Canterbury Festival draws to a close
Out of the Shadow by dance troupe Nobulus
After a fortnight of top entertainment, this year’s Canterbury Festival draws to a close this weekend. But there is still time to see some great acts over the next couple of days. What’s On picks out a few of the highlights.
Friday, November 1
7.30pm: Out of the Shadow - Colyer-Fergusson Hall (tickets £18 or £12 for students)
Dance troupe Nobulus’s latest show Out of the Shadow features a mix of breakdance, popping and locking, contemporary dance, acrobatics and ballet. Using only their bodies, this 10-strong Austrian crew create otherworldly scenes by morphing themselves into structures, creatures and even machines.It will also be performed at the same time and venue on Saturday, November 2.
7.30pm: Oh, What A Lovely War - Memorial Theatre, Broadstairs (tickets from £10)
The Hilderstone Players and Broadstairs Dickens Players have teamed up to present the classic musical, which chronicles the horrors of the First World War. It is also being performed at the same time and venue on Saturday, November 2.
8.15pm: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet - Augustine Hall (tickets £18 or £8 for students)
Michael Baker, James Jervis, Vasilis Bessas and Rory Russell perform music from around the globe, from the renaissance to the present day. Mixing their own arrangements with classic repertoire their performances are tight, precise and emotionally-charged, even when playing at blistering speeds.The concert includes music from films Frida, Il Postino and The Motorcycle Diaries in which they show off percussion effects and perfectly timed claps.
9.30pm: The Boy With Tape on his Face - Festival Spiegeltent (tickets £15)
The Boy with Tape on his Face
This unique comedy show stars Sam Wills in a tour de force of silent performance, offering stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting and punchlines with no words. It is suitable for ages 16 and over.
Saturday, November 2
10am: RSPB Photographic Exhibition of British Wildlife and Countryside - St Peter’s Methodist Hall (free)
The exhibition, organised to celebrate Canterbury RSPB Group’s 40th anniversary, features wonderful images of Britain’s wildlife and countryside, captured by local people.It runs until 4pm.
7.30pm: The Tallis Scholars - Canterbury Cathedral (tickets from £10)
First formed 40 years ago, the Tallis Scholars are renowned for their performance of sacred vocal music of the Renaissance. This programme includes works by Byrd, Tavener, White and Sheppard as well as Tallis.
7.30pm: Celso Paco and the Afrobubbles - St Mary’s Hall, Whitstable (tickets £20)
This African-themed dinner dance will feature music from Mozambique musician Celso Paco, plus delicious food by Mozambique chef Sidonio Givandas, who now lives in Whitstable.
The Canterbury Festival runs until Saturday, November 2. To book tickets in person, visit the Festival Box Office at the Marlowe Theatre, open daily from 9am to 6pm. Alternatively call 01227 787787 or visit www.canterbury festival.co.uk