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Finest emerging experimental artists performing in Barnsley

The Civic to showcase some of the best in new performing art work, in special weekend event.

Dedicated to bringing top quality new performances to Barnsley, The Civic will be hosting a weekend of New Work this October. Featuring 4 shows with new talent in theatre, music, spoken word and dance.

The Civic are passionate about programming new writing and performance from some of the UK’s finest emerging experimental artists and companies. New Work Weekend supports these artists and companies, giving them a platform and a ‘stamp of approval’ as they pursue their creative journeys.

The weekend kicks off on Friday 13 October with Whatever Happened to Vandal Raptor. Vandal Raptor were the greatest 4-piece dinosaur-themed punk band you’ve never heard of. Snarling through songs and snapping strings, they sang about changing the world…until they broke up. 10 years later they are accidentally reunited in their old stomping ground. Has the fire for DIY and protest music been extinguished, or still burning bright?

This is a sharp and passionate tale of friendship, growing up and love for music told through story and music.

“Whatever Happened to Vandal Raptor is a perfect demonstration of a performance as protest, performance as change, and how one person can make a difference by creating a space where people can be brought together.” Broadway Baby

Next comes Bin Laden The One Man Show. After a critically acclaimed USA tour this intelligent show comes from provides a fresh perspective; creating a space for dialogue within the unthinkable. Bin Laden questions its audience. It sensitively asks them to re-examine their thoughts and feelings on the Bin Laden myth and to look again at the causes and possible solutions to the Middle Eastern conflict. Bin Laden always provokes passionate debate in the bar afterwards. 

"Great theatre minds in the making" Matt Trueman, The Scotsman, 2013

On Saturday, the event continues with Life By The Throat. Life-long thief James Joseph Patrick Keogh is a force to be reckoned with. This is the story of his extraordinary journey, from the womb to the tomb. Born into chaos, James survives on wit, laughter and one ingenious scheme after another. But whether it’s sprinting on sports day or running from the cops, a spectacular fall is sure to come. Then it’s a primal question of survival.

Based on a combination of lived experience and interviews with bank robbers, thieves and addicts, multi award-winning writer/performer Eve Steele (Coronation Street) channels the life of this remarkable individual in a performance that is visceral, funny and heart-wrenching.

“Grit and Wit... Honest and Deeply AffectingThe Scotsman

In a wonderful conclusion to the weekend, Akeim Toussaing Buck performs a new live solo, Windows of Displacement. He works with dance, song and spoken word, exploring diverse identities in today’s England using his own experience of being a Jamaican born citizen now residing in the UK as a starting point. Akeim draws on the contexts of imperialism, colonialism and displacement to create a story of the past, present and future of humanity. Prepare to be taken on a journey galvanizing people power and reclaiming our collective responsibility.

Taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, each evening has a double bill giving you two shows for the price of one with an Evening Ticket. There is also the option of a weekend ticket giving you access to all four shows over the two nights. With such fantastic new work on show, you’d be mad to miss New Work Weekend.

Whatever Happened to Vandal Raptor and Bin Laden The One Man Show are at The Civic on Friday 13 October 2017 at 7.30pm. Recommended for 16+

Life By The Throat and Windows of Displacement are at The Civic on Saturday 14 October 2017 at 7.30pm. Recommended for 14+

Weekend tickets are £15 and £12 concession. Evening tickets are £10 and £8 concession