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Director’s Note So Christmas and New Year feel a long way behind us already, and the thoughts of spring are not far away. This means for us, huge amounts of touring. Spring 2014 is looking like one of our busiest ever in terms of the amount of work we have on tour. Trying to pick out some highlights is really difficult and unfair, so I am not going to, I am going to let you flick (all be it digitally) through our brochure to see some of the great things we are involved with this side of summer.

New Realties enters its third season of work, following a brilliant autumn programme with audience numbers at all our partner venues increasing from season one with out exception, do check out some of the great work taking place as part of this programme. See you at a venue sometime soon I am sure. David

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Director’s Note

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Contents

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Third Angel

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Stans Cafe

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Northern Ballet

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Theatre Alibi

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tutti frutti

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Sticks Theatre

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Fifth Word

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Hull Truck

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Urban Playground

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Altered Skin

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Odd doll

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Encounter Productions

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412 Dance Theatre

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Spring Dates TBC

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New Realities

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Autumn 2014 Preview

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Contact Us


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Performance Dates Life & Loves Of A Nobody

Performance Dates

June 17

March 4 Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 The Junction, Cambridge 13-15 Lichfield Garrick April 2 Arena Theatre,

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Theatre Royal, Wakefield The Civic, Barnsley

Cape Wrath March 29-30 Transform Festival, West Yorkshire Playhouse April 3-4 Cheshire Rural Touring June 20-21 The Albany, Deptford 26-28 Oxford Playhouse 29 South Street Arts, Reading More dates TBC. Visit www.departsltd.com for more details.

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See previous work www.thirdangel.com

Third Angel

Stan’s Cafe

Life & Loves Of A Nobody

The Anatomy of Melancholy

Rachel always wanted to be a star. Rachel wanted to run away with the circus. And have her name in lights. And escape from this house. And she dreamed of the future. But people can be ugly. The closer they are the uglier they get. And there’s nobody closer to yourself than yourself. Life is a juggling act. Love is a high-wire. Try to do both at once, and it’s a long way down. But even if the act goes wrong, you can still be famous for the fall.

Cape Wrath Third Angel presents a story of family, of fellow travellers, of whisky and chocolate, of the longest bus journey in Britain. Told to an audience of just 14. Heartfelt, moving, compellingly intimate, Cape Wrath takes you on a journey to the edge of the island.

“The great thing about Third Angel is you never know what you’re going to get… heavenly work” - The Guardian

The Anatomy of Melancholy has been described as “the greatest book ever written”. Nearly 400 years old, it is a vast, 1500 page attempt to identify the causes, symptoms and cures for all kinds of melancholy. Written by vicar and librarian Robert Burton it contains all the wisdom of its age - arcane, outlandish and hilarious. Yet, amidst all the wild stories and suppositions, much of its advice remains as urgent and profound now as it did then.

“This is theatre at its most uncompromising”

Wolverhampton 5 Cast, Doncaster 11-12 Key Studio, Peterborough 16 Marlowe Studio, Canterbury 23 The Lowry, Salford May 2 The Civic, Barnsley

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- Total Theatre Watch the trailer See previous work www.stanscafe.co.uk


Northern Ballet

“A fantastic show that will be loved by children and adults alike” ”

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- The Public Reviews

Performance Dates

Theatre Alibi Hammer & Tongs

Three Little Pigs

Performance Dates

Three little pigs set out into the world. The first pig decides to build a house of straw, the second a house made of sticks and the third pig chooses to build a house of bricks.Then along comes a very hungry wolf. The wolf begs each little pig to invite him in for dinner. When they refuse he threatens to huff and puff and blow their houses down. Will any of the pigs be smart enough to escape the big bad wolf?

March 11 Middlesborough Theatre 13 Hull Truck Theatre 15 Junction, Goole 17 Liverpool Playhouse 22 The Maltings, Berwick 25 The Civic, Barnsley 27 St. George’s Hall, Bradford 28 The Spa, Bridlington 19 Cast, Doncaster 31 MacRobert Theatre, Stirling

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Gala Theatre, Durham The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster The Grand Theatre, Blackpool Harrogate Theatre The Curve, Leicester The Forum, Barrow -In-Furness Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

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www.northernballet.com

Hammer & Tongs digs deep into the human compulsion to argue the toss. Two men and a woman quibble, tiptoe into tiffs, debate high-mindedly, negotiate shoals of red herrings, take offence and descend into glorious, undignified, disgraceful, bad behaviour. From farcical fisticuffs at a wedding disco to squabbling for control of the TV remote, Hammer & Tongs presents a very human comedy – physical, funny, absurd, musical, moving, and absolutely bloody-minded… Written by Daniel Jamieson, Theatre Alibi’s Hammer & Tongs follows previous successful shows for adult audiences including Goucher’s War, Cobbo and Caught.

