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Spring Summer 2009

DARE to be different...


Welcome to The Civic... The Civic heralds an exciting new era for contemporary art and performance in South Yorkshire.

The dramatic transformation of one of Barnsley’s best loved Victorian buildings is well under way with the first phase now complete. The launch of the modern Civic is marked by the introduction of a vibrant and dynamic arts programme, bringing contemporary performance and arts to the Assembly Room, the Exhibition Gallery and the newly landscaped Mandela Gardens. Performances of the highest quality have been selected to bring together a diverse programme, through an eclectic and exciting mix of disciplines. There are many highlights to the programme, including Signdance Collective, Three films + One, a skilful weaving together of sign language and dance, Bollywood Brass a fusion of traditional brass with Bhangra beats and Eduardo Niebela the virtuoso flamenco jazz guitarist, with Brilliantissimo, stopping off on his way to the Royal Festival Hall!

Younger audiences have not been forgotten with a regular series of performances aimed at families and young people, many reworking much loved classics. Old Mother Hubbard as you’ve never seen her before, presented by Garlic Theatre, the hair-raising escapades of Rapunzel from Theatre Widdershins, mixed with an interactive and immersive sensory delight from TPO, the internationally renowned Italian company, bringing Butterflies virtually to life!

The contemporary programme does however offer a nod to our heritage, classic texts have been interwoven with a 21st century twist, Whale an adaptation of Moby Dick has been revitalised by Spymonkey and a tour-de-force by Roger Llewellyn humorously brings Sherlock Holmes to a new audience with a solo performance not to be missed.

The fantastic new Gallery also celebrates visual art in all its guises with Revolutions: Gatefold to Download; The art of the music industry, which traces the development and important design heritage linked to record sleeve art. This is followed by Walter Giers: Electronic Genius? Art Innovator? A celebration of this major international artist who just happens to come from our twin town of Schwabisch Gmünd!

I am extremely excited by this next phase of the building’s development, especially as this spring programme offers something for everyone. I challenge and DARE you to be different in 2009.

-M il ls e c i t s u J F Fergus Justice-Mills Development Director The Civic, Barnsley.

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DARE to be different...

Inside The Civic

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Drama

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Gallery

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Dance

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Comedy

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Music

Family

Booking tickets Getting here

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Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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4 First of Christmas pantomime staged. ‘Aladdin’ runs for three weeks. Plans drawn up to convert the former Library premises into a modern banqueting suite and to tier the Civic Hall auditorium, creating a permanent theatre.

The most successful stage show ever produced in the Hall, the pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven dwarfs’, plays to an audience of nearly 70,000 during it’s eight week season.

1964 1976

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DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Attempts to secure funds to restore the theatre are unsuccessful.

2000s

The new Assembly Room, exhibition gallery and creative workspace units are opened.

2009

Work on the redevelopment of Mandela Gardens begins.

2008

Coming soon to The Civic – three floors, creating a bespoke retail haven – watch this space or join our mailing list for more details. www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

Barnsley Connects move into their new Eldon Street offices, the first stage to be completed of the new building, to be called The Civic.

Within The Civic there are a wide variety of bespoke creative workspace units, providing a home to a thriving community of companies, many of whom enjoy strong links with the arts.

2007

Plans by the Barnsley Development Agency to redevelop the Civic attract funding from Yorkshire Forward, Objective 1 and SRB6, and work begins on regenerating the building into a mixed use hub for Barnsley’s cultural and creative industries.

2005

Retail

On 4th January the final performance of Cinderella at Civic takes place. The Civic Theatre closes.

Design

1998

The Civic Hall faces an uncertain future with dwindling audiences and growing numbers of repairs and maintenance work needed to the building.

The Civic is much more than a performance venue; it has been designed to provide a home for Barnsley’s growing creative industries. Offering a unique balance of arts and entertainment, the new Civic welcomes everyone. Whether you have fond memories of the Civic Hall or this is your first time in the building, you are a regular supporter or this is your first step into the Arts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

1990s

Major restoration scheme completed. Building renamed Barnsley Civic Hall.

