Event Previews

AN INTERVIEW WITH OPAQUE: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

Moony from Opaque gives an insight into the fun-loving folksy collective that has kept us dancing for over a decade…

Performing in the main auditorium at 6:40pm on 13th January…

Opaque has been going for nearly 20 years. I met most of the guys at various parties and festivals and recruited them for the band.

We have been influenced by most types of music but have mainly been influenced by the British festival scene.

Our latest album ‘A Little Belief’ if a mix of gypsy swing, carnival folk music with classic indie electro influences.

We really enjoy playing the Liechtenstein Polka as our ode to the land of Liechtenstein. In particular I enjoy being able to dance around on this one as I do not play guitar.

We just want to enjoy ourselves and make people smile! We mainly appeal to the misfits and the freaks and are very comfortable amongst them.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH DAN THE D: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

We had a lovely chat with local blues rock poetry legend Dan Donovan about what he’s got in store for us…

Greetings Dan! To give us a flavour, if you could compare yourself to any other artists, or could cite any major influences, who or what would they be?

Influences are many. I think consistent references would be Tom Waits, Iggy Pop. I’m currently listening to The Kills, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and
The Dead Weather, they hold a certain left of centre approach to blues and rock which is definitely my bag.

Those artists certainly tie into your dark, alternative-blues kind of stuff. Can you tell us a bit about where you started out, what got you initially interested in playing music? And where are you based now?

Back in the 70’s when I was a teenager all I could access was chart music. The Sweet, T Rex and Alice Cooper would light up my life. In the late 70’s, the Old Grey Whistle test became my go to place to discover more. I remember The Police and Tom Petty doing their first TV performances, great moments for discovery. I’m firmly based geographically in the Fens now; big skies and solitude serve me well.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH SOVIET FILMS: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

We had a word with Pete about what kind of post-metal experience we can expect from Soviet Films…

So how did Soviet Films begin? How long have you all been playing for?

We’ve all been playing our instruments for a long time, but should probably have had some kind of lessons to start with. Soviet Films started out as a three piece about 5 years ago, with Andy joining about 3 years ago to increase power output by 33% (although it feels like a lot more than that).

That’s quite a percentage! And where are you based now?

We are based in Peterborough, although only 25% of us actually live there.

That’s enough to qualify as local, I’m sure! Who would you say has influenced you musically?

We probably all have different influences. Pete (who is writing this) may cite people John Bonham, Neil Peart or Ginger Baker for example, but he’s only fooling himself. One review said that we ‘explore many different avenues’, and we don’t really try to sound like anyone else – probably because we have new favourite bands every week. Constantly up there would be bands like Tool, Mastadon, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Future of the Left…that kind of thing. Antony is currently listening to a lot of Tears for Fears but hopefully it won’t have any impact.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH ICE CREAM HEADACHE: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Neil to give us the lowdown on Ice Cream Headache, a fantastic alternative/progressive band who perform locally.

PERFORMING IN THE MAIN AUDITORIUM AT 2PM ON 13TH JANUARY…

So what’s the story behind the band name, Neil?

I wanted a kind of ironic name, and we were almost called “Brain Freeze” but I thought that that was a little too MEEEETAAAAL and gave the wrong impression, so it was decided we would be Ice Cream Headache. Which is ironic, because I hate ice cream.

That’s fair enough! How did you guys get together?

We have all previously been in bands before. I was in a similar (albeit more immature) version of what ICH is now – a couple of our songs were demoes that I jammed with a few friends until we found the power trio that we have now. Jules (bass/vocals) and I are based in Peterborough and have been friends and collaborators for over a decade, whilst Glyn (drums and beautiful eyes) is originally from Wales, but based in Royston (“we didn’t burn him!”) Our home is Peterborough, but we rehearse in Wyton just outside Huntingdon – it’s about half way for all of us.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH POCKET SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – DOC MASON MINI FEST

Influences… Blur, Pulp, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Counting Crows, Manic Street Preachers, The Smiths… and the list goes on!

 

Performing in the Main Auditorium at 4:10pm

Barry (Frontman) and Darren (Lead Guitar) met in the summer of 1999. After bonding over a love of music, they started a band called Absent; which was together for the next 6 years. When that band wound up, they remained very close friends and both spent time playing in other projects.

In 2012, Barry wanted some help with a solo album he was planning to write and record and recruited Darren to help him out. Once the two started playing in a room together again, it became clear that it needed to become a shared project.Read More

The Broadway as Cambs comedy capital?

Ruby Wax and Jon Richardson the latest names joining the likes of Sean Lock and Doreen Tipton at the newly reopened Peterborough city centre venue

The Broadway is fast becoming the place where comedy stars – both new and established – want to come and entertain. The newly reopened venue, with its main auditorium a faithful restoration betraying its roots as an Odeon cinema from the 1930s, has already regained its place on the humour circuit as somewhere to add to UK tours.

Sean Lock was only announced a couple of weeks ago, and is almost sold out. He’s coming to The Broadway on Saturday 18th November. If you act fast, you might be able to secure one of the last remaining seats – but please note this show is rated 15+ (Parental Guidance) as there is likely to be swearing and adult content. There’s plenty more now on sale to get excited about, with more to come throughout 2018. Last month, the Funhouse Comedy dinner and cabaret was a sell-out show featuring Hal Cruttenden, James Dowdeswell and Tanyalee Davis, and will be back in January.

Next up in the calendar is Doreen Tipton with her ‘Rise of the Yam-Yam’ tour on Thursday 9th November. Read More

Cult TV Awards make their way to The Broadway

The 24th annual gong-giving for extraordinary fictional television heads to Peterbough

It’s a dinner, a ceremony and a theme party!

On Saturday 30th December, you can attend an actual television awards ceremony. The glitz! The glamour! And it’s all much closer than you think.

The annual Cult TV Awards are now in their 24th year, and this is the chance for you, ‘im or ‘er indoors, Friends (including Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joe, Chandler and Ross), your Modern Family and anyone else on this 3rd Rock from the Sun to get together to party like it’s Space: 1999 at the newly reopened The Broadway in Peterborough.

Your choice of clothing can either be the suited-and-booted approach where you dress to impress, or if you prefer you and your companions might like to go all-out ‘cosplay’ in support of your favourite shows.Read More

Showstopper! – Interview with the co-founder

Find out more about the improvised musical

A recipe for good improvisation?

Showstopper! co-founder Adam Meggido is an award-winning writer/composer who has improvised at the National, The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and currently holds the world record for the directing the longest impro show – 55 hours without a break. He recently directed Olivier Award Nominated “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” at the Apollo Theatre (for Mischief Theatre), which was also televised on BBC One.

Here, we caught up with him to find out more about Showstopper!, and what theatre fans get from their night out with the cast…

Can you tell me what the audience can expect from the show?

A musical! With catchy songs, dazzling dance routines, sweeping storylines and hilarious characters. The only difference with our show is that EVERYTHING is entirely made up on the spot out of audience suggestions. It’s all 100% improvised. Read More