Theatre Up Close: Our Spring/ Summer 2016 Studio Round-Up

The intimate 70-seater Studio Theatre is situated on the third floor at the top of Harrogate Theatre. A versatile space, it offers a programme of diverse, experimental and often brand new work by some of the best emerging and mid-career artists.

Reputed as being host to ‘unique, thought provoking and memorable shows’ we’ve got many delights in store for the spring/ summer 2016 season.

This March we bring you Punching The Sky (24 Mar), a new play about porn, parenting and pressure. Here is a fascinating and very personal response to the extraordinary national media storm that followed when parent Lizi Patch dared to blog about her 11 year old son stumbling across some hardcore online pornography.

Going Viral on 26 May is an urgent, fantastical story from the front line of an epidemic. Intimate and epic, hilarious and tragic, this play is a thrilling new development in Daniel Bye's unique blend of storytelling, playful comedy and performance lecture. The show wowed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe festival last year, bagging a coveted Fringe First Award.

If folk music is your thing, we have acoustic folk singer songwriter Roger Davies in Concert at the Studio on 26 March with a special, intimate show where he will be launching his brand new 'Live In Concert' CD Album. What’s more, North-Eastern folk singer Bob Fox presents The Ballad of Lord Franklin on 8 July, bringing a selection of beautiful, traditional sea songs alongside new original material written specifically for the show. Finally Rove (20 & 21 May) is a compelling exploration of family myth-making and personal legacy, beautifully told by J. Fergus Evans, with atmospheric live folk music.

Two brilliant comedians will also bring their stand-up to Harrogate’s Studio Theatre this season, and both these shows are already sold out (Sorry!). Alun Cochrane presents ‘A Show with a Man in it’ on 6 April and Craig Campbell’s Don’t Look Down will be here on 22 April.

There’s something very special with an international flavour coming to the Studio on 26 April: The Best of BE FESTIVAL includes three handpicked shows from BE FESTIVAL 2015 showcasing three different companies from across Europe. Buy a ticket for £20 and get all three shows, a special theatre dinner, a drink, and an informal opportunity to meet and chat to the artists.

Square Peg Theatre – an associate artist at Harrogate Theatre – presents two productions this season. The Maids – a radical new telling of Jean Genet’s seminal play – is in the Studio Theatre on 10-14 May, and Roseacre (14 & 15 July) blends beautifully choreographed physical theatre with a powerful character driven story to create a visceral adventure into the heartland of our morality.

Last but not least, The Dance Divine (4 Jun) by Kala Sangam is an unique and mesmerising production presenting movement, poignant words of wisdom and wit, eloquent hand gestures and soulful music. This show is a perfect introduction to South Asian performance arts for all the family.

With such a diverse creative line-up and tickets from just £10, ‘tis definitely the season to try something new at the Studio Theatre - one of Harrogate’s most interesting performance spaces at the heart of the town.


Psst! We are also busy planning the 2016 ‘2’s Company’ festival of up close & personal theatre adventures. Keep an eye on our website and local press as we announce more details in the next few weeks…