Theatre and Comedy


March

  • A woman stood beside a robot looking at it happily
  • Spillikin - A Love Story

  • Friday 3 March, 7.30pm (with a post show Q&A where you can meet the robot), £10/ £5
  • For 14+ years
  • A love story with a real robot!
  • Sally’s memories are fading fast, but she can still recall fragments of her earlier life: an awkward courtship, mid-life adultery, songs. And now a new life-companion has arrived – a state-of-the-art robot, uploaded with the personality of her late husband. It’s all rather confusing. Can love really conquer all? Prepare to have your heart broken by this 5-star sell-out Edinburgh show from Pipeline Theatre.
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  • Three men holding a puppet in front of a fan with leaves blowing around them
  • Meet Fred

  • Friday 10 March, 7.30pm - 8.50pm, £10/ £5
  • Duration 1hr. For 14+ years
  • Meet Fred – A foul-mouthed puppet who fights prejudice every day.
  • Fred just wants to be part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. The Edinburgh Festival sell-out show is “Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian). Contains strong language and puppet nudity.
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  • A man not wearing trousers and woman in smart clothes sat on a sofa in a library
  • Elephant and Castle

  • Saturday 18 March, 8pm - 9pm PWYT
  • May cause offence. For 12+ years
  • A Gig-Theatre show exploring what happens when we talk and walk in our sleep by award winning performer and composers, Lillian Henley and Tom Adams.One of the first things that Tom said to Lillian in his sleep was “I want to get in a cupboard and take you to Elephant & Castle”. Other things he has uttered is “Will that affect my credit rating?” and “Can I have a potato?”
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  • Image of 3 women having a discussion on a sofa at the last check in festival
  • In Good Company Departure Lounge Check-in Festival

  • Friday 24 March and Saturday 25 March, 11am - 11pm,
  • Pay What You Think
  • This is a two-day festival for artists and audiences alike, including workshops, scratch performances and immersive happenings.
  • Check-out our check-in line-up! Pick up a Departure Lounge Check-in brochure for full listings.
  • image of a lady with a painted white face holding a Japanese umbrella in a wood
  • The Conjurer and the Moon - Enter Edam (part of the Departure Lounge Check-in Festival)

  • Friday 24 March, 12pm
  • Pay What You Think
  • Deep inside an Oriental forest wanders The Conjurer. His magic keeps the forest enchanted and all are under his spell apart from his unreachable love, the ever changing Moon. To fly to her he must perform his greatest feat yet, to transform into a mighty dragon. Will his flames of desire threaten to destroy the forest? A love story of magic and mysticism. The Conjurer and the Moon is a visually rich theatrical circus piece. Be moved by a simple story with epic visuals created through spectacular costumes, puppetry, live gong instrumental and circus arts suitable for the whole family.

  • LaPelles factory in a wood with a woman stood up in a white dress levitating a man horizontally
  • The Night Shift

  • Workshop Friday 24 March 9pm and sharing Saturday 25 March 10am,
  • Pay what you think. For 18+ years
  • This is a very special creative all-nighter: a theatrical lock-in for anyone interested in rapid-response theatre-making and staying up really, really late.  Part workshop, part performance-making free-for-all, LaPelle’s Factory will work with you via twilight, starlight and the witching hour to explore the creative creepies which lurk in the dark. You’ll be let loose to craft your own material, which will be shaped and then shared, bleary-eyed, the following morning.
  • To apply please email: info@lapellesfactory.com
  • A woman in a patterned top about to hit a pink money box with a yellow hammer
  • Show Me The Money

  • 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.
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  • Attenborough Arts Centre Logo on white background
  • First Bite Festival 2017

  • 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
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  • House Made of Cardboard and Tape - Tempura Batter (part of the Departure Lounge Check-in Festival)

  • Saturday 25 March, 1pm - 3pm
  • As interdisciplinary artists, Rohanne and Paul find it hard to feel at home. So they’re going to build a place of their own. They promise to take everything down at the end of the day, clean up after themselves, and leave. They hope to manage a second floor this time.
  • image of a lady on the floor under a table and a man lying on top of the table
  • A Place by the Sea - Ten 29 Theatre (part of the Departure Lounge Check-in Festival)

  • Saturday 25 March, 5pm
  • A Place By The Sea is a heartwarming tale of survival, travel and the displacement of families in the face of war. Following a creative research process in Malta the performance duo combine collected stories and interviews with Maltese residents to reveal a narrative of forced immigration too clearly echo the current ongoing refugee crisis.
  • In an engaging combination of visual and physical imagery, spoken word, collected interviews and sounds, A Place by the Sea, reminds its audience of all the elements at play in these stories, as the performers step between being endangered travellers and foreboding travel agents with reassuring tones. Tables are turned, tales are told, games are played and families are torn apart. This vivid story reveals the pain and determination bred in the destruction of war and the struggles for compassion left in its messy wake
  • image of the keyboard letters s e a r c h in a row
  • How to Kiss: The Search Engine (part of the Departure Lounge Check-in Festival)

  • Saturday 25 March,
  • Now an integral part of life in the 21st century, the search engine gives humans the ability to gather information, form an opinion and rebut instantaneously. But is this a forum for healthy debate or an ignorant confirmation? And, whilst we are distracted by absorbing information, big businesses gather information on us, reaping rewards and simultaneously creating the Internet and the world around us.
  • The Search Engine challenges this codependent relationship by creating a player centric environment. The player will be stripped away from a burden of mass information and utilize their genuine thoughts and opinions in order to problem solve. Will the abundance of knowledge we now know in society have changed our problem solving techniques from the pre-technology ages?
  • 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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  • A woman in a patterned top about to hit a pink money box with a yellow hammer
  • 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.
  • Pay What You Think
  • 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.

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