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Picture from Exhibition on Screen: The Impressionists (90mins)

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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Picture from Happy Hedgehog Workshop with Helen Steele

Tuesday 26th May at 10.00am

Happy Hedgehog Workshop With Helen Steele

Come and make these cute little hedgehogs and create your very own hedgehog collage.
Suitable for 7–11 year olds.

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Picture from Red Riding Hood

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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Picture from Linda Combi & Peter Donohoe

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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Picture from Brighouse and Rastrick Band

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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Tuesday 9th June at 6.45pm

London Road Live Premiere (15) (140mins)

The premiere of National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris' controversial feature film, broadcast live from London. The residents of London Road in Ipswich had suffered for years from persistent soliciting and kerb-crawling, but they found themselves in the national headlines when, in 2006, five women - all prostitutes - were found murdered. Theatre director Rufus Norris adapted this true story into a controversial musical in 2011, with the lyrics being taken from recorded interviews and contemporary television news coverage. The play won Best Musical at the 2011 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, and this movie version stars Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Kate Fleetwood (Philomena) and Anita Dobson (EastEnders). The film premiere will be broadcast live from London, and will feature an exclusive question and answer session with key cast and crew following the screening.

***** The Independent
***** Metro
***** Financial Times
***** Evening Standard
***** Time Out

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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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Picture from ENO Screen: Carmen

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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Picture from Fire and Rain - The Music of James Taylor & Carole King

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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Picture from Platform Festival: Mary Chapin Carpenter

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

Platform Festival: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to the United Kingdom for a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances as part of her 2015 Acoustic World Tour. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014.

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Picture from AL MURRAY - THE PUB LANDLORD'S SUMMER SALOON

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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Picture from Platform Festival

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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Picture from Pam Ayres - SOLD OUT

Tuesday 28th July at 7.30pm

Pam Ayres - Sold Out

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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Picture from Tom Russell

Tuesday 6th October at 8.00pm

Tom Russell

The man from El Paso, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Johnny Cash to Nanci Griffith, will be returning to PAC this autumn.

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Picture from  THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST LIVE

Thursday 8th October at 7.15pm

The Importance Of Being Earnest Live

Don’t miss celebrated actor and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is being broadcast LIVE from London’s Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday 8th October at 8.00pm.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Hamlet

Thursday 15th October at 7.00pm

Nt Live: Hamlet

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

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Picture from Patrick Kielty - Help

Saturday 31st October at 8.00pm

Patrick Kielty - Help

Patrick Kielty returns to his stand up roots with a brand new show. But he can’t do it on his own - he needs your help.

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Picture from Jenny Eclair's Guide to Being a Middle Aged Woman

Friday 6th November at 8.00pm

Jenny Eclair'S Guide To Being A Middle Aged Woman

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine.

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Picture from The Unthanks

Sunday 15th November at 7.30pm

The Unthanks


Rather than embarking on some grand celebration, The Unthanks are quietly marking their 10th anniversary this year with a short tour of small intimate spaces, with a paired back line-up, their feeling being that if folk music is a lifelong pursuit, 10 years is just a drop in the ocean. And in the same respect, rather than putting out an exploitative ‘best of’, a release of rarities, live recordings, memorabelia and unreleased material will accompany the tour. Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of last decade (worldwide, all genres).

***Please note this event will take place at All Saints Church, Pocklington***

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