HAC Summer Brochure 2024

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Welcome to Helmsley Arts Centre’s Summer 2024 season. We’ve got a busy programme with lots of theatre, music, workshops and more for you this Summer, as well as our ever popular events at the wonderful Helmsley Walled Garden!

I hope you enjoy browsing through the brochure, choosing your events and visiting HAC this Summer. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes

A welcoming, creative space…

We’ll be continuing to open our Studio bar cafe on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings throughout May - July for anyone who would like to come along and enjoy refreshments from the Cafe. Our courtyard garden is a tranquil, green space where you can sit and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! There’s free wi-fi and a warm welcome waiting for anyone who’d like to join us.

Every ticket counts…

You can help us to keep our programme packed full of opportunities to be creative and experience high quality arts and culture!

Alongside our ticket sales, we rely on fundraising to keep our doors open and our activities ongoing. Every ticket purchased, every donation, every volunteer, makes a difference and we’re grateful for the support that we receive. If you can help in any way, please consider supporting us and help to keep your community creative!

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There are many ways you can get involved and help secure our future:


- Add a donation to your ticket purchase - to support our work

- Make a regular donation via our website or box office - be a part of a community giving back

- Become a Patron - a regular donor making a huge difference

- Become a sponsor - sponsor an event, a production, Youth Theatre, Panto…

- Name a Seat - personalise your very own seat in the auditorium

- Leave a legacy gift - a gift for future generations

- Host a fundraising event - a sponsored sing, a gala dinner, an art competition…

- Join www.easyfundraising.co.uk - shop online to support us!

Gift Aid

As a registered charity (1058130) Helmsley Arts Centre can claim Gift Aid on donations. If you are a UK tax payer, for every £1 you give, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC. Every penny really counts!

Get Involved

You can support us in our work, and be an active member of your community by offering your time and skills as a volunteer at HAC. You could meet new people, enjoy a friendly, social environment and reap the wellbeing benefits of being part of your local Arts Centre. If front of house volunteering isn’t for you, consider supporting our marketing, trustees or Friends of HAC. Or perhaps you’d be interested in joining the 1812 Theatre company, building sets or joining the costume team? There are so many opportunities to get involved and we’d love to welcome you to the team.


Could you help us meet our annual fundraising need of £80,000? Whether it’s organising fundraising events, contacting corporate sponsors, supporting our advertising or becoming a voice of support for HAC at local events we’d love to hear from you and have your support!

For more information on how you can support HAC:

Visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

Email generalmanager@helmsleyarts.co.uk Call 01439 771700

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1812 Theatre Company

The 1812 Theatre Company is our in-house amateur company, with a rich and varied show history, producing four productions and the everpopular 1812 Pantomime each year. We’re always keen to welcome new members. Whatever age, with or without experience, there are many ways you can join in: on or offstage! The 1812 also has a play reading group which is open to all and provides an opportunity to read a variety of scripts.

Visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/get-involved/1812-theatre-company

Email 1812theatreco@gmail.com

Call the 1812 secretary Jean Sheridan on 01439 772388

1812 Youth Theatre

The 1812 Youth Theatre provides opportunities for young people aged 5 –18 yrs to participate in weekly drama sessions, workshops and projects with the aim of improving confidence, developing performance skills and working as part of a team and to allow members to explore their own voice, talent and creativity. The groups meet weekly, in term time and each member is encouraged to develop their skills on and off stage with the opportunity to participate in productions throughout the year and learn about the performing arts industry.

For more information on joining 1812 Youth Theatre

Visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/get-involved/1812-youth-theatre

Email 1812youththeatre@gmail.com

Call 1812 Youth Theatre director Natasha Jones 01439 772112

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You could be a part of the volunteer team at HAC, meet new people and support your local Arts Centre! Our wonderful volunteers help us to provide a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year by generously donating their time, skills and support.

Our Volunteering opportunities include:


Front of House

Box Office


Friday Café

Artist Hosting


To find out more about volunteering please contact HAC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Barker. Email volunteering@helmsleyarts.co.uk or Call 07887777176 | 01439 771704 or visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/get-involved/volunteer

Friends of Helmsley Arts Centre

We are looking for eager volunteers with a passion for the arts to join the Friends of HAC Committe to organise social and fundraising events throughout the year. If you’d like to meet new people, support your local Arts Centre and get involved please contact Natasha director@helmsleyarts.co.uk

To support our work and become a Friend of Helmsley Arts Centre costs just £20 for an annual membership. Contact boxoffice@helmsleyarts.co.uk | 01439 771700 to sign up today!

