Expect driving, dancing Scottish rhythms and bits and pieces of improvisation.
Fri 19 May
Two hour-long shows for the price of one, as comedians Bec Hill and Tiernan Douieb preview their Edinburgh Fringe shows for a Masham audience.
Bec Hill: Work in Progress Comedian, presenter and professional fool (profoolssional) Bec Hill brings us an hour of new (and old) material, including her superb and unique 'paper-puppetry'. Expect musings on technology, eggs and other awesome subjects. May contain pop-ups. Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive The Scotsman There's something special about Bec Hill The Times
Tiernan Douieb: "Miserably Happy" An hour of political gags and nonsense musings from the 'opinionated yet likeable' (The Guardian) Tiernan Douieb. In this brand new show Tiernan considers whether ignorance is indeed bliss, and that if so surely he shouldn't know that. He then tries to work out what anyone actually wants anymore, what being civilised actually means, and whether or not he'll ever be able to persuade his wife to like raw tomatoes. Very friendly but fiercely political Time Out It's a really lovely show, really good. A really good show. Mark Thomas
Both of these shows will be 60 minutes of material being prepared and honed for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Tickets £8 from Masham Community Office on 01765-680200 or online here.
Tue 25 Jul
The Moondogs are a young, vibrant three-piece covers band recreating the sights, sounds and raw energy that defined the '60s.
Based in Middlesbrough, they have performed all over the country to great acclaim, and are regulars at the World Famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.
The Moondogs will transport you back to those exciting times when music shaped a generation as they superbly recreate the sights, sounds and raw energy that swept the teenagers of the '60s along in its wake.
Expect highlights from the musical explosion that defined a generation, with hits from artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Kinks, Spencer Davis Group, The Who, The Monkees, The Yardbirds and many more
Fri 20 Oct
Award-winning singer Robert Habermann celebrates the golden age of musicals. In this magical evening Robert sings the songs, and tells the stories of the great Broadway musicals that became beloved Hollywood films.
The show will include songs from Oklahoma, West Side Story, Showboat, My Fair Lady, Showboat, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music and many more, as well as showstoppers such as Ol' Man River, Everything's Coming Up Roses, and appropriately enough Show Business.
With grand piano accompaniment, this (some enchanted) evening will leave you with a swing in your step and a song in your heart.
Fri 12 May
The ever-popular North Country Theatre, now in their 21st year of rural touring, present a double dose of terrifying tales, one told tongue in cheek and one straight down the line!
"Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You" is by M. R. James, and adapted by Nobby Dimon "The Signalman" is by Charles Dickens, and adapted by Simon Corble
Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon created the original hilarious adaptation of The 39 Steps which went on to be an international hit. Here they bring different approaches to the challenge of staging the supernatural.
Even the most sceptical, rational and scientific mind may have moments when something happens that seems to defy the laws of nature, when the wild landscapes of our dreams and nightmares seem to intrude on reality, when coincidence seems to be stretched to breaking point…
Directed by Vivienne Garnett.
Thu 30 Nov
Musician of the Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
Instrumentalist of the Year Scots Trad Awards 2016
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic, as well as writing and performing her own pieces. Her band features Lauren MacColl on fiddle, and Mattie Foulds on percussion and Sarah Hayes on keys.
Rachel's most recent album is Here's My Heart Come Take It, described by The Herald as the sound of modern Scotland Newton's singing and harp at the heart of a singular vision.'
With the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award sure to propel her to greater fame, this is a rare opportunity to see Rachel in an intimate setting, with the town hall's acoustics perfectly suited to her delicate harp playing and beautiful voice.
'Haunting vocals and elegant harp' The Guardian
'Harp and strings blur the border between worlds' Financial Times
Thu 21 Sep
£13.20 some concessions
Classic northern soul tracks performed live by vocalist Sarah Collins.
Sat 11 Nov
Veteran train traveller and highly experienced stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of Britain’s Railway system. Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that’s enough to drive you to drive. It’s the antidote to Michael Portillo.
But he doesn’t stop there (it’s not scheduled): Steve shunts back into history to acknowledge the immense social change that the trains have brought, from the adoption of “railway time” (not an oxymoron), to the movement of goods and services, including, of course, troops on their way to war.
The show will be a mixture of stand-up, songs and train announcements, as Steve examines all aspects of the railways, from Beeching to Brunel, from Steam (H2O) to HS2. Along the way, audiences will be encouraged to relate their worst rail journeys and personal stories such as that of Steve’s great grandfather John Gribbin, a railwayman who was knocked over and killed at Liverpool Lime Street Station in 1932.
The show also looks at privatisation and the sheer grinding frustration of modern rail travel where it turns out the most difficult three words are not:
“I Love You”, but “Bus Replacement Service.”
Fri 16 Jun
RABI, the charity supporting farming families, presents "A Summer Sizzler" of a concert by the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Band, playing a wide variety of pieces including military classics, pop favourites and selections from stage and screen.
As well as supporting official fire service engagements, the band has developed a strong following with excellent concerts all over the country. Their international tours include recent trips to Canada, Poland and Belgium.
Tickets at £12.50 INCLUDE a hearty supper, and there will be a raffle and bar available. All proceeds go to the North Yorkshire Committee of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Association.
Sat 10 Jun
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