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Happy 135th Birthday A year of celebration 1883-2018


SEPT 2017 JAN 2018

Help us celebrate 135 years in Leicester. Share your photos, theatre programmes, stories and memories of The Y. Have you performed on stage? Lived within the supported accommodation, taken a class or watched a show over the decades? Let us know and help us build a 135 year timeline! Email us at: or share on The Y Charity Facebook using #TheYis135 You will automatically be entered into our prize draw to win theatre tickets across the year.* *Check the website for T&Cs

In 2018 say yes to challenge 135

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WELCOME Hello and welcome to our new season here at The Y, Leicester’s oldest surviving theatre. This season you can expect yet another vibrant and varied programme, with plenty of fabulously funny comedy, marvellous music and theatre, dance and spoken word that will tantalize your taste buds and inspire you to see more, so truly something for everyone! Highlights of the season include; new and exciting theatre during the Quickest Theatre Festival in town ‘14/48 Leicester’; more beautiful ballet with The Nutcracker from Ballet Theatre UK; great music from the likes of Wonder Stuff legend Miles Hunt; and family fun with our new action packed traditional Pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!


Adam Durnin - Theatre & Events Manager

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The Indians are Coming WORD!… Leicester Pride Special T-Rextasy Ian White and Camilla Dallerup Liane Carroll Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls Bedtime Stories

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WORD!…Everybody’s Reading and Black History Month Special Mark Thomas Kings of Comedy Live/Wire 3 2 1 Blast Off King Arthur Asian Persuasion Just an Ordinary Lawyer Limehouse Lizzy Fairport Convention

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Lefty Scum Them Heavy People: Kate Bush Tribute Nick Helm Word! 14/48 Leicester Jason Byrne Desi Central Evening with Steve Walsh & Matt Elliott The Vaudevillians

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The Guilty Feminist Podcast The Nutcracker Word! Christmas Carol Service Bottle Rocket Christmas Comedy Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Lost and Found Comedy Music Children & families

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Performance New Work Dance

All information is correct at the time of going to press but The Y reserves the right to make such changes, as may become necessary, without prior notice.

Sat 2 Sept, 7.30pm, £17.50 After SELL OUT events in London & Birmingham, The Chuckle Singhs tour with an ALL INDIAN line up. Hosts Chuckle Singhs, Bob & Danny provide banter and audience interaction to entertain and keep any event moving whilst Sunil Patel, Sukh Kaur Ojla and Inder Manocha star in this fantastic line up. Suitable for: 16 yrs+

tickets on sale soon! Check website for details.


Mark Thomas: A Show that Gambles on the Future Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pm, £16/£12 conc Few predicted the events of 2016. And even fewer seem to know where we are going. Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences before gambling on their outcome. By making futurologists of us all, he will create a fantastical, hilarious and possibly accurate vision of the world. And maybe even make a few quid on the side. Suitable for: 14 yrs+

BACKLASH BALLROOM Thurs 24 Aug, 7.30pm Check website for details.



Kings of Comedy

LeftY Scum:

Sun 8 Oct, 7.30pm, £17.50

Josie Long / Grace Petrie / Jonny & the Baptists

The undisputed Kings of Comedy take to the stage for this hilarious night in.

Thurs 2 Nov, 7.30pm, £13/£12 conc

Join Aurie Styla, Slim, Kane Brown and Kojo as they put on what could possibly be the funniest show of the year.

Music! Comedy! Revolutionary socialism! Join us for a riotous evening with three of the UK's most joyfully rabble-rousing acts.

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Featuring three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee JOSIE LONG (“Can she please stop grumbling?” The Telegraph), British Comedy Award & Musical Comedy Award nominees JONNY & THE BAPTISTS (“Distasteful” The Telegraph) and acclaimed protest musician GRACE PETRIE (“Whining folk singer” The Telegraph).

