Lawrence Batley has announced its full spring season featuring a brand-new co-commission, the return of an internationally acclaimed dance company and the bravest, boldest shows from Northern theatre makers.
Commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre, Peak Stuff (Tue 20 February) is the new play from the award-winning duo, following up from their partnership on many projects including the hit-show How Not To Drown. The new production features three fast-paced and funny stories which take a deep-dive into consumer culture and the role it plays in shaping our identity.
Choreographer Jasmin Vardimon MBE’s work returns to the Yorkshire stage, ahead of an international tour. ALiCE (Tue 23 – Wed 24 January) is a bold re-imagining of Lewis Carrol’s ground-breaking 1865 novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The show tells the story of a woman, or perhaps a child, unsure of her identity or where she is going. Escaping and exploring, discovering the powers within her changing body. The world around her is different, curious, and compelling – at times absolutely bonkers!
Some of the bravest and boldest shows from Northern theatre makers are visiting Lawrence Batley Theatre’s experimental space the Cellar Theatre this spring. BI-TOPIA (Wed 7 February) is Sam Danson’s semi-autobiographical show about his struggles with mental health, his sexuality and masculinity.
.The Polar Bear (Is Dead) (Wed 6 March) is a playful show with a serious ecological message. Ultimately full of hope, it includes a plant, a polar bear, the Spice Girls and a conversation about the end of the world.
Meet Parveen (Sat 23 March) promises to be hotter than a hot flash in July. Parveen is a relatable character who embodies the everyday struggles experienced by many women navigating the menopausal journey. At 45 or 46 (she can’t quite remember), Parveen grapples with a myriad of symptoms – from night sweats to forgetfulness – as she tries to maintain a sense of self amid the changes.
More information and tickets can be found at thelbt.org