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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
20th July from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Auditorium
21st July from 14:00 to 15:00
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
26th July from 19:30 to 21:00
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
27th July from 19:30 to 21:00
Quiz Night - Summer quiz league - week one
In the Bar
2nd August from 20:00 to 23:00
Coffee Morning - Criterion coffee morning
In the Bar and Foyer
3rd August from 10:30 to 12:30
Quiz Night - Summer quiz league - week two
In the Bar
9th August from 20:00 to 23:00
Quiz Night - Summer quiz league - week three
In the Bar
16th August from 20:00 to 23:00
In the Bar
23rd August from 19:00 to 20:00
Quiz Night - Summer quiz league - week four
In the Bar
23rd August from 20:30 to 23:00

News

Hi all, Well, it’s all hands on Deck at the moment! As usual, there is a lot going on, so I thought it a good time to give a quick overview of all that is happening. A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor to the theatre for the official launch of ‘Who turned out the lights?’, the new audio book from the creative writing team at the Resource Centre for the Blind. I am very proud of the Theatres relationship and work with the Resource Centre, and this was a wonderful evening to launch this important collaboration that has taken a lot of hard work, creative talent, and effort to achieve. The pieces, written by the creative writing team at the centre led by the lovely Jessica Eastman, voiced by three experienced Criterion actors under the direction of our own Richard Warren, and recorded by Media Mania, is the first of what we hope will be several collaborations between us all. Further details are on the Criterion website under ‘News’ or on the Resource centre website: Who Turned Out The Lights | Coventry Resource Centre For The Blind (bandcamp.com) [http://email.criteriontheatre.co.uk/c/eJwUzT2ShCAQQOHTYKYFLaITEEziPfhphVqEqbbZrb39lNGrF33RGo1qQKtWpWe1bkYPyUYwWzz89pIQIJpl2Zw5gjTu8IdHmIdsQYKWGja1gIZ5UhJVXNWqYZEvVCi0DJQZKbfKCR0TTqFN_WcoNjF_bjG_BewC9tB-sTL9E96tU8DwHB6NOKEvucbJuxqDuz5TaJeA3RXfn_6lNnKninFsnUdOOJZ8Jr4Hsu_rFFqeuRR3jSch1oe_vgEAAP__N0JNNw] Our fantastic Customer Experience team and volunteers are busy preparing for May Day, with which we have timed the Springboard Festival week. May Day is always a good day for the theatre, and we will have all the usual events happening around the building, as well as showcasing and activities for Springboard. Obviously, this means a lot of work for all our members but especially the Customer experience team. There has never been a better opportunity to get involved and be a part of something special. Please do come along and support us or volunteer to help staff in what will be a very busy week. This is the second Springboard festival, building on last year’s groundbreaking event, a week of one act plays, poetry, music, and art, bringing together amateur and professionals in one space, with in house company performances and community/Criterion collaborations alongside external artists, musicians and theatre companies, poetry workshops and art exhibitions, it looks to be a truly exciting and interesting week. The hard work and effort that goes into the planning, scheduling and delivery of this event is immense and I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has worked so hard. I would ask you all to support us by coming to see us one evening (or them all!) It promises to be very special. Tickets are available online now, along with details of each evening’s events.  Talking of our hard-working Customer experience team, they have gone through some changes just recently, with Natalie Harrat having to step down from running the box office, as she and her family are relocating out of Coventry. Natalie has been a longstanding member of the theatre, previously sitting on the board as Finance Director, appearing in several shows and being a valued member of the Customer Experience team. On behalf of the board and the entire theatre I would like to say thank you to Natalie, you will be sorely missed. I would also like to thank Emma Padfield for stepping into Natalie's role and Helen McGowan for picking up the cleaning rota. I’ll mention it again…The Customer experience team are always looking for willing volunteers to help, many hands make light work, if you think you could support us now or in the future please do get in touch. You may have noticed our theatre looking a little better after some work to the frontage. This is the first stage, timed for May Day and the Springboard Festival, to improve the look of our theatre. You will see the original brickwork to the front has been revealed, repointed, and the woodwork repaired and painted. This has been completed in record time to hit our target and I must give a big thanks to Barabara Sowerby for being the driving force and to everyone involved with this achievement. This is not only the start of the work on the frontage, we are not finished yet,  but also some other major improvements around the place and is a small part of what has and is going on behind the scenes. I will be updating in detail on development, on a more regular basis, as we move forward.  Finally, I would like to say thank you to everyone who is working so hard in and around the theatre in so many areas. It really is impossible to mention by name everyone who is going above and beyond to keep our wonderful theatre moving forward. You make the theatre the place it is. You know who you are, thank you all. I hope to see you all soon, and please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or suggestions, chair@criteriontheatre.co.uk  Regards,   Jon, April 28th 2024
29th April

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Every Brilliant Thing

Aug 31st to Sep 7th 2024
Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

When Mum’s in the hospital and Dad says she finds it hard to be happy, there’s not much a seven year old can do…

1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.

These are the first three items on a list of every brilliant thing in the world worth living for. As the child grows up, so does the list. It takes on a life of its own, a Facebook group is started, other people start adding to it, writing in the margins, making amendments, providing footnotes. The purpose of the list is forgotten and the mother’s depression doesn’t go away. Eventually, as a grown-up, they reach their self-imposed target of one million entries.  They call the list ‘Every Brilliant Thing’.

Based on true and untrue stories, Every Brilliant Thing is a life-affirming story of how to achieve hope through focusing on the smallest miracles of life.

Audiences should know that this production has some discussion of suicide and suicide prevention. 

Reviews of the Play

"Reasons to be cheerful-[a] moving paean to what makes life worth living" Claire Brennan, The Guardian

"A magical, uplifting show. It is hard to imagine anyone not falling for its gentle inclusivity and charm." Sara Keating, The Irish Times

 

EDI Assessment

In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. This play has no central diversity message. It can be cast completely neutrally on gender and  race/ethnicity. For the story narrative, the performer must be able to play older than mid-30s. 

Anniversary Celebrations 2021

Criterion at night

February 2021-February 2022 was the 60th anniversary of the Criterion Theatre opening. Why not check out the wonderful interviews conducted so far with members reflecting on their favourite memories and stories about the Criterion over the last 60 years in our Criterion Memories project.

 

Coming Soon

Robert Icke/Duncan Macmillan
Main House
Oct 19th to 26th
Piers Torday
Main House
Dec 7th to 14th

Just Finished

Harold Pinter
Main House
Jun 22nd to 29th
Various
Main House
May 4th to 11th
Kate Bonna and Richard Marsh
Main House
Mar 16th to 23rd
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