NOTE - THIS IS A LIVE CINEMA SCREENING BROADCAST FROM LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE
National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world via satellite. It has been a huge hit in the UK, and will be coming to Selby Town Hall throughout 2018.
I'M NOT RUNNING
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.
Andy Fairweather Low’s pedigree is the stuff rock dreams are made of. He first came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner, clocking up four top ten hits including Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Susie and the number one smash (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice.
A solo career in the 70s brought more chart success with Wide Eyed And Legless and Reggae Tune. By this time Andy had become the guitarist and vocalist of choice for a phenomenal cast of musical luminaries. He appeared on albums by The Who and Joe Satriani, was a long term member of George Harrison and Eric Clapton’s bands and regularly recorded and performed live with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Van Morrison and dozens more.
Andy is now back fronting his own stellar band, The Low Riders, who performed as the opening act on Eric Clapton’s epic 70th birthday tour.
Bringing grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle and banjo tunes, Toronto’s Lonesome Ace Stringband breathe new life into a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. These are songs and tunes for life and all of its occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals.
Hailed as old-time saviours and masters of their trade, the trio of John Showman (fiddle), Chris Coole (banjo) and bassist Max Heineman write new material to keep the balance between ancient and modern perfectly paced and finely tuned. You’ll feel the energy of three passionate musicians playing those instruments as if their lives depended on it and loving every minute.
There’s richly burnished character to their brand of American roots music, performed with a refreshing vibrancy that is too often missing – and one that will send you home beaming from ear to ear.
After the success of her recent sold out tours, Norwegian songstress Silje Nergaard is returning to the UK.
Her latest album ‘For You A Thousand Times’ was released in Europe to critical acclaim in 2017 and Silje will be performing tracks from this alongside songs that span the length of her 25 year career.
Silje’s 2001 album ‘At First Light’ remains the best selling Norwegian Jazz album of all time and featured the beautiful and haunting ‘Be Still My Heart’.
This is a rare chance to see a truly stunning international and inspiring artist in concert.
“As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.” The Scotsman *****
Breabach continue to build their reputation of being at the forefront of the UK’s world and roots music scene with performances across the world throughout 2018. Alongside tours in Australia, Canada and Europe, the band also released their 6th studio album ‘Frenzy of the Meeting’ in October.
The band who won BBC Scotland Album of the Year 2016 for their last album ‘Astar’ also clinched Band of the Year at the same awards. Their unique musicianship, combining twin bagpipes, fiddle, bass and guitar with Gaelic vocals and step dance has won them fans across the globe and saw them once again nominated as finalists in both the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the Songlines Music Awards.
Having traversed the world, Breabach have appeared at festivals and venues ranging from Sydney Opera House to Central Park, New York will perform as part of a UK tour where audiences can hear firm favourites alongside material from the new album.
Summer 2016 saw the release of Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones’ first recording together after a 50 year musical friendship, aptly titled About Time. They had such a great time playing and performing together, they decided to go back into the studio, and the result is About Time Too, released November 2017.
As Ralph joked, “We felt we should keep up the momentum while we’ve still got time” pointing out that he and Wizz have over a century of professional musicianship between them.
The track list is made up of Ralph and Wizz’s favourite songs by other writers; some learned at the beginning of their careers as buskers, and others picked up on their respective musical journeys.
“The songs we selected only made it onto the album if they have either great melodies, interesting lyrics or room for an unusual arrangement. Hopefully there’s at least one ‘new’ old song for everyone” said Wizz.
Ralph McTell is a singer songwriter, best known for his hits Streets of London and Clare to Here. His career has taken him across the globe from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, with a few stops in-between.
Wizz Jones is a singer songwriter, cited as a profound inspiration and influence on musicians such as Keith Richards and Rod Stewart. Wizz’s songs have been performed and recorded by many artists including Bruce Springsteen.
Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019 – now with nine albums and many thousands of miles and behind them, yet a passion that burns brighter than ever – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, sensitivity and raw fire of Scottish music all at once.