Take part in our 100 Club Lottery!

For as little as £3 per month you’ll not only be helping HAC but may also win a cash prize in the monthly draw. Winners are announced at the last Friday Cafe of the month.

Entry forms from the Box office or visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/get-involved/friends

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Stephen G Bird is an artist living in North Yorkshire who works in a variety of painting and drawing media. His pictures begin with extensive observational drawing in urban and rural landscapes. Back in the studio he creates pictorial and allegorical narratives from memory and imagination.

Themes include tales from myth and legend, and the comedy and tragedy of the everyday.

Life is dark but also funny.



Check our website for exhibition opening times. Closed Monday & Saturday.
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Anna’s work explores the powerful spiritual resonance of historical sacred buildings and their setting in the landscape. She loves combining the representational imagery of soaring monumental structures of ancient abbeys and churches with the intricate and complex patterns and rhythms of their decorative features.

Using etching and collagraph printmaking techniques and a colourful palette, I seek to bring to life the powerful geometry of the often faded motifs and timeworn patterns and symbols of historic artefacts found in the masonry and ancient tiles of these sacred sites. My final prints explore and record the dynamic rhythms of three-dimensional architectural form, layered with their decorative and symbolic adornment in a graphic expression of awe and wonder.


Instagram - annamatyusart | Facebook - annamatyusart

For more information on exhibition listings, please visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

Tue 2 Jul - Fri 30 Aug 7
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Children’s classes are held on a Saturday in term time from 10am for children 3+, with Mrs Jill Robertson, a qualified and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Ladies’ Class held on a Monday, 11am - 12noon - all standards welcome For more info contact Jill: jillrobertson@hotmail.co.uk 01642 762911


Tuesdays 6 - 8pm | FREE - please book via HAC Box Office boxoffice@helmsleyarts.co.uk | 01439 771700

Are you wanting to be creative, learn craft skills and be part of a small supportive group? Then Creative Connections is for you! A weekly group, run by artist Hannah Turlington that delivers guided art & craft activities and offers an opportunity to take part in a group exhibition. All materials and refreshments are provided. No special skills or experience needed, just book on, turn up and do as much or as little as you can. More info at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/classes


Mondays 7 - 8.15pm | £6 per session paid by half term

Book at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/classes or call HAC Box Office 01439 771700

Be part of a friendly and social singing group, meet new people and develop your singing voice with singing leader Jessa Liversidge. The sessions will cover a wide range of music, including pop, folk and other uplifting eclectic styles. Whatever your singing ability or experience, you are welcome to take part.


Fridays in term time | 10am - 11am

Book your place at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/classes

Classes are £6.50 per session booked on a termly basis. Sibling rate, £4.50. FREE for babies under 1 when they come with their older sibling!

Have a magical, exciting hour with your child each week at Harminis. A sociable, fun and educational session to help develop early years childhood key skills through music and movement. Harminis offers a chance for you to meet other parents, grandparents and friends while your little one benefits from multi-sensory, musical fun in a supportive and nurturing environment. For more info contact Kate Tyson 07824738813 kate@harminis.com facebook.com/Harminismusic


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Mondays in term time | 6 weeks £45.00 | Session 1 (Ages 5-7 years) 3.45pm4.45pm | Session 2 (Ages 8-11 years) 5pm - 6pm

The Helmsley Arts Collective is a new collaborative after school Arts Club run by local artist Nicola Hutchinson. Members will be encouraged to be free in their exploration, enabling and empowering each student to understand the full making process and how to develop their creativity in the most rewarding way. Please note children must be accompanied by an adult during the sessions. To book visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/ classes or contact Box Office 01439 771700


Fridays 2-3pm | £50 for block of 5 sessions

Pilates focuses the mind on the body’s physical strength and synchronises movement with breath. Increase your strength, balance and flexibility, whilst improving your posture, breath and movement quality. Join Women’s Health Coach - Nicola Wilkinson – for this empowering Pilates class, designed specifically for women over 40 and focused upon core strength, balance and wellbeing. To book contact Nicola Wilkinson 07793021155 or email nicola.r.wilkinson@gmail.com


Mondays at 7pm | 20 May, 10 June, 15 July, 12 Aug

All writers, at all levels of experience, are welcome. If you are interested in joining Ryedale Writers please email ryedale.writers@gmail.com


Thursdays 1.30pm. Just Happy, Just Healthy, Just Movement. Easy to follow dance routines designed to keep body and mind active. Good fun, good music and great company. Everyone welcome!

