The Core at Corby Cube - Spring 2023

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Spring 2023


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Highlights What’s On Pages 4-22

Potted Panto

The American Four Tops

Screaming Blue Murder

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Get Involved Pages 23-27

Body Politic present

THEM

Menopause the Musical 2

Dinosaur World Live

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NEED COPY The Kilkennys

Harry Styles Tribute

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Twirlywoos

Support Us Pages 28-29

About Us Pages 30-31

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Buy with confidence Although restrictions around COVID-19 have now been lifted, the safety of our audiences, staff and artists is still of paramount importance to us. See page 30 for more information on how we continue to ensure your safety when you visit The Core.

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Potted Panto

Thu 8 - Sun 11 December Times vary, check online for details Seven classic pantomimes in 70 hilarious minutes! The Olivier Award-nominated festive celebration Potted Panto is back in Corby ahead of a West End season. In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the ball. It’s all unmissable fun, whether you’re six or 106. “A HOOT… HUGE FUN!” Evening Standard HHHHH “WONDERFULLY MAD BOX OF DELIGHTS” London Living Large “DELICIOUSLY FESTIVE FUN FOR ALL” Whatsonstage

Make A Memory

Consider making a donation when you book your Christmas tickets, and help to support families in need enjoy a festive trip to the theatre this December. Tickets from £12 (Standard shows) £16 (Premium shows) THE THEATRE Recommended for ages 6+

Meet Santa!

Free gift for every child after the show

Imagine Theatre, in association with The Belgrade Theatre present

Santa’s Christmas Rescue Mon 12 - Sat 24 December Times vary, check online for details

Santa, Ellie, Izzy and Rudolph are all ready for Christmas: the sleigh is ready to fly, the workshop is decorated, the presents are all wrapped. But Ellie, Izzy and Rudolf are having to embark on a mission to rescue Santa who has got himself stuck in the snow! Santa’s Christmas Rescue is an interactive 35 minute show full of songs, laughter and festive fun that you and your little ones will be invited to join in with. Plus, children will have the chance to meet Santa and the Elves after the show and receive a gift from them. So, come and join us and have your ‘elf’ a merry little Christmas! The ideal trip for nurseries and Key Stage 1 school groups.

Tickets from £10.50 (Standard shows) £12.50 (Premium shows) THE THEATRE Recommended for ages 6 and under

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Corby Amateur Theatrical Society present

Dick Whittington

Thu 5 - Sun 8 January Thu & Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 12pm & 4pm Get ready for an adventure at The Core as Corby Amateur Theatrical Society returns with the purrr-fect festive treat, Dick Whittington. Our daring hero Dick Whittington arrives in London seeking fame, fortune, adventure and his one true love. Alongside his trusty companion Tom the Cat, Dick thinks luck is finally on his side, until the despicable King Rat arrives, determined to unleash mischief across London. Can you help Dick and his friends outwit the evil King Rat, free the city from his team of revolting rodents and win the beautiful Alice’s hand in marriage? Join us for this magical rags to riches tale, filled with side-splitting jokes, singalong songs and traditional panto mayhem for the whole family to enjoy. Book today for a festive adventure!

Tickets from £16 (Conc. £14), Family Ticket £49 for 4 (max. 2 adults) THE THEATRE

The Counterfeit Seventies Fri 20 January 7.30pm

Be taken on a rollercoaster ride through the era that brought you glam rock, new wave and everything in between, with The Counterfeit Seventies. Featuring the music of Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, The Bay City Rollers and many more. Sit back and take a trip down memory lane, or get your glad rags on and boogie on down, as this uplifting show takes you on a nostalgic trip back to the ’70s!

Tickets from £21 (Conc. £19) THE THEATRE

Pedestrian present

Press Start… The Tour Tue 24 January 7.30pm

Come along and celebrate Pedestrian’s partnership project with The Core: Press Start…The Tour. This showcase is jam-packed full of performances from new and emerging musicians from Leicester. Grab your ticket to say you saw them here first! This event is the finale of the Perfect Score Presents project and kickstarts a year of celebrations for Pedestrian’s 25th birthday with all ticket revenue going towards continuing their extensive outreach work. Find out more information at www.pedestrian.info. Tickets from £2 THE THEATRE 6

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The Best of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (ft. Gareth Gates) Wed 25 January 7.30pm

The Best of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is a spectacular high-pitched celebration of timeless music from one of the biggest selling groups of all time. This nostalgic musical journey pays tribute to the life and career of those four boys from Jersey, who started singing under a street lamp but soon went on to become one of the most recognised groups in history. The show features all your favourite songs including Sherry, My Eyes Adored You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man and many more. Gareth Gates joins cast members from the smash-hit Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys and other hit West End shows. Supported by an exceptional live band, this show is guaranteed to leave you saying Oh, What A Night!

