Robin's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe.
Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena.
Robin's new book, I'm a Joke...and So Are You (Atlantic books) is also available at all good book stores
“an evening so bursting with energy and ideas...it’s a bundle of fascinating, surprising digressions” The Times review of most recent show - Blooming, Buzzing Confusion.
Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award and 3 Chortle awards.
NOTE - THIS IS AN PRE-RECORDED CINEMA SCREENING FROM LONDON'S YOUNG VIC
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 2017.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
★★★★ "A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"
★★★★ "A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"
"Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"
Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits; Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more, The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe...over 30 years later and they're still going strong!
They often confused people with their band name (in fact, it was just the brothers’ surname with absolutely no religious connotation!) Another Liverpool success story emerging in the late 80s, they were described as a latter-day ‘Temptations in Ripped Jeans’.
Their first album, ‘The Christians’, exploded onto the scene spawning the aforementioned hit singles.Their 2nd album, ‘Colour’, knocked Phil Collins off the number one spot!...often forgotten until you hear the songs and remember how much you loved them!Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (very deserving of the Daily Mirror’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop’) Garry has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years!
The band are enjoying a revival currently touring successfully in the UK and Europe with 2017 being their busiest yet with over 80 tour dates.
Julian Norton, as seen on the popular Channel 5 Television series the Yorkshire Vet. The hit fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the work of mixed practice vets in rural North Yorkshire.
Julian shares stories from his life as a vet and the huge variety of animals and people he has met along the way.
Sometimes sad, often funny and always warm and compassionate, his heartfelt tales and amusing anecdotes bring to life the world of the working vet and the highs and lows he faces daily.
Phil Wang is a son of the British Empire. But in a world intent on building walls and bolstering borders, what is a Commonwealth man to do? Some blistering new comedy gold – that’s what.
Old Wang has been on LIVE AT THE APOLLO, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, WOULD I LIE TO YOU?, and 8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN.
a unique and properly funny stand-up comic"
“This is intoxicating stuff”
“Perfectly intertwined personal-political belly laughs”
“With humorous self-deprecation, killer punchlines and just the right amount of risqué,
he hits the target each time”
Formed in the early seventies by legendary musician and songwriter Ronnie Lane, who had been the driving force behind both the Small Faces and the Faces, Slim Chance was an opportunity for Ronnie to pursue his own unique musical vision. After leaving The Faces in 1973, the iconic bassist organised an ambitious tour dubbed the ‘Passing Show’ that included a travelling circus complete with jugglers, clowns and animals, which he billed as Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance.
Following the release of the BBC film ‘The Passing Show’, a 2004 concert at the Albert Hall with Pete Townshend and Paul Weller celebrating Ronnie’s life, and, more recently the re-release of classic material by Island/Universal Records, there has been a significant resurgence of interest in both Ronnie Lane and the band Slim Chance.
The six piece line-up, known for their pioneering use of fiddles, mandolin and accordion, features original members Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. A barnstorming folk-rock band who are all fine singers, musicians and showmen, playing an amazing array of instruments, Slim Chance have forged a reputation as one of the finest live acts in the country, playing everywhere from the Albert Hall to Glastonbury.
Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world, Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius, have joined forces for an unforgettable live show. They bring with them a unique legacy in European jazz from years of touring and recording alongside Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson. Martin worked with Stephane Grappelli for 11 years, filling the guitar chair of Django Reinhardt, while Ulf Wakenius worked with Oscar Peterson for 10 years, following on from Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel.
A multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed guitarist with an inimitable style, Martin Taylor is recognised as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing, receiving a record 14 British Jazz Awards as well as the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Heart of Jazz Award, while in 2002 he was made an MBE for services to jazz.
Ulf has topped the US jazz charts twice with bass icon Ray Brown and was one half of Scandinavia’s most celebrated guitar duo Guitars Unlimited. Martin and Ulf have also collaborated with greats including Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Mike Brecker, Jamie Cullum, Ray Brown and Michel Legrand to name just a few.
Fairground Attraction founder, songwriter and double BRIT Award winner Mark Nevin takes his brilliant band on tour in 2018.
