The new season at the Kirkgate has landed featuring award-winning cinema, inspiring theatre, live music and community fun. The hugely popular ‘Big Kirkgate Quiz’ fundraiser returns this Friday (13 Jan) putting your mind, memory and senses to the test, followed by tasty new theatre from Cumbria-based theatre company Ragged Edge.
‘The Chef Show’ (20 Jan) by Nick Ahad, is a deliciously entertaining night out for all the family. This is the first production from Ragged Edge, led by ex-Theatre by the Lake Associate Director Stefan Escreet. Take an exclusive peek behind the scenes in the local curry house, buzzing with heroic and comic tales inspired by interviews with real people in the trade. A guest Chef from amaali.co.uk will be offering a spicy cookery demo during the show. January also features fantastic family fun from CADS with their new panto ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ (28 Jan, 3 & 4 Feb).
February brings well-regarded stage company Gonzo Moose to Cumbria, with their latest hit show ‘The Thing That Came From Over There’ (2 Feb). Inspired by the horror movies of the 1950s, the new show is a fast-paced ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths. The first gig of the season comes in the way of D’Bleedin’Blaggards (17 Feb), offering a fusion of contemporary folk, roots, trad and country, with a dash of rock ‘n’ soul.
February at the Kirkgate could be tagged #filmfeb this year, with a sensational selection of award-winning home grown and international films. Featuring one of 2016s most talked-about British films ‘I Daniel Blake’ (13 Feb), alongside Friends fundraisers ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ (10 Feb) and ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (21 Feb) – charming family-fun filmed and set in the Lake District. You can keep the kids entertained over half term with the Kirkgate’s FREE Family Workshop (23 Feb).
For cycling fans, March brings 2Magpies Theatre to Cumbria with ‘Ventoux’ (3 Mar) – a contemporary restaging of the dramatic battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani in the Tour de France 2000. More star-studded blockbusters screen throughout March too, whilst the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Best Duo’ winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (10 Mar) take to the stage.
Dani Boniface from the Kirkgate said: “We are thrilled to be offering such a rich mix of entertainment for all here in Cockermouth. We’ve been working hard on some new developments over the last few months and look forward to sharing exciting news with the community soon.”
For the full line up and to book tickets, contact the Box Office (Mon – Sat, 10am – 1pm) in person or on 01900 826448, or visit: www.thekirkgate.com.