Tickets from £31 THE THEATRE

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Fri 27 January 8pm

Our hilarious monthly comedy club is back for Spring 2023! Sit back with a drink and enjoy some of comedy’s rising stars. Our January line-up features: Alistair Barrie Jo Neary Don Biswas Compère Brendan Dempsey Tickets from £13 (Conc. £11) THE LAB Recommended for ages 16+

Cher: Strong Enough Sat 28 January 7.30pm

Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar and great female icon that is Cher! Featuring all of the classic hits including I Found Someone, Believe, Strong Enough, Gypsies Tramps And Thieves and many more, this show will take you on a musical journey that will Turn Back Time to celebrate the queen of pop and rock. Come along and experience the passion, the flair and the glitter; this is one show-stopping extravaganza you do not want to miss. Tickets from £23 THE THEATRE

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Weldon Amateur Theatre School present

School Of Rock

Sat 4 – Sun 5 February 2pm & 6.30pm Weldon Amateur Theatre School are proud to present School Of Rock! Based on the renowned movie, this musical follows Dewey Finn (a wannabe rock star) and some very well-behaved school children as they venture away from classical and into the world of rock! Will the students win the ‘Battle of the Bands’? Let’s raise the roof and “stick it to the man” together! Based on the Paramount movie written by Mike White Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Book by Julian Fellowes. Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Tickets from £17 (Conc. £14.50) THE THEATRE

Come What May Wed 8 February 7.30pm

The ultimate tribute to Moulin Rouge. Featuring Strictly Come Dancing’s sensational Robin Windsor and a cast of top West End performers, Come What May is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Come What May, Your Song, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, Roxanne and Lady Marmalade plus hit songs from The Greatest Showman and other iconic movie musicals. Travel back in time as the children of the revolution take you on a thrilling non-stop journey into the sexy, disreputable and glamorous underworld of Paris. It’s a Spectacular, Spectacular evening of unforgettable dancing, dreams, adventure and, above all, love! “SENSATIONAL FROM START TO FINISH” BBC Radio “THE MOST EXCITING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR” expressandstar.com

Tickets from £30.50 THE THEATRE

Absolute Reggae Thu 9 February 7.30pm

The music that has filled the airwaves since the 1970s is brought to life on stage with Absolute Reggae. This high energy show, with a 10 piece band including four vocalists, will have you singing along to great Reggae songs from Bob Marley, Aswad, John Holt, Pato Banton and UB40 to name a few. Join us to get a Good Thing Going because you Can’t Help Falling In Love with Absolute Reggae!

Tickets from £24.50 (Conc. £22.50) THE THEATRE 8

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Lodge Park Academy present

The Mini Mikado Fri 10 February 6pm

Merry Opera took their lively and comic production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado to Lodge Park Academy in September 2020 as part of their UK tour. For the last five weeks they have been coaching students in their own version of a trip to the topsy-turvy town of Titipu. Come and see how the students have flourished under the coaching by professional opera singers. Tickets from £8 THE THEATRE

Altered Skin present

Fatherhood

Sat 11 February 8pm Being a father in the 21st century is complicated. Being the father of a young son of mixed South Indian, Turkish and Austrian heritage, even more so. Three different fathers’ stories are woven together with physical theatre, multilingual text and integrated captions, exploring the ups and downs of fatherhood across generations with humour and sensitivity. All performances include integral captions. Fatherhood is supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and FABRIC

HHHH “A GREAT STORYTELLER, A MERCURIAL TRICKSTER WITH AN EXUBERANT LOVE OF LIFE” Voice Mag

Tickets from £9 THE LAB Recommended for ages 12+ I Captioned

The American Four Tops Sat 11 February 7.30pm

With powerful vocals, splendid harmonies and high stepping dance routines, Soul Satisfaction’s American Four Tops show will take you on a journey through all the hits of the Four Tops, including Reach Out, Baby I Need Your Loving, Walk Away Renee, Same Old Song, and Loco In Acalpulco, along with other classic hits from Motown and soul legends including The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Ben E King and many more. You’ll be dancing all night long, so Get Ready, cos here they come! Tickets from £27 THE THEATRE

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Splore

at The Core

Splore noun Scot. a frolic; revel; a commotion

Thu 16 – Fri 17 February Join in the fun this February half-term, as Corby Town Centre and The Core at Corby Cube will come to life with performances, activities and workshops for families and children of all ages! Join the young participants from Core Create as they present The Ocean Explorers, a fun, colourful, and environmentally themed performance for all. Promenade with Eko, a spectacular sea giant who has risen from the deep ocean to join us. Take your seat to enjoy the delightful and thought-provoking Out of The Deep Blue by Autin Dance Theatre, ideal for d/Deaf audiences; and the magical, musical and moggy-filled Finding Chester from Rhubarb Theatre. Then drop in to our Arts & Craft activities, run in partnership with Incredible Oceans and Corby Library; and VR Story Experiences from MBD, taking place during the festival. This is going to be a fun-filled experience for all the family. PERFORMANCE

LOCATION

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Ocean Explorers by Core Create

Town Centre

Thu 1pm & 3.30pm

FREE

Sea Giant Promenade

Town Centre

Thu 1.30pm & 3.45pm

FREE

Out Of The Deep Blue

The Core

Thu 2.30pm & 4.30pm

£9 (Conc. £7) Family £30 for 4 Accessible performance

Craft workshops

TBC

Thu & Fri 12pm-4pm

FREE

VR Story Experiences

The Core

Fri 12pm - 4pm

FREE

Finding Chester

The Core

Fri 2pm & 4pm

£8 (Conc. £6) Family £28 for 4

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Woman Like Me: The Little Mix Show Sat 18 February 7pm

Now playing its 5th successful year touring the UK, The Little Mix Show is back. Following in the footsteps of the award-winning girl band, this iconic 5-star rated show features a packed‑out playlist of Little Mix’s chart topping hits including the brand new Confetti album, Black Magic, Power, Break Up Song, Woman Like Me, Wings, Shoutout To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on The X-Factor. Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, The Little Mix Show brings the full pop concert experience to you!

