Exhibitions @ Gallery II
Music @ Tasmin Little Music Centre
Theatre @ Theatre in the Mill
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Exhibitions @ Gallery II
Gallery II was opened in 1994 by Women’s Hour presenter and Honorary Graduate of the University, Jenni Murray. It is the base for touring contemporary visual arts exhibitions as well as the home of the University’s Permanent Art Collection.
Exhibitions Paula Rego – Recent Work & The Children’s Crusade
Ciara Healy – Stories of Displacement
The Influence of Heritage in association with the National Gallery of Art, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Contact us: Telephone enquiries : 01274 235495 Please note that for staffing reasons this line can only be manned at certain times of the day. At other times please leave us a message including your daytime and evening phone numbers and we will do our best to contact you. Email enquiries:
Gallery II, Chesham Building, University of Bradford, Bradford BD71DP
Paula Rego - Recent Work and The Children’s Crusade Friday 10 August – Friday 5 October 2007. Location: Gallery II Weekdays: 11am – 5pm, Thursdays until 6pm. Saturday and Sunday 18 & 19 August,10.30am – 3.30pm. Saturday 15 Sept & Saturday 6 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Or by appointment. FREE Paula Rego established an early reputation with her surreal collages, later populated with subversive cartoon-like animals. In 1988, a retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery confirmed her international reputation as one of Europe's most sought-after artists. A painter of 'stories', her characters enact a variety of roles and depict disquieting tensions below the surface. This exhibition features 12 new lithographs by Rego, printed at Curwen Press this year. This new work continues to show Paula’s ongoing interest in story telling.
On The Hill By Paula Rego
The exhibition also features The Children’s Crusade, 12 etchings produced between 1996 and 1998 used also to illustrate a book of the same title. The Children's Crusade of 1212 remains an enigmatic historical episode, recorded in only a few contemporary accounts, but it captured the imagination of Rego as a story steeped in imaginative possibilities and contemporary relevance. It touches not only on children's love of adventure but also on darker issues including fears of the unknown, incipient sexuality and exploitation. In association with Marlborough Fine Art London & Artsmill Gallery, Hebden Bridge.
Event: Lucy Ellinson Wednesday 19 September, 5.30pm & Thursday 20 September, 1.30pm & 7.30pm. Gallery II Tickets available from the Gallery or Box Office 01274 233200 £6.50/£4.00
Left: Scarecrow By Paula Rego
Experimental theatre maker Lucy Ellinson brings to the Gallery a performance piece created in response to the work of Paula Rego. Expect a charged, surreal and twisted tale told by the Theatre in the Mill's Associate Artist. A member of Mapping4D and a regular working partner of Chris Goode, Unlimited Theatre and Third Angel, this is Lucy’s third commission from the Theatre in the Mill following on from Post Mortem and her (untitled) site-specific performance in 12².
Event: Children’s Crusade & Folk Songs By Benjamin Britten Wednesday 3 October, 12.30pm. Gallery II. Choral Scholars of Leeds Catholic Cathedral Nick Watts - piano. Iain Bloomfield - Story-teller Tickets available from the Gallery or Box Office 01274 233200 £3.00/£2.00 Benjamin Britten composed his Children's Crusade in 1968. The text by Bertolt Brecht tells of a group of children wandering through war-ravished Poland in 1939; they become lost and eventually perish, and even the dog they find along the way dies of starvation. Its sympathy with the suffering of children aligns the work with several other twentieth-century artists including internationally-acclaimed visual artist Paula Rego. The connection between artists such as Britten and Paula Rego is further enhanced with a dramatic story-telling of Folk Tales by Iain Bloomfield, Artistic Director of Theatre in the Mill.
Ciara Healy - Stories of Displacement Friday 19 October – Friday 23 November 2007 Location: Gallery II Weekdays: 11am – 5pm, Thursdays until 6pm Or by appointment. FREE
Multiple Belongings By Ciara Healy
'For as long as I can remember, I have had the feeling of being in more than one world ' 1
Bell Jars By Ciara Healy
Edward Said. Ciara Healy’s prints, photographs, paintings and sculptural works address the idea of ‘Home’ as a space or structure of beliefs around which we construct a narrative of belonging. When we lose our sense of home we often attempt to make tangible what is missing and absent. In order to come to terms with loss, we romanticise what has been left behind precisely because it is no longer physically tangible. The birds in Healy’s work reflect upon the interconnections between those who move and those who stay behind. The hybrid bird species occupies an in-between space, a displaced space familiar to those affected by global movement. The more we become displaced the more likely the notion of home becomes understood as being between places, rather than being rooted to one specific place and, consequently, to one exclusive identity or set of cultural codes. In Stories of Displacement the artist uses an overlooked family photo, where she and her family inhabit layers of images that accidentally overlapped in her grandfather's broken camera. As they float between the records of moments passed, they become caught between two worlds, between the familiar and the strange, between the house and the ferry port between belonging and disappearance. Our paradoxical presence and absence occupies an in-between space, momentarily we are, as the poet Bernard O’Donoghue puts it, ‘neither here nor there, and therefore, home.”2 1
Glass, C., Interview with Edward Said, DVD, Directed by Mike Dibb, London: ICA Film Projects, 2002.
