Hal Cruttenden rants about the evils of the modern world at Cast

The more he complains, the funnier he gets – Hal Cruttenden comes to Yorkshire at Cast, Doncaster on Friday 3 June.

The Straight Outta Cruttenden tour comes to Cast for one of the final dates before Hal’s Edinburgh run in August, and the last Yorkshire date of the tour. Hal rants about the real evils of the modern world – over sharing on social media and the 5:2 diet.  The hungrier he gets the funnier he becomes.
Hal also provides his unique insights on being an orphan on Facebook, taking his wife to Saudi Arabia and how he fell out with George Osbourne at school (or Gideon as he was then) and personally blames him every time he puts up the price of petrol.
Earlier this year, Hal was one of six celebrities who took part in the celebrity sailing challenge ‘Hell on High Seas’ for Sports Relief. Raising over a million pounds, the challenge was featured over five nights on The One Show (BBC1).
Hal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. Hal was the main guest in the Christmas special of Live at the Apollo, and has been a frequent host. Recent TV appearances include The John Bishop Show, The Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie To You?, The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice, Live At The Palladium, Mock The Week, and Have I Got News For You. He also writes his own Radio 4 sitcom Hal.
Tickets for Hal Cruttenden on Friday 3 June at 7.30pm at Cast are £16.50 / £14.50 concessions, available on 01302 303 959 or by visiting castindoncaster.com.

New comic play Love, Bombs and Apples explores Muslim and Jewish communities in Bradford, New York, Palestine and Pakistan

Comic and politically provocative new play Love, Bombs & Apples is coming to Cast, Doncaster on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May – a comic tale of four men experiencing a moment of revelation at the same time in Bradford, New York, Palestine and Pakistan.
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Using comedy to explore bravely tackle problems facing the Arab, Jewish and Muslim communities across the world, the one-man stand up show draws attention to social issues in today’s multicultural Britain.
These four stories are unified by award winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak script, employing a deeply personal method of storytelling, humorous approach and political commentary. Set against the backdrop of worldwide, political instability, with the looming threat of civil unrest, this one-man play expertly highlights the problems in today’s global and multicultural landscape.
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Bringing the entertaining and clever script to life, lead actor Asif Khan shifts seamlessly between the individual stories, captivating his audience by deftly assuming each character with surprising ease. Khan is as believable as an Arab in Jerusalem, as he is Jewish man in New York and disenfranchised youth tempted by IS in Bradford.
Speaking on his role and the challenges he faced, Asif Khan says: “There are many challenges such as fully embodying physically and vocally each of the four characters I’m playing. But I think the most challenging thing with this piece in particular is stamina. Having the stamina to keep the audience fully engaged for 90 minutes, with no interval! But it worked out last year and so we can take confidence from that.”
Love, Bombs and Apples plays at Cast, Doncaster on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May, tickets are £10.50 / £8.50 concessions, available from 01302 303 959 or online at castindoncaster.com.

World-class Art Exhibitions come to Doncaster on the big screen at Cast

Famous artworks and the stories behind them came to Doncaster when EXHIBITION ON SCREEN launched at Cast with Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood on Sunday 15 May,  with Renoir on Sunday 12 June and Painting the Modern Garden on Sunday 3 July soon to come.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN by award-winning arts documentary maker Phil Grabsky & Seventh Art has already delighted art lovers in more than 40 countries across the world, and bringing the exhibits to Doncaster and audiences who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy them.

Exhibition On Screen also acts as a complementary extension to a gallery visit, immersing the viewer in artwork up close, analysing works not included in each exhibition and  providing illuminating historical and critical context.

Self portrait in his studio, Francisco de Goya

Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood (Sunday 15 May, 7pm) brought the dramatic life and extraordinary artistry of Francisco Goya to the big screen for the first time. As well as providing unrestricted access to the landmark exhibition Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery, the feature-length film built a compelling portrait of Spain’s most celebrated artist through insights from international experts, masterpieces from renowned collections and visits to the locations in which he lived and worked.

Baigneuse (Bather), Renoir

Following the success of this once-in-a-lifetime show comes Renoir – Revered and Reviled  (Sunday 12 June, 7pm) which will give local audiences the opportunity to see extraordinary artworks collected at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, home to the largest Renoir collection in the world, which have never before travelled to the UK and are never loaned.

The film will grant completely unrestricted access to the unique collection amassed by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, who admired Renoir above all other artists. This unrivalled collection of 181 Renoir works, largely paintings from his ‘late period’, will promote a fresh look at one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, and help to explore why Renoir has polarised opinion for over 100 years.

