We’ve launched our new-look website, and we thought it was time to fill it with lots of new events – our Spring Season for 2014 in now officially on sale!
Theatre offerings are a mixture of exciting new works and time-honoured plays. Sleepwalk Collective return with a very different take on Karaoke, creating a performance about love and rockets. Meanwhile Edinburgh Fringe sensation Daniel Bye explains How to Occupy An Oil Rig in a new show about protest. The critically acclaimed Frantic Assembly are back with a new play The Believers by Bryony Lavery (Beautiful Burnout), and Filter present a 90-minute explosive remix of Twelfth Night, where riotous gig meets Shakespearean classic. The Tiger Lillies’ bring their genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving cabaret performance style to Lulu – A Murder Ballad, based on Frank Wedekind’s infamous plays, and Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s most prolific and beloved playwrights, makes a personal appearance to accompany a trilogy of his creations, including two new pieces and a revival of Time of My Life.
In Dance, established pioneers Candoco, shift perceptions and preconceptions about dance in a Triple Bill of works, whilst Hofesh Shechter, one of Europe’s most important choreographers, presents his new piece Sun with a company of 14 world-class dancers and an eclectic soundtrack of original music.
Macbeth: Blood Will Have Blood from Contender Charlie is Shakespeare reinvented for young audiences – an immersive, accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power with razor sharp storytelling, eerie projections and a heart-stopping soundtrack. Performance poet Polarbear presents Mouth Open Story Jump Out, a heartrending show about the craft of storytelling, and M6 Theatre Company tell a charming tale about the passage of time in Grandpa’s Railway.
As ever, there’s an eclectic mix of new music to make you feel alive. Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane deftly combines the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness whilst Get The Blessing, the band with their roots in Portishead, will show you why they’ve taken the jazz world by the storm. And if you think you know girl bands, The Boxettes will make you think again: an all-female five piece vocal group featuring the world beatbox champion Bellatrix and four of London’s finest new voices are intent on crushing the girl band stereotype and mesmerising audiences with an empowering performance.
The Mead Gallery unveils its latest show, Uncommon Ground – the most comprehensive exhibition of British Land Art to date. Featuring the work of 24 of some of the most important artists and artist groups working in the UK between the mid-1960s and late 1970s, including Andy Goldsworthy and Anthony McCall, the exhibition demonstrates how the term ‘Landscape’ was being questioned and transformed by artists during this period to become the ground for radical artistic experiment.
Finally, Warwick Arts Centre remains one of the best venues for comedy in the UK where you can get closer to arena-filling, sell-out comedians. This spring is no different, with a programme featuring Russell Brand, Jason Manford and David Baddiel. There’s also musical comedy from Fascinating Aida, sketch show silliness from WitTank and a chance to get your geek on in Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
We think there’s lots of exciting new performances from old favourites and new faces, and we hope to see you this spring at Warwick Arts Centre!