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Spring/Summer ‘17


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Welcome to The Arts Centre’s Spring and Summer Season 2017. As well as a really exciting programme of dance, music, performance, literature, visual art, film and live theatre screenings listed here, we will be updating our website regularly with even more events and performances so do please check for new information and programme updates at edgehill.ac.co.uk/artscentre. We’re delighted to welcome a host of new people to The Arts Centre in 2017 including bands on Edge Hill University’s record label, Youth Hostel, Oranj Son and Shrinking Minds, prize-winning and internationally renowned author Michel Faber whose novel Under the Skin was made into a film starring Scarlett Johansson, the incomparable and original Liz Aggiss and ground-breaking theatre company 20 Stories High with their new cutting-edge performance “I Told My Mum I Was Going On An R.E. Trip...”. We have a great new box office system which makes online booking even easier and of course you can call into the box office or give us a call to book your tickets. As an Edge Hill University student you can sign up to The Arts Centre’s free membership scheme. You’ll receive four free tickets* per season to see shows of your choice. There will also be special offers and competitions throughout the year. It’s really easy to sign up, just go to edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre/student and provide us with a few details or you can call in at The Arts Centre box office. *Subject to availability


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MUSIC 18 02

Saturday 18th February 8.00pm

God Unknown Records presents

Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Sex Swing, Cavalier Song and Agathe Max God Unknown Records is a DIY record label run by Jason Stoll with Sam Wiehl who crafts the label’s distinctive aesthetic. Comprising members of sonically nefarious outfits Mugstar, Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Earth & Dead Neanderthals Sex Swing have been tipped as on the of the top 50 bands to look out for in 2017. Cavalier Song present a range of sonic works that meditate on the human condition, stirring memory and desire, a series of lush yet darkly affective songs. Musical influences include Philip Glass, John Coltrane and King Crimson. Agathe Max is a musician and visual artist, she plays electric violin combined with electronics, stomp boxes and a loop station. She collaborated with a series of other experimental musicians such as Rhys Chatham, Carla Bozulich and Jonathan Kane.

04 03

Saturday 4th March 8.00pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

The Label Recordings presents

Shrinking Minds, Oranj Son and Youth Hostel One of the highlights of our music programme is a night of music from three of the most exciting bands on The Label Recordings, Edge Hills record label which promotes existing and new music. This event is part of Ten Sound City Saturdays. To celebrate Liverpool Sound City’s 10th Anniversary and our partnership with the festival, Edge Hill University have put together a unique programme of ten events that will take place on Saturdays between 4th February and 27th May 2017. These events will include music, workshops, discussions, films and visual art and will take place here at The Arts Centre, and across a variety of other venues. Full information about all of these events at edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre


MUSIC Chamber Music Edge Hill Edge Hill University is proud to announce an exciting new series of chamber music concerts scheduled to take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.00 pm in our Studio Theatre. Our aim is to be welcoming and beguiling, with concerts at international levels of excellence - all at the end of a day’s work or study. Please come and lend us your ears.

22 02

Wednesday 22nd February 7.00pm

Ensemble of St Lukes present

FREE – Booking required

Haydn : String Quartet in C, op.20 no. 2 Stravinsky: Three pieces for string quartet Ravel: String Quartet in F

29 03

Wednesday 29th March 7.00pm

Verity / Passmore Duo (Thomas Verity - clarinet / Simon Passmore - piano)

FREE – Booking required

Celebrating the North-West A programme of British music for clarinet and piano, including two gems of the repertoire by Gerald Finzi and John Ireland. Local connections include works by Liverpudlian John McCabe (1939-2015) and new works by two living composers, Mihkel Kerem (violinist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and Stephen Pratt (Professor of Music, Edge Hill University).

09 03

Thursday 9th March 4.00pm

In Search of the Phoenix

FREE – Booking required

In Search of the Phoenix based upon the Russian folk hero Sadko, is a new music theatre work composed by Stephen Davismoon, directed by Sadie Smith and devised with students of Chatsworth High School and Community College, Salford and members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with beautiful animation by Anthony Jay and sound design by Paul Rogerson with his Khoros Instrument. This is a collaborative project between Chatsworth High School and Community College, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Edge Hill University.


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Musical Theatre

13 01

Friday 13th January 8.00pm FREE This event takes place in the Student Union Bar

Club Mexicano

Edge Hill University Performing Arts Department are delighted to partner with nationally renowned theatre company Perfect Pitch to bring you an interactive, site-specific workshop performance of Club Mexicano. Join 19 year old Mel as she celebrates her hen night at a holiday resort in Cancun Mexico. Have a drink and join the hens on the dance floor in this brand new musical with a fun and contemporary pop and dance score.

