Our new season begins on 1 September, so why not brighten up the months ahead by treating yourself and your family to a seasonal selection of great day and evening events?
In addition to a packed programme of live shows and performance events, you can also visit our FREE temporary exhibitions in our Gallery@/Panorama, participate in creative workshops whilst you’re here and come along to our FREE admission Craft Fair on 16 November! We’ve also managed to fit in some extra special themed events this season, including a spooktacular Cinema@ selection of horror films for Halloween and our heart-warming classic Christmas tale, Beauty and the Beast, running from Monday 16 December to Sunday 29 December – it’s guaranteed to warm even the beastliest of hearts!
With all this and more, we’re sure to have something for everyone this autumn/winter at The Civic, Barnsley.
SURFACE (OPEN DAILY UNTIL FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER IN OUR GALLERY@ – CLOSED ON SUNDAYS – ADMISSION IS FREE):
Seek what’s beneath the SURFACE and discover something different at The Civic. Jointly curated by the Gallery@ The Civic and British painter and recent PhD graduate of the University of Sheffield, Dr Dale Holmes, Surface brings together a selection of paintings by established artists from the Arts Council collection – as well as emerging and mid-career local artists – investigating the themes of painting, materials, surface and abstraction to present a recent history of these developments in art, and help create new audiences for contemporary painting.
Featured artists from the Arts Council Collection include David Batchelor, Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, David Leapman, Yinka Shonibare, DJ Simpson and Richard Woods, alongside northern artists Jennifer Douglas, Dr Dale Holmes, Paul Merrick and Julie Newton.
MICK MARSTON: OUTLOOK GLOOMY, WITH BRIGHT INTERVALS (OPEN DAILY UNTIL FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER ON OUR PANORAMA – CLOSED ON SUNDAYS – ADMISSION IS FREE):
At the same time, and until Friday 6 September, our Panorama space proudly displays local artist Mick Marston’s collection of diligently crafted screen prints, drawing upon fragmented memories, thoughts, half-baked bits of useful and useless information, stories, other people’s pictures, environmental concerns, songs and euphemisms, and also some stuff the client didn’t like.
THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: 156TH INTERNATIONAL PRINT EXHIBITION (OPEN DAILY BETWEEN SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER AND FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER IN OUR GALLERY@ – CLOSED ON SUNDAYS – ADMISSION IS FREE).
The foremost photographic society in the world presents its latest print exhibition. Founded in 1853, when photography was in its infancy, the RPS has been a leading force in its advancement ever since.
Each year, the society invites submissions from professional, student and amateur photographers worldwide, both members and non-members. The exhibition is selected by five well qualified photographers from different backgrounds and gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded. This exhibition features a wide variety of photographic work from artistic to documentary, and from portraiture to natural history.
SNAPSHOTS OF FAMILIAL GAZES (OPEN DAILY BETWEEN SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER AND FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER ON OUR PANORAMA – CLOSED ON SUNDAYS – ADMISSION IS FREE):
Alongside our RPS exhibition on our Panorama, Barnsley-based artist Michelle Clarke-Stables current project is a combination of her lifelong obsession with snapshots and the memories of the numerous people that have inspired her on her journey as an artist.
Having now collected so many images from all kinds of people, and from places all around the world, Michelle has even managed to gain the support of influential celebrities, who have sent in their own images of the strong women that have been an inspiration in their lives.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RPS EXHIBITION (EVERY SATURDAY
THROUGHOUT OCTOBER – 5TH, 12TH, 19TH, 26TH – 2.30PM – 4.30PM, TICKETS £10):
Are you interested in photography? Fancy making your own camera? Then this is the project for you! Every Saturday throughout October, The Civic will host several photography workshops that will enable you to make your very own pinhole camera, and also experiment with digital photography. You will be encouraged to find your inner artist by taking photos and learning how to mount and display your pictures, which will also become part of the RPS exhibition!
Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
AND GOING FORWARD INTO THE WINTER SEASON…
We present two further long-running exhibitions separately in our Gallery@ and on our Panorama, both free to view and open for daily admissions:
RAW CRAFT (OPEN DAILY FROM THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER TO SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER IN THE GALLERY@ – CLOSED ON SUNDAYS – ADMISSION IS FREE):
Focussing on furniture, the work displayed reveals a subtle originality in the way that skills and resources are employed, imbuing the furniture with a simplicity, and yet still retaining a high quality. For the makers featured, explicit making skills and materials are the central means for exploring ideas.
Curated by the Crafts Council with Michael Marriott, designer, and Brent Dzekciorius of Phillips de Pury (as curatorial advisors), the exhibition presents one-offs, limited editions and prototypes from makers including Peter Marigold, Oscar Narud and Fabien Cappello. The exhibition will be designed by Tomoko
Azumi, with graphics by Turnbull Grey.