To book call Anne: 07899 751049 or email: anne@justmovement.co.uk


Thursdays in term time | 9am - 10.30am | £55 for Block of 5 Sessions £13 per drop in session (Please contact for availability)

Fun, relaxing and uplifting yoga classes for all levels of experience. Enjoy gentle movement, breathing and peace, and go home feeling energised, centred, happy and refreshed.

To book contact Nadja Schutt | 07795 837738 or email: nadjaschutt@gmail.com | www.allaboutfreedom.com

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Thu 30 May 2.30pm u16 £5.50 / adult £8

Cast: Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis

After Po is tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace, he needs to find and train a new Dragon Warrior, while a wicked sorceress plans to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm.




Sun 2 Jun 2.30 - 3.10pm £8

An original Hoglets play, based on a Japanese folk tale.

AGES 3-11


“When Mother Earth created the humble Badger, he gave it a very special gift. Badgers… are shapeshifters!”

When an old man rescues a mysterious Badger, it triggers an amazing journey. Join Hoglets Theatre for an original tale about love, courage, and the belief that even the most unexpected companions can bring magic into our world. Powered by original song, outrageous characters, beautiful hand-made puppets and Hoglet’s famous energy and creativity, this is a beautiful show for pre-school and primary-aged children.



Sun 2 Jun 3.30 - 4.15pm £8

After enjoying The Badger and the Coins join Gemma from Hoglets Theatre to create your own shadow puppet inspired by the show. We’ll be looking at shadow and light, colour and movement to create your own shadow creature. Your puppet will then take its place on the stage as we use your characters to create a short devised piece of shadow puppetry to show back to your big people.

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WORKSHOP Mon 5 - Wed 7 Aug 10am - 2pm £75

AGES 7-11

Imaginations at the ready! Over the course of 3 workshops, through fun packed drama games and imaginative theatre techniques we’ll create our very own fantastical world, out of which will emerge exciting new characters and legends ready for you to bring to life on stage! Develop skills in acting, devising, physical theatre and more, ready to share elements of our imaginarium with family and friends at the end of Day 3. More information at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk


WORKSHOP Wed 12 - Wed 14 Aug 10am - 2pm £75

AGES 11-16

Buckle up ready for this thrilling impro and devising workshop (over 3 days) exploring different theatre & performance techniques to create a brand new story in the exciting “Thriller” genre! We’ll explore character, plot & staging to create excitement, mystery and suspense, keeping audiences right on the edge of their seats! Sharing of work explored for family and friends at the end of Day 3. More information at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

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Wed 1 May | 7.30pm

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph

A cranky history teacher at a prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a grieving cook and a troubled student who has no place to go.


Wed 8 May | 7.30pm

Cast: Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller, Johann Karthaus

Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden beside the camp.


Wed 15 May | 7.30pm

Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton

The story of how reggae icon Bob Marley overcame adversity, and the journey behind his revolutionary music.


Wed 22 May | 7.30pm

Cast: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash

The unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.



Wed 29 May | 7.30pm

Cast: Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts, Carrie Coon

When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.


Thu 30 May | 2.30pm

Cast: Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis

After Po is tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace, he needs to find and train a new Dragon Warrior, while a wicked sorceress plans to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm.


Thu 30 May | 7.30pm

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Josh Charles Alice and Celine live a traditional lifestyle with successful husbands and sons of the same age. Life’s perfect harmony is suddenly shattered after a tragic accident. Guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to unravel their sisterly bond.


Wed 12 Jun | 7.30pm

Cast: Nicola Coughlan, Aimee Lou Wood, Paul Kaye

Dark Ages Britain where Queen Dagan is toppled by a revolution led by Humble Joan. The Queen becomes a fugitive in her own land, and must face hardship and danger as she embarks on a voyage to win back her throne.


Wed 19 Jun | 7.30pm

Cast: Marisa Abela, Eddie Marsan, Jack O’Connell

The life and music of Amy Winehouse, through the journey of adolescence to adulthood and the creation of one of the best-selling albums of our time.


Wed 26 Jun | 7.30pm

Cast: Hilary Swank, Alan Ritchson, Emily Mitchell

Inspired by the incredible true story of a hairdresser who single-handedly rallies an entire community to help a widowed father save the life of his critically ill young daughter.

£8.50 / U16S £5.50 For full cinema listings & for tickets visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk TICKETS
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Sat 1 Jun 7.30pm £14 / u18 £7

To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day this year this poignant and lyrical doublebill includes:

Premiere of the short film In the Footsteps of Hank Haydock; A Walk in the Park. Shot on location in Duncombe Park this short film tells the story of Coldstream Guardsman Dennis Haydock’s experiences in his own words, both here in the former WW2 tank encampment and on the frontline.

