Colchester in Brief
By Ana Grabova
Published 01 March 2012
(March-April 2012 Edition)
The latest news, views, and things to do around the town, compiled by Amanda Stringfellow.
Due to extremely popular demand, the unequivocal King of Puns, Tim Vine, is performing not once, but twice at the Colchester Arts Centre on Sunday 11th March. Become part of Tim Vine’s chat show, as he plucks out members of the audience to participate as his guests. With such a roughly planned format, who knows what will happen – and who you might see on stage. It could even be you! At the time of going to print the original evening show has already sold out, so if you want to join in with the fun at the afternoon show, you better get in quick.
Something for Everyone
Colchester Town and Country Show! For the Easter Bank Holiday period the show will once again take over Castle Park in the heart of town for three days of family fun and country activities. The event will provide something for everyone with all-day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. This year’s highlights will include a children’s farm where little ones can meet lots of Easter new arrivals, Horkesley Park’s heavy horse demonstration team, ferret racing and culinary treats with cookery demonstrations and wine tasting throughout the weekend in the event’s Show Kitchen. Colchester celebrates the start of spring with animal friends and country pleasures.This year your ultimate Easter treat is the
Better Read Than Dead
By Jennie Gillions
The Essex Book Festival will kick off at Chelmsford Library on Thursday 1st March. The official launch, deliberately taking place on World Book Day, features writers Jon McGregor and Tristan Gooley. McGregor will be talking about his short story collection This Isn't The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You and Gooley, so far the only living person to have sailed single-handedly and flown solo across the Atlantic, will discuss his new book The Natural Explorer.
There are some brilliant things happening here in Colchester. Novelist Alexander McCall Smith will be at Lion Walk United Reform Church talking about the latest instalment in his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series; Shrub End Community Centre plays host to a Dads and Lads event; writers can be inspired by a full-day workshop at Slack Space; and poets Adrian May and Phillip Terry will read their work at Red Lion Books. We are lucky to also have the festival’s first book artists’ book fair, which will take place at the Arts Centre.
The University of Essex’s successful partnership with the Festival means several events, including a workshop on the art of persuasion and an evening with performance poets Luke Wright and Ross Sutherland, will take place on the Colchester campus.
Take a dream journey around Ipswich and Colchester with Brendan Wilson at the Digby Gallery in the Mercury Theatre. The Cradle of the Sun exhibition focuses on the public spaces of Colchester, Ipswich and the surrounding area through stunning colour street photographs. Brendan Wilson is a celebrated photographer and has had exhibitions at the Museum of London, the Watershed, Bristol and the Islington Arts Factory. He has also made a documentary for the BBC and has had two books of photography published. Take a unique opportunity to see the significance of the Colchester area through the eyes of a talented photographer. The exhibition is free and open from Monday 5th until Monday 26th March.
Choc-a-Block with Fun
From Saturday 31st March until Sunday 15th April it’s time to get egg-cited about Easter at Colchester Zoo! The zoo will be buzzing with the magic of spring now that the long winter is over. As well as the zoo’s usual amazing animal attractions, wander through an Easter Wonderland, meet adorable spring babies and make Easter themed crafts. The zoo will also be exhibiting Eggstraordinary Animals, a live animal Easter themed show in the Wild About Animals Theatre. If you’re lucky you might even meet the Easter Bunny himself!
“On a lost lost day, was a lost lost street. Down the lost lost street was a lost, lost house that seemed to have misplaced its owner…”. If you fancy something enchanting, different and quirky, head to the Mercury Theatre on Saturday 3rd March. For one night only Maison Foo presents Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin, an intriguing tale which brings together the imaginative world lurking behind the door of Number 92. This inventive blend of clowning, visual theatre and puppetry explores the memories of a forgotten old lady, a wall, a floor and a chimney on a journey like no other. A sell out at the Edinburgh Festival 2010 this is a theatrical experience not to be missed.