BONESHAKER 365 (OPEN DAILY FROM THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER TO SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER IN THE GALLERY@ – CLOSED ON SUNDAYS – ADMISSION IS FREE):
Joe Armitage is BoneShaker, a Sheffield-based photographer and designer presenting works from his 365 project.
This exhibition required Joe to take a picture a day, every day, for a year. The pictures were then uploaded to the website www.blipfoto.com/boneshaker and created a ‘blip’ for each day. Through these ‘blips’, Joe has been able to document his year on a daily basis illustrating each shot with comments and thoughts.
ELEMENTAL: THE RAIN KING (THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £5):
Aidan, a British gap year student and part-time Elvis impersonator, is on placement in Northern Africa with drought relief charity, Water4all, planning to bring the Elvis of Elvis competitions (and his broken heart) to Africa. Janet is his supervisor with a Mrs Robinson complex, arriving in Africa 20 years ago after running from personal tragedy and the sun has got into her bones. Msoko is Water4all’s African fixer and has her own stories to tell… and to hide.
Combining skilled acting and wonderful music, The Rain King questions how we survive, where the water supply is coming from, how we make it from sunrise to sunset each day and what gets us through. Supported through CARP – Civic Artist Residency Programme.
Recommended for ages 12+
ELLIE HARRISON’S ETIQUETTE OF GRIEF (THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £10):
Etiquette of Grief is a playful and provocative solo show by performer Ellie Harrison, who takes audiences on an irreverent journey and suggests a guide for dealing with both private and public grief in all its gory and glorious manifestations. Sometimes uncomfortable, but also funny and peculiar, Ellie’s distinctive, interactive and powerful performance guides audiences through rituals of mourning and offers coping mechanisms, moral support, a little musical accompaniment and even a large splash of port.
Recommended for ages 14+
KAREN SIMPSON PRODUCTIONS: TWELVE MILES FROM NOWHERE (THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £12/£10):
“My dad had this farm passed down from his dad and it’ll stay in this family. No way they’re getting their greasy hands on it.” Since Michael and Emily’s mother left, time has stood still. Their father James is struggling and can’t see a way forward. The farm is in a bad way and going under… Then – with enough charisma and ambition to charm the birds from the trees – Craig arrives. But is he really the answer to their dreams? Twelve Miles from Nowhere is a stunning new play about life on the edge, set against an unexpectedly gritty rural backdrop.
Recommended for ages 13+
THEATRE AD INFINITUM: TRANSLUNAR PARADISE (WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £12/£10):
A journey of life, death and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories – a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. Using a live accordion accompaniment, this exquisite piece of mask and movement theatre was a multi-award winning sell out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Theatre Ad Infinitum is an award-winning company developing new, original theatre for a multi-cultural audience.
Recommended for ages 10+
DANIEL BYE: THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £10):
How much is beauty worth? What will people pay for an air guitar on eBay? Can I have a glass of milk?
These urgent questions, and others, are answered in The Price of Everything, a performance lecture about value. Daniel Bye’s whistle-stop tour of bizarre facts and impassioned arguments is occasionally shambolic and often tendentious – but always a joy to watch. Comic, provocative, and possibly a tiny bit sad, this show is a must if you’ve ever wondered about the difference between the price of an object and its value.
And you get a free glass of milk.
Recommended for ages 14+
MILK PRESENTS: A REAL MAN’S GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD (THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £12/£10):
Disembowelling a national legend, Milk Presents invites you into a world of old-school gadgetry and bicycle power to tell the story of a saint. Clawing at the walls of a sleepy English town, a beast threatens the norm and the townsfolk turn to drastic, irreversible measures to preserve their way of life. Can the boyish hope of a nation save the day before he turns into a beast himself?! Follow George as he journeys from boy to man to courageous warrior in this feisty retelling of England’s Patron Saint, complete with pedal-powered brute force, elegant lyricism and punchy original music! Manliness is dissected, heroism is slain and a legend is laid bare on a cadaver tray. This is a 60 minute whirlwind of a show from a Total Theatre Award-Nominated company that is sure to put hairs on your chest!
MICHAEL SABBATON PRESENTS THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER (FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £10):
In the hot Florida summer of 1920, the strange occultist, Harley Warren, ventures deep underground. With only the dimming light of his lantern to guide him, he feels for the damp, moulding steps that mark his descent. The corpse-rich smell of hideous entombment forces him to wretch but still he descends. The ceremony must begin… On the surface, Warren’s assistant, Randolph Carter, listens to his progress through his own mounting fear. A scream! It’s Warren… Full of subtle terror, Michael Sabbaton brings H.P. Lovecraft’s chilling tale of forbidden knowledge to life in this character-driven adaptation of classic horror.
Recommended for ages 15+
BEST OF BE FESTIVAL PRESENTS BE FESTIVAL (THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £12/£10):
Travel across Europe in a night with BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s international theatre festival, bringing together Europe’s most daring and delightful new performances each year. Presenting three award-winning festival favourites, Best of BE FESTIVAL is a unique chance to see the very best of Europe in one evening, so BE part of it! Each show is half an hour long and can be enjoyed by people of all nationalities.
