It’s all about the LOVE at The Civic this April

An Olivier Award nominee, one night gigs in sleazy northern clubs, randy gods, psychotic giants and murderous elves, and a feisty 70 something… LOVE conquers all at The Civic, with the end of the world guaranteed!

Caroline Horton, one of the UK’s most talked-about theatre artists, is bringing her highly-acclaimed one-woman show Penelope RETOLD to The Civic, revisiting the adaptation of the Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus’ wife. Horton – who trained with French maestro and Sasha Baron Cohen’s inspiration, Philippe Gaulier – is a past winner of The Stage’s prestigious Best Solo Performer award and she’s on sparkling form in this tender, playful and at times poignantly furious piece.   Made with input from soldiers and military spouses, Penelope RETOLD is an irreverent collision of classic myth, The Odyssey and contemporary rage. Get ready for a theatrical storm that sweeps through poetry, songs, comedy and YouTube clips towards a poignant and furious conclusion. Olivier Award nominee and Stage Best Solo Performer, Caroline Horton, presents an epic, heart-breaking and fiercely playful tale of love, loneliness and the need to be free.

Roberts & John Productions are delighted to announce their inaugural touring production of Amanda Whittington’s Satin ‘n’ Steel. Set against a world of one night gigs in sleazy northern clubs, this gritty comedy reveals the highs and lows of performing in the shady, dark cabaret circuit in the north of England. A sensational mix of classic pop songs Daydream Believer, The Wind Beneath My Wings, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Time After Time, I Will Survive and Johnny B Goode help Teena’s and Vince’s tenuous relationship unfold. A karaoke competition at the Rainworth Miners’ Welfare Club brings together seasoned pro, Vince Steel, and talented beginner, Teena White, in an explosion of talent and creativity. He persuades her to form a duo – and to change her name. As the all-singing and all-dancing Satin ‘n’ Steel, they set their sights on the big time. And as love blossoms, it seems nothing could go wrong. But a guilty secret threatens to jeopardise their designs on super-stardom. Taking her inspiration from the showbiz world of the club circuit, the cruise ship and the holiday camp, Nottingham writer Amanda Whittington has created a warm-hearted story of not quite making it in either the fame business or the love department.

After touring UNMYTHABLE to more than 70 theatres around the world, the multi award-winning company Temple Theatre depart from Ancient Greece to take audiences on a riotous journey through the world of the Vikings with brand new show Norsesome. Audiences will witness the most dramatic and fantastic adventures of Thor, Loki, Odin and many others, in a show that combines inventive comedy, electric drama and irresistible songs. More than 33 characters will be played by just three energetic actors. The cast includes Temple’s artistic director Paul O’Mahony, who has performed around the world with companies such as the RSC, and multi award-winning Danish actor Troels Hagen Findsen. Not suitable for anyone under 12 or the faint-hearted.

And finally, Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, is bringing its latest national touring production to The Civic on the 11 April. Nursing Lives is a love story set in the early 1980s of Thatcher’s Britain and the hard-working, heart-breaking, swing-dancing world of the UK’s wartime hospitals. When Flo, a feisty seventy-something, learns that the hospital she trained at during the Second World War is being demolished, she decides to take one last look – and stop the bulldozers in their tracks. An accessible, humorous and physical theatre show performed entirely in full mask, it has been described as ‘an affecting, heartfelt production that’s funny and touching in turn’ (The Guardian).

Nursing Lives is at The Civic on Saturday 11 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concession. Recommneded for ages 12+.


Penelope RETOLD by Caroline Horton is at The Civic on Thursday 16 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 13+.

Satin ‘n’ Steel is at The Civic on Saturday 18 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 14+.


Norsesome is at The Civic on Thursday 23 April at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions,  Recommended for ages 12+.


For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000. *Please note, when booking tickets online, paying via credit/debit card over the phone or in person, an additional £1.50 transaction fee will be applied.

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