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Total 80s, Herts & Soul Community Choir, Rock For Heroes, Downton Abbey: A New Era and The Searchers & Hollies Experience among June highlights at South Mill Arts in Bishop's Stortford

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Rewind to the 80s, unleash your inner rock god or goddess, be dazzled by dancers and even learn more about the humble cuppa at South Mill Arts in June.

Whether its live music, local history, films or the performing arts you’re into, there’s something for everyone at the Bishop’s Stortford venue this month.

Museum Trail: Celebrating Our Queen – June-July

Come and find the objects that show how we celebrated the previous milestones in the Queen’s reign. Pick up your free trail sheets on the first floor of the museum.

NT Live: Straight Line Crazy – Thu 9 June, 7pm

Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra) leads the cast in David Hare’s (Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, Robert Moses, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

Broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre in London, Nicholas Hytner directs this exhilarating new play.

Total 80s – Fri 10 June, 7.30pm

Celebrating the amazing musical landscape of this time with all of your favourite hits from artists such as Wham!, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, A-Ha, Cyndi Lauper and many more.

So get out your neon, back comb your hair, cut footloose and remember to wake me up before you go go!

Total 80s (57053181)
Total 80s (57053181)

Housewives on Holiday - Sat 11 June, 7.30pm

From the writers and producers of Hormonal Housewives and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, it’s time to get away from it all and join the Housewives on Holiday.

Join the ladies as they romp through a tapas selection of holiday heaven, holiday hell and, most of all, holiday hilarity. You’re among friends so slap on the fun factor 50 and let it all hang out!

Herts & Soul Community Choir 10th (+2) Anniversary Concert – Sun 12 June, 6.30pm

Based in Bishop’s Stortford, the Herts & Soul Community Choir is one of the largest, upbeat and most popular community choirs in the UK.

With a truly inclusive ‘no audition, no requirement to read music’ philosophy, the choir encourages individual singers of all ages, confidence levels and abilities to experience how the ‘soulster effect’ can hone their potential and direct it towards making a positive impact in their lives.

Herts & Soul Community Choir
Herts & Soul Community Choir

Downton Abbey: A New Era – Tue 14 June, 2pm & 7pm (Rating PG)

Follow-up to the 2019 feature film in which the Crawley family and Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain.

Midweek Music: Steve Warner – Wed 15 June, 7.30pm

Steve is a UK singer-songwriter and folk musician based in the leafy Hertfordshire village of Kimpton. He writes and arranges his own songs before performing in local folk clubs, pubs and coffee shops.

Rock For Heroes – Fri 17 June, 7.30pm

The boys and girls are back in town celebrating the greatest heroes of rock in this sublime musical spectacle, featuring more than 20 classic rock songs, amazing lighting and sound.

Rock For Heroes (57053179)
Rock For Heroes (57053179)

Museum Thorley Walk – Sat 18 June, 11am

Come and explore Torlei, as it was called in the Domesday Book. This walk starts at the 12th/13th-century St James the Great Church, where you will learn about the history of the church and graveyard. The walk also passes the St Barnabas Centre, originally a 16th-century Tudor barn and your guide will point out the place where, in 1966, the criminal Harry Roberts was found by police, hiding under straw.

The walk is free, but booking is essential.

St James the Great, Thorley
St James the Great, Thorley

Strictly Stortford – Sun 19 June, 2.30pm & 6.30pm

If you love Strictly Come Dancing then come along and enjoy watching a fun evening of dance and song, recreating the magic of Strictly in our very own town.

Twenty local people have volunteered to learn a dance routine from professionals and they will be performing, along with a guest singer, to entertain you.

The event will also be raising money for modern slavery charity Hope for Justice.

Lunchtime Lecture: A Nice Cup of Tea – Tue 21 June, 12.30pm

A lunchtime lecture by Tim Turner, auction house Sworders’ senior valuer. Find out about the history of the tea ceremony with its emphasis on tea, milk, sugar, mahogany, silver, porcelain and much more.

The Searchers & Hollies Experience – Fri 24 June, 7.30pm

Get the best of both worlds with the magical hits of legendary harmony bands The Searchers and The Hollies. Let the haunting melodies bring back memories of the most high-energy decade in pop history!

If you are thinking about booking tickets just say Yes I Will. After all, you don’t want to be saying Sorry Suzanne, I missed it!

The Searchers & Hollies Experience (57053176)
The Searchers & Hollies Experience (57053176)

The Show Must Go On – Sat 25 June, 12.30pm & 4.30pm

The Show Must Go On is a variety performance of dance, drama and singing pieces from Sting Performing Arts. Sting students are a combination of primary school enrichment programs, after-school clubs and Saturday theatre companies from Hertfordshire, Essex and Uttlesford.

This high-energy show is a fun, theatrical showcase of creative and expressive work created by talented practitioners.

The Road Dance – Tue 28 June, 2pm & Thu 30 June, 7pm (Rating 15)

A young girl lives in the Outer Hebrides in a small village in the years just before the First World War. Isolated and hard by the shore, her life takes a dramatic change when a terrible tragedy befalls her.

Benediction – Tue 28 June, 7pm & Thu 30 June, 2pm (Rating 12A)

Legendary 20th-century war poet Siegfried Sassoon’s life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realising it can only come from within.

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