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What’s On August 2017 – January 2018 GALLERY THEATRE & COMEDY PERFORMANCE KIDS & FAMILY LIVE MUSIC & JAZZ DANCE

SEE ART / MAKE ART


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12 Theatre & Comedy 17 Performance 2 1 Kids & Family 26 Live Music & Jazz 3 1 Dance 3 5 What’s On Diary 3 9 How to book 4 0 How to find us

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IMAGE: Leicester Mercury Archive at University of Leicester

The inspiration continues… Attenborough Arts Centre’s work is inspired by Richard Attenborough, a world leading filmmaker, acclaimed actor, philanthropist and lifelong patron of the arts. Lord Attenborough was an inspirational talent and pioneering thinker, our founding

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Join us in celebrating 20 years of Attenborough Arts Centre with the launch of our new Creative Learning programme.

patron and a hands-on man who helped establish our arts centre. Handing the patronage to his son Michael, we continue to follow Richard’s vision and his legacy striving to include everyone in great art, culture and learning.


GALLERY The home for contemporary art in Leicester

FREE ENTRY Opening hours: 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday 12pm - 4pm Sunday

IMAGE: Laura, Beauty Series, 2017

by Laura Swanson.

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E XHIBIT IONS

Laura Swanson Gallery 1

Beneath this Mask Gallery 3 Saturday 9 September – Sunday 10 December Exhibition opening Friday 8 September, 5.30pm - 8pm A Hayward Touring exhibition of photography by gender-defying artist Claude Cahun (1894 – 1954). Beneath the Mask will show 42 contemporary giclee prints by French photographer Claude Cahun, whose radical selfportraits brought her posthumous fame. Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender. Cahun’s work was far beyond its time, challenging ideas of gender, identity and traditional portraiture in these now famous images.

Saturday 9 September – Sunday 10 December Exhibition opening Friday 8 September, 5.30pm - 8pm First UK solo exhibition by American artist Laura Swanson. Gallery 1 present brand new, especially commissioned work by Laura Swanson: the photographic series, Beauty and Recluse, alongside recent work from her mixed-media series Uniforms (2014 – 2015) and pieces from various past projects. Swanson examines the behaviour of looking at physical difference, working across media including drawing, installation, photography, and sculpture. Her work often references her experience of being a short-statured person, confronting the impact of objectification, exploitation and marginalisation as a result of physical difference.

IMAGE: Claude Cahun, I am in training, don’t kiss me, 1927. Courtesy and copyright Jersey Heritage

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IMAGE: Let’s Play Vinyl.

Photo by Elliot Baxter

BALCO N Y GA L L ERY

Let’s Play Vinyl National Tour

Emancipation?

Tuesday 17 October – Friday 17 November

Saturday 12 August – Sunday 24 September Emancipation? is an exhibition in response to artists Claude Cahun and Laura Swanson, exploring themes and ideas that challenge the dynamics of power, control, vulnerability, alienation and identity. This exhibition aims to spark debate, offering rich diversity and a variety of different perspectives. The artists exhibiting are: Caitlin Griffiths, Chi Lam, Christine Stevens, Jackie Berridge, Michael Forbes, Nick Mobbs, Pamela Schilderman, Stewart Easton, Tersea Wells, Vicky Hodgson. They create work that challenge ‘social norms’; some are playful with their message, while some are straightforward and direct, leaving viewers with a rawness of intent. Curated by Chris Samuels.

A high quality touring exhibition portraying the younger generation of sound system men and women artists as productive entrepreneurs, creating their own arts ecology in modern day Britain. Look out for our Let’s Play Vinyl participatory workshops and explore sound systems and technology on Saturday 14 October & Saturday 4 November at University of Leicester’s Students Union.

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Attenborough Forum

IMAGE: Hope NY

(2011 - ongoing) by Laura Swanson.

Debates & Lectures The Attenborough Forum is a space for anyone interested in critical discussion, art form development, continuing professional development, research and symposia, including artist talks. Workshop

Figurative Photography Thursday 21 September, 5.30pm - 6.30pm £5 / Students £4 Gain a deeper insight into fascinating history and techniques behind photography with a chance to create your own portrait. Experiment with photographic methods and find different ways to capture figures through a lens. Join the discussion after the workshop share your thoughts on the current exhibition featuring works by Laura Swanson and Claude Cahun. Discussion

The photo and the figure Thursday 21 September, 7pm - 8pm FREE Join curators, artists and enthusiasts for a thought-provoking discussion about contemporary art and the current exhibition featuring works by Laura Swanson and Claude Cahun. This inconversation event will give you a deeper insight into the process that went on behind the scenes. There will also be an audience Q&A with a chance to ask your own questions. 8

Performance

Lewys Holt and Katherine Hall Thursday 9 November, 6pm - 7pm £5 / Students £4 Join dance artists Lewys Holt and Katherine Hall as they explore what it means to hide, dress-up or frame ourselves in society. Discover new ways of looking at the latest exhibition through a choreographic duet that will uncover themes that lie behind the work. Lewys and Katherine have previously created dance improvisation and performance as a duo in venues including Phoenix Leicester’s Cube Gallery (2016), De Montfort’s The Gallery (2017) and Spike Island in Bristol (2017).