Besides writing the classic Perfect (which celebrates 30 years since topping the charts around the world) and the much loved album ‘First of a Million Kisses’, his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Morrissey, Ringo Starr, Joe Cocker, Kirsty Maccoll etc etc, the list goes on. But it is as a unique performer that Nevin has finally claimed his rightful place at the centre of the stage.
His latest album ‘My Unfashionable Opinion’ has enjoyed extraordinarily enthusiastic reviews, described by Mojo magazine as “songs of hope, joy, ironic insight and spectacular humanity” it takes the listener on a fascinating journey through a life well lived.
Expect a night quite unlike anything else out there. Mark weaves his humorous, moving and inspiring stories between great songs, old and new. He is joined by original Fairground Attraction band-mates, Simon Edwards on bass, Roger Beaujolais, who dazzles on the vibraphone and drummer Richard Marcangelo.
NOTE - THIS IS A LIVE CINEMA SCREENING BROADCAST FROM LONDON'S BRIDGE 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 2017.
Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Described by MOJO as 'a mouth-watering collaboration', Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.
After the release of their second album, Wild Hog, the quartet were named winners of the blue riband BBC Folk Award for Best Group in 2017, following in the footsteps of bands like Bellowhead, Oysterband and Lau, while at the same ceremony Rachel Newton was also awarded Musician of the Year. Since their critically acclaimed debut At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective have been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Before last year’s award success, the group had already been nominated for three BBC Folk Awards, cementing their reputation as one of the most critically acclaimed acts in contemporary folk.
With voices, guitar, harp, viola, concertina, saw and banjo, each member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song.
Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships…Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.
Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this ‘electrifying’ (Guardian) hour of stand-up and music. The accompanying book, ‘This is Going to Hurt’ is a Sunday Times bestseller while Adam’s live shows have been absolute sell-outs at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017 and at the Soho Theatre 2017.
‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday.
‘Viscerally raw and passionately delivered’ ★★★★ Chortle
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight.
Being firmly part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.
The band have some impressive credentials with writers Llewellyn and Burn honing their songwriting craft during their tenure with ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their electric performances almost every major UK festival, and subsequent tours in Scandinavia, Germany & Australia.
Their debut EP High Hopes was released in February 2016 with the catchy, Tom Petty-esque lead single Won't Let You Down creating a huge buzz.
The band are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album - to be released in 2018 on popular independent label At The Helm Records. With an already established fanbase, huge critical acclaim and solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country/Roots circuit. Highly, highly recommended.
Lucy Porter’s brand new stand-up tour. In these combative times, it's easy to be irritated, offended or downright enraged by other people. How do we know which causes are worth fighting for? Lucy uses her hilarious experiences to help you decide.
Recent TV and radio appearances include: QI, Insert Name Here, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Room 101, News Quiz, The Now Show.
“Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes…Genuinely delightful” (Telegraph)
"A treat from start to finish" (Herald)
“Rich with fine routines … an endearing hour” (Guardian)
The award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye brings her wonderful, moving one-woman show ‘Billie and Me,’ in which she discusses the parallels of her life and career with that of the legendary Billie Holiday.
Holiday’s life, songs and the cause of her death have made a strong impact on modern day performers and it was many of Holiday’s songs and performances that inspired Patti's love of jazz music. In 'Billie & Me', she performs some of many of the most well-known of Holiday’s songs as well as her own personal favourites such as That Ole Devil Called Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Lover Man, God Bless the Child and many more.
2017 marked the 46th Anniversary of Patti’s West End debut in the musical Hair. The show changed the course of her life when, at the age of 17, she joined the cast after arriving in London from Nigeria in the early 70s. She came to prominence as a singer winning the ITV talent show New Faces where she made history by becoming the only contestant ever to receive the maximum 120 points.
Patti, who was awarded an OBE for her charity work in the UK and Sub- Saharan Africa in 2016, has recently published her remarkable and moving autobiography, The Faith of a Child, which charts her riveting life story through wealth, poverty and civil war, to show-business stardom and success in Britain and her birth country Nigeria.
