The Mix Six: What’s on in York this week

29 Sep 2012 @ 4.45 pm
| Entertainment

Emi Wokoma as Tina Turner and Chris Tummings as Ike in Soul Sister, at the Grand Opera House, York
York’s got soul this week as the Tina Turner music hits down, while there’s a double dose of comedy at the Barbican. And we’ve a lordly lecture too. Not just a good line-up, but Simply The Best.

Turner back time

West End musical Soul Sister storms into York this week. Emi Wokoma played Tina Turner to huge acclaim on the London stage and reprising the role at the Grand Opera House. All the hits are here: Private Dancer, Simply The Best, What’s Love Got To Do With It and River Deep Mountain High. Although the story centres on Ike and Tina Turner’s tumultuous relationship, it’s the girl christened Anna Mae Bullock who comes out on top – rather like in real life.

Craic comedy

The floods did for a weekend of comedy at the Hyena Lounge but laughter fans can still enjoy Dara O’Briain at the much drier Barbican this week. The Irish host of Mock The Week brings his Craic Dealer show to the venue on Thursday. Probably best to avoid the front row unless you’re happy for Dara to relentlessly extract the Michael from you in front of a packed house.

Hats off to Roy

Former deputy leader of the Labour Party, Roy – now Lord – Hattersley kicks off a new series of Ebor Lectures at York Minster. The politician, writer and atheist is speaking on the topic Atheism and ethics. Are God and the good life inseparable? Future speakers include Baroness Scotland and Prof Anthony Grayling, and the lecture series, organised by York St John University, is called The State of Religion? Establishment, Tolerance and Civic Society.

Mansion munchies

It’s the end of the York Food & Drink Festival and here’s an event to bow out in style. York Cocoa House is behind 1767 – At home with the Terry’s, an event which promises to be an historical dining experience within the stunning surroundings of the Mansion House. You can find out how etiquette, social customs and menus have changed over the years, and what would have happened inside a big house. As well as learning from the historical interpreters you enjoy a feast whipped up from authentically old recipes.

Festive at 50

Now in its eighth year, The York 50+ Festival is back with its most packed programme yet. Events cover everything from music to art, sport to technology. There’s massage and Zumba classes, choirs, workshops on getting the most from a digital camera and advice events. The festival runs for a week until Sunday, October 7.

Pilot theatre

An extraordinary new play based on the true story of a maverick plastic surgeon and his guinea pig patients is premiered at York Theatre Royal at the end of this week. At the outset of the Second World War cosmetic surgeon Archibald McIndoe abandons plans for retirement to pioneer the most challenging procedures in surgical history, including the complete reconstruction of the human face. His new group of patients: the savagely burned fighter pilots and aircrew who helped to thwart the German invasion of Britain.