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Cockermouth’s vibrant venue

We have another packed season of shows, films and activities for


you between now and May. The season starts with this year’s CADS panto, Sinbad, and then we swiftly start our music and

theatre programme. We will be welcoming many artists and companies over the coming months, including Emily Smith, Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne, Mark Thomas, Shona Reppe. Theatre By The Lake are even making an appearance at The Kirkgate! Have a look through and see what appeals to you! Details of how to book can be found on the back page.



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Comedy Saturday 29 March 8pm

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best, mischief- joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. After his award winning show Bravo Figaro Mark sets himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year. Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring. £13 all seats

Friday 9 May 8pm

Robin Ince is (In and) Out of his Mind Robin Ince - Sony Gold Awardwinning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) - presents another in his line of unhinged stand up comic lectures. After dabbling in Darwin and Feynman, and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too. From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings. Just how hard is it being a self conscious being on planet earth? Come along, he may cure you! “when someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince” … The Guardian “thoughtful, provocative and very funny” … The Times £13 all seats


Kirkgate Arts

Theatre & Dance Friday 24 & 31 January 7:30pm Saturday 25 Jan & 1 Feb 7:30pm & Saturday Matinees at 2:30pm



Sinbad & The Magical Mystery By Simon Rayner Davis Sinbad comes up against Dragunda, a mean and mighty magician who is looking to rule the universe, in this new panto from CADS. Join Sinbad, his ma, Fatima Sinbad, Cap’n Jack Starling and his crew as they encounter adventures on the Island of Juven, No Man’s Land and Oomagoolee Island! £8.50 u18 £6 60+ £7.50 Family £25

Saturday 8 February 8pm George Dillon

The Man Who Was Hamlet Another superb solo show from George Dillon who has been wowing audiences and winning awards for twenty years. The play tells the comical, tragical and utterly scandalous history of the man some believe was the true ‘William Shakespeare’ - Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. If you are interested in theatre, literature, history or just great story-telling, don’t miss it! “MUST SEE! A clever script... a masterful performance!” - The Stage £10 conc. £7.50 D

Sunday 16 March 3:30pm


Teasel Theatre

Grisly Tales from Tumblewater

Based on the novel by Bruno Vincent Join fearless orphan, Daniel Dorey, as he races to save his sister & battles evil Caspian Prye on the rain-soaked streets of Tumblewater. A darkly comic, highenergy adventure with laughs, frights & live music, for everyone from age 8 upwards. Dickens meets Dahl via Horrible Histories! £5 Family £18 @KirkgateArts


Friday 28 March 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm



Sparkle Welcome aboard for a sparkling adventure around the Islands of Objects. Meet the fantastic creatures living there and keep a look out for hidden treasure… Come and join in our interactive performance and creative play session for young children in a wonderful, immersive environment. Designed with little ones in mind this is suitable for 0-3 yr olds. There is a strictly limited capacity, so book early! Tickets £3 each

Friday 4 April 7:30pm Company of Angels & Theatre Orchard

I, Peaseblossom & I, Caliban By Tim Crouch A double bill of two self-contained shows, re-telling Shakespeare favourites from the fresh and sometimes anarchic perspective of characters who are usually consigned to the sidelines: 7:30pm: I, Peaseblossom 
The story of a Midsummer Night’s Dream as re-lived through the fevered nightmares of Shakespeare’s most neglected fairy. Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, this is perfect for children and adults alike. 8:45pm: I, Caliban 
A sweet and sorry tale of injustice, inebriation and missing your mum, as told by Caliban, a puppy-headed monster alone on Prospero’s island at the end of The Tempest. For the double bill: £10 conc. £7.50 For just one (limited number of tickets): £8 conc. £6

Thursday 17 April 1:45pm Arts & Allsorts/Theatre By The Lake

Not About Heroes

By Stephen MacDonald Not about Heroes is an intimate portrait of two men: Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Brought together by their shared hatred of war and love of poetry, an unlikely friendship emerges in the setting of Craiglockhart Hospital for Nervous Disorders in which they are confined. A subtle two-hander, incorporating poetry and original letters, the play sheds light on a mysterious and unique relationship. £7 60+ £4 (Includes tea & cake)


