14/48 takes place on Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd November at 8pm and 10.30pm each day
Ticket Price: £7/£5 conc (Festival Ticket £10/£8)
The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival
We gather 70 artists and give them 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse, score, design and perform 7 brand new plays. Then, as if that isn't enough, we get them to do it all over again the next night!
That's right, this crazy bunch of creatives make 14 world premier plays in 48 hours. From heart-warming to hilarious, or downright scary, who knows what they'll come up with – but without fail it's always something fresh and interesting that you will have never seen before.
What's in it for you? As if all this brand new work isn't enough, you can submit a theme that could be selected toinspire them and shape the work made. You'll be supporting local artists and are guaranteed to walk away feeling inspired, what could be better than that?!
When & Where
We love new stuff. We can't get enough of it. From gut-wrenching theatre to side-splitting comedy, melodic music to punch poetry, and all those arty bits in between, we love seeing all the new and exciting things that fall out of those creative brains. But more often than not, the first stumbling block when making something new is getting it seen, finding out if it works, and finding people to help you make it.
Enter Rough Draft.
Put together by a handful of Leicester creatives, Rough Draft is a platform for artists to do just that. Once a month we hold our scratch nights, each artists getting fifteen minutes to share their work, be that script in hand or something more polished. We then chat with the audience, ask questions, get answers (or we have paper forms too).
Got something you want to share? Get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Gower, the legendary former England cricket Captain is extending his Spring tour through to Autumn due to popular demand. Often described as one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of all time, the blond-haired 80s bombshell promises to share his thoughts on this years Cricket World Cup and The Ashes, both of which are being battled out on home soil.
This is your chance to hear from the Sky Sports Cricket lead anchor before anyone else, a year that has every potential to be a one of the most memorable for the history of the game. Expect tales from captaining his national team to victory in the Ashes as well as memories flying that Tiger Moth over Queensland.
Locked in at lunchtime by a teacher who has had enough, the students of Citizenship class at Wotton Bassett school are frustrated. Tensions run high as another repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street and this one's more personal than most. As their confinement grows more claustrophobic, the pupils begin to see things differently, asking questions about conflicts, their country, and themselves
My name is Sarah Ingram and I am the Director of The Y Actors Studio.
The Company started in January 2019 for the purpose of preparing young performers for auditions for Drama school, and further education within the Arts. It has developed into something far greater. It is now a completely diverse company, with actors from the ages of 12-26 all committed to finding there own voices and listening to each other. I am beyond inspired by the lives some of these actors live, from housing issues to daily physical challenges. By working together on equal footings this company exudes empathy and a respect for ALL!
We decided to put on a piece of theatre that deals with just those issues. BASSETT by James Graham is a play that allows young minds to ask the questions and respond to the violent and ofttimes bigoted world adults have forced them to grow up in. The play is set in Wootten Bassett, the town where the bodies of young servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are received by their families. By sheer geographical luck these developing minds are exposed to death, destruction and religious bigotry. Yet over one lunchtime detention , through exceptional writing by Graham, we see that there is hope , tolerance, self education, and more than a little wit!
The Youth of Today give us Hope for Tomorrow!
"The atmosphere in the room that was nothing short of electric. It was everything I hoped it would be." - Rob Gee (WORD!Slam! Compere, 2018)
Join us for the return of WORD!Slam! Great poems, big prizes! With Jamie Thrasivoulou (Bread and Roses award winner and Derby County FC Official Poet), Lydia Towsey ("Absolutely spectacular" - Poet in the City) and Joelle Taylor - Founder and Artistic Director of the former SLAMbassadors UK, the longest running spoken word education programme in the UK ("Her poetry is fearless. It gets right to the point." - Benjamin Zephaniah). Sign up to Slam and/or for a series of workshops to prepare in advance. For more see www.wordpoetry.co.uk
To book workshops or enquire: email@example.com
On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void', the later film and now stage play, both climbers became household names.
It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.
Come along and witness Simon's tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and film collected on his great climbs.
"Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires."
