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What’s on in Northants this January

Diaries out. Start 2022 off the right way and kickstart your fun planner. There's plenty of culture on the cards this month, from markets and workshops to dance, comedy and art exhibitions.

EXHIBITIONS

We Are Northampton

Celebrate Northampton’s iconic heritage and culture at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery‘s exhibition We Are Northampton, running until 16 Jan, exploring the town’s iconic places, famous faces, clubs and more.

First Imprints at The Heseltine Gallery in Middleton Cheney is a science/art collaboration from Oxford Printmakers and Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which brings the beauty and fascination of fossils to print form. Runs from 10 Jan to 6 Feb.

Then it’s time to get euphoric at the MK Gallery from 4 Dec – 23 Jan, with a free exhibition Sanctuary: The Unlikely Home of British Rave. Asking how an unsuspecting Milton Keynes warehouse become one of the UK’s largest and most beloved rave venues, this examines the pioneering nightlife history of the city alongside a new documentary film by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992.

MK Gallery‘s other big exhibition Laura Knight, A Panoramic View, charts pioneering 20th century artist Laura Knight’s glass-ceiling-smashing career, on until 20 Feb. Read our review here.

THEATRE

Oedipus Eectronica

Pecho Mama’s brand new show Oedipus Electronica follows their fringe hit Medea Electronica, fusing domestic grit with a piercing live Electronica score in this reimagining of the classical myth. On at The Core at Corby Cube on 28 Jan.

DANCE

The Snow Queen Deco Theatre

On 14 Jan, head to the Deco Theatre at the Old Savoy in Northampton for Ballet Theatre UK’s re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet, The Snow Queen.

Also in Northampton, the Royal and Derngate welcome the fabulous Rambert Dance Company, who perform Aisha and Abaya, a visually powerful story of women seeking refuge, set to an original techno soundtrack. 18 & 19 Jan.

MUSIC

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Any Winehouse Royal Derngate Northampton

On 21 Jan the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, of which Amy Winehouse was a member prior to her rise to fame, take to the Derngate stage to perform and celebrate her iconic voice and music with musical direction from Winston Rollins, who has worked with the likes of Paloma Faith, Laura Mvula and Rag ’n’ Bone Man.

If you’re old enough to remember Boyzone (admit it), which one was your crush? If Ronan was your guy then head to the R & D on 29 Jan, where he’ll be performing from his new album Twenty Twenty.

COMEDY

Siobhan Phillips The Deco Northampton

You might know Siobhan Phillips from Britain’s Got Talent waaay back BC (Before Covid). Well, she’s on tour with Live and Unhinged, a raucous blend of Victoria Wood and Peter Kay, with silly self-penned songs a-plenty. On at The Deco in Northampton on 15 Jan.

Sukh Ojla debuted her solo comedy how at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing her self-deprecating line of comedy that reflects on life’s disappointments and hiccups, and she’s live in stage at The Deco with Life Sukhs, her solo comedy hour, on 21 Jan.

They may have done a pretty decent job of self-parody in their recent TV reunion show, but Friends, The Musical Parody, the Off Broadway musical gracing the stage at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, will give fans of the show a lot of chuckles as it recreates and lampoons some classic Friends moments. 25 & 26 Jan.

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

ART AT SAXBYS

Get arty at Saxby’s Cider on 8 Jan, as Liddy Parry of Something Less Boring teaches a creative workshop on painting the iconic kitchen brands we all have in our cupboards at home.

KIDS AND FAMILY

RED REFLEXOLOGY

New parents will love the Little Piggies Reflexology course starting on 5 Jan in Flore with top notch reflexologist Shona Rathore. It allows you some peaceful one to one bonding time with your baby and teaches massage and reflexology methods, which can help with those niggly baby things like sleep, teething, colic and reflux. Shona will also be running several workshops at the brilliant new Cloud Space at The Depot in Weedon, including Baby Reflexology for Sleep (Wed 12 Jan), Digestion (Wed 19 Jan) and Teething (Wed 26 Jan).

FOOD AND DRINK

Abington park vegan market

Head to Abington Park Museum in Northampton on 29 Jan for their fabulous annual Vegan Market. With dozens of stalls filling the museum, it doesn’t matter if you’re vegan or not, this is always a brilliant event selling plant-based food and drink produced locally, vegan beauty products, clothing and more.

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MUSIC: Music Plus Sport, Franklin’s Gardens, various dates

Already dreaming of summer? We hear ya! There are two fabulous concerts at Franklin Gardens next summer, so saddle up and book ‘em now. Catch Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra on 24 June, followed by the loveable Olly Murs plus special guests The Feeling on 25 June. Giddy on, hot weather.

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