new generation. This edgy, explosive production uses street dance to engage with audiences of all ages, especially young people. Recommended age: 9+. Running time: 45 minutes. Tickets: £8. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.

Darren Devonshire - Devvo for short, MC Devvo for when he’s rapping - performs at Club 85 in Hitchin. Doors open at 8pm. Support on the night is ‘new wave skiffle’ band The Ouse Valley Singles Club. Tickets are £7 in advance. Visit www.seetickets.com to book.

SATURDAY

Paul Stickland: Celebrating 20 Years Of Dinosaur Roar at Luton Central Library from 11am to 12 noon, and 1.30pm to 2.30pm. A fun and creative session with Paul Stickland – author, artist, illustrator and designer of many very popular children’s picture and pop up books. Paul Stickland will share his stories and help you to make a picture of your own. Free admission. Ages 4+. For children who have started school and received their Booktime packs. Part of the Lutonia festival. Visit www.lutonculture.com or call 01582 878100 to book or for more information.

Classic psychological thriller Gaslight comes to the Little Theatre in Dunstable, courtesy of Dunstable Rep, at 7.45pm. Call 07940 105864 or email dunstable

repboxoffice@gmail.com to book.

Let’s All Dance, a company which specialises in presenting condensed dance shows for children, visits the Library Theatre, Luton, with The Pesky Pirates: A Hip Hop Adventure at 11.30am abd 1.30pm. It’s a high energy, interactive production, full of action, giggles and fantastic hip hop dancing, as these cheeky pirates enlist the audience’s help in finding their hidden treasure. Children are encouraged to clap along and join in the piratical moves. Recommended especially for 2-9 year olds. Running time: 40 minutes. Tickets: £8. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.

Comedy night Live at the Grove returns to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable with another line-up of top TV headliners: Tom Deacon, Paul Tonkinson, Michael Legge and Joe Lycett. It starts at 8pm. Tickets: £15. Age 18+. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.

MONDAY MARCH 14

Classic psychological thriller Gaslight comes to the Little Theatre in Dunstable, courtesy of Dunstable Rep, at 7.45pm. Call 07940 105864 or email dunstable

repboxoffice@gmail.com to book.

TUESDAY March 15

Culture In Conflict Film And Debate: Timbuktu at the Hat Factory, Luton from 6pm to 9pm. Exploring the conflict in Mali; directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. Guest speakers will lead audience discussions after each screening. Light refreshments provided. Tickets £5 or £3.50 concessions. Ages 16+. Part of the Lutonia festival. Visit www.lutonculture.com or call 01582 878100 to book or for more information.

Classic psychological thriller Gaslight comes to the Little Theatre in Dunstable, courtesy of Dunstable Rep, at 7.45pm. Call 07940 105864 or email dunstable

repboxoffice@gmail.com to book.

WEDNESDAY

MARCH 16

Irish comic Ed Byrne has built a reputation of critical and popular acclaim with his nerdy and curmodgeonly persona. Ed has also increased popularity over his career with appearances on various BBC radio shows, and as a regular panellist on TV shows such Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You. Ed comes to the Grove Theatre at 8pm, with Outside, Looking In, a comically reflective show of the persona that is loved by so many. It starts at 8pm. Recommended age 16+. Tickets are £19. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk to book.