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"Here Today" my monthly chat show 'an evening with Jo and Marcus'

Our third gig was a happy one last night November 1st at Star Anise Arts Cafe - a warm friendly audience of 39  enjoyed Paul Bienek's fabulous rendering of the classic banjo piece - duelling banjos - duelling with himself - and our Mystery Guest Maureen Rutter who is no mystery to many Stroudies, but we can't get enough of her. She talked movingly about her roots and connection with the North East of England, and about being old and being treated with impatience by the great British Public because she is old, and with limited vision, not being able to be as quick off the mark as she used to be. She reminded us that insode every old person is the person they have always been , whether 25, 35, 55, etc. Marcus Moore was beaten in Match of the Day by his 12 year old grandaughter Lola who volunteered from the audience to see how many star anise spices she could balance on her face before they fell off. Marcus seemed to have the advantage of facial hair to lodge the spices on but in fact the little blighters slipped off the slippery hairy surface and Lola won.


Dec 1st Woodruffs Cafe Stroud

Jan 1st Springhill Co housing

Feb 1st Litsch Cafe Stroud

March 1st Mills Cafe Stroud

April 1st Twitchetts Cafe Stroud



Toddler dance class for pre-school children and their adults every Wednesday in term time 10am to 10.30 am at Salvation Army Hall, Acre St, Stroud, Glos GL5    £3 per family group per session  info:  Jo B  07825 370807 


HERE TODAY - my monthly chat show in Stroud cafes

Don't miss the next 'Here Today' on Friday November 1st at Star Anise Arts Cafe 8pm £7 on the door ( £8 the day after )  Mystery Musician ! Secret Guest ! History of the World ! The Pie of Life ! Letter of the Month ! Marcus's Rant ! Jo's Beautiful Spot ! and delicious Star Anise food and drink....

The ones we have already done....

Sunday September 1st Marcus Moore and I hosted our first 'Here Today' 8pm in the wonderful Star Anise Arts Cafe, Gloucester Street, Stroud. Nic Allan, the master-chef owner of the cafe welcomed us with his twinkling blue eyes, muscular apronned body and bottomless depths of kindness and helpfulness.44 people appeared ate drank chortled at the show and went home leaving us happy and relieved that this strange beast we had invented had been enjoyed and had legs. Our secret musician, Pete Rosser, was skilled & sweet and our mystery guest, Lis Parker, funny and fascinating.

Tuesday October 1st, a little less nervous, Marcus and I did our second 'Here Today' at the splendid Black Book Cafe , Nelson Street, Stroud. When we arrived to set up, Kelly, the friendly manager, was hoovering the expensive blue carpet that we and our guests pranced about on. 35 people appeared, ate cake, drank coffee and gasped and laughed at what unfolded. Our secret musician, Patsy Gamble, was mellow and magic and our mystery guest, Eliza Dewar, enthusiastic and enthralling.


the ones to come.....

Sunday 1st December 2013 Woodruffs cafe, High Street, Stroud

Wednesday 1st January 2014 Springhill co-housing (private show) Uplands, Stroud

Saturday 1st February 2014 Kitsch cafe, High Street, Stroud

Saturday 1st March 2014 Mills Cafe, Withy's yard, High St, Stroud

tickets on the door - no advance booking - £7 -





Jo Bousfield and Marcus Moore are presenting a chat-show / poetry / sketches / quiz / chew-life-over performance ever 1st day of month in cafes in Stroud... each one a gem... £7 on the door. Sept 1st 8pm Star Anise Arts cafe  Tues Oct 1st Black Book Cafe Stroud... don't run away be here today 






In February 2013 Jo B will be performing in 'Hot Punch', a collection of writings and songs for the winter months to be performed in Day Centres and residential care setting for elders. This is a Centre for The Spoken Word project.