Theatre and Comedy


September

  • Awakenings - black shoes on wooden floor
  • Kerryn Wise & Tina Carter present

  • Awakenings

  • Saturday 23 September, 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm
  • 15 minute slots for 2 audience members at a time. 
  • £5 / £3.50 (12+ years)
  • A darkened room. Velvet curtains. An uncanny sense of familiarity. Awakenings re-imagines filmic narratives and explores the mise-en-scène of cinema through an intimately choreographed performance for two, experienced within a purpose-built set. An experimental, immersive performance that shifts between theatre and contemporary dance, devised and performed by Kerryn Wise and Tina Carter.
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  • horses face half drawn half digital
  • Four Wheeled Theatre presents

  • Equus

  • Friday 29 September, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 30 September, 2pm and 7.30pm.
  • £10 / £8,  
  • 2 hours 45 minutes (16+ years)
  • East Midlands theatre company Four Wheeled Theatre take on Peter Schaffer’s classic play, Equus.
  • 1973. Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist struggling with both his professional and personal convictions, finds himself confronted with a uniquely disturbed patient, 17-year-old Alan Strang. Responsible for blinding six horses, Alan is placed under Dysart's care. But as the lines between doctor and patient begin to blur, the two find themselves on a collision course of wits and ideals.
  • As Dysart examines the young man, his upbringing and the boy's troubled history, this increasingly murky case will bring him into contact not just with Alan's tortured subconscious, but the terrifying deity that lurks beneath.
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October

  • obey - stencilled man looking up
  • Rob Gee presents

  • Obey

  • Thursday 5 October, 7.30pm
  • £8 / £6.  
  • 90 minutes (16+ years)
  • How obedient would you be in the event of an authoritarian dictatorship? Meet an unseemly collection of individuals who are about to find out. Deemed “seriously funny” by the Sunday Mirror, poet, comic and psych nurse Rob Gee presents a brand new show, Obey.
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  • Attenborough arts centre logo
  • Yolanda Mercy and Gemma Lloyd presents

  • Quarter Life Crisis

  • Friday 6 October, 7.30pm
  • £8 / £5 (14+ years) 45 minutes
  • Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn't know what she's doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right, trying to find the perfect match. Even though she's a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the Ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they're going in life, but she's trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard.
  • What does it mean to be an adult, and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation.
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  • lawyer holding an apple
  • Tayo Aluko and Friends presents

  • Just an Ordinary Lawyer

  • Monday 23 October, 7.30pm
  • £14 / £12. 90 minutes (14+ years)
  • Venue: The Y Theatre.
  • In 1978, Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly broke through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge. We follow Sowande as he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world, from Africa to the US to the UK. A fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, Sowande opines from the point of view from one who would rather watch sports and spread love through the medium of song.
  • From the writer and performer of the multi-award-winning hit Call Mr. Robeson, Tayo Aluko brings us another “brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art” (Dirt & Candy).
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  • comedian holding a microphone surrounded by dancers
  • D.A.N.C.E

  • Sunday 29 October, 7pm . £6 / £5. 1 hour (16+ years)

  • D.A.N.C.E is developing a new comedy experience. See comedians and dancers working together and creating something new (we’re not sure what yet), but we know it’s not like anything you’ve seen before.
  • Comedians perform their routines, whilst dancers react and improvise their interpretation on stage with them. And then they swap; comedians try their hand (or foot?) at busting a move and dancers find out what it takes to tell a joke. With a disability focus in this event, this is an exciting way to see different artforms working together. Hosted by the loveable / enigmatic / lover of shirts with animals on it: Daniel Nicholas.  Supported by Arts Council England and Dance
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November

  • man holding a pole with an inflatable shark on his back
  • On the Run Theatre presents

  • Tell Me Anything

  • Friday 10 November, 6pm. Pay what you think. 1 hour (14+ years)
  • David’s 15.  He’s doing OK. His girlfriend has an eating disorder but he’s doing OK. Combining rich storytelling with physical theatre, Tell Me Anything is tender, raw, brutally honest boy meets girl story – about a boy who’s trying to be a man and a girl who doesn’t want to be rescued.
  • **** “Successfully, even rivetingly, comes to grips with the toll taken on a care-giver determined to save someone.” The Times. On The Run have performed across the UK and internationally, from Shanghai Contemporary Theatre Festival to London’s Southbank Centre. David Ralfe is an Associate Artist of In Good Company.
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  • black and white image of man screaming next to woman looking shocked
  • LaPelle's Factory in association with LittleMighty presents

  • The Black Cat

  • Thursday 16 November, 8pm . Pay what you think . 1 hour (16+ years)
  • (Part of Literary Leicester 2017)
  • A renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted tale. Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by reimagining this macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes.  Together they take merciless liberties with the absent writer's words – like a madman taking out a furious rage on a helpless pet. Suspended between the hilarious and the horrific, this show revels in the darkness that hides just under the surface. It’s all gravely good fun, but be warned: it will get catty. Meow.
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  • two women facing each other using sign language
  • The DH Ensemble present

  • People of the Eye

  • Saturday 18 November, 7.30pm. £10 / £8. 1 hour (12+ years)
  • “Of course, you shouldn’t use ‘sign language’.”
  • Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through unfamiliar territory. A story about parents, sisters, and the complex love that binds families together.  Using a mix of video projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, People of the Eye explores memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference.
  • The Deaf & Hearing (DH) Ensemble is a group of professional D/deaf and hearing artists and all-round lovely people. They have worked with companies including the Royal Shakespeare Studio, The Roundhouse, the Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Northern Stage, and the Barbican.
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December

  • someone lighting a dynamite
  • A Ship of Fools Theatre Company presents

  • Welcome to Paradise

  • Friday 8 December, 7.30pm . Pay what you think. 1 hour (14+ years)
  • Strap in for the Captain and Raoul’s hilarious, playful, anarchic, bouffon-clown rollercoaster ride to the darkest corners of Santa’s grotto which reveals the putrid mould under the tree.
  • Ship of Fools bring their unique brand of theatre to the Attenborough Arts Centre for one night only. Expect danger, hilarity and horror in equal measure as they tap-dance back and forth over the lines of decency.
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January

  • room of people doing yoga
  • Naomh Cullen presents

  • I farted in Shavasana

  • Friday 26 January, 7pm. £6 / £5. 1 hour (12+ years)
  • (Part of DeStress Fest)
  • This performance is an audience interactive piece in the form of a yoga class, whilst discussing anxiety and embarrassing stories.
  • Naomh Cullen is attempting to cure her mental and physical ailments through any means necessary (apart from medicine or any real change in diet or lifestyle). Join her for a short easy breezy yoga class where she makes you feel better about any embarrassing story you have about yourself.
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  • person dressed up like charlie chaplin
  • Kirsty Mealing presents

  • Cat Got My Tongue (I Hope It Comes Back)

  • Sunday 28 January, 7pm . £6 / £5. 1 hour (all ages welcome)
  • (Part of DeStress Fest)
  • A semi-autobiographical love story between a body and her elusive voice separated by Social Anxiety. Finding herself lost for words in a busy bar, a woman steps into very large shoes to get them back.
  • The piece is an almost entirely wordless abstract representation of Mealing’s own experience with Generalised and Social Anxiety Disorder. The show features clowning inspired by the work of vaudeville and silent movie actors, with a not-particularly-discreet or unbiased favour towards Chaplin’s Tramp character. This piece was created in the hope of humanising mental health and empowering those who may sometimes feel overwhelmed by it (or particularly frustrated by the head-clutching images that often represent it). But really it’s not solely about mental health: it really is a little love story between a girl and her voice.
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