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Picture from Forgotten Voices Community Choir & Guests

Tuesday 28th March at 7.00pm

Forgotten Voices Community Choir & Guests

Pocklington's very own Forgotten Voices Community Choir celebrate their sixth year with this evening of eclectic choral music. From gospel to folk, pop to classical, the programme will reflect the choir’s tastes and abilities. Directed by Sam Dunkley, Forgotten Voices will be joined by some very special musical guests.

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Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm

Mr Darcy Loses The Plot By Lipservice Theatre Company

Award-winning comedy duo LipService, makers of Withering Looks and Inspector Norse, celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on. Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the vellum. She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants.

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Thursday 30th March at 7.15pm

Royal Opera House Live: Madama Butterfly

Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.

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Friday 31st March at 7.30pm

Wine Tasting & Supper (studio)

Celebrated Wine Merchant Terry Herbert offers a brief, informal and informative tutored tasting of French wines before a two course supper which will include accompanying wine. Limited availability, advance booking essential. Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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Saturday 1st April at 8.00pm

Lloyd Cole - Sold Out

Playing the classic Lloyd Cole songbook 1983 – 1996.

The release of 2015’s ‘Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Collected Recordings 1983-1989’ was received with such universal warmth and acclaim, selling out far more quickly than anticipated, that 2016/2017 will see Lloyd Cole performing live sets comprised of material from 1983 to 1996 only. Expect the hits 'Perfect Skin', 'Rattlesnakes', 'Forest Fire', 'Lost Weekend', 'Brand New Friend', 'Jennifer She Said' and 'Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?'.

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Thursday 6th April at 8.00pm

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Aly Bain is the best known and most significant fiddle player in the Celtic tradition. He is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Phil Cunningham is a world famous accordion player and composer.

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Saturday 8th April at 8.00pm

Andy Fairweather Low

Andy Fairweather Low came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The 60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit with songs such as Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy and If Paradise is. Now following a solo path, he has worked & collaborated with Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Pete Townshend… and hundreds more.

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Wednesday 12th April at 8.00pm

John Bishop - Sold Out

Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to PAC to warm up his brand new show WINGING IT, prior to its UK arena tour this autumn!

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Thursday 13th April at 8.00pm

John Bishop - Sold Out

Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to PAC to warm up his brand new show WINGING IT, prior to its UK arena tour this autumn!

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Picture from NT LIVE: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Thursday 20 April at 7.00pm

NT Live: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live in HD from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

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Picture from Cardboard Carnival by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company

Thursday 20th April at 2.30pm

Cardboard Carnival By Lempen Puppet Theatre Company

Trunk, Tail, Ears or Wings? Carnival creates itself from all sorts of things! This is Carnival of the Animals but not as we know it as we try to create the "ultimate animal" we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility.

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Friday 21st April at 8.00pm

The Blues Band - 37 Years And Back For More - Sold Out

Featuring Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’.

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Picture from John Cooper Clarke with special guest Toria Garbutt - SOLD OUT

Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm

John Cooper Clarke With Special Guest Toria Garbutt - Sold Out

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents. Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture.

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Thursday 27th April at 7.00pm for 7.30pm (Studio)

Cheese & Wine Painting Club

Vettriano - The Singing Butler
Paint your very own masterpiece on canvas to take home or sell as a great fake on the black market! A fun art evening with cheese, wine & all materials included. Absolutely no experience or skill required. To secure your place in art folklore please visit www.cheeseandwinepaintingclub.com

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Saturday 25th March to Saturday 29th April (Studio)

Shirley Davis Dew & Fangfoss Pottery

Exhibition Preview Friday 24th March 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Shirley Davis Dew a local artist and art teacher. Painting any subject in every style and in every medium. Aiming to capture light, form and movement. Art workshops are planned every Thursday through the show. For detail and to reserve a place contact 07968744703

Fangfoss Pottery is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The exhibition “Past, Present and Future” chronicles its work over the last 40 years. There will be an opportunity to see archive material from the 1970’s onwards, alongside Gerry’s modern day ceramics which are available to buy. A number of special events have been planned from March onwards and these can be found on the website – www.fangfosspottery.co.uk

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Thursday 4th May at 7.00pm for 7.30pm (Studio)

Cheese & Wine Painting Club

The Beatles Abbey Rd Paint-Off
Oh Darling Come Together Because Here Comes The Sun! Make sure you're at The Beatles Abbey Rd Paint-Off. Paint your very own masterpiece to take home. An art class with fun, cheese, wine, tunes, all art materials – cheese & wine included in the price. Absolutely no experience required.

