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September to December 2017

theatre

film

music

exhibitions

family

comedy

w 03000 269 524 www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NP

September
Film: Logan
Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing
Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican
border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when
he meets a young mutant who is very much like him. Logan must now
protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
Cert: 15 running time: 137 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Strong language and violence.
Northumberland Theatre Company present:
Theatre: Barnaby Rudge
Wednesday 13 September, 7.30pm
Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, this is
absolutely a play for today. A story of mystery and suspense which
begins with an unsolved double murder, goes on to involve
conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution, and features Grip,
a talking pet raven. Through the course of the play fathers and sons
become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and there
are violent clashes on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot,
Barnaby Rudge struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With
its high drama, strange secrets and ghostly doublings.
Tickets: £10 / £8 concession
Film: Beauty and the Beast
Thursday 14 September, 7.30pm
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young
woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle.
Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and
learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to
recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on
the inside. Cert: PG running time: 129 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Mild scenes of peril.
Hilarity Bites present:
Comedy: David Trent, Lloyd Griffith and Matt Reid
Friday 15 September, 7.30pm
Hilarity Bites returns with a fantastic line-up, headlined by Edinburgh
Comedy Award nominated David Trent, who is renowned for his
genre-busting use of multi-media. Joining David is Lloyd Griffith,
who recently supported Jack Whitehall’s huge arena tour - as well
as appearing in several TV shows himself, and host for the night is
Sunderland’s finest, Matt Reed.
Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 on the door

The Avison Ensemble present:
Music: The Italian Connection
Wednesday 20 September, 7.30pm
Pavlo Beznosiuk and Caroline Balding (violins), Richard Tunnicliffe
(cello) and Roger Hamilton (harpsichord) make up one of England’s
leading period instrument groups. The Avison Ensemble celebrate the
legacy of Newcastle’s 18th century composer Charles Avison and the
Italian influence on music of the period in this concert which features
music by Handel, Purcell, Corelli, Geminiani, Avison and others. One
of Avison’s original manuscript Workbooks will be on view at the
concert.
The concert has been made possible with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund
and the Hays Travel Foundation.

Tickets: £8 / £6 concession / £3 children
Film: Their Finest
Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
In 1940, a married woman (Gemma Arterton) and a screenwriter
(Sam Claflin) develop a growing attraction while working together on
a propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk,
France. Cert: 12A running time: 117 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Some mild language

Bishop Auckland Civic Society present:
Talk: Martin Roberts: Travels with Pevsner – Reviving County Durham
Tuesday 26 September, 7.30pm
An architect and member of the Institute of Historic Buildings
Conservation; Martin Roberts is the Inspector of Historic Buildings
for the N.E. Region of English Heritage. He is also the founder and
Secretary of the N.E. Vernacular Architecture Group and lectures on
architecture and garden history throughout the region. Also includes
the Civic Society AGM.
Tickets: £2 (free to BACS members)
Film: The Sense of an Ending
Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm
A business owner (Jim Broadbent) reunites with his first love
(Charlotte Rampling) after a letter and a diary force him to confront
the past. Cert: 15 running time: 108 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Suicide references

October
New Writing North present:
Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo, from the book by Amy
Sparkes and Sara Ogilvie
This is a Durham Book Festival event.
Wednesday 4 October, 10.00am
From the creators of Hey, Presto!, Man on the Moon and
The Worst Princess, comes a mischievous tale that little
monsters everywhere are sure to fall in love with.
The hero of our story has received an invitation to run a
zoo for a day. This zoo seems rather odd, and the keeper
is in a great hurry to leave for his holiday. This zoo is a
mess and the creatures are all misbehaving. This zoo is a
Monster Zoo!
Join us on this exciting adventure to help our young
hero take on a Monster Zoo full of weird and wonderful
creatures. Featuring original live music performed by a
monster band. Suitable for under 7s.
Tickets: £2
Film: Viceroy’s House
Thursday 5 October, 7.30pm
The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with
overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets
with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental
change. Cert: 12A running time: 106 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Brief distressing images.
Baroque Theatre present:
Family: The Three Musketeers
Sunday 8 October, 3.00pm
Cry ‘All for one and one for all,’ this winter as we join D’Artagnan
and his friends Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in their quest against
the scheming Cardinal Richelieu. A rip roaring, fast paced,
swashbuckling show ideal for families (ages 5+). Inventive stagecraft,
witty dialogue and with colourful characters from the novel, this
exciting story is brimming with energy and skillful storytelling to keep
audiences captivated. There will be action and romance galore in this
specially commissioned production.
Tickets: £8 / £6 concession / £25 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)

