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General release films include:

Darkest Hour, Hostiles, The Commuter, Tad the Explorer and the Secret of King Midas, Downsizing, Lost in Paris, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. For half-term: Coco, Paddington 2, Mountain and Darkest Hour for half-term.

Amy Winehouse Amy (15)

8.00pm Friday 2nd February

Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice oft described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. “It's Amy's words, her music, her voicemails, her home videos, her friends, her family, her tormentors, and her timeless incandescence. Look, listen and weep.” Rolling Stone

Royal Opera House Tosca

7.15pm Wednesday 7th February (165 min)

Drama, passion and fabulous music – Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley. From its strident opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera, ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

Royal Shakespeare Company Twelfth Night

7.00pm Wednesday 14th February (210 min)

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heart- breaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister.

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of ‘the whirligig of time’.

KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th February

Back for its 19th year, this annual celebration of cinema brings you the very best films from the world’s greatest festivals – as well as some very special guests. Highlights include The Square, Edie, A Fantastic Woman, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Ai Weiwei’s remarkable documentary, Human Flow. The short film competition, The Ospreys, will showcase a first glimpse of tomorrow’s filmmakers.

The Theatre by the Lake, the Alhambra Cinema and Rheged

Venues: National Theatre Live

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF 7.00pm Wednesday 27th February

Tennessee William’s 20th Century masterpiece, captured live on stage in a limited West End season in 2017 for screening in cinemas. Following his smash hit production of ‘A Streetcar named Desire’, Benedict Andrews ‘thrilling revival’ stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

ISSUE 422 | 25 JANUARY 2018 | 26

At Higham, more-or-less everything we do falls within the realm of Lifelong Learning, a term not often on people’s radars so much these days. It is even less familiar to people as provision around the country, often via night schools and short courses in local colleges, has been cut so much in recent years.

The reasons for this have mainly been because of budget cuts. However, Higham's model has survived because essentially, everything is paid for by the students using us - no subsidy or grant is relied upon and we are run by ourselves. This has meant that, as an independent college, we are totally self-sufficient and no council is involved.

Whilst the money paid by our good


students to us covers the cost of their tutor and our expertise, a little each time is left over to go back into the fabric of this wonderful old 1828 building we are custodians of.

We never sit still, there is always something being improved or fixed. It has only been possible because many students who enjoy our courses, come again and again and spread the word about us.

In a way, we are what lifelong learning should be... a self-sustaining entity for those people who appreciate what we do. We are grateful to all those people who support us by using us - it's a great example of how such learning CAN survive today, supported by the very people who benefit from it.

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