Oh, you DO like to be beside the seaside, don’t you but you may think it’s a bit early in the year and a bit far north in the hemisphere to be thinking about dusting down the Deckchairs.

36 St. John’s Street, Keswick, CA12 5AG

017687 72195 General release films include

Emma, Richard Jewell, 1917, Little Women and more

Keswick Film Club screens the best of world cinema at 5.00pm every Sunday night, visit


Thursday 27th February – Sunday 1st March 4 days packed with fantastic film, spread over three venues

FEMINISTA FILM FESTIVAL 8.00pm Sunday 8th March

Celebrate International Women’s Day by watching a premium selection of short films telling the most inspiring stories about women and girls from around the world. From Wales to Pakistan, from swimmers to pizza makers, inspiration guaranteed!

RIVERDANCE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW 7.00pm Tuesday 3rd March and 1.00pm Sunday 8th March

25 years ago, 7 minutes changed the face of Irish dancing forever. The Eurovision interval act performance gave millions of people a new and exciting glimpse of the future of Irish dance. Filmed live at the 3Arena Dublin, where it all began, this Gala Performance brings Riverdance to the big screen for the very first time! Immerse yourself in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance, reimagined with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.

FIDELIO Royal Opera House 7.15pm Tuesday 17th March

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout.

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE - 02 ARENA 7.30pm Saturday 28th March and 1.00pm Sunday 29th March

The world’s ultimate musical duo are ‘Back Together’. This, the filmed final show of their sold-out tour, includes songs such as ‘The Greatest Show’ ‘Something Inside so Strong’ and a brilliantly arranged ‘Queen Medley’.

SWAN LAKE Royal Ballet

7.15pm Wednesday 1st April

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. Remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into this most-loved classical ballet . INFO@COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society, (CADS) would like ever so respectfully, to disagree with you and offer you an opportunity to enjoy four short plays by Jean McConnell that rejoice under the parasol name of Deckchairs II.

Director Stewart Grant has been working with a talented cast to put together a production that will surprise, transport and amuse you

when the curtain goes up at The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth at 7.30pm from the 12th – 14th March.

Stewart and two of the actors appearing, took one of the plays Theatrical Digs to the Lytham St. Anne’s One Act Play Competition in August last year. They scooped three of the eight awards on offer, taking Best Play, Best Female Actor and Best Female Supporting Actor. For the cost of your ticket, (£10.00, or £6.00 for U26,) you get to see Theatrical Digs, Day Trippers, The Guilt Card and Short Changed. They all have a seaside setting, all feature colourful characters and tales with a twist that are, by turns, funny, touching and compassionate.

Director, Stewart Grant said: “We’ve had a lot of fun and worked hard in rehearsals with these four plays. We have some of the best of CADS’ actors taking roles in the production, including award-winners and you’re guaranteed a great evening of entertainment.”

Alison Shutt, Kirkgate Box Office 01900 826448

COCKERMOUTH LIVE! returns on the weekend of 3rd to 5th July. The organisers are delighted to announce that the festival will be opened on Friday evening with a performance by poet, broadcaster and all- round funny man Ian Macmillan, the Bard of Barnsley, accompanied by Luke Carver-Goss; The headline act on Saturday evening is the renowned Northumbrian Piper Kathryn Tickell (pictured) with her trio. Tickets for these events are now available from the Kirkgate Box Office on 01900 826448, or online. Sunday sees the traditional orchestral concert by the Papcastle Community Orchestra under their conductor, Phil Wood.

On Saturday, during the day, the Castle will again be open, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont, for a variety of performances, including the Mechanics Band. Once again, we are hoping to animate the whole town with music, from classical to rock, dance and drama in a wide variety of locations but to do this, we need performers, stewards and venues.

So, this is a ‘call out’ to performers of all sorts and all ages to apply to take part. You’ll find an application form on the website. As this is a not-for-profit festival and the Saturday day- time performances are free, we are not able to pay a fee. We would also like more people to act as venue stewards on the day. The

duties are simple and full training is given. It’s a great way to be part of the day and get to see and hear

the best of local talent. Just drop us an email.

If you want to get more involved, why not join our small but very enthusiastic organising team. We’d love to hear from you. An email will find us!

Bob Pritchard

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