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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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Top Comedy for Teens this Half Term


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The Clean as Possible Comedy Show is back in Leeds with a cracking new line-up this October Half Term. Favourite MC Tony Vino brings two exciting new acts to Carriageworks Theatre on Wednesday 26 October.

Along with his Saturday morning radio show, Steve Royle recently performed 16 nights at The Manchester Arena as part of the Phoenix Nights Live show, helping raise well over £5 million in the process. He also appeared at the London Palladium twice when he performed as part of the TV show Sunday Night At The Palladium and as warm-up for Neil Diamond: One Night Only.

He spent many years as the special guest on Dave Spikey’s tours and has supported several other top comedic names including Peter Kay, Mick Miller, and Roy Walker. He was also the first comic, ever, to perform as warm-up for The Royal Variety Show, alongside Take That, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Meatloaf.

George Zach moved from Greece to study Biochemistry in Newcastle Upon Tyne and discovered stand-up soon after. He has gone on to sell out his show Greek Tragedy at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, support Luisa Omielan on her Am I Right Ladies tour and appear on the One Show and This Week on BBC1.

Preston’s very own funnyman, Tony Vino has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses.

The Clean as Possible Comedy Show

Wednesday 26 October, 7:15pm

Tickets: £5 (£8 adults)

Age 12+

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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Transporting Songs and Stories of Adventure from Finland come to The Carriageworks


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Finland’s national epic and cultural treasure Kalevala, equal to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, or Beowulf, provide the distinctive setting and inspiration for Fire in the North Sky Epic Tales from Finland at Carriageworks Theatre, on Saturday 15 October.

Travel to the extremes of the Finnish landscape – the vast forests and lakes, the harshness of winter, the intoxicating summers.  Experience authentic creation myths and tales of Finland’s illustrious heroes; journeying with them to the dark river of the underworld.

Leading UK storyteller Nick Hennessey and three virtuoso Finnish musicians make these 2000 year old traditional stories come alive with a touch of offbeat fun, enchantment and evocative music that moves between dancing flutes, infectious rhythms and hauntingly beautiful sung melodies.

From the mythic creation of the sky and earth, to the forging of the Sampo – a mystical object which brings infinite bounty – to seduction spells and a mother’s love for her son; Fire in the North Sky combines epic feats of heroes like Väinämöinen and Lemminkäinen with very human stories of love, loss and longing.  Experience Kalevala returned to its roots in this dynamic, intimate and surprising performance.

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland is a brand new show from Adverse Camber productions – one of the UK’s most celebrated storytelling companies.  It is a rare opportunity to hear stories from Kalevala performed live and to experience the absolute pinnacle of Finnish contemporary folk music.

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Nick Hennessey (storyteller, vocals)

Anna-Kaisa Liedes (vocals)

Kristiina Ilmonen (wind instruments, percussion, vocals)

Timo Väänänen (kantele, pyngyr, vocals)

“Hennessey strides through the tales, pulling the characters into the light for us to see them, sometimes accompanied only by Liedes’s haunting vocals, then part of a wild ensemble. The result is like a conjuring, an alchemical process that is fascinating to watch; a living thing, growing and changing before your eyes.” – Belinda Dillon, Exeunt Magazine

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland

Saturday 15 October, 8pm

Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concession)

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/Pages/default.aspx

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Shazia Mirza: The Kardashians Made Me Do It


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Award-winning comedian Shazia Mirza brings her critically acclaimed 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show to Carriageworks Theatre on Friday, 23 September following two sell-out runs in London.  The Kardashians Made Me Do It is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides.

The Kardashians Made Me Do It is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. The show tells of the confusion it caused as she looks into the nature of offence, the dangers of politically correct liberalism versus the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS into the lives of young British Asian women, and explores the phenomenon of jihadi brides.

The revered, applauded, loved and reviled comedian and columnist has appeared on various TV and radio shows including Have I Got News For You (BBC), F*** Off, I’m a Hairy Woman (BBC) for which she spent seven months in the service of hirsutism, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Beautiful People (BBC2), The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy), and a regular slot on Radio 2’s Vanessa Feltz Show and Radio 4’s The Now Show.  She has performed internationally from Texas to Kosovo and has been a regular contributor to The Financial Times, The Daily Mail and wrote a weekly column in The Guardian entitled Dairy of a Disappointing Daughter, and was recently a guest on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show and Loose Women.

In 2008 she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, won Columnist of the Year at the prestigious PPA Awards for her fortnightly column in The New Statesman and won the GG2 Young Achiever of the Year Award.

“Shazia Mirza is provoking laughter and large intakes of breath once again … brave and urgent ” ★★★★  – The  Telegraph

“Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy” – The Guardian

www.shaziamirza.com TWITTER: @shaziamirza1

 

Shazia Mirza: The Kardashians Made Me Do It

Friday 23 September 8pm

Tickets: £15 (£13 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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