Performance in the Pub 3

Home, exhausted, busy but brilliant week. Just in from a lovely finish to the recent Story Map tour (you can see everything I did over at, and just before that Thursday saw the second Performance in the Pub; a greater turnout, higher average donation, and more and more people getting to see amazing, brilliant, funny, affecting theatre in a pub in Leicester. This makes me HAPPY. Here’s some things people said/have said about it.

“back from a brilliant night watching @performancepub […] you’re a twat if you miss it” – @churlishmeg
“lovely fun” – @spunshon
“I’m not a theatre goer *at all* and it’d normally be something I find intimidating, but @performancepub proved…that there’s more to theatre than stuffy pantomime and shakespeare and it can be all kinds of entertaining & provocative =)” – @frivolousshrig
“heart meltingly beautiful stor[ies]” – @discoverbrevity
“try the latest Performance in the Pub at the Crumblin’ Cookie on Thursday night” Lyn Gardner The Guardian

The next one’s a little further away, this time, because I have this pesky PhD thing  to deal with, but without further ado, here’s completely non-proofed information written by my tired brain on event THREE. Did I mention you get a sticker for donating? BECAUSE YOU DO.

We are delighted to announce the THIRD Performance in the Pub, happening at the Crumblin’ Cookie, Thursday the 24th of May, at 7pm.


Following the lovely and funny line up of Performance in the Pub event 2, we’re excited to be able to bring you a double bill of established and upcoming Leeds/Sheffield-based talent. We’ve put these shows together because they both look at words and stories; how and what we tell people about ourselves. The two performers are really lovely, and conversational, there may not be glowsticks this time, but there is the downing of a pint of beer.

Jodean Sumner

The up-and-coming Jodean Sumner, of Trace Theatre, will be bringing us It Starts Like This. It Starts Like This plays with words. Words from your favourite song, words from that poem in that film with Hugh Grant in, maybe words that someone wrote for just you; how they can be perfect, how they can trip you up, how they can mean everything… and nothing.

Jodean Sumner is a solo artist as well as being part of Trace Theatre. A recent graduate of the Leeds Met ‘performance works’ MA, she makes site specific and interactive performance as well as performance that talks about being yourself – not playing other people. The work Trace makes is based on the actual conflicts of trying to make things together.

“Trace Theatre’s Once Upon a Something was all heart. It genuinely made me laugh out loud […] Beautiful.” – Vee Uye

Third Angel

And the internationally touring company Third Angel will present the one-man show The Lad Lit Project. The Lad Lit Project is about men/blokes/lads/mates/chaps/fellas and their stories; stories of mates, of wanting to belong, stories about girls, (mercifully brief) stories of sex, stories of love and of loss. Lad Lit is like chick lit, but, y’know, for lads. A fun, semi-autobiographical piece about how you might fit your life into a story.

Established in Sheffield in 1995, Third Angel makes work that talks openly and playfully to audiences. They make work inspired by films, comic books, novels, television, radio chat shows, music. Third Angel has shown work in theatres, galleries, cinemas, office blocks, car parks, swimming baths, on the internet and TV, in school halls, a damp cellar in Leicester and a public toilet in Bristol. The company has taken work to festivals and venues across the UK and mainland Europe, including Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, France and Spain.

“consistently innovative and challenging… extraordinary performances” – The Times

Doors will open at 7pm, and the shows will start at 7:30 prompt, the first show is 30 minutes long, and the second approximately 55, there’ll be a 20-25 minute break in between for people to get more drinks. Tickets are by donation, £5 helps us break even but as much or as little as you like. Donators get a STICKER. What more could you want?


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