1 Weekend, 2 Evenings, 4 New Works and a Slice of Pizza

There will be a trip to the seaside, some heroic women, impressive dancing and more as The Civic host a theatrical showcase of some of the best in new northern performing art, in special weekend event.

Dedicated to bringing top quality new performances to Barnsley, The Civic will be hosting two days of New Work this week in their biannual showcase of northern talent featuring 4 shows, NewWorkWeekend.

The Civic is passionate about programming new writing and performance from some of the UK’s finest emerging experimental artists and companies. This special event, NewWorkWeekend supports these artists and companies, giving them a platform and a ‘stamp of approval’ as they pursue their creative journeys.

Over two NewWorkWeekend offers up a double bill of amazing new performances each night – two dynamic new shows for the price of one. As an added bonus, there is also a slice of pizza in the price. So for just £10 for an evening ticket you will see two exciting new shows in one night and get some delicious grub.

Spring 2019’s NewWorkWeekend offer begins on Friday 5 April with Odd Doll, a northern puppetry company whose work is funny, nostalgic and visually stunning. However, these puppets are not for children.

Odd Doll will be performing Seaside Terror, a show stuffed with fun frights and ice cream chills. Take a trip down the dilapidated pier to meet a rather creepy ice cream man. He has some strange stories to tell…

With Evil Seagulls, mask, horrific creatures, Bingo Hairballs, people gone wrong and nerve-shattering shocks. This is a celebration of British horror and British seaside holidays of the 1970s.

“An important voice in puppetry” Total Theatre

Following an interval (and pizza) will be Unsung by The Unsung Collective, a Leeds-based collective of feminist theatre-makers committed to telling the stories of history’s forgotten women.

Ada Lovelace. Sophia Jex-Blake. Lilian Bader. Andrea Dunbar. Heard of them? Neither had the Unsung Collective, so they wrote a play about them.

Unsung explores the untold stories of four pioneering and inspirational female figures from our past.

They were bold. They Caused riots. And it’s about time their stories were told

The event continues on Saturday 6 April with Holly Gallagher and her show Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wits End) a show that explores stress and the world we live in now. It will prove essential viewing in a society that just can’t seem to relax anymore.

Speaking about stress, and how many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree. Fear, pressure, uncertainty; sadness and the effect on mental health. Tensile Strength is about those moments when it all feels A Bit Too Much and then the cat goes missing.

“An assured and gently powerful piece of work.” Kieran Hurley, Fringe First Winner

After a break and pizza, the conclusion to the weekend is an explosive, passionate and highly physical performance featuring two robust contemporary dance works from Möbius Dance called Dramatis Personae.

Contrasting personalities meet and clash in a show that highlights the weird and wonderful (and occasionally awkward) behaviour that comes with new meets, and how we sometimes have to put on a brave face just to get along with one another.

Taking place on Friday 5 April and Saturday 6 April, each evening has a double bill giving you two shows for the price of one with an Evening Ticket. There is also the option of a weekend ticket giving you access to all four shows over the two nights. Each ticket includes a free slice of pizza. With such a fantastic offer and amazing new work on show you’d be mad to miss NewWorkWeekend.

NewWorkWeekend is on 5 & 6 April 2019 at The Civic Barnsley

Odd Doll: Seaside Terror is on Friday 5 April at 7:30pm followed by Unsung Collective: Unsung

Holly Gallagher: Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wits End) is on Saturday 6 April at 7:30pm followed by Möbius Dance: Dramatis Personae.

Weekend tickets are £15 and £12 concession.

Evening tickets are £10 and £8 concession

Free slice of pizza with every ticket, each night.

For further booking information visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or contact The Civic Box Office on 01226 327 000

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