Theatre – Flat 73 (8th April)

flat73A one hour play with music about loneliness and the Samaritans. Written by Gaye Poole, music by Arne Richards.

Battersby Buildings has 75 flats and yet very few people know each other. There’s Beryl, 68, and recently widowed; Chelsea, a new mum at 18; and Simon, a young man with learning disabilities. There is also Laura, a Samaritan, living in Flat 73, who on one fateful day unknowingly brings them all together.

Post-show Q&A with an expert from the Samaritans and other organisations who offer support to lonely and isolated people.

7.30pm

Theatre – Eddie and the Gold Tops (19th March)

eddieandthegoldtopsA fantastic family comedy with music, written and directed by Kate Bramley. With original songs and music by Jez Lowe (SONY Radio Academy Award Winner/ BBC Radio 2 Radio Ballads)  Design by Charlie Cridlan.

It’s the 1960’s and every village in England has a band determined to hit the big time.This tale follows our Eddie, a hard-working milkman in Bottledale, where local folk are inspired by the cream of the pop charts and tired of the milk-float of ordinary life, ever dreaming of stardom and success.

Eddie inherited the family milk round from his father, and has fulfilled his deathbed promise to never miss a delivery for the good people of the village. But suddenly he’s becoming a pop superstar, quite by accident! His songs are heading up the charts and if he can get there by tonight he’ll be on Top of The Pops…..

So, get ready, Eddie, go! You’re heading for the high life, with the fabulous Gold Tops behind you every step of the way! But when things take a churn for the worse, will you get back for the morning milk?

6pm

Tickets £10 Child £5

Cinema – Bridget Jones’s Baby (3rd February)

bridgetjonesbabyAfter breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Doors open 7.00 Starts 7.30

Tickets £5

Bar & Raffle

Cinema – I, Daniel Blake (6th January)

idanielblakeDaniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.

Doors open 7.00 Starts 7.30

Tickets £5

Bar & Raffle

Cinema – Eye in the Sky (4th November)

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EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Doors open 7.00 Starts 7.30

Bar & Raffle

Tickets £5

Cinema – Florence Foster Jenkins (7 October)

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Tickets £5, Doors Open 7.00pm

In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is quite lousy. Her husband St. Clair goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful she truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair soon realizes that he’s facing his greatest challenge yet.

Cinema – Brooklyn (1st April)

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Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson star in this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Colm Tóibín. Set in the 1950s, the story follows young Irish woman Ellis Lacey (Ronan) as she travels to New York City in search of a better life. Initially homesick, she begins to adjust to her new surroundings with the help of Italian-American Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen) with whom she becomes romantically involved. After news of a family crisis, Ellis returns to Ireland where she enjoys spending time back in her hometown and becomes acquainted with a young man, Jim Farrell (Gleeson), finding herself torn between two very different paths. The cast also includes Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Tickets £5 12A
Doors open 7.00 starts 7.30

Theatre – Stones In His Pockets (22nd April)

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Tickets Adult £8 child £6 (tel 01865 883512)

A quiet Irish village community is turned upside down with the arrival of a Hollywood film crew, looking for the ‘real’ Ireland for their latest schmaltzy blockbuster. A pair of extras, Charlie and Jake, watch with amazement, envy and delight as cultures clash, divas strop, and everyone fights over the last portion of lemon meringue pie.

Two actors play a vast array of eccentric and lovable characters in this universally loved, worldwide comic theatre sensation. Written with poignancy and sincerity, performed at breakneck pace, this play has made deep connection with audiences in over 30 countries.

“Hilarious, lovable and at times almost breathtaking” The Scotsman

“Richly funny” The Telegraph

Suitable for ages 10+

Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins (including interval)