06 02

Monday 6th February 8.00pm Tickets £15 / £13 / £5 EHU Students

An Audience with Julie Atherton

Julie Atherton is one of the West End’s most versatile entertainers, with a distinctive voice and unmatched comic timing. Julie originated the roles of Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in Avenue Q and has also starred in Fame and Mamma Mia! in the West End. The Preston-born star is well known as a supporter of new writing in musical theatre and this concert will include songs from several new musicals developed by theatre company Perfect Pitch, alongside tracks from her albums and some career highlights. Between songs the audience will also be invited to ask Julie a few questions about her career to date.


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Theatre & Performance 24 01

Tuesday 24th January 7.30pm FREE – Booking required

Ceniza (Ashes) Performed and conceived by Lucho Guzman

A lone soldier takes refuge in an abandoned big-top. While the battle rages on outside, he opens the clown’s suitcase and finds himself being drawn into the world of the circus. Lucho Guzman brings us his considerable talent as a clown in this feast of absurd and macabre comedy, inspired by real experiences of conflict in Colombia. Ceniza is presented as part of Lucho’s week-long residency at Edge Hill University and tour of Northwest venues, featuring performances, clown workshops and lecture presentations on the growing practice of the social and humanitarian clown. Book Launch Colombian Clowning as Social Performance: Ridicule and Resistance By Barnaby King

6.30pm drinks reception 7.30pm performance of Ceniza 8.30pm book launch and Q&A

Join us to celebrate the publication of this new book that details the proliferation of clown performance in Colombia and its surprising social significance. Drawing on 5 years of ethnographic research, author Barnaby King explores the relationship of comic performance to Colombia’s precarious political and social situation, which even today seemingly hangs in the balance. Barnaby King is a senior lecturer in performance at Edge Hill University. His research revolves around clowning, circus and popular performance, and their relationship to local culture and social conditions.

09 02

Monday 9th February 7.00pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Pact With Pointlessness Wendy Houstoun A barrage of old time patter and online chatter fuel the slow, slow, quick, quick, slow cycles of coming and going in an absurd piece triggered by life, death and what to do about it all. It is an escapology act of strange logic, a philosophical piece of stupidity driven by an urgent sense of futility. The seasoned Wendy Houstoun is in defiant form. Treading the boards once more in (nearly) an hour of absurd action, breakneck looping chatter and more than a few laughs. Stand up meets vaudeville eccentricity in this performance of organised chaos.


13 + 14

Monday 13th February 8.00pm & Tuesday 14th February 8.00pm

Negative Space By Reckless Sleepers

Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

To begin, Reckless Sleepers built a room-sized wooden frame and lined it with plasterboard. For several weeks they started smashing it up, smashing it down, then piecing together the fragments of their destruction back together. The result is this show, Negative Space. From a blank architectural canvas, something fantastical emerges. It's a love story. It's a slapstick comedy. It's slasher, action, melodrama...and not a single word is spoken. Soon different possible stories are spiralling around, hurtling towards an ending. Post-show talk with the company on Tuesday 14th February Director, Mole Wetherell Devised and performed by Alex Covell, Leentje Van De Cruys, Leen Dewilde, Kevin Egan, Tim Ingram, Mole Wetherell, Rebecca Young. 60mins.

15 02

Wednesday 15th February 7.00pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

20 Stoires High and Contact present

“I told my mum I was going on an R.E. Trip…” Young women’s stories of abortion in their own words With 1 in 3 women in the UK having had an abortion, this new verbatim show explores what seems to be one of society's last taboos. A multi-talented young female cast use real stories, live music, beats and rhyme to create a funny, frank and moving production from award-winning companies 20 Stories High and Contact.

16 02

Thursday 16th February 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

O No! Love, Art and Other Acts of Foolishness by Jamie Wood, co-directed by Wendy Hubbard

One of the most talked about shows of the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, O No! is a psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles. It borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic. It’s about reckless optimism, avant-garde art and what we might yet have to learn from the hippies.

“By the end, Wood has got the entire audience making music and probably doubled the amount of happiness floating around...” ★★★★ The Guardian


Theatre and Performance

07 03

Tuesday 7th March 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Slap and Tickle Liz Aggiss Slap and Tickle is a dark and ribald physical commentary on cultural mores and sexual taboos: a disorientating display of interpretations and contradictions about women, girls, mothers, bitches and senior citizens. Beating a path through the personal and historical, Aggiss creates a feminist soup that lurches from spoken word to expressionist movement, from music hall to radio nostalgia, from costume change to prop manipulation.

‘A very funny solo piece… no need for Aggiss to bemoan the lack of opportunities facing older women in the theatre, because she puts herself centre stage’ The Guardian Duration: 60 minutes This performance contains strobe, strong language and balloons

09 03

Thursday 9th March 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Workshy by Katy Baird This is a show about work. What we are and aren’t willing to do for money. Some people work to make money. Some people work to feel fulfilled. Some people don’t work at all. For the last two decades, Katy has been at the frontline of the customer service industry. From getting you high to supersizing your whopper meal she has done everything she can to make you happy. She isn’t sure if she has much left to give but, for this show (like the true professional she is), she will put herself out there one more time to give you everything you want. Join Katy for a very personal story of the ups and downs of what it means to serve you – the great British Public. Age 18+ Features nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.