Film: Assassin’s Creed
Thursday 12 October, 7.30pm
Cal Lynch travels back in time to 15th-century Spain through
a revolutionary technology that unlocks the genetic memories
contained in his DNA. There, he lives out the experiences of Aguilar
de Nerha, a distant relative who’s also a member of the Assassins,
a secret society that fights to protect free will from the power-hungry
Templar Order. Cert: 12A running time: 115 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: moderate violence, infrequent strong language
Music: My Generation
Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm
A welcome return to the legendary band with their visual and
nostalgic show. They are regarded as one of the most popular 60s
bands whose musicians have been together for almost 40 years.
They have performed on many shows with top named acts and their
repertoire consists of popular and memorable music including The
Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Hollies,
Dave Clark Five, Tremeloes, Spencer Davis, The Kinks, The Monkees
and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to name a few.
Tickets: £10 / £8 concession
Film: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Thursday 19 October, 7.30pm
The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina
Zabinski and her husband. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under their
care. When the country is invaded by the Nazis, the couple are
forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist. The
Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into
action plans to save the lives of hundreds, from what has become the
Warsaw Ghetto. Cert: 12A running time: 127 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Moderate violence, threat and nudity
Family: A Square World
This is a TakeOff Festival event.
Friday 20 October, 10.30am and 1.30pm
When the daily routine of three friends’ lives suddenly changes, they
discover with a little fun and mayhem how to adapt their world so they
can keep playing together.
A Square World looks at the unfairness of being left out in a world
designed for everyone else but yourself. A very endearing and funny
performance with a gentle poignant message. There is audience
creative play at the end.
Tickets: £6.00 / £22 family ticket. Available from
www.takeofffestival.org.uk Advisory: Event is for 3-6 year olds.

Hilarity Bites present:
Comedy: Steve Gribbin, Stephen Bailey and Pete Otway
Friday 20 October, 7.30pm
Topping the bill in October, Liverpool’s diminutive guitar-wielding
satirist Steve Gribbin returns. He is a regular act at music festivals
throughout the world, and has made countless TV and radio
appearances. Support will come in the form of Stephen Bailey.
Stephen is a renowned TV warm-up artist, working on shows such
as Loose Women, whilst he’s also been seen in front of the camera
on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. Host for the night is the
returning Pete Otway.
Tickets: £8 in advance / £10.00 on the door
Bishop Auckland Theatre Society presents:
Theatre: After Eleanor Died; a Victorian Ghost Play
Thursday 26, Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October, 7.15pm
After losing his wife; Charles invites his friend and solicitor, Edward,
to his home to aid in Eleanor’s final affairs and to pursue his research
into psychical events. Telling the chilling tales of the evening, they
discuss stories of murder, tragic accidents and derailments. Can
these stories aid Charles’ research or will they reveal a dark secret?
Tickets: £7.50
Available from bishopaucklandtheatresociety.co.uk or on 01388 775508.

November
Film: Gold
Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm
Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with
a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find
gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard,
but keeping it is even more difficult, sparking an adventure through
the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. Cert: 15 running time:
120 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Strong language, sexuality and nudity
Film: Split
Thursday 9 November, 7.30pm
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his
trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged
who is set to materialise and dominate all of the others. Compelled to
abduct three teenage girls led by the wilful, observant Casey, Kevin
reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him.
Cert: 15 running time: 117 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Violence and some strong language

Bishop Auckland Choral Society present:
Music: Autumn Concert - The Songs from the Shows
Friday 10 November, 7.00pm
Tickets: £8 / £6 concession / £3 children
Available from: Mrs S Hassall (01388 834 359), Mrs J Smith
(01325 360 514), any choir members and on the door.

