Theatre and Comedy


March

  • A woman in a patterned top about to hit a pink money box with a yellow hammer
  • Show Me The Money (part of Check-In festival)

  • Friday 24 March, 7pm - 8pm
  • Pay What You Think
  • Show Me The Money is a funny, inspirational show by multimedia artist Paula Varjack looking at how artists manage to support their creative dreams. Using a blend of documentary-style interviews with live performance, Varjack lifts the lid on what artists do to make ends meet. In doing so, Show Me The Money provides a painfully honest, yet ultimately optimistic portrait of life in contemporary Britain as government cuts bite.
  • Paula will also deliver a workshop for theatre makers.
  • Find out more about Check-In festival here
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  • Pink image of a young girl sat down
  • First Bite Festival 2017 (part of Check-In festival)

  • Saturday 25 March, 7pm, Pay What You Think
  • A festival within a festival...scratch night First Bite has arrived in the East Midlands!
  • Join us for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region.
    Alongside this will be opportunities to meet the artists taking part as well as key industry figures who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about working in theatre or how to make work of your own.
  • Artists wishing to apply go to www.chinaplatetheatre.com
  • Find out more about First Bite here
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  • Two women stood on a desert landscape wearing beige with a house in between them
  • HOME 

  • Friday 31 March (31 March 1.30pm - 2.30pm SOLD OUT) and Saturday 1 April, 11am - 12noon and 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • For 13+ years. £10/ FREE to Children in Need scheme, contact arts-education@le.ac.uk for more information
  • A tale of unexpected friendship for teenagers and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.
  • Exploring a new and unknown world, HOME immerses audiences in a powerful, interactive, multi-sensory story of discovery.
    The world is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? Scarlet and Olive must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises.  Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will they face the challenges that lie ahead?
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April

  • A man and a womans face looking out from a tangle of dancing bodies
  • D.A.N.C.E

  • Sunday 2 April, 8pm - 9pm, £6 / £5
  • May cause offence. For 18+ years
  • D.A.N.C.E is developing a new comedy experience, where Comedians and dancers alike share the stage to entertain you. Comedians will perform their routines, whilst Dancers react and improvise their interpretation on stage with them. And then swap, with Comedians performing contemporary dance for the first time, and Dancers trying out material, what could possibly go wrong? An exciting way to see different artforms working together. Hosted by Daniel Nicholas.
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  • Attenborough Arts Centre Logo on white background
  • Imagine-Asia - a South Asian New Art Festival

  • Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 April, 11am - 12pm, 2pm - 3pm and 5pm - 6pm
  • Pay What You Think
  • A mini-festival of British and South Asian new work.
  • Daily staged readings of full productions are presented to audiences, including visiting professional writers, dramaturgs, directors, producers, theatre lovers, and new play enthusiasts. Festival participants also have opportunities to discuss these new works through workshops, roundtable discussions, and receptions.
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  • A man dressed as a wind up toy and tangled in ropes
  • iDream

  • Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 April,
  • A 30 minute 1-2-1 experience between 7pm - 9pm, Strobe lighting used.
  • Audience members will enter in 5 minute slots, the performance will last 30 mins from the time you enter.
  • £5
  • A dream-like performance installation inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Enter brave lover into an enchanted forest where sprites and fairies lurk to fulfil your quest to find a love potion. Be careful you don’t be caught in the battlefield between the Fairy King and Queen or be distracted by the troupe of actors preparing for a royal performance.
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  • A man wearing a viking hat in a black suit stood in water holding a burning torch
  • Team Viking

  • Part of Handmade Festival 2017. Friday 28 April, 6pm - 7pm
  • Pay What You Think
  • Five years ago, James’ best friend Tom was diagnosed with heart cancer and given three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full Viking burial. This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting and outlandish story of how James actually gave his best mate the send-off he wanted. Winner of Vault Festival Original Award 2016
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May

  • Two people painted purple kissing with yellow sand falling on their heads
  • Crystal Clear

  • Saturday 13 May, 12pm - 5pm
  • FREE Drop-in
  • Come and explore, enlighten and de-stress with Crystal Clear. A sensory experience inspired by the work of Bjork and her song ‘Crystalline’, using live visual art and play to help you relax by Enter Edem Productions.
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June

  • A man and a womans face looking out from a tangle of dancing bodies
  • D.A.N.C.E

