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Friday 20th January 7.30pm
 

Starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison

The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.
 

Tickets on the door £6 adult, £5 concession

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 27th January 7.30pm

 

Starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers

As we say farewell to President Obama and his wife Michelle, we have a film about their first date that has been getting excellent reviews and is both charming and smart, rather like the Obama’s themselves.

Southside With You looks back on a fateful real-life date with strong performances and engaging dialogue, adding up to a romance that makes for a pretty good date movie in its own right. Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
 

Tickets on the door £6 adult, £5 concession

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 3rd February 7.30pm

 

Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth  and Patrick Dempsey

A bouncing bundle of joy. Bridget Jones’s Baby is a lovable and funny film, and it will give everyone a good chuckle and a nice warm feeling inside regardless of sex or age.
 
Oscar winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father. The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones’s franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award (R) winner Emma Thompson to the cast.

Tickets on the door £6 adult, £5 concession

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th February 7.30pm

 

After the great success of previous live music events at The CAT, supplied by the Village Venture scheme, we have another great night out in the company of witty, brilliant musicians.

Two skilled historical music performers bring to life half a millennium of music with warmth and with: 30 instruments, plentiful costume changes and 600 years of music in 90 minutes. 

Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes) GreenMatthews paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and the commonplace. 

Combining the vigour of the medieval period, the musical intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque, the pomp and bombast of Victoriana and the barbed wit of ‘Blackadder’ and ‘1066 And All That’, the stage is set for a veritable musical feast. 

Founded in 2011 by Chris Green and Sophie Matthews, GreenMatthews have swiftly earned themselves an enviable reputation for presenting the sights and sounds of the past in a way that is witty, engaging and accessible.

Tickets: £12, £9 concession, £38 family (2+2)
Reserve tickets by email at michael@chilwellartstheatre.co.uk 
or call me on 07772053412

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 17th March 7.30pm

 

“strong witty subject… sharp and well constructed… funniest and most attractive drama around”      Joyce McMillan The Scotsman

“Fiona Knowles was absolutely brilliant and everyone who watched it couldn’t stop laughing”        Village Ventures venue Cornwall

Acclaimed playwright Rona Munro (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre) and award-winning actor Fiona Knowles showcase their considerable talents with this warm-hearted, often poignant, one-woman observational comedy. Centred on three very different women whose lives become as entangled as their car bumpers following a minor accident, this sharp, witty and well-constructed show is performed with abundant energy and hilarious physical comedy.

A warm-hearted send-up of driving, and women drivers, from the MsFits collaboration of prizewinning Scottish writer Rona Munro and actor Fiona Knowles, shining a spotlight on the inner lifes – teeming with fear and frustration but also quiet resilience – of three women in the immediate aftermath of a road traffic accident. 

Hyperventilating Liz, on her way to attempt her driving test. For the fifth time. Confused Bessie, who at 82 is having as hard a time seeing over the steering wheel now as she did when she drove a tank away from the front line in World War 2. Hormonal Ellie, with her phone stuck to her ear, rescheduling appointments and determined to make it to every single one of them. 

Fiona Knowles creates her characters from nothing, weaving cackle-inducing comedy with poignant and honest observation. 

Sympathetic, dynamic, timed to perfection, this intimate and hilarious comedy-drama is genuinely delightful.

Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television including the award-winning plays ‘The James Plays’ trilogy (National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain), ‘Iron’ (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court, London), Ken Loach’s film ‘Ladybird Ladybird’, Antonia Bird’s television drama ‘Rehab’ and BAFTA-nominated ‘Bumping the Odds’ for the BBC.

Tickets: £12, £9 concession, £38 family (2+2)
Reserve tickets by email at michael@chilwellartstheatre.co.uk 
or call me on 07772053412