With a ‘Blazers performance comes the unique opportunity to hear the regional expressions and diverse fiddle dialects from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each music. The four fiddle frontline of Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey are joined by guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, where fiddles and bows ignite in a blend of ensemble and solo sets.
Whatever the hall – be it in a remote Highland village or London’s Royal Albert – this legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.
“the band’s passion is gloriously infectious… a much loved staple on the Scots traditional scene for the past 20 years”
“an ensemble of class and distinction”
“infectious, enlivening and irresistible euphoria”
Folk Radio UK
“Music like this is a reminder why Hogmanay celebrations are such fun.”
London Evening Standard (four stars)
“bursting with joie de vivre and personality”
“the Led Zeppelin of the folk world”
In an overstretched NHS hospital, a trainee nurse from Eritrea and a Muslim doctor treat David - cancer patient, discredited academic, and racist.
As life ebbs, reality splinters, jumping between the Nazi euthanasia programme, a burns clinic in Africa, and a National Front march in 1977.
But the most pressing reality of all is that Professor David Jeffs has a lecture to finish, and time is running out.
Drip Drip Drip.
Pipeline Theatre, known for indelible characters and breathtaking production values, takes you on a break-neck, darkly comic and taboo-busting journey through an NHS phantasmagoria.
A five piece Americana powerhouse from Golden, Colorado - a former gold rush town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains - Thunder and Rain seamlessly blend their favourite elements of bluegrass, country, pop and alt-rock to cultivate a unique take on the American roots music traditions.
Functioning more as a collective than a fixed-format unit, the band have enjoyed a healthy family of great players as collaborators. Driven by the catchy choruses and dreamy melodies sung by Erinn Peet-Lukes, the rest of the group - including bass, dobro, mandolin and fiddle - perfectly support her heartfelt songwriting with strong country grooves, lush harmonies and rich instrumental decoration.
Thunder and Rain are former Rockygrass Competition finalists, while Erinn was shortlisted for the 2018 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Award.
An evening of laughs for less-than-perfect parents.
Following their sell-out UK tour, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing their popular comedy show to Selby Town Hall.
The show covers a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!
Based on the UK’s No.1 Kids and Family Podcast, as recommended by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and BBC’s Woman’s Hour.
"Hilarious" - Broadway Baby
"Likeably straight-talking" - The Telegraph
"Very Funny" - The Guardian
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the classic live album Bitter Suite, Hue and Cry will be taking to the road for some very special stripped back shows in 2019.
Bitter Suite, released in 1989, was Hue and Cry’s third album and the band’s first live album following the critical acclaim and chart success of their debut album Seduced and Abandoned and follow up Remote. Bitter Suite features a beautiful acoustic version of classic Hue and Cry hit Looking For Linda along with their much loved cover of Michael Marra’s seminal Mother Glasgow.
For these special Bitter Suite 30th Anniversary Shows the brothers will be celebrating the songs from Bitter Suite as well as all the Hue and Cry hits and classics in a stripped back style.
Mile Twelve is an award-winning young American band, beautifully walking the line between contemporary and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in the USA, Mile Twelve has been on a swift rise since the band’s formation in Boston in late 2014, where three of the five members studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Blending outstanding musicianship with a tight band dynamic, Mile Twelve has performed extensively across the USA, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, and the band won the 2017 Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). In late 2017 the band released their debut full-length album “Onwards”. Featuring mostly original compositions, the recording draws on a range of diverse influences and includes captivating songs and adventurous instrumentals. Spring 2019 will see Mile Twelve embark on their much-anticipated debut tour of the UK.
“Five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind - serious players who have serious fun. Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade!” – Tim O’Brien
The UK’s finest dance band playing music from the roaring 1920s and elegant 1930s will be celebrating 50 years in 2019.
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra perform an impressive programme of music from the era including the songs of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, plus some classic tunes from Louis Armstrong, sumptuous arrangements from the likes of Duke Ellington and his orchestra as well as numbers from the great British bands of Ray Noble and Ambrose.
