What’s on for Thursday, April 23, 2015

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DANCING

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road, Horndean. 2pm–4pm. Teadance.With sequence dances and some ballroom. Admission £2.50 which includes refreshments. (023) 9226 6177.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 10am-8pm. Living with dementia festival. Organised by the Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership. Events include craft workshops, interactive history sessions and a tea dance. Tickets must be booked in advance. Visit cft.org.uk/dementiafestival or contact the box office on 01243 781312.

COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch club. Fresh homemade lunch and dessert with entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Call (023) 9261 7890 for information.

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. New age kurling. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. Friendship club. A different activity each week. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.

GOSPORT: The Book Shop, High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent. 7pm-9pm. World book night. Meet authors from Gosport publisher Chaplin Books, including John Bull (The Night They Blitzed The Ritz), John Green (Exploring the History of Lee-on-the-Solent), Geoff O’Neill (Memories of Ultra) and more. With special guest Julian Dutton, BAFTA-award-winning comedy writer and author of a brand new book on visual comedy. Admission free.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-midday. Thursday chat and tea club. Come along for tea, cake and a warm welcome. Admission £2. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common, Duisburg Way, PO5 3SB. 12.30pm-9.30pm. Netherlands National Circus. A fast paced show featuring comedy, juggling, illusions, aerial performances, acrobatics and a flying trapeze. Accompanied by a live orchestra. For more information and specific show times contact 01132 602444 or visit netherlandscircus.com

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. The paintings of Victoria Levy. Admission free. Cards by local artists on sale. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, 10b North Street, PO10 7DD. Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun 2.30pm-4.30pm. The Emsworth Improvement Scheme 1961-1962. A continuation of the exhibition on the improvement of Emsworth in 1961 when the Civic Trust led a drive to revitalise town centres in a Britain still suffering from the war. Features images of the town centre ‘before and after’ the formation of modern Emsworth. The new oyster display is also now open. Admission free, all welcome. Contact 01243 378091 or visit emsworthmuseum.co.uk

FAREHAM: Health Centre/Library, West Street, Portchester. 9.30am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-1pm. Portchester Past. An exhibition of photos of places and people. Organised by the Portchester Civic Society. Contact (023) 9238 2778.

GOSPORT: Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Paul Kidby: Discworld and Beyond. Paul Kidby’s exhibition showcases the book covers and illustrations for Pratchett’s novels. It also reveals Paul’s own projects influenced by British folklore and landscapes. Admission free. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Pass It On: Our History, Your Heritage. A revealing collection from the archives of Chichester Festival Theatre that allows for a unique insight into the

venue’s past. On display will be many items which have remained hidden away and unopened for decades, including photographs, letters, vintage costume and set designs and even antique props and models. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Pompey Prints. A rolling exhibition of prints which celebrate Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject, showcasing the work of artists who live locally. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, south corridor, ground floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits. This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Castle Road: Exhibition. This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Castle Road features photographs by BA (Hons) photography alumnus Dainius Šciuka, from the ‘Taste the Street’ series, 2013-14. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Diversity: Exhibition. The next in a series of local artists to exhibit in the Guildhall Cafe is Carol Ellen Stickland. Carol is self-taught and explores and experiments with styles and media, ranging from Chinese brush and watercolour to mixed media with collage. Free admission. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information about this exhibition.

PORTSMOUTH: No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3JL. Tea and pencils. Matthew Anstee presents work from his on-going collection ‘Cinefilms’, a playful and imaginative rendering of some of his favourite iconic, and cult classic films. Visit no6cinema.co.uk for more information.

FILMS

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Film Society, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2 DJ. 7pm. Gallipoli. The story of two idealistic young friends, who join the Australian army during the first world war and fight the doomed Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. Showing for the 100th anniversary of the battle itself. Introduced by Dr Sue Bruley, reader in modern history at The University of Portsmouth, School of Social, Historical and literary studies. Tickets £6 or three films for £10. Contact 07528 808400 or visit portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: No.6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 7pm. Mommy (15). Single parent and widow Diane becomes overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled, violent son and begins to receive assistance from a mysterious new neighbour. Tickets £8, concessions £6.50. Contact 07435 029408 or visit no6cinema.co.uk for information.

GIGS

GOSPORT: The Tea Party, 144 High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent. 2-4pm. Harriet Curtis-Lowe. Flight Lieutenant in the RAF and singer-songwriter Harriet, performs folk/rock songs from her album, accompanied by acoustic guitar and clavinova. Admission free.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Play@The RMA. Presented by Nick Courtney. Includes live music from Hanna Doswell, Tamara-Jane, Lucky13, Harriet Standen and more. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for more information. 


STAGE

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 7.30pm. Way Upstream, perview. Four old friends, one cruising boat, two weeks off work, and the scenic River Orb. A play about friendship, love, desire and power. Tickets: £10, £25, £29, children £8.50.

FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Sunshine On Leith. Performed by South Downe Musical Society, with music from The Proclaimers. Contact 01329 231942.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS. 7.30pm. Not Safe For Work. Play by Lucy Kirkwood, performed by Bench Theatre Company. Contact (023) 9247 2700.

PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Road, PO1 3BS. 7pm. The Jungle Book. Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther. As part of the ‘Into the Woods Festival’ Groundlings Theatre will be transformed into a forest. No allocated seating is available, bring a cushion and sit amongst the forest fauna. Tickets £14, concessions £12, family ticket £42. Contact (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for bookings and information.

WATERLOOVILLE: Hambledon Village Hall, West Street, Hambledon. 8pm. A Month Of Sundays. Play by Bob Larbey, performed by Hambledon Arts Society Drama. Tickets £6 from People’s Market, Miller & Co, Ltd, Lotts Stores and Bobby Tomkins on (023) 9263 2851.

WALKS & TALKS

HILSEA: Meet at Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines walk. Uneven footpaths take you around Foxes Forest where there is an abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team.