Ghostly, Grisly, and Gorgeous Nights Out at The Civic, Barnsley

Gather your friends and enjoy three amazing evening performances at The Civic this Autumn.

Start your Halloween celebrations with ghostly, thought provoking and delightfully creepy Female Gothic. Dancing with The Orange Dog presents an art installation, theatre performance and live gig by The Housekeeping society, all carefully combined to tell a thought-provoking grisly tale. And finally, relive the 80’s with the ever-impressive Reform Theatre’s revival of a John Godber classic for a shoulder padded and lip-stick lacquered, totally gorgeous night out.

Written and performed by Rebecca Vaughan, Female Gothic tells the story of an artist, gripped by the clutching fingers of a dead past; a scientist, defying nature in the dark realm of the senses; and an expectant father driven mad by creeping shadow. In the unquiet, darkness between life and death, a lone, haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and uncanny, of love, loss, death and the darkness beyond, illuminating the curious frailties of human nature. The Victorian fascination with tales of mystery and the supernatural created an enduring legacy of Gothic fiction; but it is often the male writers that we remember.  Today, Charles Dickens, M R James, Edgar Allen Poe and Sheridan Le Fanu continue to be celebrated, yet many of the brilliant, evocative, thrilling and eerie ghost stories created by the great and incredibly popular female writers of that era – Mary Shelley, George Eliot, M E Braddon, Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit et al – have gathered dust and been forgotten.  Until now… ‘Wonderfully eerie, and captures the real fear of the audience.’ British Theatre Guide

A night like no other, Dancing with the Orange Dog presents an exhibition, a play and a gig… triple the entertainment and triple the value! Audiences are first introduced to a visual art exhibition by local artist Fabric Lenny; next is the theatre production, presented in a giant cardboard box where characters Lucy and Dan talk about the many adventures of the family dog.  Part three is a music gig from pop-folk band The Housekeeping Society, with songs from their album,‘Songs from the Orange Dog‘, based upon artwork from the exhibition and stories from the show.  The whole evening is about the need to create and share stories, why we tell them, how we tell them and how they help us make sense of our lives and the world around us.  So whether you’re into theatre, gigs, visual art or just love a good yarn the 154 Collective are sure to be of interest.

A name synonymous with a solidly smashing production, Sheffield-based Reform Theatre is no stranger to tackling classic texts. Voted by the National Theatre as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century and a school set text, John Godber’s iconic Bouncers is perfect Reform fodder. Lifting the lid on the Friday night experience, four actors take on numerous roles to create a hysterical and poignant send-up of 80’s urban nightlight, as a host of colourful characters collide to hilarious and outrageous results.



Dancing with the Orange Dog is at The Civic on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 full price, and £8 concessions.


Bouncers is at The Civic on Thursday 27 November at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £12 full price, and £10 concessions.

For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.


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