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Saturday 28th March at 8.00pm

Seann Walsh

The Lie-In King is back! In his last show 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Seann was living alone and trying to sort himself out. At 28 years of age he returns with his aptly named new show 28 where he is now living with his girlfriend, and she is trying to sort him out.

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Thursday 9th April at 8.00pm

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are proud to announce their album Tomorrow Will Follow Today, their boldest musical statement to date. After being voted Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, and also nominated for Best Original Song (The Ballad of Andy Jacobs), they add two rarely covered traditional songs to eight confidently written compositions to create a superb new album.

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Saturday 11th April at 8.00pm

The Blues Band - Sold Out

2015 sees The Blues Band celebrate their 35th year together with Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher.

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Monday 13th April at 6.30pm

Green Man Workshop By Jill Ford

Make a ceramic Green Man to grace your garden. Learn to roll out clay and model the face and leaves for decoration.
Pieces fired (£2 per person) by Jill at Providence House Pottery, Ellerton and will require collection.
All abilities welcome.

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Tuesday 14th April - Friday 22nd May

Julia Burns

Working under the brand name Red Hen Originals, award-winning artist, Julia Burns, creates contemporary little paintings using that most ancient of crafts, potato printing.

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Thursday 16th April at 7.00pm

Documentary Film Course

An exciting introductory six week course, led by former York St John Senior Lecturer Robin Small from the first Documentary, Nanook of the North (1922) shot in the Arctic to the iconic Nightmail (1936).and the development of the Documentary Film from silent to sound becoming a vehicle for propaganda. Featuring rare footage and the opportunity for discussion and further study.

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Thursday 16th April at 7.00pm

Nt Live: The Hard Problem By Tom Stoppard

The acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (ex Pocklington School) (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play

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Tuesday 21st April at 7.30pm

Barry Cryer

In yet another farewell tour, Baz returns, having been charged with persistent joking and asks for 20 other shows to be taken into consideration.

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Wednesday 22nd April at 8.00pm

The Shires - Sold Out

Country music duo The Shires are set to make their third appearance at the venue within ten months, to promote their debut album 'Brave' as part of a nationwide tour.

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Saturday 25th April at 8.00pm

Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse is an American roots/melodic folk singer-songwriter. He has been lauded for his special talents – creating little slices of heaven with words and music that have captured the hearts and minds of both critics, and fans, the globe over, whether it is the New York Times talking about his “pop-folk introspection”

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Wednesday 29th April at 7.30pm

Idle Motion Theatre Company Presents

Shooting The Light

Developed with New Diorama, The Lowry and Greenwich Theatre. From the brilliant company that brought us last year’s stunning play about Bletchley Park – That Is All You Need To Know.

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Thursday 30th April at 8.00pm (7.15pm Doors)

Punchline Comedy Club

It’s the best night out in Pocklington as we welcome top comedians from the national circuit. Many past comedians have gone on to dizzy heights including Sarah Millican, Rhod Gilbert, Chris Ramsey, Jason Manford and Mark Watson! Come along and discover the next ‘big thing’. The show is in the Studio, cabaret-style with bar available throughout.

Age 16+

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Tuesday 5th May at 8.00pm

Courtney Pine Presents ‘Song’ With Zoe Rahman

With an OBE and CBE for services to music Courtney Pine continues to break new ground. In April 2014 he joined Herbie Hancock and a dazzling line-up of Jazz all-stars for UNESCO’S International Jazz Day and his name regularly appears on the list of Most Influential Black Britons.

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Monday 11th May at 6.30pm

Cabbage Leaf Platter Workshop By Jill Ford

Make a pretty Cabbage leaf platter for serving your salads. Learn how to roll out and texture the clay using a savoy cabbage.

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Tuesday 12th May at 8.00pm

Thea Gilmore

"Deceptively populist" one noted music journalist called her in 2010... Thea Gilmore's fans famously range from Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson and Joan Baez to poet Simon Armitage and novelists William Boyd and Neil Gaiman, but of all the many plaudits the press have hurled her way in an extraordinary 14 year career it may be that the above is the most relevant right now.....

