New theatre and comedy coming to Artrix
This Spring, our programme features some great new theatre and dance productions together with some comedians who are just starting out in their careers. We think it's important that we support these artists and hope that you'll enjoy seeing this exciting work. The majority of these shows will be staged in our intimate Studio Theatre.
Vamos Theatre has been on the stage circuit for a while but it's not often that you get to see one of the UK's leading masked theatre company in action. The Best Thing is a bittersweet swinging 60s story that will have you laughing one minute and reaching for your hanky the next. See them in action on 2nd March.
On 14th March you can Meet Fred a 2 foot tall cloth puppet that fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, get a job and meet a girl but his Puppetry Living Allowance is under threat. 'Meet Fred is an ingeniously conceived, hilarious and totally unmissable piece of theatre (Broadway Baby) See video trailer here https://youtu.be/avLfU_r7ceU
On 16th March, Northern School of Contemporary Dance present Verve, an exhilirating programme of four distinct dance works choreographed by international artists. Performed by a company of eleven dancers, this work is physically daring and thought-provoking.
In The Eulogy of Toby Peach Toby enters the exclusive Cancer Club and tells the story of a young man's battle and recovery from cancer. Described as 'heartfelt and buoyant' by The Stage this is a celebration of life and all its foibles and you can see it on 9th March.
It's worth bearing in mind that when we first opened 12 years ago, John Bishop and Sue Perkins both appeared on our stage and very few had heard of them! Natalie Cutler could be one to look out for. Her Not Yet Suffragette show which you can see on 19th March premiered at the Brighton Fringe Festival last year and it won 5 star reviews. The show is an eclectic mix of Feminist theatre and stand up theatre and and has been described as 'a comedic feast with a political edge'
Stephen Bailey tackles the art of conversation in his debut tour. With so much social media have we forgotten how to talk to each other? And are we limited to 140 characters? Fresh from Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On the Side you can see Stephen on 24th March. 'His ability to go off-piste with the crowd is achingly funny' One 4 review
Ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes. In her stand up debut she tackles sex, sobriety and sambucca and the modern addict that lies within us all. You can see Eleanor at Artrix on 7th April. 'Reminiscent of an early Graham Norton' The List
Described by Mark Watson as 'the best comedian you haven't heard of yet' Seann McLoughlin is definitely on the one to watch list. His 2015 show at Edinburgh played to packed houses. Seann brings his latest show Kamikaze to Artrix on 28th April.
Finally on 12th May there's a chance to see 20B in which Jane English unearths the stories of a demolished building on a council estate in East London. Part auto-biography, part oral-history, 20B is a moving exploration of what home and community really mean. 'Humorous, informative,heart-warming and moving' (Audience comment Theatre Royal Stratford East)
For further details call the Box Office on 01527 877330 or browse the website.