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See the North Devon premiere of Mack and Mabel in Ilfracombe in October 2010

Studio Theatre and Small Pond Productions present the North Devon premiere of Mack and Mabel in October 2010.

Out of the silent movie era and the heady heights of 1920s Hollywood a, the classic musical Mack and Mabel features the Keystone Kops and bathing beauties. Classic songs include: Time Heals Everything, Look What Happened to Mabel, Tap Your Troubles Away and I Won’t Send Roses.

From the writer of Hello, Dolly! and Le Cage Aux Folles.

Directed by Lee Baxendale. Choreographed by Pamela Beecham.

For more details and cast photos visit see-this.co.uk regularly.

Performances will take place at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon on:

8.00pm Thursday 14 October 2010
8.00pm Friday 15 October 2010
2.30pm Saturday 16 October 2010
8.00pm Saturday 16 October 2010

Call the Landmark box office on 01271 324242 or book tickets online.
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For details of all other Studio Theatre productions and activities visit studiotheatreonline,org.uk

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Celebrate the sea this September at SeaIlfracombe in North Devon

Ilfracombe in North Devon will be awash with maritime activities for all the family from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 September 2010 when the second SeaIlfracombe festival celebrates the town’s sea heritage from Iron Age origins to the present.

Offering an eclectic programme of some 40 events over three days, festival goers can sample gig rowing and kayaking in the sea, try out diving in the swimming pool, explore rockpools on secluded beaches, eat their way round the town on guided food trails and enjoy music, entertainment, films, exhibitions and more.

Packed into this small town are a working harbour with trawlers and its own wet fish shop, intimate beaches and coves, a varied selection of vibrant restaurants, bars and pubs, a museum, aquarium, theatre, lifeboat station and a high street filled with interesting, independent shops.

From morning to night during SeaIlfracombe, Ilfracombe’s Gig Club, Compass Club, Dive Club, H20 and Canoe Club, Sea Cadets, RNLI, churches, associations and residents will together host activities aimed at every age and interest. Whether you want to get physical rowing on the sea or prefer a more relaxed culinary tour, the thrill of spotting hidden wildlife or the chance to dance the night away, there is something for everyone.

Watch for Orcas from the height of Capstone Hill, carouse at the Pirate Ball, enjoy pirate fun at the Kiddies’ Disco or listen to performances by the town’s own LaLa Choir and Male Voice Choir as well as by international folk artist Heidi Talbot, backed by John McCasker and Boo Hewerdine, at the Landmark Theatre.

There will be floral exhibitions of the sea, art displays from the town’s college, the chance to explore the classic passenger ship MV Balmoral plus plenty of individual musical performances, street entertainers and opportunities to enjoy the best of North Devon food. From seafood landed in the harbour to a range of the finest local produce – not forgetting Devonshire cream teas and fish and chips – there is something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Information and booking

For details of the SeaIlfracombe programme, download the attached PDF brochure or see the events calendar below. Book many events from the North Devon Theatres box office on 01271 324242.

Visit www.seailfracombe.co.uk. Follow @VISITilfracombe on twitter and VISITilfracombe on facebook for details of events in Ilfracombe.

Visitors to Ilfracombe are offered a wide choice of accommodation, from luxury hotels to quality guest houses and bed and breakfasts to self catering cottages, holiday parks and caravan and camping sites. For a choice of accommodation in Ilfracombe, see visitilfracombe.co.uk or call Ilfracombe Tourist Information on 01271 863001.

Sea Ilfracombe 2010 events calendar
Date/Time Event Where Cost £
Friday 10 September
10.00 -16.00 Living Water Flower Festival St Philip & St James Church Donations
18.30 – 19.30 Gig Racing The Harbour Free
19.30 – 23.00 Pirate Ball Landmark Theatre £15.00
Saturday 11 September
10.00 -16.00 Living Water Flower Festival St Philip & St James Church Donations
including @ 3 pm LaLa Choir & Cream Tea St Philip & St James Church Donations
10.00 – 17.00 Wandering Musicians/Entertainers Harbour, Seafront &Town Free
10.00 – 11.30 Gig Rowing Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
11.30 – 17.00 Exhibitions Landmark Theatre Free
11.30 – 17.00 Ilfracombe Art College Display Landmark Theatre Free
10.00 – 16.00 Floral Exhibition of the Sea Emmanuel Church Donations
10.00 – 17.00 Moviebus Seafront Donations
10.30 – 15.00 Hostage Event Council Chambers N/A
10.30 – 12.30 Guided Coast Walk Torrs Meet @ Landmark £2.50
11.00 – 12.00 RNLI Display The Harbour Free
11.45 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
12.00 – 15.00 Orca Watching Top of Capstone Hill Free
12.00 – 14.00 Dan the Fisherman Openair Tapas Seafront £5.00
12.15 – 14.00 Performance Platform – various Emmanuel Church Donations
12.15 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
12.00 – 14.00 Music & BBQ Ilfracombe Yacht Club Free
12.00 – 14.00 Music Prince of Wales Free
12.00 – 14.000 Music Wellington Arms Free
12.30 – 14.30 Try a Dive Ilfracombe Swimming Pool Free
12.45 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
13.15 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
13.30 – 16.00 Rockpool Rambles Ilfracombe Aquarium £2.00
13.45 Historical Guided Food Trail Harbourmasters Office £5.00
14.00 – 16.00 Costumed Kiddies Pirate Fun Landmark Theatre Free
14.00 – 16.00 Face Painting Landmark Theatre £1.00
14.00 – 17.00 H2Outdoor Kayaking Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
16.15 – 17.15 MV Balmoral – Lookaboard The Harbour Free
18.00 – 20.00 S & P Tapas + Music & Wine Slipway £4.95
18.00 – 20.00 Kiddies Pirate Disco Age 5 – 12 Infants School £2.00
19.00 – Late Music + BBQ Ilfracombe Yacht Club Free
19.00 – Late Music Prince of Wales Free
19.00 – Late Music Wellington Arms Free
20.15 – late Heidi Talbot with John McCusker Landmark Theatre £14.50
& Boo Hewerdine
20.15 – late Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir Emmanuel Church £5.00
Sunday 12 September
10.00 – 17.00 Moviebus Seafront Donations
10.00 – 17.00 Exhibitions Landmark Theatre Free
10.00 – 12.30 Gig Rowing Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
10.00 – 16.00 Floral Exhibition of the Sea Emmanuel Church Donations
10.30 – 12.00 Coastal Photography Masterclass Meet @ Landmark £15.00
10.30 – 12.30 Guided Coast Walk Hele Landmark Theatre £2.50
12.00 – 16.00 Living Water Flower Festival St Philip & St James Church Donations
12.00 – 15.00 Orca Watching Top of Capstone Hill Free
14.00 – 17.00 Kayaking Tasters Harbour Slipway Free
14.45 – 17.15 MV Balmoral Atlantic Cruise The Harbour Tkts on Board
18.30 & 19.00 Restaurant Trails Meet At Tapas Bar Fore St £15.00
20.00 – 21.00 Songs of Praise of the Sea Emmanuel Church Free