Tickets from £17 (Conc. £14), Family Ticket £56 for 4 THE THEATRE

Johnny Cash Roadshow The ‘Through the Years’ tour Wed 22 February 7.30pm

The only show to be endorsed by the Cash Family. Johnny Cash Roadshow is back and better than ever. This year, award-winning Clive John pays respect to the Man in Black, with a brand new show featuring Meghan Thomas as June Carter, and the Spirit Band. With favourites such as Walk The Line, Ring Of Fire, Jackson, Orange Blossom Special and Hurt, it’s an emotional journey through Cash’s entire career. Johnny Cash Roadshow is a well loved band in their own right and with standing ovations every night, this is the longest running and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world today, guaranteed to leave you wanting more. “HIS RESEMBLANCE IS UNCANNY” Rosanne Cash “ENERGETIC AND ENTERTAINING 5 STAR SHOW” What’s On Stage

Tickets from £25 THE THEATRE

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Thu 23 February 2pm & 4pm Following the success of Pinocchio in 2022, we are delighted to welcome back Northern Ballet this Spring, with their hugely popular Ugly Duckling. Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed-up, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. She tries to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as with frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and learns to love herself and those around her. Retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. As seen on CBeebies, Northern Ballet’s sell-out productions for children are not to be missed.This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes Tickets from £8.50 (Conc. £6.50) THE THEATRE Suitable for all ages 12

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Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Fri 24 February 8pm

Our second Spring instalment of our monthly comedy club is the perfect Friday night out with friends or colleagues. Our February line-up includes: Richard Morton Alex Haddow Mike Cox Compère Brendan Dempsey Tickets from £13 (Conc. £11) THE LAB Recommended for ages 16+

Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships of GB 2023

Sat 25 - Sun 26 February 10am & Sat 4 March 10am Brass bands from all across the Midlands area perform across three days in this qualifying heat, hoping to get the chance to perform and compete at the National Brass Band Championship. The reigning Midland Regional Championship Band are the Desford Colliery Band, photographed outside the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Tickets from £8 THE THEATRE

Body Politic present

THEM

Wed 1 March 1pm & 7pm Nina’s boyfriend dumped her. After he slept with her. She was a bit drunk. She didn’t say ‘yes’. She only remembers fragments. And now, the whole school knows. Set to a driving, electronic score by acclaimed composer C. Bickley, and featuring three compelling dancers, THEM is a dynamic hip hop dance theatre show about consent, validation, and finding your way back to a beginning. At times powerful and gripping, at times soothing and harmonious, THEM follows the stories of three young women as they shift through time and space, finding healing from the pages of their journal, and resolve from the voices of others. After a publicly acclaimed 2019 tour of Father Figurine, Body Politic are back with an arresting display of hip hop dance. Directed by Emma-Jane Greig and choreographed by Jackie Kibuka, featuring stunning choreography and exceptional performers, THEM is an emotional portrayal of dehumanisation, and the arduous journey back to yourself. To enquire about schools workshops for this show, please email lindsey@thecorecorby.com

Tickets from £13; Schools & Groups 10+ £10 THE THEATRE Recommended for ages 14+

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Genesis Connected Thu 2 March 7.30pm

Celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & The Mechanics. Genesis Connected features an incredible mix of material, including hits spanning from the late ’70s onwards such as Turn It On Again, Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more. Frontman Pete Bultitude is not only an incredibly versatile vocalist, he is also a truly gifted drummer just like Phil Collins. So expect the show to include the iconic “double drums” element as featured on every Genesis and Phil Collins tour.

Tickets from £23.50 THE THEATRE

Gary Meikle: 2.5 Thu 9 March 8pm

“Most blurbs are written in the 3rd person so they’ll be like ‘Gary is this, Gary is that, you can expect this from Gary’. Well I’m writing this myself so, this will be MY 3rd show, or 2.5 as I’m calling it. I’m going to remain to be playfully dark and, as always, do what I do best which is to be relatable, honest and give you an insight to what it’s like to be me, a young single grandad who’s passionate about making his audience laugh and then be available for hugs at the end if anyone needs or wants one. See you all soon enough” - Gary Tickets from £23.50 THE THEATRE Recommended for ages 16+

The David Ross Education Trust present

A Night At The Opera: The Magic Flute Fri 10 March 6.30pm

DRET Primary Music Festival features six separate presentations of A Night At The Opera in venues across our network. In this instalment, students from Bringhurst, Greenfields, Ingoldsby and Rockingham will retell Mozart’s The Magic Flute, devised in partnership with the Royal Opera House, the Voices Foundation and with professional singers and instrumentalists from Nevill Holt Opera led by Nicholas Chalmers. Tickets from £5 THE THEATRE 14

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One Night In Dublin Fri 17 March 7.30pm

A celebration of the music and songs of Ireland! Come and join in the craic, as The Wild Murphys cover songs by The Pogues, The Dubliners, Daniel O’ Donnel, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Van Morrison and more, in their own unique and upbeat style. They also celebrate Irish classics with tracks including Galway Girl,Tell Me Ma, Dirty Old Town, The Irish Rover, Brown Eyed Girl, Seven Drunken Nights, Wild Rover and Molly Malone to name just a few. So come along this St. Patrick’s Day and spend One Night In Dublin with us. Tickets from £24 THE THEATRE

Sparks present

Springtime Adventures Sat 18 March 12pm

Spring into action with our youngest theatre groups Sparks, as they delight and entertain you with stories and characters with a springtime theme. Expect sunshine, laughs and lots of fun!

