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Are You Easily Embarrassed?


 

What People Think is a witty and revealing original production by the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers (CYTM) at the Carriageworks on Sat 29 July.

A team of researchers have come up with a hypothesis: people who feel embarrassment less keenly are more successful in life. They set out to prove their hypothesis through presenting the contrasting experiences of siblings; one who feels embarrassment easily and one who is never embarrassed. Created a talented ensemble of  young theatre makers What People Think is a light-hearted original show touching on themes of social awkwardness, growing up and success in a post-truth world.

Led by professional theatre director, Ruth Cooper, the group is formed of young people aged between 10 and 19 who meet weekly to create new and original theatre.  CYTM develops young people’s confidence and skills as performers, writers and directors. In creating a new piece of theatre the CYTM work as an ensemble, developing team-work and increasing their vocabulary of contemporary performance styles and techniques. The young people form a supportive group in which their creativity is nurtured and they are offered a genuine platform for their ideas.

What People Think is at Carriageworks Theatre on Sat 29 July at 2pm & 7.30pm. 

Tickets cost £6 (Adults £8) and are available from 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall.

Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers are looking for new members to join from September!

Informal auditions and introductory workshop will be held on Tuesday 18th July 6pm-7.30pm at the Carriageworks Theatre. If you’d like to get involved please call 07891 272410 or email carriageworksytm@gmail.com

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Two Great Shows at The Carriageworks for Half Term


 

 

The Carriageworks Theatre has two brilliant dramas for children this May Half Term.

‘Don’t Dribble on the Dragon’ (ages 2+) is on Wednesday 31st May at 2pm. It is based on the book by Steven Lee and features Tom – a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon, and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop. When his dribbling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart, can a dose of crazy dragon magic save them? With magic designed by the late Paul Daniels, this is a magical musical adventure and a great feel good show for big hearted adults, cheeky cool kids and loving little ones.

 

‘Tarzanne’ (ages 7+) is on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June at 3 and 7pm. Presented by Interplay Theatre, it follows the story of a young girl lost to the jungle as a toddler and growing up with an adoptive family of apes. Interplay specialise in theatre that engages the senses and brings interactive storytelling in immersive environments to audiences.

Tickets for Don’t Dribble the Dragon (£8.50/£9.50 adults/ £34 family) and Tarzanne (£6 /£8 adults/ £24 family) are available from 0113 376 0318 or carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

 

 

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A Double Bill from Leeds Arts Centre at The Carriageworks


Leeds Arts Centre presents a double bill of plays  at the Carriageworks Theatre from Wednesday April 26th to Saturday 29th April.

Both plays share a theme in that they both concern people in the shadow of death, and how they respond to their looming fate. The drama arises from the reactions of the characters to the challenges that they face, and their efforts to survive.

After Midnight – Before Dawn by David Campton

In the early 17th Century, six women are confined in a prison cell. They are awaiting the dawn, when they are to be hanged for witchcraft. They all bemoan their fate, and the injustice of what has happened to them. Some pray, some recall what happened to bring them here, some recall the tortures they have undergone. They all fear the dawn and the hangman’s noose. All except one. She is calm and composed, and when they question her she assures them that she will not share their fate. She is a real witch, and has the promise of the Devil that he will look after his own. They desperately ask her how they can be protected too. After much persuasion, she agrees to help them. They must give up their souls to the devil if they want to be his disciples. The result is not one that they expect.

 

The Rose & Crown by J.B. Priestley.

In the snug of a London pub, in 1946, a group of locals are moaning about the misery of their lives. The war has been over for a year, but shortages and rationing continue to bite. While they are discussing their miserable existence, a stranger enters and watches and listens to what is happening. The stranger interrupts them to announce that he is an assistant to the Angel of Death, and he is one short of his daily quota. He would like them to choose one of their number to go with him to make it up. If they don’t choose, he will select somebody. They find that the snug is closed off from the rest of the world, and they must make a choice, or be chosen.

