Holt Festival announces new shows for 2015

Two new shows and a change of date have been announced for this year s Holt Festival with more comedy, politics and a whole lotta soul!

Jenny Eclair Holt Festival new shows
Jenny clair, has been a top stand-up comic for many years and was the first woman to win the coveted Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. Recently she took part in the return of TV s Grumpy Old Women with their live show 50 Shades of Beige,toured her own show Eclairious and published a third novel Life, Death and Vanilla Slices to rave reviews.

In Holt s Theatre in the Woods she will be in conversation for the very first time in public with Margaret Hodge, MBE who first became MP for Barking in 1994. Recently she has served as the first elected and first female Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, tasked with overseeing government expenditures to ensure they are effective and honest.

In this role she has relentlessly subjected the great and the good (and sometimes not so good) to verbal grillings in pursuit of value for the taxpayer. For this first public coming together, these two formidable forces will interview each other about people, politics, power, petticoats, performance and passion. They are likely to touch on growing old gracefully (or disgracefully), the challenge of carving out careers in fields where, and at a time when women were rare and men often tried to wield inappropriate power.


I was delighted when Jenny Eclair accepted my invitation to speak at Holt said artistic director Charles Pugh She is a highly intelligent and perceptive writer and radio raconteur who has agreed to do a conversation with former Minister of Culture Margaret Hodge MBE, now famous as (outgoing) Chair of the Public Accounts Committee where, in pursuit of value for the taxpayer, she has subjected the Great and the Good to grillings that in the Guardian s words are brief, brutal and very public .

Geno Washington

For the UK s very own resident Godfather of Soul his appearance in Holt will be a homecoming of sorts. Geno Washington first came to the UK with the US Air Force in the sixties when he was stationed right here in Norfolk.

Upon leaving the military he settled in England, becoming one of the biggest draws on the live circuit and hogging the album charts his first live album was in the charts for an unprecedented
48 weeks. Pink Floyd, Georgie Fame, The Small Faces, and Jimi Hendrix were his support acts. Since then his powerhouse, soulful vocals and foot stompin band have established him as one of the world s great entertainers.

He was the subject of Dexy s Midnight Runners hit Geno and his magnetic stage presence and his love of performance (and of life!) makes him an inspiration and a joy to behold.

Holt Festival 2015 Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter

There s a change of date for Norfolk born Henry Blofeld and his great friend and foil Peter Baxter. Originally set to appear at The Auden Theatre on Monday 20 July, Festival Artistic Director Charles Pugh has moved them to The Theatre in the Woods for Saturday 25. I felt that they warranted a bigger venue, and the opportunity to juxtapose the women s conversation between Jenny clair and Margaret Hodge on the day before.

he explained. Rogues on the Road is a brand new show crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) reminiscences and anecdotes from Blowers and Backers. The two Test Match Special stalwarts take in much more than cricket in these tales of two extensive careers spent broadcasting around the globe.

Holt Festival has already announced other names such as Steelye Span, Jeffrey Archer, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Michael Buerke and Stella Rimington and there s lots more to come when the full line up is revealed in mid May.

Updated listings information:

Holt Festival 2015 the full line up will be revealed on 18 May at www.holtfestival.org

Friday 24th July 4pm
Jenny Eclair and The Rt. Hon Margaret Hodge MBE 20
Two highly opinionated women and formidable forces from very different backgrounds discuss their lives, ambitions and respective careers in politics and comedy.
Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Friday 24th July 9pm 18
Geno Washington & The Yo Yo s
The UK s very own Godfather of Soul shows no sign of slowing down despite entering his 70 s.

His legendarily energetic foot stomping soul and r n b style will rock Holt like it s never been rocked before!
Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Saturday 25th July 4pm Theatre in the Woods 20 (originally scheduled for 20 July)
Blofeld and Baxter Rogues on the Road
Test Match Special icons with over 80 years in the BBC commentary box between them, Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter are fresh from touring Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and even more far-flung corners of the world, with many tales to tell about the fun, the games and outlandish characters they ve met on their travels.

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