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14 03

Tuesday 14th March 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

FoMO, mofos! (Fear of Missing Out, motherf***ers!) Created by Mary Pearson

Enter here and now. A woman, and a mystery: What happened? How did we get here? How do we get down from here? Flashing back through another time, another place, a woman is lost in a digital age state of being. All eyes gaze upon her, their insatiable desire is to invade and capture her privacy. FoMO, mofos! is a kaleidoscopic meditation passing through the films Blow-up and Mullholland Drive and the songs of Robert Wyatt, Kraftwerk and John Lennon; a modern myth, cautionary tale, and cinematic visual feast.

15 03

Wednesday 15th March 2.00pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Cartoonopolis By Lewis Bray

Follow Jack Bray - a young man with severe autism - through the imaginary world he created in his back garden. Based on his TRUE story, come with Jack’s brother, Lewis and fight inner demons, famous cartoon characters and a whole heap of baddies to stop Mayor Sharp from taking over Cartoonopolis and killing creativity once and for all… A story of two brothers, one family, goodies, baddies and autism. Lewis Bray is an emerging actor and writer. This is his first play performed by himself to outstanding reviews as part of Liverpool Everyman Playhouse Ignition Project and now touring.


16 03

Thursday 16th March 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Borderland by Public Burning Theatre

A tale of race, sexuality and power in Oldham. When shy, Disney loving Aminah meets blood-soaked local bruiser Kayla in after-school detention, neither expects to bring a whole community to its knees. Borderland is a provocative, urgent look at modern-day segregation. This play will challenge liberal and traditional values alike. Praise for Public Burning Theatre: “Excellent ★★★★★” The Skinny “Theatre at its best … flawless … award-worthy stuff.” Julie Hesmondhalgh

22 04

Saturday 22nd April 2.30pm Tickets: £5, £18 for a family of four

Krazy Kat Theatre Company presents

Oliver in the Overworld by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood

Oliver in the Overworld is the first ever musical created from scratch with sign language. It’s a funny, surreal, picaresque tale of a little deaf boy who travels to The Overworld, The Land of Machinery, seeking the parts to mend the memory of his best friend, Oliver the Grandfather Clock. Created by multi award-winning Artistic Director Kinny Gardner with beautiful puppets, magical transformations, 10 super songs and daft dances, and featuring fully integrated Sign Language, this is an ingenious and imaginative theatre show with big laughs! Showcasing Krazy Kat’s mastery of visual storytelling it’s bristling with creativity, humour and catchy chunes… Join the Kats in this fast-moving madcap musical adventure. Lasting 55 minutes it is suitable for ages 3-7, their families and friends and is suitable for both deaf and hearing audiences.

04 05

Thursday 4th May 7.30pm

Equal Voices Arts (New Zealand) present

Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Salonica! In 1916 a great multi-national mass of humanity descended on the ancient city of Salonica. Refugees and soldiers created a vast tented city. Hospital ships lay off in the harbour, as a wall of barbed wire was erected. In the lull in the fighting between Christmas 1916 and Easter 1917 two soldiers strike up an unlikely friendship. A Serbian soldier fresh from mountain combat and a Kiwi sapper, survivor of Gallipoli, who has concealed his deafness to join up, meet. With no shared language they develop a way of communicating through their everyday joys, sorrows and letters home. With reportage and story-telling in Serbian and NZSL, titles in English and scenes in a specially developed form of Visual Vernacular combining natural sign with mime and physical theatre, this play plays with inclusivity for both deaf and hearing audiences.


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Companies in Residence

23 03

Thursday 23rd March 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

A Pound of Flesh One Hour Theatre Company

A Pound of Flesh shows Shakespeare’s outsider characters, Caliban and Shylock, in today’s world. This new play cracks open the idea of ‘the other’ in our charged times. New South African music haunts. Part of the play was first staged at the Global Shakespeare Congress at Vaclav Havel’s invitation. The play was created by Rob Gordon, Professor of Drama and Director of the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, and esteemed UK theatre scholar - and David Peimer, Edge Hill University Professor, Associate Director (Pinter Centre), first English speaking director (Havel’s theatre), award winner for playwriting, directing in South Africa, New York.

25 03

Saturday 25th March 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Not The Horse Naughty Corner

Back by popular demand, the critically acclaimed outrageous crime comedy from Edge Hill University resident theatre company and the minds behind awardwinning show The Bastard Queen! returns for its second year. Tony is a 20-year-old scouser who finds himself in a labyrinth of trouble. After losing an illegal horse racing bet with a notorious group of London gangsters, Tony and his friends find themselves looking for any possible plan to come up with £250,000 in four days. After a whirlwind of ideas, accidental robbery, accidental horse tranquilisers and a lot of horse semen, Not The Horse spirals into a loud crashing finish. Naughty Corner will return with their brand new show, Church Blitz on 26th October 2017.