O’Donoghue, B, 2006, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, Bloodaxe, London, p. 320.
"A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance." Antoine de Saint-ExupĂŠry - French pilot and writer
The Influence of Heritage Wednesday 5 December 2007 – Friday 18 January 2008 Location: Gallery II & Richmond Atrium
Gallery II opening times: Weekdays: 11am – 5pm, Thursdays until 6pm Atrium opening times: Weekdays: 8am – 10pm/Sat/Sun: 10am – 6pm. Or by appointment. FREE It is often said that Pakistan is a young nation with an old civilisation. Although the country only came into being 60 years ago this year, it has a rich cultural heritage dating back more than 5,000 years and a flourishing art scene. This exhibition, in association with the new National Gallery of the Arts in Islamabad, Pakistan, brings together three leading artists living and working in Pakistan with three living and working in the UK, and looks at the influence of culture and heritage on their art. By Iqbal Husain
Bismillah in clay by Shahida Ahmed
The exhibition features the work of Jamal Shah, Iqbal Husain, Nahid Raza and Shahida Ahmed.
Event: GHAZALS - Pakistani Folk & Love Songs Richmond Atrium. Wednesday 5 December and Thursday 6 December, 12.30pm. Najam Javed - harmonium & vocals. Shahbaz Hussain – tabla. Tickets available from the Gallery or Box Office 01274 233200
Left: Situation By Jamal Shah
Contributions welcome. At the crossroads of Central Asia, the music of Pakistan is perhaps one of the most diverse in the world. It has developed many different facets of musical expression and sound with cultural influences coming from North Africa, Arabia, India, Persia, Portugal and Britain. The poetic song form known as the Ghazal came to the Indian sub-continent from Persia in the 14th century and unlike the physical love depicted in Indian erotic art, Ghazals operate on a profoundly deep level of poetic vision and text.
‘Ghazals explore the many moods of love, from the ecstatic to the despondent, and over the last six hundred years the great poets of the Indian sub-continent turned their talents to writing these folk songs, and the finest singers and musicians used all their skills and artistry to interpret them’. Kiran Ahluwalia (Kiranmusic.com) Both Najam Javed and Shahbaz Hussain are great musicians continuing in this important folk tradition.
Music @ Tasmin Little Music Centre
Named after the international virtuoso violinist Tasmin Little, the Music Centre provides a base for musical groups ranging from a symphony orchestra to African and South Asian percussion groups. There is a range of practice facilities for members of the Centre. Musical activities regularly feature groups performing in a variety of locations on and off campus including a Showcase of performing groups. Concerts
Left: Tasmin Little performing at the opening of the Atrium, October 2006
Welcome This Autumn we have music to thrill you, to move you, to make you weep and to alter your perception on a love of life. With some fantastic new musicians both from within our talented arts enclave here in Bradford, and also internationally renowned performers who will stir the imagination. We also look forward to sharing our music making with you in a virtual sense so please keep one eye on our myspace (Tasmin Little Music Centre website link) for our select number of E-vents and E-concerts. The best part will be joining in the experience with you - enjoy the journey! Mark Haydn Robinson - Artistic Director & Fellow in Music
Contact us: Telephone enquiries: Mark Robinson, Artistic Director & Fellow in Music - 01274 233191 Rachel Kaye, Arts Assistant: 01274 235495 Please note that for staffing reasons this line can only be manned at certain times of the day and evening. At other times please leave us a message including your daytime and evening phone numbers and we will do our best to contact you. Email enquiries: email@example.com Website:
Postal address: Tasmin Little Music Centre, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP
"Steve Fishwickâ€™s skill and commitment to classic hard bop puts him up there with the all-time greats". METRO, March 2007
