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First Call

BING-BONG! - the latest collaboration between Keith Waterhouse and Ned Sherrin - has started its tour in Chester. Starring Dennis Waterman (right) and Patrick Mower, it is a comedy about the intricacies of comedy. Whether the on-stage writing duo Bell and Banks are victims or perpetrators of their brand of humour, the play exposes the slights, slanders, trials and tribulations of their creative world. It's an amusing and insightful investigation into the bleakness beneath their banter.

The Chester Gateway Theatre (01244-340 392) to 27 Mar. Tour continues to 19 Jun

Last Call

EIGHTIES POP SENSATION Howard Jones's nationwide tour started last month with a sold-out London date. The synthesiser genius, who sold seven million records at the height of his fame, has just released a new album, People. Like New Order and Art of Noise, Howard Jones pioneered pop-electronica, but this time round, the sound has been replaced by up-to-date reggae vibes.

Riverside, Newcastle (0191-261 4386) 15 Mar; Fleece & Firkin, Bristol (0117-929 9008) 20 Mar; Waterfront, Norwich (01603 764764) 28 Mar; The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 29 Mar