In Sleep/Re-Live/Wake/Repeat playwright Helena Fox and vocalist Natasha Jones bring to life the first-hand experiences of D-Day Veteran, Ken “Smudger” Smith and the lifelong impact of PTSD and sleep trauma through spoken first hand accounts and haunting acapella vocals.



Thu 6 Jun 7.30pm £10 / 21 & under £8

Bingham-by-the-Sea’s SAVE THE LIDO group members are determined to save the town’s long closed 1930s lido from demolition. They must come up with the funding before the deadline, no matter what lengths they have to go to. With 15 original songs, live instruments, leg kicking choreography and colourful swimming hats, this new lido themed musical is a must see for fans of upbeat musical theatre, not to mention fans of outdoor swimming in whatever form.



Wed 3 - Sat 6 Jul, 7.30pm & Sat 6 Jul, 2.30pm £12 / u18 £6

A stage play, adapted from the original TV series written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. When Reverend Pottle dies, much to the surprise of the Dibley Parish Council, his replacement is Geraldine Granger, a vicar who is also a chocoholic sex kitten!

Follow the antics of David Horton, his son Hugo, and Jim, Owen, Frank and Mrs Cropley as they adjust to working with the witty and wonderful Geraldine, assisted by her verger , Alice Tinker. Guaranteed to brighten your summer, whatever the weather, this comedy is directed by Julie Lomas.

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Join us for some theatrical adventures at the beautiful Helmsley Walled Garden!

Gates will open at 6pm with performances starting at 7pm.

Bring your chairs, blankets and cushions to sit on. Please come prepared for the weather as performances will continue come rain or shine! We ask that you don’t bring umbrellas as these can obscure the view for other people in the audience. Please feel free to bring picnics and drinks!


Thu 20 Jun 7pm (gates open at 6pm)

£16 / u18 £12 / Family £45

“Watson, I’m sorry to say but they are dead, murdered, killed! This will be our toughest investigation yet, get my coat and my hat!” When a body is mysteriously found lying in the middle of Landsdown Manor Gardens, the police have no option but to call on Sherlock Holmes and persuade him to take on his toughest case to date. With his loyal assistant Watson, our nation’s top detective duo battles through baddies and villains to discover who is behind the murder in the garden. Brought to you by award-winning comedy troupe Calf 2 Cow, this brand-new adaption is an outrageous comedy full of slapstick, multi-rolling and of course pumped full of live music and rock n roll. Suitable for 12yrs+ - there will be blood…



Fri 19 Jul 7pm (gates open at 6pm)

Tickets - www.threeinchfools.com

The Three Inch Fools are back with Shakespeare’s shortest - and wildest - comedy. The clock is ticking, as the Fools rush to untangle one almighty mess in this farcical tale of long-lost twins, laughable misunderstandings, and endless mishaps. With musical instruments in hand, we present a joyous take on this Shakespearean rib-tickler.



Tue 6 Aug 7pm (gates open at 6pm)

Tickets - www.threeinchfools.com

The Three Inch Fools present an essential guide on how to keep your head in the Tudor Court. Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight, Henry navigates the ups and downs of courtly life, and all whilst fighting the French (again) and re-writing religion. The Fools hit the road with this brand new comedy - a mad-capped take on Britain’s most epic monarch, and those infamous wives.

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Fri 10 May 7.30pm £20

Since his inaugural performance with the fledgling Steeleye Span in 1970, Peter Knight has been a mainstay of the British folk scene. Described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, Gigspanner take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” (Spiral Earth).


Fri 17 May 7.30pm £14 / u18 £7

“One of the most instantly recognisable voices in current music … Shades of Joni Mitchell in ajam with Karen Carpenter and Lana Del Rey.”

- Neil March, Trust The Doc

Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her engaging personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience.


Sat 18 May & Sat 27 Jul 7.30pm Free entry

A social evening in HAC’s studio bar with the opportunity to hear local musicians and artists perform, or to perform yourself! The bar will be open serving beer from Helmsley Brewery and Brass Castle Brewery, an assortment of gin and wine from Helmsley Wines and more. No need to book to listen or perform, just turn up and enjoy the evening. A small PA will be available for performers, more info at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk


Sat 25 May 7.30pm (gates open at 6pm) £15 / u18 £7.50

Join local 8 piece Soul band ‘Kirkby Soul’ for an evening of sensational soul music in the beautiful surroundings of Helmsley Walled Garden. Bring chairs, cushions and blankets to sit on and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Picnics are welcome and there will be a paying bar in the Orchid house. Please come prepared for the British weather!