The Cycling Podcast Tour brings Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie plus other colleagues and guests to Leicester with their award-winning cycling analysis, reportage and insight. Find out what life is really like in the pro cycling peloton and for the men and women who cover the sport week-in, week-out around the world and across all three grand tours. The tour will also mark the launch of The Cycling Podcast 2019 journal of the cycling year - answering key questions like how the races were won, who rode a la Zubeldia and what Lionel had for dinner.
Following the success of the last six competitions, this year’s event will again be organised by Leicester’s Got Talent LTD supported by Pukaar News, Anand International, Bond Adams LLP Solicitors and LAMP in association with the crime-fighting charity CrimeStoppers and Leicestershire Police.
£15 - balcony
£25 - VIP cabaret (with a free glass of bubbly)
House of India Starr presents...
The Peacock Lounge Burlesque & Cabaret
Leicester's most decadent cabaret and burlesque experience is back for our Winter Spectacular!
Harking back to the traditions of variety in vaudeville and music hall, The Peacock Lounge is a sumptuous cabaret environment unique to the city's oldest surviving theatre.
The Y provides the perfect backdrop to a glittering soirée featuring award-winning burlesque and cabaret acts handpicked to captivate you; from the sublime and beautiful to the outrageous and downright ridiculous- this show will leave you feeling mesmerised and eager for our next instalment!
LILI LA SCALA as your host
Lili is known for her vintage style, neo-cabaret versions of modern songs and her ability to whip the audience into a frenzy with her delicious blend of diva antics, big notes and stunning costumes. She'll have you eating out of the palm of her, beautifully manicured, hand.
A professionally trained dancer, her exquisite acts are polished to perfection, from her seductive Fan Dances to her deliciously authentic New Orleans 20's Bump and Grind, every raise of an eyebrow and sky-high kick exudes class and sass and is executed to the highest of standards. Didi is a born entertainer and maven of all things glamorous, her Madonna Tribute will have you fooled into thinking you were watching Madge herself!
Kiki Lovechild is a professional idiot. He is one of the leading cabaret clowns on the UK circuit, wowing crowds with comedy, vaudeville and burlesque routines described by the press as ‘fantastically inventive', ‘hot and humorous', ‘astounding' and ‘burlesque with a difference!
Before she even knew what Burlesque was, Ruby had a fascination with all things theatrical and fabulous, feathered and glittered, exotic and sensual. Inspired by the classic splendour of early 20th century film stars such as Rita Hayworth and Gene Tierney, Ruby's performances lure you into another world altogether.
Hand balancer, acrobat and sideshow showman extraordinaire. Touring with big tops performing aerial, manipulation and acrobatics he is now presenting one of the only contemporary chair stacking acts in the U.K.
BELLE DE BEAUVOIR
Inspired by vintage Parisian glamour, Belle de Beauvoir is a classic burlesque siren with a contemporary twist. Belle is a true powerhouse performer with an allure that both titillates and challenges.
It promises to be an unforgettable night!
We invite you to join in the atmosphere and feel like a star by dressing to impress in your best vintage and red carpet looks.
Choose a VIP ticket and be greeted with a glass of bubbly before arriving at your candle lit table where the show may just come to you!
We're risqué and not for the faint of heart; partial nudity, adult themes and strong language feature throughout. Over 18's only.
"A delightfully decadent soirée"- From Dusk 2 Dawn
"All of the acts were of the highest quality... easily the best burlesque I've ever been to" - Guest
"A very elegant, entertaining and exquisite night"- Guest
Please note line-up may change to circumstances beyond our control. Due to the nature of the show running times are approximate.
Join Ballet Theatre UK as we follow the yellow brick road and discover all the wonders of Oz.
Enjoy Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, (and yes Toto too) as they seek the Wonderful Wizard to find that there's no place like home!
The Wizard of Oz is a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet.
The production is presented with beautiful backdrops, stunning theatrical sets and costumes evoking the iconic sketches by W.W. Denslow, from the original publication.