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Thursday 14th May at 7.00pm

Nt Live: Man And Superman By Bernard Shaw

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

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Tuesday 19th May at 7.30pm

Eno Screen: The Pirates Of Penzance

Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling comic opera The Pirates of Penzance

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Friday 22nd May at 7.30pm

An Evening Of Poetry With Mike Harding

With a resume that reads folk singer and songwriter, poet and playwright, comedian and broadcaster, fell-walker and fly-fisherman; it’s hard to pigeon-hole Mike Harding.

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Saturday 23rd May at 8.00pm

Chris Smither

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Chris draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers.

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Tuesday 26th May at 7.00pm

Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists (90mins)

They are the world’s most popular artists. But why and how did they paint, and what lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a major new exhibition focusing on the 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.

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Friday 29th May at 2.30pm

Horse + Bamboo Presents

Red Riding Hood

A young girl, a hungry wolf, and a walk through the woods - it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Red Riding Hood’s not scared… well maybe she’s a little bit scared.

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Tuesday 2nd June - Friday 17th July

Linda Combi & Peter Donohoe

Peter Donohoe’s semi abstract figurative sculptures owe something to the early publicity shots from Hollywood. Each is unique being free-formed, without the use of moulds or formers, in hammered copper. Linda Combi's upbeat and colourful work explores music in collage, paint and wood constructions. In this exhibition, she reinterprets song titles, visualises birdsong and creates surreal musical instruments.

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Wednesday 3rd June at 7.30pm

Reform Theatre Company & Harrogate Theatre Presents

April In Paris By John Godber

Al and Bet’s relationship is on the rocks. He has recently lost his job, she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life, but things are about to change... When Bet wins a romantic night in the city of love, Al wonders who she’ll take along!

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Saturday 6th June at 7.30pm

Brighouse And Rastrick Band

Regarded by many as the best and most consistent �public subscription band� in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by �Briggus� whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur.

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Friday 19th June at 7.30pm

Emmanuel Vass

Charismatic award winning pianist Emmanuel Vass has established himself firmly on the national scene after his successful From Bach to Bond debut album and national tour. He is now returning to Pocklington as part of his Sonic Waves second CD and tour.

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Wednesday 1st July at 7.00pm

Eno Screen: Carmen

A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, Bizet’s Carmen is set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must-see opera has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe.

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Thursday 2nd July at 8.00pm

Fire And Rain - The Music Of James Taylor & Carole King

This is not a tribute or sound-a-like act. It’s simply a collection of five of the best musicians from the North of England coming together to play music they love. Expect the classic JT & CK songs played with skill, passion, emotion, humour and humility.

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Thursday 16th July at 8.00pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Platform Festival: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Over the course of her career, Mary has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records. With hits like 'Stones in the Road', 'Passionate Kisses' and 'He Thinks He’ll Keep Her', she has won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her compositions have also been covered by a diverse assortment of artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black and Dianne Reeves and has also collaborated, on record and/or on stage, with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, the Indigo Girls and Tony Bennett.

'...quietly spellbinding... the music of Ms. Carpenter is an unclassifiable hybrid of pop, folk and country...' The New York Times

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Friday 17th July at 8.00pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord'S Summer Saloon

The Nation’s favourite pub philosopher turns pop-up publican and invites you to his jumped - up saloon. Comedy, variety and music are all on tap in this headline show led by the ringmaster of rabble rousing. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of Britain’s finest comedians as he polishes his legendary bar-room banter. No room for half measures here…

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Saturday 18th July at 1.00pm (Doors 12.00pm)

Platform Festival

Bellowhead, The Magic Numbers, The Shires, Stornoway, David Ford, Buffalo Skinners, Plus Barcode Zebra, Sam Griffiths Band, Dan Webster, The Grand Old Uke of York, Beth McCarthy & Access to Music

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Tuesday 28th July at 7.30pm

Pam Ayres

2015 is the 40th Anniversary since Pam appeared on TV’s Opportunity Knocks the Britain’s Got Talent TV show of its day, and this proved to be the start of an incredible career for a unique entertainer, writer and broadcaster.

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