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28th September 7.30pm – Tangram Theatre Company -The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin is hard at work on his new book about barnacles. To boost sales, his publisher has invited you young and not so young naturalists to watch him at work. Easily distracted, Charles begins sharing his family history, songs he has written and some of his new discoveries about barnacles. However today is about to prove to be no ordinary day.
Charles receives a letter from a fellow naturalist claiming that he has come up with the idea of the origin of species, an idea Charles has been working on for 20 years. Suddenly, he must finish his book.Tickets:£10.00 full; £9.00 concessions

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21st October 7.30pm – Pentabus Theatre Company – The Wolves are Coming for You

Someone has seen a wolf. Where did they come from? How many are there? Someone must be able to do something about them. Otherwise, how will our children get to school? And how will we all get to line dancing in the village hall?

This new play from Olivier-nominated playwright Joel Horwood explores just how much wild we’re comfortable with.

Two world class actors, Stacey Evans and Helena Lymbery, perform multiple roles as they summon into being one extraordinary day in an average British village. The audience are invited on an entertaining and imaginative journey as community spirit overcomes fear.
Tickets:£10.00 full; £9.00 concessions

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27th October – Laying the Ghost – Amici Touring Theatre
Margot Buchanan just wants a quiet birthday, but the appearance of her ex-husband Leo, his current wife Judy and his young lover Sadie turn her celebrations into chaos. When Leo suffers a fatal heart attack the scene is set for chaotic hilarity as Leo’s ghost appears, anxious to sort out matters between his three women, and visible only to Margot’s psychic friend Freda!

Amici Touring Theatre bring Simon Williams’ hilarious comedy, Laying The Ghost, to the Broadbent Theatre

Tickets:£10.00 full; £9.00 concessions

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November 2017

10th & 11th November – The Story of the Five Travellers by Tales From the Heartwood

What can a Carpenter, a Jeweler, a Wig Maker, a Linen Weaver and a Priest possibly have in common?

International Storytelling Company Tales From The Heartwood present the “The Five Travellers”, a delightful performance of interwoven stories, with an unexpected twist at the end.

‘The Five Travellers’ is an approximately two and a half hour performance suitable for adults and children from around the age of seven upwards.

Set in a medieval forest, ‘The Five Travellers’ comprises stories within a story. We follow the story of the priest, wig maker, jeweler, linen weaver and carpenter, as each one tells their own story, building up to an unexpected twist at the end

Tales From The Heartwood is a small storytelling company, who specialize in Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from around the world. They have performed in schools, festivals and multi-cultural evenings to name a few. With a large repertoire, and a great amount of experience, Tales From The Heartwood present their work with great style and skill.

Tickets:£9.00 full; £8.00 concessions; £6.00 Children; Family ticket £27.50

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26th November – Show by the Broadbent Theatre Youth Theatre
Details to be confirmed

December 2017

2nd December – Bette Davis on the Edge

Christine St John’s one woman show imagines Davis anxiously waiting for the reviews of her comeback film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane one evening in 1962. Alone in her hotel room having been too afraid to attend the premiere, Bette takes the audience on a trip down memory lane, telling not just the story of her acting life, but of the brutalities of studio control for women of a certain age. Whether or not it had all been worth it will be revealed when she finally hears the knock on the door delivering the morning editions and those crucial reviews.
Tickets:£10.00 full; £9.00 concessions

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6th December 7.30 and 10th December 4.30 – Remembrance a Play by Ian Sharp – About Conscientious Objectors and founders of the Broadbent Theatre

An original documentary play written specially for the Broadbent Theatre. The play tells the story of the Conscientious Objectors who set up Pacifist Farm Communities in Legsby and Holton cum Beckering during World War 2. Many of them were involved in the founding of the Broadbent Theatre and many of their families remain active members of the local community today.

In the play the conscientious objectors (the’ conchies’ as the local people called them then) tell their stories mainly in their own words from the interviews many of them later gave. ‘Our aim is simply to tell the truth, as far as that is ever possible, of this remarkable phenomenon at a remarkable time,’ says writer Ian Sharp, ‘but hopefully in a lively, entertaining and thought-provoking way.’ For interested members of the audience there will be a post-show discussion with the cast.

During World War II RAF Wickenby in Lincoln was a hub of military activity from where hundreds of bombing mission were launched.

One thousand and eighty of the young men involved in those missions were killed.

Just a few miles away however, the neighbouring village of Holton cum Beckering, became a hotbed for the Peace Movement.

A group of like minded people gathered together in this farming community, united in one belief – they were not going to fight World War II.

Pacifism was a popular cause for those familiar with the horrors of World War I.

The personal tragedies and loss of WWI made pacifism a popular cause
“The whole story of World War I was so overwhelming that I think many of us said we must never be part of this again,” explains conscientious objector Francis Cammaerts.

The Peace Pledge Union was started by priest Dick Sheppard, who’d been a chaplain to troops in the trenches.

Young men were asked to sign a pledge to renounce war and become conscientious objector, or “conchies” as they were known.

Although farming duties were largely taken over by land girls, replacing the farmers sent away to war, it was also something a conscientious objector could do.

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January 2018

19th, 20th, 21st 26th, 27th, 28th January 2nd, 3rd February – LRP Pantomime – Babes in the Wood
by Graham Davidson
Tickets:£10.00 full; £9.00 concessions Family £34 (2 Adults + 2 Children)

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Wickenby, Lincolnshire, home of the Linsdsey Rural Players