Sean Hughes: Mumbo Jumbo
9th Sept 2015 - 7.30pm
Multi award winning comedian Sean Hughes is back with a new show called Mumbo Jumbo. Throughout his life he has been battling to stay on the right side of sanity. This is because in middle age he has realised that the two sides of his brain are in constant conflict. There is common sense against mumbo jumbo and mumbo jumbo seems to have the upper hand. The show consists of stories including being serenaded at the break of dawn by Robert Smith, trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and coming to the conclusion that he will never have a proper conversation with his dear mum. There will be a few poems and a 3-minute musical about ageing too.
“Hughes swiftly and seamlessly alternates between pathos and gags”
“For quick laughs look elsewhere, but for something that leaves more of an impression. Hughes is your man”
“At his funniest and most profound”
The Sunday Herald
£15 Adults £13 Students
Opera: Barber of Seville
12th Sept 2015 - 7.30pm
Olivier Award Winning OperaUpClose present Rossini’s Barber of Seville.
Rossini's classic comedy has been transported to Jane Austen’s England, a world of rich, eligible bachelors, feisty heroines and snobbish relations familiar from much-loved BBC costume dramas.
Obsequious Doctor Bartleby has designs on his ward Rosina, but she is far more interested in the attentions of a handsome stranger (actually a womanising Count in disguise). The whole affair is stage-managed by Figaro, the barber who knows everyone’s business and can fix your hair and love life with ease.
Directed in her new English translation by Olivier award winning Robin Norton-Hale. OperaUpClose has developed a reputation for intimate, surprising stagings which demand detailed, truthful acting from the singers without compromising on musical standards, with razor-sharp new English translations and inventive orchestrations. The company was founded in 2009, has produced 21 operas, was the resident company at the King’s Head Theatre in London (2010 – 2015), is an associate company of Soho Theatre and tours across the UK and internationally.
Norton-Hale's translation skids between centuries, raising a metaphorical little finger one moment, and its middle finger the next... Cosy, goofy fun.
Director and new English translation: Robin Norton-Hale
Musical Director: Elspeth Wilkes
Set & Costume Designer: Gregor Donnelly
Lighting Designer: Richard Williamson
PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW
£22 Adults £20 Students
Bob Fox: An Evening with the Warhorse Songman
17th September 2015
“One of the best voices in England” Ralph McTell (Streets of London)
Since the early seventies Bob Fox has lovingly developed his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms.
Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England – his music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area.
Bob has toured extensively throughout the world including the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing both as a solo artist and alongside musical heavyweights such as Ralph McTell, Billy Mitchell, Stu Luckley and Fairport Covention.
Twice nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit and has played the role of SONGMAN in the multi-award winning National Theatre production of WARHORSE for the past three years, both in the West End and subsequently in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production.
Join him as he talks and sings through the songs of WARHORSE, with additional material from the BBC Radio 2 Ballad of the Great War as well as favourites from his many previous recordings.
This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song.
£15 Adults £13 Students
19th Sept 2015 - 7.30pm
Homeward Bound is a play about stepping up to the plate, getting to first base and following your dreams.
'Baseball is a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of those who have gone before'.
Ken Burns, The History of Baseball
Award winning performer Ruth Mitchell takes a look at the dreams we hold and the cards we are dealt as she attempts to round the bases and reach home.
A solo performance inspired by her son's love of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team he plays with in the South West Baseball League.
Homeward Bound interweaves the stories of her son’s dream to play major league baseball with her own Northern upbringing and the lives of her mother and grandmother
Commissioned in 2014 by Theatre West for their ‘One Day’ season.
‘Homeward Bound was, without question, one of the best shows I have ever watched.’
Rosemary Wagg, Exeunt *****
Tour of Homeward Bound supported with Arts Council England funding.
£10 Adult £7.50 Under 18 £7 Groups*
*for group bookings please contact the Box Office
Magic - A Kind of Queen
19th September 2015
The music of Queen speaks for itself. Their live performances are legendary. Magic
are recognised as presenting the finest reproduction of a Live Queen concert
that can be seen today, performing the music of Queen, supported by superb
quality sound and a massive light show. Not attempting to portray Queen
visually (who could?), but allowing their superb musicianship and outstanding
harmonies paint their own masterpiece.
Magic have performed all over the world from Gorky Park in Moscow to the London
Palladium and at over 1000 UK Theatre gigs. So if you are a Queen fan, or you
simply want to know what a Queen concert was like LIVE then you must see.
Adult £18.50 Students £16.50 Under 14 £10.00
Last Sunday of each month
Spend Sunday relaxing to the sounds of Pete Allen
Pete Allen is regarded as one of Europe's most talented and exciting masters of the clarinet. In 1976 he joined Rod Mason and two years later formed his own professional band. He brought together a musical style and stage presence that has created an enthusiastic following from both the traditional jazz fans and those who simply enjoy happy music and songs for both listening and dancing.
As a boy, Pete grew up with jazz. He studied the music of all the old time music greats, especially Ed Hall and Sidney Bechet two great legends of American jazz clarinet and soprano saxophone, although Pete has never tried to copy their style but has developed his own quite unique, exciting sound.