Theatre comes to Ropery Hall

Two original theatre productions are on stage at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in quick succession.

On February 15 stand-up poet Kate Fox returns, in the company of actor Joanna Holden, with Where There’s Muck There’s Bras that was orginally commissioned by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

“This is a hilarious and thought-provoking show which sees Kate and Joanne explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t) said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“This funny performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see,” she went on.

The following Saturday, February 22, sees writer, Radio 4 regular and creator of cult theatre show John Peel’s Shed John Osborne return to Ropery Hall with a brand new storytelling show, You’re In A Bad Way.
A funny, sad theatre show about family and the role music plays in our lives Writer, Radio 4 regular and creator of cult theatre show John Peel’s Shed John Osborne returns to Barton-on-Humber with a brand new storytelling show about music and dementia.
John, who grew up in Brigg, writes for television, theatre and radio. His first theatre show John Peel’s Shed enjoyed a complete sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and was adapted for BBC Radio 4. He is a regular at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude, and his poetry has been performed in BBC 6Music, Radio 1, XFM and Radio 4.
More details of both shows as well as ticket prices can be found on www.roperyhall.co.uk

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Mettle

Written and performed by Nicholas Collett and directed by Gavin Robertson.

Award-winning solo performer Nicholas Collett (British Arrows Best Actor, Special Performance Award World Duo Festival, Seoul South Korea, Best Theatre Award Adelaide Fringe 2023) tells the story of his father’s service during the Atlantic Convoys of World War Two. A true odyssey, that takes us from Sheffield to Liverpool to Nova Scotia, Boston to West Africa and home again, amidst the constant threat of U-Boat attack and treacherous weather. Physical theatre and storytelling, with a dramatic soundscape and 40’s music, this is a tribute to those who served, those who were lost – and those who lived to tell their story.

In association with the Daparian Foundation – committed to those on trauma journeys, supporting veterans and blue lights personnel.

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Snake Davis/Frank Birkbeck/Andy Tytherleigh

Joining Snake tonight is the immensely talented Frank Birkbeck, a professional guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Frank’s musical prowess is immense and and has led him to perform at renowned venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Matt and Phreds, and the Theatre Royal. As the leader of the highly sought-after jazz group, The Frank Birkbeck Group, he has established himself as a master of his craft, captivating audiences with impeccable skill and versatility. 

Together, Snake Davis and Frank Birkbeck create a musical synergy that is simply magical. Their powerful collaboration blends Snake’s soulful saxophone melodies with Frank’s exceptional guitar artistry, resulting in a mesmerizing fusion of jazz and pure musical brilliance. This is a rare opportunity to witness three virtuosic musicians sharing the stage, weaving their musical tapestry and creating an unforgettable experience.

The pair will be joined by Andy Tytherleigh on double bass. Andy is constantly busy- touring and recording over 30 albums as solo artist (Hed Kandi, Art of Chill) and as guest player, ranging from jazz to folk to electronica working with a vast array of artist including Grammy Nominated Zoe Johnston.

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Snake Davis Solo

Snake Davis is on his own tonight, an informal acoustic evening of music and chat in two parts.

Actually not really on his own, in Part 1 he’ll have his musical instrument family with him, the whole range of saxophones plus flutes, whistles, steel handpan, didjeridoo and the Japanese Shakuhachi.

Relaxed and intimate, questions are encouraged. 

Part 2 ‘My greatest hits’ 

Snake has a dual career. He tours and releases music as himself, and he operates as a hired gun, a session player. On the session-man front he’s been at no.1, top of the charts twice over the last year, with Olly Murs and Shania Twain.

Tonight he’ll perform some of his best known sax solos, including Take That’s ‘Million Love Songs’, M-People’s ‘Moving on up’ + ‘Search for the Hero’, Lisa Stansfield’s ‘Change’ Klingandes ‘Jubel’ Faul ‘Changes’ and the theme tune from ’The Office’. He’ll play them in context and give us a few words on how they came about.

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Alex Hamilton Band

Alex Hamilton (formerly Lewis Hamilton) has become an established part of the British Blues/Rock scene . Gaining notoriety on the back of being a talented young guitarist with skills beyond his age, he has since matured and developed a tasteful and subtle guitar technique that has been compared to Robben Ford and Matt Scofield. His debut album at the age of 18 won the Scottish New Music Award in 2011 and his subsequent albums have all been nominated for awards including the British Blues Awards, several years running. 

Having toured in dozens of venus all across Britain and extensively in Europe with his trio ‘The Alex Hamilton Band’, he has regularly sold out theatres and music clubs across the globe, gaining a following of musicians and music fans alike. In the last ten years Alex has been fortunate enough to share stages with some of the best musicians in his genre including Carl Verheyen, Anysley Lister, Henrik Freishlader and King King.​​

With multiple award winning albums, a strong fanbase, growing online presence, endorsements form some notable manufactures and continuous radio play across the world Alex Hamilton’s music is starting to be heard. 

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Barnstormers Comedy November 2024

Another installment of our popular comedy club featuring three comedians from the national circuit and our Barnstormer’s compere.

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Barnstormers Comedy Oct 2024

Another installment of our popular comedy club featuring three comedians from the national circuit and our Barnstormer’s compere.

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