The Carriageworks Theatre

7.30pm.

Tickets: £12/£9 concessions.

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/Pages/Event.aspx?s=5895

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Hilarious Musical Satirist Mitch Benn Comes to Leeds


 

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One of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country, Mitch Benn arrives at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds on Saturday 25 February.

A regular on BBC1’s “The One Show” as the writer and arranger of “The Complaints Choir” and composer for two satirical topical ditties a week for “The Now Show” for BBC Radio 4 as well as BBC Radio 2’s “It’s Been a Bad Week”.  It’s safe to say Mitch is one of the country’s leading satirical song writers.

It’s been a morbid time for ‘the country’s leading musical satirist’ (The Times); he’s turned 46, his personal life is in turmoil and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? Join Mitch to confront his (and your) mortality with hilarious and tuneful consequences.

Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear The Reaper

Saturday 25 February, 7:45pm

Tickets: £13 (£12 concession)

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Tickets on the night can be picked up or purchased, subject to availability, at Carriageworks Theatre from one hour prior to the show.

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‘Dare Devil Rides to Jarama’ at The Carriageworks


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Townsend Productions, well known for their vivid, politically committed theatre bring their newest show Dare Devil Rides to Jarama by Neil Gore to The Carriageworks on Thursday 26th January.

It is 80 years since the Spanish rose up to resist General Franco’s military rebellion. This compelling and humorous play contrasts the lives of International Brigaders Clem Beckett and Christopher Caudwell who were killed together at Jarama in February 1937, having become friends as members of the British Battalion’s machinegun company.

It’s a strange world in which a speedway star forges a friendship with a literary critic, poet and aeronautical expert miles from home. This unlikely friendship is celebrated in Dare Devil Rides to Jarma, a moving account of why so many ordinary people made the extraordinary choice to leave family and livelihoods and fight in the Spanish Civil War.

The play, a critical success, captures the humour, passion and emotion produced by the idealism of these men through immersive storytelling, stirring song and poetry. A cast of two play multiple roles in a grand theatrical style with music of the period arranged by folk musician John Kirkpatrick.

“The play is an exciting and evocative piece about the incredible contribution made by the volunteers of the International Brigades to fight the forces of fascism and to uphold the power of democracy”, said Neil Gore. “It is also an important examination of the fascinating life of Clem Beckett who achieved so much in such a short time as a top speedway rider and a rider in the Wall of Death around Europe. His life touched on so many of the major happenings in the 1930s, from involvement in campaigns such as better conditions in his sport and the Mass Trespass in Derbyshire, to participation in anti-fascist demonstrations in Manchester; visits to the Soviet Union with a contingent of sportsmen and women; and ultimately to his involvement in Spanish Civil War.”

Dare Devil Rides To Jarama

Thursday 26 January, 7:30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concession, £5 unwaged)

www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/

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Brighten your Winter with a Bit of Magic for the Whole Family


 

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Imagine a world where Penn and Teller are Victorian Brits and you are on your way to conjuring the magical duo of Morgan & West.  Following smash hit Edinburgh seasons in 2015 and 2016 and sell-out runs on London’s Southbank and around the country, Morgan & West bring their Empire inspired, thoroughly entertaining illusions to Leeds. Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show – For Kids (and Childish Grownups) arrives at Carriageworks Theatre on Sat 28 January 2017.

Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea (Mr Morgan is very sad to say there are no actual mountains or trucks on stage during the show, Mr West simply would not have them.) Mixing brain-busting illusion and good old fashioned tomfoolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound!

Morgan & West have been performing their unique magic shows across the UK and around the world, including sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fringe World in Perth, Adelaide Fringe where they were nominated for Best Family Show, and Buxton Fringe where they were awarded Best Comedy Show.

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show – For Kids (and Childish Grownups)

Saturday 28 January, 2pm

Tickets: £8.50 (£9.50 adults)

Family Ticket: £34

Age 5+

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall

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The Clock is About to Strike for Leeds’ Traditional Pantomime!


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The time has come to bundle the family into your pumpkin coach and join Carriageworks Theatre and Paul Holman Associates for the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale pantomime Cinderella. Downtrodden Cinders will be singing, dancing and falling in love from Friday 2 December 2016 until Saturday 7 January 2017.

All of Leeds will be charmed by Cinderella’s prince, played by the musical heart-throb and Britain’s Got Talent Winner, Jai McDowall. Following his victory on the popular TV show Jai took centre stage on The Britain’s Got Talent tour, playing to thousands at some of the biggest venues around the country. Having made his mark as a strong vocalist and performer, Jai signed to Simon Cowell’s music label Syco and released a debut album Believe, well-received by fans and critics alike.

It takes a very special comic to help Cinderella transform a pumpkin into a sparkling coach and mice into dazzling horses so brilliant entertainer and funny man Jez Edwards is pulling his red pumps back on to add extra sparkle to this glittering family show.

Tickets start at just £10.

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall.

 

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Experience the History of the Future, Inspired by H. G. Wells


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Carriageworks Theatre hosts The Shape of Things to Come, a humorous tale inspired by H. G. Wells’ novel of the same name, on Thursday, 27 October. This new production by Proper Job Theatre Company and award-winning writer Kevin Fegan finds the personal story in the global conflict and modernisation of the 20th century.

What would you want to see before you go blind?

All his life Bertie has flirted with the myth that he is related to H.G. Wells and he loves to share his own humorous predictions of the future with friends.

Bertie has been told that he’s going blind. Putting a positive spin on the prognosis, Bertie uses his dark humour to explore Wells’ predictions of the future, some of which are now the past and others somehow help him to see more clearly.

The Shape of Things to Come is a poignant look at the history of the 20th century and the history of the future. The production cleverly intertwines the predictions made by Wells in 1933 with the wit of the loveable Bertie, brought to life with the digital wizardry and visual innovation.

 

The Shape of Things to Come

Thursday 27 October, 7:30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concession)

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall,

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The Man Who Would Be King at The Carriageworks


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A tale of greed, adventure and ruin inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic book comes to Carriageworks Theatre on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October.

Using searing text, bold physicality and original music, Dawn State Theatre Company brings Kipling’s ground-breaking novella to life in a thrilling new play exploring Britain’s place in the world today.

Follow the story of soldiers Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot as they march to a remote region of Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings. What happens when their army begins to turn on them?

The Man Who Would Be King is a story about vaulted ambition and the damaging effects of the sense of entitlement that embodied British colonialism. Director Dan Coleman says the play relates to the current political climate and “the way western adventurism leaves chaos in its wake”.

Dawn State Theatre Company excells at staging timeless, thrilling stories that are also politically and socially incisive.

The Man Who Would Be King

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of October, 7:30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concession)

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Tickets on the night can be picked up or purchased, subject to availability, at Carriageworks Theatre from one hour prior to the show.

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Enchanting Children’s Writer Holly Webb Comes to Leeds this October Half Term


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A top notch treat for the whole family this October half term. Meet one of the UK’s most loved children’s authors, Holly Webb, in Animal Stories with Holly Webb at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds on Saturday 22 October, presented by Leeds Libraries and Information Service.

Holly Webb has written over 100 books in her career as a children’s writer and has no plans to stop any time soon. Her love of animals always shines through in her stories and anyone with a pet of their own will recognise some of the antics of Holly’s favourite characters.

Join Holly for a fabulous, family-friendly event based on her hugely popular animal stories. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind her bestselling books.

Holly will be signing copies of her books which you can bring or buy at the event.

Animal Stories with Holly Webb

Saturday 22 October, 2:30pm

Tickets: £5 (£7 adults)

Age 6+

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