Piano Music In The Atrium EVERY WEDNESDAY From 26 September - 12 December, 11.00am - 2.45pm Richmond Atrium (breaks permitting). PIANO Featuring talented pianists from the University of Bradford & Guests FREE but contributions welcome Enjoy a coffee in the vibrant atmosphere of the Atrium with the added attraction of live piano, played by some of the University's talented pianists and selected guests. Artists to be announced each week. Requests welcome along with donations!! 1st session 11.00-11.45am. 2nd session 12.30-1.15pm. 3rd session 2.00-2.45pm For more information contact: Mark H. Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org - 01274 233191 www.myspace.com/tasminlittlemusiccentre
Children’s Crusade & Folk Songs by Benjamin Britten Wednesday 3 October, 12.30pm Gallery II Tickets available from the Gallery or Box Office 01274 233200 £3/£2 In collaboration with Paula Rego’s exhibition in Gallery II and Theatre in the Mill’s Artistic Director – Iain Bloomfield. Choral Scholars of Leeds Catholic Cathedral Nick Watts - piano Iain Bloomfield - story-teller Benjamin Britten composed his Children's Crusade in 1968. The text by Bertolt Brecht tells of a group of children wandering through war-ravished Poland in 1939; they become lost and eventually perish, and even the dog they find along the way dies of starvation. Its sympathy with the suffering of children aligns the work with several other twentieth-century artists including internationally-acclaimed visual artist Paula Rego, whose own work The Children’s Crusade (1998) is featured in Gallery II and touches on equally dark issues. The connection between artists such as Britten and Paula Rego is further enhanced with a dramatic storytelling of Folk Tales by Iain Bloomfield, Artistic Director of Theatre in the Mill.
Teatime Jazz – Hard Bop - Steve Fishwick Quartet Friday 5 October, 4.30pm Richmond Atrium
Left: Steve Fishwick
"With a tight-knit guitar-led band and a robust style, Steve Fishwick has an attractive, firm (rather than hard) bop sound. A self-confessed anti-innovator, the trumpeter weaves through welltrodden harmonic woods with winning young fogey assurance and makes an enjoyable case for keeping things as they were in 1956". MOBO, February 2007.
Busom Scratch Show Thursday 1 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £4 full / £3 concs available from Box Office 01274 233191 Venue: Please refer to the BUSOM website for details Following sell-out Scratch nights based on ‘Starlight Express’ (2006) and ‘Cats’ (2005), BUSOM return with their latest set of adapted excerpts. This year’s show is guaranteed to please the gypsy in you whilst urging you to be like the bluebird. It’s the top! Combining upbeat show tunes with heartfelt emotion, spirited dances and fantastic singing, BUSOM Scratch nights are always a guaranteed hit. Contact: email@example.com Website: www.ubu.brad.ac.uk/socs/busom/
Teatime Jazz – Blue Note Project in collaboration with Jazz at the Priestley (Jazz Sextet led by trombonist Nick Mills) Friday 2 November, 4.30pm Richmond Atrium Donations welcome ‘Blue Note Jazz was not invented, it just emerged from the Bebop maelstrom and seems in retrospect to be a movement to reinstate melody. A whole catalogue of Blue Note Standards emerged. These were not the standards of the ‘Great American Songbook’, Gershwin, Porter, Kearne, Berlin, Rogers et al, but new Standards of original composition, without lyrics, by the leading practitioners of the day. You may well find yourself recognising many of the tunes thart Nick Mills and his band play without knowing the title or the composer. But in general the Blue Note classics did not enter the world of popular music probably because there were no words to sing.
Blue Note Jazz remains firmly in the realm of jazz, pure music. But there are no barriers to storm, the metaphorical doors are always open. Just walk in, and enjoy’. Brian Bicât, June 2007
Right: The University Orchestra performing as part of the 40th birthday celebrations
Membership of BUSOM is required to take part.
BUSOM Presents… I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Thursday 22, Friday 23, Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm The Priestley Studio, Little Germany, Bradford Tickets: £5.50 full / £3.50 concs Box Office: (01274) 820666 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ubu.brad.ac.uk/socs/busom/ This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship". This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and those who have even dared to ask, "What are you doing Saturday night?"