Public Hall converted to Civic Restaurant under Ministry of Food.

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Municipal cinema shows commence.

Barnsley’s first ‘talkie’, ‘Mothers Boy’ starring Morton Downey, shown in the Harvey Institute.

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Barnsley Pals meet at the Harvey Institute to go to war.

‘Moving Pictures’ shown at Public Hall for the first time.

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Building severely damaged by fire.

Official opening ceremony.

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Foundation stone laid.

1876

Land in Eldon Street bought by Barnsley Mechanics’ Institute and Literary Society.

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Inside The Civic DARE to be different...

Arts The Assembly Room is a brand new flexible performance space that will provide a focal point for theatre, music and entertainment throughout the year.

Exhibition Picture by Brian Cox

Our purpose-built gallery will showcase exciting and innovative shows. This new contemporary space enjoys commanding views over Mandela Gardens and Hanson Street, and will be a popular addition to The Civic.

DARE to be different...

The vision for the Civic is to provide a state-of-the-art facility to bring the best of:

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Walter Giers Friday 8 May – Friday 10 July

Gatefold to Download

Walter Giers: Electronic Genius? Art Innovator?

Charting the history and development of album sleeve design from its inception by Alexander Steinweiss, through Blue Note and Sgt. Pepper to today’s contemporary multi format designs. The show explores how cover design has influenced popular culture and responded to technological developments and change.

Based in Schwabisch Gmünd, Giers an electronic and media artist uses optical and acoustic elements combined with sound and light to produce art pieces that abstractly fuses technology, music and graphic art. Inspired by Constructivism, Kinetic art and sculpture from the likes of Naum Garbo and Jean Tinguely, the pieces are heavily based around the use of random number generators and interactive systems. Giers scientific and optical achievements have seen him fulfil diverse public commissions in Germany, even developing a new aesthetic in city illumination.

Cover designs on show include works that are seminal because of their considerable influence on subsequent design within and outside of the music industry. The exhibition raises questions about the future of design within a music industry that is still endeavouring to come to terms with a digital age.

Gallery

Gallery

Revolutions Friday 6 March – Friday 1 May

His work has resulted in innumerable awards, including the IF Design Award in 2001 for his Puntila street lamp and the Red Dot Design in 2004 for his Tisch- Serie tables. Having exhibited internationally since the 1960’s Walter Giers has become renowned not only as a media artist but as an electronic genius, industrial designer and visionary.

The exhibition comprises work by artists and designers from the 1940s to present day, including contemporary design companies such as Farrow Design, Peter Saville, Intro, Designers Republic, and Airside. This show has been developed by the Hive Gallery in association with The Civic www.hivegallery.co.uk

Art Direction/Design Jeremy Plumb and Dan Poyner at Vent. Portraits Copyright Julian Opie

Venue: Gallery

Venue: Gallery

Adults: Free

Adults: Free

Time: Daily

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Concessions: Free DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: Daily

Concessions: Free Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Steven Berkoff’s East Productions Saturday 2 May

How I Faded and Disintegrated

Shakespeare’s Villains A Masterclass in Evil

How I Faded and Disintegrated is a serious exploration of the resonant themes concerning old age, senility, memory and loss. The production is an intense mediation and caustic exploration of society’s treatment of the old and infirm.

Sean Tuan John is an award winning, multi-disciplined artist who works across dance, theatre and film. This Welsh choreographer has been creating his own work since 1992, earning a track record for producing high energy performances, fusing idiosyncratic dance, quirky text and physical humour with evocative video imagery. www.seantuanjohn.com

“Raw, imaginative and often attractively subversive.” The Guardian:

“Delivers the goods and whole lot more besides” The Independent

“Humourous, intelligent and performed with an infectious precision and honesty” The Times

“The Bad Boy of British Dance” Italian Vogue

Drama

Drama

Sean Tuan John Wednesday 25 March

Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most villainous characters – Iago, the Macbeths, Shylock and Richard III… characters who are inherently evil, to some whose situation leads them to evil deeds, others at the mercy of an evil society.