The film includes interviews with leading art critics from the New York Times and the Washington Post, internationally renowned scholars and several artists, as well as uncovering the rarely told story of his artistic reinvention after he rejected the Impressionist movement that had earned him widespread critical acclaim. It will explore the profound implications for two artistic greats of the 20th century: Picasso and Matisse, and debate if Renoir was a self-indulgent fantasist or was Matisse right to declare his voluptuous female figures “the loveliest nudes ever painted”?

The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil


Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (Sunday 3 July, 7pm) will explore the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture. The film will transport viewers across Europe to some of the most beautiful gardens depicted in art, from Monet’s water lilies at Giverny to Bonnard’s privately owned garden in Vernonnet.

The behind-the-scenes visits to these stunning landscapes provides an essential backdrop to the artworks they inspired, on display at the Royal Academy, and examines the role of the garden in art history from Impressionism to the Avant-Garde. Audiences will be able to appreciate the natural beauty from which painters such as Liebermann, Sorolla and Nolde worked, and discover how these inspiring surroundings translated onto the canvas. Fresh insights from international gardening experts and art critics bring the history of the garden’s relationship with art to life. Interviews with renowned modern artists Lachlan Goudie and Tania Kovats will also reveal how the relationship between the artist and the natural world continues to flourish in the 21st century.

Tickets for each of the Exhibition on Screen events are £5,  available on 01302 303 959 or by visiting castindoncaster.com.

Breakin' Convention Festival of Hip Hop returns to Doncaster

Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, is back to South Yorkshire, with a full day of performances from local crews and international artists at Cast in Doncaster on Saturday 7 May.

More than just a show, Breakin’ Convention is an experience that will transform Cast and Sir Nigel Gresley Square outside with free events, including live graffiti art, live DJs and hip hop dance battles – suitable for all the family.
Now in its 13th year, this hugely popular festival is once again hosted and curated by Saddler’s Well’s Associate Artist Jonzi D, one of the most influential artists in the British hip hop scene alongside South Yorkshire’s own Pierre Lafayette-Marsh. Breakin’ Convention has firmly established itself as one of the major highlights on the British dance calendar and one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip hop culture. Saturday 7 March is the festival’s only Yorkshire date for 2016.

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Antoinette – France

This year’s Breakin’ Convention line features three international acts, including leading French street dance artist Antoinette Gomis performing Images, an atmospheric solo piece drawing on Civil Rights history and the music of Nina Simone.
Spain’s award-winning Iron Skulls crew present the surreal Sinestesia, a dynamic work merging hip hop with acrobatics that sees the dancers morphing into post-apocalyptic survivors.
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The Ruggeds – Holland

World Champion b-boy crew The Ruggeds from the Netherlands present the explosive Adrenaline – a show filed with acrobatics, gravity-defying jumps, music and energy that will make your soul anxious to get up and move. The company has recently collaborated with Justin Bieber on the video for the single Where Are Ü Now.
Taking the stage alongside the international acts are four South Yorkshire hip hop dance theatre companies and artists: SD Kreative, Twisted Poets, Daniel Phung Dance and Rationale.
Hip Hop fans can also learn the moves on stage by taking part in a workshop with Antoinette Gomis and the Ruggeds – open to all abilities.
Free afternoon activities will start from 2pm and tickets for Breakin’ Convention evening show on Saturday 7 May at 7.30pm at Cast in Doncaster are £16.50 / £14.50 concessions / £8.50 for Under 26s, available on 01302 303 959 or by visiting castindoncaster.com.

@tramlines adds more acts to line-up

Including: David Rodigan, Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi, Craig Charles, Crazy P Soundsystem, Quantic, Dego, Rita Maia, The Mouse Outfit, Last Japan, and many more…

Tramlines, the UK’s biggest inner-city music festival, has added a fifth wave of acts to its 2016 lineup. The latest additions feature a genre-busting selection of DJs including David Rodigan, Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi, Craig Charles, Crazy P Soundsystem, a full live set and DJ set by Quantic, Dego, Rita Maia, The Mouse Outfit, Last Japan and many more. These new artists join the formerly announced Dizzee Rascal, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Randall, Goldie, Norman Jay, Toddla T, My Nu Leng, Paranoid London Live, Skream, Floorplan, Leon Vynehall and loads more for the festival’s eighth instalment. Tramlines takes place from Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July in Sheffield, and weekend tickets are now on sale from www.tramlines.org.uk for just £42 (+bf).