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Simmering sunsets from Ilfracombe, North Devon

The sunsets over the past week have been remarkable . . .

. . . so many colours, so many shades . . . simply breathtaking skies.

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Stacey Kent at the Plough Torrington Saturday 10 October 2009

Breakfast on the Morning Tram - Stacey Kent

Breakfast on the Morning Tram - Stacey Kent

From the very first note she sang it was clear that those of us lucky enough to be in the audience at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington last night were about to experience two hours of the most sublime singing from Stacey Kent along with husband, composer, producer and saxophonist Jim Tomlinson and backed by an accomplished trio on piano, bass and drums.
Never knowing whether an artist performing live will match up to the expectations created by recordings, I have to say a shiver went down my spine in these opening seconds and on other occasions during this performance.
The set list was broad and varied from American show standards, such as ‘Easy to Remember’ and ‘If I were a Bell’, to the Latin ‘Samba Saravah’ and ‘Corocovado’.
The sign of a great performer is the appearance of effortless and Stacey made every song sound so easy with her perfect vocal control and diction a joy to hear. Another accomplishment is her ability to create her own version of songs, such as ‘Surrey with the Fringe on Top’ and ‘What a Wonderful World.’
Much of the material was from Stacey’s most recent album, ‘Breakfast on the Morning Tram’ including the title track as well as ‘I wish I Could go Travelling Again’ and, one of my favourite numbers of the night, ‘The Ice Hotel’. Jim got an opportunity to shine with an instrumental version of the theme from ‘Alfie’.
Songs were interspersed with Stacey’s often rambling, bubbly accounts of her life, experiences of recording, learning Portuguese, her new album currently being recorded and lots more. I’m certain the audience could have sat entranced for another two hours as the time passed so fast.
Did the night live up to its promise? With a mix of American, Latin, French and Portuguese songs all performed with enthusiasm, sensitivity and emotion, I’d say it did. I’ll definitely look out for future performances in North Devon.

From the very first note she sang it was clear that those of us lucky enough to be in the audience at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington last night were about to experience two hours of the most sublime singing from Stacey Kent along with husband, composer, producer and saxophonist Jim Tomlinson and backed by an accomplished trio on piano, bass and drums.

Never knowing whether an artist performing live will match up to the expectations created by recordings, I have to say a shiver went down my spine in these opening seconds and on other occasions during this performance.

The set list was broad and varied from American show standards, such as ‘Easy to Remember’ and ‘If I were a Bell’, to the Latin ‘Samba Saravah’ and ‘Corocovado’.

The sign of a great performer is the appearance of effortless and Stacey made every song sound so easy with her perfect vocal control and diction a joy to hear. Another accomplishment is her ability to create her own version of songs, such as ‘Surrey with the Fringe on Top’ and ‘What a Wonderful World.’

Much of the material was from Stacey’s most recent album, ‘Breakfast on the Morning Tram’ including the title track as well as ‘I wish I Could go Travelling Again’ and, one of my favourite numbers of the night, ‘The Ice Hotel’. Jim got an opportunity to shine with an instrumental version of the theme from ‘Alfie’.

Songs were interspersed with Stacey’s often rambling, bubbly accounts of her life, experiences of recording, learning Portuguese, her new album currently being recorded and lots more. I’m certain the audience could have sat entranced for another two hours as the time passed so fast.

Did the night live up to its promise? With a mix of American, Latin, French and Portuguese songs all performed with enthusiasm, sensitivity and emotion, I’d say it did. I’ll definitely look out for future performances in North Devon.

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Ifracombe on the up . . . possibly . . . perhaps

With all the gloomy news in the papers and on the television, I opened the North Devon Journal to find rays of light shining out from the pages this morning.

Apparently, the Capstone Hotel has been bought and is to be refurbished as a boutique hotel, while Whitbread is apparently looking at a site for a new hotel or an existing hotel to redevelop. Following on from Damien Hirst’s bed and breakfast venture and Wetherspoon’s go-ahead to redevelop the Collingwood Hotel, this is very good news for the town, which needs investment in its dwindling hotel stock.

While the setting is beautiful, the town has great charm and the community is wonderful, there is no denying that Ilfracombe needs hefty investment to re-invigorate it. This news could not come at a better time. We have some fantastic businesses here, including some very good hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and shops – and many of the owners work tirelessly at what they do – but this should good everyone a boost.

And just before Christmas too!

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