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Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, musical star and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Date: Saturday 21 April
Time: 8.00pm show, 7.30pm doors open, 7.00pm bar/café
Price: £15.00

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:35

The Castle Players present: Oliver Twist

The Castle Players present Charles Dickens' classic tale of villainy, hope and a happy ending.

Date: Saturday 6 January
Time: 7.30pm, 6.30pm bar/café
Price: £10, with £8 for 16 years and under

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Following on from two sell-out shows in Barnard Castle Gyles returns with his brand new show celebrating all things theatrical. Be among the first to see it.

Date: Saturday 28 July
Time: 7.30pm show, 7.00pm doors open, 6.30pm bar/café
Price: £20.00

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 00:00

The Filming of Jigdoll

Be part of the audience for the live recording of Jig Doll with Hannah James at The Witham.

Date: Wed 6 December
Time: 
7.30pm
Price: £2 reservation fee, then Pay What You Think It's Worth

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A rarity in folk music, Hannah James is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.
 
At The Witham earlier this year and so pleased with her experience here, Hannah is returning to record the film of the show. Being a part of the audience means you will enjoy Jigdoll as never seen before, with Hannah presenting her very best performance to be recorded and shared in years to come. Please be aware, this may mean some re-takes and pauses to guarantee the film crew capture what they need - we cannot guarantee the finish time. Please come and join us to enjoy the exclusive experience at The Witham.
 
As it's an exceptional event, we have set up a reservation fee for a seat of £2. We are asking, following the show, you donate what you would have paid for the ticket price following the gig.

 

 

 

 
Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00

NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017.

Date: Thursday 22 February 2018
Time: 
7.00pm
Price: £14   | £12 for students and those under 16 years

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 “I only regret the people I didn’t have sex with….. And 60% of the people I did have sex with.” 

Date: Saturday 19 May
Time: 8 pm show, 7.30pm doors open, 7.00pm bar/café
Price: £17.50

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WE ARE THE LIONS, MR MANAGER! By Neil Gore, will premiere at The Witham on 29th November.

On the 20th August 1976 a group of workers in a film processing factory in Willesden walked out in protest at their unfair working conditions, low pay and the 'bullying tactics' used by management.

Led by mostly East African Asian women, the Grunwick strike became one of the longest and most important industrial disputes in British history, and changed the way trade unions thought about race and new immigrant communities coming to Britain in the 1970s.

The women became known as the “strikers in saris” and their fight for fair treatment was supported by thousands of trade unionists and campaigners, as more than 20,000 people joined them at the picket lines on one of the mass pickets.

But the story of the Grunwick dispute is not just a story about ground-breaking solidarity. It is also the story of a remarkable woman, Jayaben Desai.

The four foot ten inches tall, mother-of-two defiantly led the first walk-out in protest against the humiliation she and other women employees felt at the Grunwick factory.
 
As she left, the manager shouted at Jayaben and her colleagues to “stop chattering like monkeys in a zoo", and Jayaben replied: "What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your finger-tips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!”

Jayaben became the leader of the Grunwick Strike and not only stood up for workers’ rights with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights, inspiring future generations and challenging the way people perceived Asian women.

Now, Jayaben's story is being brought to life for the very first time by Townsend Theatre Productions seeking to relive the strikers' inspirational fight for freedom, equality and human dignity.
Written by Neil Gore, the play will tell the story of the Grunwick dispute through a mixture of stirring song, poetry, movement and dance, and the play will utilise Townsend Production's trademark cast of two characters playing multiple roles.
 “In our work we aim to focus on the lives and contributions of inspirational and vital figures from our social history, often forgotten, who campaigned vigorously to improve the quality of life for everyone. Jayaben Desai is one such figure. She tirelessly fought on behalf of immigrant workers against exploitative employment practice; fearlessly faced all the elements of establishment authority; alerted many in the trade union movement to the issues of vulnerability of immigrant workers; and highlighted the fight to maintain basic trade union rights. Her resolve and courage should be remembered and celebrated. Also, Grunwick raised many wide-ranging questions about trade unionism, rights in the workplace and dignity at work, themes that still resonate and are relevant today.”  Neil Gore

We Are The Lions Mr Manager is directed by Louise Townsend & Musical Director John Kirkpatrick and will feature in it’s cast Medhavi Patel and Neil Gore.

We Are Lions, Mr Manager! is supported by Arts Council England and Unite the Union.
Tickets for We Are The Lions Mr Manager are priced at £10 (£8 Concs) and you can buy them here.

 

Saturday, 09 June 2018 00:00

Heidi Talbot & John McCusker

Two of folk music's most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo.

Date: Saturday 9 June

Time: 8.00 pm
Price: £16 in advance

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We spent a month in Edinburgh last Summer looking for new talent and these were two of the best new performers we saw.

Date: Saturday 20 January
Time: 8 pm show, 7.30pm doors open, 7.00pm bar/café
Price: £12.00 (16+)

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Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK.

Date: Thursday 7 June 2018
Time: 8 pm show, 7.30pm doors open, 7.00pm bar/café
Price: £17.00 (14+)

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