GHAZALS - Pakistani Folk & Love Songs In collaboration with the University of Bradford’s Pakistani Visual Art Exhibition – see page 7 Wednesday 5 December & Thursday 6 December, 12.30pm – Richmond Atrium Najam Javed - harmonium Shabaz Hussain – tabla At the crossroads of Central Asia, the music of Pakistan is perhaps one of the most diverse in the world. It has developed many different facets of musical expression and sound with cultural influences coming from North Africa, Arabia, India, Persia, Portugal and Britain. The poetic song form known as the Ghazal came to the Indian sub-continent from Persia in the 14th century and unlike the physical love depicted in Indian erotic art, Ghazals operate on a profoundly deep level of poetic vision and text. Both Najam Javed and Shahbaz Hussain are great musicians continuing in this important folk tradition.
Friday 7 December, 4.30pm - Richmond Atrium Donations welcome Anything from ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ to ‘Born to be Wild’. The band also do regular concerts from beer festivals to dinners throughout the year. First gig is on Friday September 28th at Keighley Beer, Cider and Perry Festival 7.30pm. For more information contact: Malcolm Neailey - M.A.Neailey@bradford.ac.uk - 01274 233284 or Mark H. Robinson – email@example.com - 01274 233191 Website: www.ubu.brad.ac.uk/socs/jazz
Round Midnight - Atrium Piano Jonathan Brigg & Friends Tuesday nights, 6 November & 4 December 11.00pm ‘til late - Richmond Atrium FREE The Hidden pianistic talents of University of Bradford Atrium-goers has begun to emerge organically. Now is the time to showcase the Atrium’s ambient-piano cult! If you enjoy relaxing to piano sounds from Thelonius Monk to Muse, Bangra to Ben Folds, then drop into the first session of the ‘Round Midnight’ season. Kick back and enjoy the Atrium at its most serene. Why not come and have a go yourself?
Right: Shahbaz Hussain playing at the installation of Imran Khan
Teatime Jazz – University Jazz Band
Choral & Orchestral Concert- French Fancies Saturday 1 December, 7.30pm Bradford Cathedral Featuring The University Symphony Orchestra and University Choir Phillippa Cairns soprano Chris McElroy conductor & organ Jonathan Brigg conductor Entry: £6.50 full, £5.50 concessions, £2 Children & Tasmin Little Music Centre Members (TLMC) Box Office 01274 233191 Programme: ORCHESTRA Jules Offenbach 'Orpheus in the Underworld' Eugene Gigout 'Toccata' Saint Saëns 'Carnival of the Animals' (extracts) ORCHESTRA & ORGAN Saint Saëns ‘Finale from Symphony No.3’ ‘Organ Symphony’ Interval ORCHESTRA Eric Satie Gymnopedie No 1 & 3 CHOIR Gabriel Fauré 'Cantique de Jean Racine' Maurice Deruflé 'Ubi Caritas' Seasonal French Choral Music CHOIR & ORCHESTRA Left: Performance of 'The Armed Man' in Bradford Cathedral
Francis Poulenc 'Gloria'
Christmas Concert 1: A Rough Guide to Musical Theatre: Part 2 Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm Venue: tba. Please refer to the BUSOM website for details Tickets: £3 full / £2 concs available from the Box Office 01274 233191 After our previous Christmas Concert “A Rough Guide to Musical Theatre, Part 1”, BUSOM are proud to present; “A Rough Guide to Musical Theatre, Part 2” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ubu.brad.ac.uk/socs/busom/
Christmas Concert 2: Thursday 13 December, 1.00pm Richmond Atrium Carols & Traditional Christmas Music FREE Seasonal carols and Christmas music accompanied by the University Brass Group. Join us to sing your favourite carols and enjoy a nibble or two on a mince pie!
Performance Projects These projects are for people who are very enthusiastic about music and able to commit themselves to regular attendance for a specific period. It’s free to take part in most of these projects if you’re a Tasmin Little Music Centre (TLMC) Member.
University Jazz Band Mondays 24 September – 10 December, 5.00-6.45pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Directed By Jonathan Brigg For more information contact: Malcolm Neailey - M.A.Neailey@bradford.ac.uk - 01274 233284 or Mark H. Robinson – email@example.com - 01274 233191 Website: www.ubu.brad.ac.uk/socs/jazz Membership - £3.00
University Choir Mondays 24 September – 10 December, 6.45-9.00pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Guest conductor Chris McElroy Assistant conductor & accompanist Jonathan Brigg Membership of TLMC is required to take part.
Tuesdays 25 September – 11 December, 5.30-7.00pm Practice Room 2, Tasmin Little Music Centre Directed by Sue Robinson For more information contact: Mark H. Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org - 01274 233191 Membership of TLMC is required to take part.