Your ticket also includes a chaired post-show discussion with all the performers.
Recommended for ages 16+
RASHDASH THEATRE: THE UGLY SISTERS (SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £12/£10):
Once upon a time there was us – Ruby and us. Ruby was our mum. She had to work a lot. We played in the burnt out car round the back. We could do anything – except play with the needles. Then everything changed, and there were bright lights and loud noises and flashing cameras. And there she was, and she was different. Everyone loved her. Whoever holds the pen writes the story. Thumping drums, clanging keys and violent voices. 2010 and 2011 Fringe First winners, RashDash Theatre, tell the real story of Cinderella – a sinister and sensuous cabaret.
Suitable for ages 16+
MIDDLE CHILD THEATRE PRESENT THEIR TOUR OF TOM NEEDHAM’S NEW PLAY, BILLY WITH HIS BOOTS ON (THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM, TICKETS £12/£10):
Billy is a 19 year-old cowboy fanatic with learning difficulties. Every day he sees the world in his own way – a Western-style drama with cowboys, horses, heroes and villains. To his friends and family this peculiarity is harmless enough, until Billy becomes the centre of a media whirlwind surrounding the country’s decision to re-instate the death penalty. As the tabloids search frantically for the identity of the first to be hung, this ‘ultimate reality show’ begins to spiral out of control. And when Billy is found holding a smoking gun and standing over a dead policeman, it seems as though the media and the public have their victim. The police think he’s guilty. His family think he is. And with the entire nation baying for blood, does the truth stand a chance?
Recommended for ages 14+
MIND THE GAP PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND! (SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER AT 1.30PM & 7PM, TICKETS £10/£8):
Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic, retold by Mike Kenny… with a twist! Hawkins is bored. A long night stretches ahead – almost as long as the endless shelves that need stacking… As modern day and fantasy worlds collide, Flints Supermarket becomes the scene for this classic adventure of Hawkins, Long John Silver, parrots and pirates, as we tell this tale of treasure, tills and trolleys, turning the aisles into adventure, carrots into parrots, and cut loaves into cutlasses… and there be mutiny at Flints! This swash-buckling, trolley-dash of a show is fun for all the family! Mind the Gap works with learning disabled and non-disabled artists as equals.
INVISIBLE FLOCK WITH HOPE AND SOCIAL PRESENT BRING THE HAPPY & BRING THE HAPPY LIVE (MAPPING BARNSLEY 11TH – 29TH NOVEMBER; BRING THE HAPPY LIVE 6TH AND 7TH DECEMBER, TICKETS FOR BTH LIVE £5):
Bring The Happy is an ongoing project about happiness; an attempt to map moments and memories of happiness in Barnsley and across the country. A first kiss, a lost love, a longed for baby, childhood heroes, a proposal, a dance, a chance encounter – where did it happen and how happy did it make you feel on a scale from 1 to 10? For three weeks, Invisible Flock will occupy a disused shop in Barnsley and transform it into a giant 3D map of the city. At the end of this period, the memories collected will be taken and transformed into Bring the Happy Live – a spectacular performance attempting an extravagant portrait of happiness, as the thousands of memories collected are retold in all of their beautiful, sometimes tragic, sometimes ridiculous – and occasionally mundane – glory. In collaboration with Hope & Social, the live performance promises to be an interactive, intimate and highly moving evening where we ask you to join us in celebrating the happiness of Barnsley.
Recommended for ages 12+
CINEMA OF SCREAMS! (SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER BETWEEN 2PM AND MIDNIGHT – VARIOUS SHOWINGS, TICKETS £5 PER FILM OR £10 FOR ALL FIVE)
Enter through hell’s gates and into a world of horror… be prepared to be scared! Celebrate Halloween by taking your seat as we showcase some classic horror movies.
2PM – FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
Director: James Whale
Writer(s): John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by), Mary Shelley (from the novel by) (as Mrs. Percy B. Shelley).
Stars: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye,
Lionel Belmore, Marilyn Harris.
Running time: 70 min
4PM – POLTERGEIST (1982)
A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they ‘kidnap’ the youngest daughter.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writer(s): Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor (screenplay). Steven Spielberg (story).
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight.
Running time: 114min
6PM – THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods, where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find a tome called the ‘Necronomicon’, Book of the Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer(s): Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor.
Running time: 85 min
8PM – MARTYRS (2008)
A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer(s): Pascal Laugier
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jamponoi, Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne.
Running time: 99 min
10PM – CAST YOUR VOTES!
Register your vote for the horror film you’d like us to show at 10pm!
1) Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, CERT 18, 87 min)
2) Saw (2004, CERT 18, 103 min)
3) Halloween (1978, CERT 18, 91 min)
4) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003, CERT 18, 98 min)
5) Paranormal Activity (2009, CERT 15, 86 min)
For more details on how and where to cast your vote, visit our website at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk Voting will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 October, so get yours in now!