Nashville hotshot Woody Pines and his band are widely regarded as one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit. It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jug band, hokum, or hillbilly.
Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to his intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics and wildly delirious sense of fun, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loves before adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right. This is gonzo folk music, the kind of raise-the-rafters, boot-shakin’ jump blues that used to be banging out of juke joints all over the South in the late 1940s.
Having recorded their latest album with Grammy winning producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the trio’s distinctive bigger-than-three viper sound is beefed up by Skip Frontz Jnr on upright bass and Brad Tucker on vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies and has seen them grace main stages at the likes of Celtic Connections, Shetland Folk Festival.
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…
'Super-sharp wit' (Time Out).
'Please clap' (Jeb Bush).
‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** The Scotsman
A former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as the most important singer to come out of Ireland in recent years, and he has delivered the album to prove them right.
Daoirí cut his teeth singing in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, and following his studies he quickly found work accompanying Christy himself as well as a who’s who of folk music including Dónal Lunny, Dennis Cahill, Danú and Julie Fowlis. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award followed in 2015 by the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections.
In 2017, six months after releasing his internationally acclaimed second LP ‘True Born Irishman’, Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Folk Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, performing live at the ceremony in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The course is set for Daoirí to become one of Irish music’s brightest stars.
Genre-defying star Irish superstar Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is best known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and compositions, she has always been eager to explore new musical forms and to meet and work with other musicians. Her Irish influences are cheerfully mixed in with often unexpected styles from around the world in a palette that is expanded even further as she returns with Sacred Earth, her first new studio album in three years.
The button accordion player from County Clare has recorded and toured with Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan to name but a few, achieved multi-platinum album sales and topped the charts numerous times her home country.
Amongst Sharon’s biggest successes was the album Galway Girl which went four-times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor Award for most downloaded song two years running, followed in 2009 by a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Irishman they are calling the rightful heir to Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore is back on the road in 2018 with his jet-fuelled band. Having toured with Ian Gillan in 2016, filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore in a programme of Deep Purple songs that played to stadiums across Europe, Simon went on to tour and record with uber-keyboardist Don Airey (another member of Deep Purple) throughout 2017 followed by an outing with Whitesnake offshoot, Snakecharmer.
With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass), Simon delivers his own distinctive songs along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free. His guitar skills have made him a go-to gun for hire on the British Blues-rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.
Rewind to the early 90s and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast who picked up his first guitar at ten, eschewing formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. Turning pro at 16, Simon wowed in projects ranging from Sweet Savage, where he filled Vivian Campbell’s shoes, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong. Touring in his own right he has supported Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa and played major festivals around Europe.
Made in Motown aim to recreate the classic music & sounds of Detroit the the 1960s & 70s.
The band comprises high quality musicians dedicated to recreating authentically the ‘sounds of the motor city’, fronted by the incredible talents of the band's female vocalists.
If you're a fan of Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Supremes, Mary Wells, Four Tops & many more Motown legends, then this is the show not to be missed.
Sit back & enjoy the songs that were ‘Made in Motown’
Promoted by The Magic of Soul and Motown
Please note that this show is not available as part of our 'buy three shows get a fourth free' offer.
What happens to a comedian when he’s plucked from obscurity by master film maker Ken Loach and cast in the title role of one of the most acclaimed and talked about British films in recent years?
I, Daniel Blake became a beacon for social realism and, for Dave Johns, a rollercoaster ride of red carpet surrealism. From Cannes to the BAFTAs, chatting to Woody Allen in a lift and accepting awards alongside Hollywood’s greatest…he was there, wide-eyed, through it all. Now, he’s back doing the thing he loves best – making people laugh.
I, Daniel Blake won the coveted Palm D’Or along with 17 other major film awards, while in his role as Daniel, Dave Johns won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards and Empire Awards. I, Fillum Star is a poignant, uplifting and very funny show full of genuine warmth, detailing the improbable rise to glitzy Hollywood stardom of a 60 year old stand-up comic from Byker.
From the award-winning writer of Little Voice and Road, Reform Theatre (Bouncers, Hopeless Romantics, Debt Collectors) present Jim Cartwright’s classic double hander and microcosm of working-class life, Two.