The Orchestra’s unique style, attention to musical detail, and relentless sense of fun have become a hit worldwide. They have toured the USA five times, appeared at the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, travelled to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kiev and performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Take an opportunity to lose yourself in a bygone era with this audaciously entertaining collective of crowd pleasing legends.
Don Rodolfo is a butthead, a shameless libertine and the greatest swordsman the world has ever seen. The grotesque love child of Don Juan and Don Quixote takes you on a journey through his conquests, his adventures and every stupid thought in his idiot head.
Winner of the immensely prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer (previous recipients include Sarah Millican, The Mighty Boosh and Tim Minchin), Ciarán Dowd’s ludicrous and side-splittingly funny character creation was the talk of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, receiving four and five star reviews across the board including the only five star award from hugely respected comedy reviewers Chortle.
Ciarán is a character comedian and member of the critically acclaimed sketch group BEASTS and has been seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central), Josh (BBC One) and Game Face (E4). Age 16+
Thrust into the limelight in 1982 with the success of Pelican West, the pop-funk masterpiece that he recorded with his first band Haircut 100, Nick Heyward and his friends played the pop game perfectly, riding the post-new romantic funk wave and marrying Chic with the Monkees.
Haircut 100 burnt briefly and brightly, hitting the big time within a year, scoring four Top 10 singles including Love Plus One and Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl), before finishing as quickly as they began.
Nick’s first solo album, North Of A Miracle, reached number 10 in the charts, and he went on to release a string of critically acclaimed records over the next 30 years on a host of major labels.
The 2017 album, Woodland Echoes, is perhaps Nick’s most accomplished and assured to date and he will be performing songs from this, as well as his impressive back catalogue, on an intimate acoustic duo tour through spring.
Winners of the 2010 Juno Award for Roots Album of the Year, and nominees for the same award in 2012, as well as four-time winners at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Good Lovelies have made waves across North America, Europe and Australia for over a decade.
The Ontario-based trio rely on impeccable harmony vocals, winsome songwriting and on stage banter drawn from a seemingly endless succession of comedic adventures on the road and at home. With roots firmly based in folk music, the group’s recent releases have displayed a new spirit of adventurousness, permeated with textures and tones from musical worlds away.
They have created radio friendly, shimmering pop that could sit just as comfortably alongside Haim or The Postal Service as their traditional musical forbearers, and will be performing these songs on their 2019 UK tour in a full band format.
Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain's leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019, returning to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.
★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’ Scotsman
★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’ Times
★★★★ ‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner'’ Chortle
Berk’s Nest, in association with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, present
Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist
The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley.
“An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” - ★★★★★ The Wee Review
Paul’s co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows – I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Old Harry’s Game, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Spitting Image and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.
Now Paul has Parkinson’s but he’s still laughing.
Following his BBC One Documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side (for which he won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Presenter), a triumphant debut at London’s Comedy Store, and a sold-out month at the Edinburgh Fringe, here’s a one man show about the therapeutic power of comedy.
Paul is not contagious but he is worth catching.
Directed by Katie Churchill
“I know Paul as ‘F***wit’. He’s always been very funny, but now he has Parkinson’s, he’s ‘F***wittier’” – Dawn French
“Very funny, and moving too” – Richard Curtis
“Paul isn’t just one of the country’s funniest writers. It turns out he is also an annoyingly brilliant performer” – Josh Widdicombe
“Brave – and funny” – Ian Hislop
“So funny – and true, in the way only comedy can express” – Rory Bremner
“Laugh out loud funny and bursting with warmth and charm, like seeing your favourite uncle on Christmas Day take the piss out of your nan” – Daisy May Cooper, BAFTA winning star of This Country
“A master of story telling, timing and delivery… an expertly conceived and delivered hour of comedy” ★★★★ Fringe Review
“Charmingly funny & warmly delivered… The well-worked punchlines should appeal to every age” ★★★★ What’s On London
“Eloquent storytelling reminiscent of the likes of Terry Jones and Peter Sellers… sets the room into fits of laughter” ★★★★ BroadwayBaby
Boundary pushing and genre defying Canadian string quartet The Fretless meld the worlds of Celtic folk and chamber music into an amazing and truly unique sound.