Renowned throughout the world as an actor, writer and director, Berkoff is known to many for the villains he has played in blockbustersOctopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, and Rambo. He brings this experience to Shakespeare’s characters in a way that challenges and exhilarates.

His thrilling one man show offers incisive insights into the psyche which give way to Shakespeare’s own words, exploding into the auditorium from one of the UK’s most formidable and maverick talents.

“Evil relished in all its variety” The Times

“A maverick with an awesome stage presence” Daily Telegraph

www.stevenberkoff.com

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £10.00

Adults: £14.00

Time: 7.30pm

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Concessions: £8.00 DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £12.00 Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Rannel Theatre Company Wednesday 29 April

The Factory

Flhip Flhop Everything Happens on the Break

The Factory invites you to experience a witty and poignant deconstruction of the conflict and tension between the kitsch demands of modern life and the ephemeral wonder of the human spirit. Exploring themes such as the commercialisation of the female body, the power of advertising and the importance of possessions and fame, this show attempts to awaken the most gluttonous consumer to the true value of life.

Creating virtual images that appear to float like apparitions in mid-air, Precarious produce magical illusions with which the live performers can seamlessly interact, creating a hybrid spectacle.

“Hugely imaginative multimedia work with some eerily striking physical sequences … A dazzling range of digital effects and choreographic tricks.” The Guardian

“A tremendous piece of multimedia work … the video components of the show are among the most impressive I have seen in years at any level of work… extraordinary.” Financial Times

Curiosity meets one-upmanship as two decorators investigate their surroundings, competing to entertain each other in an attempt to forget about the monotony of every day working life.

Elements of Hip-Hop (b-boying, Dj’ing, MC’ing and Beatbox) are hidden and twisted into a dynamic physical performance combining witty dialogue and intricate choreography to create an energetic and hilarious comedy.

Drama

Drama

Precarious Thursday 23 April

“Rannel have taken a refreshingly quirky turn down an alley on the Hip-Hop theatre map” Jonzi D, Hip-Hop Pioneer www.rannel.co.uk

www.precarious.org.uk

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £10.00

Adults: £10.00

Time: 7.30pm

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Concessions: £8.00 DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £8.00 Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Whale

An early opportunity to see Spymonkey’s newest creation, an unreliable version of Moby Dick created with director Jos Houben.

Four whalers have themselves been eaten by their quarry. The irony! With the (im)patience of Jonah they await their disgorging. To amuse themselves they recount a story of Moby Dick, with their own flourishes. The novel’s epic examination of good, evil, fate and obsession is lost on them. And then. mysteriously, found on them again.

Roger Llewellyn Wednesday 24 June

“Spymonkey are very, very, very, very, very funny - and I’m not just saying that because I’m paid by the word. The reigning monarchs of physical comedy – 5 stars” The Melbourne Age

“Deliriously funny. Credit this young European troupe with impeccable taste in influences and, what’s even better, a skill to almost match the originals.” Globe & Mail, Canada

www.spymonkey.co.uk

A huge international following has been built on Spymonkey’s exuberant mix of superior physical skills, spirited dialogue and brilliant visual impact. Combining the formality of British traditional theatre with a European approach to clowning and stage anarchy, its shows are full-on, fast-paced and hilarious.

“Made me laugh so much my throat hurt” The Times

“Hallelujah for Spymonkey! The patron saints of lunacy” Canada.com

In this wryly humorous tale, of murder, mystery and the occult, the world’s greatest detective refuses to leave the stage! A fantasy based upon a fiction finds Conan Doyle tiring of his intolerably arrogant Sherlock Holmes and invents the malevolent Moriarty to dispose of him.

