Lots going on at the Thameside Theatre over Easter

THE Thameside Theatre in Grays is going to be the epicentre of fun for everyone over the Easter holidays.

From Tuesday, 29 March, until Wednesday, 6 April, the Orsett Road theatre will be the place to be, whether you are a fan of Children’s television of 1960s pop.

On 29 March at 11am, Edith Nesbit’s well-loved tale is brought to life in this new adaptation by Woolford and John showing the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-last-century family forced out of London to a quiet little cottage next to a railway in Oakworth, Yorkshire. Tickets are £8

A day later (Wednesday, 30 March), Creative Blast returns to the Thameside with Superheroes and Supervillains for those aged six to ten who will be able to create their own characters and storyline in this special workshop between 10am and 4pm; tickets are £20.

On the Thursday (31 March) the theatre takes a different turn as Touretteshero comes to Thurrock at 7.30pm with a show about living, laughing and ticking. Combining storytelling, comedy and puppetry – with the promise that no two shows are ever the same Backstage in Biscuitland offers an intimate, life-enhancing glimpse into Jess Thom’s unique perspective on life, love and laughs. Tickets are £12

Dr Feelgood and Eddie & the Hotrods will be the stars on Friday, 1 April at 7.45pm at £20 a ticket (concessions available). Formed on Canvey Island in the early 1970s Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world, while Eddie & the Hotrods are one of a few UK bands that broke into mainstream global success from the London pub-rock scene of the late 1970s.

Saturday 2 April boasts two shows for the youngsters as television’s Chris and Pui characters will be on stage at 11am and 2pm. See Incy Wincy, Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Humpty, Granny Humpty and many more of your favourites along with the toys – Tom, Momo, Teddington, Stuffy and Miss Mouse. Tickets are £12. Concessions available.

That evening, at 8pm, the Thameside will be heading back to the 60s as original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness, are joined by Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie as the exciting new line-up of The Manfreds. Tickets are £20.

And on Tuesday, 5 April at 2pm the Thameside pays tribute to a variety of favourite chart hits including Little Mix, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Avicci and more with Pop Factor the Concert – tickets are £12.

And Creative Blast workshops are back on Wednesday, 6 April, celebrating a Day of Disney between 10am and 4pm, once again for ages six to ten who will be given a chance to step through the looking glass to meet their favourite Disney characters, go on a magical adventure and learn to sing their favourite Disney songs. Tickets are £20

More details and to book tickets online check out thurrock.gov.uk/theatre. Tickets can also be booked through the theatre’s box office on 0845 300 5264 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm, and Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. The box office counter is open on Saturdays only, from 10am to 1pm.

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