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Musical and theatrical adventures at The Civic

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Monday 30th December 2013

The Civic spring season for 2014 is full of musical, theatrical and visual adventures.


There is a new recommended for schools programme with performances relating to national curriculum work, and the new season also sees the Civic play host to a variety of Barnsley talent showcasing art, theatre and performance on the run up to the venue's fifth birthday celebrations in May.


One highlight will be local poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan, whose work runs through numerous productions throughout the season. His show McMillan's gruff guide to lost and forgotten writers,  will be on January 23.


Organisers say they are also particularly proud to be hosting artist-in-residence, Iain Nicholls, and his new exhibition, postcards from cat hill; comedian Toby Foster and his last laugh comedy showcase on January 25; as well as photographer, Sacha Ferrier, who brings a fantastic showcase of images to the gallery.


Chief executive Helen Ball says her personal highlight this season will be Gary Clarke’s 'lustrum aftermath' on Saturday March 8, which encompasses a week of intense choreography culminating in a unique and very special showcase of original contemporary dance.


Helen said: "2014 is a very special year for The Civic as we celebrate our fifth birthday and begin to lay the foundations for the next five years of our development.


"Throughout the spring season we will begin the build up to our celebrations with a range of new and original work, fantastic exhibitions, and classics such as a Mary Poppins film screening and a poignant performance of Othello."


Tickets for all shows are now on sale on via the website at or the box office on Hanson Street, Barnsley, 327000.