Already two-time winners at the Western Canadian Music Awards and four- time winners at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the band took home a Juno - Canada’s biggest music award - in 2107 for their most recent album.
Playing the instruments of a classical string quartet, the members of The Fretless are fundamentally folk musicians, well versed in the traditions and styles, but with extensive technical training and chamber music experience. Through their deconstruction of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles, the band are taking traditional music to fascinating new place turning fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy pieces and breathtaking performances.
With "SHOWTIME" Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival's most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it's 'showtime' for the rest of the country.
Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy, showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies). He's been seen on - among others - Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News for You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock the Week (BBC Two); and to a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV's Ex On The Beach.
Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.
But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).
All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
Pip Utton, one of the world’s foremost solo performers, presents a moving and affectionate play about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, not only on the sufferer, but also on their family, friends and carers.
Based on Pip and his brother’s experience of seeing their own mum deteriorate and die with Alzheimer’s, and after intensive research and interviews, his character takes the audience on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
Pip is an Edinburgh Festival legend, winning the coveted Stage Award for Acting Excellence amongst many others, and is internationally renowned for his spellbinding portrayals of Thatcher, Churchill, Casanova, Chaplin, Hancock, The Pope and more.
This latest production won four and five star reviews across the board in Edinburgh, and was described by Broadway Baby as “one of the most moving, human performances I have ever seen.”
One of the great singer/songwriters to emerge from the 80s Liverpool music scene. Founder/lead singer with the chart toppers The Icicle Works, famous for the UK and US Top 40 hits "Love Is A Wonderful Colour" and "Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)", Ian McNabb has gone on to enjoy a critically-acclaimed solo career. The Mercury Music Prize nominated artist continues to write stunning songs with warmth, humour, cynicism and grandeur.
They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.
*****‘A master raconteur’ Telegraph.
***** ’Total joy’ Scotsman
Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice", winning countless awards and accolades including Album of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for Best Irish Female and Tatler’s Woman Of The Year in Music.
Alongside a selection of favourites, Cara will be performing material from her new album, Wanderer, which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.
Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs with impassioned performances and a warm and natural stage presence.
'We are a blip. A spec of dust.
To be wiped off the face of time
like you might a bike chain's rust.
But to each of us,
we are everything'
Jessie's sick of Leeds,
A city she thought she would never leave.
But the aimlessness of the people
she once believed she would always need
Wondering whether she's had enough,
in a dirty nightclub not too far off,
Jessie's blinded by the light of Allie Touch
a singer/songwriter with a taste for big ambition,
amongst some other stuff.
Feeling rough in the five in the morning half light,
Jessie's sight is fixed on the path that Allie writes,
And like a moth to a flame in the night
Electrolyte is a multi award winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health for a contemporary audience. Written in spoken word poetry and underscored by original music ranging from 'blasts of sound to lyrical sweetness' (***** The Scotsman), this 'unstoppable' (***** To Do List) production is performed by six multi-instrumentalists who seamlessly integrate live music with expert storytelling.
Electrolyte is the winner of the Mental Health Fringe Award, The Stepladder Award, The LET Award, The Voice Mag Pick of The Fringe Award and the Pleasance Best Newcomer Award 2018.
***** Broadway Baby 'This is what it must have felt like when audiences first watched Shakespeare'
***** Voice Mag 'A sense of powerful hope'
***** To Do List 'Unstoppable performance'
***** Three Weeks 'Resonated powerfully with it's young audience'
***** Ed Fest Mag 'Visceral, emotionally charged and engaging'
**** Daily Mail 'Packs an emotional punch that could floor Tyson Fury'
**** The Stage 'Loud, liberating electronica'
Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on 'Taskmaster', half-killed on 'Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island', Watson returns to what he's best at: being indoors.
Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke- and-rant-per-minute rate.
‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle
'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times
'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph