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Friday 22nd March, 7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Reserve tables or places at email@example.comA quiz night with an arts theme devised and introduced by sisters Lin and Debbie. Always fun. Get a team of 4-6 together and book a table. If you’d like to come alone or 2-3, still book with us and we shall team you up.Bar open all evening, snacks will be served. Open to all.
Nick Tann & his Band
Saturday 23rd March, 8.00pm Click for tickets hereNick Tann is best recognised in the guise of solo, acoustic guitar slinging, jazz tinged, folk-pop performer. And it is that more familiar sound which forms the basis of the new look and sound of Nick Tann and his new band. The “new” Nick Tann is a triptych of Nick Tann on guitars and vocals, Bastien Terraz on double bass and Guy Siviour on drums/percussion.
At the heart of the sound is the familiar balladry, emotionally driven personal narratives and rich vocal tones from solo days but now there is some wonderful musical augmentation. A chilled yet structurally robust British folk take on Americana heartland traditions and whilst the familiar building blocks of Jazz, blues and country all play their part it is a wholly new sonic architecture that is the end result.
Favoured by BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson “He’s just so good!” as well as BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley it’s looking like Nick’s decision to make music his full time occupation is turning out to be a good one!
Met Opera Live – Die Walküre
Saturday 30th March, 5.55pm (Approx. 5 hrs 20 min) Click for tickets here
Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written,including the Ride of the Valkyries- Die Walker is the second of four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a story of monsters, gods and humans on a superhuman scale.
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.
ROH Live: La Forza Del Destino
Tuesday 2nd April, 6.00pm Click for tickets here
Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, inclusing Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tezier, in Verdi’s epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmannand Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
NT Live – All About Eve
Thursday 11th April, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to Ventnor Arts Club from the West End in London.
All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?
Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
Adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L Mankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version with set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.
Friday 12th April, 8.00pm Click to book here
Performed to a sell-out audience at last year’s Ventnor Fringe, LAUGHTER LINES is double comedy trouble from ‘furiously fabulous’ duo Donna Jones MBE and Joan Ellis AKA Them Two. Older but not wiser, every line tells a story.
This is an evening of ‘funny yet poignant’ poetry, prose and anecdotes for ladies who laugh, but not too much. Just in case!
Celebrating Alexander McQueen
Thursday 24th April, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Ventnor Arts Club is delighted to welcome freelance photographer Gary Wallis of Wallis Pictures to present a talk about his professional association with fashion designer Alexander McQueen. He will also talk about his book, which illustrates fascinating archive material shot backstage during the early shows.
Gary’s work focuses on fashion and portraiture which has been featured in many international publications and other media. He graduated from Central Saint Martin’s art college with a degree in graphic design, specialising in photography. Gary maintains his association there by being a part-time subject leader in photography for the Visual Communication Program.
Following Gary’s talk and an accompanying short piece of film, we will screen the documentary film McQueen, which is a personal look at the designer’s extraordinary life, career and artistry.
The talk will begin at 7.00pm with doors and the bar open from 6pm. Booking is essential for this unique opportunity hear a personal account of the creative world behind the scenes of some ground breaking fashion shows, highlighting the development of Alexander McQueen’s career.
“We are really looking forward to hosting this evening” say Wendy Barton of Ventnor Arts Club. “Our recent Fashion Week themed screenings proved very popular and I think this will be too. All are welcome but be sure to book”
Talk of approx one hour / film runtime 111 minutes.
Members Free / Members’ Guests and non-members £5
Hidden Compass Quartet
Friday 26th April, 8.00pm Click for tickets here
Hidden Compass Quartet was formed in London in 2018 and is made up of players from around the world – Hong Kong, UK, Russia and Poland. They united with a determination to play a mix of classical quartet music inspired by world music. The quartet has come together through a shared interest and belief in improvisation within the classical structure. Using both ideology from jazz and early classical music to find the playfulness and spontaneity in the roots of the music with the idea that each performance will be different. Their performance programme on the night will be a mix of Mendelssohn, Borodin and contemporary pieces from China and Finland.
Clayson Sings Clayson
Friday 3rd May, 8.00pm Click for tickets here
Alan Clayson, sometime leader of the legendary Alan Clayson and the Argonauts performs solo too, delivering recitals that defy succinct description. Feedback from recent Clayson engagements on both sides of the Atlantic and the formation of a US fan club (stemming from a remarkable concert in Chicago) would suggest that he has become more than a mere cult celebrity who is still spoken of and written about in the same paragraphs as Wreckless Eric, John Otway, Tom Robinson and Elvis Costello. Moreover, 2012’s One Dover Soul – produced by Wreckless Eric – and This Cannot Go On…, a more recent album with the Argonauts might stand as Alan Clayson’s artistic apotheosis were it not for the promise of surprises yet to come.
His following grows still as well as demand for his talents as a record producer, and the number of versions of his compositions by such diverse acts as Dave Berry (in whose backing group, he played keyboards in the mid-1980s) and New Age outfit, Stairway He has worked too with The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Wreckless Eric, Twinkle, The Yardbirds, The Pretty Things and the late Screaming Lord Sutch among many others.
