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60s legend Geno’s evening of R&B

RHYTHM and Blues showman Geno Washington is back in town with his new band, Yo Yo Blues.

The legendary 60s showman promises an uplifting set of street soul and rock ‘n’ roll and blues, with his latest show featuring members from the world-famous Ram Jam Band.

Geno still enjoys cult status on the Soul, Blues, R&B and Northern Soul scenes today due to his reputation as a magnetic live performer.

Before he became the Godfather of Soul, Geno was raised on the blues and has released three blues albums in recent years, including Loose Lips and Change Your Thoughts You Change Your Life.

WHERE: The Leopard, West Street, Doncaster

WHEN: July 6

HOW MUCH: Tickets £8

CONTACT: Tel. (01302) 363054

WEB: Ents

THERE are Great Expectations of this week’s production at Doncaster’s Little Theatre.

With a cast aged from seven to 70, this Charles Dickens classic tells the tale of social-climbing and class conflict.

Adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett, director Kevin Spence has high hopes that it’s one not to be missed.

He said: “It’s a task indeed to translate this Dickens classic into a stage drama, and Neil Bartlett has rightly been acclaimed for this adaptation.

“This show promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of this summer in Doncaster – so escape from the weather and your worries, and immerse yourself in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seats!”

WHERE: Doncaster Little Theatre

WHEN: Until Saturday

HOW MUCH: £10, £7 concessions

CONTACT: Tel. (01302) 340422

WEB: Doncaster Little Theatre

KIDS and big kids at heart will never tire of the classic tale of street urchin turned prince.

Aladdin is brought to the Dearne Valley by the youth section of the 2Act Theatre Company.

With costumes and scenery to match the performance, this is a chance for a new wave of talent to show their stuff on stage.

WHERE: Dearne Playhouse

WHEN: Until Saturday, 7pm with Saturday matinee at 2pm

HOW MUCH: £10, £8 concessions

CONTACT: (01709) 894128

WEB: Dearne Playhouse

TAKE the family out for a day of fun organised by the Doncaster Disability Cluster.

They’ll be face painting, a bouncy castle, refreshments and live performers at Saturday’s event, as well as more than 50 stalls with information about different aspects of physical and mental health.

Organiser Colin Findley said: “They’ll be something to keep everyone entertained and a lot of information and advice.

“One in 20 people in Doncaster have a disability so it’s really important that they have access to the right channels.”

WHERE: Doncaster Deaf Trust, Leger Way

WHEN: Saturday, 10am to 2pm

HOW MUCH; Free

CONTACT: Tel. 07970413026

SOME of South Yorkshire’s biggest sport teams are due to go head-to-head in a charity mascot race showdown.

The Simpson Millar day takes place tomorrow with the mascot race featuring mascots from Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, followed by an afternoon of horse racing.

Funds raised from the day, sponsored by law firm Simpson Millar, will go to the Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA), which aids vulnerable children in the UK and Europe, and Just A Drop, which helps build wells and carry out sanitation programmes.

WHERE: Doncaster Racecourse

WHEN: Tomorrow, gates open at midday

HOW MUCH: Various prices

CONTACT: Tel. (01302) 511918

WEB: Doncaster Racecourse