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The Blockheads: Banishing the January blues
The Blockheads: Banishing the January blues

The Stables’ seasonal show, Alice in Wonderland received wonderful reviews, as Proteus Theatre took its audience on an exciting journey of music, physical theatre, circus, puppetry...and a tea party.

But with the new year comes a new season, and the stage has been reclaimed this week by a suitably eclectic mix of talents.

Not that you’ll be able to settle back with comedian Trevor Noah on Thursday night.

His show, The Racist is a long time sold-out – and when the show enjoyed a run at London’s Soho Theatre no fewer than 40 performances were presented to full houses, meaning Noah is the best-selling comedian to have appeared at the venue.

Ever.

While Noah is a ‘noah-goer’, if you fancy a soul revue with plenty of oomph, Signed, Sealed, Delivered will fit the bill perfectly on Saturday.

Celebrate the music of soul sensations like Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and The Supremes.

It’s cold outside, sure, but this show will sizzle.

Funny twosome Punt and Dennis are stage bound on Sunday.

It’s another sell-out, and hardly a surprise, so we’ll move swiftly on…

It might seem a little ambitious to say that a certain live highlight of 2014 is happening this week, when we are only just into January, but then The Blockheads aren’t your average collective.

More than 35 years since assembling themselves with Ian Dury, they are still the proposition you can’t turn down.

Sure you’ll get those ones you want, y’know – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons To Be Cheerful and What A Waste, for example, but you’ll also get a truckload of fresh produce delivered by one of the best bands to come out of this country.

New album Same Horse Different Jockey proves (once again) the musical aces still have something to say, and with their terrific playability intact.

Forget nostalgia, the Blocks remain an ongoing concern – a bunch of marvelous eclecticism that refuses to grow old gracefully.

The Blocks, with Derek Hussey now fronting his late-friend Dury’s band, are the perfect antidote to a depressing January.

Heck, brilliant bassist Norman Watt Roy is worth the admission fee alone.

For one week only, Wednesday night will feel like a Friday night.

Quick, go book your seat on MK 280800.