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Tuesday March 20, 2018

What’s On There’s plenty going off in Tarn over the next few weeks – especially as we count down to the Tour de Yorkshire. We’ve put together a list of must attend events. There’s more online at

Family and culture

Gig: Stephen Bailey.

THIS Friday Penistone will be getting ready for the Tour de Yorkshire as the Great Barnsley Bunt Off returns. Organisers want the people of Penistone to spruce up their gardens, put on a pinny and help out to make the borough the best in Yorkshire. For information, visit or email Entry is free and it starts at 12pm in Penistone Town Hall. On Saturday, you can keep the decorating going with the Celebrate Cycling event in the Cooper Gallery, where you can decorate bunting and flags. It lasts up until April 8 and entry is free. Also at the Cooper Gallery on Saturday, you can make your own Easter flowers. Inspired by Betty Woodman’s creations, create your own fabulous flowers to take home for Easter. This starts at 10.30am, and tickets can be found at and search for Create in Clay: Easter Flowers. And to finish off your Saturday, head off to the Metrodome to see some brilliant American Wrestling. For the eleventh year running, see some of the best wrestlers in the business as they partake in the first ever, ‘ELIMINATION’ match. It would be perfect for a great night out for all the family. Tickets can be bought online at, or call the ticket office on 730060. Then on Sunday, head over to Worsbrough Mill for a milling demonstration where you can see milling in action. See how techniques worked from the 17th and 19th century. The demonstration starts at 11am and entry is free.

Nightlife ON April 26, as part of the April Fool’s Comedy Festival, join Phil Ellis and Freddy Quinne for night of laughter at the Legends Bar. Phil Ellis is a winner of the Edinburgh Awards Panel Prize for his show, ‘Funz and Gamez’ and is a highly regarded comedian. Freddy Quinne is a natural storyteller and a great comic. He always seems at home when performing to audiences, mixing banter and crowd work to get an hilarious result. Tickets can be found online at and search for Phil Ellis and Freddy Quinne. The show starts at 8pm.

This is rated as an 18 performance. And on April 27, enjoy more laughter as Stephen Bailey comes to Barnsley at the Electric Theatre in Barnsley College on his ‘Can’t Think Straight’ tour. Stephen is a working-class, gay and a Northern comic where he delivers a friendly and open brand of gossipy humour and is one of the most enjoyable acts on the UK circuit today. To book, visit or call the box office on 327000. The show starts at 7.30pm. This is rated as a 16 performance.

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WAB goes to the cinema...

with Oliver Dyson

Tomb Raider reboot fails to deliver a kick TOMB RAIDER (12A) Directed by: Roar Uthaug Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas TOMB Raider is a relic of not just video game history, but action cinema. Angelina Jolie’s take on the titular gun-toting heroine was a lot of style and very little substance, but not entirely unenjoyable. In 2013, the game series was rebooted. It made Lara a woman beyond a pair of hot pants and pistols. This film, an adaptation of that reboot, succeeds in that sense. With Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in lead, it follows Lara in her early 20s, before she has raided any tombs. Her father has been missing presumed dead for almost a decade, having disappeared while searching for an ancient Japanese legend. Pressure is on from her guardian Anna (Scott Thomas) for Lara to sign documents declaring him dead and giving her access to his fortune. But Lara is determined to keep hope for her father alive. When she finds a fresh lead on

his possible location, it sends her across the globe and to a long-forgotten island. Vikander handles the bumps and scrapes of Lara’s adventure capably, and sells the athleticism necessary to make some of her feats of survival even remotely possible. She also gives her some emotional chops, necessary for the trauma this action romp inflicts on her. Set pieces from the video game have been lifted and recreated whole-sale in places, such as one memorable moment involving the wreck of a vintage airplane, a waterfall and a parachute. They are capably handled and a scene early in the film, where Lara – moonlighting as a delivery biker – engages in a cycle chase through the centre of London is a stand out. But the pace does slacken in the middle. Her fight for survival should be filled with peril, but instead you are left waiting for something to happen. She takes plenty of bumps and bruises, and an encounter with a particularly sharp twig is wince-inducing, but you never get the sense she

is ever in any real danger. Part of that is she is coming up against a relatively generic band of mercenaries, led by Walton Goggins as Matthias. Goggins does a fine line in villains, and this one is supposed to be driven by a similar desperation to escape the island, a place he is trapped by his employers until he achieves his mission. But all his desperation and frustration seems to translate into a leader bored with his role, waiting for the solution to his problem to fall into his lap. There may be plenty of dynamite in his group’s excavations but there is very little fire in his belly. Thankfully, things become far more interesting in the final act, once Lara actually gets to partake in some activities relevant to the title. It may be damning with faint praise but Tomb Raider could have turned out far worse than this. There is enough promise here, and in Alicia Vikander’s lead turn, that it would not be unwelcome for them to dig out a sequel. ★★★★★

Bumps and bruises: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Picture: Warner Bros.

We are Barnsley 20 March 2018  
We are Barnsley 20 March 2018