At Home with Jude Simpson
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6th October 2022 – 12th November 2022
Host your very own Home-Start party with Jude!
We are delighted to team up with the wonderful Jude Simpson again to bring you a new selection of ‘At Home with Jude Simpson’ events.
Gather your family and friends, some drinks and nibbles to host one of Jude’s fantastic live gigs, where she will perform music, song, comedy and observational humour – all in the comfort of your own home.
Who is Jude Simpson?
Jude Simpson is our poet-in-residence at Home-Start Royston, Buntingford and South Cambridgeshire. She is a unique writer and entertainer, combining insightful observational comedy with poetry, rap and song to create an act that leaves audiences smiling, laughing and occasionally hungry!
Jude has performed at various festivals, venues and theatres around the country, including the Edinburgh Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cambridge ADC Theatre, Wolsey Theatre Club, Greenbelt, Henley and Glastonbury! She is currently writing and performing new and old material, and we have another exciting opportunity for Home-Start supporters to host her in some small-scale, intimate home gigs.
From an envious poem about reptiles to a heartfelt account of being a parent and songs about spleens and mangoes, Jude’s work is often hilarious, sometimes moving, and always entertaining.
Think you might be interested? Here’s how it works:
What do I do?
Jude has a selection of dates available (see the list at the bottom of the page). Let us know you’d like to host and on which date, then just set up your space, invite your friends, and that’s it. Call Tracy on 01763 262262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your performance.
What do I need?
You’ll need a decent-sized space to seat between 10 and 30 people. Jude will need some space, at least 1.5m x 1.5m, which is well lit.
If you think your sitting room is not big enough, don’t worry! Why not dine al fresco by putting on a fantastic barbeque in your garden (weather permitting), or you could team up with a friend or neighbour to use their home/garden space instead? There are so many ways you could make the most of this opportunity.
Who should I invite?
Anyone you think will enjoy some live entertainment! It will be appropriate for anyone aged 13 or over. You could invite friends, and they can invite friends, or maybe your book club members, or parents from school.
Will they need to buy tickets?
No, all we ask is that you have a basket or box somewhere to put out for donations. Previous guests who enjoyed At Home events gave around £5-10 each. Call Tracy on 01763 262262 or email email@example.com to book your performance.
What are the timings?
We can work around what suits you…
If you’re hosting a morning session, we would suggest inviting people to arrive at 9.45 am. Jude will begin her performance at 10.00 am or 10.15 am, and the session should finish around 11.30 am – just in time for lunch!
For the evening session, our suggestion would be to invite people to arrive at 7.45 pm. Jude will begin her performance between 8 pm and 8.15 pm, for around 30 – 40 minutes. She will then stay around to answer questions, talk about her work and perhaps even give you an encore! The evening is likely to be finished around 9.30 pm.
How much does it cost?
The event is free to attend, but we ask that attendees make a donation at the end of the session.
* The list of dates below are what is currently available. As the dates are taken they will be removed.
Thursday, 20th (morning only) Friday, 21st (morning or evening) Saturday, 22nd (evening only) Sunday, 23rd (evening only) Friday, 28th (evening only) Saturday, 29th (evening only)
Thursday, 3rd (morning or evening) Friday, 4th (morning or evening) Saturday, 5th (evening only) Thursday, 10th (morning or evening) Saturday, 12th (evening only)
Reactions from previous audience members…
I thought it was a fantastic diverse set, full of humour and truth… I laughed (a lot!) and I cried!
I have never seen a live spoken word gig before and I was really struck by how the rhythms, inflexions and rhyme carry such power to speak to the soul, lull you and catch you off guard.
I could listen to you all day, Jude!