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DANCE 30 01

Monday 30th January 7.00pm

Fallen Angels presents

Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

Upon Awakening Fallen Angels Dance Theatre tells real-life stories for and about people in recovery: raising awareness, and breaking down barriers and stigma. Since 2009, the company’s founder and director, choreographer Paul Bayes Kitcher, has brought together his experience as a classical dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and extensive work in movement and dance theatre with people recovering from addiction – to create productions that provide a unique, emotive and thought-provoking experience. Upon Awakening portrays fragmented stories of lost souls who search without knowing what they are looking for. By gathering real-life stories from people in recovery, Kitcher has developed an emotive production that journeys through darkness to find hope. ‘Through the cracks, glimmers of hope appear, twists and turns of a different kind. I am lifted and free. Broken and smashed to pieces, you need to be lost to be found. But are we all searching for something, someone, somewhere? I am not a saint and I don’t get it right all the time. Brick walls appear and you have to believe and walk through them.’

28 02

Tuesday 28th February 7.30pm

James Wilton Dance presents

Tickets £10 / £8 / £5 EHU Students

LEVIATHAN Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick. LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction. Featuring a cast of seven, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul. LEVIATHAN is man versus nature. Commissioned by: The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture and Ocean City Festival, Swindon Dance, The Place, Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian and BBC Performing Arts Fund, with support from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts.


LISTINGs

Spring/Summer ‘17


LISTINGS

13 Club Mexicano 01 Friday 13th January 8.00pm

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09 Wendy Houstoun 02 Thursday 9th February 7.00pm

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16 No Man’s Land NT Live Encore 01 Monday 16th January 7.00pm

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09 Ann Arbor Film Festival 02 Thursday 9th February 7.30pm

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19 Camarade Poetry Event 01 Thursday 19th January 6.00pm

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09 And The Word Was… 02 Thursday 9th - Friday 24th February

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20 Free Film Friday 01 Friday 20th January 7.00pm

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10 Free Film Friday 02 Friday 10th February 7.00pm

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23 Open Mic night 01 Monday 23rd January 7.30pm

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13 Negative Space 02 Monday 13th February 8.00pm

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24 Ceniza 01 Tuesday 24th January 7.30pm

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14 Negative Space 02 Tuesday 14th February 8.00pm

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24 Peggy Su! 01 Tuesday 24th January 7.00pm

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15 I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip P 02 Wednesday 15th February 7.00pm

25 I, Daniel Blake 01 Wednesday 25th January 7.30pm

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15 Captain Fantastic 02 Wednesday 15th February 7.30pm

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26 Chinese New Year Celebration 01 Thursday 26th January 6.00pm

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16 Saint Joan NT Live Encore 02 Thursday 16th February 6.45pm

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27 Free Film Friday 01 Friday 27th January 7.00pm

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16 Jamie Wood O No! 02 Thursday 16th February 7.30pm

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30 Upon Awakening 01 Monday 30th January 7.00pm

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18 Cavalier Song, Sex Swing and Agathe Max M 02 Saturday 18th February 8.00pm

31 Meat and Greet 01 Tuesday 31st January 7.00pm

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20 Open Mic Night 02 Monday 20th February 7.30pm

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01 Bridget Jones’s Baby 02 Wednesday 1st February 7.30pm

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21 Student Talent Night 02 Tuesday 21st February 7.00pm

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02 Amadeus 02 Thursday 2nd February 6.45pm

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22 Chamber Music Edge Hill 02 Wednesday 22nd February 7.00pm

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03 Free Film Friday 02 Friday 3rd February 7.00pm

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24 Free Film Friday 02 Friday 24th February 7.00pm

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06 The Tempest NT Live Encore 02 Monday 6th February 7.00pm

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28 LEVIATHAN 02 Tuesday 28th February 7.30pm

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06 An Audience with Julie Atherton P 02 Monday 6th February 8.00pm

01 Ship of Fools 03 Wednesday 1st - Friday 31st March

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07 Michel Faber 02 Tuesday 7th February 6.30pm

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02 Manifestos 03 Thursday 2nd March 10.00am

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08 Under The Skin 02 Wednesday 8th February 7.30pm

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02 Hallucinogenic Visions 03 Thursday 2nd March 6.00pm

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LISTINGS

03 Free Film Friday 03 Friday 3rd March 7.00pm

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25 Not The Horse 03 Saturday 25th March 7.30pm

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04 The Label Band Night 03 Saturday 4th March 8.00pm

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29 Chamber Music Edge Hill 03 Wednesday 29th March 7.00pm

