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Happenings in the bar, the auditorium and elsewhere

Quiz Night - Summer Quiz League - Week Three

In the Bar

In the Bar

16th August from 20:00 to 23:00

Quiz Night - Summer Quiz League - Week Two

In the Bar

In the Bar

9th August from 20:00 to 23:00

Coffee Morning - Criterion Coffee Morning

In the Bar and Foyer

In the Bar and Foyer

3rd August from 10:30 to 12:30

Quiz Night - Summer Quiz League - Week One

In the Bar

In the Bar

2nd August from 20:00 to 23:00

Touring Production - "Piskie" By Boondog Theatre

BoonDog Theatre presents _PISKIE*_, a brand new beautiful story about the tug of war between fantasy and reality. Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn and directed by Jamie Firth, _PISKIE_ is a show for all those who believe there is still a little magic to be found in the world.   Ouida Burt was raised on the fantasy stories of her hometown - where the piskies of Dartmoor are waiting to lead dreamers astray. The family joked that her father - a somnambulist - was at risk. He would sleepwalk, “piskie-led” - so he said - by Ouida’s cherished imaginary friend “Bert”. But, one night, he sleepwalked out of their family home and onto the moors… never to return.  After the search was called off, the family was forced to accept that he had most likely abandoned them; agreeing, from that point on, to give up all notion of fantastical things.   Years later, Ouida is now a respected psychologist, an academic, and a realist. In _PISKIE_, the audience joins her as she leads a talk on fear. As usual, she’s here to debunk the irrational and fantastic - to explain away the inexplicable with cold, hard evidence_. _It is time to turn a light on all those things that go bump in the night.  But one of the things that keeps Ouida up at night cannot be explained. Something that followed her back from the moors all those years ago. _Could “Bert” really be… back?_   _PISKIE _interrogates the entrenchment of ideas, showing that even the most rational people have irrational beliefs, and asks why it is so easy to give advice that you do not take. A beautiful story about magic versus cynicism that sends the audience away charmed, and just a little bit spooked.    *Piskie is a Devonian word for Pixie. ABOUT BOONDOG THEATRE  BoonDog Theatre IS A COLLABORATIVE THEATRE COMPANY, CREATING EXCITING NEW STORIES FOR THE STAGE. Founded in 2011 by Creative Director Lucy Roslyn and Productions Director Jamie Firth, BoonDog are passionate about new work and starting conversations that hopefully last long beyond the time the audience are in the theatre.  Their first show was "_The State vs John Hayes_" in 2013, which gained great critical acclaim: It was described in one review as "Beautifully brutal", and that has almost become their goal to be achieved with each and every show. Next, a suite of interweaving stories set backstage at the "_Boon and Doggett Circus_" - an ongoing project with 3 different shows produced so far: "_Showmanship_" (Theatre503 Best of the Fest), "_The Stooge_" and "_Goody_" (LET Award winner 2017). Working with Jesse Anand Productions and director Josh Roche, they have also created "_Orlando_" ("Brits Off Broadway" 2023) and "_Pennyroyal_". They also help to develop other peoples shows - In 2022 they worked with Colin Hoult on his Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show "_The Death of Anna Mann_"