Bottle Rocket presents

Asian Persuasion Sat 21 Oct, 8pm, £10 Asian Persuasion returns to present another tip top line up of the very best in comedy talent in a Diwali Special... Headlining is Tez Ilyas - sharp and astute crowd-pleasing stand up from this TV and radio regular. “Radiantly entertaining.” Times #### Previous acts to appear at Asian Persuasion include Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar and Paul Sinha. Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Early booking is essential for this exclusive show, part of a limited 10-date UK tour. (NB: Lefty Scum welcomes people of all political persuasions, but we will probably take the p**s out of you if you’re a Tory.)

Suitable for: 14 yrs+



Nick Helm:

Desi Central Comedy Show

There is nothing you can do to me that I haven’t already done to myself Sat 4 Nov, 8pm, £12 adv Stop fearing the worst. It’s already happened. So instead of crying about it, why not crawl out of your homemade nuclear fallout shelters and bear witness to Living Legend and National Treasure in waiting Nick Helm as he delivers some home truths about life, love and how not to be a dick.

Sun 19 Nov, 7pm, £15 adv/£20 door

Nick Helm sets off on his first national tour in order to bring his unique blend of high octane stand up, music and poetry, in person, to the people.

After previous sell out shows around the UK Desi Central comes to The Y Leicester with an amazing line-up and night of nothing but laughter. Acts: Patrick Monahan, Eshaan Akbar, Jay Sodagar, Nabil Abdul Rashid

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Jason Byrne:

The Vaudevillians:


JinKx Monsoon and Major Scales Sat 18 Nov, 8pm, £19.50 ‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne. Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit.


Sat 25 Nov, 8pm, £16.50/£12 conc RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon presents a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales. The Vaudevillians having been wowing audiences with their edgy, original music as originally composed. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.

The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.

“Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter.” New York Times

Suitable for: 14 yrs+

Suitable for: 16 yrs+



The Guilty Feminist Podcast Fri 1 Dec, 8pm, £15 Ever felt like you should be better at feminism?


Join comedian Deborah Frances-White for her comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience.

Sat 9 Sept, 9pm, £15

Each episode Deborah and her guests discuss their noble goals as 21st century feminists and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them. The podcast has been a huge success with over 10,000,000 downloads since it started at the beginning of last year. “Hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius.” The Guardian Suitable for: 14 yrs+

The Marc Bolan 40th Year Commemorative Concert Danielz and his great band return for the eagerly anticipated return visit of the world’s only officially acclaimed definitive tribute to Marc Bolan and T Rex. Bring along your bopping shoes, warm up your vocal cords and sing and dance the night away to all your favourite hits including Hot Love, Metal Guru and Jeepster. One of The Y’s most eagerly awaited shows - book early to avoid disappointment! “Absolutely amazing! If there’s anyone who can step into Marc’s shoes I’d like it to be him.” June Bolan

Leicester Jazz House presents

Bottle Rocket Christmas Special Feat Seann Walsh Sat 16 Dec, 8pm, £17.50 Now in its 10th year, join us for our annual Christmas special - four top comedians bringing you laughter and Christmas good cheer. This year, headlined by Seann Walsh...

Liane Carroll Thurs 28 Sept, 8pm, £12 adv/£14 door A solo performance by the totally unique and mesmerising Liane Carroll. She is capable of reducing listeners to tears with her heartbreaking ability to inhabit a lyric, or of making an audience jump for joy with her breathtaking vocal virtuosity. Once seen never forgotten! NUS discount applies.

However dishevelled he may be, the Foster’s Comedy Award nominee is also one of the best comics in the country. With a keen observational mind, Seann Walsh can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy. “One of comedy’s hottest properties...Very talented, very funny” Evening Standard Support comes from Rhys James (As seen on Mock the Week) and Jake Lambert (“Brilliant one-liners” - Suitable for: 16 yrs+



Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls

Fairport Convention Fri 28 Oct, 8pm, £20

Fri 29 Sept, 8pm, £15/£12.50 conc The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls will be touring the UK in support of the duo’s third studio album. “We decided to take the first few months of the year off from gigging, to stay home to write and record a new album together. The time spent off the road allowed us to thoroughly immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the new record. Conversely the time off also refreshed our appetite for getting back on stage!”

