Home-Start House Party: At Home… with Jude Simpson

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20th October 2021 @ 8:00 pm 26th November 2021 @ 9:00 pm

At Home… with Jude Simpson – a Home-Start House Party Event

Looking for something a little different? Why not try out our Home-Start House Party: At Home… with Jude Simpson.

Host your very own gig in your home, with Jude’s fantastic brand of live performance: music, song, comedy and observational humour – the perfect party package. All you need to supply is the drinks, the nibbles – and the audience!

Who Is Jude Simpson?

Jude Simpson is our poet-in-residence here at Homestart 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 all sorts of 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 an exciting opportunity for Home-Start supporters to host her in some small-scale, intimate home gigs. 

Invite some friends over, sit back and enjoy live entertainment in the comfort of your own home. 

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. 

Yes please… sign me up!

Think you might be interested? Here’s how it works:

What do I do?

Jude has a selection of dates for your Home-Start House Party (see the list at the bottom of the page!) Let us know you’d like to host, and which date you’d like. Then just set up your space, invite your friends and that’s it. You can book it here.

What do I need?

You’ll need a decent-sized room where you can seat somewhere between 10 and 30 people. Jude will need some space at least 1.5m x 1.5m, which is well lit. 

Who should I invite?

Anyone you think will enjoy some live entertainment!  It will be appropriate for anyone aged 13 or over. We suggest you invite friends you would have round for coffee or a dinner party, and maybe suggest that they, in turn, bring a friend with them. It’s your house, so you need to be comfortable with who you invite, and how many.

Will they need to buy tickets?

No.  We simply ask that you have a basket or box somewhere to put out for donations, and we will ask your guests to give around £5 or £10 per person at the end of the evening. 

What are the timings?

We can work around what suits you, but our suggestion would be to invite people to arrive at 7.45 pm. Jude will start performing between 8 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 9.30pm. 

Reactions from previous audience members of “At Home” gigs:

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!

Available Dates

Dates available for Home-Start House Party packages are:

  • Wed 20th Oct Booked
  • Thurs 21st Oct Booked
  • Thursday 28th Oct 7.30pm
  • Friday 29th Oct 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 2nd Nov 10am Booked
  • Wednesday 3rd Nov 7.30pm
  • Thursday 4th Nov 7.30pm
  • Thursday 11th Nov 7.30pm
  • Friday 12th Nov 10am
  • Friday 12th Nov 7.30pm
  • Saturday 13th Nov 
  • Tuesday 16th Nov 10am
  • Friday 19th Nov 10am
  • Friday 19th Nov 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd Nov 10am
  • Wednesday 24th Nov
  • Friday 26th Nov 10am
  • Friday 26th Nov 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27th Nov  Booked
Free This event is free to attend – but we'd like to ask you for a donation at the end of the evening!


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