Music: The Tin Soldier
Saturday 11 November, 7.30pm
A night of North East mining town songs, stories, poems and
singalongs from the First World War featuring John Wrightson,
Bob Lowery, Bert Draycott, Anne Lamb, Philomena Lowery, Joan
Edmundson and Kenny Jobson.
Tickets: £10 / £8 concession

Film: The Accountant
Thursday 16 November, 7.30pm
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics expert with more
affinity for numbers than people. He makes his living as a freelance
accountant for dangerous criminal organisations. With a Treasury
agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-ofthe-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer
to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the
body count starts to rise. Cert: 15 running time: 128 mins
Tickets: £5 Advisory: Strong violence and language
Hilarity Bites present:
Comedy: George Egg, Pierre Novellie and MC Andy Fury
Friday 17 November, 7.30pm
Hilarity Bites are delighted to welcome self-styled anarchist cook
George Egg to the Town Hall in November. A total sell-out for two
straight years at the Edinburgh Fringe, George won the Spirit of
the Fringe award in 2015. Joining George is the wonderful Pierre
Novellie. An acclaimed live act, Pierre has supported Hal Cruttenden
and Gary Delaney on their national tours, and was nominated for Best
Club Comic at the 2017 Chortle Awards. Host for the night is local
favourite Andy Fury.
Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 on the door

A Ship of Fools present:
Theatre: Welcome to Paradise
Saturday 18 November, 7.30pm
After a hilarious run at Edinburgh fringe, Ship of Fools bring their new
show to Bishop Auckland.
Strap in as The Captain and Raoul take you on a playfully mischievous
rollercoaster ride to the darkest corners of the grotto which will have
you squealing with delight one minute and squirming in horror the
next.
Tickets: £10 / £8 concession
Bishop Auckland Civic Society present:
Talk: Great Briton’s of the 20th Century
Tuesday 21 November, 7.30pm
Glynn Wales is a former comprehensive school headteacher,
university lecturer in education, ‘A’ level chief examiner and
magistrate. The talk builds on a BBC Greatest Britons vote in 2002
which identified only 3 figures from the 20th century – namely
Churchill (the winner). Princess Diana and John Lennon! How
attitudes change. Mainly political, Glynn aims to cover every 20th
Century Prime Minister and more.
Tickets: £2 (free to BACS members)
Every Cloud Entertainments presents:
Pantomime: Dick Whittington and his Pirate
Adventure
Saturday 25 November, 2.00pm and 6.00pm
Sunday 26 November, 2.00pm
Monday 27 November, 10.30am and 1.30pm
This action-packed panto for all ages has topical
jokes, references and non-stop laughter, along with
songs everyone loves. We accompany the brave
Dick Whittington on his travels to London to make
his fame and fortune, helped along by Tommy
the Cat. On the way he meets the lovely Alice
Fitzwarren and larger than life Dame, Sarah the
Cook, along with village idiot Idle Jack.
Join us as we travel across the seven seas where
you will encounter good, and evil – lead by nasty
King Rat and Captain Shiver-Me-Fingers, who will
try and cause mayhem for our swashbuckling hero
and friends.
Tickets: £9 / £7 concession

December
Bishop Auckland Civic Society present:
Annual Charity Town Quiz
Wednesday 6 December, doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm (prompt
start)
Glynn Wales is once again quizmaster in the toughest quiz around.
Proceeds this year go to Bishop Auckland Hospital Scanner Appeal
Entry forms are available from the Town Hall.
Deadline for entries: Friday 1 December
Entry: £10 per team
Bishop Auckland Choral Society present:
Music: Christmas Concert – The Traditional Christmas Carols
Friday 15 December, 7.00pm
With guests St John’s Catholic School Sixth Form College who
present their choir and musicians
Tickets: £7 / £5 concession / £3 children
Available from: Mrs S Hassall (01388 834 359), Mrs J Smith (01325
360 514), any choir members and on the door.
Party Night: The Crazy Knights
Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm
Our fantastic Christmas party night is back with new band The Crazy
Knights. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: £20 (price includes supper)

