Entertaining comedy show that wrestles the big questions in life.
Wed 16 Oct
The comic discusses whether he has any traits worthy of being inherited by his progeny.
Thu 21 Nov
‘Every day, from here to there funny things are everywhere’ Dr Seuss
Meet a family of zany eggs on legs, living in a lost pocket of the globe. One day the wind blows a huge egg into their tree and they are excited to play with it. But what happens if it hatches and can they protect it from the slithery snake?
Garlic Theatre conjure a poetic, Dr Seuss world full of eggcentric puppets and music to make you roll around with laughter.
A cracking family show bursting with wonder and surprise – you will never look at an egg in the same way again.
Sat 16 Nov
Tim Benjamin's opera about the story of Prometheus and Pandora, which re-imagines Handel's operatic works. Performed by Radius Opera in English.
Sat 21 Sep
Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management
Fringe legend and 'outright king of live comedy' (Times), Jason Byrne, is opening the doors again for more comedy chaos. Everyone is welcome (unless you're under 14). Strap in as Jason takes you on a trip of mad routines alongside some proper bonkers stunts. As seen on 'Live at the Apollo' (BBC One), 'The Royal Variety Show' (ITV1) and 'Don't Say It, Bring It' (Dave), and recently seen judging 'Ireland's Got Talent' (TV3). He's truly 'unmissable' (Evening Standard) and 'consistently brilliant' (Metro).
Age category: 14+
Thu 26 Sep
The comedian and 'London's saddest DJ' plumbs the hilarity to be found in even our bleakest moments.
Tue 29 Oct
These days Justins not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and thats before we begin to worry about whats happening in America..closer to home hes starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog is getting older and doesnt need much walking, and the youngest kid hits thirteen and cancels the family subscription to The Beano.On top of this the golden age of the Northern straight white male comedian has gone the way of the dinosaurs. How will he adapt if he wants to survive? What next for this Northern Joker? What can he talk to his daughter about now she cares little for Dennis the Menace and the Bash St Kids? Hang on. Perhaps nothing has changed that much. When he was thirteen, the Russians were scary, the White House was a madhouse and hed never been to Europe anyhow. Thinking back this was when his reading habits changed too, more Dark Knight than Desperate Dan, more Catwoman than Minnie the Minx. Perhaps our heroes never went away.they just waited for us to pick them up again. Perhaps she just needs a different type of comic.He charms the pants off the crowd…Sunday TimesComedic tour-de-force.brought a tear to a critical glass eye…The HeraldSimultaneously down-to-earth and out of this world…The ListThe amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration…GuardianAge guidance: 14+
Fri 17 Jan
The Guardian‘Great fun!’
Ahoy there, land lubbers – hop aboard the good ship Mirabel and join our rollicking adventures on the high seas.
Pirate Pearl lives with her crusty old crew, Barnacle the dog and Mr Puskins the cat. One day, Pearl finds a stowaway on-board ship. It’s a baby monster, but, if you feed a baby monster, it grows into a big, clumsy monster.
With songs, puppets and live music, Little Blue Monster (Lost & Found) present this fantastic family show will have you singing along, dancing in the aisles and laughing till your sides split.
Sat 3 Aug
Dig out your snowshoes for an Arctic Adventure with live music and songs, 3D and shadow puppets, creative captioning, integrated sign language and song, plus the cosmic brilliance of the Northern Lights.
Red Earth Theatre in association with Arena Theatre Wolverhampton and Derby Theatre present
Soonchild adapted from the book by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Alexis Deacon
Set somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the story of a shaman known as Sixteen Face John who feels out of step with the modern world. John’s wife is expecting a baby, but the Soonchild refuses to be born until she can hear the World Songs – special music that is essential for the world to exist.
So, John sets out on a quest which takes him through many life-times, and thrilling encounters with a constellation of cool characters and animal spirits – including the most magnificent of all Polar creatures: the Ice Bear. John must find the World Songs for Soonchild and save the world, before it’s too late.
So big-hearted, this show will melt an iceberg.
Soonchild sparkles with Red Earth’s dynamic performance style, puppetry and physical comedy. All wrapped around with exquisite folk fusion music from Threaded and the glorious light patterns of the aurora.
Birmingham Post "Once upon a perfect"
The Stage "Inventive and inclusive, the happiest of shows for small children."
About the book…
“Magical.” The Sunday Times
“Will truly delight both adults and children.” The Irish Times
“Hoban is the best sort of genius.” Patrick Ness, The Guardian.
Mon 28 Oct
Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN comes to the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
All ages welcome!
Sat 9 Nov
Sun 10 Nov
“Me, you and the old guitar,How perfectly, perfectly happy* we are.****MEEE-EW**** and the old guitar.How *PURRRR-fectly happy we are!”
Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend.
From the team behind Stick Man, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s*** Tabby McTat*** is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic.
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?
This is the simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll, told with a gentle ecological message. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads and loads of rubbish. Garlic Theatre create a magical world to entrance and delight a young audience. With puppets, live music, storytelling and singing.
We travel to Sweden where the troll lives happily under his bridge fishing. Nobody knows he is there because he is so shy. The people from the town start to throw rubbish under the bridge and soon there are no more fish in the river. Our troll becomes so hungry that when he sees a goat trip trapping by he tries to eat him and the story unfolds. What happens to the troll and how is the river cleaned of all the rubbish?
Sat 7 Sep
- Written by: Eric Carle (book), Jonathan Rockefeller (adapt)
Based on Eric Carle's hand-painted books, Jonathan Rockefeller's family-friendly stage production uses a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets to faithfully bring to life the four stories: The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Tue 1 Oct
Wed 2 Oct
The Lawrence Batley theatre, often known locally as LBT, was named after a cash and carry philanthropist. It has a varied arts programme as well as theatrical performances.
The venue includes the Queenie's cafe and a theatre bar.
The building was originally a Methodist chapel opened from 1819, and was only converted to an arts centre in 1973, but closed again in 1975 due to building problems, and then only re-opened in 1996, after a further renovation.
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