Theatre at Ropery Hall

Two theatre performances, both with a strong northern theme, feature in Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall programme for early March,

On Wednesday, March 2, Felix Hodcroft and Sue Wilsea, known as The Hull to Scarborough Line present, their own homage to Winifred Holtby on the 80th anniversary of the publication of her best known novel, South Riding.#

Holtby, as well as being a prolific writer, was also a political activist, journalist, reviewer and lecturer.  Born across the River Humber in the East Riding of Yorkshire she was brought up in Cottingham.  When women got the right to vote in 1928, she produced A New Voter’s Guide to Party Programmes aimed at helping new women voters find their political feet.

In this dynamic and thought-provoking show, Take Back Your Freedom, written and performed by Felix and Sue a spotlight is thrown on this remarkable woman and what she achieved in her tragically short life.

On Sunday, March 6 three great writers from the north make the journey to Barton for Northern Voices – Writing with a Northern Voice.

Yorkshire born dramatist John Godber, calculated as being the third most performed playwright in the UK behind William Shakespeare and Alan  Ayckbourn, is joined by novelist and dramatist Helen Cross and poet Peter Sansom to discuss what it is to write with a “Northern Voice” in this light-hearted evening of poetry, prose, questions and answers.

“Don’t miss this thoroughly entertaining evening brought to Barton by Northern Accent to listen to these three read from their work and talk about their relationships with the North and how it has shaped their work and careers, and then take the opportunity to ask them questions in a questions and answer session,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Both performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets to see Take Back Your Freedom cost £6 or £5 concessions.  Tickets to see Northern Voices cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door with a special price for students of £5.  Tickets can be bought online at, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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Audiences will be treated to hits from across his entire career from Haircut 100 to today, such as ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love Plus One’, ‘Fantastic Day’, ‘Kite’ and ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. Peppered in the set will be album tracks, b-sides and maybe even a teaser from his next album.

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Quiz Night

A fun quiz for all the family.

Maximum of six in a team.

Written and presented by Daniel Dyson

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Book Launch

Fathom Writers

Fathom Prize 2018

Join us for the launch of the new anthology of prizewinning short stories, chosen by author Cassandra Parkin and edited by Sue Wilsea.

The evening will feature excerpts from Cassandra’s work and the winning entries.

The new publication will be on sale for the first time on the evening and afterwards available from The Ropewalk, priced £5

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Slim Chance

Slim Chance is a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie Lane’s band – Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O’Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.

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Knight & Spiers 

On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene.

Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe.   With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.

With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.

The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.

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The Seagull

(2017) 12a 1hr 38m

In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.

An all-star cast in this Chekhov adaptation.

Director: Michael Mayer

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Annette Bening

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