DYLAN Moran brings his new tour, Dr. Cosmos, to The Anvil on Thursday, 22 November, when he will offer his take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache.

Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy with his famed style of deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism, and his new show promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world.

Known for co-writing and starring in Black Books which won two BAFTAs, his other notable screen roles include Notting Hill, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run.

The following evening, Friday, Belinda Davids returns in The Whitney Houston Show honouring the talent, music and memory of one of the world’s most revered singers.

The two-hour production will fill you with joy and nostalgia as you are taken on a musical journey through Houston’s greatest hits including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, How Will I Know, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, and Greatest Love of All.

Modern technology joins classic synthesisers and an amplified orchestra on Saturday, 24 November. The electrified ghosts of 1970s Düsseldorf are raised in kraftwerk re:werk, the Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra’s live reinterpretation of the work of German synth-pioneers, Kraftwerk.

Taking Kraftwerk’s iconic album Trans-Europe Express as a starting point, this radical, hybrid musical experience, created by composers Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman, takes audiences on an intoxicating symphonic and electronic journey through late 70s beats and ear bending soundscapes.

Combining a live band, a synth-ensemble – including a bank of moogs - and an orchestra, each instrument in this 40-piece ensemble is close microphoned and sent through a giant mixing desk where it is filtered, crushed and manipulated; effectively turning the entire orchestra into a giant synthesiser, amplified enough to shake the foundations of The Anvil! This is an event for sonic adventurers and electronic music lovers, fans of Kraftwerk to

Depeche Mode to Daft Punk – and everything in between.

The Paraorchestra and Friends are disrupting the norms of orchestral music with the new instrumental ingredients they are embracing, and by the unconventional venues they are playing - throwing down the gauntlet for what the 21st century orchestra can look and sound like.

For more information, visit anvilarts.org.uk or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.