THE dark evenings may be drawing in but that is no reason to stay at home; there is plenty on offer at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.
Throughout October with a packed programme of events, featuring everything from music to drama – and a bit of wrestling thrown in for good measure.
As October is also the month of ghosts and ghouls, the entertainment programme starts in spooky style with a Ghost Hunt with local paranormal events group Eerie Evenings on October 2. Those brave enough for the challenge will be invited to seek out the Assembly Rooms’ spooks into the early hours.
The event includes platform readings from psychic mediums and late-night vigils during which participants will be able to use scientific ghost-hunting equipment and join in controlled ‘contact experiments’, such as séance, table-tipping and Ouija.
The completely authentic investigation has no actors or ‘stooges’ and is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
It takes place from 9pm to 3am. Tickets cost £45 per person and must be booked through Eerie Evenings on 0845 201 3994 or visit www.eerie-evenings.com.
Kicking off the month’s musical entertainment, The Kast off Kinks will be on stage on Saturday, October 3, with former members of legendary band The Kinks getting back together to re-live the good times.
This great line-up features original drummer Mick Avory, John Dalton (Kinks 60s and 70s) on bass/vocals and Ian Gibbons (Kinks 80s and 90s) on keyboards/vocals, with Dave Clarke of The Beach Boys’ fame on guitar/vocals.
Audiences to The Kast off Kinks can expect all the top hits from the popular band, including You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Waterloo Sunset, Apeman and many more.
Tickets for this fun night out are priced at £20 and £18 concessions.
After the success of Oktoberfest at this year’s Tamworth Beer Festival, German food and beer will be served up again, this time alongside music from some of the town’s top bands, at Rocktoberfest.
Music lovers will get to see four top bands for the ticket price of £4, with Structures, This Sun No More, Twin Cities and Sopwith Snipe, all taking to the stage on Friday, October 9.
A rip-roaring comedy musical with an Oscar-nominated score that will have audiences shouting from the highest hills will also play out on stage this October.
Thirty years since they last trod the boards with Calamity Jane, members of Tamworth Arts Club are bringing it back for another round, this time with a new cast and new production team.
The show will be performed daily between Wednesday October 14 and Saturday October 17, with two performances on the Saturday. The evening show on Saturday will also be a British Sign Language interpreted performance.
Anyone who wants to enjoy the fun is advised to get their tickets booked early as the Friday night show is already sold out.
Tickets to see Calamity Jane are priced at £14.50, £12.50 concessions and £50 for a family of four, made up of two adults and two children. VIP tickets are available for October 15 at the price of £18.50, including pre-show interval drinks and snacks.
A sensational tribute to one of the world’s greatest recording bands plays at the Assembly Rooms on October 23 when The ELO Experience comes to the town.
A firm favourite with Tamworth audiences, The ELO Experience reproduces some of the Birmingham band’s greatest hits, including Mr Blue Sky, Living Thing, Telephone Line, Sweet Talking Woman and Wild West Hero.
The legacy left by Jeff Lynne and The Electric Light Orchestra barely needs an introduction; between 1972 and 1986 they achieved more combined UK and US top 40 hits than any other band on the planet.
Formed over seven years ago, The ELO Experience is the world’s foremost tribute to this great band. With a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, audiences are sure to enjoy this incredible musical journey through time.
Tickets for The ELO Experience are priced at £21.
For something completely different, WrestleForce brings another action-packed show to Tamworth on Saturday, October 24, with its Monster Mash Halloween extravaganza.
The WrestleForce athletes will face frightening creatures for one night only in this special show for the whole family. Will the monsters keep coming back from the dead and prove to be unstoppable? Or will the heroes find the strength to overcome the power of the darkness? Get your tickets now at the price of £12/£10 concessions to experience the fight of your life.
A classic children’s fairytale will be brought to life on the stage when LP Creatives present Hansel and Gretel on Sunday, October 25, with performances at 12pm and 4pm.
The production brings together amazing magic, comedy and impressive sets and costumes, as well as dragons, illusions and maybe even a custard pie or two.
Tickets for this extremely light, fun-filled, feel-good feast for the whole family are priced at £12, £10 concessions, or £40 for a family ticket. Youngsters under the age of two get in free of charge but must be registered with the box office in advance.
Roy Orbison & Friends will see some music legends recreated on stage for an evening of toe-tapping nostalgia on Friday, October 30.
Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading tributes to Roy Orbison, having stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny visual similarity and ability to authentically revive the musical giant’s sound.
Using original film footage and backed by his fabulous band and big screen, this celebration of The Big O’s legacy is unmissable.
Barry will be joined by Paul Molloy as a young Elvis, Boogie Williams as Jerry Lee Lewis and Stars in Their Eyes winner Maxine Maxumber as Dusty Springfield for an incredible evening of entertainment. Tickets to see Roy Orbison & Friends are priced at £19.
The month’s entertainment ends in side-splitting style on Saturday, October 31, when Cornish funnyman Jethro returns to the Tamworth Assembly Rooms with more great storytelling and general ‘hysterical nonsense’.
Armed with nothing more than a microphone, and delivered in a warm Cornish accent, Jethro has the rare ability to paint hilarious pictures in the mind. Tickets are priced at £20.
Tickets for all shows can be purchased via www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street, or the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.