More information and tickets at www.helmsleyarts.co.uk. This is a fundraising event for Helmsley Arts Centre and Helmsley Walled Garden.


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Wed 29 May 2.30pm £10 / u18 £7

Local musician Jamie Kershaw, son of the late Jean Kershaw MBE, brings a programme of classical and contemporary piano pieces to HAC for a fundraising concert to raise money for Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale MIND, a charity which both he and his late brother Jonny have received support from, and Helmsley Arts Centre. As a Mental Health Ambassador, Jamie has written 5 books, with ideas for several new endeavours. Jamie invites you to join him for this special concert, to enjoy the programme and support MIND.


Fri 7 Jun 7.30pm £12

Gary Stewart is a singer/songwriter from Perthshire, who cut his teeth performing on the Leeds music scene for 15 years, before moving to York where he currently resides. Stewart writes songs in the Folk/Pop vein, influenced by the Folk Artists of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Gary cites Simon as his chief musical influence and grew up learning and performing the extensive canon of songs from this legendary New York singer/songwriter. www.garystewartmusic.co.uk


Sat 15 Jun 8pm £18 / u18 £9

The After Midnight Band experience takes audiences on an epic musical journey celebrating the sounds of the greats and the lesser known. Taking you through all the very best rip-roaring-honking woooopin’‘n’a hollerin’ Jump Blues, hypnotic Latin beats, joyous African township music and the kinda smokey Jazz that would normally only be found in a Chicago speakeasy at 3am!


Fri 21 Jun 7.30pm £16+ booking fee

QWEEN UK are the premier UK Queen tribute band consisting of four experienced and professionally seasoned musicians with a shared passion to produce and successfully deliver live, the definitive “Queen live experience” on stage to a very high standard.

Fronted by the highly talented singer and musician, Billy West, who has over thirty years professional experience working as the eclectic legend that is Freddie Mercury. QWEEN UK’s extensive live repertoire encompasses all the “classic” Queen songs as well as their subtle and much-loved acoustic arrangements.

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Sat 22 Jun 7.30pm Performance - £15 / u18 £10

Performance & Workshop - £20 / u18 £15

A unique celebration of song, inspired by the two bards - William Shakespeare and Robert Burns, and performed by singer and singing leader Jessa Liversidge. Sit back and enjoy Jessa’s heartfelt performances, from traditional folk to pop and musical theatre, including her skilful use of a loop pedal to layer melodies and sounds. You’ll get the opportunity to contribute to a new piece of music, as Jessa uses audience ideas to improvise a new song around a Shakespeare/Burns quotation!

See page 19 for information on the Two Bards and a Songbird Workshop!


Sat 29 Jun 7.30pm £20

Snake Davis brings his 4 piece band, with guitar, bass guitar and drums. Something for everybody, from floaty to dance-able, from soul through pop to jazz and world, original material and classic sax pieces such as ‘Baker Street’ and ‘Night Train’ His greatest love is to play intimate venues as himself, his own choice of music with his favourite musicians. Passionate heart-felt uplifting music. “A virtuoso saxophonist” Daily Telegraph


Sat 13 Jul 7.30pm £15 / u18 £7.50

The Brazilian musician, singer and composer Fernando Maynart returns to perform at the Helmsley Arts Centre with his new show “The Magic of Samba”, the name also given to one of the songs that will be in his repertoire. A show that, through rhythms and songs, reveals in poetry a little of this great musical universe that includes jazz, pop, bossa, rock, etc., which is Brazilian music.


Fri 26 Jul 7.30pm £18 / u18 £9

After 30 years in London and the south, the jazz singer and former BBC radio presenter Bridget Metcalfe has returned to her native Yorkshire. Now collaborating with musicians who have toured the world with first-class names like The Detroit Emeralds, McFadden & Whitehead, Chris Rea, Alan Price, The Platters, and for West End shows including Chicago and Grease, The Bridget Metcalfe Quintet is superb entertainment for a summer’s evening concert. Expect some surprises!