Thursday 24 April 7:30pm



Northumbriana An exciting fusion of world-class Northumbrian, Brazilian and Canadian dancers, with specially composed music by Alistair Anderson. A stunning, oncein-a-lifetime show of breath-taking traditional and contemporary dance in a vision of Northumberland. Beautiful costumes, live music, projection and recorded soundscapes. The performance will be followed by a short ceilidh for everyone to join in. £8 conc. £6

Saturday 17 May 4pm


Shona Reppe Puppets

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

Who was Josephine Bean? The wonderful, surprising secret is revealed with each turn of the page… The scrapbook is a labyrinth of memories with an abundance of places to hide. It is puzzling to everyone except its owner, but the clues are in its pages… Everything is flat, pressed, squished. A musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and slowly, page-bypage, the scrapbook becomes a window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us. Suitable for age 7+, duration 50 mins. “a highly original, beautifully delicate and thoroughly engaging piece of children’s theatre” - Sunday Herald £5

Family £18

Friday 30 May 8pm TheaterNow/Daniel J. Tobin

An Iliad

By Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare This 90-minute, one-man show focuses on the core of Homer’s epic poem on the Trojan War which has been shaped in a way that is both modern and timeless. An acclaimed re-imagination of Homer’s great poem, this adaptation has been described by TimeOut (New York) as “pure theater: shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying”. A forceful retelling of a classic, this will be a performance you won’t want to miss. £10 conc. £7.50 D

To book: 01900 826448


F il m Monday 6 January 8pm

About Time (12A) – 123 mins

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time. He plans to put this amazing ability to use in finding a girlfriend, but this does not prove quite as easy as he imagines! Richard Curtis delivers again!

Monday 13 January 8pm


(15) – 122 mins

In conjunction with Wigton Motor Club

F1 gets a high-gloss Hollywood make-over, charting the intense rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt as they battle for the 1976 World Championship.

Monday 20 January 8pm

Wadjda (PG) 95 mins

Shot in Saudi Arabia, this is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Subtitled.

Monday 27 January 8pm


(18) 97 mins A bigoted, corrupt policeman is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity.

Monday 3 February 8pm

Blue Jasmine (12A) 98 mins

A New York socialite (Cate Blanchett), deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million dollars, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love...

Monday 10 February 8pm

Sunshine On Leith (PG) 100 mins

Jubilant, heartfelt musical about home, the hearth, family and love, a tale of one tight-knit family as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.


All Films £5 Conc. £4


Monday 17 February 8pm

Le Week-end

(15) 93 mins Jim Broadbent & Lindsay Duncan are Nick and Meg, a British couple celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary with a weekend in Paris. As they travel around the city, they revisit the highs and lows of their relationship, fight about their faults, and continue to run out of restaurants without paying the bill. Jeff Goldblum co-stars in this romantic drama.

Monday 24 February 8pm

Captain Phillips (12A) 134 mins

Based on the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. This is a pulse-pounding thriller, a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between Captain Richard Phillips (two-time Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage.

Monday 3 March 8pm

The Selfish Giant (15) 91 mins

Set on the outskirts of Bradford, the film follows two young boys growing up in an underprivileged town in Yorkshire. Struggling to fit in at school, and facing their own challenges at home, the two friends find their seemingly directionless lives given dubious purpose when they meet local scrapdealer Kitten.

Monday 10 March 8pm


(12A) 98 mins Stephen Frears directs this wonderful adaptation of Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. Philomena is the true story of an Irish Catholic woman (Judi Dench) who decides to find her son more than fifty years after she was forced, as an unmarried mother, to give him up for adoption.