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07 Liz Aggiss: Slap & Tickle 03 Tuesday 7th March 7.30pm

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04 Bohemian Lights 04 Tuesday 4th April 7.30pm

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08 Robert Sheppard: Poetry Event 03 Wednesday 8th March 7.00pm

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05 Bohemian Lights 04 Wednesday 5th April 7.30pm

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08 The Girl on the Train 03 Wednesday 8th March 7.30pm

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06 Savage Acts 04 Thursday 6th April 7.30pm

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09 In Search of the Phoenix 03 Thursday 9th March 4.00pm

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07 Free Film Friday 04 Friday 7th April 7.00pm

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09 Hedda Gabler 03 Thursday 9th March 6.45pm

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07 Ballad of Wolves 04 Friday 7th April 7.30pm

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09 Katy Baird: Workshy 03 Thursday 9th March 7.30pm

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08 Ballad of Wolves 04 Saturday 8th April 2.30pm

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10 Free Film Friday 03 Friday 10th March 7.00pm

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08 Savage Acts 04 Saturday 8th April 7.30pm

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14 FoMO, mofos! 03 Tuesday 14th March 7.30pm

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12 Arrival 04 Wednesday 12th April 7.30pm

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15 Cartoonopolis 03 Wednesday 15th March 2.00pm

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14 Free Film Friday 04 Friday 14th April 7.00pm

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15 A Street Cat Named Bob 03 Wednesday 15th March 7.30pm

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19 Nocturnal Animals 04 Wednesday 19th April 7.30pm

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16 Borderland 03 Thursday 16th March 7.30pm

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22 Oliver in the Overworld 04 Saturday 22nd April 2.30pm

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17 Free Film Friday 03 Friday 17th March 7.00pm

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26 Julius Caesar RSC Live 04 Wednesday 26th April 6.45pm

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20 Open Mic Night 03 Monday 20th March 7.30pm

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27 Twelfth Night NT Live Encore 04 Thursday 27th April 7.00pm

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22 The Light Between Oceans 03 Wednesday 22nd March 7.30pm

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04 Salonica! 05 Thursday 4th May 7.30pm

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23 A Pound of Flesh 03 Thursday 23rd March 7.30pm

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14 Anthony and Cleopatra RSC Live Encore L 06 Wednesday 14th June 6.45pm

24 Free Film Friday 03 Friday 24th March 7.00pm

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Performances

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Films

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Music

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Live Theatre Screenings

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Talks and Literature


FREE FILM FRIDAYS Free Film Fridays are one of our most popular events at The Arts Centre.

Join us every Friday during term time for a free film and if you’re a member of the Arts Centre you will also get FREE POPCORN!

Check the listings for Free Film Friday dates and join our FFF Facebook group to find out which films are coming up.

Facebook.com/groups/EHUFreeFilmFriday

The RedBar Games Café is open for business. Pop into the Arts Centre Box Office if you’d like to host a games afternoon or evening or just call in for a game of Edge Hill Monopoly. If you’d like to get involved in helping us develop the Games Café email us at artscentre@edgehill.ac.uk, we’d love to hear your ideas.


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VISUAL ARTS Thursday 9th February – Friday 24th February

And The Word Was

Free

Curated by writer, artist and Edge Hill University postgraduate student Bill Bulloch And The Word Was explores how poetry, fiction and script manifest in other ways, such as visual poetry, photography, painting and sculpture. Creative writing students from Edge Hill University showcase their visual art practice with this exhibition of work which brings their writing off the page and into other forms with work resulting from, and responding to, their writing. Lifting the initial concept from the bare words on the page, students expand upon their ideas and illuminate their stories and poetry in a variety of new and exciting directions.

Tate Partnership As well as hosting a number of exhibitions throughout the year, The Arts Centre and Edge Hill University have a unique partnership with Tate Liverpool which allows Edge Hill University students to see all Tate exhibitions for free. This is a fantastic opportunity to see world class painting, photography, sculpture, installation and other visual arts. Call in to The Arts Centre box office to pick up your Tate Card which allows you free access when shown with your Edge Hill Unicard.

Tate Liverpool Exhibitions Until 5th September 2017 Until 3rd March 2017 Until 5th March 2017 Until 19th March 2017 3rd April – 29th May 2017

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus Yves Klein Edward Krasinski Cecile B. Evans Ellsworth Kelly in Focus

See www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool for further information


CREATIVE WRITING 19 01

Thursday 19th January 6.00pm FREE – Booking required

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Camarade: New poetry in performance Curated by Tom Jenks and SJ Fowler with Robert Sheppard

The Camarade series explores collaboration between poets, taking the form of events which pair writers to produce and premiere new collaborative poems or artworks. At each live event multiple pairs share their work in short bursts, drawing in audiences with an open, communal and engaging aesthetic. The North West Poetry Tour comprises over eighty poets collaborating to produce over sixty collaborative works for performance over six nights in January and February 2017. Each performance will be hosted by a different venue in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds and here at Edge Hill University on 19th January 2017. Poets associated with Edge Hill University, including Robert Sheppard, Patricia Farrell, Joanne Ashcroft, Matt Fallaize, Adam Hampton and Cathy Butterworth, will perform alongside a core group of six touring poets. Working together, these poets produce a body of collaborative work which will be premiered on the tour.