Lazy Sunday presents

Live/Wire Sat 13 Oct, 9pm, £15 The unique six man tribute to rock’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of High Voltage Rock and Roll. Packing in the classics like Whole Lotta Rosie, Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck and Back In Black into a 2 hour plus show, Live/Wire also throw in a few surprises for fans to savour! This band is as close as you can get to the real thing, you've got to see this show to believe it, check them out for a night of high energy and fun! Lazy Sunday presents

Limehouse Lizzy Fri 27 Oct, 9pm, £15 Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. Limehouse Lizzy enter their 22nd year with their most explosive show and critically-acclaimed line-up yet.


Back in Leicester after 4 years! Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967. Throughout the intervening five decades, the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport has released a new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites.

Celebrating 50th year anniversary 1967-2017


Them Heavy People: Kate Bush Tribute Band

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Fri 3 Nov, 8pm, £12/10% discount for Table of 10

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, spread love and peace through the medium of song.

Them Heavy People are ‘Wowing’ audiences with every gig, as their stage show includes projections and iconic costume changes that all add up to make this band the closest interpretation of a Kate Bush show. Nadine Turner has been an active fan of Kate’s for many years, and has spent time as a solo act, perfecting her Kate impression. She has an uncanny vocal resemblance to Kate, with note perfect renditions of many of Kate’s hits, and is backed by a band of seasoned professionals that strive for authentic recreations of Kate’s songs. This band is a 'must see’ for any Kate Bush fan!

Mon 23 Oct, 7.30pm, £10/£8 conc

Recalling heroic sporting achievements alongside epoch-defining political events, Tayo Aluko follows the multi-award-winning Call Mr. Robeson with another “brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art.” Suitable for: 14yrs+

In collaboration with

PERFORMANCE A Charity Evening with Leicester City Legends…

Steve Walsh & Matt Elliott Thurs 23 Nov, 7.30pm, £12.50 cabaret/£99 table of 10/£10 balcony Back by popular demand, don’t miss two of our City’s footballing heroes at a special charity fundraiser. Talking candidly, the pair will bring you tales of another Golden era in our City’s footballing history. From the years of Filbert Street, Wembley Play-offs and the Martin O’Neill days, Walshie and Elliott will entertain you with stories from on and off the Leicester City pitch. Raising funds for The Y Charity youth homelessness service.



Ballet Theatre UK presents


‘Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup’ Up Close & Personal Fri 22 Sept, 7.30pm, £26/£24 conc Join Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup from Strictly Come Dancing plus professional singer Paul Amer and guests for a spectacular evening of dance, singing and stories from their time on the BBC hit show.


Fri 2 Dec, 7.30pm, £12/£10 conc/£40 family of 4 One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, this well-loved traditional Christmas ballet will be performed in a unique setting with 24 international dancers, from companies around the world. The story recounts the adventures of a young girl Clara the night before Christmas. When Clara falls asleep with her Nutcracker, an army of mice attack her toys and the Nutcracker.

This up close and personal show promises to be a night to remember. Camilla, one of the original professionals and champion in 2008 is joined by her professional partner Ian Waite, who has appeared in nearly every series of the show. During the show, Ian and Camilla will perform some amazing Latin and Ballroom routines and tell their inside stories from Strictly Come Dancing. PLUS, meet Ian & Camilla after the show!

This opulent new production promises everything you love about The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable musical score combines with magical choreography, exquisite costumes and breathtaking scenery that together creates an atmosphere of fantasy and illusion. Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime.


Why not treat friends and family to an early Christmas present?