Monday 17 March 8pm

Gloria (15) 109 mins

The romantic (mis)adventures of glamorous, disco-loving fiftysomething Gloria provide the narrative energy of Sebastian Lelio’s award-winning comedy, a film that handles ageing with respect, compassion and intelligent humour. Subtitled. 5:4

ticket deal on films (see Back Page)


Monday 24 March 8pm

Short Term 12 (15) 97 mins

The tale of a foster-home worker discovering her own hidden pain, but tempered with humour. Grace presents herself as a tough, no-nonsense figure, but when troubled Jayden comes into her care, she starts to see her own problems reflected back.

Monday 31 March 8pm

Gravity (12A) 91 mins

A routine space mission turns into a fight for survival for Sandra Bullock & George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron’s nerve-shredding thrill ride. Their challenge is not only how to survive and return home, but how to do so before the accumulating mass of debris returns on its ferocious orbit.

Monday 7 April 8pm

The Butler (12A) 106 mins

The story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades, tracing the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with a string of stars playing US Presidents.

Monday 14 April 8pm

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (18) 180 mins

This year’s Palme d’Or winner is a strikingly uninhibited exploration of the mesmerising and turbulent nature of love. We first meet Adele as a school student, tentatively getting together with a male admirer but increasingly fascinated by Emma. Before long they are an item, Adele becoming the muse for Emma’s art while she pursues her own path into adulthood. Subtitled.

Monday 21 April 8pm

Saving Mr Banks (PG) 125 mins

The true story of Mary Poppins’ journey to the big screen is imaginatively brought to life. PL Travers (Emma Thompson) travels to Hollywood to assist development of the screenplay after 20 years of resisting Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) overtures to buy the rights to her books.


With DOLBY Surround Soundsensation Kirkgate Arts

Monday 28 April 8pm

All Is Lost (12A) 116 mins

Robert Redford offers an astonishingly physical performance as a yachtsman marooned at sea in an almost dialogue-free endurance yarn. As hope fades, director and star keep the almost unbearable suspense ramped until the very end, the very definition of a matter of life and death.

Monday 5 May 8pm

The Railway Man (tbc) 116 mins

A former POW from WWII (Colin Firth) who worked on the so called ‘Death Railway’ in Burma learns to make peace with a previous tormentor in this drama co-starring Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard. Based on a true story.

Monday 12 May 8pm

12 Years A Slave (15) 134 mins

Solomon is an accomplished violinist living as a free man in New York who is conned into joining a travelling show then brutally abducted & sold as a slave. When his comparatively benevolent first owner Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) sells him to abusive, demented plantation boss Epps (Michael Fassbender), any chance to prove the illegitimacy of his situation seems lost.

Monday 19 May 8pm

Inside Llewyn Davies (PG) 105 mins

The Coen brothers’ funny, melancholic elegy to early 1960s folk music is musically rich, a riff on the traditional biopic, creating a fictional reality that is coherent and honest in its portrayal of creative vulnerability and hubris.

Monday 26 May 8pm

The Book Thief (12A) 131 mins

Based on the bestselling book telling the story of an extraordinary, spirited girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

To book: 01900 @ Kirkgate Arts 826448


Music Sunday 26 January 8pm


Annabelle Chvostek A versatile singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist from Toronto, Annabelle was this year nominated for best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year at the Junos (Canada’s answer to the BRITS). This is a great opportunity to catch this Canadian artist during her short UK tour. Explorer - £7.50 when purchased with any BIG GIG ticket £12 conc. £7.50 D

Sunday 23 February 8pm


Camerata Ritmata New music fusing some of the most powerful sounds from across continents and epochs with soul stirring improvisation and a highly distinctive compositional style. Featuring four leading performers, visionary guitar virtuoso Simon Thacker, Paul Harrison (piano/ keyboard), Mario Caribe (bass) and Stu Brown (drums/percussion), Camerata Ritmata takes audiences on unique and fascinating musical journeys across the world, with pulsating rhythms from East Africa; impassioned romances of the Judeo-Spanish Sephardim and colourful ragas of India and South Asia. Explorer - £7.50 when purchased with any BIG GIG ticket £12 conc. £7.50 D

