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Pay What You Decide performance at The Civic, as four regional artists showcase their work

A gig about motherhood, a new dance fusion, childhood memories of play and a supermarket make up the latest Scratch Night at The Civic as four regional artists perform new work.

Regional artists will perform at The Civic on Friday 22 March in a ‘pay what you decide’ event where artists show their newest work.

The Civic are excited to announce their line-up for Civic Scratch. The biannual event is an informal chance for regional artists to showcase new work in front of a live audience. This month’s Civic Scratch is an eclectic mix and will include four exciting new performances in one night from: a circus/dance act; a powerful new theatre company; a drag act and a company made up of actors with learning disabilities. There will be pieces exploring womanhood, water, supermarkets and autism.

The South Yorkshire arts hub are proud to support emerging artists in a variety of ways, and the acts included in this performance are no different – each having received a degree of support from the organisation throughout their creative journey.

If you haven’t been to a scratch night before it’s an interesting and unique experience where the audience gets a chance to see works in progress. Each artist will perform a snippet of their piece, and there will be a Q&A at the end where you’ll have the chance to say what you thought about it – good and bad. Tickets are ‘pay what you decide’ at the end of the night and all donations will be distributed equally between the artists and The Civic to support the development of their work.

In no particular order, here are the four acts that will be performing this month:


Bonnie and The Bonnettes: And She

The terrific threesome who brought Drag Me To Love to NewWorkWeekend create work that is loud, fun, and unapologetic. This time they return with a new performance that is part gig, part their mum’s living rooms. Bonnie and The Bonnettes delve into motherhood, womanhood, and femininity through conversations with their Mums, armed with three microphones, music, and a bottle of prosecco.

Coming home at the break of dawn, her living room light is on but the hall is dark. Her voice fills the hall; advice taken and ignored, telling’s off, pep talks, and tales of her past. We were always scared of sounding just like her but maybe she was right about some things.


Kapow Dance: Mayfly

Kapow Dance return to The Civic after some astonishing performances both inside, outside, and quite literally all over town, as last year saw them climbing the walls of Regents Street, for the Mayors Parade. Kapow want to share the joy of imagination, physical storytelling and the moving body with audiences. For their newest work the company are being supported by The Civic and have taken up residency in the building to research and develop the piece.

Working with a theme of water, they pair of multi-talented performers are creating a new dance fusion that represents great change and transformation. 


Cross The Sky: Up In The Attic

Cross The Sky is an Integrated Theatre Company based in Barnsley. The company is made up of actors with learning disabilities and 3 artists and is now managed by The Civic. By using a wide spectrum of art forms the company perform original songs, visual and theatre work that is exciting to watch.

Up in the attic, dusty, cold and dark, she spins in the shadows, with a lonely heart.

Cross The Sky Theatre Company devise original theatre work inspired by their own experiences and passions. Up In The Attic uses personal experience of autism and childhood memories of play to tell the story of a man who goes on a journey of self-discovery.


12 Miles North Theatre: NINA

12MilesNorth Theatre is a female led touring theatre company based in the North of England. Their aim is to create exciting theatre working with engaging and powerful new writing that represents the world we live in. 

Nina works in a supermarket. She's got the swiftest hands on the checkouts and her eyes on a promotion. But when she doesn't get the raise she thinks she deserves, what's going to stop her throwing it all up in air for a bit of excitement? This is a one woman show about disappointment, hope and messing it all up.  


The evening will finish with a post-show Q&A where audience members will have the chance to comment on the works, ask and answer questions and provide feedback. So get yourselves down to The Civic for an unusual night of new work, and have your say on what artists are making.


The Civic Scratch is on Friday 22 March 2019 at 7:30pm.

Pay What You Decide


For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.