COMIN G S OON

Unlocking the World Through Art: A Sensory Atelier Gallery 3 Wednesday 10 January – Monday 29 January Come on a journey to see our Sensory Ateliers, a unique, co-curated installation of artwork created across arts residencies by students of two Special Education Needs schools: Ellesmere College and Ashmount School. This project is supported by Arts Council England, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Ashmount School and Ellesmere College. “The work and atmosphere created amazing. We are so pleased to be part of this work and when you see quality accounts of it like this, it makes it even better and supports the creation of a legacy for the future.” Co-Principal at Ellesmere College, Lisa Pitwood

Juan DelGado: Altered Landscapes Gallery 2 Saturday 6 January – Sunday 25 February Exhibition opening Friday 5 January, 5.30pm - 8pm Altered Landscapes is an immersive multimedia installation which tackles themes of trauma, displacement, personal narratives and landscape reminiscent of the experience of refugees. There are traces of their existence, fragmented experiences, fleeting moments and marks left on the land as they pass through to find safety. DelGado travelled to Greece, Macedonia and Calais to film, photograph and record the journeys taken by refugees and the places they have passed through. Altered Landscapes aims to engage the audience in an intimate account of the refugees in order to open up contemplation and discussion about the current situation in Europe, a place that has become filled with militarised border control.

IMAGE: Ashmount School.

Photo by Kallie Wheeler

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DeStress Fest January – March 2018 Explore the relationship between mind, body and art to fully destress. ‘As we all grow more comfortable and confident in talking about mental health, DeStress Fest is the perfect place to open up conversation and have your voice heard – even if you say nothing.’ G Sian, Associate Director Express yourself, find rest, laugh and share with others in a programme full of performances, workshops, film and exhibitions open to University of Leicester students and the public. Whether you’re recovering from Christmas celebrations, preparing for exams, or committing to a New Year’s resolution, we trust that DeStress Fest will give you some relief.

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Shop

Christmas Craft Fair

Our shop, open 7 days a week, showcases some of the best local and British craft, art and design-led products.

FREE

The constantly changing collection includes cards, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, prints, original artworks, homeware, gifts, art materials and stationary. There’s something to suit all budgets and occasions! Opening times: Monday – Friday 9.30am - 7pm

Saturday 28 October, 11am - 6pm We are very excited to be hosting our first one-day craft fair at the Attenborough Arts Centre. Over 40 exhibitors from as far afield as Glasgow, alongside local favourites, will be selling a wide range of beautiful things, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, paper, prints, paintings, wood turning, seasonal decorations, cards and gifts. Some makers will also be demonstrating. Come and shop for unique gifts or just a treat for yourself, just in time for the festive season.

Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 12 noon - 4pm

Shop take over: Balcony Gallery

(closed Bank Holidays and University closure days)

Wednesday 29 November – Sunday 7 January During the festive period we’re temporarily extending our shop range of art and craft into the Balcony Gallery, so don’t forget to pop up for a browse if you’re visiting us close to Christmas!

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Theatre & Comedy IMAGE: On The Run Theatre: Tell Me Anything.

Photo by Alex Brenner

PAD Productions presents

Kerryn Wise & Tina Carter present

Left of Me

Awakenings

Sunday 17 September, 7pm Pay what you think 1 hour (16+ years)

Saturday 23 September, 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm £5 / £3.50 15 minute slots for 2 audience members at a time (12+ years)

“Esteemed doctors” Howlett and Clarke have finally been persuaded to share their latest findings. They have promised to use “layman’s terms”. Except for when they don’t. Their lecture will focus upon a vaguely scientific examination of our response to trauma, and how this may affect individuals and society as whole. Except for when it doesn’t. A devised response to the human experience of trauma and how we fix ourselves. With integrated access for those with sensory disabilities, creative captioning, humour, heart-breaking sincerity and a bit of a mess. 12

A darkened room. Velvet curtains. An uncanny sense of familiarity. Awakenings re-imagines filmic narratives and explores the mise-en-scène of cinema through an intimately choreographed performance for two, experienced within a purpose-built set. An experimental, immersive performance that shifts between theatre and contemporary dance, devised and performed by Kerryn Wise and Tina Carter.


Four Wheeled Theatre presents

Yolanda Mercy and Gemma Lloyd presents

Equus

Quarter Life Crisis

Friday 29 September, 7.30pm Saturday 30 September, 2pm and 7.30pm £10 / £8 2 hours 45 minutes (16+ years)

Friday 6 October, 7.30pm £8 / £5 1 hour (14+ years)

East Midlands theatre company Four Wheeled Theatre take on Peter Schaffer’s classic play, Equus. 1973. Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist struggling with both his professional and personal convictions, finds himself confronted with a uniquely disturbed patient, 17-year-old Alan Strang. Responsible for blinding six horses, Alan is placed under Dysart’s care. But as the lines between doctor and patient begin to blur, the two find themselves on a collision course of wits and ideals. As Dysart examines the young man, his upbringing and the boy’s troubled history, this increasingly murky case will bring him into contact not just with Alan’s tortured subconscious, but the terrifying deity that lurks beneath.

Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right, trying to find the perfect match. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the Ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they’re going in life, but she’s trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. What does it mean to be an adult, and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation.