Busom Tuesdays 25 September – 11 December, 7.15-9.30pm Bradford University Society of Operettas & Musicals Tasmin Little Music Centre Musical Direction Louise Brown The autumn term sees BUSOM working towards a scratch performance to be presented on Thursday 1 November. The second half of the term will be spent working towards 'The Rough Guide to Musicals' concert. For the scratch performance, a workshop-style audition will be held on Tuesday 2 October. Auditions will be held mid-term for the main show taking place in the spring term. Please note that there is no audition required to take part in the chorus of any BUSOM show. Please see our website for more up-to date information about all shows! Contact: email@example.com Website: www.ubu.brad.ac.uk/socs/busom/ Membership of BUSOM is required to take part.
Right: Adam Robinson, leader of the University Symphony Orchestra
Arts On Campus
Clarinet Group Wednesdays 26 September-12 December, 5.00-5.45pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Directed by John Kendrick Membership of TLMC is required to take part.
University Wind & Brass Groups Wednesdays 26 September-12 December, 5.45-7.00pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Conductor Jonathan Brigg Membership of TLMC is required to take part.
University Orchestra Wednesdays 26 September-12 December, 7.30-9.30pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Conductor Jonathan Brigg Membership of TLMC is required to take part.
Global Voices & Small World Band Thursdays 27 September- 8 November, 6.00-8.30pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Directed by James Squire Membership of TLMC is required to take part.
Funk On Fridays – Jamming Sessions Fridays 28th September – 14 December, 4.00 – 6.00pm Tasmin Little Music Centre Directed by Joe Grisag Membership of TLMC is required to take part. For more information contact : Joe Grisag - firstname.lastname@example.org - 01274 235760 or Mark H. Robinson - email@example.com - 01274 233191
Music Team: New Members Always Welcome! Want to learn how to market concerts, design posters and work alongside our exciting visiting artists? Why not embellish your CV with a spot of stage management, sound tech, front of house or box office activity? There are lots of ways you can gain vital extra skills which prospective employers are certain to be impressed by and which could enhance your chances of gainful employment. Music Newsletter A free music newsletter, including reminders of upcoming events, and inviting people to submit items, is sent out frequently by e-mail and occasionally by post. To subscribe please visit our website or write to the enquiries address. Music Centre members are automatically put on this mailing list.
Individual activities Vocal and Instrumental Tuition The Tasmin Little Music Centre has a list of approved private tutors and a resident accompanist. Payment arrangements are between you and the tutor, but lessons can be held in the Music Centre. Some of the tutors visit the campus regularly. Practice Facilities A suite of three practice rooms each containing a piano and music stand, is available at selected times to TLMC members only. External organisations wishing to use the Music Centre’s facilities should apply to the Fellow in Music.
How to Join the Music Centre Membership Includes: 1. Free participation in activities and workshops 2. Free inclusion on the mailing list 3. Free newsletter 4. Free access to practice suite (3 practice rooms with pianos) 7am – 11pm 5. Option to apply for limited access to Rehearsal Room (please refer to TLMC Terms and Conditions – form A2a) 2 passport photos are required for security reasons. Student/Disabled/OAP/Jobseeker £25 University Staff /Public £30 Benefits of inclusion are: • • • •
Inclusion in our mailing list of local concerts and events. Inclusion in our mailing list of University social events. Discounts for local concerts and gigs including the Bradford and Leeds Concert Series. Students’ Union representation within the University.
To get a membership form, please come to: The Hub, Richmond Building 10am to 4pm, Monday-Friday Theatre in the Mill The Music Centre (during activities and workshops) Or Send a Stamped Addressed Envelope marked “Music membership form” to Tasmin Little Music Centre, c/o, Theatre in the Mill, FREEPOST NEA10023, University of Bradford BD7 1BR.
Theatre @ Theatre in the Mill
Theatre in the Mill has an enviable reputation as a vibrant, professional venue. First opened by Alan Ayckbourn in 1976, it is the hub of the Universityâ€™s theatre activities and offers a black box flexible studio space with seating for approximately 100 people. It is one of the foremost fringe theatre venues in the country and hosts the best in contemporary touring theatre. Performances
Welcome Well, having created a bit of a national stir last term with our site specific programme we return this autumn to do the same. A small but perfectly formed season of the best new work on offer plus a very special commission for Lucy Ellinson allows you to enjoy your theatre in a variety of locations around campus (and indeed in your own house). Come along and find out why the Theatre in the Mill is making waves through backing talent. Iain Bloomfield Artistic Director â€“ Theatre in the Mill A Special Note for this Season In the spirit of getting out and about and to allow us room to upgrade our building, all our events this season are taking place at many different venues other than the Theatre in the Mill. Please call the box office in advance to check if there are any particular access issues and for other important information regarding any of the events you wish to attend.