07 02

Tuesday 7th February 6.30pm

Michel Faber

Tickets: £5

Primarily known as a writer of fiction, acclaimed, award-winning writer Michel Faber has written nine books including novellas and short story collections. His novel, New York Times Best Seller The Crimson Petal and the White, was adapted into a BBC4 drama and his electrifying debut, Under the Skin, was made into a film directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson. Faber is also author of The Fire Gospel and The Book of Strange New Things, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award 2015. “Michel Faber’s love poems are lucid, tender and wise, and they pulse with this fine writer's intelligence”- Ian McEwan

Includes free ticket for screening of Under the Skin, Wednesday 8th February


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02 03

Thursday 2nd March 6.00pm Tickets £5

Hallucinogenic Visions An illustrated talk by Graham Duff Graham Duff is a prolific screenwriter and actor best known for dark comedy drama, Ideal starring Johnny Vegas. As an actor his appearances include Doctor Who and the Harry Potter films. In the mind-bending Hallucinogenic Visions, Duff explores the techniques that cinema has used to make hallucinations manifest on screen. He discusses how in the mid-1960s, the spread of the drug counter culture meant more people than ever before were experiencing hallucinations first hand. And so, from then on, film makers had to up their game in the creation of on-screen hallucinations. Duff will screen a wide range of excerpts, including both classics and more obscure material. From Dumbo to A Field In England, from The Singing Detective to Into The Void. Warning: Contains flashing imagery and material not suitable for minors.

Altered States’ (1980) dir. Ken Russell

08 03

Wednesday 8th March Throughout the day and evening FREE – Booking required

Robert Sheppard Symposium, reading and exhibition To celebrate the work of Professor Sheppard, The Robert Sheppard Symposium will involve a series of research papers and presentations on various aspects of Professor Sheppard’s creative and/or critical work. The format will be panel sessions throughout the day and a reading of some of the most prominent poets in the UK in The Arts Centre during the evening. Speakers and readers to include: Allen Fisher, Robert Hampson, Zoe Skoulding, Antony Rowland and Scott Thurston Symposium in Room M40/41, 10.00am-5.00pm Tickets: Free but book a place at the symposium with James Byrne at byrnej@edgehill.ac.uk Reading event 7.00pm-10.00pm Arts Centre Tickets: Free but booking is required Ship of Fools Exhibition Wednesday 1st – Friday 31st March The symposium will also feature an exhibition of material including those from the Ship of Fools Press, set up in the mid-1980s by Robert Sheppard and Patricia Farrell for the purpose of publishing their art and text collaborations. This will be in the Gallery space at the Arts Centre at Edge Hill University throughout the month of March and is curated by Patricia Farrell and Joanne Ashcroft.


Student PERFORMANCES 23 01

Monday 23rd January 7.30pm

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Monday 20th February 7.30pm

31 01

Tuesday 31st January 7.00pm

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Open Mic Night

FREE

FREE

Monday 20th March 7.30pm

Open Mic is an opportunity for anyone to come along and show off their talents. Edge Hill University is bursting with students who can sing or dance, recite poetry, play an instrument or surprise us with a hidden talent. Bring your friends along for support or just come along to be part of the audience. Takes place in the Arts Centre Red Bar. Book your slot at the box office.

FREE

Tickets: ÂŁ3, ÂŁ2 Pay on the door

Paper Stage Productions presents

Meat and Greet An original play written by Edge Hill University Creative Writing Students

When Nate and Sebastian move into their new apartment, they need their new neighbours' approval before they can get a dog. They decide to host a housewarming party in the hope of endearing themselves, but their guests aren't at all what they were expecting, and very little ends up going to plan..."

21 02

Tuesday 21st February 7.00pm

Student Talent Night

FREE

A night where you can take over the stage! There are lots of talented students at Edge Hill University and our Talent Night is a show all about celebrating that. Come to this free performance to support those performing, or to show off your talents. Expect anything and everything! Interested in taking part? Contact Alex at messenga@edgehill.ac.uk, or call into the box office to secure your slot.

02 03

Thursday 2nd March 10.00am

Manifestos

FREE

A new generation of theatre-makers present their manifestos in and around The Arts Centre. Politics and aesthetics combine in a celebration of different voices and loud opinions. This is about finding a new aesthetic expression, learning your own performance language and bringing down old artistic forms. This is about changing the world by creating a new vision of the future in the now. Manifesto performances, installations and proclamations by third year Dance and Drama, Dance and Drama with Physical Theatre and Visual Theatre students.


