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What's On guide for Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds covering May - July 2014.


  • Summer 2014

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    Welcome to Summer at Carriageworks Theatre

    Magic is in the air this season at Carriageworks Theatre. Young tykes will be captivated by the mending magic of The Elves and The Shoemaker, while older families wont believe their eyes as comedic magician Ben Hart performs sleight of hand and other amazements.

    Celtic roots Irish group Abandoman explode onto our stage with their side-splitting improvised rap performance and stars of YouTube Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre return with an all new very cheeky show.

    For lit lovers Ernest and the Pale Moons blend of Hitchcock and Poe will send chills down your spine. Or let H.G. Wells The Time Machine fling you on an adventure back and forth through time. Then delve into the lives of two fascinating but troubled souls; the guy next door in The Hoarder and the internationally recognised painter in Frida.

    Drop by this Summer,Councillor Lucinda YeadonExecutive Member for Leisure & Skills

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    Leeds Civic Arts GuildLeeds Civic Arts Guild is an association of various amateur drama, music and opera companies who meet and perform regularly at the Carriageworks Theatre including:Cosmopolitan Players Leeds Amateur Operatic Society Leeds Arts Centre Leeds Art Theatre in partnership with Spotlight Theatre Company Leeds Childrens Theatre Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society Leeds Insurance Dramatic & Operatic Society Leeds Writers Circle Leeds Youth Opera Morley Amateur Operatic Society Shatterproof S.T.A.R.S St Marys Youth Theatre West Riding Opera.

    Leeds Civic Arts Guild productions are highlighted with this logo:

    For more information and enquiries about joining visit

    Leeds Civic Arts Guild has an ever growing membership and you can take part too. Everyone is welcome, from old hands to complete novices. This might be the opportunity youve always wanted to tread the boards and become the star of the show! Or you could experience the thrill of being backstage by getting involved in lighting, sound and set building.

    Sat 17 MayMain Auditorium: 7:30pmTickets: 12 (10 concession)Family Ticket: 40Age 12+

    Nunkie Productions present

    The Time MachineBy H G WellsAdapted and performed byR M Lloyd Parry

    I have lived such daysas no man has lived before1895. In a suburban garden, beneath a waning moon, a man lies dazed beside a remarkable machine.He has a story to tell. A story of darkness and light. Of fire and fear. Of Eloi and Morlocks. An unbelievable story about our future that he insists is true Is it a joke? A prophecy?A dream?Nunkie, the company behind the acclaimed M R James Trilogy, bringsH G Wells science fiction classic to life in another thrilling one-man show.

    Atmospheric, interesting and entertaining, this is a great adaptation of a well-known story


    Free pre-show talk starting at 6:30pm, details online or available from Box Office.

    Photo Shelagh Bidwell

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    Thurs 1 Sat 3 MayMain Auditorium: 7:30pmTickets: 12 (9 concession)

    Thurs 22 Sat 24 MayMain Auditorium: 7:30pm, Sat matinee 2pmTickets: 12 (10 concession)

    Leeds Arts Centre present

    Waiting for GodotBy Samuel Beckett

    A Tragicomedy in Two Acts. A Country Road. A Tree. Evening. Waiting for Godot exploded on to stage over 50 years ago and revolutionised theatre. Shocking as many people as it amused and impressed, there had never been a play like it. Two men joke, argue and repeat themselves, as they wait. Combining music hall, poetry and tension, it redefines what is possible in theatre. It is now accepted as one of the most significant playsof the 20th century.

    Cosmopolitan Players present

    Up PompeiiBased on the original characters devised for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in this full-length play.As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, hes quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his masters house.Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance what could this possibly be? A riot from start to finish.

    Sticks Theatre present

    The HoarderInspired by the astonishing true story of chronic hoarder Richard Wallace, whose hoarding is so out of control that his own life is in danger. Mountains of papers and packaging fill his home from floor to ceiling and trap Richard in a world of his own, away from his community and any human connection.Sticks Theatre have devised this touching piece that tells the storyof how, with a little understanding, friendship can makea world of difference.Join the cast for a post show talk on this remarkabletrue story that touches on every human emotion.

