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Half term is just around the corner, but there is plenty to do to in and around Uttlesford to keep the kids busy.

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As the guitar came in with the sultry, hypnotic line that drives The Man Who Sold The World (title track of David Bowie’s third album), you could feel the anticipation in the audience for singer Alex Thomas to enter with the well-known yearning vocal. Along with it, the Latin beat of this tune sent an electrifying pulse through the crowd.

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Our top tips for places to go over the holiday weekend. See a David Bowie tribute at Cambridge Corn Exchange. Anne Reid and James Boland are in a new play at Cambridge Arts Theatre, There are free films in the square in Saffron Walden.

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Joanna Eden

Children’s Play, We’re Going on a Bearhunt will be at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on June 8 and 9, adapted from Michael Rosen’s award-winning book.

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The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, a comedy by Neil Simon will be presented by Clavering Players at Clavering Village Hall over the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 2, 3 and 4.

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Chelmsford Museum will open its doors on Saturday, June 3 to give all those who have ever wanted to explore their creative side a chance to have a go at arts and crafts.

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A brand new musical comedy will be started from scratch at each performance of Show Stopper! The Improvised Musical at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Wednesday May 31 to Saturday, June 3.

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BBC Radio

There will be a free musical picnic on Saffron Walden Common on Saturday, June 17, to mark the first anniversary of the death of Jo Cox MP, who died on June 16 last year.

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Joanna Eden

Bill Cornell’s Golden Era Jazzband will be playing traditional jazz at the Half Moon Public House in Bishop’s Stortford on Sunday, May 21.

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A tribute to the music from the 40s to the noughties will raise money for the Maddi Thurgood Fund on Saturday, June 3 at High Easter Village Hall.

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Acerbic comic Mark Thomas, who has been trying to make the world a better place for years by helping us to laugh at it, will be at Haverhill Arts Centre on Thursday, June 8 with his new show Gambling on the Future.

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Haverhill Arts Centre

A free music festival, the Wethersfield Music Festival raising money for the charity Make a Wish UK, takes place on Wethersfield Playing Field on Saturday, June 3.

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Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga and much loved anime, this live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell arrived with a negative online buzz due in part to a whitewashing scandal that surrounded its casting.

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A new stage production, Live on Mars, celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie, including his his music, artistry, style and showmanship, will be at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday, May 26.

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China

Our top tips for this weekend. See the Emperor’s New Clothes, a children’s play at Cambridge Junction. Take a torch to explore Saffron Walden Museum at night. See Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, starring Imelda Staunton without having to go to the West End, it’s showing at Saffron Screen, enjoy the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge.

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Joanna Eden

This whodunit is fun. It is well structured and being very much on the lines of a television drama, cleverly staged so that the action goes seamlessly from scene to scene, changing from the morgue to the police station to the beach.

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With his award-winning BBC TV series being cancelled and the BBC’s funding instead ploughed into a remake of Are you being served (well, according to this showanyway), Stewart Lee has returned to his roots and thrown himself into a punishing tour schedule starting in June 2016 taking him all the way through to April 2018.

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A film by French director Olivier Assaya, Personal Shopper stars Kristen Stewart, who after rising to fame in the Twilight movies has been excelling in much less mainstream fare of late.

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