Arts #ProgrammerPicks: Ed.3

Spotlight On... May 04, 2020

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up we’ve got a few things up our sleeve. Check out our #ProgrammerPicks this week - a mix of eclectic and exciting alternative arts experiences. These are hand picked by our live comedy, music and theatre programmers at West End Centre, Ashcroft Arts Centre and Forest Arts Centre, all for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Let us know what you think every week using the #ProgrammerPicks hashtag!


Stu Goldsmith took to our West End Centre stage last year and now he’s back to entertain us from his infinite sofa! He’s got musical comedy, celebrity guests, team games, surprise chickens, proper jokes and roving reporters in a massively multiplayer online chat show. Donations keep the show running, give you the opportunity to access the green room and be part of the live stream. With recent guests including Westival favourite James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan and Shappi Khorsandi, who is due to stop by Ashcroft Arts Centre in September, it’s a live stream not to be missed. You can catch Stu Goldsmith’s Infinite Sofa every Monday and Thursday at 9pm on Twitch.tv.


Like many of us, The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future…so say hello to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts – a mix of fantastic performance sessions from across the whole country available to you on demand. You’ll find great tributes to the late John Prine, plus introductions to some wonderful artists and some big names in intimate settings. Check out the sessions on YouTube and you may just find a new artist to fall in love with!


Join Eggs Collective for a girls’ night out in this televised live performance version of their hit Edinburgh Fringe show, Get a Round. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing exploration of politics under the guise of a girls' night out, with a bit of slapstick thrown in for good measure. Eggs Collective is Sara Cocker, Lowri Evans and Léonie Higgins: a trio of writer-performers based in Manchester who make sharp, fun, culturally observational performance. You can stream the performance via BBC iPlayer.

See you next Monday for more #ProgrammerPicks


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Amy Watson

Senior Marketing Officer for all three arts centres at Hampshire Cultural Trust - Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham, Forest Arts Centre in New Milton and West End Centre in Aldershot.

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