  • Sunday 4 June, 8pm - 9pm, £6 / £5
  • May cause offence. For 18+ years
  • D.A.N.C.E is developing a new comedy experience, where Comedians and dancers alike share the stage to entertain you. Comedians will perform their routines, whilst Dancers react and improvise their interpretation on stage with them. And then swap, with Comedians performing contemporary dance for the first time, and Dancers trying out material, what could possibly go wrong? An exciting way to see different artforms working together. Hosted by Daniel Nicholas.
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  • Woman dancing on stage with no shoes on
  • What If I Told You

  • Friday 9 June, 7.30pm - 10pm (including 1 hour post show discussion)
  • Pay What You Think, For 14+ years
  • Use of strong language and adult content
  • Throughout Pauline’s life, people have made assumptions about her based on her gender, background and race. She’s defied these expectations at every turn, tearing up the narrative that society tried to impose on her. Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You immerses us in Pauline’s world as she invites us to pause, breathe and reconsider the stories we tell about our past and the history on which we build our futures.
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  • A woman sat on a window ledge clutching a childs toy looking out
  • Mine

  • Friday 23 June, 8pm - 9pm
  • £8 /£6/ £4/ £24 for party of 4
  • She loves him. Isn’t that what parents do? She does love him. She doesn’t really have much choice. She’s loved him for about seventeen years now. Then they tell her what he’s done. Is it still possible to love someone like that?
    Mine is an intense new one-woman play about shame, courage, guilt and good parenting. Written by Doug Deans and performed by Maisie Barlow, Mine received critical acclaim during its initial run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and was listed by The Scotsman newspaper as one of the “Top Shows of the Edinburgh Festivals 2016”.
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  • Six men dressed in silver tinfoil and catsuits, 2 with colanders on their heads
  • Sleeping Trees SCI-FI?

  • Friday 30 June, 7pm - 8pm
  • £8 / £5. For 14+years
  • Accompanied by an inter-cosmic live score like no other, the Sleeping Trees invite you to join them on a journey into the deep and infinite unknown.  The show follows the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes, happy-go-lucky farmer Charlie Sprog. At a time where the ancient planet of Plutopia rules the galaxy, Charlie is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one very simple mission: SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION.
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July

  • Image of a table setting with a bloody knife and a glass of red wine on the table
  • She

  • Saturday 1 July, 7pm - 8pm, £5
  • Duration: 45mins. At The Y For 14+ years
  • For 13+ years. May cause offence
  • What drives us to violence? She explores how the experiences in the life of a woman with dark potential drive her to murder. ‘A restaurant. There are four tables and She sits at three of them, the main course is set. Different stories, different perspectives, all leading to this one moment; a simple action with violent consequences. She explores what drives us to violence when a woman with dark potential is pushed too far. Analytical detail and creative imagery bring the inner workings of one individual sharply into focus.’  Hannah Torrance is one of five UK writers selected for the 2016-17 Write To Play programme run by Graeae Theatre Company offering training to disabled writers with exciting potential.
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  • Image of a clown in front of a projection of a circus tent
  • Story City Festival

  • Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 July,
  • Pay What You Think
  • Story City Festival is back, bringing you the best new stories in theatre, storytelling, film, spoken word, music, digital, podcasts, dance and more. The annual Leicester festival takes place in venues across Leicester city.
  • Visit www.storycity.co.uk for more information.
  • Aaron Twitchen hanging in air using aerial silks
  • Beginners Aerial Silk

  • Sunday 23 July, 1.45pm - 3.15pm and 3.30pm - 5pm, £5 / £10 double ticket for workshop and Curtain Twitchen show
  • For 16+
  • Learn how to work the silk and other circus kit in a fun-filled workshop with Aaron Twitchen ahead of his show in the evening.
  • No previous experience necessary, suitable for all ages over 16+ due to show content.
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  • Aaron Twitchen hanging in air using aerial silks
  • Curtain Twitchen

  • Sunday 23 July, 6pm - 7pm, £5 advance / PWYT on the night
  • For 16+
  • A circus comedy fusion of aerial silks and stand up, all about friendship, love and wine.
  • A circus comedy fusion of aerial silks and stand up, all about friendship, love and wine. Aerial-circus, stand-up fusion show. A gossipy cabaret explosion whilst dancing on the curtains. Aaron Twitchen takes comedy to highs you've never seen before... literally.
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