Contact us: Telephone enquiries: 01274 233200 Please note that for staffing reasons this line can only be manned at certain times of the day and evening. At other times please leave us a message including your daytime and evening phone numbers and we will do our best to contact you. Email enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
Postal address: Theatre in the Mill, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP
Lost Dog Theatre Company - Happy Can be booked on any day from Monday 1 October to Friday 12 October Happy or The Show that Comes to You. That’s right this show takes place in your living room. Simply pick a date, gather your friends (minimum fee £80.00 large group fee negotiable) and Happy will perform at your house! A show that distils happiness into one hour: Part stand-up, part lecture, part cod philosophy, part truth, but most of all you’ll part happy. Happy comes with the bold intent of making every member of the audience happier than when they arrived. Including free bear hugs, celebrity lookalikeathon and exhaust pipe loving, Happy has done the research other performers are too intelligent to do. Nietzsche said:
“Man doesn’t strive for happiness, only the English do that”. Happy believes this is one of the nicest insults going, so Happy is going to strive as hard as his small pyjamas will allow him to make everyone that little bit Happier. An evening of happiness guaranteed without leaving your armchair. www.thehappyproject.co.uk
"one of the most charming, original things you'll see this year.genuinely touching" **** The Scotsman
Left: Lost Dog Theatre Company - Happy
Writen by Michael Stewart Directed by Christopher Neil for Vista Theatre Company Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 October, 8pm At The Love Apple Café, Great Horton Road £7 full, £5 concessions Tickets on the door or karryowky@yahoo. co.uk (Reservations only) Karry Owky is an evening of bawdy comedy, though as the piece progresses and the characters collide in their grotesque and vile manner, the comedy gradually bleeds out, leaving a tragic finale. Once upon a time, we lived in huts in small communities. In the evenings we would gather round a fire, and sing songs to each other. What was important was not that you could sing, but that you could share something. The community spirit or so goes the Myth. A blisteringly funny portrayal of yobbish attitudes, pub culture and what happens when those attitudes are challenged. Contains strong language.
The Ordinaries... in an awkward silence Tuesday 23 October, 7.30pm Location: The Photography Studio, B0-23 Chesham Building Written by Edward Wren Directed by Claire Harvey Created by The River People £6.50/£4.00 Available from Box Office 01274 233200 A grotesque family Dancing spoons A desperate competition to be normal and a secret dark that creeps from little girl Sarah who starts to disappear. Come over for a cuppa with The Ordinaries, this vibrant physical piece utilises 'bouffon' characters, puppetry and poetic storytelling to present a touching tale of a little girl trapped in a bizarre world. A street competition forces the family to appear happy, perfect and normal. But when the secret dark appears within the house the family become twisted in their attempts to hide it away. But all the while, the secret dark creeps into little girl Sarah, who slowly disapears...
"An impressive early work from the clearly accomplished and talented River People" Andrew Haydon, editor - Noises Off
"A fascinating spectacle of modern-day theatre!" Noises Off
Unlimited Theatre with Oxford Playhouse + Leeds Met Studio Theatre present - The Ethics of Progress Tuesday 6 November, 7.30pm John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building £6.50/£4.00 Tickets available from Box Office 01274 233200 Theatre + Science.
Left: The Ordinaries
Double Fringe First winners Unlimited Theatre invite you on a mind-melting, jargon-free, whistle-stop tour of leading-edge Quantum Physics. Artistic Director Jon Spooner tells the story of how his understanding of the world and everything in it was radically altered by his conversations with Professor Vlatko Vedral who heads up the Quantum Information research group at the University of Leeds. No really, he does. Passionate, cheeky, clever, unpretentious. Welcome to the future. We hope we'll make it in one piece.
"The thing about the future is, by the time it happens, it's already too late....." "Unafraid of either big ideas or big emotions... The excellent Unlimited Theatre." The Guardian www.unlimited.org.uk
The Bowlers Around campus all term Who are the bowlers? Why are they gathering? What do they want? A live art flash mob for the noughties! A bizarre blend of Hitchcock’s the Birds, Burgess’s Clockwork Orange and flash mobbing. This Autumn strange hordes of silent men and women all in white boiler suits and blue bowler hats are gathering. From out of nowhere in the most mundane and unexpected places they gather and disappear. What is going on? What do they want? Is it you? That is the question! The Bowlers will be popping up all over the place…where are they now? Behind you!