IMAGE: Rob Gee; Obey

Rob Gee presents

Obey Thursday 5 October, 7.30pm £8 / £6 90 minutes (16+ years) How obedient would you be in the event of an authoritarian dictatorship? Meet an unseemly collection of individuals who are about to find out. Deemed “seriously funny” by the Sunday Mirror, poet, comic and psych nurse Rob Gee presents a brand new show, Obey. 13


D.A.N.C.E Sunday 29 October, 7pm £6 / £5 1 hour (16+ years)

IMAGE: D.A.N.C.E

Tayo Aluko & Friends presents

Just An Ordinary Lawyer Monday 23 October, 7.30pm Venue: The Y Theatre £14 / £12 90 minutes (14+ years) In 1978, Nigerian-born Tunji Sowande quietly broke through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge. We follow Sowande as he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world, from Africa to the US to the UK. A fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, Sowande opines from the point of view from one who would rather watch sports and spread love through the medium of song. From the writer and performer of the multi-award-winning Call Mr. Robeson comes another “brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art” Dirt & Candy

D.A.N.C.E is developing a new comedy experience. See comedians and dancers working together and creating something new (we’re not sure what yet), but we know it’s not like anything you’ve seen before. Comedians perform their routines, whilst dancers react and improvise their interpretation on stage with them. And then they swap; comedians try their hand (or foot?) at busting a move and dancers find out what it takes to tell a joke. With a disability focus in this event, this is an exciting way to see different artforms working together. Hosted by the loveable / enigmatic / lover of shirts with animals on it: Daniel Nicholas. Supported by Arts Council England and Dance4.

On The Run presents

Tell Me Anything Friday 10 November, 6pm Pay what you think 1 hour (14+ years) David’s 15. He’s doing OK. His girlfriend has an eating disorder but he’s doing OK. Combining rich storytelling with physical theatre, Tell Me Anything is tender, raw, brutally honest boy meets girl story – about a boy who’s trying to be a man and a girl who doesn’t want to be rescued.  “Successfully, even rivetingly, comes to grips with the toll taken on a care - giver determined to save someone.” The Times

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LaPelle’s Factory in association with LittleMighty presents

The Black Cat Thursday 16 November, 7pm Pay what you think 1 hour (16+ years) (Part of Literary Leicester 2017) Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by reimagining this macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes. Together they take merciless liberties with the absent writer’s words – like a madman taking out a furious rage on a helpless pet. Suspended between the hilarious and the horrific, this show revels in the darkness that hides just under the surface. It’s all gravely good fun, but be warned: it will get catty. Meow. The DH Ensemble present

People of the Eye Saturday 18 November, 7.30pm £10 / £8 1 hour (12+ years) “Of course, you shouldn’t use ‘sign language’.”

artists and all-round lovely people. They have worked with companies including the Royal Shakespeare Studio, The Roundhouse, the Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Northern Stage, and the Barbican. A Ship of Fools Theatre Company presents

Welcome to Paradise Friday 8 December, 7.30pm Pay what you think 1 hour (14+ years) Strap in for the Captain and Raoul’s hilarious, playful, anarchic, bouffon-clown rollercoaster ride to the darkest corners of Santa’s grotto which reveals the putrid mould under the tree. Ship of Fools bring their unique brand of theatre to the Attenborough Arts Centre for one night only. Expect danger, hilarity and horror in equal measure as they tapdance back and forth over the lines of decency.

IMAGE: The DH Ensemble: People of the Eye

Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through unfamiliar territory. A story about parents, sisters, and the complex love that binds families together. Using a mix of video projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, People of the Eye explores memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. The Deaf & Hearing (DH) Ensemble is a group of professional D/deaf and hearing 15


IMAGE: Kirsty Mealing: Cat Got My Tongue

Kirsty Mealing presents

Cat Got My Tongue (I Hope It Comes Back) Sunday 28 January, 7pm £6 / £5 1 hour (all ages welcome) (Part of DeStress Fest) A semi-autobiographical love story between a body and her elusive voice separated by Social Anxiety. Finding herself lost for words in a busy bar, a woman steps into very large shoes to get them back. The piece is an almost entirely wordless abstract representation of Mealing’s own experience with Generalised and Social Anxiety Disorder. The show features clowning inspired by the work of vaudeville and silent movie actors, with a notparticularly-discreet or unbiased favour towards Chaplin’s Tramp character. This piece was created in the hope of humanising mental health and empowering those who may sometimes feel overwhelmed by it (or particularly 16

frustrated by the head-clutching images that often represent it). But really it’s not solely about mental health: it really is a little love story between a girl and her voice. Naomh Cullen presents

I farted in Shavasana Friday 26 January, 7pm £6 / £5 1 hour (12+ years) (Part of DeStress Fest) This performance is an audience interactive piece in the form of a yoga class, whilst discussing anxiety and embarrassing stories. Naomh Cullen is attempting to cure her mental and physical ailments through any means necessary (apart from medicine or any real change in diet or lifestyle). Join her for a short easy breezy yoga class where she makes you feel better about any embarrassing story you have about yourself.


Performance IMAGE: Hubbub Theatre: End of Summer

Beach Party. Photo by J. J. Beardsley

Journeys Salon: The Art of Displacement

Hubbub Theatre presents

Thursday 24 August, 6pm FREE 2 hours 30 minutes (Part of Journeys Festival International)

Saturday 16 September, 7pm ÂŁ12 / ÂŁ5 3 hours (16+ years)

The JOURNEYS Salon shares the inspiration of our work and includes contributions from European partners. The evening will consist of three interactive break-out workshops, led by artists and speakers from the fields of visual arts, performance and fact-based research, who work with refugee and asylum seeker communities across Europe. Followed by refreshments and a panel discussion, we invite audience response and debate around the workshops, associated issues of displacement and the role of art to enable positive integration.

End of Summer Beach Party

An evening of pop up performances, dressing up, interactive activities, great music and dancing. Get your shorts and sunglasses out for a final fling to bring the summer to a fantastic end. Everyone is welcome, especially people with learning disabilities, their friends and families.