In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

27th July from 19:30 to 21:00

Touring Production - "Piskie" By Boondog Theatre

BoonDog Theatre presents _PISKIE*_, a brand new beautiful story about the tug of war between fantasy and reality. Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn and directed by Jamie Firth, _PISKIE_ is a show for all those who believe there is still a little magic to be found in the world.   Ouida Burt was raised on the fantasy stories of her hometown - where the piskies of Dartmoor are waiting to lead dreamers astray. The family joked that her father - a somnambulist - was at risk. He would sleepwalk, “piskie-led” - so he said - by Ouida’s cherished imaginary friend “Bert”. But, one night, he sleepwalked out of their family home and onto the moors… never to return.  After the search was called off, the family was forced to accept that he had most likely abandoned them; agreeing, from that point on, to give up all notion of fantastical things.   Years later, Ouida is now a respected psychologist, an academic, and a realist. In _PISKIE_, the audience joins her as she leads a talk on fear. As usual, she’s here to debunk the irrational and fantastic - to explain away the inexplicable with cold, hard evidence_. _It is time to turn a light on all those things that go bump in the night.  But one of the things that keeps Ouida up at night cannot be explained. Something that followed her back from the moors all those years ago. _Could “Bert” really be… back?_   _PISKIE _interrogates the entrenchment of ideas, showing that even the most rational people have irrational beliefs, and asks why it is so easy to give advice that you do not take. A beautiful story about magic versus cynicism that sends the audience away charmed, and just a little bit spooked.    *Piskie is a Devonian word for Pixie. ABOUT BOONDOG THEATRE  BoonDog Theatre IS A COLLABORATIVE THEATRE COMPANY, CREATING EXCITING NEW STORIES FOR THE STAGE. Founded in 2011 by Creative Director Lucy Roslyn and Productions Director Jamie Firth, BoonDog are passionate about new work and starting conversations that hopefully last long beyond the time the audience are in the theatre.  Their first show was "_The State vs John Hayes_" in 2013, which gained great critical acclaim: It was described in one review as "Beautifully brutal", and that has almost become their goal to be achieved with each and every show. Next, a suite of interweaving stories set backstage at the "_Boon and Doggett Circus_" - an ongoing project with 3 different shows produced so far: "_Showmanship_" (Theatre503 Best of the Fest), "_The Stooge_" and "_Goody_" (LET Award winner 2017). Working with Jesse Anand Productions and director Josh Roche, they have also created "_Orlando_" ("Brits Off Broadway" 2023) and "_Pennyroyal_". They also help to develop other peoples shows - In 2022 they worked with Colin Hoult on his Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show "_The Death of Anna Mann_"

In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

26th July from 19:30 to 21:00
In the Auditorium

In the Auditorium

21st July from 14:00 to 15:00

Touring Production - Push - Live Music

Formed in 2022, PUSH are a progressive, psychedelic rock and roll band https://www.pushband.co.uk/ Performances often include wild improvised material that changes every set, giving the audience the chance to enjoy a unique experience at every show. PUSH create a space for free expression performing with no safety net, offering an escape from judgement where people can be their true selves. Where possible, each live show is captured on video, often with audience-shot footage. We are thrilled to welcome them for this special one-off performance.

In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

20th July from 19:30 to 22:00

Members - Agm

In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

17th July from 19:30 to 22:00

Coffee Morning - Criterion Coffee Morning

In the Bar and Foyer

In the Bar and Foyer

6th July from 10:30 to 12:30

Criterion Takeover Of The Talisman Fringe, Holiday Inn Kenilworth

July Talisman Fringe: ‘Faith and Hope’-The Criterion Theatre Takeover Date: Thursday 4th July Times: 7:30pm and 9pm At: The Holiday Inn, Kenilworth On this most auspicious of General Election days, join us on the 4th July for a night of theatre, folk songs and performed poetry at the Talisman Fringe. Peter Gillam from the Criterion Theatre, Coventry will be the host for this night of entertainment – a special opportunity to sample work from a sister theatre in the local area. Following the model of the Criterion’s recent Springboard Festival, the evening will involve some drama, some poetry and some music for your delectation and delight. Just days away from the tenth anniversary of the successful vote on women bishops in the Church of England, a cast of three (Kelly Davidson, Lilian McGrath and Anne-marie Greene) perform an original short play ‘Through a Stained Glass Darkly’. The play is written by Anne-marie Greene, Artistic Director of the Criterion Theatre and is based on real-life interviews with 40 women vicars and ministers. It’s heart-warming and heart-breaking with more than just a touch of Vicar of Dibleyesque comedy. Zsofia Hascek and Amy Rugg provide performances of specially written poems, reflecting and responding to the themes of the evening. Dean Sheridan and Richard Gillies will accompany the night with some acoustic renditions of beautiful folk songs guaranteed to be uplifting for the soul and spirit. Come and join us at either 7:30pm, or 9:00pm at the Holiday Inn on the 4th of July and be filled with ‘Faith and Hope’. Tickets available here [https://talismantheatre.co.uk/fringe-theatre/]for £5.

In the Other External

In the Other External

4th July from 19:30 to 21:00
In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

2nd July from 19:00 to 21:30
In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

30th June from 19:00 to 21:30
In the Bar

In the Bar

23rd June from 19:00 to 21:30
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