    Objective Talent present

    Ben Hart The OutsiderDirected by Anthony Owen(Derren Brown/The Real Hustle)

    Having spent his life using magic to solve impossible problems,award-winning magician Ben Hart turns his attention to himself. Be amazed by his magic, impressed by his skill and moved by how the owner of such a brilliant mind can still be so in need of a cup of tea and a cuddle...NOMINATED FOR A TO&ST (TIME OUT & SOHO THEATRE)EDINBURGH CABARET AWARD

    Mind bogglingBROADWAY BABY

    His sleight of hand is extraordinaryTIME OUT

    Thurs 22 MayUpstairs @ The Carriageworks: 7:45pmTickets: 10 (8 concession)

    Sat 31 MayMain Auditorium: 7:30pmTickets: 12 (10 concession)Family Ticket: 40Age 12+

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    Les Enfants Terribles present

    Ernest and the Pale Moon

    Renowned Theatre Company, Les Enfants Terribles in association with Pins and Needles Productions tour with a spine-chilling tale of obsession and murder from writer Oliver Lansley. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest and the Pale Moon is a noir horror about a man who spends his days watching the beautiful young woman who lives in the apartment opposite. Seeing her with another man he is thrown into a jealous rage and driven to murder, though all is not what it seems and slowly Ernests guilt sends him on a spiralling descent into madness.Filled with live music, inventive design, narrative twists and turns and physical storytelling.A thrilling and terrifying experience. Fri 30 May

    Main Auditorium: 7:30pmTickets: 12 (10 concession)Age 14+

    A gloriously gothic production


    Channelling Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James... the company produces a compelling and macabre account of obsession, immurement and murder THE STAGE CRITICS CHOICE (MUST SEE SHOW)

    As fresh as a new wound


    Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company present

    The Elves andThe ShoemakerSat in his kitchen workshop, in a high rise block of flats, Sam Lacey makes terrible shoes and tries to sell them online. The only problem is nobody wants to buy them...not at any price! Then one magical morning Sam wakes up to discover a pair of the most amazing shoes hes ever seen, lying on the kitchen worktop. How on earth did they get there?

    Tues 27 MayMain Auditorium: 1:30pm & 4pmTickets: 9.50 (8.50 concession), 6 (no concession)Family Ticket: 34Age 3+

    Once again the inescapably bonkers Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return with their brand new, up-to-date, size 13 re-telling of everyones favourite story... about elves...and shoes!For more info visit

    Photo Robert DayAdapted for the stage withPins and Needles Productions

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    Underbelly present

    Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

    Fri 6 JuneMain Auditorium: 8pmTickets: 12

    Mitch Benn isThe 37th BeatleMitchs new show combines his Scouse upbringing with his love of music and a lifelong obsession with Liverpools most famous sons. It is most definitely not a tribute show and while his affection for his subjects is well documented, expect the satirical twists for which he is well known. As Mitch himself says: Many have claimed the title Fifth Beatle. They cant all be right; some were righter than others...

    Anyone who likes music, hates Simon Cowell and likes learning new things will love it


    LIDOS present

    Seussical The MusicalFrom the page to the stage, Dr Seusss larger-than-life characters are brought to life in this colourful, energetic and hilarious musical. Join the Cat in the Hat as he leads us on a tour through the fantastical, bombastical and songtastical world of Dr Seuss!Filled with all of your favourite characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, The Grinch and many more, don't miss this exciting opportunity to see the award-winning LIDOS bring your favourite Dr Seuss stories to life!

    Tues 10 June Sat 14 JuneMain Auditorium: 7pm, Sat matinee 2pmTickets: 14 (12 concession)Family Ticket: 45Preview night Tuesday, all tickets 7 (6 concession)Age 6+

    After several years cutting a truly original path between rap music and comedy, Abandoman are stepping up their game. Now with a full band they present their newest and biggest show to date: Moonrock Boombox. In it they innovate mixtape mashups and futuristic jams live on stage, using the history of hip-hop as their blueprint, and you as their inspiration. From Kanye to Jay Z, from country to funk, this show contains musical, lyrical and comical scenes of a seriously awesome nature. Are you ready to take the trip?The past two years have seen Abandoman supporting multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour.They recently appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC Radio1s Live Lounge,BBC Threes Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and hosted 2012 St Patricks Day event in Trafalgar Square, entertaining 12,000 Irish loving revellers!