Northumberland Theatre Company present:
Children’s theatre: The Princess and the Goblin
Thursday 21 December, 6.30pm
Princess Irene is to be the bride of the goblin king’s son;
unfortunately he hasn’t actually asked her yet. The Princess and the
Goblin is an exciting adventure about the goblins attempts to steal
away the princess. To foil their plan, the Princess will need all the help
she can get from Curdie, the miner’s son, and her mysterious greatgreat-grandmother, who no-one else can see.
This is a story about growing up, making friends and the importance
of family with song, dance and fun along the way.
Tickets: £10 / £8 concession

Hilarity Bites present:
Comedy: Patrick Monahan, Lauren Pattison and MC Aaron Twitchen
Friday 22 December, 7.30pm
For the first time ever, we’re hosting a Christmas Comedy Club, and
we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring back local favourite Patrick
Monahan! A familiar face to TV viewers, Patrick was the winner of
ITV’s Show Me The Funny, and has also appeared on Splash, Let’s
Dance for Comic Relief, and Celebrity Squares. Joining Patrick is hotly
tipped, - and multi-award nominated Geordie Lauren Pattison, and
host for the night is the wonderfully catty Aaron Twitchen.
Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Exhibitions
Monday 18 September – Friday 22 December
Michael Dolan 1957 – 2017
Born in 1957 Michael attended school in Bishop
Auckland, and art was his favourite subject, which he
went on to study at Darlington College.
Throughout his life, Michael managed many pubs and
wine bars in Bishop Auckland, always appearing to
be happy and full of fun and became well known and
loved in the town.
During this time Michael continued his love of art,
particularly pencil drawing, pastel, gouache and
watercolour.
Michael died suddenly after a short illness on 18 April 2017, and hundreds of fantastic
tributes were posted on Facebook about him, many mentioning about his artwork.
When his funeral took place, the church was so full that people had to stand outside, - and
the funeral cortege included a group of Mods on their shining scooters as a sign of their
love and respect.
Monday 18 September – Saturday 23 December
Witnessing The Somme: Through The Eyes Of
Those Who Were There
A pop-up exhibition in our library.

Lunchtime Jazz

Zoe Gilby Trio
Friday 22 September, 1.00pm
Tickets: £5

Hand to Mouth –
Lindsay Hannon and
Bradley Johnston
Friday 20 October, 1.00pm
Tickets: £5

Swing Manouche
Friday 17 November, 1.00pm
Tickets: £5

For full details of all Town Hall events, or to join our mailing list for up-to-date information and
special offers, visit: www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk

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event of unforeseen circumstances without prior notice.
Tickets cannot be returned or exchanged after purchase except in the case of a cancelled
show.
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Thur 7
Wed 13
Thur 14
Fri 15
Wed 20
Thur 21
Fri 22
Tues 26
Thur 28

Film: Logan
Theatre: Barnaby Rudge
Film: Beauty and the Beast
Comedy: Hilarity Bites
Music: The Avison Ensemble
Film: Their Finest
Music: Zoe Gilby Trio
Talk: Martin Roberts
Film: The Sense of an Ending

October
Wed 4
Thur 5
Sun 8
Thur 12
Sat 14
Thur 19
Fri 20
Fri 20
Fri 20
Thur 26

November

Family: Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo
Film: Viceroy’s House
Family: The Three Musketeers
Film: Assassin’s Creed
Music: My Generation
Film: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Family: A Square World
Music: Hand to Mouth
Comedy: Hilarity Bites
Theatre: After Eleanor Died

Calendar of Events

September

Thur 2
Film: Gold
Thur 9
Film: Split
Fri 10
Music: Bishop Auckland Choral Society’s Autumn
Concert
Thur 16
Film: The Accountant
Fri 17
Music: Swing Manouche
Fri 17
Comedy: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club
Sat 18
Theatre: Welcome to Paradise
Tues 21
Talk: Great Briton’s of the 20th Century
Sat 25 to Mon 27
Family: Dick Whittington and his Pirate Adventure

December

Wed 6
Annual Charity Town Quiz
Fri 15
Music: Bishop Auckland Choral Society’s Christmas
Concert
Sat 16
Party Night: The Crazy Knights
Thur 21
Family: The Princess and the Goblin
Fri 22
Comedy: Hilarity Bites


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