But Doyle’s dangerous strategy, combined with his passion for raising the spirits of the dead, has rather more surreal and dramatic consequences than he bargains for!

“Roger Llewellyn precisely embodies Sherlock, Conan Doyle would have approved” Time Out, London

“In these elegant hands, this is Holmes as you’ve always imagined him - but with a cutting sense of humour” Sunday Express

www.rogerllewellyn.co.uk

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £10.00

Adults: £10.00

Time: 7.30pm

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Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life

Drama

Drama

Spymonkey Thursday 21 – Friday 22 May

Concessions: £8.00 DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £8.00 Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Three Films +One Sign Dance Collective (SDC) is the pioneer of sign dance theatre (sign language and dance), led by an international deaf and disabled creative team.

SDC’s Dance Director David Bower (Four Weddings & A Funeral and BBC radio 4’s Hunch Back of Notre Dame) and Cuban dancer Isolte Avila collaborated with Twelve international artists to create ‘Three Films + One’ SDC’s bold new performance.

StopGAP Saturday 9 May

Dance

Dance

Sign Dance Collective Thursday 9 April

Listen is based on David Bower’s experience of tinnitus. This hard-hitting piece gives the audience an intense visual and auditory experience.

The second piece Here is very lyrical – the movement consisting of a carefully dramatised piece of dance made up of signed dialogue and live projection telling the story of a relationship in flux. The third work Travelling tells the comic story of how it is to live a life of constantly crossing boundaries – geographical and physical boundaries as well as existential boundaries relating to disability and deafness. The work is a mix of live dance performance, live music and film, which challenges the boundaries of language and culture. www.signdancecollective.co.uk

Portfolio Collection

Portfolio Collection is a dance banquet of serene chaos, sinister loveliness and shocking beauty.

Prepare for a raw, rugged duet charged with tension from Hofesh Shechter, a stark, rock infested descent into unraveled reality by Nathalie Pernette, a provocative powerful duet by Gary Clarke and Rob Tannion on the quest for love, where the innocent are corrupted and the pure is plastic, revealing with humour, the dark dirty underside of unrequited lust.

www.stopgap.uk.com

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £9.00

Adults: £10.00

Time: 7.30pm

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StopGAP is a dance company with a difference. The company comprises of five professional charismatic dancers with and without disabilities who showcase strong dance technique injected with a healthy dose of humour.

Concessions: £7.00 DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £8.00 Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Bellowhead

In three years, eleven piece folk-big-band Bellowhead have exploded onto the festival scene and fast became one of the most talked about bands on the contemporary folk circuit.

Eduardo Niebla Friday 3 April

Between them, the musicians play more than 20 instruments, six of them sing and their arrangements are already the stuff of legend. Matachin (a sword wielding dancer) is the band’s much anticipated 2nd album. There are no whimsical maidens or sweet stories of love gone wrong on this album. Instead you’ll hurtle along on an exhilarating journey filled with tales of whiskey, the high-seas and they even manage to pull off songs about Cholera and the Cold War.

“The sound of 44 limbs in pursuit of countless more possibilities.” The Times “One of the most kick-ass live bands around” Observer Music Monthly “Brilliantly sophisticated” Metro www.bellowhead.co.uk Picture credit: David Angel

Bellowhead uniquely merge folk, rock, ska, jazz, soul and world music influences with dashes of English Music Hall and cabaret.

Venue: Assembly Room Time: 8pm

Adults: £18.00

Concessions: N/A

Brilliantissimo

Music

Music

Bellowhead Thursday 12 March

This is an amazing opportunity to catch one of the world’s great flamenco jazz guitar virtuosos Eduardo Niebla in concert with his acclaimed quartet. Inspired by recent tours to Kolkata and Abu Dhabi, Eduardo’s totally fantastic compositions are interwoven with a myriad of Eastern colours and his passionate, gypsy jazz flamenco roots. His stunning technique and profound artistry is world class guitar playing at its very best.

