Friday, 20 April 2018

For the love of dad and opera

COMEDIAN, broadcaster and presenter Mark Thomas brings his show Bravo Figaro to Norden Farm on January 25.

COMEDIAN, broadcaster and presenter Mark Thomas brings his show Bravo Figaro to Norden Farm on January 25.

Mark first came to prominence in BBC Radio 1’s The Mary Whitehouse Experience. He also had his own show on Channel 4, The Mark Thomas Product, which ran for six series, and is renowned for his political stunts.

Mark is re-visiting his show Bravo Figaro, which won a Fringe First Award on its debut in 2012. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

It is the true tale of his relationship with his father, a self-employed builder who has an uncharacteristic love of opera. As he battles with a degenerative illness, Mark recalls how he puts on an opera in a bungalow in Bournemouth in an attempt to connect with his father as his illness progresses.

Covering all the operatic themes of family, love, death and art, this is a personal and poignant tale. The tour is a second chance to catch the show, as it plays for six UK dates before it tours New Zealand and Australia.



Box office 01628 788997 or www.nordenfarm.org



JAZZ vocalist Jacqui Dankworth arrives in Oxford on January 24 with her band of muscians.

Jacqui is the daughter of Britain’s foremost jazz family. Her father is the musician and composer Sir John Dankworth, and her mother is the acclaimed singer Dame Cleo Laine.

Jacqui’s concerts are renowned for displaying her vocal versatility, drawing on jazz, folk, soul and blues.

Here she performs a selection of songs, including some from her critically acclaimed recent album Live to Love, alongside self-penned material and some of her favourite standards.

Tickets for Jacqui Dankworth at Oxford Playhouse are available from the ticket office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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