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Sat 11 May 3 - 5pm £40

Dive into the fascinating world of gel printing, a technique that blends artistic expression with scientific principles. As we discuss the science behind the art, you will unleash your creativity through your curiosity as you experiment with various natural objects, textures, colours, and stencils. Tea/Coffee included & Aprons provided. 18+ only, no experience required. www.innatelyscience.com


Sat 19 May 10am - 1pm £50 including all materials

A watercolour workshop suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to anyone wanting to explore new techniques. Enjoy space to explore the magic of watercolour in a mindful and playful way - no drawing needed. You’ll create two atmospheric seascapes based on our wonderful North Yorkshire coast (but perhaps with a bit of artistic licence!) to take home with you. Using a limited but vibrant palette, you’ll explore some lovely fun techniques (cling film, spatter and wax resist) as well as practising more traditional washes and wet in wet painting. Refreshments will be available. For booking, visit www.ioneharrison.co.uk/book-online, or email ioneharrisonart@gmail.com


Sat 26 May 10am - 4pm £65

The ancient art of coptic book binding, with repeating chain stitches holding the pages together, is one of most beautiful and useful ways to make a book. In this one day workshop with artist Tabitha Grove you’ll not only learn how to bind your own book but you’ll visit another ancient craft - the art of marbling - to make fabulous ink-swirled front and back covers. You’ll leave with your own book, and as it opens flat, it’s perfect for your notes and sketches. All materials included in this beginner friendly workshop. Age 18+


Sun 9 Jun 10am - 1pm £50 including all materials

This workshop is suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to anyone wanting to explore new techniques. Enjoy space to explore the magic of watercolour in a mindful and playful way - no drawing needed. You’ll create two woodland-themed landscapes to take home with you. Using a limited but vibrant palette, you’ll explore some fun and easy to use techniques (cling film, spatter and wax resist) as well as practising more traditional washes and wet in wet painting. Refreshments will be available. For booking, visit www.ioneharrison.co.uk/book-online, or email ioneharrisonart@gmail.com

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Sat 22 Jun 4 - 6pm

Book a combined workshop ticket and take part in an uplifting singing workshop, with the opportunity to sing alongside Jessa as part of the evening performance. During the workshop, singers will work on vocal technique and create harmony using material inspired by Shakespeare and Burns, with all voices welcomed and encouraged. www.jessaliversidge.com

*See Page 17 for information on Two Birds and a Songbird performance.


Sun 14 Jul 10am - 1pm £50 including all materials

This workshop is suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to anyone wanting to explore new techniques. This 3 hour workshop will support you to create two landscapes based on the wonderful North York Moors. Using a limited but vibrant palette, you’ll experiment with using some fun and exciting techniques - wax resist, spatter, cling film - in creative ways, as well as practising wet on wet painting. Refreshments will be available. For booking, visit www.ioneharrison.co.uk/ book-online, or email ioneharrisonart@gmail.com



Sun 21 Jul 10am - 4pm £70

Repeat patterns exist everywhere - wallpapers, curtains, clothes, those patterns that go on forever, seamlessly. In this one day workshop, join artist and costumier Tabitha Grove to learn how to design and make a seamless pattern inspired by anything that takes you! With Tabitha’s guidance, you’ll then carve your pattern into lino and print the design to make fabric that is totally unique to you. Your blocks can even be used to make a matching wallpaper! All materials included, suitable for beginners, age 18+


Sat 3 Aug 11.30am - 1.30pm £50

Explore the enchanting world of botanical artistry in our “Plant Hammering” workshop! Uncover the secrets of transforming nature’s wonders into vibrant imprints on paper and fabric. With every gentle hammer stroke, you’ll witness the fascinating fusion of science and art. Nurture our curiosity, let your creativity blossom, and join us for an experience where the beauty of plants meets the magic of craftsmanship.

Tea/Coffee included & materials provided. 18+ only, no experience required. www.innatelyscience.com

WORKSHOPS 19 BOX OFFICE 01439 771700
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Thu 2 May, 7pm & Sun 12 May 3pm £16 / U18 £8

Filmed live at Dock X, a custom-built theatre space in London, this critically acclaimed staging of Macbeth ‘that quickens the pulse, then goes for the jugular’ (★★★★ Financial Times) will be unmissable on the big screen.

Directed by Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet, Hansard) with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw (Jerusalem, Blues for an Alabama Sky), this is a cinematic and ‘beautifully staged’ (★★★★ WhatsOnStage) production that brings ‘Shakespeare’s tragedy pulsing into the present day’ (★★★★★ The I).


Sat 11 May 7.30pm £14

‘Mummy, I love your boobies...they’re so long!’ Join the Funny Mummy for this hilarious one woman comedy show, all about the bonkers world of parenting. From pregnancy to playdates,WhatsApp groups to school runs –if you’re a parent, and you need a laugh, then this show is for you!

Alyssa Kyria, aka The Funny Mummy, is the co-creator of Bring Your Own Baby Comedy and performs comedy to audiences across the country. Her comedy, music videos and sketches have gone viral on Netmums and Facebook and she has starred on BBC, ITV and SKY. ‘Hysterical!’ – Netmums | ‘Sensational!’ - The Mirror


A varied programme of fascinating illustrated lectures, given by entertaining and knowledgeable professional speakers.