IMAGE: Journeys

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Performance and Professional Wrestling

Live British Wrestling: History and Resurgence

Monday 2 October, 4pm FREE 90 minutes (Part of Being Human Festival)

Sunday 19 November, 7pm FREE 2 hours (Part of Being Human Festival)

What is professional wrestling? Is it a sport, or theatre, or a soap opera, or dance, or a superhero comic? In October 2016 we published Performance and Professional Wrestling, a book that tried to answer some of these questions. This event invites professional wrestling fans to meet some of the contributors to this book and to share their own experiences of this form. Bring your lucha masks, spandex singlets and steel chairs for an afternoon of prowrestling chat!

In 1988, after its cancellation on ITV, it seemed that British Wrestling had died. Recently, however, there has begun an unlikely resurgence. British Wrestling now leads the world; shows sell out in minutes, local athletes are admired worldwide. This Being Human event charts the fall and rise of British Wrestling through a collection of artistic encounters – a training workshop, a discussion event, and, on Sunday, two wrestling matches, with responses from artists, scholars and fans.

Literary Leicester

IMAGE: Live British Wrestling

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 November Join us for our annual Literary Leicester festival, organised by the University of Leicester. Each year we bring renowned and up-and-coming novelists, playwrights and poets to provide their expertise to audiences across the region. We hope to see you there. All events are free of charge and at various locations across the city, including the Attenborough Arts Centre. Our full line-up will be announced soon. To find out more, please visit: www.le.ac.uk/literaryleicester or contact us: litleic@le.ac.uk.

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House of Verse presents

World Mental Health Day Celebration Saturday 7 October, 7pm Pay what you think 1 hour (16+ years) Following a series of ten workshops with ‘House of Verse’ and Mental Health Service users we present to you a theatre show celebrating diversity and the power of the individual over adversity. Staged as part of Everybody’s Reading Festival 2017, we welcome members of the mental health community and their families and friends, the LGBT community, and other vulnerable groups. Inclusive of free refreshments and a raffle. Doug & Matt Tell Scary present

Stories Around a Campfire Indoors Tuesday 17 October, 8pm £5 1 hour (10 + years) It’s October. The days are getting shorter. The nights are getting longer. It’s that time of year when darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand, creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize your neighbourhood. Or it should be, but with all the drinking and dressing up as slutty cats, who has the time to be scared anymore? Playwright Doug Deans and storyteller Matt Watts are doing something about that. They’ve written a show, just for Attenborough, just for Halloween. There will be a campfire, there will be marshmallows, there will be stories, and maybe, just maybe, there’ll be something else, lurking in the dark...

IMAGE: Doug & Matt Tell Scary:

Stories Around a Campfire Indoors

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I M AG E : Notnow Collective: Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth

TETRAD presents

Here & Now Saturday 25 November, 2pm - 11pm Pay what you think at the day event / £10 performance (16+ years) Tetrad kicks off its new season with a bang! Here & Now is a day festival of participatory talks, workshops, improvisations and a headline performance. TETRAD presents

Us & Them Sunday 26 November, 7pm £6 / £5 3 hours (16+ years) Tetrad hosts its flagship performance work in progress night Us & Them, to showcase some exciting new work from around the region and beyond.

Notnow Collective presents

Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth Friday 20 October, 1pm (babies welcome) and 7pm £8 / £4 1 hour (16 + years) One big project. Two ambitious women. Mothers to several small kids. No bed-time routine. But the show must go on. To work or not to work? That is the question. Our ambition did not disappear when we had kids. They both fight for our attention. Can we soothe our babies and our ambition? Join us in probing 21st Century parenthood.

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Kids & Family I M AGE : Caroline Bowditch: Snigel and Friends.

Photo by Eoin Carey

Baby Disco

Goblin Theatre presents

Sunday, 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm £5 per child, accompanying adult £1 1 hour (0 – 6 years)

Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf

The popular Baby Disco returns for another fun filled dance experience! Boogie babies, tap-dancing toddlers and mini disco-divas are invited to dance their way on a journey through sound and movement. Our Princess Diana Hall is transformed into a multi-sensory environment with disco lighting and thematic video projection taking you on a journey through sound and movement. DJ James Kelly provides the musical soundtrack while Alison Bacon leads you through the dance moves. Come in fancy dress to really get the most out of your experience! Space 10 September Winter Wonderland 3 December

Sunday 1 October, 11am and 2pm £8 per child, accompanying adult £4 1 hour (4+ years) Multi-instrumental live music, comedy and puppetry combine in this madcap new show from acclaimed company Goblin. Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.

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Mini Fridge presents

Ian and Lindsey’s incredible interactive improv Wednesday 18 October, 11.30am £5 / party of four £15 1 hour (all ages welcome) Come join award-winning comedians Ian Hall and Lindsey Warnes Carroll as they create a fully-fledged tale before your very eyes. Join in with their incredible escapades and suggest new ideas. Take part in performing, play legendary games such as “Chuck the Lobster” or simply sit back, relax and watch as the magic unfolds.

IMAGE : Diwali Family Extravaganza

Diwali Family Extravaganza Mini Fridge presents

Kids Court Wednesday 18 October, 2pm £5 / party of four £15 1 hour (7+ years) After successfully administering justice and receiving a nomination for Best Kids Show at this year’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Kids Court is back! Parents sit in the dock in the court where the kids are in charge! With a Judge, Prosecution and Defence played by local comedians, children get the chance to put their parents or older siblings on trial and decide a suitable penalty for their misdemeanours, with you helping to decide whether they are guilty or not.

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Saturday 21 October, 11am FREE booking advised 2 hours Celebrate the festival of lights with a special day of creative family activities. Discover the world through sensory materials and work with artists to create crafts. Learn about the themes and stories behind Diwali and make this festive season a memorable one for the whole family!