Friday 28 February 8pm

Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne Kris Drever’s voice and guitar form part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots scene. Widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, & member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist.
The uniquely talented Eamonn Coyne dazzles on both the banjo and tenor guitar and is critically lauded for his performances with Treacherous Orchestra and Salsa Celtica. £15 conc. £7.50 D


Kirkgate Arts

Sunday 9 March 8pm

Emily Smith Multi award winning Scottish folk singer Emily Smith is a leading figure of the Scottish folk scene. As a songwriter, Emily has been likened to ‘a Scottish Joni Mitchell’, but is equally adept at presenting fresh, evocative interpretations of traditional songs. Emily plays piano & accordion, but it’s her outstanding voice which has gained her a stream of awards. Emily is touring as a trio with multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan (husband) and Matheu Watson on fiddle, guitar & whistles. £15 conc. £7.50 D

Friday 14 March 8pm Kirkgate 2015 Fundraiser

All Saints’ Community Rock Choir All Saints’ Community Rock Choir began in February 2013, and is open to anyone who enjoys a challenge and a lot of fun while singing in a large group. Boasting 45 members the sound of this choir is truly magnificent! Come along to hear them sing some real classics - and maybe join in yourself! £8 conc. £5

Saturday 22 March 8pm

Drystone Sessions With no Solfest this year, keep the vibe alive at our popular Drystone Sessions, named after the Folk/ roots stage at Solfest and hosted by The Coast Road. Tonight’s headliners are the Weirdstring Band. Hurtling out of the depths of Cumbria, and combining European and American folk music along with retro British pop and a large dollop of humour, Weirdstring have created a unique blend of the traditional, the contemporary and the completely ridiculous. The evening also features music from the Coast Road, local choir Sing Owt, and maybe even some songs from the singing workshop earlier in the day. £10 (£5 when bought in conjunction with Sing Day booking. See Join In - p17) @KirkgateArts


Saturday 5 April 8pm

Kimmie Rhodes

Support provided by Kimmie’s daughter, Joelle Goodnight Stalwart of the original singer songwriter scene emanating from Texas in the late 70s. Kimmie has collaborated and recorded with many greats over the years - Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Beth Nielsen Chapman to mention just three. Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. A creative and prolific artist, she has recorded and released a total of fifteen solo CDs, written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, and published a book. £12 conc. £7.50 D

Sunday 13 April 8pm


Roddy Woomble Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble’s naturally poetic writing and consistent touring have won him many thousands of fans all over the world and he is widely regarded as one of Scotland ‘s finest songwriters.. Roddy will be touring to The Kirkgate with his acoustic four piece band. £15 conc. £7.50 D

Friday 25 April 8pm


Megson Stu & Debbie Hanna are the husband & wife duo Megson. Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards, they draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a unique brand of folk music. Their infectious sound is a mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies, driving rhythmic guitars & mandolas. Explorer - £7.50 when purchased with any BIG GIG ticket £12 conc. £7.50 D


Thursday 1 May 1.45pm Arts & Allsorts

Les Truc’Ulants

A unique opportunity to hear this family choir from Cockermouth’s twin town of Marvejols. With ages ranging from 5 + and incorporating 10 families, this French choir is talented and truly tres charmant! £4 60+ £2 (Includes tea & cake)

Sunday 11 May 8pm

Urban Folk Quartet Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigas, Frank Moon and Tom Chapman - four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments & four voices come together to craft a knockout show of globally– influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm. The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. £15 conc. £7.50 D

Saturday 31 May 8pm


Arun Ghosh Arun Ghosh brings his trademark, renowned IndoJazz sound to the Kirkgate. The British-Asian clarinetist & composer is a leading light on UK & international jazz scenes, captivating audiences with his passionate, dynamic performance style, plus a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll spirit. Tonight’s show features a performance of Ghosh’s IndoJazz chamber work, A South Asian Suite. Released in Autumn 2013, this mesmeric & enchanting six movement suite is inspired by the music, landscape & peoples of Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, as seen from the viewpoint of a BritishAsian from a Northern town. Pieces from Ghosh’s acclaimed albums Northern Namaste & Primal Odyssey feature in the second half. “…uproarious and irresistible” - Daily Telegraph £15 conc. £7.50 D

