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Something for the Weekend ? Essex events and activities June 15 to 17

By MatthewWard  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

The Just Imagine story centre, Chelmsford, hosts a manga drawing club for 8 to 14 year olds

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1. Expect a heady mix of soulful, jazzy tunes from the singer songwriter’s new album, along with some favourite standards, when Joanna Eden performs at the High Barn, Great Bardfield/ on Friday. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 on 01371 811291.

2. The Void play atKeene Hall, Galleywood

on Saturday, the five-piece band featuring female and male vocalists will play a range of covers from the likes of Snow Patrol, Oasis, The Wombats and Time Warp. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £5.

3. The Manga Drawing Club at the Just Imagine Storytelling Centre, Chelmsford will be tackling Amazing Landscapes this Saturday. For ages eight to 14, book with the centre or call 01245 267748.

4. The Weald Show takes place at Weald Country Park, Brentwood, this Saturday and Sunday. A free fun event for all the family; with medieval battles, a living history camp, games, a dog display team,vintage tractor, classic cars, Landrover Club, children’s rides, displays, food, drink and more. From 10am, car parking costs £2.20.

5. Take part in the Beginners Bird Watching Walk at RSPB Rainham Marshes on Friday.

A weekly ramble around the reserve to see the birds, mammals, insects and plants that make the marsh their home. Meet at 10am. Ideal for people new to bird watching and wildlife. No need to book. RSPB members £3.50, non-members £7, children £3. Alternatively the East Essex Friends Ramble takes place in Wivenhoe, meet in the car park opposite the Greyhound Pun at 10.20am for a 10.30am start to the circular, five mile walk lasting around two hours. No dogs.

6. When Children Rule The World at the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, Saturday and Sunday - Showcase of junior students from Tomorrow’s Talent, a weekend theatre school. Featuring a variety of scenes, dances and songs from hit West End and Broadway plays and musicals. The production is directed by West End performer and choreographer for BBC1’s Glee Club, Gavin Wilkinson.

Performances at 3 and 5pm. Tickets £6. For more information visit www.tomorrowstalent.co.uk

7. Is this a dagger I see before me? Macbeth plays out at the Old Court Theatre this Friday. Encouraged by the mysterious weird sisters and the ambition of his wife, Macbeth murders his way to the throne, but is enmeshed in escalating evil as the witches’ prophecies prove misleading. This production aims to bring out the meaning clearly for everyone, including those less familiar with Shakespeare’s language, while doing justice to a fast-moving play packed with exciting scenes and haunting images. While sticking to the text, the production also hints at new interpretations of old questions, including the identity of the witches, and the underlying reasons for the regicide. Friday's show is a "talk back" performance, with the chance to ask the director and cast questions following the show. Tickets £8, concessions £7 on 01245 606505 or at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatre

8. Carnage (15) at the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford on Friday - Originally penned by playwright Yasmina Reza who also wrote Art, Carnage has been adapted for the big screen. A showdown between two kids aged around 11, in a local playground. Swollen lips, broken teeth – now the parents of the ‘victim’ have invited the parents of the ‘bully’ to their apartment to sort it out. Cordial banter gradually develops a razor-sharp edge as all four parents reveal their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. Starts 8pm. Tickets are £5.70, £4.90 and £3.70 on 01245 606505 or at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatre

9. D'Ukes at Colchester Arts Centre - D'Ukes,the brainchild of Dave Warren, a guitar and ukulele teacher based in Chelmsford, were formed in 2009. A diverse group of musicians brought together by their love of the ukulele - songs from Johnny Cash to Amy Winehouse, Radiohead and the Kings of Leon - as seen previously at the Arts Centre's popular variety nights. Saturday, Tickets £10 / £8 concs, Doors open 7.30pm.

10. Harwich Festival of the Arts 2012 is well underway but there's still time to catch the music, poetry, film and fun set around some of Harwich's stunning venues. See harwichfestival.co.uk for full details, runs until Sunday.

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