Light, Sound and Celebration Saturday 21 October, 6.30pm £12 / £10 2 hours Celebrate Diwali the classical way with an evening of the finest Indian classical music and dance by renowned artists. Come along and enjoy the exhilarating sounds of tabla and sitar with uplifting vocals and thrilling dance. A unique evening that will surely make this Diwali one to remember.


Caroline Bowditch and Company present

Louise White presents

Snigel and Friends

The Dead Sea

Saturday 2 December, 11am and 1pm £5 30 minutes + 10 minutes play time (0 – 1 year)

Saturday 16 December, 1pm and 4pm £7 1 hour (6+ years)

Join Snigel, the inquisitive snail, in their cozy home underneath the leafy canopy; a colourful and sensory world where Snigel’s insect friends, brought to life by dancers Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien (both Falling in Love with Frida) and performer and musician Zac Scott, come to visit. They dance, play, sing and make music in the undergrowth while uncovering secret treasures. An inviting interactive new work for young children and their adult.

Louise likes nothing more than to play in the bathroom with a snorkel and inflatable killer whale. Once grown-up, Louise embarks on a mission to the bottom of the sea to help save the ocean! But on the way tragedy strikes and her life and childhood dreams hang in the balance. Will she make it back to the surface? Join Louise on her immersive journey as she explores the ocean depths. Supported by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

IMAGE: Caroline Bowditch,

Snigel and Friends Photo by Eoin Carey

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We offer FREE workshops and performances for members of our Inclusive Youth Arts Programme. Please note that the Inclusive Youth Arts Programme is for children and young people aged 0 - 18 years old with the most complex disabilities and needs.

ARTS AWARD We are an Arts Award Centre delivering all 5 levels of Arts Award. YOUNG AMBASSADORS Are you aged 14 – 19 and interested in the arts? Join our Young Ambassadors Group and help shape our work at Attenborough Arts Centre. Our Ambassadors will... g Get free tickets to our shows g Organise activities and events for children and young people g Make new friends g Have fun and get creative g Achieve an Arts Award g Gain experience and skills Please contact our Learning team for more information on 0116 252 2455 or arts-education@le.ac.uk 24

For more information or to book a space, please contact us on 0116 223 1425 or arts-education@le.ac.uk or visit our website: www.attenborougharts.com


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Live Music & Jazz

I M AGE : Concerto, Michael Pinchbeck Photo by Julian Hughes

Parkin and Deans present

Circe’s Diner with support from Elysian Friday 8 September, 7.30pm Pay what you think 3 hours A night of candlelit piano pop and brilliant song writing presented by Dave & Doug, who play the odd song, bicker a bit and try to be funny. Circe’s Diner are two talented, glamorous ladies from Bristol. Described by Hidden Herd as: “In three words? Quirky. Folk. Glamour. Vocalist Bronte Shande’s jazzyfolk tones perfectly complement the vintage coo of alternate lead Rosina Buck above the wondrous arrangements.” Supported by Leicester acoustic duo Elysian, citing their unique and special 26

blend of jazz and blues with a reggae edge as inspired by Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles and Bob Marley. Leicester Jazz House presents

Peter Edwards Trio Thursday 14 September, 8pm £14 / £7 2 hours 30 minutes Edwards is a former member of the Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, a graduate of the Jazz Course at Trinity College of Music and has been hailed as one the most exciting artists to emerge from London’s jazz scene. Described by Jazzwise Magazine as: “the real deal.... McCoy Tynerish intensity fused with flashes of Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Kelly’s urbanity.”


Knighton Chamber Orchestra presents

IM AGE : Leicester Jazz House: Kit Downes Trio

Richard Meads and Soh-Yon Kim Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm Venue: Fraser Noble Hall £10 / £8 / 3 2 hours The Korean violinist Soh-Yon Kim has played several concertos with Knighton Chamber Orchestra, including the Beethoven Concerto on the same day as Kasabian played on Victoria Park. In this concert the audience will have the opportunity to get to know the Shostakovich first violin concerto, an exciting work of great contrasts. The tuba concertino by prolific American composer Frankenpohl will be played by Richard Meads, who is often to be heard playing in local orchestras but only occasionally as soloist. We will also perform the much loved children’s favourite ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by Prokofiev. Leicester Jazz House presents

Kit Downes Trio Thursday 12 October, 8pm £14 / £7 2 hours 30 minutes Having made several appreciated visits to Leicester Jazz House in his career, pianist and organist Kit Downes returns, this time with his Trio including Petter Eldh on bass and James Maddren on drums. Based in London and Berlin, and all recognised as fine soloists in their own right, together they bring light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters in music that has been described as “rip-roaring” and “mind-boggling”.

Parkin and Deans present

Gideon Conn with support from Poetman Friday 13 October, 7.30pm Pay what you think 2 hours 30 minutes Gideon crafts songs full of colour, rhythm and process, effortlessly blending acoustic folk and hip hop. His unique performance style makes his audiences very happy. “The people of Britain may not know it yet but Gideon Conn is one of their national treasures” Scroobius Pip Supported by Poetman, whose performance poetry, charming and dapper, arguably comedy, occasional rapper, Leicester’s Poetman uses live looping to right wrongs by writing songs.

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Leicester Jazz House presents

Michael Pinchbeck presents

Bernhard Schimpelsberger: Myriad

Concerto

Thursday 26 October, 7pm £14 / £7 2 hours When two talents collide, Myriad is born. Join award-winning pianist Chris Gall from Munich and London-based drummer and percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger as they weave original compositions in stylistic pluralism. Juggling a multi-layered matrix of world music, neoclassical and jazz, Myriad is performed on a unique setup of piano and drums that blend an eclectic mix of sounds. Together, they create a myriad of musical dimensions. Be prepared to be taken on a wonderful journey!

