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Echo Chamber

Theatre in the Mill

created and performed by Duende (John Britton) This season we welcome John Britton who will be showing the new piece Echo Chamber with a view to its future development. Intimate and confessional, brazen and blustering, funny, bewildered, frightened, and curiously full of hope, Duende brings us a human at the outer edge of his humanity. There will be a showing of this work on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November at 7.30pm tickets are £5.50/£4.50/students pay-what-you-can (Contact 01274 233200).

University of Bradford

Autumn/Winter 2011

Darbourne Luff and Upstart Theatre present

The Maddening Rain Tuesday 29th November, 7.30pm Wednesday 30th November, 7.30pm Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/ The gripping new play by Nicholas Pierpan, directed by Matthew Dunster and starring Felix Scott.

“A blistering performance ... Felix Scott is fascinatingly watchable” The Guardian A tale of lust and betrayal in the City. Torn between Chilean lithium deals and finding his first love once again, one man battles to find his place in the tough worlds of love and finance. Rising from nowhere to become a City trader, when he realises the sky’s the limit he finds his only problems are the people in his way... A brutally funny monologue directed by Matthew Dunster, one of the UK’s hottest directors (National Theatre, Globe Theatre and Young Vic) and starring the rising star Felix Scott, recently seen in the worldwide movie smash Inception.

“An astute and gripping play ... a star-making performance” Metro

A Christmas Cabaret Rachel Dean and Matthew Bellwood

Friday 9th December, 7.30pm Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/ Acclaimed performers Rachel Dean and Matthew Bellwood invite you to join them for two very different interpretations of Christmas. A special night of story, dance and music. Nativity is a full-body collision with the enduring power of the myth and magic of the Virgin Mary. Dance artist Rachel Dean uses movement, song and things that sparkle to create an irreverent and at times surprisingly devotional solo performance. St Nicholas and the Wicked Butcher is the tale of a quest to save three tiny children from a villainous Parisian butcher. Alongside a Christmas ghost story, Matthew Bellwood’s telling of this grisly and bizarre tale promises to be as engaging as his audiences at Opera North and the Edinburgh Festival have come to expect. Plus Christmas treats including carols from the Leeds Women’s Institute choir.

“So inspiring we ran outside afterwards to make snow angels!” Audience feedback on Nativity

we are here

Getting here By Train or Bus Bradford is served by two stations – Bradford Interchange (bus, coach and rail) and Bradford Foster Square, both of which are located in the city centre.

Walking From central Bradford, cross Centenary Square (the pedestrianised area with the BBC big screen and City Hall) and head in the direction of the old Odeon cinema. Once you are there walk up the hill (Great Horton Road), passing the Alhambra Theatre on your left.  Keep walking and you’ll see Bradford College and then the University.  Stay on this road until you reach Unique Fitness and Lifestyle (the new sports centre).  You can then cut across the car parks behind the sports centre and walk down the grassy hill to Theatre in the Mill (which is next to the Phoenix Building).  Alternatively keep walking along Great Horton Road until it meets Shearbridge Road and turn right onto Shearbridge Road, then, once you are opposite Bombay Stores, turn right again off the road. Go down the lane to the Theatre.

By Car 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.

Taxi Tong & Euro Private Hire Great Horton Taxis Tel. 01274 686161/ 01274 687373 Tel. 01274 521672/  Mobile 07724430468 

John Britton has been making extraordinary and unique physical performances since 1989. He is a director, improvisor, writer and teaches ensemble physical theatre and improvisation extensively all round the world. After a short season in Yorkshire, the work will tour internationally. More details and The Open Space programme The Open Space programme offers performance artists the opportunity to use the Theatre in The Mill space to explore new ideas or rework older ones; to use it as a space to play. It also offers you, our audience, the chance to feed into the artist’s process.

Disabled Parking and Access Theatre in the Mill is wheelchair-accessible with a lift to the main auditorium on the first floor. We have space for two wheelchairs, a disabled toilet and an induction loop in the main theatre space. The lower floor (ticket, info and bar area) is at street level and has wide doorways. If you have specific access needs and/or need to use the wheelchair spaces in the Theatre space please contact us. We have two disabled parking spaces nearby, one immediately opposite and on a level with the Theatre, the other nearer the entrance to the lane: from here the Theatre is approximately 150m downhill. For both of these parking places please take the entrance to the lane, which is marked with a Theatre in the Mill sign, from Shearbridge Road opposite Bombay Stores.

Contact us Post: Theatre in the Mill, University of Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1DP E-mail: Web: Box office: 01274 233200 General Enquiries/group bookings: 01274 233185 Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @braduniarts

“Some of Yorkshire’s most eclectic programming” Yorkshire Post

Autumn/Winter 2011




Monday 12th September, 7.30pm

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th November, 7.30pm

John Hegley presents The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet

Thursday 22nd September, 3pm Jon Gomm masterclass at the Tasmin Little Music Centre (University of Bradford)

Friday 30th September, 7.30pm Word Life

October Saturday 1st October, 7.30pm Jon Gomm presents The International Acoustic Guitar Night

Thursday 13th, Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm Milan Govedarica, Theatre in the Mill and The Lowry present Narcissus and Echo by Anja Djordjevic

Saturday 22nd October, 7.30pm

Milan Govedarica Theatre in the Mill and The Lowry present

Monday 12th September, 7.30pm

Narcissus and Echo

Tickets: £10, £5 students and alumni (enjoy a free drink in the foyer) from 01274 233200/

Thursday 10th November, 7.30pm

“Tales about a Frenchman with some unusual [but clean] habits, which include burying his dog’s kennel and his own luggage pieces. The stories appear alongside other new works, which include: a poem about a non-talking parrot and some animal impersonations with the aid of a handkerchief. The audience are invited to sing along. But not to dance. Much.”