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Saturday 6th May at 8.00pm

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-Elf What Welcome

Multi award-winning comedian, Tony Law embarks on a UK tour with a brand new show of the inimitable surreal comedy-art that has made him one of the most celebrated live performers in the UK.

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Tuesday 9th May at 7.30pm

Hopeless Romantic By Reform Theatre

In an age of internet dating, speed dating, blind dating and Tinder, isn’t it harder not to find someone these days? Alan doesn’t think so. And he should know; aside from the girl with the pigtails and the lisp in Primary School, he’s spent his entire life as a “non-elective celibate.”

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Wednesday 10th May at 4.30pm

Burnby Hall Gardens Lecture

As part of the Burnby Hall Garden's Heritage Lottery Fund lecture series, discover the story of the development of the Edwardian Garden, join us for a talk with Garden historian Dr Peter Goodchild on the Backhouse Nursery of York who were employed by Major Percy Stewart and his wife Katherine to construct the garden over 100 years ago.

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Thursday 11th May at 8.00pm

Hot 8 Brass Band

Hot 8 Brass Band is a New Orleans based brass band that blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with traditional New Orleans brass sounds. Transcending genres and trends, Hot 8 have performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Lauryn Hill to Mos Def to the Blind Boys of Alabama and were nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for their second album ‘The Life and Times Of…’.

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Saturday 20th May, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Carrotsmash One-Off Writing Workshop: All That Is True And Beautiful: You!

Your best and ‘beautiful’ writing material is within you; this informal workshop will help you unearth the potential in you for honest, authentic material that can evolve into some of the most powerful writing.

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Tuesday 23rd May at 8.00pm

The East Pointers

The East Pointers’ slew of Celtic-inspired tunes and original songs carry a diverse mix of influence and the trio are rapidly earning a worldwide reputation for shows that get audience on their feet and dancing with mind-blowing musicianship. While each member of The East Pointers – banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, together they are even greater than the sum of their parts.

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Wednesday 24th May at 7.00pm

RSC Live: Anthony & Cleopatra

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

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Thursday 25th May at 7.00pm for 7.30pm (Studio)

Cheese & Wine Painting Club

Picasso - Portrait of Dora Maar
Paint your very own masterpiece on canvas to take home or sell as a great fake on the black market! A fun art evening with cheese, wine & all materials included. Absolutely no experience or skill required. To secure your place in art folklore please visit www.cheeseandwinepaintingclub.com

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Friday 26th May at 8.00pm

Katy Brand

Katy Brand’s hit Edinburgh Festival show I Was a Teenage Christian is an honest, fascinating and funny exploration of her self-imposed conversion and total immersion in evangelical Christianity.

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Saturday 27th May at 8.00pm

Ryley Walker Plus Support

American singer-songwriter Ryley Walker plays guitar like Bert Jansch and sings like Tim Buckley. Still only in his mid-twenties, he’s going to be a major figure, as the rave reviews for his third full-length album, ‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ attest.

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Monday 29th May at 8.00pm

Justin Currie & The Pallbearers

Justin Currie released six albums in his role as lead singer, bassist and songwriter for multi-million selling pop-rock band Del Amitiri, with five top 10 UK album chart hits and no fewer than 15 UK top 40 singles including Nothing Ever Happens, Always The Last To Know and Roll To Me, which also became a top 10 US Billboard Chart hit.

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Thursday 1st June at 7.30pm

Damned United By Red Ladder Theatre Company

Down the stairs…Along the corridor…Round the corner…Into the dressing room… HIS dressing room. Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place. Dirty, dirty Leeds. 1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United.

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Tuesday 13th June at 8.00pm

Thea Gilmore

That Thea Gilmore’s latest album is as ethereal as it is thought-provoking, as bewitching as it is bold, will come as no surprise to her army of admirers. Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight.

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Wednesday 14th June at 8.00pm

Le Vent Du Nord

Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired from their tradition- a truly fabulous sound! The group never fail to delight crowds with their glorious mix of fiddle and foot-tapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four part harmonies.

