Join us on the 24th May for our last Custard Comedy in Cottenham.
Dana Alexander‘s comedic style is both refreshing and irreverent, drawing her material from her diverse lifestyle, her gay friends and her crazy Jamaican family.
This is a lady not to be missed! Culture shock meets hilarity, straight up stand-up from a fresh perspective. ‘Like a gift from the comedy gods’ – The Herald
Support for Alexander comes from Andy Watson, a quick-fire act who immediately grabs audiences with his sharp one-liners and leaves them in hysterics with his playful style and physical comedy skills. “An irresistible, infectious style that had the audience rapt from the get-go.” Chortle.co.uk.
While many guitar-based acts use their musical skills to show off to an audience, Ashley Frieze has a unique angle. He cannot play the guitar that well. To distract from his mediocre musicianship, his songs are full of jokes and wordplay.
Our MC is Nik Coppin. A stand-up comic for more than 10 years, Nik has performed all over the world and developed an international cult following.
His confident, affable and energetic style of comedy is quick to build audience rapport, as he talks about subjects as wide-ranging as observations on human nature, his experiences in The Antipodes, Europe and Asia, his extensive knowledge of wildlife, superheroes, music, movies, current affairs and his mixed race up bringing in London.
His versatility has also made him a much sought after compere. He has the ability to adapt to a multitude of audiences and is skilful, observant and affable enough put them immediately at ease. “He talks at 100mph and generates an irresistible atmosphere of good old-fashioned fun.” Chortle.co.uk.
Strictly over 18s and a well stocked bar. Never been to Custard Comedy before? Our regulars say it’s rib ticklingly funny and very cheap (in cash terms not quality!)
Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door.
Available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/189107
Are you a parish council wanting to do more for young people? Are you either a leader or member of an arts organisations, sports clubs, faith group, parent and carer group, school or community group? Do you have an idea and want to turn it into reality? Does your group help children and young people?
This FREE event is for you – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5082004412
Community Connect will be holding this event at Gamlingay Eco Hub on 12 March 2013 from 1pm-4.00pm. The aim is to help you find funding to make your idea happen. We will begin with some informative presentations. Then a project health check surgery will take place where attendees will visit different stations to hear from our guest speakers on a range of topics. The aim of this event is to help you:
- Turn your idea into a fundable project
- Find the best sources of funding for your idea through Grantfinder
- Have the confidence to complete grant applications
- Establish partnerships which can strengthen your project and make it more attractive to funders
EMERGE Arts Festival preview: Celebrating the arts on our door step in South Cambridgeshire
Friday 25 January, 6 – 8pm
Comberton Sports & Arts
The special preview event will start at 6pm with the official launch, promotional stands and market stalls of Festival partners, and a networking opportunity. From 7 – 8pm there will be a showcase in the auditorium offering you a taste of what’s to come in the Festival. The show will include sensational music, dexterous dance, fantastic film and some rib-tickling stand up!
Welcome drinks served on arrival and licensed bar throughout the evening.
Emerge Arts Festival is a result of the partnership between the stART, the Village Colleges and South Cambridgeshire District Council. Emerge Arts Festival runs across South Cambridgeshire throughout February and March 2013. For a full guide to what’s on please visit the Emerge Arts Festival website: www.emerge-arts-festival.org.uk
For directions to the launch event visit: www.combertonsa.co.uk/location.html
RSVP to Richard on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 262503 ex 267
‘What have we got to sell?’ Creating and communicating an inspiring fundraising story:
A workshop with Sir Clive Gillinson at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 20 February 2013, 10am-5pm
The Academy of Ancient Music is curating a series of three day-long workshops at the Judge Business School, Cambridge for arts organisations seeking to diversify their income streams and attract greater levels of funding from private sources.
The first, on 20 February, will focus on how to tell an inspiring story about why donors and funders should offer their support. It will include:
- A keynote discussion with Sir Clive Gillinson (Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall, New York and former Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra) on his belief that ‘money follows vision’;
- A session with leading business consultant Dr Jo Whitehead (Director, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre and author, What you need to know about strategy) on how to create a compelling organisational plan and sell it to funders and investors;
- A panel discussion on how to ‘create a buzz’ about your organisation — boosting its fame and visibility and raising awareness of its case for support among people who matter — without breaking the bank.
Spaces are limited, so booking is essential. The workshop is funded by the Academy of Ancient Music, but a £10 contribution is requested towards the cost of buffet lunch.
Booking and more information…
We have a cracking line up for our Christmas special of Custard Comedy in Cottenham
on Friday 21 December, 8pm
Over 18s only – top comedians from the circuit – and a licensed bar.
Tickets just £10 in advance available from the reception at Cottenham Village College or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/182770
Dave Johns has gained a reputation as an inventive, exciting and extremely funny comedian winning applause from his audiences, respect from his fellow comics and rave reviews from the critics… ” He shifts from the sublime, to genius, to uproar in the blink of an eye – An extremely entertaining hour.” The Guardian.
Support comes from stand-up, radio presenter and reformed northerner. Steve N Allen. Steve has lots to says and finds a nice way to say it. From hosting phone-ins to MCing comedy gigs, Steve connects with the crowds. The act can be all topical, or all relatable subjects spanning dating to buying deodorant. “More than worth a look.” – Three Weeks.
Rob Coleman is predominantly a gag merchant, with the occasional story thrown in for good measure. He has bags of one liners ranging from the daft to the dark. “Presence a plenty and material to match” One 4 review.