At The Y we are constantly looking for ways to work with and develop local creative talent and showcase new work. Our Winter/Spring season offers several exciting events, demonstrating our standing as Leicester’s oldest theatre, supporting its newest work. We are proud to present:

Monday CLUB

14/48 Leicester

Each Monday, 6pm-9pm, £2 per workshop

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Nov, 8pm & 10.30pm, £7/£5 conc (Festival Ticket £10/£8 conc)

Monday Club is an open, creative space in The Y for artists and creatives to come and explore new things. Got something you are working on and need some help? Want to hear a script you’ve written out loud? Or just want to learn some great theatre games? Come along every Monday and meet up with other artist from across Leicester.

There is an opportunity to present your work at a regular showcase. Audiences pay what you decide.


Caroline Bird


The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival That’s right the WORLD’S QUICKEST, how do you like us now Bolt? If you haven’t heard about 14/48 here is a quick breakdown:

Vanessa Kisuule

70 artists have 24 hours in which to write, direct, rehearse, score, design and perform 7 new plays.

First Tuesday of each month, 8pm (7pm performers sign up) £7/£4 conc The longest running and most established spoken word night in the Midlands, consists of an open mic with booked acts, music, photography and sumptuous film visuals. Tues 5 Sept, WORD!… Leicester Pride Special Tues 3 Oct, WORD!… Everybody’s Reading and Black History Month Special Tues 7 Nov, to be confirmed Tues 5 Dec, to be confirmed

Come and find out why Leicester is talking about 14/48 What was that? Oh just

In only 24 hours! What could be madder than that you ask? How about if we do the whole process all over again the next day?


The plays created are sometimes heart-warming, sometimes hilarious and sometimes downright scary – what we can guarantee is that you will be seeing something new, fresh and interesting each night. You will be supporting local artists and you will be guaranteed to walk away feeling inspired. What could be better than that?





Fri 20 Oct, 11.30am & 2.30pm £8, Family of 4 £28

Bedtime stories

A thrilling tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. A drowning boy is rescued by a mysterious figure who claims to be Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his stories, he is transported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Round Table, Merlin, Excalibur, Lancelot and Guinevere.

Sat 30 Sept, 4.30pm, £3.50 Gather inside our cosy theatre where we bring you tales full of magic, warmth and giggles. Share a bedtime storyland with hot chocolate and cookies at this ever popular event presented by Leicester Library Services. Limited spaces available, book early!


Quite Remarkable presents

321 Blast off Thurs 18 Oct, 2pm, £5 Quite Remarkable Productions are over the moon to be back with a new magical and musical space adventure ‘3,2,1 Blast Off!’ Take off with Geoffrey Jumper and his silly little friend Mandy as they blast into outer-space! Learn to moonwalk, meet friendly aliens and help Geoffrey Jumper and Mandy get home in time for tea on an interactive and epic journey through space. A sensory-swamped galactic voyage for 2-6 year olds with puppetry, live music, magic and mayhem!



“A masterclass in serious theatre for older children” The Stage 7yrs+

Join award-winning Story Pocket Theatre as they tell exciting stories of brave chivalry, battles and the search for the Holy Grail in a fast-moving family adventure packed with physical theatre and outstanding storytelling.


CHRISTMAS The Y presents

Little Blue Monster Productions presents

Christmas Carol Service Wed 6 Dec, 7pm, Free Come and join us for live performances, Bible readings and carol singing. Our cosy carol service is a great time to meet with friends and celebrate Christmas with mulled wine and mince pies. The event is free and open to all communities. However if you wish to give a donation you could help give a homeless young adult a safe place to call home and the support they need to create lasting change in their lives. Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Mon 18- Sat 23 Dec, £8 adults/£6 conc/£25.00 family 18-20 Dec, 2.30pm Matinee 21-22 Dec, 7.30pm Evening 23 Dec, 2.30pm Matinee & 7.30pm Evening The story of the Princess Snow White, who is hated by her stepmother the evil and vain Queen Caligula, but is saved by the seven dwarfs. Add in a dashing prince, a talking mirror, a couple of inept murderers, a Dame to die for, the Queen's henchman and - oh yes - an apprentice fairy trying to earn her wings and you get a fast moving, action packed traditional pantomime. Audience participation encouraged!