“Curiously appealing evening of baroque and roll” -Time Out
“Clayson is in a premier position on rock’s lunatic fringe” – Melody Maker
“Incredibly strange and strangely incredible” – Ugly Things
“I can honestly say I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE!!!” – Wokingham Times
“He left me wondering what it was all about” – New Musical Express
“The greatest Sixties album of the Eighties…captures the wonderful foolishness in which teen narcissism was dressed up” – The Observer
“Alan Clayson’s original songs are utterly delightful in their individuality” – Folk Roots
Elsa Jean McTaggart – Blues Singing Girl
Friday 10th May, 8.00pm Click for tickets hereWe can’t wait for the return of Elsa Jean, this time with Blues, fiddle, her own stuff and familiar songs. Don’t miss her, she’s fantastic as those of you who came to her debut show at the club and on the Island will know.
With her fabulous velvet voice and rich sultry tones Elsa weaves a colourful tapestry of vivid anecdotes from her unusual past and life on the road and evocative song (think contemporary folk sprinkled with Bluesy Jazz and topped with the unexpected), interspersed with her own compositions from dynamic jigs and reels to wildly haunting celtic airs on the Fiddle, Penny Whistle and Button box.
Not only a passionate and masterful musician, Elsa is chatty, funny and engagingly entertaining! With poetic fluency and an easy rapport with the audience, she draws you into a magical dream, a self-penned musical portal to that land of the soul where only one who’s been there can guide you. We’re confident that you’ll be left with no doubt of her craftsmanship both musically and on the stage.
NT Live – All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Tuesday 14th May, 7.00pm, Click for tickets here
Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.
But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).
All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith in Concert
Saturday 8th June, 8.00pm Click for tickets hereBoo Hewerdine and Darden Smith met thirty years ago. Introduced by a publisher they wrote songs together for four days in London. The results secured them a record deal with Ensign Records. A short while later they found themselves in Austin, Texas recording the album ‘Evidence’. The album is a potent mix of Americana and Ukana (for want of a better word). It received rave reviews and featured in the Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums book.
Both Darden and Boo have continuing successful solo careers but ‘Evidence’ remains a favourite.
Last year they played a couple of shows in Scotland and England and were amazed and delighted to play to sell out audiences who knew every word.
This June, to celebrate this magical collaboration, that has resulted in a life long friendship, Darden and Boo will be playing a handful of shows in the UK. We are lucky enough to be one of their chosen venues, probably the most intimate, and we’re excited.
NT Live – Small Island
Thursday 27th June, 7.00pm Click for tickets here
Filmed in front of a live audience. Andrea Levy’s epic novel bursts to life on-stage, telling a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain through the second World War to 1948, the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Told by a cast of 40, the filmed live screening of this epic play will mark the start of our 10th birthday celebrations.
Ollie West Band
Friday 5th July 8.00pm Click for tickets here
“Cinematic, orchestral pop is a phrase not used frequently by bands to describe their sound, yet for The Ollie West Band this fits perfectly. Formed in 2014 by singer, songwriter and pianist Ollie West, this Manchester based ensemble are creating unique music that transcends genre and the generic ideas of the pop band. With influences as far spread as Elbow and Billy Joel to the Cinematic Orchestra to Claude Debussy, the band’s instantly recognisable sound has been praised by the likes of Neil McCormick and Dean Friedman.
To celebrate the release of their debut album “Time Stood Still” on April 26th, the band hit the road for a massive 15 date UK tour in June and July, arriving at Ventnor Arts Club for their final show on Friday 5th July with their 5 piece line up. This is a unique night of great original music not to miss, get your tickets now!”
Debbie Bond – Alabama Blueswoman
Friday 16th August, 8.00pm Click for tickets here
We go far and wide to find you great acts. Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years. Influenced by the famed sounds of Muscle Shoals, her impressive musical story includes years of performing with older traditional Alabama blues musicians, including Johnny Shines, Sam Lay, Eddie Kirkland and Willie King. Her immersion in Alabama blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing – yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, and jazz influences. She has toured extensively in Europe including France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
She is the co-founder of the award-winning Alabama Blues Project, an educational non-profit devoted to preserving and promoting Alabama’s rich blues heritage.
A mouthpiece for sultry, Southern charm and whimsical musical conversation, Debbie Bond gets her heart tangled up in an intimate mess of backwoods Alabama soul.
Living Blues Magazine (US)
. . . she is one of those too rare female blues players, she clearly deserves greater recognition by blues lovers every where. this CD showcases her talent admirably and should propel her career nicely allowing her to step out of the shadows of those great musicians now passed she played with most of her career.
Blues Matters (UK)
. . . a superb night with all three musicians at the top of their craft. Debbie’s sweet guitar backed up by her beautiful voice was matched by the superb keyboard and harp of Rick, all driven along by the effortless minimal drumming of Mickey Barker. . . .
Blues In Britain (UK)
Margaret Atwood – Live by Satellite
Tuesday 10th September, 7.30pm Click for tickets here
On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.
The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.
‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’
With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect. The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September.
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