To book: 01900 826448


Join In Tues 18 & Weds 19 February 12 noon – 4pm


Family Workshop

Mobiles and Wind Chimes Drop in and make a colourful and original mobile or wind chime out of beads shells, old keys, cutlery coloured bottles etc. If you have special things you’d like to add to your creation – bring them along! Children must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per person, £5 Family of 4

Wednesday 5 March – 9 April 1.30pm – 3.30pm weekly Workshops For Adults


A series of 6 weekly workshops with Creative Practitioner, Jenn Mattinson, from Theatre by the Lake. Spend each Wednesday afternoon on a journey of discovery, exploring the art of telling your own stories through the power of the spoken word. We will look at the use of dialect, heritage and personal memories to see how they shape your own oral history. Come and share your stories and enjoy yourself! Free, but please call 01900 829966 to book

Saturday 22 March 10am - 3pm

Sing Day Think you can’t sing? Let Dave Camlin reassure you! Teaching by ear & always in a group, Dave will have you singing songs from Cumbria and around the world in part harmony on this fun and friendly day. It’ll put joy in your heart and a smile on your face, and it’s surprising tuneful! All voices and abilities welcome, no experience necessary. For adult and age 14+. Bring lunch. £15 Come to Sing Day, and get a half-price ticket for the evening Drystone Sessions - see page 14


Kirkgate Arts

Saturday 22 March 8pm

Drystone Sessions - See page 14 for details Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April 10am - 3pm


Family Workshop

MASK MAKING Drop-in & use your imagination to create any manner of fantastical animal masks, from parrots and bears to fish and zebras... or make one up out of your head! Simple techniques that everyone can do. With Ali McCaw and Celia Burbush. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per person £5 per family of four

Arts & Allsorts Cake, Craic & Culture! In conjunction with

Monthly arts/social events for older people, on a Thursday afternoon Pay on door, but please ring to book a place: 01900 829966

Thursday 13 February 1:45 – 3:45pm

Film: The Odd Couple Cert PG

105 min

Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau - This 5-star classic screwball comedy from 1968 will tickle your funnybone and warm the cockles of your heart!

£2, includes tea and cake

Thursday 13 March 1:45 – 3:45pm

Old Time Tea Dance

With Marlene Black, who will guide you through any dances you have forgotten! No need to bring a partner- just be willing to dance. With recorded music.

£2, includes tea and cake

Thursday 17 April 1.45 – 3.45pm

Theatre: Not For Heroes

See main listings, Page 6

£4 for age 60+, includes tea and cake

Thursday 1st May 1.45 – 3.45pm

Music: Les Truc’Ulants

See main listings, Page 15

£2 for age 60+, includes tea and cake



Join In Regulars

Exciting and challenging THEATRE sessions for all ages Young Players: For 8 - 9 yrs Sat 18 Jan & Sat 2 Feb 10am-3pm, then Wed 19 Feb, 10am-1pm & Sun 23 Feb 10am-2pm as part of Feb half term Theatre Festival £15 for the block

Young Performers: For 10 - 14 yrs - weekly Thursdays 5.30 – 7.30pm Starts 9 January £3.50 per session, or £24 for block of 8 sessions, includes February half term Theatre Festival

Young Actors: For 14 – 18 years - weekly Thursdays 7.30 – 9.30pm Starts 9 January £3.50 per session, or £24 for block of 8 sessions, includes February half term Theatre Festival 10% Discount for second sibling at any group, when paid termly

Half Term: 15 – 23 February FESTIVAL OF YOUTH THEATRE

Lest We Forget All 3 Kirkgate Youth Theatre groups, along with Carnegie & Keswick Youth Theatres, will be involved in rehearsing work they have been developing since last September on the theme of ‘Lest We Forget’, at Theatre by the Lake Studio theatre in Keswick. The festival will culminate in a series of performances from guest companies & youth theatre members on Sat 22 & Sun 23 February (See more at: Contact Jeff Wallcook on 01900 87011 or email for more information