Tickets from £5 (Under 16s £4) THE LAB

Core Comedians present

Bangers & Mash Sat 18 March 2pm

Spend a fabulous Saturday afternoon at our family friendly comedy club with award winning host Jack Campbell. The show will feature songs and observational comedy from the brilliant Hannah Silvester and headliner, loop-peddler and oddball extraordinaire, the Best Comedy Show award‑winning Edy Hurst. All this and new stand-up from the members of our Core Comedians group.

Tickets from £5 (Under 16s £3) THE LAB Suitable for ages 6+

Rotary Club of Corby present

Youth Brass 2000 Sun 19 March 3pm

Youth Brass 2000 is a local independent band for young people up to 19 years of age. For the last seven years they have been UK Champion Youth band and in 2018 were also European champions. Former players have gone on to join ‘big name’ bands and orchestras. This annual concert has been successfully promoted by the Rotary Club for many years. All proceeds will be donated to the band and other local charities. Tickets from £12.50 THE THEATRE

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Menopause The Musical 2 Cruising Through Menopause Wed 22 March 6pm & 8.30pm

Starring Mary Byrne (The X Factor), Annabel Giles (TV Personality), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Susie Fenwick (West End Star), we present Menopause the Musical 2 - Cruising Through Menopause. Back by popular demand, in this hilarious sequel to the smash-hit Menopause The Musical, we fast forward five years to catch up with the same four characters for tales of their lives, loves and losses as they set off on the high seas. Hot flushes, mood swings, memory lapses, weight gain these are a few of our favourite menopausal things! For these four ladies the menopause was not the beginning of the end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship where love conquers, and friendships never fail.

Tickets from £30 THE THEATRE Suitable for ages 16+

Auld Before My Time: An Evening With Paul Riley Thu 23 March 8pm

Join BAFTA award-winning actor/comedian Paul Riley for an evening of fun, laughter and memories of his 30 year career with an opportunity for you, the audience, to ask anything you’ve ever wanted about the iconic hit sitcom Still Game! With surprise celebrity guests, Auld Before My Time: An Evening With Paul Riley promises to be a hilarious night out not to be missed! Tickets from £23.50, Meet & Greet £41 - see website for details THE THEATRE Suitable for ages 12+

Coldplace

Fri 24 March 7.30pm A stunning live concert performance celebrating the music of one of the most successful bands of all time. This outstanding band leads you through all of Coldplay’s hits from over twenty years including Yellow, Paradise, A Sky Full Of Stars, right through to their latest hits Higher Power and My Universe. Featuring lasers, confetti, video screen and the Xyloband LED wristbands that have become synonymous with Coldplay concerts, Coldplace faithfully recreate the Coldplay magic and truly make the audience part of the show.

Tickets from £24 THE THEATRE 16

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Mad2Perform Sat 25 March 3pm

Mad2Perform presents their annual showcase for the first time at The Core. Children from all over Corby will come together to present this amazing showcase filled with dance and drama. They have been working extremely hard and they can’t wait to perform to you all!

Tickets from £13 THE THEATRE

Dinosaur World Live

Wed 29 & Thu 30 March Wed 4.30pm, Thu 10am & 4.30pm Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family! Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Don’t miss this entertaining and mind-expanding Jurassic adventure, live on stage. Tickets from £13.50; Family Ticket £48 for 4; Schools from £9 THE THEATRE Suitable for ages 3+

Core Create present

Murdery Mystery Evening Wed 29 March 7pm

Join us on the red carpet at an awards ceremony to deduce who is responsible for foul play. This fun-packed murder mystery evening is presented by our Core Create group for young people. Ticket price includes a light buffet supper. Please indicate any dietary requirements on booking.

Tickets from £15 (Under 16s £12) THE LAB Suitable for ages 12+

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Fri 31 March 8pm

Celebrate the end of the month with your friends at the hilarious Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club, in the relaxed setting of The Lab. Our March line-up includes: Silky Iszi Lawrence Paul Ricketts Compère Brendan Dempsey Tickets from £13 (Conc. £11) THE LAB Recommended for ages 16+

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Jimmy Buckley Fri 31 March 7.30pm

Jimmy Buckley is one of Ireland’s best loved and most respected performers who has enjoyed many years at the top of his profession. Jimmy possesses a very rare talent, not only as a phenomenal singer but also as a hilarious mimic of other major stars. His show is filled with a wide variety of material from country, big ballads and tribute medleys of some of the greats.

Tickets from £26 THE THEATRE

The Witness Sat 1 April 8pm

His story became History. Her story became Heresy. The sacred and profane collide in a new performance inspired by the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Moving through humour, bold physicality and intricate storytelling, The Witness reveals how one woman’s 2000 year old testimony comes clattering into the life of a contemporary woman, initiating a reckoning and demanding that the missing pages be written anew. The Witness is a brand new performance by interdisciplinary maker, Jo Blake, supported by The Kenneth Fund and Arts Council England.