BUSOM (Bradford University Society of Operettas and Musicals) present Scratch

Join us as University of Bradford sees the return of John Hegley, one of our most prized and talented poetical graduates.

Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November, 7.30pm

“Just because he is one of the funniest men alive, do not underestimate his dedicated gentleness”

The Institute for Crazy Dancing present Ship O’FoOls

Adrian Mitchell

Echo Chamber – created and performed by Duende (John Britton)

Saturday 26th November, 7.30pm Jadid Ensemble in performance (TLMC programme)

Tuesday 29th November & Wednesday 30th November, 7.30pm Darbourne Luff and Upstart Theatre present The Maddening Rain

BUSOM (Bradford University Society of Operettas and Musicals) present 24-hour show


Friday 28th October, 7.30pm

Rachel Dean & Matthew Bellwood present A Christmas Cabaret

Jaybird in collaboration with Word Life present What Are They Whispering?

John Hegley presents The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet.

Friday 9th December, 7.30pm

This programme will tear apart so you can use the different sections as bookmarks, if you wish.

During the evening Ed Reiss and Julia Deakin, University of Bradford award-winning poets, will present the prize to the winner of the Sounds of Science poetry competition. There will be a reading of the winning poem and those highly commended. Organised by the JB Priestley Library, Theatre in the Mill and Bradford University Alumni Office.


Thursday 13th, Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm

Friday 30th September, 7.30pm Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/

Moving and original word and music play curated by Joe Kriss Word Life is a poetry and music collective formed in 2006 by Joe Kriss. From humble beginnings running open mic nights at Sheffield University, Joe has since developed into an editor, workshop leader and event organiser with a steadily growing national reputation. Word Life run regular poetry and music evenings in both Sheffield and here at the University of Bradford.

The Institute for Crazy Dancing Ship O’FoOls

by Anja Djordjevic

Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/

Jon Gomm presents The International Acoustic Guitar Night Saturday 1st October, 7.30pm Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/

“One of the world‘s most talented and inspirational guitar players” Acoustic Guitar magazine Jon Gomm uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and sparkling melodies all at the same time. His live shows combine deeply personal performances and a natural wit, with a once-seen-neverforgotten two-handed guitar style. Jon will be joined by: Amrit Sond: 2005 Grammy Award winner whose music is steeped in the traditions of Africa, India and the Middle East. Michael Watts: Ecuadorian-born Michael is a fingerstyle guitarist, a master of touch and tone and composer of lustrous harmonies. Michael was Guitarist magazine’s Acoustic Guitarist of The Year at the age of 22. Jon Gomm will also be hosting a free guitar masterclass at the Tamsin Little Music Centre on Thursday 22nd September at 3pm. As well as demonstrating cutting edge new ways of playing the guitar, there will be an open question and answer session, and Jon will be willing to share his expertise and secrets.

Friday 18 November, 7.30pm Saturday 19 November, 7.30pm

Libretto by Marija Stojanovic Director: Chris Hill Musical Director: Morag Galloway The classical Greek myth of the nymph Echo and her fatal love for the beautiful Narcissus is transformed into an enchanting new chamber opera. The lovely and lonely Echo falls for Narcissus who has eyes only for his own reflection. Their tragic love story is overseen by a chorus of wise and witty nymphs. With music that draws on the baroque sound of Purcell and Monteverdi, this opera of love and longing is as classical as it is contemporary and a must for all music lovers. Composer Anja Djordjevic was composer-inresidence at the International Composer’s Centre in Sweden and the winner of the prestigious Stevan Mokranjac prize for Narcissus and Echo. Sung in English.

Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/

Jaybird in collaboration with Word Life present

What Are They Whispering? A poetry show with Imtiaz Dharker, Joe Dunthorne and John Stammers Friday 28th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £6.50 full, £5 concessions, students pay what you can from 01274 233200/ What Are They Whispering? is a poetry show to nudge you or urge you to weigh up the balance of power in your own life. The dynamic trio of poets whose work will charge you up is Imtiaz Dharker, Joe Dunthorne and John Stammers. They perform their poems about power in both its rawest and most subtle states. Poems and ideas are enhanced and amplified with lighting and sound; witness every spoken word special effect from a whisper to a chorus, every lighting state from a firefly glimmer to a thunderbolt.

The Institute for Crazy Dancing creates compelling performance work for site-responsive journeys, events, happenings, traditional theatre spaces and unexpected places. Our Ship O’FoOls will be an astonishing and beautiful sight: a rotating skeleton ship. It is a 21m long keel, with 21 rib sections, supporting 21 hammocks – a structure as big as a bendy bus. Our aim is to create a spectacular, intimate and contemplative experience: it is about being differently oriented in the world, being rocked gently and turned around. It is about how we value ourselves and each other on a voyage to a fairer future. These two nights at the Mill will see us working with the hammocks and musicality for the piece. Please expect to participate in some way, and if you have a hammock we might be able to borrow, please email:

Theatre in the Mill brochure autumn winter 2011 new  

Theatre in the Mill brochure Autumn Winter 2011 University of Bradford

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