“Theatre Alibi are among Britain’s most inventive companies” - The Guardian

Feb 21-28 Exeter Phoenix March 5-6 The North Wall, Oxford 7-8 Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol 12 Uppingham Theatre 13-14 Hull Truck Theatre 18 The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton 20 The Arts Centre, Edgehill University 21 Lincoln Performing Arts Centre 22 The Civic, Barnsley April 2-5 Jackson’s Lane, Lon8 don The Castle, 11 Wellingborough Queens Theatre Studio, Barnstaple 12 The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

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See previous work www.theatrealibi.co.uk


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tutti frutti The Boy Who Cried Wolf A beautiful new wintery tale inspired by the famous Aesop fable with a gifted ensemble of actor musicians who play the delightful characters, funny sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two...

Performance Dates The Boy Who Cried Wolf Jan 23Feb 9 Kidsfest, touring Hong Kong and Singapore

“...those looking for a magical and thoughtprovoking early experience of the wonder and power of theatre should treat themselves to Tutti Frutti.“

Sticks Theatre The Hoarder A highly visual, physical and inventive piece of theatre inspired by the astonishing true story of a chronic hoarder – whose behaviour is so out of control that his own life is in danger – and a gardener who slowly gains his trust and begins to help him clear over 30 tonnes of Rubbish. The Hoarder not only deals with the condition of Hoarding but also explores ideas of loneliness, materialism, tolerance and above all…

Performance Dates May 2-3

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough The Met, Bury 7 Square Chapel, Halifax 9 13-14 Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield The Carriageworks 22 Theatre, Leeds 23-24 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Hull Truck Theatre 29

…how great things can be achieved when humans connect.

- British Theatre Guide

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Watch the trailer www.tutti-frutti.org.uk

“Adam Sunderland has cut a swathe in the past with his enchanting children’s theatre pieces and now he tackles a tale of an adult outsider with the same flair for memorable imagery and intriguing storytelling.“ - Charles Hutchinson, York Press

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www.stickstheatre.co.uk


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Performance Dates

Hull Truck A Taste Of Honey

Fifth Word Amateur Girl

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Julie is a likeable auxiliary nurse, working long hours for a low wage in a Nottingham hospital. Julie longs for some real excitement and a bit of spare cash. When her new boyfriend buys a camcorder, Julie sees a lucrative new career on the horizon. She’s drawn into the world of the amateur girls; the so-called stars of home-made pornography on satellite TV and the internet.Yet Julie’s new life can’t stay secret for long.What starts as a bit of fun becomes anything but.

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Nottingham Playhouse

11-12 Cast, Doncaster 13

The Firestation, Windsor

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Lincoln Drill Hall

17-21 St James Theatre, London 25

The Castle, Wellingborough

26-27 The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 28

The Garage, Norwich

March 5-6 Mercury Theatre, Colchester 7-8

The Guildhall Theatre, Derby LIVE

11-12 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 13

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

14-15 Create Theatre, Mansfield

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Jo is 17 years old, living with her promiscuous, alcoholic mother Helen in 1950s Salford. She dreams of independence, and seeks the affection of her boyfriend, a black sailor who is about to go on long deployment at sea. When Helen abandons Jo (again), she finds herself alone, unmarried and pregnant. Several months later, Jo is still alone when she develops a friendship with Geoff, a gay art student who assumes the role of surrogate father, the pair begin to see the possibility of happiness together - until Jo’s mother temporarily returns, driving Geoff away and eventually leaving Jo all alone, again.

“Innovative, accessible and entertaining audiences for more years than they would care to remember“

March 27-19 April 29-10 May 13-17 20-24

Hull Truck Theatre Derby Theatre Cast, Doncaster Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

June 3-7

Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds 10-14 The Lowry, Salford Quays 17-21 The Malvern Theatre July 1-5 Everyman Theatre, 8-12

Cheltenham York Theatre Royal

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See previous work

- Steve Cowton, The Lowry www.hulltruck.co.uk


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Performance Dates

Urban Playground

Performance Dates Run This Town

Run This Town Who runs the town? The highest office gives the best view of all but it’s a long way from the street and the quickest way down is to fall… A group of hi-rise city workers climb the career ladder, slide on the slippery slope of success, engage in an office romance and fight to make a killing before they get the push.