Second Year Edge Hill University Drama Students present

A Season of Plays by Ramón del Valle-Inclán Tickets £9/5/3 Edge Hill Students. See a second and third play for half price when all booked together Ramón del Valle-Inclán (1866-1936) is regarded in his own country “as the most pioneering Spanish dramatist of (the last) century... (who) anticipates most of the key movements in modern drama. He is notoriously unclassifiable but was both an Expressionist and an Absurdist before the event. He created a genre he called 'esperpento’ which broadly means grotesque tragi-comedy, and what is fascinating is that he anticipates Beckett, Ionesco, Genet and Arrabal without in any way sacrificing his own radical utopianism. He is one of the seminal figures in modern drama: erotic, anarchic and a Galician poet of the grotesque." Michael Billington, The Guardian

04 05

Tuesday 4th April 7.30pm & Wednesday 5th April 7.30pm

Bohemian Lights translated and adapted by David Johnston

Possibly the best known and most frequently performed of Valle-Inclán’s plays, Bohemian Lights was not

+performed in the author’s lifetime because of state censorship. The play is a nocturnal Odyssey through the Demi-monde by a blind poet, Max. In this adaptation the tale is radically relocated from Madrid to “an absurd and brilliant Dublin alive with hunger and strife” on the eve of the Easter Rising.

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Thursday 6th April 7.30pm & Saturday 8th April 7.30pm

Savage Acts translated by Robert Lima

Valle-Inclán described these four one-act plays as “Dances of Death for Silhouettes and Marionettes”. All are exercises in esperpento, the distinctive Spanish Grotesque style located somewhere between Goya and Bunuel. Played together they offer the ideal introduction to the work and range of this extraordinary playwright.

07 08

Friday 7th April 7.30pm & Saturday 8th April 2.30pm

Ballad of Wolves (Barbarous Comedies) translated and adapted by David Johnston

In the final part of the trilogy of Barbarous Comedies, Johnston has combined elements from the first two parts with the action of the third to create a complete evening of theatre. Anticipating Bunuel’s Viridiana, the hero Don Juan Manuel installs a group of Beggar’s in his country house. The results are a cross between Don Juan and a Galician King Lear, described in a recent production as “like some wild beast…excess run riot” The Guardian. All three plays employ vulgar and obscene language


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LIVE THEATRE SCREENINGS 16 01

Monday 16th January 7.00pm

National Theatre Live Encore presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

No Man’s Land Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.

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Thursday 2nd February 6.45pm

National Theatre Live presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

Amadeus Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.


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06 02

Monday 6th February 7.00pm

Royal Shakespeare Company Live Encore presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

The Tempest Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. In a unique partnership with Intel, the production will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.

16 02

Thursday 16th February 6.45pm

National Theatre Live presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

Saint Joan Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. From the torment of the Hundred Years’ War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying masterpiece.


Live Theatre Screenings

09 03

Thursday 9th March 6.45pm

National Theatre Live presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

Hedda Gabler “I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free... Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

26 04

Wednesday 26th April 6.45pm

Royal Shakespeare Company Live presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

Julius Caesar Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.


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27 04

Thursday 27th April 7.00pm

National Theatre Live Encore presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

Twelfth Night Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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Wednesday 14th June 7.00pm

Royal Shakespeare Company Live Encore presents

Tickets £12 / £10 / £5 EHU Students

Antony and Cleopatra Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).


Confucius Institute 24 01

Tuesday 24th January 7.00pm

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Peggy Su!

FREE – Booking required

A romantic comedy set in Liverpool's Chinese community (the oldest in Britain), Peggy Su! depicts the generational and cultural conflicts experienced by 19-year-old Peggy (Pamela Oei) as she tries to balance respect for her father's wishes with her own views about what constitutes a good marriage, and as she struggles to keep up with the rapid social change (this being 1962, just before the Beatles turned everything upside down.) The first film to receive Lottery funding, Peggy Su! was written by Liverpool writer Kevin Wong and funded by BBC Films and Liverpool's MIDA. It won a Royal Television Society award. UK, 1996; 94 mins. BBC Films, ACE Lottery, MIDA/Liverpool Dir. Frances-Anne Solomon; Writer Kevin Wong Cast: Pamela Oei, Adrian Pang, Sukie Smith, Burt Kwouk, Jacqui Chan, Dan York This event will take place in the Business School.

26 01

Thursday 26th January 6.00pm

Chinese New Year Celebration

FREE – Booking required

The Confucius Institute is hosting a New Year extravaganza performed by professionals from China. The show includes Chinese kung fu and martial arts demonstrations, folk dances and musical performances using traditional Chinese instruments.