Tickets from £13 (Conc. £11) THE LAB

Rutland Musical Theatre present

Kinky Boots

Wed 5 – Sat 8 April Wed – Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm Following their triumphant debut performance at The Core with their acclaimed production of Fiddler On The Roof, Rutland Musical Theatre are proud to present the hilariously heart-warming and hugely popular Kinky Boots! Based on Geoff Deane and Tim Firth’s 2005 British film mostly inspired by true events, Kinky Boots the musical tells the story of Charlie Price. Having inherited a shoe factory in Northampton from his father which is on the verge of bankruptcy, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all. A sure-fire crowd-pleaser, Kinky Boots will have audiences dancing in the aisle and discovering why sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out!

Tickets from £18 THE THEATRE 18

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Harry Styles Tribute Wed 12 April 7pm

Featuring all the huge hits such as Watermelon Sugar, Sign Of The Times, and As It Was, along with his famously covered classics Isn’t She Lovely, Big Yellow Taxi and Toxic, you’ll be up on your feet dancing and singing along! For those OG One Direction fans, you’ll feel at home singing along to the band’s classics including Story Of My Life, Little Things and What Makes You Beautiful. Experience Harry Styles like never before. Follow his story and the hits of this hugely successful Grammy Award-winning artist. Tickets from £14 THE THEATRE

Dreamcoat Stars Thu 13 April 7.30pm

Featuring stars from the hit show Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, this vibrant and colourful production is packed with energetic songs from the nation’s most loved musicals including Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, SIX, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge and more. Grab your coat of many colours and join our Josephs on an emotional journey where Any Dream Will Do. Go Go Go get your tickets now! Tickets from £26 THE THEATRE

The Carpenters Experience Fri 14 April 7.30pm

The UK’s leading Carpenters show, featuring the amazing voice of Maggie Nestor and eight top-class musicians, captures the sights and sounds of the amazing talents of Richard and Karen Carpenter. Karen’s silky contralto is combined with Richard’s delightful piano and seamless harmonies in this big production that brings Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top Of The World, Rainy Days And Mondays, Solitaire, Goodbye To Love, Please Mr Postman, For All We Know, Only Yesterday and dozens more classic songs to the stage. Tickets from £25 THE THEATRE

Jazz at The Core: Rachael Johnson Jazz Quartet Fri 14 April 8pm

Rachael Johnson is a jazz pianist from Kettering, Northants. With a style that can be described as Jazz-Funk, her main influences include Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Monty Alexander. In this performance, she is joined by some truly fantastic musicians: Steve O’Gorman on Saxophone; Wayne Matthews on Bass; and Joel Barford on drums. They will experiment with some classic Jazz standards and some original compositions; this is a show not to be missed. Tickets from £15 THE LAB

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The Kilkennys Wed 19 April 7.30pm

The Kilkennys, Ireland’s newest balladeers, come from a city steeped in music, history and folk culture. With passion and pride, they play old Irish folk songs and new songs of their own. Much like the monks of St Francis Abbey who first brewed ale 350 years ago, The Kilkennys are meticulous craftsmen. They pour their hearts into their music. Their tunes flow from the source: Kilkenny, a wellspring of Ireland’s oldest beer and finest music. Tickets from £21 THE THEATRE

N.Dance

Sat 22 April 6.30pm N.Dance is our annual celebration of the amazing dance and choreographic talent of children and young people from across Northamptonshire. N.Dance is also part of a live selection process where participating groups and soloists have the opportunity to be chosen as part of a regional shortlist and perform at the U.Dance 2023 Festival.

© 2022 Ragdoll Productions Limited/DHX Worldwide Limited dba WildBrain.

Tickets from £9 (Under 16s £6) THE THEATRE

Twirlywoos

Tue 25 April 1.30pm & 4pm The Twirlywoos are back for a great big adventure! Join Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy, Chick and their friends as they discover the wonderful world around us! Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they set sail in their big red boat. The funny, loveable Twirlywoos are brought to life on stage with beautifully inventive puppetry promising an hour of colourful fun and laughter. From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Twirlywoos Live is an enchanting introduction to theatre for all ages. HHHH “ALL THE FUN, MISCHIEF AND COLOURFUL CHARACTERS OF THE HIT SHOW. MY SON ADORED EVERY SECOND” Manchester Evening News HHHHH “A LOVELY SHOW FOR ALL LITTLE CHILDREN TO ENJOY” What’s Good to Do HHHH “A WONDERING ARRAY OF BRIGHT COLOURS, MUSIC, BUBBLES, SIGNING AND COSTUMES. AN ENCHANTING SHOW FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES” West End Wilma

Tickets from £13.50; Family Ticket £50 for 4 THE THEATRE Recommended for ages 1+ 20

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The Bohemians Fri 28 April 7.30pm

Internationally renowned Queen tribute band The Bohemians take you on a high energy rollercoaster ride of a concert, featuring the back catalogue of one of the world’s most popular and iconic rock acts of all time. Whether it’s Killer Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, The Show Must Go On, Bohemian Rhapsody or We Are the Champions, The Bohemians will have you on your feet, singing, dancing and clapping along in a truly memorable live re-enactment of the world’s greatest rock band.

Tickets from £21 THE THEATRE

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Fri 28 April 8pm

Our final Spring comedy club night guarantees hilarity, so get your mates or colleagues together, and enjoy a night in the company of some of the best names in the comedy touring circuit.

