What better way to celebrate Halloween than with an evening dedicated to the golden age of the “Video Nasty”?
Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?
Written and performed by Brendan Murphy
Directed by Hamish Macdougall
An evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal. Featuring all your favourite poems from his BBC Radio 4 series and his seven poetry collections.
"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal's show" - Radio Times
'the Alan Bennett of poetry' - The Scotsman
'Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit' - The Guardian
'A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky...a gentle giant of stand-up poetry' - The List
'The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink' - The Guardian
"The funniest man you've never heard of" - The Telegraph
"Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations" - The Stage
"Distinctly funny" - Time Out
“Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal" Simon O'Hagan - Radio Times
Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
a parody of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
“Fear not darling. I shall return with absolutely no physical injuries.”
This performance will include Creative Captioning and Integrated Audio Description.
Cast: Christina Baston, Wesley Griffith, Rebecca McClay, Lawrence Russell
Understudies: James Hepworth, Katie Oakhurst
Writer: Lawrence Russell
Director: Ben Simpson
Original Score: Savage & Spies
Set Design: Phil Eddols
Lighting Design: Angharad Evans
Sound Design: Helen Skiera.
We bring you glittering pound-shop prizes, a human clap-o-meter and total power. Who will you crown Supreme Giver of Absolutely None?
Stand-up tale-tellers slam down the stories, with an MC to keep things clean. Brace yourselves for no-holds-barred tales to make you want to rip up the rule book and riot! Women around the globe are hitting the headlines standing up to abuse of power, and calling out inequality. We began tweeting one another the names and images of inspiring super-women who stalk through the world’s myths and legends.
Excited by what we found, we dug deeper. Many were new to us – side-lined and almost forgotten. No longer! From Magyar domestic warrior and Irish pirate queen, to naughty Greek pig-wife belly goddess, Japanese Sun deity, and Sumerian sword-wielding nemesis, we present myths and legends of females outgunning adversity. Wielding wit, brains, cunning, courage, righteous rage and the occasional superpower, these imperfect women embody what can be achieved when we give absolutely no f**ks. A celebratory, inspiring night meant for men as much as women.
Every night features a different guest performer, and a new mix of stories. No two nights the same!
China Crisis were never your run-of-the-mill 80s pop band. Formed in Liverpool by singer Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, they distilled their love of David Bowie and Steely Dan into an exquisitely melancholy post-punk sound that saw them win their just chart rewards. Has there ever been a more wistful Top 10 hit than the charming Wishful Thinking?
Their hero Walter Becker – of Steely Dan fame – was so impressed he even became a band member back in 1985, producing and playing on Top 10 album Flaunt the Imperfection, and returning for 1989’s hugely acclaimed Diary of a Hollow Horse. And, all the while, the hits kept rolling in… Christian, Black Man Ray and King in a Catholic Style all made their way into the UK Top 20
Voodoo Room - A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream
Paying tribute to these legends of Blues/Rock are VOODOO ROOM.
resented by Bill Elms Productions and On Song Productions
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are back together again thanks to a sensational musical experience, Judy and Liza.
Member of the classic Kraftwerk line up 1973-1987, author of “I Was A Robot” and Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame 2021 inductee - Wolfgang Flür joins us at Square Chapel as he tours his 3rd solo album: Magazine.
Age suitability is Age 14+ accompanied by adult
Join Jeramiah Ferrari at Square Chapel for a night of feel good reggae- ska-pop fusion!
Jeramiah Ferrari grew up on a diet of Bob Marley, The Police and Michael Jackson. Expect a great calypso-ska style dancing party at any Jeramiah Ferrari Show!
Previous tours include sharing the stage with Madness, UB40, Hollie Cook and Steel Pulse.
Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. With Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs, the band had a string of huge hits throughout the 1970s including Love to Boogie, Telegram Sam, Jeepster and 20th Century Boy.
T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.
Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!
Before there was carolling, there was wassailing, where seasonal songs were exchanged for money, food and ale. In the countryside trees were blessed, while in the towns wassaillers went house to house with their songs and calls for Christmas treats. Coming from the Anglo Saxon waes hael, ‘wassail’ is a toast wishing good health with a ‘be well’.
In December 2022 Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden combine their considerable talents and reputations within the UK folk scene, for the first time ever performing as a duo, and coming together for a nationwide wassail across key venues. Presenting seasonal, traditional material on a stage decorated for the occasion, they will take audiences back to some of the oldest songs in the English canon, telling Christmas tales, spreading good cheer and lighting up the darkest days of the year, ahead of Christmas Day itself.
One half of Spiers & Boden, lead singer of the mighty Bellowhead and with his own successful career as a soloist and with Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings and Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings, Jon has been a major name in English folk music for over twenty years with more BBC Folk Awards than any other artist. Add in a performance in the Hollywood movie About Time, his role singing/playing the theme tunes of both the BBC Radio 2 Folk show and The Archers, and his place as a respected singer songwriter for both theatre and the folk scene, with his soon-to-be-released the third and final album, ‘Last Mile Home’, in his post-apocalyptic trilogy, Jon is a musical force to be reckoned with. Jon, together with John Spiers, also did a stint in The Ratcatchers, the backing band for Eliza Carthy in the mid-noughties, so has a long association and friendship with Eliza that has led naturally to the newly launched Wassail project.
‘The stand out performer of his generation’ The Guardian
‘Alone, Boden still has the energy of a twelve piece band’ EDS Magazine
Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. Eliza grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She still divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson as well as engaging in numerous pioneering solo and band projects. Eliza has co-presented the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made many appearances on BBC TV’s 'Later…with Jools Holland'.
‘Eliza Carthy is one of the figureheads of the English folk revival.’ Evening Standard
‘Brave and anything but predictable’ **** The Guardian