Chotto Ookii - Thus Far and no Further
Friday 7 December - 7.30pm Location: The Photography Studio, B0-23 Chesham Building £6.50/£4.00 available from Box Office 01274 233200 Thus Far and no Further is a quirky and evocative journey to a place where people work endlessly to feed the needs of a distant figure who they will never know.
Left: The Bowlers
One change to this perfectly ordered world very quickly ends in utter chaos whilst all the time strange creatures beat out their own rhythm and breed at an alarming rate. Chotto Ookii’s award-winning blend of frenetic humour, innovative choreography and extreme characters results in a dark tale which will leave you feeling like you’ve woken from the strangest dream you’ve ever had in your life.
Professional Workshops The Theatre in the Mill is committed to exploring the theatre-making process and to finding and backing talent. Our professional workshop season gives you the chance to work alongside some of this country’s most interesting artists in a series of weekend-long workshops. The Workshops take place in various venues around the University of Bradford Campus so please check where yours is taking place when booking.
An Introduction to Writing for Broadcast Led by Michael Stewart Saturday 6 October, 11am-3pm Price: £10.00 per person This four-hour workshop is aimed at writers with some experience, who are interested in writing dramatically for radio and television. What makes each medium distinct? And what do they have in common? Learn about the art, business and craft of each broadcast area. Michael Stewart is an award-winning writer and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield. He has written for TV, radio and theatre. He is currently Writer in Residence at Theatre in the Mill.
Directing for the Stage – Approaches to a script Led by Iain Bloomfield. Saturday 27 October, 10am – 4pm Price: £10.00 per person This full-day workshop will explore approaches to script-based theatre and the preparation that directors need to make before they enter the rehearsal room. Iain Bloomfield is Artistic Director of Theatre in the Mill, his numerous directing credits include directing for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, The Contact Theatre, Manchester and the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham.
Special congratulations to the Asian Theatre School The Asian Theatre School (ATS) was born in 1997 through a partnership between Red Ladder Theatre Company, Leeds, and Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, through the recognition of a lack of artistic and creative provision for British Asian young people in Yorkshire, leading to few Asian young men and women working professionally within the media and arts industries. Over a period of nine years, the ATS has developed and matured into an organisation in its own right. After winning funding from Arts Council England to assist the organisation to become truly independent, the company will unveil its new brand to the sector. After much deliberation and consultation with the artists who have helped to build the company, the ATS will be now known as FREEDOM STUDIOS. It is the intention that the new brand will articulate both the progression of the company and embody its aspirations for its future. We at Theatre in the Mill wish them well for the future and welcome them back to Bradford. For more information visit their website: www. freedomstudios.co.uk To learn more about Theatre in the Mill’s Artistic Development projects please visit the websites listed or call the Theatre Administrator, Ruth Price on 01274 233185
Artistic Development Theatre in the Mill has one of the fastest growing reputations and profiles in the country with a raft of programmes and projects to rival theatres twice its size. Our artist development programme is one of the leading and largest such initiatives in the country. Below are just some of the Artistic Projects, Companies & Artists we support.
Theatre in the Mill: Backing Talent: Lost Dog Theatre Company is an emerging new writing company who have represented the Mill and Bradford at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their latest show “Love in (3) Parts” premiered at the Mill in December 2006, toured to prestigious venues such as Bristol’s Tobacco Factory and the Oldham Coliseum as well as the Edinburgh Festival. www.lostdogtheatre.com Lucy Ellinson is a performer-deviser working in experimental theatre and burlesque. She is a member of award-winning experimental theatre company Mapping4D and regularly collaborates with companies including Unlimited Theatre, Third Angel and writer/director Chris Goode. www.thirdangel.org.uk Michael Stewart, writer. In 2004, Michael Stewart was commissioned as our writerin-residence. Michael is a writer with a huge wealth of experience, he is currently devising new work under the banner “Dark & Dirty”. Recently his play “Excluded“ was aired as BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play. www.darkanddirty.co.uk Silver Tongue Theatre Company, a new writing theatre company that explores emotionally and socially fraught subjects with a distinctive visual flair. Their latest production “Man Across the Way” will tour this Autumn. www.silvertongue.org.uk Hi-Veld Theatre Company create physical theatre with a South African twist. They are committed to creating dynamic, demanding theatre; incorporating mime, clowning, physical theatre and contemporary dance. www.hiveld.co.uk Slung Low Theatre Company: The Mill is co-producer for the largest emerging-artist project in the country. Slung Low Theatre Company’s most recent production “They Only Come at Night” brought together some of the most exciting young artists from throughout the country. Sharing skills, techniques and performance styles, the project has been a considerable melting pot of experiences and talents. to find out more about them and their current projects visit: www.slunglow.org
Theatre in the Mill General Information A Special Note for this Season In the spirit of getting out and about and to allow us room to upgrade our building, all our events this season are taking place at many different venues other than the Theatre in the Mill. Please call the box office in advance to check if there are any particular access issues and for other important information regarding any of the events you wish to attend.
