Captain Krankypants comes to Carriages

On Tuesday 18 December Australian returning veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann, known to audiences worldwide as the legendary Captain Krankypants, will be entertaining guests at Newark’s Carriages Café with his highly energetic presentation on how to enjoy life despite suffering from Depressive Disorder and PTSD.

With so many people today suffering from these conditions, Captain Krankypants will be sharing the story of his own journey, from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, displeasure, annoyance, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and hopefully happiness.

“After more than 30 years in the work force and 19 years in the military, including multiple tours to battle zones, Trace has a wealth of experiences that combine to provide a unique outlook on life,” said Wendy Baird, owner of Carriages.

“We’re delighted to welcome him to Newark for what promises to be a very special evening. His personal take on what is obviously a very serious topic is guaranteed to provoke laughter and tears in equal measure and give hope to those who have suffered or are suffering from depression themselves.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are available now from Carriages Café and are priced £10 each, including a welcome drink on arrival. For more details and reservations, visit Carriages at Platform 1, Newark Castle Station or call 01636 676129.

Award-winning black comedy comes to Averham

Brush off the winter blues with an evening of black comedy at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham’s beautiful 150-seat Victorian gem!

Following the sell-out success of A Christmas Carol in December, God of Carnage tells the tale of two couples who meet to talk about a playground incident in which Alan and Annette’s son has hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face, breaking two of his teeth.

As the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, what begins as a civil discussion soon sees the couples sparring against other. But before long the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues.

Yasmina Reza‘s ‘very funny tragedy’ was written originally in French and later translated into English for Broadway and West End productions. In 2008, its UK premiere with Ralph Fiennes, Tasmin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott received the Tony Award for best play of the year; four years later, when Kate Winslett and Jodie Foster starred in the Roman Polanski film, it earned the description of a ‘joyously unpleasant film’.

God of Carnage runs from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 January. The theatre bar and lounge open at 6.45pm, with performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and available online or from the theatre Box Office  on 07733 179986.