Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Lawrence Batley Theatre Spring/Summer Preview Event

I was lucky enough to attend the Lawrence Batley Theatre Spring/Summer Preview Event at the beginning of February and there are some excellent performances coming this season:

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 March  Outside the Box 

Syngenta Cellar, Friday 7.45pm & Saturday 2pm
£12 / Under 26s £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Full Circle Productions
Warning: This show might change your life... and your death

Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award winning burial ground owner. Her unique insight into the 'business of dying' has created a highly original and beautifully cathartic show, combining mercurial tales and miraculous truths, collected over the years from life’s finishing line.

Funny, wise and taboo busting; OUTSIDE THE BOX confronts the elephant in the room with grace and humour, asking its audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life, with a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the funeral industry from one who knows.
“A remarkably refreshing and important show, gently dancing on the line between playful irreverence and necessary solemnity”

Tuesday 7 March  Polari Up North

Syngenta Cellar, 7pm
£8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Huddersfield Literature Festival
Entertaining, engaging and eclectic – Polari showcases top LGBT performers with universal appeal.

Featured performers are:

Paul Burston
Polari host, award-winning journalist and novelist, author of critically acclaimed chilling domestic noir The Black Path.

Jackie Hagan
An award-winning cosmic scally; poet, comedian, live artist, playwright and community artist, who downs champagne from her glittery false leg.

Juno Dawson
Queen of Teen 2014, multi-award-winning author of YA novels and non-fiction (This Book Is Gay, Mind Your Head and new novel Margo & Me).

VG Lee
Crazy hat lady and author of many magazine articles and five novels, the most recent being Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire.

Paul McVeigh
Bearded Irishman who likes to laugh and make other people cry – in a nice way. Writer of comedy, plays, short stories and novel The Good Son.

Plus: Bettina Carpi & Gary Lloyd – Ending At Section 28: an original dance and music short, inspired by Alan Moore's Prose History of Gender.

Thursday 9 March Comedy Cellar

Syngenta Cellar, 8pm
£10 / Under 26s £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Gavin Webster and Jack Carroll
Resident compere: Anthony J Brown
Intimate, atmospheric and relaxed, our perennially popular monthly Comedy Cellars are the perfect way to experience stand-up in all its spontaneous, electrifying glory.

Geordie wit fresh from a role in Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winning I, Daniel Blake, his slew of credits include Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Stand-Up Show, The Comedy Store and the Radio 4 sketch show The Show What You Wrote. Voted ‘Comedian's Comedian' 2014.

Runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent in 2013, described as ‘a revelation‘ by Daily Telegraph and ‘comedy genius’ by David Walliams.

As seen on Sunday Night at the Palladium, Trollied, Big School, The One Show, 4 O’Clock Club and numerous others.

Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 March  Gaudette

Main stage, 7.30pm
£16 - £10 / Under 26 £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Obra Theatre Company
Post-show Discussion: Tuesday 14 March
The life of a Yorkshire village is shattered when elemental spirits replace the parish priest with his double. Alternative realities collide as this changeling interprets the gospel of love in his own alarming fashion. What goes on at the WI meetings?

OBRA’s eight strong international ensemble interweaves the visceral language of Ted Hughes’ seminal poetic novel with intimate physicality and dynamic choreography, accompanied by a cinematic soundscape and live junkyard percussion.

This is theatre that embraces the transformative power of language and the body; dark, complex and touching, GAUDETE is a physical and lyrical feast of ensemble theatre.

Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March  The Machine Stops

Main stage, 7.30pm
£17 - £10 / Under 26 £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Pilot Theatre & York Theatre Royal
Post-show Discussion: Tuesday 28 March
"You talk as if a god had made the Machine, men made it, do not forget that."

THE MACHINE STOPS is a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology. In a dystopian underground world, Kuno alone questions humanity's now total dependency on technology to live and communicate. In his struggle to break out, can he reach the Earth's surface before the Machine stops?

One of the UK's leading touring companies Pilot Theatre (Antigone, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) returns to the LBT with this adaptation of renowned novelist EM Forster's 1909 short story masterpiece, which is still astoundingly prophetic and poignant today.


Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April  The Empty Nesters' Club
Main stage, 7.30pm       
£17 - £10 / Under 26 £8 / Kirklees Passport holders £3
The John Godber Company & Theatre Royal Wakefield
Post-show Discussion: Monday 3 April
Join Vicky Barret for the inaugural meeting of The Empty Nesters’ Club.

If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you! Vicky will share her story of empty bedrooms, fresher's flu, boyfriends, long goodbyes, motorway service stations and trips to Ikea; and how she fought back to be the woman she is today, exhausted.

THE EMPTY NESTERS' CLUB is a brand new comedy from John Godber (Shafted, This Might Hurt). Godber’s plays, including Bouncers and Teechers, are regularly performed across the globe and translated into a multitude of languages.

'Funny, no-nonsense and moving'
For details of all other events, please check out the Lawrence Batley Theatre website: http://www.thelbt.org/whats_on or call the Box Office on 01484 430528

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