YANN TAN YOUNG FOLK BAND Come & join this friendly young folk band who practise at the Kirkgate every Thursday. Their reputation is growing - they have enjoyed success at Solfest and The National Forest Folk Festival. In March, they have been invited to perform at the Sage, Gateshead as part of an evening celebrating music from across the North of England. Whatever your instrument and level, if you are 11 – 18, be part of it! Weekly, Thursday 6 - 7.30pm. New term starts on January 9th. For more details, call Aine Kelly, 01900 336021 For further information on all Youth & Community events, please call the Kirkgate Admin Office on 01900 829966


s Special Event

Time to show off your costumes ahead of the next Fair, now to be held next year on Saturday, May 2nd 2015

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Prelude @ The Kirkgate

At 7.00pm: Oh, My Poor Nerves!! Health and hypochondria in Jane Austen’s England

A fascinating insight into maladies real and imaginary, with a splendid selection of medical artefacts & a very spirited invalid!

Plus other entertainments & diversions to be announced! Tickets will be available from the Kirkgate Centre in March


Come and help build the success of Cockermouth’s Festival! No experience necessary, just a sense of humour! Volunteers always welcome. No matter how much or how little time you can spare, there’s plenty to do, from putting out signs, to stuffing envelopes, stewarding etc If you have specific skills you can offer, the Festivals’ group are also looking for a press/publicity coordinator.

Call Gilli on 01900 829966 to find out how to get involved and make this year’s festival the best yet.

To book: 01900 826448


Inspiring live events from Furness to the Solway

SPRING 2014 22 VENUES 32 PERFORMANCES Take a look at our website to see what is touring to a venue near you!

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n THE KIRKGATE CENTRE is managed & run by Kirkgate Arts, a limited company with charitable status, set up in 2008 to improve access to the arts in West Cumbria. The Kirkgate Centre was originally converted from a derelict Victorian school building in 1995, through the efforts of local people. The centre is run almost entirely by volunteers and is supported by 300 members.

KIRKGATE 2015 A modern community venue for Cockermouth

The fundraising has started to develop an extended and modernised Kirkgate Centre to include a spacious cafe/bar and foyer, improved seating, better facilities for community groups, updated technical equipment and back stage facilities. The total cost of this project will be ÂŁ2 million. Most of this will be raised through major grant applications put together by Kirkgate staff and volunteers, but we will need your support if we are to reach our overall target. If you would like to be involved or have a fundraising idea, please get in touch with Kate Parry:

Hire The Kirkgate! Our multi-purpose hall and auditorium can be booked separately, or in combination for that special occasion, conference, meeting or class at competitive rates. Wifi is available throughout the building and we can provide you with details of local catering companies if required. Call 01900 829966 or email for more details. @KirkgateArts


Diary JANUARY 6 Mo 8:00pm

About Time (12A)


13 Mo 8:00pm

Rush (15)


20 Mo 8:00pm

Wadjda (PG)


24 Fri 7:30pm

Sinbad & The Magical Mystery (CADS)


25 Sat 2:30 & 7:30pm Sinbad & The Magical Mystery (CADS)


26 Sun 8:00pm

Annabelle Chvostek

27 Mo 8:00pm

Filth (18)

12 8

31 Fri 7:30pm

Sinbad & The Magical Mystery (CADS)


1 Sat 2:30 & 7:30pm Sinbad & The Magical Mystery (CADS)


3 Mo 8:00pm

Blue Jasmine (12A)


8 Sat 8:00pm

The Man Who Was Hamlet (George Dillon) 5

10 Mo 8:00pm

Sunshine On Leith (PG)

13 Thu 1:45pm

The Odd Couple (PG) (Arts & Allsorts)

17 Mo 8:00pm

Le Week-End (15)


8 17 9

18 Tue Noon-4:00pm Mobiles & Wind-Chimes Workshop 16 19 Wed Noon-4:00pm Mobiles & Wind-Chimes Workshop 16 23 Sun 8:00pm

Camerata Ritmata

24 Mo 8:00pm

Captain Phillips (12A)