Tickets from £13 (Conc. £11) THE LAB Recommended for ages 16+

Europhoria

Sat 29 April 7.30pm Eurovision has provided a platform for artists such as Abba, Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias, as well as Britain’s Bucks Fizz, Bonnie Tyler, Cliff Richard and many more. Europhoria brings you the biggest hits and the famous misses from the past 65 years. This fabulous jukebox musical encourages you to participate by singing along to familiar hits from Katrina And The Waves, Johnny Logan, Conchita and TikTok sensation Duncan Lawrence. Grab yourself a Prosecco, lace up your dancing shoes, and prepare to party to the glitz and glamour of Europhoria. Tickets from £25 THE THEATRE

Dragons and Mythical Beasts Fri 12 - Sun 14 May Fri 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm

Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku, the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you’d think), an adorable Unicorn and the majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don’t wake the Dragon… Tickets from £13.50 THE THEATRE Recommended for ages 3+

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Coming Soon Visit www.thecorecorby.com to find out more about these and other amazing shows on sale now.

The Thinking Drinkers

Totally Tina

5 Years

Barry Steele and Friends

Thu 25 May

Swan Lake Sat 27 May

Sat 20 May

Fri 9 June

Ukrainian National Ballet

The Floyd Effect Fri 14 July

Fri 23 June

The Gruffalo’s Child © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2004

The Gruffalo’s Child Thu 5 – Sun 8 October

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The Bon Jovi Experience Fri 3 November

Lulu

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Our Get Involved programme welcomes children, families and people of all ages to join in with our wide range of creative sessions and projects. We also have some interactive, digital workshops accessible to all. “I’d never tried writing Comedy before but now I love it” Participant

“My son has experienced bullying at school but coming [to Core Create] has helped build his confidence back up. It’s wonderful to see my son smiling again” Parent

“I love coming here. It’s like my second home” Participant

“The one way I could describe the space is unique, it felt like a totally non-judgmental place where there was no divide between the worker and the young people... It was a place where young people were able to be young people and not feel the pressure of what is going on outside or on social media” Round Midnight about Project M

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Young People

Core Create

Core Comedians

6pm-7pm

7.15pm-8.15pm

Ages 12-18

Ages 12-18

As part of Core Create, participants can enjoy developing a wide range of theatre skills including performing, improvisation, storytelling, stagecraft, writing, directing, lighting/sound design and stage management. This group is open to all levels of experience and no audition is necessary to join. Core Create is a fun, supportive and committed group who enjoy working with professional theatre directors and other arts practitioners.

By joining our Core Comedians group, any budding performers have the chance to work with comedians from the professional circuit to develop their own comedy voice.

Wed 11 January - Wed 29 March (no session on Wed 15 February)

Join our innovative group in Spring 2023 and play a part in creating a new performance for Splore at The Core, our family festival in February 2023 (see p10); and also a brand new story for our Murder Mystery Evening in March 2023 (see p17).

Wed 18 January - Sat 18 March (no session on Wed 15 February)

Skills such as creating their own stand up set, sketch writing and improvisation are developed during the weekly sessions. Participants regularly perform as part of our family friendly Bangers and Mash Comedy Club to gain unique professional experience in front of a paying audience (see p15).

Price £40 per term

Bursaries

With thanks to the generosity of both the Travers Foundation and the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust, we are able to offer our Core Create and Sparks sessions at a reduced fee of £50 (usually £80) and our Core Comedians course at just £40. We are also offering a sibling discount, so if you have two siblings taking part in activities, the termly fee for the second child/young person would only be £25. For families living with financial hardship, we would not want the termly fees to prevent your child or young person being able to take part, so, with thanks to the Margaret Giffen Community Fund, we have a limited amount of free, bursary-funded places. Please email getinvolved@ thecorecorby.com for further information.

Price £50 per term

Work Experience

We are able to offer a limited amount of places throughout the academic year for young people interested in experiencing different aspects of working in the theatre. Email getinvolved@thecorecorby.com with any initial enquiries.

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Adults NEW!

Project M

Core Motion

Over 55s Dance

Ages 12-19

6.30pm-8.30pm

1.15pm-2.15pm

Meeting in a town centre location, the weekly sessions at Project M support participants to develop their music skills. Any level of experience is welcome, but an interest and enthusiasm for music and music production is essential.

Ages 11-16

Ages 55+

Are you in year 7-11 with an interest in dance? Join Moving Together’s new dance group starting in February 2023!

Put a spring into your step with our weekly dance classes suitable for all levels of ability, fitness and experience.

Practical sessions will explore a range of dance styles and creative approaches, with theoretical sessions exploring the wider dance industry inclusive of artists, performance reviews and leadership opportunities. Participants on this programme will work towards achieving a Bronze Arts Award Qualification.

Learn routines to a wide range of musical styles and help keep your body in tiptop, supple condition. Join in with dance company Moving Together and other like minded, young at heart people aged 55 and over. Try your first session for FREE!

Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm (no sessions on Thu 22 & Thu 29 December)

Learn how to create rhymes, beats, raps and vocals with professional MCs Mr Shay and Strizzy Strauss. There will also be the opportunity to join in workshops with songwriters, composers, producers and other professional musicians. To find out more or to register to join the sessions, please email getinvolved@thecorecorby.com

Price FREE Project M is supported by Youth Music

Tue 28 February - Tue 27 June (No sessions during school holidays)

For more information, email shannon@movingtogether.co.uk.