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Wednesday 3rd May to Tuesday 20th June (Studio)

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Arts Club

Exhibition Preview Friday 5th May 5.30pm – 8.00pm
To celebrate 50 years of the innovative Sgt.Pepper’s album, a number of artists have been asked to produce work inspired by the Beatles or their lyrics. To complement these pieces BAFTA award winning cameraman Paul Berriff will be showing his unique collection of Beatles photographs taken at the start of their career.

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Wednesday 21st June at 7.30pm

Burton

Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious show.

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Tuesday 27th June at 7.30pm

Paul Berriff

Award winning Yorkshire film maker and photographer Paul Berriff presents 50 years of stories from behind the camera. Featuring The Beatles, the James Bond film set, the Piper Alpha disaster, NASA astronauts and his near death experiences including a helicopter crash and 9/11. An amazing insight into how the drama gets on your TV.

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Wednesday 28th June at 7.15pm

Royal Opera House Live: Otello

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role. Broadcast live in HD.

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Thursday 29th June at 7.00pm for 7.30pm (Studio)

Cheese & Wine Painting Club

Abremov Alley by the Lake
Paint your very own masterpiece on canvas to take home or sell as a great fake on the black market! A fun art evening with cheese, wine & all materials included. Absolutely no experience or skill required. To secure your place in art folklore please visit www.cheeseandwinepaintingclub.com

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Wednesday 12th July at 8.00pm (7.00pm Doors)

Kate Rusby

Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.

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Friday 14th July at 8.00pm (7.00pm Doors)

Levellers

The Levellers have long been and still are, widely acknowledged as one of the best live bands in the UK. But, often overlooked is their impressive back catalogue of recorded music, with the band selling more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act. 5 of their 6 Top 40 albums (which spawned 14 Top 40 singles including What A Beautiful Day and One Way), including the number 1 Zeitgeist, were recently re-released.

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Saturday 15th July at 1.00pm (12.00pm Doors)

Platform Festival

KT Tunstall
Ward Thomas
Newton Faulkner
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Holly Macve

Plus...
Stillhouse, Buffalo Skinners, The Grand Old Ukes of York, Beth McCarthy, Bramble Napskins, Rachel Croft, Forgotten Voices Choir & an Access to Music Stage.

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Picture from NT LIVE: Angels in America (Part 1 Millennium Approaches)

Thursday 20 July at 7.00pm

NT Live: Angels In America (part 1 Millennium Approaches)

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

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Thursday 27th July at 7.00pm for 7.30pm (Studio)

Cheese & Wine Painting Club

Hockney - Wheatfield near Fridaythorpe
Paint your very own masterpiece on canvas to take home or sell as a great fake on the black market! A fun art evening with cheese, wine & all materials included. Absolutely no experience or skill required. To secure your place in art folklore please visit www.cheeseandwinepaintingclub.com

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Picture from NT LIVE: Angels in America (Part 2 Perestroika)

Thursday 27 July at 7.00pm

NT Live: Angels In America (part 2 Perestroika)

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017. Broadcast live in HD, from the National Theatre, London.

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Wednesday 2nd August at 2.30pm

The Wizard Of Castle Magic By Magic Carpet Theatre

Things will never be the same again when the Wizard's nephew, Mickey, and an invisible cat called Catastrophe, arrive at Castle Magic. Will the Wizard teach Mickey any spells? Will Mickey discover the secret in the Spell Chest?

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Tuesday 27th June to Tuesday 15th August (Studio)

Paul Berriff

Rock Legends is an exhibition of 70 photographs featuring 1960's pop stars taken by award winning Yorkshire photographer and film maker Paul Berriff. A teenager at the time, Berriff captured stunning black and white images of up and coming stars on their first tours of the UK such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithful and many many more.

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Saturday 16th September, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Carrotsmash One-Off Writing Workshop: Writing From The Self

Your best writing material is within you – learn how to release it! Another CarrotSMASH favourite, this workshop helps you draw on personal experience and memory to bring to light the honest, authentic material that can evolve into some of your most powerful writing.

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Saturday 11th November, 10 am – 1pm

Carrotsmash One-Off Writing Workshop: Stylish And Moody

Suitable for writers of all abilities, this fun ‘One-off’ session is a great way to meet fellow writers and is an excellent way to get inspired to put pen to paper! We’ll take a look at how some of the published Greats work with atmosphere and mood - and maybe do a little style modelling ourselves.

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