September 13, 2008

Dancers Unleash Exciting Bill From Wayne’s World

Wayne McGregor, one of the world's most exciting choreographers, unleashes 10 dancers, beats and strings in his new show Entity which is brought to the Hall for Cornwall next week by the Random Dance company. It's a staggering blend of athletic bodies, lights, technology and film as well as a breathtaking hour-long trip through a soundscape created by Coldplay and Massive Attack collaborator Jon Hopkins and award-winning composer Joby Talbot. Technically astonishing, emotionally uncompromising and hard-hitting, it confirms Wayne's place at the cutting edge of contemporary culture. In April he was appointed the Government's first Dance Youth Champion and since December 2006 he has been the Royal Ballet's first resident choreographer for 16 years, the only one ever to come from the world of contemporary dance.

Entity by Random Dance is at the Hall for Cornwall, Truro on Tuesday, September 16. Box office: 01872 262466

COMEDIAN Howard Read brings his quirky animated cartoon sidekick to Dartmouth next weekend in a show for all the family. Little Howard is a six-year-old "standing-up comedian" who generally appears on a laptop or projection screen, interacting with Big Howard, the audience or other animated characters. The character first appeared at the end of Howard Senior's 2002 one-man show and was such a success that the following year Read built his whole show around Little Howard.

Howard Read is at The Flavel in Dartmouth at 3pm on Saturday, September 20. The show is suitable for the over-fives. Box office 01803 839530 or visit

THEATRICAL legend and raconteur Victor Spinetti offers a peek into an extraordinary life and career in A Very Private Diary - Revisited which can be seen at the Brewhouse, Taunton next weekend. Victor sprang to international fame as part of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be and Oh! What A Lovely War! which transferred to New York and for which he won a TONY Award for his role as an obnoxious drill sergeant. He has appeared in more than 30 films including three with The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour - as well as co- writing a play, In His Own Write, with John Lennon which appeared at the National Theatre in 1968. His intimate, revealing and hilarious stories include Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sir John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, and of course, The Beatles. A Very Private Diary first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in the late 1980s and after playing to sell-out houses transferred to The Donmar Warehouse, London and subsequently toured worldwide. The production was directed by the late writer and broadcaster Ned Sherrin, himself a master raconteur. The 2008 revisited production is dedicated to Ned Sherrin and coincides with the release of Victor's biography Up Front this autumn in paperback.

Victor Spinetti is at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on September 20. Box office: 01823 283244 or visit

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