7.30pm (doors 7pm) | £30 joining fee and £10 per lecture

For Arts Society information contact fionajlovell@gmail.com www.theartssocietyhelmsley.org

Mon 2nd Sep 2024

GRANT FORD - Irish Art from the 19th and 20th Century

Mon 7th Oct 2024

ELAINE HANSEN - The Lure of the South of France

Mon 4th Nov 2024

IAN SWANKIE - Pots and Frocks – The World of Grayson Perry from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure

BOOK ONLINE www.helmsleyarts.co.uk 20 COMEDY / TALKS / SCREENINGS
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Snake Davis Sat 6 Sep | Music

Michele O’Brien: I’m Glad I Asked ............................................... Fri 13 Sep | Theatre

Alchemy Live Sat 14 Sep | Music

Iago Banet ........................................................................................... Fri 20 Sep | Music

Stevie Williams and the Most Wanted Band .................................. Sat 5 Oct | Music

Alexandra Lowe & Emma Abbate Sun 6 Oct | Classical Music

Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood ..... Fri 11 Oct | Theatre/Music

Simon Parker - A Ride Across America Sat 12 Oct | Talk

An Audience with Arthur Smith Sun 27 Oct | Talk/Comedy

Claptrap Theatre: The Room Upstairs ............................................ Fri 1 Nov | Theatre

Guy Davis Sun 3 Nov | Music

Mishka Rushdie Momen .................................................. Sun 17 Nov | Classical Music

Budapest Cafe Orchestra ................................................................. Fri 22 Nov | Music

1812 Panto: Pinocchio 7-15 December | Pantomime


2 Course menu £16

5:00pm – 6:15pm Wednesday to Saturday

Pre–theatre menu available to ticket holders on the performance night

Tel: 01439 770479 | www.bantamrestaurant.co.uk

Come and join us for a pre-event dinner or after show dinner with a booking. Present your ticket and receive 15% off your bill on the performance night stated on your ticket. Tel 01439 771044 | www.fatchefcompany.co.uk

BOX OFFICE 01439 771700

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Our rooms can be hired for rehearsals, meetings, parties, workshops and many other events!

The Jean Kershaw Auditorium

The Main Theatre has an intimate, friendly atmosphere with exceptional acoustics. The raked seating can accommodate 138 (inc two wheelchair spaces) with a stage area and a full size cinema screen with digital projection facilities. A Steinway Model A is also available for performances.

The floor area is 7.5m (25’) x 7m (23’). Height from floor to ceiling 6m (20’).

The Dorothy Morley Room

The Dorothy Morley Room is an excellent light and spacious room perfect for meetings, talks, classes and small dance/movement groups. It can accommodate 30 people theatre style or 20 boardroom style.

The Studio Bar is a multi-purpose room with a bar and courtyard garden. The space is used for exhibitions, meetings, yoga, ballet, parties, workshops, small scale theatre, a weekly cafe and more! East Facing French doors open out onto a courtyard garden.

For more information on hiring spaces at HAC visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/hire where you can read about our facilities and download hire forms or contact Karen Gosney on 01439 771715 or email generalmanager@helmsleyarts.co.uk

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Book online www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

Box Office

Call - 01439 771700

Email - boxoffice@helmsleyarts.co.uk

Pop in - Wed- Fri 10am-2pm | Sat 10am-12noon (Sat in term time)

Visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/booking for details on concessions and booking terms and conditions. Please note tickets booked online incur a £1.50 booking fee. All tickets are non-refundable.

Make a donation! You can help us by making a small donation when you book your ticket and by signing up to easyfundraising.com to support us while you shop online.

Contact & Enquiries

Email us mail@helmsleyarts.co.uk

Write to us Helmsley Arts Centre, Old Meeting House Court, Helmsley, York, YO62 5DW

Keep up to date - Join our email list to receive up to date event information and see what else is happening at HAC! Sign up via our website or at the box office.

When are we open?

We open our doors, box office and the bar 30 minutes before our events. The box office is open during the day at the above ‘Pop in’ times and our exhibition/studio bar opening times are below.

May - August 2024 Opening Times

Tue, Wed, Fri - 10am-2pm (Fri cafe 10am-12noon)

Thu 11am-1.30pm

Sun 11am-2pm (check website)

Friday Morning Café

Our Friday morning Café is open every Friday from 10am-12noon serving freshly ground coffee, a variety of teas and a selection of homemade cakes. The café is run by our wonderful volunteers (including the delicious bakes) and all profits go to funding our events and activities at HAC. Help your local Arts Centre by enjoying a brew and a slice of cake! Please note the café is closed during August.