Where to Park All University car parks are free after 5.30pm. For events in Gallery II, the car parks by the Ashfield Building are nearest and can be accessed via Longside Lane.
Tickets & Information Tickets can be reserved by telephone or by email: 01274 233200 or email@example.com. Tickets for all of the events will be available at the venues on the nights of the performances and it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance via the ticket booking line.
We offer concessionary rates to Senior Citizens, Students, under 16s, people receiving disability or unemployment benefit and all members of the Bradford University Theatre Group. Under 3s tickets are free but please note that many of our shows are unsuitable for the under 14s, please check suitability when reserving your tickets.
We offer generous discounts to groups of 10 or more, call the ticket line for more details.
School & Education Trips:
We welcome schools groups and can offer tailor-made visits to our Theatre including bonuses such as meet the cast, workshops and discounts to shows. Please call Ruth Price on 01274 233185 to discuss your visit.
The Theatre in the Mill is always looking for volunteers to help with the smooth running of the building. There are a range of opportunities from marketing to backstage to ushering. If you think youâ€™ve got the skills to help us, then why not get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay In Touch:
Bradford University Theatre Group BUTG is one of the foremost non-professional theatre groups in the region, and with an open membership policy, it welcomes anyone aged 16+ who wants to get involved in theatre. The group stage their own work alongside the professional work at Theatre in the Mill and provide technical support for the professional season as well as training to professional standards. If you are an actor, director, technician, producer, marketing whizz or just interested, come along to one of our meetings, and get involved in some of the best non-professional theatre in the region. Weekly meetings take place every Monday from 17 September at 6:30pm in the Theatre in the Millâ€™s foyer.
Left: Situation By Jamal Shah
Visit our website: www.bradford.ac.uk/theatre
Bradford University BUTG is one of the foremost non-professional theatre groups in the region, and with an open membership policy, it welcomes anyone aged 16+ who wants to get involved in theatre.
How To Find Us
If you are walking:
Walking takes about 15 minutes. Come out of the Interchange, down the hill, across the crossing and turn left in front of City Hall and walk in front of the fountain and the Police Station. Cross the road and walk left towards the Alhambra Theatre, turning immediately right up Great Horton Road. The University is about 300 metres up this hill, beyond the College. If you are driving: From Leeds, Wakefield and the Motorways follow the signs for the University and Bradford College from Bradford City Centre. From Halifax take the A647 through Queensbury and arrive at the Shearbridge pub roundabout via Great Horton Road. From Keighley or Skipton take the A650 into Bradford via Manningham Lane and follow the University signs from the city centre. Car parking for Theatre in the Mill is on Longside Lane. Please do not park in the driveway or in front of the theatre. Car parking for Gallery II and the Tasmin Little Music Centre is further down Longside Lane.
Theatre in the Mill has an induction loop for hearing aid users. The Tasmin Little Music Centre and Gallery II are fully accessible for wheelchairs and have a disabled toilet. It is possible to park close to the Centre and the Gallery. There is access to the Gallery, with ramps at the front of the building. Please check with the venue before you come to an event. Telephone the Disability Service on 01274 233739 or minicom 01274 235094. Information/Reservations: Theatre in the Mill 01274 233200 Tasmin Little Music Centre 01274 233191 Contact us: Theatre in the Mill 01274 233200. Email email@example.com Tasmin Little Music Centre 01274 233191 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery II 01274 235495 Email email@example.com Mailing List: To join email one of the venues
By bus: 610/1/2/3/4 leave for the University from Channing Way, outside City Hall, a short walk from the Interchange; at regular intervals during the day, and pass the main campus about 5 minutes later. The U-Bus (the union safety bus) runs week-nights during term time for students. Contact the Studentsâ€™ Union for further information.
or phone 01274 233200
Disabled Access: Theatre in the Mill welcomes patrons with disabilites. In order to help you make the most of your visit, we invite you to telephone us to discuss your needs - 01274 233185.
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