“A display of supernatural talent…and a spellbinding mixture of flamenco and modern jazz, bursting with obvious passion and verve.” The Spectator

“Poignantly poetic…and truly breathtaking” The Scotsman

www.eduardoniebla.com

Barnsley Roots Festival - Friday 13 – Saturday 14 March Friday Youth Concert Local young performers will play alongside recent winners of the BBC Young Folk Awards in an evening that will surprise and delight you. For full details of the line up visit:

www.myspace.com/tenderroots Venue: Assembly Room

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Time: 7.30pm Saturday Adults: £7.50 Concessions: £5.00 Festival Ceilidh Family Ticket £20 (2 Adult, 2 Consessions)

Join us for the Festival Ceilidh. Music from the Barnsley Folk Ensemble with caller Chris McShane. There may be a few surprise performances too – so an evening not to be missed whether its good music or good dancing you are after.

Venue: Assembly Room Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Assembly Room

Family Ticket £15 (2 Adult, 2 Consessions)

Adults: £10.00

Adults: £5.00 Concessions: £4.00

DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 8pm

Concessions: N/A

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Laye Sow

Featuring guitar maestro Sylvain Diaye’s elegantly picked dance grooves. The blues have been left behind, and in their place are the rhythms of reggae, dub, cha cha cha, and rumba. Global Fusion at it’s best.

“An addictive new find – it’s rare to hear such a perfect combination of voice and guitar – Laye Sow is surely one of the best young Senegalese singers” www.konimusic.co.uk

Seprewa Kasa

Bollywood meets brass meets Bhangra

The Civic is proud to be hosting the launch of the National Refugee Week Barnsley.

The event is free with food from around the world, activities for families, information about Black and Ethnic Minority groups in Barnsley and live music from Seprewa Kasa:

Seprewa is not called ‘Soul of Hi-Life’ for nothing… it is likely to be the greatest African instrument you’ll ever hear! This fresh and delicate but seriously endangered Ghanaian harp-lute is a cousin to the ever-popular kora from Mali but with a decidedly more earthy sound. Three virtuoso musicians share their ideas and passions to re-explore the traditional sounds of Seprewa and origins of Ghanaian Hi-Life in a contemporary setting with breathtaking and very danceable results!

The UK’s first Indian wedding brass band, playing hits from Indian films, Bhangra and other South Asian styles – a London masala of film melodies and Bhangra beats, with flavours from jazz and world music.

The last ten years have taken the band to festivals and venues all over Europe, Australia, Canada – and India. Bollywood fever has swept the UK, and live concerts have been broadcast on radio and TV in Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland and Slovenia. www.bollywoodbrassband.co.uk

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £8.00

Adults: Free

Adults: £9.00

Time: 8pm

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The Bollywood Brass Band Thursday 4 June

Presents...

Fast-rising star singer-guitarist Laye Sow and his electro-acoustic band come together to perform a mesmerising groove of hot and melodic pan-African folklore and rippling world beats.

Charlie Gillett (BBC R3)

National Refugee Week Sunday 14 June

Music

Music

Laye Sow Wednesday 22 April

Concessions: £6.00

Time: 6pm

Concessions: Free

DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £7.00 Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Jon Holmes Thursday 30 April

Health and Stacey

Rock Star Babylon

Government figures show that an astonishing 250,000 people fled Britain last year. 249,999 went to New Zealand ... One went to the Isle of Sambuca.

Stacey - a geography teacher - quits Britain to escape the country’s fanatical adherence to Health and Safety rules. Despite her geographical training, she finds herself in a hot and sweaty jungle, lost and unable to read a map. Ditching the Dorothy Perkins trousers, she builds a new life able to survive anything except the arrival of Michael - a Health and Safety officer from Hampshire County Council. Together they embark on an epic jungle adventure, meeting other ex-pats each with their own good reason for escaping Blighty.

