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Pay what you can for new theatre season

Posted onPosted on 20th Sep

A new programme of theatre shows has been announced at the Old Library, Mansfield.

All productions have either a low-ticket price or are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis —where the tickets are free to book and theatregoers pay what they want after the show.

The 100-seat venue will host eight professional productions over the autumn and winter, with many stopping in Mansfield as part of nationwide tours. There is something for everyone, from comedy, dancing and live music, to storytelling, historical classics, and rugby.

The Affordable Theatre programme has been developed by the Inspire Youth Arts team. Sam Holgate-Davey, development co-ordinator, said: “We already use our theatre space for youth programmes. To invite professional touring companies to perform here, and get more people to see the great facilities we have, is exciting.”

The first half of the season starts with large wigs in the Hijinx Production of The Flop (11th October, 7.30pm) followed by a pioneering and intimate new play, User Not Found (19th October, 6pm, 8.30pm).

Written by Chris Goode and created by Dante Or Die Theatre, it will be performed through smartphones, using cutting-edge technology — including captioning technology as theatregoers become a fly-on-the-wall of one man’s decision to delete his online legacy.

The show premiered at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with sell-out performances and a raft of four and five-star reviews.

The season continues with Crossings (23rd October, 7.30pm), by Edinburgh Fringe First winning playwright Deidre Kinahan, marking the centenary of the end of WWI with live music, waltzing and unexpected connections.

It is followed by the story of Sunny in Unanima Theatre Company’s performance of ID (31st October, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 7.30pm), as people experience one woman’s life told through 14 voices.

To book and for details of shows after October, go to www.inspireculture.org.uk/theatre

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