May Events


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Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May 2018

They Walked on Water – Sharlston and Wakefield

They Walked on Water is based on the 1968 Cup Final, it was a game that started as a sports story, became a myth and now, 50 years later still generates debate.

The major controversy took place in the 68th minute, of the 68th Cup Final played in ’68 and led to tragic consequences for Don Fox, Eddy Waring and both the referee and his wife!

The play is an exploration of the myths of the final but is also about how the world and Wakefield have changed since the 1960’s. We celebrate the journeys people made and also look at depression and suicide issues that were regarded as taboo!

You can see this gripping play on Friday 4th May at Sharlston Rovers at 7.30 and on Saturday 5th May at Wakefield labour Club again at 7.30. Tickets are available on the door for just £5 (limited at Wakefield Labour Club)

Sunday 6th May 2018

Playing the Joker – Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Playing the Joker is about Eddie Warings dream to give rugby league a national profile – written by award winning author and former Sunday Mirror journalist Anthony Clavane.  After a sell out tour at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2013 Playing the Joker is back on the road.

Featuring an all new talented cast including Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan, and directed by Red Ladders Artistic Director, Rod Dixon.

Tickets are only available from the Theatre Royal in Wakefield.  For more information checkout their website.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost just £5

Tuesday 8th May 2018

West Yorkshire Astronomical Society – Guest Speaker Event

West Yorkshire Astronomical Society is proud to secure Philippa Browning as a guest speaker at their premises on Carleton Road in Pontefract at 7.30pm.

Phillipa will be talking about “SOLAR FLARES” – the most powerful explosions in the solar system.

Philippa is professor at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in the University of Manchester. Her research involves understanding the outer atmosphere of the Sun, known as the corona. She will be explaining why the solar corona is hot, and the origin and nature of solar flares. Philippa gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge followed by a PhD at the University of St Andrews”.

Tickets are priced at £5 for non members and £4 for members directly from the Society

Saturday 12th May until Saturday 9th June 2018

The Girl on the Train – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Rachel Watson played by Jill Halfpenny (Coro and EastEnders) longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

Tickets from £13.50 available from West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

West Yorkshire Astronomical Society – Guest Speaker Event

West Yorkshire Astronomical Society are proud to secure Rod Hine as a guest speaker to talk about Orbits, Spin and Chaos

Ever wondered how gravity keeps the planets in orbits?  Did you know that Neil Armstrong was nearly killed in a spinning spacecraft in 1966? And just what is chaos, scientifically speaking?  All this and plenty of fun demonstrations!!

Join WYAS and Rod on Tuesday 22nd May at Carleton Road in Pontefract

Tuesday 22nd May until Saturday 26th May 2018

Hard Times – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Following the success of For Love, Northern Broadsides are returning to West Yorkshire Playhouse this May with Deborah McAndrew’s witty new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times

Transporting the Playhouse back to the 1854 Northern powerhouse, Hard Times sees the vibrant joyful Sleary’s circus interrupt the dark landscape of the charcoal-etched towers, setting the stage for hilarity, love and seduction!

Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden.  Coketown is such a place.  Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home.  What effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa?  How can he protect them from corrupting influences – especially when the circus comes to town?

Hard Times is showing at 7.30pm and ticket prices start at just £13.50

Saturday 26th May 2018 

The Damned United – Theatre Royal Wakefield

Its 1974 and Brian Clough the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him!

Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United  takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

Ages 14 upwards and tickets start at £12  For more info check out the Theatre Royal website

Tuesday 29th May – Saturday 2nd June

Beautiful – The Carol King Musical – Leeds Grand Theatre

The Olivier and Tony award winning West End and Broadway show is coming to Leeds as part of its first ever UK tour!
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.
Tickets start at £25 and are selling out fast!