Critically acclaimed international comedy theatre company - Plested and Brown present Health and Stacey. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

“The energy of the show, and the sometimes-unreal logic that the characters uphold, is reminiscent of The Mighty Boosh” Buzz Magazine

“Please take this reviewer’s advice kill to get a ticket. It is way, way the best thing I have seen on the Fringe!!” One4Review

“It’s literally a laugh a minute and just got funnier and funnier... The duo had perfect on-stage harmony” Three Weeks

www.plestedandbrown.co.uk

Join the co-creator of Dead Ringers and star of Radio 4’s The Now Show and Radio 2’s The Day The Music Died as he reads from his potentially libelous book of rock’n’roll rumour

This show-of-the-book contains more filth, more fury and more potentially libelous stories that may yet see the author in prison, than have ever been written down in a book and then read out loud by the author before.

Why was Elton John’s reworking of Candle in the Wind for Princess Diana a terrible, terrible mistake? Which rock star would regularly leave what unspeakable gift inside how many hotel room hairdryers?

Crafted with the all the loving detail that you’d expect from a man who holds the UK record for the largest ever broadcasting fine for breaching taste and decency rules, Rock Star Babylon opens up a Pandora’s musical box of bad behaviour and jumps head first into the mess.

“Genius” Heat

Metro

“A joke packed read, just the job for dipping and sniggering into” Q Magazine

“Spectacular tales of bad behaviour hilariously recalled”

“A must have pop-music and trash culture gem”

www.jonholmes.net

Booklist

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“brilliantly stoked in the bizarre”

“Clever, but warped’’ Sunday Times

Mirror

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £10.00

Adults: £10.00

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £8.00 DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Comedy

Comedy

Plested and Brown Saturday 7 March

Time: 7.30pm

Concessions: £8.00 Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Big Wooden Horse Sunday 22 March

Lyngo Theatre Sunday 5 April

Terry Jones Fairy Tales

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Hansel and Gretel

An exciting mix of puppets, storytelling, percussion and DNA’s trademark blend of live performance and audience participation.

Thurtinkle is a wise old gnome with a big nose, a big heart and a big appetite for stories! He has traveled all over the world and through time and space sniffing out the best tales of them all.

With his witty low-key style, author Terry Jones addresses important themes for children such as inclusion and diversity.

It’s time for bed, the Bus Driver wants Pigeon to go to bed, all his friends want him to go to bed, but the question is… WILL YOU LET HIM STAY UP LATE???

This lively show for children aged 3 and up is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation.

It’s easier to feed two mouths than four and the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head – he gives in to his bony wife and Hansel and Gretel have to be left in the forest, not just once but twice and the second time there won’t be any moonstones to follow back home. Instead they follow their noses to the sugary heart of darkness…

Family

Family

Dynamic New Animation Sunday 8 March

Hansel and Gretel’s journey takes them from a house with empty cupboards and a mother who doesn’t like children to a house made of sweets and someone who just loves children – on toast! Lyngo serve up a musical theatre treat with their own special recipe of multi-roled performances, captivating songs and haunting imagery.

“Family entertainment doesn’t get much better than this.” Metro

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £6.00

Adults: £6.00

Adults: £6.00

Time: 2.30pm

Concessions: £4.00

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Age: 4 - 10

Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm Concessions: £4.00 Age: 3 - 7

DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 2:30pm

Concessions: £4.00 Age: 4+

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Garlic Theatre Sunday 3 May

Nikki McCretton Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 May

Nikki McCretton Sunday 17 May

The Sun Has Got His Hat On

Old Mother Hubbard and her Cupboard

Horseplay

Hoof!

Comical tales and colourful animal puppets from land, sea and sky in a sway-along, bounce-along, sing-along romp of musical storytelling. All inspired by tales and rhythms of the Caribbean. Aimed at twos to fives but children of all ages will have fun too… and so will their parents and grand-parents. Everyone loves Carnival!

