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Ben brings the laughs

September 19, 2013


VIVE Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, Thursday 3 October VIVE is a six- piece a cappella group who are re-imagining the close-harmony jazz/ spiritual/a cappella sound and are brining their unique sound to Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Thursday, October 3. The unaccompanied singing group plays completely without instruments and consists of a line-up of five guys and a girl. The group brings rich, diverse harmonies with a fresh, contemporary sound taking inspiration from the legendary Take 6 and the Real Group!

Vive has an overriding jazz pop sensibility strongly hinted within their original arrangements and compositions that Founder James Rose and Alto Sam Robson have produced. However, the focal point is not just pop, fusion, harmony, jazz or spirituals but a complete synthesis of all of these.

The group's sound is a combination of a bass, baritone, two tenors, male alto and soprano.

The songs on their first album consisted mainly of covers with two originals, Your Motivation and Voices and an arrangement of an old spiritual, Ezekiel Saw de Wheel.

They recently won the final of The Voice Festival UK 2013 and were presented with the Ward Swingle Award for outstanding originality, outstanding musicality and also best arrangement. Tickets are Pounds 13, concessions Pounds 10.50. To book tickets online visit or call the box office on 01245 606505.

GET your guffaws ready as Funhouse Comedy returns to Braintree Arts Theatre this Thursday, September 19 for another night full of laughter.

Headlining the night is the affable Ben Norris who has appeared on TV's Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week. A natural comedian, his sharp mind-set and supply of smart lines keep his audiences totally absorbed. Support comes from George Egg. Wildly brandishing the worlds' ' second largest briefcase containing a battery of ridiculous props, George bounds onto the stage to perform one of the most original, interesting, innovative, and sweetly whimsical comedy performances you are ever likely to see. He has been hailed as 'a Tommy Cooper for the twenty first century' ' and through tears of laughter you''ll see why. A true cross between alternative stand-up comedy and music hall variety. Completing the line-up will be the mischievous and smooth-talking Bryan Lacey, with his clever material.

Compere for the night is the cheery and genial David Ward.

Braintree Arts Theatre's fully licensed bar will be serving drinks and refreshments from 7.15pm and hot basket meals will be served during the evening as well. Tickets are Pounds 10 in advance and all tickets are 3 for the price of 2. Doors open at 7.15pm and the show starts at 8pm. Information and bookings at or the box office on 01376 556 354

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