Independent Cinema 09 02

Thursday 9th February 7.30pm FREE – Booking required

54th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Ann Arbor is America’s longest-running independent film festival and celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2012. It has pioneered the concept of the travelling film festival tour, bringing films to venues that represent the only means for new and challenging filmmakers to have their work seen by appreciative audiences. We are proud to be hosting the tour for the fifth year running, the only UK host. The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival presented more than 200 films, videos and live performances over six days, including a number of premieres of new work. Featuring filmmakers from Spain, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Canada and the USA, this selection of nine short films from 2015’s festival includes two prize-winning films, such as Mateusz Sadowski’s Best Animated Feature The Resonance, and Ralitsa Doncheva’s Baba Dana Talks to the Wolves, winner of the Award for Women’s Voice. As ever, the short films collected here, ranging from the experimental to animation and documentary, demonstrate Ann Arbor’s promotion of young and talented filmmakers from across the world. Come along and see some of the filmmakers who will shape the future, and be inspired! Running time: 100 mins


FILM

LIST Mid-week Cinema film programme Cinema’s most recent releases on your doorstep most Wednesday evenings. These films are open to the public so make sure you book your tickets in advance Tickets £3.50 / £3 / £2 EHU Students

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Wednesday 25th January 7.30pm

01 02

Wednesday 1st February 7.30pm

08 02

Wednesday 8th February 7.30pm

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Wednesday 15th February 7.30pm

I, Daniel Blake Director: Ken Loach 2016 Cert: 15

Run time: 100 minutes

Ken Loach directs this drama that follows a 59-year-old joiner as he tries to navigate the British benefits system. In the North-East of England, widower Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is forced to stop working when he is taken ill with heart disease and so applies for Employment and Support Allowance from the Government. But his life is further thrown into disarray when his benefits are suddenly taken away from him and he is forced to jump through the many hoops of the bureaucratic system to get them back. During this time, he meets the similarly-troubled single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) whose financial problems

Bridget Jones’s Baby Director: Sharon Maguire 2016 Cert: 15

Run time: 123 minutes

After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Under the Skin Director: Jonathan Glazer 2014 Cert: 15

Run time: 108 minutes

An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a seductive young woman who combs the Scottish highways in search of the human prey it is here to plunder. It lures its isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. But life in all its complexity starts to change the alien. It begins to see itself as ‘she’, as human, with tragic and terrifying consequences. Under The Skin is about seeing ourselves through alien eyes.

Captain Fantastic Director: Matt Ross 2016 Cert: 15

Run time: 119 minutes

Unconventional family drama from writer-director Matt Ross. Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a father raising his six children Bodevan (George MacKay), Kielyr (Samantha Isler), Vespyr (Annalise Basso), Rellian (Nicholas Hamilton), Zaja (Shree Crooks) and Nai (Charlie Shotwell) in the isolated forests of the Pacific Northwest. As a result of their rural location the children have been sheltered from popular culture supplemented with Ben's rigorous homeschooling which imparts to them a left-leaning education in which Noam Chomsky's birthday is celebrated as if it's Christmas.


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Wednesday 8th March 7.30pm

15 03

Wednesday 15th March 7.30pm

22 03

Wednesday 22nd March 7.30pm

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Wednesday 12th April 7.30pm

19 04

Wednesday 19th April 7.30pm

The Girl on the Train Director: Tate Taylor 2016 Cert: 15

Run time: 112 minutes

Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. The Girl on the Train is a darkly addictive thriller based on the international publishing phenomenon.

A Street Cat Named Bob Director: Roger Spottiswoode 2016 Cert: 12A

Run time: 103 minutes

Based on the true life story and international best-selling book, A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting film that will touch the heart of everyone. When London busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen finds injured ginger street cat Bob in his sheltered accommodation, he has no idea just how much his life is about to change.

The Light Between Oceans Director: Derek Cianfrance 2016 Cert: 12A

Run time: 132 minutes

This breath-taking story is set to remind us all of the infinite power of love, the overwhelming fear of loss and the complexities of human nature that bind the two. When lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his adored wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) discover a baby adrift in a boat off the remote coast off Western Australia, they must make a choice. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the shattering consequences of this choice will change their lives forever.

Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve 2016 Cert: 12A

Run time: 116 minutes

After mysterious alien spacecraft land on Earth, American linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) finds herself working with the army to decode the aliens' communications. Under the command of Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), Louise and military scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) try to learn more about the aliens' language so they can communicate with them and discover why they have come to Earth, before someone else across the globe decides to attack first.

Nocturnal Animals Director: Tom Ford 2016 Cert: 15 Run time: 116 minutes

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this thriller adapted from Austin Wright's novel. Years after leaving her first husband, Susan Morrow (Adams) receives a letter asking her to read the manuscript of his first novel. Although worried that reading the book may unearth unpleasant memories long forgotten, Susan reluctantly begins to read. His story revolves around Tony Hastings (Gyllenhaal) and his family as their summer holiday to a cottage retreat turns violent following a confrontation with a mysterious man.


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