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, but when she got there, the cupboard was bare...Or was it? A dotty old woman takes you on a nursery rhyme journey as she clatters about in her kitchen and her dancing dog sniffs out trouble in the most unlikely places.

Join Niki McCretton inside a lifelike stable to explore and imagine all kinds of pony tales.

Lights, music, and puppets transform a den into a theatrical adventure. Horseplay is a stunningly designed play and performance space packed with horse-themed treasures to explore!

Every Horseplay is unique because the children’s imagination lead the action. Parents can peak through the many windows or relax in front of a live video relay.

Family

Family

Blue Sky Theatre Sunday 19 April

Hoof! is a charming and quirky new physical theatre show about a horse that belongs to a child who prefers watching TV to going riding. From her stable door the lonely pony spies the TV and her life takes a new tack when the remote control is dropped within hoofs-reach. Watching cowboy films and horse adventures like Mr Ed, Black Beauty and Champion The Wonder Horse she realises she’s not just a dumb animal and launches on a quest for a herd, humour and a life without shoes!

Places are limited and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment

Garlic Theatre delight children and adults alike with a spicy blend of slapstick and folk humour in this fresh and funny adaptation, with well crafted glove puppets, clowning and a feast of musical treats.

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £6.00

Adults: £6.00

Adults: £6.00

Adults: £6.00

Time: 2.30pm

Concessions: £4.00

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Age: 2+

Time: 2.30pm

Concessions: £4.00 Age: 3+

DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Time: 11am, 12:30pm,2pm & 3.30pm Concessions: £4.00 Age: 3 - 5

Time: 2.30pm

Concessions: £4.00 Age: 3 - 10

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Theatre Widdershins Sunday 31 May

TPO Sunday 7 – Tuesday 9 June

If Only the Lonely Were Home

Rapunzel & The Tower of Doom

Butterflies

The Lonely hasn’t been seen for a long time. His house stands quiet, on the furthest edge of town. He won’t come out, so everyone brings to his doorstep the things they love; a photo of the wind, a song you sing in cars, a feeling of ferris wheels, some lightning in a jar. The Lonely is ignoring them all But one girl stands at his door and won’t go away...

This fabulous new Tutti Frutti show explores friendship and feelings using beautiful movement and live music.

Theatre Widdershins have taken this Grimm tale right back to its dark roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to see the show today – because you’re worth it!!!

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Assembly Room

Adults: £6.00

Adults: £6.00

Time: 2.30pm

Concessions: £4.00

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Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s hard enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with a wicked witch using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair?

Age: 4 - 7

From larvae to grown up, follow the life of the butterfly with TPO’s Children’s Cheering Carpet and motion capture technology.

Compose lullabies with your feet, chase caterpillars on your bottom and get ready to interact with a theatrical experience designed for the eyes, ears, knees and toes. You might be invited to visit the cocoon, or to virtually paint with your arms, or to sit for a while on a flower.

Larvae, caterpillar, butterfly, it’s all in a day’s work.

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The Children’s Cheering Carpet (CCC) is a touch sensitive carpet that triggers images and sound, creating a virtual landscape for performers and the audience.

One of Italy’s most distinguished visual theatre companies, creating original theatrical experiences for younger audiences since 1981. TPO is interactive theatre in an immersive environment.

Venue: Assembly Room

Time: 2.30pm

Time: 1.00pm, 3.00pm (Sun) 10.30am, 1.00pm (Mon, Tues)

Concessions: £4.00

Concessions: £4.00

Age: 4+

DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Adults: £6.00 Age: 4 - 8

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Long Nose Puppets Sunday 5 July

What a Wonderful World

Flyaway Katie

Before anything new is made it must first be dreamed.

Welcome to our sea of tranquility, where we dream the new day every night. Hop on the sleeper train and take a journey through the space before time. Another highly-interactive show for the early years from Lyngo. You’ll get a big bang out of it!

