Inbetweeners, TV ventriloquist and anniversary celebrations

Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett ANL-140109-095751001
Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett ANL-140109-095751001
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News from the South Holland Centre

This Friday kicks off our ‘The Inbetweeners 2’ movie week– with eight screenings we hope there’s a convenient time for every fan who wants to see it (again)!

But if you are looking for something else to do next week, check out these live shows taking place on the main stage.

Viewers of last year’s Britain’s Got Talent show will remember Steve Hewlett. This cheeky ventriloquist stole the hearts and funny bones of the nation to become their wild card finalist.

He shot to fame during the series and now performs his ‘Steve Hewlett and Friends’ show all over the country including here at the South Holland Centre on Friday, September 12.

He’ll be joined by magician Richard Griffin, comedy vocalist Christopher Gee and no doubt good old Arthur Lager will be stirring things up as usual. Tickets are £19.

The following evening, Christian theatre group Saltmine Theatre Company make a return visit with their faith play ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’. This moving story of slavery, freedom and love will be performed on Saturday , September 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, £8 concessions.

Meanwhile, we must say “Happy 10th Birthday” to Act II Theatre Company (for yesterday). In celebration of this milestone, Act II directors Karl and Charlotte Gernert decided to start working on one of their most favourite plays of all time and are now ready to present a one-off production of Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’.

Voted the nation’s most popular play in a recent poll, this amateur production features current and former Act II members, alongside bespoke ‘guest’ actors taking on the teacher roles, including: ex-Grammar School drama teacher Dave Wheeler as Mr Hector (played by Richard Griffiths in the 2006 film); Fiona Parish as Mrs Lintott (the Frances de la Tour role); Martin Tyrrell as the headmaster; and Karl taking the role of Mr Irwin.

This well-loved play carries an age guide of 15-plus and will be performed at the Centre this Saturday at 7.30pm.

Then it’s the turn of Act II’s youth theatre group to have some birthday fun with their production of the smash hit musical ‘The Who’s Tommy’ – set to a foot stomping soundtrack from one of the most influential British rock acts of the time.

Performances run from Wednesday to Saturday, September 17-20 and tickets for both Act II productions are £9.50, £8 concessions. Come and join them – it sounds like a great way to celebrate their first decade, and here’s to many more!