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The award-winning Tramlines Festival transforms Sheffield city centre into a huge festival site, taking the reins on four outdoor spaces and 15 venues with a bill that showcases a diverse range of established names and brand new artists, and attracting approximately 100,000 people every year. By night, it’s a playground for all things electronic, taking over Sheffield’s best nightclubs and warehouse spaces for a genre-spanning blend of techno, drum& bass, house, grime and everything in between.

Craig Charles


Festival organisers are thrilled to announce the return of three heavyweights for 2016 after storming successes in previous years: kicking off Tramlines as it means to go on with a melting pot of funk, disco, techno and more is seismic duo Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi, who return to the legendary Leadmill for the festival’s official opening party on Thursday 21 July; original reggae selector David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan returns to take the reins at the o2 Academy on Friday with a bag of bass-heavy, dancehall tunes, while on Saturday night at Foundry, the funk and soul maestro Craig Charles returns after road-blocking DQ Nightclub at Tramlines 2015!

Crazy P Soundsystem
Crazy P


Other standout performances this year include a full live set from dance pioneers Crazy P, whose slinky underground disco and deep electronic cuts will appear as part of burgeoning local promoters Nice Like Rice’s Queens Social Club takeover on Friday.

Beat-maker Quantic will touch down at Tramlines for a total of two killer performances, headlining the 7,000 capacity Devonshire Green stage with a live set, before hot-footing it up the road to the intimate Harley for a DJ set at the venue’s Sunday night after-party.

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The Banana Hill collective will take over Queens Social Club on Saturday with a selection of dancefloor-bound world beats including 4hero’s Dego and cutting-edge Lisbon DJ Rita Maia, amongst others.

The Plug nightclub is home to all things grime on Saturday night at Tramlines, with the atmospheric vibes of Last Japan, former KissFM DJ Logan Sama and upcoming MC Capo Lee all added to the bill.

Hip-hop fans are also catered for with the nine-piece hip-hop outfit, The Mouse Outfit, ready to take the roof off at Yellow Arch on Saturday night.

Every year, Tramlines delivers a genre-defying mix of talent. Outside of its night-time programme, by day, it’s a place to discover the best in live music, spanning indie, rock, folk, pop and funk, from the increased 17,500-capacity Main Stage through to the 500-capacity Sheffield Cathedral.

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Amy Becker


Other already announced acts for the 2016 event include Dread MC, Novelist, Amy Becker, Denis Sulta, Coco, Boddika, LEVELZ, Mumdance B2B Pinch, P Money and others.

Tickets for Tramlines Festival 2016 are on sale and, as ever, remain seriously good value.  A weekend ticket comes in at the bargain price of £42 +bf covering all stages from day until night. For club access only, a weekend pass costs £20 +bf. To stay for the official closing parties on Sunday night, tickets are an added £5, making it one of the most competitively priced festivals around.

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Mr Scruff


Entry to the official opening party with Mr Scruff at the Leadmill on Thursday 21 July is free for all Tramlines wristband holders.

For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2016 visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines

Tramlines 2016 Lineup So Far…

Dizzee Rascal / Catfish and the Bottlemen / George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic / Jurassic 5 / Kelis

Basement / Craig Charles / Crazy P Soundsystem /  The Crookes / David Rodigan / Dawn Penn / The Enemy / Field Music / Gaz Coombes / Goldie / Floorplan / Hinds / Jane Weaver / Leon Vynehall / Little Comets / Little Simz / Moon Duo / The Mouse Outfit / Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi / My Nu Leng & Dread MC / Mystery Jets / Norman Jay MBE / Novelist / Paranoid London / Quantic / Skream / Teleman / Toddla T Takeover / Young Fathers


All We Are / Amy Becker / ArcTanGent DJs / Ardyn / Banana Hill / Beaty Heart / Blessa / Boddika / Capo Lee / Cervo / C Duncan / Clay / Coco / Cowtown / Dan Mangan / Da Rico / Dego / Denis Sulta / Ekkah / exmagician / Fleetmac Wood / FYI Chris / Gwenno / Holly Macve / Holy Esque / Jasper James / JVC  /K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade / Kuenta i Tambu / Last Japan / Laura J Martin / LEVELZ / Logan Sama / Marquis Hawkes / Matrixxman / Meilyr Jones / Miles From Kinshasa / Mt Wolf / Mumdance B2B Pinch / NARCS / Nice Like Rice / Pareidolia / P Money / Pure Bathing Culture / Randall / Rita Maia / Roseau / Rukhsana Merrise / Saif Mode / Scuba / Sticky Blood / Sundara Karma / Thomas Truax / Toucans / Trash / Tom Trago / Yndi Halda  / Zed Bias B2B Paleman / Zuzu

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