    Weds 4 JuneMain Auditorium: 8pmTickets: 12


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    Sticks Theatre present

    Life CycleA lone cyclist riding towards us looks back at his life, from his first ride without stabilisers to his first racer, riding tandem with his first love to crossing the finish line ahead of his rivals and eventually being forced to hang up his racing shoes. With mountains to climb and potholes to be avoided, the cyclist must safely find his place on the road.Sticks Theatre present the thoughts and voices of cyclists (hobbyists, amateurs and professionals) collected and forged into a highly physical and visual theatrical text with music for the piece created live.

    Thurs 26 JuneUpstairs @ The Carriageworks: 7:45pmTickets: 10 (8 concession)

    Sat 21 JuneUpstairs @ The Carriageworks: 7:45pmTickets: 10 (8 concession)

    Saikat Ahamed presents

    The Tiger and The Moustache

    Bite My Thumb present

    The Accrington PalsAs the young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes for the trenches, the effect of The Great War is felt by friends, family and lovers. The story begins on a normal day in the life of the town, as yet uninterrupted by the devastation of war. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, The Accrington Pals explores the many ways the conflict left a lasting impact on lives, loves and communities of the women left behind and their men facing death overseas. The Accrington Pals is a touching, yet harrowing, piece of theatre which reminds its audience to never forget the brave people whose lives were forever changed by conflict.

    Fri 27 June Sat 28 JuneMain Auditorium: 7:30pmTickets: 12 (10 concession)Age 14+

    Born on the very first day of a new nation, Hashi, the girl who always smiles, grew up surrounded by flying tigers in the Sunderban jungles. Saikat Ahamed traces the journey of Hashi, his mother, and the emerging nation of Bangladesh. Travel with him as he slides in and out of time from the agonies of Partition in 1947 right up to the present day, as we board fishing boats up the Megna River and rickshaws along the dusty roads of Dacca.From East London to East Bengal, the story of Bangladesh is woven together through storytelling, theatre, live music, danceand a healthy amount of humour.

    SLP Junior Academyin association with Tom Ball Live present

    Sat 21 JuneMain Auditorium: 2pm & 7pmTickets: 12 (10 concession), 10 (8 concession)

    Best of BritishJoin us on a trip through all things Blighty as we celebrate the best that British Theatre has to offer. SLP Junior Academy, in association with Tom Ball Live, brings you this all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, showing how truly talented this little island is.From composers to playwrights, pop stars to comedy legends, pearly kings and queens, and bunting galore. There is something for all ages to enjoy. So come on down and join in the fun and you will be toe-tapping and singing along before you know it.

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    This years unique JFest International is a thrilling celebration of Jewish related performing arts, offering something for everyone.

    Makor, the Jewish Culture Office for Leeds and Yorkshire present

    All this and much more see full programme onJFest International website from

    Theres something for everyone at this years unique JFest International, a thrilling celebration of Jewish related performing arts. Dont miss the opening night when a line up of extremely talented youth from all over the UK take the stage forThe Next Generation Showcase. Each young individual willthrill audiences with their talent. The excitement continues with a world premiere ofBridge Street The Musical. This captivating story starts where Fiddler on the Roof left off, telling of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe coming to Bridge Street, Leeds, in 1906. Love, hope for a brighter future and the challenges of being accepted, make for a fast moving, entertaining musical story.Jazz At The Fest features two outstanding, diverse Jazz performances including Jeremy Solomon, Manchester, whilst The Jewish Legacy, London, performed by singers from the West End and television, present a journey through the musicals to include the biggest hits written by Jewish composers.

    Sun 29 June Weds 2 JulyTickets: 10 average

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    Interplay present

    Fri 27 June Sat 28 JuneUpstairs @ The Carriageworks: 7:15pm, Sat matinee 2:15pm Tickets: 8 (6 concession)Family Ticket: 24Age 6+

    Combining theatre, live music and dance to create a spectacular experience that engages and interacts with the audience, bringing them into the world of the play.Using the tastes and sounds of Mexico City,the vision of her work, the aroma of her time and the feel of the moment, Interplay create an effecting and moving portrayal of an artist who transcended her disability to make herself the work of art.

    The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is now regarded as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Severely injured in a bus cr...