Thu 12 January - Thu 30 March (no session on Thu 16 February)

Price £6 per session Can be pre-booked in advance

Sign up at bit.ly/signup2023

Price: sessions are FREE An initial payment of £25 is charged in accordance with Trinity College London’s moderation costs

Volunteering Opportunities

Have you ever thought about volunteering? Does watching shows and meeting friendly new people interest you? Then why not find out more about volunteering at The Core. For more information, email volunteer@thecorecorby.com. Or join us at one of our monthly coffee mornings, held from January on the second Saturday of every month. Everyone is welcome! For information on how to find us see page 31. 25 www.thecorecorby.com

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Children & Families

Rhyme Time

Thu 12 January - Thu 30 March (no session on Thu 16 February)

Sparks

Sat 14 January - Sat 25 March (no session on Sat 18 February)

Mini Musical Movers

9.30am-10am & 11.30am-12 midday

Ages 5-7: 10am-11am

Thu 19 January - Thu 30 March (no session on Thu 16 February)

For Under 5s

Ages 8-11: 11.15am-12.15pm

10.15am-11am

Our lively and friendly Sparks sessions give children the opportunity to create characters, perform, make new friends and build their confidence.

For Under 5s

It’s time for Rhyme Time. Come along and join in the fun with Rhyme Time as we clap, sing and wave our way through favourite nursery rhymes and songs. These fun sessions introduce rhymes and songs to your child to encourage interaction and develop communication skills. Rhyme Time is delivered in partnership with Corby Library. No pre-booking required.

Run by local theatre practitioner Kim Laughton, Sparks participants will be supported to use their imaginations and storytelling skills to create a brand new performance each term for family and friends to watch and enjoy.

Price £50 per term

Price FREE

Dance, move and wriggle along to music, rhymes and stories in this fun and lively session for children aged under five and their parents/carers. Using a range of props, bubbles and fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained and on the go.

Price FREE Although pre-booking is not required, our sessions are very popular and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Schools Partnerships

Through our partnership programme with schools and colleges, we can create a bespoke range of creative workshops, projects and activities to support all areas of the curriculum, wellbeing and after school activities alongside discounted rates for shows and performances. We can support with Arts Award and GCSE Drama practical assessments as well as arranging theatre visits to learn about all aspects of working life and careers in the arts and theatre. For further information, please contact our Education and Outreach Manager, by emailing lindsey@thecorecorby.com.

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The Table Sessions Are you a theatre maker with a new play in development? Are you ready to see your work brought to life by a creative team and viewed by a live audience? Are you ready to receive some valuable feedback? Working in partnership with The Playwright’s Laboratory, we are seeking new plays for a monthly series of table read sessions in our Lab studio theatre space. Your play will be worked on for a day with professional actors and a director before a live table read in the evening. As well as taking place in front of a live audience, the table read will be live streamed and also captured as a 360 VR film, which will later be shared on The Playwright’s Laboratory’s industry platform and available to be viewed by industry professionals globally.

What We Are Looking For… We are looking for both short (5 to 15 minute) plays and longer (45 to 75 minute) plays that can be read with a maximum of 5 actors, utilising double ups if necessary. Plays will be read by a diverse panel from The Core and The Playwright’s Laboratory and those that are likely to benefit most from the process will be selected. There will be one reading per month from February 2023 to June 2023. Deadline for the first round of submissions is Mon 5 January at 5pm. There will be subsequent rounds after this date so please keep in touch. For more information contact getinvolved@thecorecorby.com. www.playwrightslab.com

Call out for creative workshop facilitators If you have had experience of delivering high quality workshops with children, families or adults, we want to hear from you! We are looking for artists with skills in music, theatre, performance, dance, film-making, digital arts and creative writing to deliver workshops in The Core and local primary and secondary schools. Please send an up-to-date CV, listing your workshop experience, contact information for two referees and details of some of the workshops you could offer, to getinvolved@thecorecorby.com.

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With the cost of living issues a challenge for both individuals and businesses, your continued support at this time is greatly appreciated and very important.

Suppo rt Us

Not only can you champion our commitment to provide entertainment, classes and outreach projects in the community, but your donations can help us to make the arts accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to attend through bursaries and subsidised tickets. There are many ways that you can support us.

Memberships Friends Membership £25 If you love your regular theatre trip, did you know that you can make savings on your nights out by joining our Friends scheme? As a member, you’ll receive a range of discounts, benefits and perks throughout the year, plus your membership fee directly supports The Core. Check out the great benefits of our Friends Scheme below. Benefits • Two discounted tickets on all shows - Up to £1 on all shows - £3 off each ticket on shows where you see the Friends icon • Priority booking • No transaction fee • 10% off at the bar on presentation of your Friends card • Free ticket exchanges

Patron £80 Become a Patron, and receive all of the benefits of a Friends membership, plus a regular newsletter and a special behind-the-scenes tour for yourself and a guest.

Gift Membership Why not buy a membership as a special and unique present for any theatre lover in your life?

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Business Supporters

Opportunities for your business

As a registered charity, The Core at Corby Cube relies on the generosity of local business owners to support us to deliver our activities.

• Become a Business Supporter and add your name to our business supporters wall in The Cube Building

We are delighted to partner with a number of local businesses in the area who, by contributing financially to the venue, make a real difference to our local community whilst raising awareness of their brand, entertaining clients and benefitting from networking opportunities.

• Sponsor a show

This year, due to the rising costs of staging shows and delivering classes and courses, we need more help. If you are a local business owner who would be interested in partnering with us, then please get in touch today.

