Round-up of shows and events

JIMMY Lee and The Edge of Chaos Orchestra appear at the Blakewood Club, Blackgate Lane, Pulborough on Thursday, December 2 at 8pm (admission £7; more details www.edgeeofchaosorchestra.co.uk).

Wednesday, 1st December 2010, 11:17 am

Over the years Jimmy has developed a style of music packed with emotion, with a blend of traditional, contemporary, alternative and original material.

The Edge Of Chaos Orchestra is a group of musicians from the world of classical and folk music whose performances move easily from ballads to blues, folk, orchestral and back again.

CAOS Musical Productions continues its centenary season with A Night Of Miracles plus other seasonal music at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Sherborne Road, Chichester tomorrow at 7.30pm.

CAOS (formerly Chichester Amateur Operatic Society) spokeswoman Elizabeth Peacock said the company usually does a Christmas event in-house, but this year decided to invite in the public.

Tickets will be available on the door, with all proceeds going to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The event rounds off the year for CAOS who are now six months away from their centenary production of The Pirates Of Penzance which they will be perform in June.

SEVEN deadly sins, two evil stepsisters and one Asian prince all converge when West Sussex County Youth Theatre stage a dark retelling of Cinderella for Christmas.

The Ash Girl by Timberlake Wertenbaker will be at the Northbrook Theatre, Littlehampton Road, Worthing, from December 7-11 at 7.30pm (matinee Sat 11 at 2.30pm).

The Ash Girl lives in the ashes of her modest family’s hearth. Her selfish sisters treat her like a slave. The forest animals are her only friends.

But not all animals in the woods are nice in this macabre version of the famous story. Slithering in the undergrowth, watching from the trees and hiding in the darkness, seven sinful animals plot to bring down mankind.

On the other side of the wood, Prince Amir and his family have arrived in exile from far off lands as Ash Girl dreams of escape.

West Sussex County Youth Theatre have been running 21 years, during which more than 3,000 young people have had the opportunity to take part in a professional theatre production.

The company, funded by West Sussex County Council, has toured nationally and internationally as well as appearing at major festivals.

Anne Fenton, drama advisor for West Sussex County Council, said: “Everyone knows and has seen Cinderella dozens of times.

“For our first Christmas show in 21 years, we had to do something different. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s version offers the audience an ambitiously-staged, physical production which this young company have really embraced.”

The company is chosen by audition and open to anyone aged 15-25 educated in, or living in, West Sussex. There is no cost to the young people involved.

The next workshop audition is for Spring Awakening, the musical on January 30.

Visit www.wscyt.co.uk for information. Tickets for the Ash Girl are £10/£5 concessions and under 26s on 01903 606162 or [email protected]

WORKS by Tchaikovsky will feature in a musical evening presented by the BBC Concert Orchestra, at Chichester Festival Theatre, on December 8.

The concert will include some of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved pieces including the fantasy overture Romeo And Juliet and the festive favourite The Nutcracker.

Principal cellist Benjamin Hughes will perform Variations On A Rococo Theme and the string section will play Serenade For Strings.

Tickets on 01243 781312.