Mandela Gardens

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Lyngo Sunday 21 June

Flyaway Katie is an inspiring flight of fancy about the power of imagination based on the popular children’s book by Polly Dunbar with music by Tom Gray of Gomez.

Katie is all alone and feeling grey. The birds in the picture on her wall look so colourful-if only Katie could be as bright as them, who knows what might happen? The show is bursting with colour, movement and surprises, with puppets of varying scales acting the story.

“Magical and beautiful” The Guardian

Mandela Gardens

Mandela Gardens has undergone a complete transformation, giving it a whole new lease of life under the watchful eye of ‘The Barnsley Clock’, a unique combination of contemporary design with an unusual functioning timepiece. The design of the gardens makes reference to the beautiful countryside in and around Barnsley, combining rolling green landscape, trees offering shade and dark rocky outcrops, evocative of the coal industry forming so much of our history.

Venue: Assembly Room

Venue: Time:Assembly 2.30pm Room Time: 7.30 Adults: £6.00

Adults: Concessions: £4.00

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Concessions: Age: 1 - 4

Venue: Assembly Room Time: 2.30pm

Water also features heavily, with a light-hearted interpretation of local rivers and canals dominating the new space. Reflecting both the changing seasons and notable

calendar dates, the ever shifting colour palette of lights, illuminates the garden in the evening, making a visit never predictable. Mandela Gardens offer an urban haven intended to be a place to relax and enjoy, as well as a playful environment designed to support outdoor performances .

Be sure to visit regularly, you never know what you might find!

Adults: £6.00

Concessions: £4.00 Age: 2 - 7

DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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Refunds and Exchanges

www.barnsleycivic.co.uk Booking in Person

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office located at the Hanson Street entrance.

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Some shows have a concessionary ticket price. The following persons are eligible for concessionary rates as and when applicable, children 16 or under and senior citizens. Discounts available for students and also unwaged with valid ID.

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We regret that once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged. Where a performance is sold out tickets may be returned to the Box Office for re-sale although no guarantee can be given for a successful exchange.

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By Rail: Trains run frequently to Barnsley Interchange from Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield. Leave by the main entrance and head up Regent Street South, The Civic is on your left after approximately 200 yards.

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Directions

All information in this brochure was correct at the time of going to press.

By Road: The Civic is situated in the heart of Barnsley Town centre, from junction 37 M1 follow signs for Town Centre. Parking is available at the Courthouse Car Park, left towards the bottom of Regent Street, or on street parking on Regent Street after 6pm. Disabled parking is available on Hanson Street.

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DARE to be different | Box office: 0845 1800 363 The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2JL

Book tickets online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

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DARE to be different... Date

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6 March - 1 May

Revolutions

8 March

Terry Jones Fairy Tales

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Barnsley Roots Festival

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7 March

12 March

13 – 14 March 22 March 25 March

Health and Stacey Bellowhead

Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late How I Faded and Disintegrated

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3 April

Eduardo Niebla: Brilliantisimo

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9 April

Sign Dance Collective: Three Films + One

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5 April

Hansel and Gretel

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19 April

The Sun Has Got His Hat On

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23 April

The Factory

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22 April 29 April 30 April

Laye Sow

Flhip Flhop

Rock Star Babylon

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2 May

Steve Berkoff:

3 May

Old Mother Hubbard

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9 May

StopGAP’s Portfolio Collection

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17 May

Hoof

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8 May – 10 July 14 - 16 May 21 - 22 May 26 May 31 May 4 June

Shakespeare’s Villains: A Masterclass in Evil Walter Giers: Electronic Art Horseplay Whale

If Only The Lonely Were Home Rapunzel

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Seprewa Kasa

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21 June

What a Wonderful World

5 July

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Butterflies

24 June

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The Bollywood Brass Brand

7 - 9 June 14 June

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Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life

Flyaway Katie

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