Take part on our music courses and workshops. See our Creative Learning Guide for more details.

Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm Venue: Fraser Noble Hall £12 / £8, 90 minutes (14+ years) University of Leicester Orchestra Piano: Nicholas McCarthy Conductor: Paul Jenkins A unique, musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Infamous pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Ravel to write him a concerto after he lost his right arm during the WWI. The assassin that triggered that conflict, Gavrilo Princip, was kept in shackles in prison, his withered arm tied up with piano wire. Unravelling narratives surround this piece of music and together they weave a true story that spans 100 years. Experience a deconstructed reorchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome personal tragedy. Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Supported by Arts Council England.

I M AGE : Leicester Jazz House: Peter Edwards Trio

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I M AGE : Leicester Jazz House: MALIJA

Leicester Jazz House presents

Parkin and Deans Present

MALIJA

A Christmas Cracker!

Thursday 2 November, 8pm £14 / £7 2 hours 30 minutes

Friday 15 December, 8pm Pay what you think 2 hours 30 minutes

All highly respected bandleaders in their own right, the all-star trio of Mark Lockheart, Jasper Hoiby and Liam Noble come together to make music of exciting originality. Featuring original material by all three members, the trio’s diverse influences include bluegrass, tango and old-fashion jungle grooves.

Expect cheeky seasonal covers, gallons of goodwill and a host of special guests.

Leicester Jazz House presents

Tim Garland Trio Thursday 30 November, 8pm £14 / £7 2 hours 30 minutes Tim Garland’s recent Leicester gig with his Electric Quartet was a resounding success. The Chick Corea alumnus returns with a very different kind of musical experience, an intimate acoustic trio featuring the great Jason Rebello and the Russian bass virtuoso, Yuri Goloubev.

Leicester Community Concert Band presents

The Very Best Time of Year Wednesday 20 December, 7.30pm Venue: Fraser Noble Hall £8 / £6 3 hours Conductor: Brian Humpherson MBE A happy, festive occasion which will appeal to family members of all ages, with lots of opportunity for audience participation. Come along and join in with the singing of well know carols and favourite seasonal songs. The perfect start to Christmas, complete with refreshments and mince pies!

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IM AGE :

Leicester Community Concert Band

Knighton Chamber Orchestra presents

A concert of classical music Sunday 21 January, 3pm Venue: Fraser Noble Hall £10 / £8 / £3 2 hours A rare opportunity to hear Gustav Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder, with exceptional soloist Charlotte Howes.

Leicester Jazz House presents

Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams Thursday 11 January, 8pm £14 / £7 2 hours 30 minutes Multi-award winning saxophonist Trish Clowes returns to engage in a different kind of musical conversation with virtuoso pianist and 2013 British Jazz Awards winner, Gareth Williams. Aiming to bring generations and styles of musicians/ music together, the duo will be playing arrangements of standards plus originals by the two of them. Trish Clowes has made a great impact in the relatively short time she has been on the UK jazz scene, while Gareth Williams is one of the UK’s leading modern jazz pianists, having played with world-class artists Us3 through to Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi and George Coleman.

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Kindertotenlieder is a cycle of songs about the death of children. Mahler sets this serious and disturbing subject to some of the most beautiful and poignant music ever composed. This classical concert will open with the first performance of the Tralee Jane Suite by Leicester composer Anne Mee and close with the exhilarating ‘Classical Symphony’ by Prokofiev. IM AGE : Leicester Jazz House: Trish Clowes


Dance I M AGE : Contact Jam Improv.

Photo by Matt Crawley

Scuffed Shoes present

Do as I say, not as I do Friday 22 September, 7pm Pay what you think 1 hour (14+ years) Do as I say, not as I do is a performancein-development incorporating dance, physical theatre, storytelling and comedy to explore the fears, the enjoyments and the little routines that sustain human relationships through the lens of unreliable memories. Partners who each want to come out on top, and a territorial struggle over bed space. A performance that swings between the normal and the surreal; two sides of a couple do their best to express their relationship to you.

Contact Jam Improv Sunday, 1pm Pay what you think 3 hours (18+ years)

Come and join us for a contact improvisation workshop. Whether you’re a seasoned contact dancer or someone who’s interested in what that might mean and wants to give it go, everyone is welcome to us join us in the space. The first half of the session will be a workshop led by a guest dance artist each month, leading the group through sensory warm up exercises and will look at some basic contact improvisational skill development. The workshop will then lead to an open jam for the remainder of the session. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and be prepared to dance in bare feet. 24 September 5 November 17 December 21 January 31


Skytribe presents

Anjali Dance Company presents

Chicas Locas Halloween Burlesque Showcase

Genius

Friday 27 October, 8pm £7 2 hours 30 minutes (16+ years) Join us for a Halloween night of ‘Boo!’lesque. We present group and solo performances from Chicas Locas burlesque and the Skytribe Tribal Fusion belly dancers. Expect glamorous costumes, comedy and tease, with more than a sprinkle of mischief. There will be a costume competition so ghoul yourself up and get ready to cackle at our most popular event of the year.

Saturday 4 November, 1pm and 4pm £5 1 hour 20 minutes An exceptional group of six dancers perform two dramatic explorations of genius in an inspirational performance full of eminent talent and creative power. Gary Clarke’s Beethoven takes a touching and darkly humorous look at the extraordinary personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Lea Anderson has created a stylised and gently humorous exploration of the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film.

I M AGE : Lewys Holt: Phrases Preview

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I M AGE : Fuelled Dance Theatre: This is sense?

Photo by Matt Cawrey

Fuelled Dance Theatre presents

Lewys Holt presents

This is sense?

Phrases preview

Sunday 12 November, 7pm £6 / £5 1 hour (18+ years)

Thursday 7 December, 7pm £5 / £4 1 hour (16+ years)

‘This is sense?’ is a new physical theatre piece developed by Fuelled Dance Theatre. This work is an exploration of the different types of self, created through exploring the social politics of self-identity and the ongoing battles that everyone faces.

Phrases is an exploration of common sense, catchphrases and confusion alongside spontaneous dance. Fragmentation and confusion are embraced in an effort to form structure and get on with it. Lewys thinks this is like life in general.

Please note some of the language / themes may cause offence.

Founding member of arts collective Tetrad, associate artist at Attenborough Arts Centre and a Curve Theatre Breakthrough Artist, Lewys has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Frank Willens, Rosemary Lee and Florence Peake.

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Kesha Raithatha presents

Traces Friday 19 January, 7pm £6 / £5 1 hour (Part of DeStress Fest) Taking on an abstract form, the division of people from each other and themselves is expressed through the contrast between retrospective memory and emotions.

IM AGE : Chicas Locas

Skytribe presents

Chicas Locas Burlesque Christmas Special Saturday 9 December, 8pm £7 2 hours 30 minutes (16+ years) Get jolly in your Christmas jumpers at our special Christmassy event, we present group and solo performances from Chicas Locas burlesque and the Skytribe Tribal Fusion belly dancers. Expect glamorous costumes, comedy and tease, with plenty of festive fun.

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Kesha journeys through her impressions of living, travelling and journaling throughout the Indian subcontinent for her first self-choreographed work. Drawing from personal incidents and nomadic by nature, the body is used as a vehicle of data, persistently trying to weave and thread together memories through physical exploration. Kesha reflects on the constant changes we all experience from the dichotomy of physical and metaphysical space.

IMAGE: Kesha Raithatha: Traces.

Photo by Ian Abbot


What’s On Diary d ay a n d m o n t h

time

type

event or activit y

pa g e

August Sat

12

Balcony Gallery

Emancipation? Opens

7

Thurs

24

6pm

Performance

Journeys Salon: The Art of Displacement

17

Fri

8

4.30pm

Gallery

Laura Swanson Claude Cahun: Beneath the mask VIP evening

6

Fri

8

5.30pm

Gallery

Laura Swanson Claude Cahun: Beneath the mask Exhibition opening

6

Fri

8

7.30pm

Live Music & Jazz

Parkin and Deans: Circe’s Diner with support from Elysian

26

Sat

9

Gallery

Laura Swanson Claude Cahun: Beneath the mask Open

6

Sun

10

11am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Kids & Family

Baby Disco: Space

21

Thurs

14

8pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Jazz House: Peter Edwards Trio

26

Sat

16

7pm

Performance

Hubbub Theatre: End of Summer Beach Party

17

Sun

17

7pm

Theatre & Comedy

PAD Productions: Left of Me

12

Thurs

21

5.30pm

Gallery

Attenborough Forum: Figurative Photography

8

Thurs

21

7pm

Gallery

Attenborough Forum: The photo and the figure

8

Thurs

22

7pm

Dance

Scuffed Shoes: Do as I say, not as I do

31

September

35


Sat

23

2pm and 6pm

Theatre & Comedy

Kerryn Wise & Tina Carter: Awakenings

12

Sun

24

1pm

Dance

Contact Improv Jam

31

Sun

24

7pm

Balcony Gallery

Emancipation? closes

7

Fri

29

7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

Four Wheeled Theatre: Equus

13

Sat

30

2pm and 7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

Four Wheeled Theatre: Equus

13

Sat

30

7.30pm

Live Music & Jazz

Knighton Chamber Orchestra: Richard Meads and Soh-Yon Kim

27

Sun

1

11am and 2pm

Kids & Family

Goblin Theatre: Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf

21

Mon

2

4pm

Performance

Being Human Festival: Performance and Professional Wrestling

18

Thurs

5

7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

Rob Gee: Obey

13

Fri

6

7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

Yolanda Mercy and Gemma Lloyd: Quarter Life Crisis

13

Sat

7

7pm

Performance

House of Verse: World Mental Health Day Celebration

19

Thurs

12

8pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Jazz House: Kit Downes Trio

27

Fri

13

7.30pm

Live Music & Jazz

Parkin and Deans: Gideon Conn with Support from Poetman

27

Tues

17

8pm

Performance

Doug & Matt Tell Scary: Stories Around a Campfire Indoors

19

Tues

17

Balcony Gallery

Let’s Play Vinyl national tour opens

7

Wed

18

11.30am

Kids & Family

Mini Fridge: Ian and Lindsey’s incredible interactive Improv

22

Wed

18

2pm

Kids & Family

Mini Fridge: Kids Court

22

Fri

20

2pm and 8pm

Performance

Notnow Collective: Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth

20

Sat

21

11am

Kids & Family

Diwali Family Extravaganza

22

Sat

21

6.30pm

Kids & Family

Light, Sound, Celebration

22

Mon

23

7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

Tayo Aluko & Friends: Just An Ordinary Lawyer

14

October

36


Thurs

26

7pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Jazz House: Bernhard Schimpelsberger: Myriad

28

Fri

27

8pm

Dance

Chicas Locas Halloween Burlesque Showcase

32

Sat

28

7.30pm

Live Music & Jazz

Michael Pinchbeck: Concerto (Nicholas McCarthy and the University of Leicester Orchestra)

26

Sun

29

7pm

Theatre & Comedy

D.A.N.C.E

14

Thurs

2

8pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Jazz House: MALIJA

29

Sat

4

1pm and 4pm

Dance

Anjali Dance Company: Genius

32

Sun

5

1pm

Dance

Contact Improv Jam

31

Thurs

9

6pm

Gallery

Attenborough Forum: Lewys Holt and Katherine Hall

8

Fri

10

6pm

Theatre & Comedy

On The Run Theatre: Tell Me Anything

14

Sun

12

7pm

Dance

Fuelled Dance Theatre: This is sense?

33

Wed 15 – Sat 18

27

Performance

Literary Leicester

18

Thurs

16

Theatre & Comedy

LaPelle’s Factory / LittleMighty: The Black Cat

15

Fri

17

Balcony Gallery

Let’s Play Vinyl national tour closes

7

Sat

18

7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

The DH Ensemble: People Of The Eye

15

Sun

19

7pm

Performance

Being Human Festival: Live British Wrestling: history and resurgence

18

Sat

25

2pm

Performance

TETRAD: Here & Now

20

Sun

26

7pm

Performance

TETRAD: Us & Them

20

Thurs

30

8pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Jazz House: Tim Garland Trio

29

Sat

2

11am and 1pm

Kids & Family

Caroline Bowditch: Snigel and Friends

23

Sun

3

11am and 1pm

Kids & Family

Baby Disco: Winter Wonderland

21

Thurs

7

7pm

Dance

Lewys Holt: Phrases preview

33

November

7pm

December

37


Fri

8

7.30pm

Theatre & Comedy

A Ship of Fools Theatre Company: Welcome To Paradise

15

Sat

9

8pm

Dance

Chicas Locas Burlesque Christmas Special

34

Fri

15

8pm

Live Music & Jazz

Parkin and Deans: A Christmas Cracker!

29

Sat

16

1pm and 4pm

Kids & Family

Louise White: The Dead Sea

23

Sun

17

1pm

Dance

Contact Improv Jam

31

Wed

20

7.30pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Community Concert Band: The Very Best Time of Year

29

Fri

5

4.30pm

Juan DelGado: Altered Landscapes VIP evening

9

Fri

5

5.30pm

Gallery

Juan DelGado: Altered Landscapes VIP evening

9

Sat

6

Gallery

Juan DelGado: Altered Landscapes opens

9

Wed

10

Gallery

Unlocking the World Through Art: A Sensory Atelier opens

9

Thurs

11

8pm

Live Music & Jazz

Leicester Jazz House: Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams

30

Fri

19

7pm

Dance

Kesha Raithatha: Traces

34

Sun

21

1pm

Dance

Contact Improv Jam

31

Sun

21

3pm

Live Music & Jazz

Knighton Chamber Orchestra: A concert of classical music

30

Fri

26

7pm

DeStress Festival

Naomh Cullen: I farted in shavasana

16

Sun

28

7pm

DeStress Festival

Kirsty Mealing: Cat Got My Tongue (I hope it comes back)

16

Mon

29

Gallery

Unlocking the World Through Art: A Sensory Atelier closes

9

January

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Gallery


How to book Online: www.attenborougharts.com

Childrens’ services, mosaic: shaping disability services and the University of Leicester. ¾¾ Free public wifi.

Call us: to pay by debit or credit card on (0116) 252 2455. Pop in: book over the counter. Post details of the tickets you would like. Add a cheque for the total made payable to ‘University of Leicester’ to Box Office, Attenborough Arts Centre, PO Box 138, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. If we post your tickets to you, whether ordered online, by phone or by post, we charge £1 postage and packing. Box office open Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 7pm, and one hour before all performances (closed Bank Holidays, 25, 28, 29 and 30 March and 2 and 30 May). Tickets also available from: The Point, University of Leicester Students’ Union, Percy Gee Building (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, term time). T: (0116) 223 1181 Visit Leicester, 7-9 Every Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester. T: (0116) 225 4000 (credit card bookings accepted) and at www.goleicestershire.com Access: We are fully accessible to disabled people. We have: ¾¾ Induction loop systems. ¾¾ Wheelchair accessible toilets. ¾¾ Four car parking spaces for blue badge holders. ¾¾ A spacious adult changing facility with a height-adjustable changing bed, hoist and shower, made possible by funding from Leicester City Council’s Disabled

Disabled patrons requiring particular assistance are entitled to a free ticket to bring a personal assistant. Sorry, we only give refunds if a performance or event listed in this guide is cancelled. Every effort has been made to ensure all information is correct at the time of printing. However, we reserve the right to make amendments as necessary. Our performance details include guidance on age suitability and approximate duration (including interval unless otherwise stated). As this information is provided by the promoters / performers, we regret we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Concessions: ¾¾ Over 60s (performances and events only) ¾¾ Under 19s and NUS member. ¾¾ ES40 holders ¾¾ Those in receipt of incapacity allowance, severe disablement allowance, disability living allowance, and disability working allowance, unless otherwise stated. Proof of concession may be asked for. A discount may be available for parties of 10 or more. Please ask when booking. Please provide proof of entitlement. Buy your tickets in advance and avoid the queues – we do not charge a booking fee, however you book. 39


How to find us

4 MINUTES BY BIKE

We are only 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station, and 15 minutes’ walk from the City Centre

12 MINUTE WALK

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Railway Station (10 min walk to Attenborough)

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New Walk Museum & Gallery

Victoria Park De Montfort Hall

War Memorial Free Parking evenings & Weekends (Medical Sciences Building)

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Whats on August 2017 - January 2018  

Attenborough Arts Centre Whats on guide August 2017 - January 2018

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