MC for the evening is Juliet Meyers. Managing to mix silliness with edginess, Juliet has a chatty style that allows her to interact with the crowd; this makes her much in demand both as a comedian and an MC. “Devilish coy look, excellent material with some on the edge gags.” The Scotsman
To find out more call Custard Comedy on 01455 840 102 or The Atrium on 01954 288748
South Cambridgeshire District Council face cuts of £382K
South Cambridgeshire District Council is facing proposed funding cuts of £382,600 which will effect all the Council’s capital grants programme (sports, community and arts facilities and historic buildings) and will withdraw the Council’s contribution to the Arts Development Manager (ADM) posts and their budgets from July 2013.
The consultation is now underway (for further information please visit http://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/grants-review-consultation) and will include meetings between Dual Use partners (ie Village Colleges and Wysing Arts Centre), young people’s focus groups and public consultation via an on-line survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R9V6P88 . This on-line survey is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in South Cambridgeshire to complete until 20th December.
As part of the consultation South Cambridgeshire District Council are interested to understand:
- how the proposed 100% cut by SCDC to the Arts Development Manager and Development grant would impact upon you and your organisation
- any suggestions you would have on how to minimise this impact.
As a practical solution for South Cambridgeshire District Council, we suggest a tapering reduction in funding to the Arts Development Managers and development grants and consultancy to advise stART as opposed to the suggested 100% cut. This would allow stART (the umbrella organisation which the Arts Development Managers work together as) to have time and capacity to explore other options, formalise the organisation and investigate other funding opportunities before irreparable damage is done. However, please feel free to make any suggestions you might have too!
Impact would include:
• No affordable and inclusive programming of professional arts at venues managed by Arts Development Managers in South Cambridgeshire (Comberton Leisure, Swavesey Venue, @theatrium in Cottenham and Sawston Cinema)
• No subsidised holiday arts activities for children and young people at the Village Colleges
• No advocacy, advice, support or guidance for community groups
• No stART network events (including the district Arts award ceremony and bi-annual networking events)
• No development grant funding for community organisations
• No district-wide projects such as The Junction Unplugged, artsMASH, Collision Carnival etc
• No match funding for village college/ADM initiated community arts projects
• No access to the equipment bank
As part of the Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition we are launching a brand new competition offering budding young artists the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience.
The competition is free to enter and open to any young person age 18 and under. The theme is open – your entry could be:
- A photograph or still
- A digitally created or manipulated image
- A scan of a painting or drawing
- An image documenting 3D work
All competition entries will be exhibited on a digital show reel at the Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition on 23 – 25 November at Cottenham Sixth Form Centre.
There are prizes on offer and winners will be presented with certificates at the special exhibition preview reception on Friday 23 November.
Deadline for entries: Wednesday 14 November
To enter the competition simply email your image to email@example.com
Please include your: NAME, AGE and a SHORT DESCRIPTION of the image
Custard Comedy returns to Cottenham with a cracking November line up with yet another face off the telly!
Friday 30 November, 8pm
TheAtrium – Cottenham Village College
Your headline act is Gary Delaney – the razor sharp one-liner comedian, a regular guest on Mock The Week and has also recently appeared on Dave’s ‘One Night Stand’, Comedy Central’s ‘Comedy Blue’ and on Channel 4’s ‘Robert’s Web’ as well as Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ and Radio 2’s ‘Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour’.
Gary has written for a variety of TV and radio programmes including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks, and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. Gary received two Sonys for his work for Kerrang! Radio. Gary’s Twitter feed was also nominated for a Chortle Award in 2011. His debut show ‘Purist’ was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, selling out every night and receiving many four and five star reviews.
Support acts include:
Sam Brady – “leaves his audience exhausted with laughter” LargeManchester.com
Jonny Awsum – “cooler than a hypothermic Samuel l Jackson” The Daily Star
and your compere Jonathan Elston – “a young comic with increddible talent” The Guardian
OVER 18s ONLY
Tickets £10 in available from Cottenham Village College reception or at www.wegottickets.com/event/182652
Find TheAtrium on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/theatrium/217488418310170?ref=hl
stARt are partnering with renowned orchestra Britten Sinfonia to develop a new creative music project and we need your help.
Our vision is to create an inclusive orchestra for young people with additional needs and their families to create, compose and perform together.
Participants will use a mix of instruments, singing, body sounds and technology to create music. They will be supported by a team of professional Britten Sinfonia musicians.
We are looking for families in South Cambridgeshire who would like to be involved with the development of this project during November and December. Please contact Karen Thomas, Arts Development Manager for Swavesey, for more information and to express an interest:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01954 234476
This project is kindly supported by Orchestra’s Live and South Cambridgeshire District Council.
stART network meeting
Tuesday 20 November, 7.00 – 8.30pm
West Common Room, Linton Village College, Cambridge Road, Linton CB21 4JB
Involved in the arts? Then the stART network is for you. The stART network was set up to provide an opportunity for groups and individuals who contribute to the creative life of our communities to come together to meet and talk. You are warmly invited to the first stART network evening to be held in the new buildings of Linton Village College.
Join us for an evening of ideas exchange, and find out about how you can be involved in the new EMERGE Festival. Refreshments provided.
The evening is free and open to anyone to attend. Please extend this invitation to other people in your organisation or to other groups or individuals you think may be interested.
RSVP to Lesley Morgan, Arts Development Manager for the Sawston and Linton area on 01223 712825 or email@example.com.
stART represents a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District Council and 7 Village
Colleges. Find out more at www.start-arts.org.uk.