Sun 24 Dec, 11am & 1pm, £10/£36 family of 4 Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He didn’t know where it had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost. So he decided to help it find its way home, even if that meant rowing all the way to the South Pole. This funny, charming tale of friendship is the perfect treat for a younger audience. Brought to life with puppetry, songs and music, this fantastic new show is suitable for ages 3+ and their grown-ups.

“Perfectly charming” The Guardian


FUNDRAISING FOR HOME LESS YOUNG PEOPLE How you Helped • Last Autumn you raised £1144 by buying a raffle ticket • £780 was raised by young people on National Citizen Service • Over 400 Shoe Boxes were donated by 5 school/groups last Christmas • 27 supporters whizzed down Leicester’s first Zip Wire and raised over £4000 …and you are still fundraising for us, thank you!

say yes To challEnge 135 In 2018 WE need YOU to help us celebrate The Y’s 135th birthday! Take on the challenge and raise £135 for homeless young people in Leicester. Organise a bake sale, take part in a sponsored event, do a car boot, or tick off that bucket list… You have 12 months to pull off this challenge… What are you waiting for? The £135 you raise, you will make a huge difference to a young person facing homelessness. Sign up today and say YES to the challenge!

WIN! Enter The Y’s Autumn Raffle Another superb opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. Closing date 26 Nov. Final draw 27 Nov. Full prize list, rules and entry details online.


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Play agaInst youR heroes

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Leicester city legends charity match

Legends Steve Walsh & Matt Elliott

Sun 22 Oct Round up a team to play against Leicester Legends such as Steve Guppy, Gerry Taggart, Martin Johnson, Rendell Monroe, Steve Walsh, Matt Elliott and even members of Kasabian (final team to be announced). If you are a business and can round up 11 players, get in touch about our player package on . Package includes training sessions and refreshments with the Legends team. Match spectators £3.50 / under 14s free.



Thurs 23 Nov, 7.30pm £12.50 cabaret / £99 table of 10 / £10 balcony Back by popular demand, don’t miss two of our City’s footballing heroes talking candidly for one night only. The pair will bring you tales of another Golden era in our City’s footballing history. From the years of Filbert Street, Wembley Play-offs and the Martin O’Neill days, with entertaining stories from on and off the Leicester City pitch.


BOOKING INFORMATION Box Office 0116 255 7066 Our box office is open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 2pm-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm and one hour before a show. There is a 50p charge for using debit/credit cards and 55p charge for postage.


Access Information

General Terms

Facilities include: Wheelchair spaces in The Y Theatre auditorium

The Y Theatre reserves the right to: • Refuse ticket holders entrance or ask them to leave the venue • Introduce or change special offers, ticket prices and fees • Change seat location of a ticket without prior notice Advance permission should be sought from the venue for the use of flash photography or filming equipment.

Wheelchair toilet & washing facilities Wheelchair spaces in the East Street NCP car park

You can book tickets online 24 hours a day on our website. There is a booking fee of 60p per ticket and 55p charge for postage.

Please advise our Box Office before your visit if you require the hearing loop

By post

Guide dogs are welcome

Send a cheque payable to Leicester YMCA with details of your booking to The Y, 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY.

Refunds Tickets are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances. To be agreed with management.

Concessions Where a reduced price is given concessions are available for children under 16, full time students, people unemployed and in receipt of benefits and senior citizens unless otherwise

stated. Please show appropriate identification when collecting tickets.

Group Booking For many events we offer the 10th ticket free for every 9 purchased. For cabaret shows our box office can reserve a table for a group of 10. To make a booking call the Box Office on 0116 255 7066. Applicable to certain shows only.

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