Our autumn brochure has arrived, featuring a fresh new look and heralding a season of world class performance and artistic adventure, contrasting joyously uplifting shows with journeys into the hearts of darker futures.
Matt Burman, our Head of Programme and Audiences says “I’m genuinely excited by our autumn season. We’ve got such an incredible diversity of performance, music, film and visual art; work of the highest quality, from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and performers. It’s really hard to pick highlights from a programme that is so packed with them.”
Opening the season is Motionhouse, a dance company from just down the road in Leamington Spa, with an international reputation. We’re excited to be hosting the world premiere of their new piece Broken, which leads audiences through a mythical underworld with a blend of dance and film.
Secrets, spies and hidden identities are the focus of a programme of plays from the UK’s most important touring theatre companies, with Headlong’s 1984, The Secret Agent from theatre O and Out of Joint Theatre’s Ciphers
For families, children’s favourite Michael Rosen has a new poetry show, Centrally Heated Knickers, and there’ll be a chance to meet a prehistoric pet in the Danger Seats at the Dinosaur Zoo, And of course, this Christmas, we’ve excited to welcome the Julia Donaldson delight Room on the Broom
There’s music and comedy to warm the heart as the nights get chilly, with appearances from super-cool singer Paloma Faith, Soweto Gospel Choir and the electro wunderkind Nicolas Jaar alongside comedy-rapper Doc Brown, Jack Dee and Mark Thomas to name but a few.
The Mead Gallery also opens its new show, The World Turned Upside Down – Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd, a wry and exciting new exhibition curated by Simon Faithfull and Ben Roberts. With over twenty international artists working in film, sculpture, installation art and performance, the exhibition places these works in direct relation to Buster Keaton’s films to show the relationship between slapstick, film, sculpture and performance which continues to resonate today.
As if that wasn’t enough we’ve a brand new series of Free & Live events, providing audiences with free and exciting artistic encounters, from live music to informal interviews.