A gritty yet heart-warming look at northern life filled with pathos and humour, it is set in a pub where the landlord and landlady's cheery greetings and friendly banter barely disguise their contempt for on another. They met outside the pub when they were kids, had their first drink there, courted there, had their 21st birthday parties there, hosted their wedding reception there…and now they own the place.
During the course of the evening assorted customers pass through including a little boy left by his father, an event that triggers a move towards a fragile reconciliation between the pub couple as their secret tragedy, swallowed back for seven years, comes to a head after drinking-up time.
Two of folk music's most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo. 2018 will see Heidi and John celebrate their tenth year as musical partners with a new EP released in November on Under One Sky Records and an extensive Uk & European tour. John has produced Heidi's last 3 albums, they have both toured all over the globe in each others live bands but this will be the first time the pair collaborate exclusively as a duo. Between them they have shared the stage with among others - Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon, Eddi Reader, King Creosote, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas.
In celebration of his 25th Anniversary as a professional musician, John McCusker released ‘Hello, Goodbye’ on April 29th 2016 and embarked on an extensive UK & European tour. John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries: striving to keep his music fresh and exciting, never leaving the past behind but always embracing new sonic adventures. Since 2008, he has been a member of Mark Knopfler's band, playing arenas around the world including a double bill with Bob Dylan at The Hollywood Bowl and 20 nights at the Royal Albert Hall. John was awarded the coveted BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and also The Spirit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and again in 2009. 2016 saw John receive the Good Tradition Award and perform with his band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at The Royal Albert Hall.
Over the past ten years Heidi has performed both as a solo artist and with the world famous group Cherish The Ladies all over North and South America, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals. She is equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra, a performing arts center, a folk festival or even at the White House.
Heidi has been nominated for Folk Singer of the year and Best Traditional Song by BBC Radio 2, Best Live Act by the Scottish Traditional Music Awards and Best Female Vocalist at The Irish Music Awards. Heidi's fifth solo LP plays to the tune of quiet skips and giant leaps. It crosses the ages, jumps into the unknown, traverses oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The Co Kildare singer/songwriter, who now resides in Scotland is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine.
1945: a time of victory, hope and rebuilding. A land fit for heroes - this time? A powerful and engaging story of a post-war Yorkshire mining family coming to terms with life and love in their rapidly changing world, told with warmth, humour and authenticity.
Tom Mason returns from the war to the arms of his grateful mother and fiancée – and to the bosom of the pit. His father George fights his own battles and an election to secure a better future. Connie mourns, loves and unites while Liz sees a bright new world, brim-full of opportunity. In a new Britain, will their hopes and dreams be reconciled? Ray Castleton’s powerful play is based on extensive research and the true stories of those who lived through the period.
On Behalf of The People reveals how millions in mining communities were affected by the end of the war, coal nationalisation and the huge period of social change which impacted on their lives, loves, hopes and dreams.
She's a regular on 'Mock The Week' and a much-loved figure on 'Live At The Apollo', as well as being all over Radio 4 - for whom she's making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on 'The News Quiz', 'Just A Minute', 'The Now Show' and plenty more. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she's doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?
Decide for yourself, as this hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of 'quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction' (Chortle), not to mention 'proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' (The Herald). And, she 'has what it takes to delight any crowd'. That one's from the Guardian. Are you going to argue with them? Actually, don't answer that. Just come and see Zoe to find out.
A Concert to Commemorate the End of World War One.
Carlton Main Colliery Band will be headlining a festival of remembrance which also includes performances from local singers Michael De Costa and Lee De Costa as well as a host of others.
The event will feature a number of local speakers and readers including Jeremy Buxton (BBC Radio York), Alan Brown (Selby College) and the Bishop of Selby.
The evening will be compered by Perrier Award nominee and Pittancer of Selby, Tim FitzHigham.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Royal British Legion.
Refreshments will be available in the interval with proceeds from these going to Selby Abbey.
Tickets are £10 (front seating) and £8 (rear seating)
No concessions are available.