If you’d like to join our Friday Café team please email our volunteercoordinator Sarah volunteering@helmsleyarts.co.uk. We’d love to welcome you to the team!

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Wed 1 May, 7.30pm The Holdovers Cinema

Thu 2 May, 7pm Macbeth Screening

Tue 7 May - Fri 28 Jun

Wed 8 May, 7.30pm

Fri 10 May, 7.30pm

Sat 11 May, 3-5pm

Sat 11 May, 7.30pm

Stephen Bird Exhibition

The Zone of Interest Cinema

Gigspanner Trio Music

Science in Print: Gel Printing Workshop

The Funny Mummy Comedy

Sun 12 May, 3pm Macbeth Screening

Wed 15 May, 7.30pm

Bob Marley: One Love Cinema

Fri 17 May, 7.30pm Sarah McQuaid Music

Sat 18 May, 7.30pm HAC Studio Bar Open Mic Open Mic

Sun 19 May, 10am-1pm Seascapes with Ione Harrison Workshop

Wed 22 May, 7.30pm Origin Cinema

Sat 25 May, 7.30pm

Kirkby Soul at Helmsley Walled Garden Music

Sun 26 May, 10am-4pm Coptic Book Binding and Marbling Workshop

Wed 29 May, 2.30pm Mind Music Music

Wed 29 May, 7.30pm

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Cinema

Thu 30 May, 2.30pm Kung Fu Panda 4 Cinema

Sat 1 Jun, 7.30pm

Bomb Happy D-DAY80 Double-bill: Hank & Smudger’s Stories Theatre & Film

Sun 2 Jun, 2.30pm Hoglets Theatre - The Badger and The Coins Family Theatre

Sun 2 Jun, 3.30pm

Wed 5 Jun, 7.30pm

Thu 6 Jun, 7.30pm

Fri 7 Jun, 7.30pm

Hoglets Theatre - Shadow Puppet Workshop Workshop

Mothers Instinct Cinema

Drip Drop Theatre: All Those On Board Musical Theatre

The Only Living Boy In (New) York; The songs of Paul Simon Music

Sun 9 Jun, 10am-1pm Forests with Ione Harrison Workshop

Wed 12 Jun, 7.30pm Seize Them Cinema

Sat 15 Jun, 8pm

Wed 19 Jun, 7.30pm

Thu 20 Jun, 7pm

Ben Beattie’s After Midnight Band Music

Back to Black Cinema

Calf 2 Cow: Sherlock & Watson - A Murder in the Garden Outdoor Theatre

Fri 21 Jun, 7.30pm Qween UK Music

Sat 22 Jun, 4-6pm

Sat 22 Jun, 7.30pm

Two Bards and a Songbird Workshop Workshop

Two Bards and a Songbird Performance Music

Wed 26 Jun, 7.30pm Ordinary Angels Cinema

Sat 29 Jun, 7.30pm Snake Davis Band Music

Tue 2 Jul - Fri 30 Aug

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3 - Sat 6 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm 1812 Theatre: The Vicar of Dibley Theatre
13 Jul, 7.30pm Fernando Maynart - The Magic of Samba Music
14 Jul, 10am-1pm Moorlands with Ione Harrison Workshop Fri 19 Jul, 7pm The Three Inch Fools: The Comedy of Errors Outdoor Theatre Sun 21 Jul, 10am-4pm Print and Repeat - Make Your Own Fabric Design Workshop Fri 26 Jul, 7.30pm The Bridget Metcalfe Quartet Music Sat 27 July, 7.30pm HAC Studio Bar Open Mic Open Mic
3 Aug, 11.30am-1.30pm Botanical Impressions: Plant Hammering Workshop Mon 5 - Wed 7 Aug, 10am-2pm Fantastical Worlds & Imaginariums Workshop Tue 6 Aug, 7pm The Three Inch Fools: The Secret Diary of Henry VIII Outdoor Theatre Mon 12 - Wed 14 Aug, 10am-2pm The Three Day Thriller! Workshop PAGE MAY JUN JUL AUG 12 20 6 12 15 18 20 20 12 15 15 18 12 15 18 16 12 10 13 10 10 12 13 16 18 12 16 12 14 16 19 17 12 17 7 13 17 19 14 19 17 15 19 11 14 11 HAC Summer 2024 Brochure.indd 24 18/03/2024 11:27 pm
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