28 Fri 8:00pm

Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne

12 9 12

MARCH 3 Mo 8:00pm

The Selfish Giant (15)


5 Wed 1:30-3:30pm Tell Your Stories (+ every Weds for 6 wks) 16 9 Sun 8:00pm

Emily Smith


10 Mo 8:00pm

Philomena (12A)

13 Thu 1:45pm

Old Time Tea Dance (Arts & Allsorts)

14 Fri 8:00pm

All Saints Community Rock Choir 13

16 Sun 3:30pm

Grisly Tales From Tumblewater (Teasel) 5

17 Mo 8:00pm

Gloria (15)

9 17


22 Sa 10 - 3:00pm

Sing Day


22 Sat 8:00pm

Drystone Sessions


24 Mo 8:00pm

Short Term 12 (15)


29 Sa 8:00pm

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of ...

28 Fri 10:30, 1 & 3pm Sparkle (PuppetShip) 31 Mo 8:00pm


Gravity (12A)

4 6 10

APRIL 4 Fri 7:30pm

I, Peaseblossom... (Theatre Orchard, etc)

5 Sat 8:00pm

Kimmie Rhodes


7 Mo 8:00pm

The Butler (12A)


11 Fri 10 - 3:00pm

Mask Making Workshop


12 Sat 10 - 3:00pm

Mask Making Workshop


13 Sun 8:00pm

Roddy Woomble

14 Mo 8:00pm

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (18)


17 Thu 1:45pm

Not About Heroes (Arts & Allsorts/TBTL)


21 Mo 8:00pm

Saving Mr Banks (PG)

24 Thu 7:30pm

Northumbriana (Dansformation)

25 Fri 8:00pm


28 Mo 8:00pm

All Is Lost (12A)


1 Thu 1:45pm

Les Truc’Ulants (Arts & Allsorts)


2 Fri 7:00pm

Georgian Fair Prelude


5 Mo 8:00pm

The Railway Man (tbc)


9 Fri 8:00pm

Robin Ince Is (In &) Out of His Mind 4

11 Sun 8:00pm

Urban Folk Quartet


12 Mo 8:00pm

12 Years A Slave (15)


16 Fri tbc pm

The Curious Scrapbook... (Shona Reppe) 7

19 Mo 8:00pm

Inside Llewyn Davies (PG)


26 Mo 8:00pm

The Book Thief (12A)


30 Fri 8:00pm

An Iliad (Theatre Now/Tobin)


31 Sat 8:00pm

Arun Ghosh





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Please Note: Tickets costing £10 or more must be paid for at the time of booking. If you leave a message on our answerphone, we will call you back as soon as we can. Tickets costing less than £10 must be paid for within 5 days of the reservation. If the event is less than 5 days away, tickets must be paid for at least 15 minutes before the performance starts or tickets will be released for sale. Concessions apply to under 18s, students and JSA recipients. Please note seats are unreserved for most events. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Refunds: Money cannot be refunded once tickets have been paid for unless the performance is cancelled. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to cancel or change any show or make amendments to dates, times or prices.

To book: 01900 826448


Booking Kirkgate Box Office: 01900 826448 Monday - Saturday, 10am - 1pm

01900 826448 (answerphone outside opening hours)

You can also book ONLINE for selected events: (Please note that a 10% booking fee applies to online sales)

Billy Bowman’s Music Shop, Lowther Went Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm (cash & cheques only)

01900 826708 Special Offers: A discounted rate for a group of 4 (max 2 adults).



Standard adult discount for Kirkgate members (£1 for live events, 50p for films)

To take advantage of the following special offers, you must book seven days in advance: Book any five Cinema tickets, only pay for four!

5:4 Explorer

Discounted rate for marked events when purchased

from the Kirkgate Box Office with any



Access: All public areas of the Kirkgate are fully accessible. There is a ramp into the building and a lift to the auditorium. There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces in the theatre, so please call in advance to book. An induction loop system is available in the main theatre space. To Cockermouth School, Embleton & Keswick


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