"A ballet company of great achievement"- The Dancing Times
"Glittering costumes, expressive dancers . . . a pleasure to witness a production of this calibre" - Dance Europe
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - WhatsonStage.com
Join us for a night of stunning music and dance celebrating Christmas with Leicester Theatre Group. Songs from great musicals as well as chart music and obviously some Christmas songs from our trio of singers and an amazing group of dancers to entertain you.
Doors: 7.30pm, Begins 8pm
The Buster Keaton Picture Show sees acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original, contemporary live score to Buster Keaton's 1926 comedy classic The General.
Commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary as part of the BFI's Comedy Genius season, Haiku Salut's score combines electronica, folk, post rock, and neo-classical elements to cast The General in a new dramatic light.
The General was described by Orson Welles as "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made", and is one of the last major films of the silent era.
The film is based on a true incident - the Great Locomotive Chase - with The General of the title referring to engineer Johnnie Gray's (Keaton) engine. Gray has been rejected by both the Confederate Army and by his fiancée Annabelle but when Union spies steal the General (and unwittingly, Annabelle), he gets a chance to prove his heroism by catching up with The General and rescuing his beloved. In this ambitious production, Keaton performs all his own stunts using his incredible comic timing and body language to create hilarious, near perfect entertainment.
Haiku Salut perform to Cohen Media's stunning 4K restoration of The General.
"Spearheading the BFI's Buster Keaton season is this 4K restoration of his 1926 masterpiece, a jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking." Total Film
"The pioneering genius of Buster Keaton's 1926 silent film The General looks even more startling than ever more or less invented the action movie." The Guardian
"Haiku Salut are a singular musical force." Mojo
The Buster Keaton Pictureshow was created and commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary's The Screen at Contemporary and supported by BFI Comedy Genius Season.
Amy - A Tribute presents...The Story of Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was one of, if not the finest female jazz andsoul singer the UK has produced in a generation, who's career was all tootragically short. A legendary figure in popular music, her three albums,collaborations and self-penned hits touched the world, and this theatre showtells that story through performance, narration, imagery and video, featuring afantastic 8 piece live band with full horn section and backing vocals, styledon the infamous 'BBC Sessions'. Taking the audience on a journey through threealbums worth of material, including collaborations with the likes of TonyBennett, Paul Weller, Mark Ronson and The Specials, expect an informative, yetentertaining and fun show delivered by one of the vocally strong Leah Govier,and her band,as they pay homage to an undisputed star. The first time thistheatre show has come to a Leicester theatre, expect top showmanship, musicalability and even a festive twist!
A household name for over 30 years both on and off the green baize, six times champion of the snooker world, Steve Davis, finally retired from competitive play in April 2016.
"My father passed away just before the start of the world championships and I played in it, we'd been in it since the start so it seemed the right time to finish" said Davis.
An Interesting Evening with Steve Davis charts his career beginning with his emotional farewell at The Crucible. It then takes the audience back into the late 70's when Steve met Barry Hearn and through his unstoppable dominance of the snooker world in the 80's. This includes light-hearted reminiscing and some memorable clips of his TV appearances on shows such as Morecambe and Wise, Cannon and Ball, Tiswas and Swap Shop, to name but a few.
We review the now famous 1985 black ball final where Steve - whilst losing on the final black ball to the eventual champion Dennis Taylor - became an even bigger household name with 18.5 million viewers tuning into BBC2 until well after midnight.
Steve looks back at appearing on Top of the Pops as part of the Matchroom Mob, with Chas and Dave's ‘Snooker Loopy' top ten chart hit, and how Spitting Image christened him ‘Interesting' a nickname that appeared to stick.
Two visits to the Palace gave Steve a much deserved MBE and OBE and five times Steve has been in the `BBC Sports Personality of the Year' top 3, still a record today.
Such is his magic touch, he's turned his passionate love of music into a regular role as a music DJ with notable appearances at Glastonbury and top festivals around the UK.
Emotional, funny and relaxed, ‘An Interesting Evening with Steve Davis' gives you a rare insight to how one of this country's sporting superstars has stood the test of time and is a key member of the BBC's snooker team.