Friday 21st March at 7.30pm
A sizzling spoken word showcase of some of the finest up-and-coming poets Yorkshire has to offer, tag-teaming to present live, engaging and relevant performance poetry.
Sunday 23rd March at 8.00pm
Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.
Thursday 27th March at 8.00pm
Fame: our society is obsessed with it - but who will talk honestly about what it's really like? David Baddiel, in his first full show for fifteen years, does. From accidentally stealing the spotlight at Russell Brand's wedding, to realising Andrew Lloyd Webber cannot tell him apart from Ben Elton, David Baddiel takes aim at himself, and examines his strange relationship with the New Lad/Token Jew/Comedy rock'n'roller/Football singer-songwriter that people see him as.
"Hilarious and weirdly moving" The Guardian
"Go see @baddiel. The man is an inspiration." Russell Brand @RustyRockets
Saturday 29th March at 2.30pm
Don and Sam are bin men with big dreams! They want to save the world and they want to have fun doing it! Bin men see everything we throw away – and we throw away so many things.
Monday 31st March at 8.00pm
He’s back on tour with a splash, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival. A firm favourite with his legendary performances, Omid’s stand-up awards include; ’Time Out Award’ - for Best Stand Up, the ‘EMMA Award’ and was a ‘South Bank Award' nominee as well as being a ‘Perrier Award’ nominee.
Friday 4th April at 8.00pm
Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes have been friends since they were 17 years old. When young, they sang and played together frequently as part of various line-ups. Now, they've reunited to play a wonderful blend of folk songs, classic pop influences and self written favourites.
Wednesday 3rd April at 8.00pm
Striking an exhilarating blend of English rock and American roots music, The Dunwells’ songs arrive both ready for the fight and the fallout. Emerging from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, their hometown in 2009, The Dunwells are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo) along with cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and long time best mate Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel).
Wednesday 16th April at 7.30pm
For all those Downton fans… direct from a West End season comes this first national tour of Luke Kempner’s tour-de-force comedy. Having made his name with YouTube hit Downstairs At Downton, and appearances in musicals including Les Mis and Avenue Q, Kempner’s debut show won critical acclaim and sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.
Thursday 17th April at 8.00pm
I’ve hosted Live at the Apollo, sold out my three-times extended Lee Nelson Live tour, had over two million people watching BBC Three’s Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People, and now cos of massive demand I’ve added a load of extra dates.
Tuesday 22nd April at 7.00pm
David Tennant stars in the historic cinema event re-broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage. Although divinely ordained, Richard II (David Tennant) has very mortal weaknesses. His big mistake is to exile his popular cousin Henry Bolingbrook (Nigel Lindsay). When Bolingbrook learns that he has also been robbed of his inheritance, he takes advantage of the King's absence to raise an army and stage an invasion of England. The first of Shakespeare's four great plays about the House of Lancaster is a politically charged exploration of power and Machiavellian plotting. The Royal Shakespeare Company's new production was the very first to be broadcast to cinemas live from the Bard's home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Thursday 24th April at 2.30pm
The circus acts have disappeared, the acrobats, the tight-rope walker, the lion trainer and the elephants have all gone! Where have they gone? Why have they left? Will the show carry on? Who will perform? The pompous Ringmaster is left with the help of the boys and girls from the audience and one clown.
Thursday April 24th at 7.00pm
Following the success of the museum's first ever broadcast Pompeii Live, we now discover the Viking world in this major exhibition. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents.
Friday 25th April at 8.00pm
Spend an evening in the company of this popular and prolific TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author as he talks about his new book and epic radio series, The People's Songs, a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles from the kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day.
“Stuart Maconie's tour of pop is an elegant and unexpected take on music as social history” The Guardian
Sunday 27th April at 7.00pm
Young musicians perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Studio. Relax at the bat whilst listening to and encouraging emerging talent. Low cost but high aspirations.
Presented by the Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre
Thursday 1st May at 7.00pm
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
Friday 2nd May at 8.00pm
Singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams gained widespread attention with Little Black Numbers in 2000 earning a Mercury Music Prize nomination. The acclaim continued for Old Low Light, Relations and Two and she visited Pocklington with each of these albums.
Thursday 8th May at 8.00pm
Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has been among Britain’s best-loved and most entertaining bands on the music scene for over 45 years. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.
Friday 9th May at 7.00pm
A fun evening to launch the annual Flying Man Festival. Featuring Pocklington Singers, Forgotten Voices Community Choir and local school choirs.
Saturday 10th May at 7.30pm
Test your knowledge at the annual fun quiz. A flying theme but a variety of categories!
Includes a light supper. Bar.
Tuesday 13th May at 8.00pm
Anyone who's attended a 10cc concert in recent years is likely to have seen band co-founder Graham Gouldman's opening acoustic set, featuring some of the hits he wrote for other artistes. The success of those performances, in which fellow 10cc band members back Gouldman, has evolved into Heart Full of Songs.
Wednesday 14th May at 7.00pm
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays with Henry IV Parts I and II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil. With Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton in the title role and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.
Thursday 22nd May at 8.00pm
The imaginative, moving, and adventurous vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth, brings her new album, Live to Love, to Pocklington.
Friday 23rd May at 8.00pm
Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the 70s. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement.
Saturday 24th May at 7.00pm
A brilliantly imaginative stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestseller, from the co-director of 'War Horse'. Fifteen-year-old Christopher (Luke Treadaway) has a brain that's exceptional at mathematics but rather less good at interpreting everyday life. Confronted by the corpse of his neighbour's dog, he embarks on a meticulous investigation into how the beast came to be slaughtered.
Wednesday 28th May at 2.30pm
Calling all superheroes....both little and large. Superhero Snail Boy shows that even the smallest of superheroes can grow to be bigger than their fears. In a place where hope grows in the form of enormous flowers and breakthroughs are found in the smashing of plates.
Thursday 29th May at 8.00pm
Featuring Wit Tank
A total sell out at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Stars, Wit Tank went on to feature on BBC Three’s Live at The Electric and BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama. Featuring Chortle Best Newcomer nominee and Loaded Laftas Mark Cooper Jones, the highly acclaimed Keiran Boyd and Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee and Runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny Naz Osmanoglu.
Wednesday 11th June at 7.30pm
Set against the backdrop of World War 1, the quiet village backwater of Bottledale is changed forever by the advent of the Great War in Europe.
Wednesday 18th June at 7.00pm
Director Gregory Doran continues with part II of Shakespeare’s history play about a nation failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface.
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th June
The award-winning Brass Castle Brewery is joining forces with The Wine Club from York and Pocklington Arts Centre to source you a superb range of real ales, ciders and quality wines.
Tuesday 8th July at 7.30pm
Lord Ashdown will discuss his latest book based on the long neglected D-Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif – the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War.
Thursday 10th July at 8.00pm
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, this award-winning band serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. The Rhythm Boys were given the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance.
Wednesday 6th August at 2.30pm
A classic Grimm’s tale of youthful adventure, magical transformations and the triumph of love. A brother and sister flee their cruel stepmother, but the boy drinks enchanted water and is turned into a deer.
Saturday 20th September at 8.00pm
Three times Grammy nominated, Brit award nominee and Ivor Novella winner producer, musician Joan Armatrading MBE is recognised as one of the World’s leading singer, songwriter and guitarists.
Monday 29th September at 8.00pm
Three times Grammy nominated, Brit award nominee and Ivor Novella winner producer, musician Joan Armatrading MBE is recognised as one of the World’s leading singer, songwriter and guitarists.This will be her last major tour and her show in Pocklington will be one of her first ever solo concerts.