The Inner City The outdoor partner to Run This Town; The Inner City sees the UPG Team’s besuited office workers climb the career ladder, slide on the slippery slopes of success and fight to make a killing before they get the push. This outdoor slapstick knockabout choreography is suitable for all the family playing to festival audiences across the UK and internationally. This year it is returning to the Middle East where it is touring for the British Council.

Feb 12 The Hawth, Crawley March 22 Coade Hall, Bryanston

The Inner City March 5-16 Kuwait, BC 24-14 Qatar, BC April 16 Circus Street, Brighton

Altered Skin Power Games Think you’re in control of your life? Think again… Blending character-driven physical theatre with contemporary and South Asian dance, Power Games explores the forces that shape our destiny.

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Deepak is a wealthy banker whose life is spiraling out of control. Influence the outcome of his story by voting in a TVstyle game show.

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“The arrival of an exciting choreographer“

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- Metro

Contact & Booking

Feb 27 Hat Factory, Luton March 4 The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 6 Lakeside Theatre, Essex 11 stage@Leeds 13 Capstone Theatre, Liverpool 19-20 Jacksons Lane, London 25 Northcott, Exeter 28 Bridport Arts Centre April 3 Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury Tacchi- Morris Arts Centre, Taunton Nottingham Playhouse Queens Theatre, Barnstaple Let’s Dance International Festival, Leicester

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See previous work

Watch the trailer

www.theurbanplayground.co.uk

www.alteredskin.net


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Encounter Productions

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ARC Stockton

Tell Someone Special The people of Stockton, young and old, are coming together to make a very special community show about love. Invited to take part in a series of workshops that include, writing, singing, dance and theatre, local people from 9 to 90 are exploring why we love, whom we love and the nature of communication in our most important relationships.

Odd Doll The Worried Walrus Join Wendy on her magical journey to the bottom of the ocean where she makes some unlikely new friends who help her to re-think what real beauty is…Performed alongside live original music and song, this spectacular puppet show has been made for all big kids over 3 who love an even bigger adventure!

“Utterly mesmerising. Odd Doll have created something unlike anything I have seen before. An excellent piece of work. “

Performance Dates Mar 22 Apr 10 14 26 27 May 4 17

Junction, Goole The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Derby LIVE The Met, Bury Square Chapel, Halifax

Cast, Doncaster Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond 18 The Civic, Barnsley 24 Ilkley Playhoue 27-29 Harrogate Theatre

- The List

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See previous work www.odddoll.co.uk

Together they will present a show stopping and heartfelt live performance for Stockton and for those people whom they love. Tell Someone Special is Encounter’s multi platform project about getting better at love. It asks how often we communicate the most important messages we have to give to others and provides creative ways to do so.

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See previous work www.encounterproductions.org

“An extraordinarily beautiful project, by a creative, sensitive and inclusive company. They provided an amazing opportunity for intergenerational participants to create together, alongside professional artists “ - Head of Participation, Watford Palace Theatre (Getting Better at Love)


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Touring Spring / Summer 2014 Performances Dates TBC tutti frutti

Rapunzel With fantastic music from Chris Mellor, beautiful movement from TC Howard and magical design by Catherine Chapman, Rapunzel is a delightful new production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are.

412 Dance Theatre Super Cool Love 412 Dance Theatre present Super Cool Love – a 21st century love story. Join performers Kirsty and Lee as they explore what it takes to keep love alive. Their characters may have all the answers but when the action stops the explosions start and even Cupid gets out of their way… They should be loved up, but they keep messing up due to reality TV, WKD and no one ‘liking’ his picture on Facebook.

2Faced Dance

A tale of two old friends created and danced by internationally acclaimed 2Faced Dance Company. This is a story about 2 men’s extraordinary experiences, eccentric behaviour and witty tales. Two Old Men will make you gasp, laugh and cry as the old men take you on a life long journey all the way to the pub.

