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Bruce Yourselves for a Brand New Season at The Civic

Zock! Bap! Pow! A new Autumn Winter brochure has landed with a crash in Barnsley (with a batman cover!) and The Civic are delighted to welcome in a fun-tastic new season of events.

“We are committed to bringing top quality shows and exhibitions to Barnsley, including the hilarious Ed Byrne, wonderful new music from Hannah Peel, a fantastic Christmas production, The Magic Toy Shop and exclusive exhibitions featuring artists from across the globe.” Helen Ball Chief Executive.

Here are a few highlights to show you what’s in store.

Right off the bat, the season starts with a completely free special celebration to launch the season - The Civic Garden Party. A day of fun for all the family in Mandala Gardens with performances from Markmark (one of Britain’s leading festival and street theatre companies) and Turnaround Dance Theatre.

The Civic Garden Party is at Mandala Gardens outside The Civic on Saturday 23 September at 11:00am - 3:00pm. Entry is free and there is no need to book.

Music lovers would be batty to miss Tubular Bells + Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia. Mike Oldfield’s much loved classic album Tubular Bells, famous as one of the biggest selling albums of all time and the exorcist theme will be performed live by Tubular Brass - a 28-piece brass band. Music by Barnsley-born composer Hannah Peel will also feature in a special performance of Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia that combines synthesizers and brass to stunning effect. Other live music in autumn includes: What the Floyd and The Simon & Garfunkel Story.

“Absolutely terrific, and the most satisfying live musical event I’ve attended in years.” The Arts Desk

Tubular Bells + Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia is at The Civic on Saturday 21 October 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £16.

The Civic are continuing to bring contemporary dance and circus to town; Phoenix Dance opens its wings and returns to Barnsley to present three diverse, emotional and sassy dances in one thrilling performance. Phoenix Dance Mixed Programme 2017 will feature: Calyx, a beautiful new work exploring desire; Beast,exploring the darkest reaches of the mind; and Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe, ‘sparky, mischievous…crowd-pleasing’ The Times

Phoenix Dance Mixed Programme 2017 is at The Civic on Friday 17 November 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concession.

Sports fans will find shows of interest in the new season too, with The Damned United and The Life & Soul bringing to life the beauty and brutality of football. The spotlight will also shine on rugby, in a fantastic theatre performance The Ruck. This new play is inspired by the real-life story of the first UK girls’ rugby league team to tour Australia.

All the way from Yorkshire UK, the original “County of Origin” of Rugby League, comes a new force to be reckoned with: the mighty Batley Girls Under 16 team. Growing up in Batley, these women are used to a challenge; but are they prepared for what’s in store on the other side of the world? The Ruck is an energetic new play with live music.

The Ruck is at The Civic on Friday 22 September 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concession. Recommended for ages 8+.

As well as all this terrific theatre, The Civic are going batty for The Toy Box: From Pop to Present, a new exhibition, exclusive to The Gallery@ The Civic, exploring the use of toys in the world of contemporary art and design. By using British Pop Art of the 1950s and 1960s as a starting point and the movements it inspired, the exhibition will showcase paintings, prints and sculpture from around the world. Children will also be able to create an army of toy robots in fun workshops will accompany the exhibition.

The Toy Box is at The Civic from 29 July to 23 September. Gallery times are Tuesday - Saturdays at 10:00am - 5:00pm. FREE admission.

As the seasons change The Civic will be bringing joy to the cold Dark Knights with plenty of entertainment at Christmas time, with music, family shows, comedy and theatre.

Hop and step into the spirit of the season with a unique fusion of hip hop and folk in The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ Featuring the Demon Barbers. Half gig, half dance show and half panto. Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance. As Jasmineezer Scrooge threatens to ruin Christmas at The Olde Fighting Cocks can the regulars make sure it is still the Folk & Hip Hop dance party of the year?

Children and their grown-ups will enjoy The Magic Toy Shop, tickets already flying out fast with special school performances. Charlie Hubble is a little boy with a very big dream, he wants to be a world-class magician. He sets off to Mr Zacoor’s Magic Toy Shop to buy his spellbook. But Mr Zacoor is no ordinary shopkeeper, he’s a real life Magician! And he has a very special job for Charlie. This delightful new show comes to life with a blend of music, puppetry and storytelling in an enchanting toy shop setting.

The Christmas schedule will also feature top comedy acts such as Justin Moorhouse and Toby Foster’s Last Laugh Comedy Club.

The Lock in Christmas Carol is at The Civic on Friday 1 December 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £17 full price and £15 concession.

Justin Moorhouse is at The Civic on Saturday 9 December 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are £15 full price and £5 unwaged.

Toby Foster is at The Civic on Saturday 2 December 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are £12.

The Magic Toy Box is at The Civic from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 December at various times. Tickets are £12 full price, £10 concession and £8 child.

The new brochure is out now, you can spot it with the Batman cover by artist Joe Simpson whose work will feature in The Toy Box. Get your claws on a copy at stands around Tarn or in The Civic Box Office.

Quick! To The Civic, Robin!