• Advertise your business on our tickets • Sponsor our bursary scheme ensuring that free places on activities are available to anyone that needs them We understand that not all businesses are the same and we can work with you to create a bespoke package. To get in touch with our team to discuss becoming a business supporter, please contact kate@thecorecorby.com.

With thanks to our current supporters:

We Would Like To Thank Thank you to our funders, individual donors and sponsors, volunteers and audiences for their support.

Core Funders

Other Funders The Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust

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About Us How To Book

We recommend booking online for the quickest, easiest check out. Online: 24 hours a day at www.thecorecorby.com/whats-on By telephone: 01536 470470 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm In person: Our Ticket Office is open from 10am Tuesday - Saturday and closes 15mins after the last show of the day commences. On non-show days the ticket office closes at 2.30pm on Tuesday and Saturday and 6pm Wednesday - Friday.

Covid Safety - Buy With Confidence

Although restrictions around COVID-19 have now been eased, please be assured that the safety of our audiences, staff and artists is of paramount importance to us. Therefore: • We will continue to implement an enhanced cleaning regime between shows. • We will be using e-tickets which can be checked hands free. You can either print off or present your ticket for scanning on your phone. • Hand sanitiser will be available upon entry and exit and within the venue. • A Socially Distanced seating section will be available where possible; please check our website for details. • Receive a credit or refund if a show is postponed or cancelled

Privacy Policy

Our Ticket Office will ask when you book if you would like to receive further information from us about The Core’s events and activities. We will then record your wishes and use them to inform what you receive from us in future. You can update these preferences at any time by accessing your account via our website or by calling the Ticket Office. All data collected is in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 18. Full information on how we use it can be found at www.thecorecorby.com/about-us/privacy.

Family Friendly

The Core is committed to being a family friendly organisation. Some of the facilities we offer to make your visit run as smoothly as possible include booster seats, child-friendly food and beverages and, of course, a warm friendly welcome. Many of our family shows offer a self-led, pre-show craft activity.

Discounts And Concessions

Concessions are available for selected shows for Under 16s, 60+, Students, Jobseekers, Disabled Patrons and Companions. Additional concessions are available for certain shows, including family tickets (max 2 adults) – full details are highlighted on individual show entries and at www.thecorecorby.com.

Groups And Schools

A range of great discounts and other benefits are available to Groups & Schools. To find out more about our group rates for bookings of 10+ and how we can make your visit as a group hassle free, please contact our dedicated Groups Advisor, Gillian, using gillian.lockwood@thecorecorby.com.

Transaction Fee

We charge a £1.50 per-transaction fee for telephone and website bookings of £15 and over. This does not apply in person or to Friends, Groups and Disabled Patrons. As ticket revenue is divided between many different parties, an increase in ticket prices may not necessarily benefit The Core. By adding a small transaction charge, we ensure that every penny of this goes to your local venue and the projects we run with local communities and young people.

Returns And Exchanges

We want to reassure you that our policy for refunds and exchanges has been amended to support the guidelines for Covid-19. If a show is cancelled, you will be able to choose a refund, exchange or credit note for the value of your tickets.

The Small Print

All concessions are subject to availability and should be checked at time of booking. Proof of status will be required. Please note that not all concessions are available with online booking. All information is correct at time of printing but we reserve the right to make any alterations to the programme, performers, times and ticket prices. Every effort will be made to advertise changes in the local press and via www.thecorecorby. com. Retrospective discounts are not available, including discounts linked to our Friends scheme.

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Access The Core at Corby Cube is an accessible venue. The lifts from ground floor to all levels of the auditorium are at reduced capacity so are reserved for use by those with access needs. Spaces for wheelchairs are available together with adjacent seats in the auditoria for companions or carers. Parking for Blue Badge holders is available adjacent to Corby Cube. Guide Dogs are welcome. There is an induction loop or wireless hard of hearing system for all performances. Wireless headsets are available by request when you get your tickets scanned upon entry. If you have not done so yet, please register with our free Access Scheme. By taking a few minutes to tell us about your specific requirements, our staff and volunteers can ensure your tickets and seats fit your needs perfectly, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your visit.

Getting Here

Large print and audio versions of this brochure available on request, please email info@thecorecorby.com

Our Commitment

Our commitment to making our Theatre and Lab space accessible for everyone is stronger than ever. We understand that our audiences and participants have wide ranging access requirements. Please don’t hesitate to talk to our Ticket Office when booking shows, or to our Get Involved team when enquiring about workshop activities, if there is anything we can do to make your visit and experience a positive one.

Seating Plan

The Corby Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG The Core is situated within easy reach of the train station, all the main bus routes and road links, and a stone’s throw from Willow Place Shopping Centre. The entrance is located on George Street.

Car Parking

Parking is available right next door to Corby Cube and Corby East Midlands International Swimming Pool. If this is full, we suggest the Victoria Place car park as a suitable alternative. Please note that an evening parking charge of 20p applies from 6pm – midnight, Monday – Saturday inclusive. Sunday parking is free all day/evening.

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Splore

at The Core

Splore noun Scot. a frolic; revel; a commotion Thu 16 – Fri 17 February Join in the fun this February half-term, as Corby Town Centre and The Core at Corby Cube come to life with performances, activities and workshops for families and children of all ages. Featuring delightful and thought-provoking performances by Autin Dance Theatre, Rhubarb Theatre and Core Create; an awe-inspiring, GIANT town centre promenade, VR story experiences, and plenty of craft workshops. This is going to be a fun-filled experience for all the family!

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