Nothing To See Here 2017

This February Harrogate Theatre brings 4 nights of contemporary performance exploring our bodies, our selves and how we treat humans in the 21st century.

No conversation or question should be off limits and theatre is a unique place where these conversations can be had and questions can be answered. Join these extraordinary artists as they bring you four very different shows, four very different stories in both our studio theatre and brand new wheelchair accessible pop up stage at the Royal Hall.

The first show, Butterfly, is not about suffering from, or surviving, a condition. It is about history, stigma, about misunderstandings and misrepresentations. An ARC Stockton Cultural Shift production written by Vici-Wreford-Sinnot, it follows Beatrice, an unlikely heroine in a story of not-so-everyday survival. She sits in isolation, waiting for the outcome of a forced mental health assessment. Taking place at the pop up stage in the Royal Hall it is wheelchair accessible with familiarisation packs, touch tours and audio description available on request.

The Eulogy of Toby Peach invites audiences to join Toby as he enters the (not so) exclusive cancer club, sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine. Winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015 and the VAULT Festival Pick of the Week Award 2016, this is an honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the human body; discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life.

 The third show performed by Adam Pownell and Kitty Randell tells Adams own story of his battle with Guillain Barre Syndrome. When it affected Adam it caused full paralysis within days. Getting Better Slowly tells the story of his illness through a creative collision of new writing, verbatim accounts, sound and movement. It poses the question of how it feels when your closest relationship is with the illness that’s holding you back. Adam’s frank and moving account of how he dealt with GBS and the two years he spent recovering – including months spent learning how to walk and talk again – explores he relationship we all have with our bodies and health.

 The final show, A Place Called Happiness, was a year in the making and is Debs Gatenby’s response to society’s seeming obsession with happiness. She spent a year thinking about happiness and it brought her down. Here is an honest, real, funny and engaging show filled with stories and secrets shared, as Debs takes audiences on her journey off the sofa into the world in the pursuit of something called happiness.

 Butterfly: 15th February, 5pm & 8pm, tickets £12/£10 | The Eulogy of Toby Peach: 16th February, 7.45pm, tickets £12/£10 | Getting Better Slowly, 17th February, 7.45pm, tickets £12/£10 | A Place Called Happiness: 18th February, 7.45pm, tickets £10/£8.

Book for 2+ shows for £10 tickets (£8 conc.
Book online at
www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01423 502116.