Scratch Around The Mystery Bus… with The Civic’s Programmer Ian Morley

If you haven’t heard by now (and we can’t believe you haven’t!), The Civic in Barnsley is hosting the Paines Plough Roundabout Festival from the 2-4 October.

The state-of-the-art portable in-the-round theatre was unveiled at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, and aims to offer artists and audience members a completely unique performance and viewing experience, and help us to develop our ever-growing audience numbers.


Hosted by The Civic Programmer Ian Morley, we are a proud to support the following artists and companies:

  1. Gracefool Collective present ABBA, Pastries and the Stiff Upper Lip, an absurd cabaret of misplaced facts and ill-observed knowledge, spectacularly guided by a moustachioed cultural connoisseur and her supremely cultural assistants.

  2. Hype Dance present Savage Beauty, which explores the physicality of boxing through dance, looking into the similarities of movement, rhythm and timing.

  3. Black Jack Barnet three songs from his BlackJackanory show, including tales of bungling hunters, Edwardian zombies and unrequited love in a fish ‘n’ chip shop.

  4. Written and directed by Ed Jones, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an extract of a new play, part physical theatre and part stand up, exploring the history of hard drugs in the UK.


  1. You the audience blindly trusting Ian to take you on a journey to see a performance that is of the same high quality as the rest of the programme.

  2. A chance for The Civic to support one of the other venues in the Small Venues Network and to open your eyes to the other exciting performances happening across Yorkshire

Ian also hopes to chat to you on the bus, to hear about work you’ve seen recently, whether at The Civic or beyond, and to find out your views on how we can grow the arts scene in Barnsley and South Yorkshire. Plus he has also organised some on route entertainment… are you getting excited yet?

The Civic Scratch event will take place at The Civic on Saturday 4 October at 2pm. Reserve your tickets for free by calling the Box Office and pay what you can afford on the day – all income is shared equally between the artists and venue.

Mystery Bus will take place on Thursday 23 October, meet at The Civic at 6pm, and you will be returned by 11pm at the latest.  Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions.

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