As the busiest multi-artform venue in the West Midlands, the Summer Season at the Arts Centre offers a wealth of exciting new performances and artistic adventures right in the heart of the campus.
Highlights include award-winning theatre company Complicite recreating Zizou Corder’s fantasy novels Lionboy for families and young people, and local playwright and performer Caroline Horton bringing her sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show Mess to the studio in May. This summer will also see the beginning of the (L)one series, showcasing a selection of solo performances representing a diversity of practices, voices and stories.
Free & Live
The summer season brings the launch of a new series of Free & Live events.
On the Couch finds a member of the Arts Centre team in conversation with leading contemporary artists and there’ll also be music performed in the foyer every week. Both events are free to attend.
Don't forget about the Free Lunchtime Concerts, held on Thursdays during term time in the Music Centre.
Dance and music
For dance aficionados, there’s the return of Rosie Kay Dance Company with their exploration of faith, belief and ritual in There is Hope. Similarly searching for answers, Wayne McGregor |Random Dance examine the controversial Age of Enlightenment in their performance FAR.
The diverse and eclectic music programme features a range of talent, and collaboration features strongly this season. Quercus sees June Tabor, Iain Ballamy and Huw Warren joining forces to create beautiful poignant music that transcends musical genres, and Fence Collective presents an evening of mellow music including James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail & Seamus Fogarty.
But if it’s classical music you prefer, the highlights of the Concert Series include the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
The opera programme offers a variety of inspired performances ranging from English Touring Opera’s rendition of Così fan tutte to live screenings from the New York Metropolitan Opera of all-time favourites such as Giulio Cesare.
If it’s a family-friendly opera you’re looking for, look no further, as May sees the arrival of the delightful production Laika the Spacedog.
The family programme this season highlights the importance of bringing children’s literature to the stage. Tiddler and other Terrific Tales is the new show from Scamp Theatre and sees raincoat clad storytellers recreating Julia Donaldson’s charming stories with puppetry, live music and giggles. Travelling Light also bring Varmints to life, packed full of impressive movement and dance.
Comedy and cinema
Lastly, for those looking for a laugh, there’s a huge range of popular comedians including Rich Hall, Phill Jupitus, Andy Parsons and Julian Clary, as well as some new faces including Daniel Simonsen and Alfie Brown.
Don’t forget to keep checking what’s on at the cinema – highlights this season include Les Misérables, Lore and Django Unchained.
Download the Warwick Arts Centre Summer 2013 Brochure