Performance Dates Feb 12 18 April 29 May 8

The John Godber Theatre, Pontefract Harvey Theatre, Doncaster The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Six Lips

Square Chapel, Halifax

Nunkie Productions

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- The Sunday Telegraph www.412dancetheatre.com

The House of Tragic She “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Merging verbatim with a revamp of Brechtian epic theatre, this is a poetic, poignant and colourful physical theatre performance that delves into the effects of loneliness on our functionality as human beings.

Super Cool Love is a dynamic, provocative and hilarious piece of dance theatre – It’s made for anyone who has ever loved anyone ever.

“Quite astonishingly accomplished, so beautifully written, staged and acted that it takes one’s breath away .“

Two Old Men

The Time Machine Nunkie, the company behind the acclaimed M R James Tetralogy; bring H G Wells’ science fiction classic to life in a new, thrilling one-man show. Brought to you in glorious 4D… Visit www.departsltd.com for further information and updates on Spring / Summer 2014 performances.

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Performance Dates

LEEDBSallet

Bradford 5 Mar Karla Shacklock Company: The Buttercup and The Crutch Hull 5 May

Barnsley 27 Feb T42 Dance Projects: Tour D’Horizon Stan’s Cafe: Anatomy of Melancholy

18 June Third Angel: The Life & Loves of a Nobody

Leeds 19 Mar

Northern

James Wilton Dance: Last Man Standing

19 June TongueTied Theatre: Conversations Not Fit For The American Dinner Table

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T42 Dance Projects: Tour D’Horizon

15 May James Wilton Dance: Last Man Standing

Wakefield 28 Mar James Wilton Dance: Last Man Standing 17 June Third Angel: The Life & Loves of a Nobody

BRADFOR

Fancy seeing something a bit out of the ordinary? We’re working with 5 venues across Yorkshire to put shows on their stages which you may not have seen before. We’re working with companies from Yorkshire and beyond who make really exciting new theatre and dance. Some of it is beautiful, some is a bit daft. Each show is clever, moving, occasionally messy and always delightful - this is a chance to catch exciting performances right on your doorstep, at prices that mean everyone can afford to go.

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Hull Truck

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The project is called New Realities and is funded by Arts Council England. This means that we can bring more new companies to the theatres we are working with, support artists, and work out what will bring an audience to see them. We’re working closely with marketers Indigo Ltd, who helped us to create this project and will continue to help us research for it. We’re in our second year now, with a brilliant Spring season ahead, and three more seasons to go. For more information about the project please get in touch.

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Contact & Information

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AUTUMN 2014 PREVIEW

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Square Peg

The Man Who Woke Up Dead

Third Angel

Exploring the devide between fact and fiction, The Man Who Woke Up Dead is a dark, claustrophobic nightmare akin to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and Orwell’s 1984.

154 Collective

Dancing with the Orange Dog

A story of family, of fellow travellers, of whisky and chocolate, of the longest bus journey in Britain. Told to an audience of just 14. Heartfelt, moving, compellingly intimate, Cape Wrath takes you on a journey to the edge of the island.

Tender Buttons

The story of two people trying to connect through the stories that other people have told them. Using theatre, dance, music, photography, visual arts, film and animation this is an intimate and quirky evening all about stories and why we tell them.

2Faced Dance

A new double-bill

The M R James Tetralogy Four thrilling one man shows based on the classic ghost stories of M R James: A Pleasing Terror, Oh, Whistle..., A Warning to the Curious and Count Magnus.

Slung Low

Sounds & Guts Sounds and Guts takes you on a tourist boat ride around Ogygia through a labyrinth of film footage, field recordings and soundscapes. Tender Buttons tell an interactive tale of combating lonliness.

Kirsty Housley

2Faced Dance is an all male, urban dance company which mixes contemporary and breakdance to create a bold, energetic and highly athletic performance style. Risk-taking, agile and graceful.

Robert Lloyd Parry

Cape Wrath

All I Want What did you want to be when you grew up? What do you want most in life? An intimate one-man show takes audiences on a captivating journey that poses important questions about consumerism, globalisation, ambition and desire.

Breaking Traditions

The Sleepover Keep your eyes peeled in Autumn 2014 for dates to be announced for Breaking Traditions new dance production.

Emergency Story Unit An adventure installation created for audiences of 6-7 year olds where you will tour the Emergency Story Unit and their magic submarine. News of a marooned penguin comes in from Antarctica and you embark upon an epic adventure to save him.

You can find out more about our Spring shows including images, trailers and contact details by visiting our website: www.departsltd.com

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Spring / Summer 2014 Brochure