The Civic, Barnsley introduce ‘New Work Weekend’

Since re-opening in 2009, The Civic have been passionate about programming new writing and devised performance from some of the UK’s finest emerging experimental artists and companies.


“Emerging artists often find it difficult to get their new work commissioned and programmed in today’s competitive touring theatre economy. The Civic’s New Work Weekend aims to support these artists and companies; giving them a platform as they pursue their creative journeys. The work has been carefully selected to create an exciting weekend that has our ‘stamp of approval’”.

The New Work Weekend takes place on Friday 18 September and Saturday 19 September. Bookers canchoose an ‘Evening Ticket’ from £8 or a ‘Weekend Ticket’ from £15. Ian continues:

“The New Work Weekend package provides a great weekend of thrilling new performances at an incredibly affordable price; with a double bill each night – two dynamic new shows for the price of one.”

New Work Weekend begins with new live music theatre show about heart-warming true train stories and a little bit of laughter, 21,000 Miles of Rail. Creator Hannah Butterfield explains:

“This show was born out of a slightly unusual experiment. I spent a ‘working day’ observing people passing through Leeds City Railway Station. I was witness to all sorts of behaviours, coincidences, challenges and acts of kindness. 21000 Miles of Rail is about communication, or lack of in some cases, and finding hope in the most unexpected places.”

Next, in contrast to Butterfield’s piece is a story of brotherhood, loss, incarceration, escape, survival, desire, art and resilience. Playwright, performer, musician and single parent Annie Siddons recently performed the raw and dark lyrical narrative Raymondo at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the British Council Showcase. Simply told by a woman with a microphone and an atmospheric live score of guitars, loops and keyboard, Raymondo is ‘a rich, wild and precise poetry that breathes a colossal and sometimes angry humanity…Magical and strange” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman.)

Kicking off Saturday night, Above Bored is an original black comedy that uncovers the despair at the heart of the corporate hamster wheel. There’s been a murder at EvaBond Adhesive Supplies. As employees are questioned by the police, protestations of job satisfaction and unwavering loyalty to EvaBond begin to unstick. Created by new-writing company ‘Owdyado Theatre, their contemporary detective theatre piece asks; When does bored, become bored to death?

Finally, from young company Displace Yourself Theatre, run by Jennifer Nevin and Mike Auger is a brilliant new physical theatre show about social exclusion. Eden follows two individuals on their chaotic journey through the class system and their struggle to survive in a futuristic world where there is little room for forgiveness.  Mike Auger comments: “We found that through movement we were able to convey a deeper and more textured narrative, enabling the characters to go on a greater emotional journey.”

Displace Yourself Theatre were selected for the Civic Artist Residency Programme (CARP) which aims to support artists in the process of creating work in a supportive arts environment. Jennifer Nevin continues:“We could not be performing Eden without the openness and generosity of the people of Barnsley. We are delighted to be performing for the first time as part of New Work Weekend at The Civic.”

The Civic continue to support artists in with their Civic Scratch night on Thursday 1 October, giving artists and informal chance to showcase new work and try it out in front of a live audiences. Tickets are ‘Pay What You Can Afford’, meaning it’s free to book your ticket and pay what you think the performances are worth on the night.

New Work Weekend features a double bill of performances each night:

Friday 18 September at 7.30pm: 21,000 Miles of Rail and Raymundo

Saturday 19 September at 7pm: Above Bored and Eden

Evening Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions. Weekend Tickets are £18 full price and £15 concession. Recommended for ages 14+. May contain strong language.

Civic Scratch is at The Civic Thursday 1 October. Tickets are pay what you can afford on the night. Please call the Box Office to reserve your seats.

For more information and to book visitwww.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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