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Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre offer a variety of creative courses & events in our performance area, art studios and exhibition gallery

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Chris McCausland: Emotional Retard
Friday 18 February at 8pm £9 / £7 at Embrace Arts, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA

Life, relationships and the perils of eating your girlfriend’s Chunky Kit Kat – this stand-up show gently sticks two fingers up at those who get offended on people's behalf. Having lost his sight to a degenerative eye condition, Chris has become all too prone to surprise attacks from stealthy lamp posts. If he can’t be an emotional retard, then surely love can’t be blind and the economy can’t be crippled. As seen on Comedy Central, BBC TV and ITV4.

www.chrismccausland.com

"pick of the bunch was Chris McCausland whose stand up material is truly brilliant observational humour. He has a natural gift and is one of the funniest stand ups that I have seen in recent years." **** Three Weeks 23/08/10

"... this guy will be huge in the very near future"***** one4review 18 Aug 10

"Always excellent!"The Times

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Three great comedy theatre shows for just £18 / £15 (concessions)

John Lewis Partnership Dramatic Society Comedy Shorts at 5pm £6 / £4

An afternoon of award-winning sketches, all by professional writers, in this follow-up to the group’s hit show at last year’s festival.
14+ years. Duration: 50 mins. www.amdram.co.uk


Misshapen Theatre presents The Wake at 7pm £7 / £6

Alec only knows who he is when he's pretending to be somebody else, somebody like his dead father James.
"The Wake, Bedlam. Absurd, meta-theatrical farce and a lesson on life, love and legacy. Sharply performed with a sparklingly witty script 5/5." Fringe Biscuit
Duration: 40 mins


Terry Saunders at 8.30pm £9 / £7.50

A tale of perfect couples who never quite reach their perfection. With animation and storytelling, this is a surreal cross between South Park and Love Actually.
"You’d have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy this charming hour." The Independent
Duration: 60 mins www.terrysaunders.co.uk

Buy tickets at www.embracearts.co.uk or the Leicester Comedy Festival website. www.comedy-festival.co.uk

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Buy one get one free on the following shows:

Liz Bentley in Crash Bash Trash
Thurs 10 Feb at 8pm
£9 / £7

Caroline Horton in You’re Not Like Other the Girls Chrissy
Sat 12 Feb at 3pm
£9 / £7.50

Misshapen Theatre Company in The Wake Sat 12 and Sun 13 Feb at 7pm £7 / £6

Terry Saunders in Six and a Half Loves Sat 12 and Sun 13 Feb
at 8.30pm £9 / £7.50

Quote ‘theatre’ on the night when collecting your ticket.

Tickets must be purchased in advance via Embrace Arts by calling: 0116 252 2455 and NOT online. This offer will NOT be available on the night.
Cheapest of the two tickets is the free one.
www.embracearts.co.uk

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Liz shares her observations and experiences of being a writer, poet, musician, mother and therapist with multiple sclerosis. Watch her at Embrcae Arts on Thur 10 Feb at 8pm

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Phizzical Theatre presents Comic Couplings
A modern take on two Victorian farces Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February at 7.30pm at Embrace Arts.

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Phizzical Theatre presents Comic Couplings
A modern take on two Victorian farces Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February at 7.30pm

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The Coull Quartet
Friday 4 March at 7.30pm £15 / £12
Haydn: Quartet in F minor Op 20 no 5
Tippett: Quartet no 1
Schubert: Quartet in G major D887

We are delighted to welcome back the everpopular Coull, one of Britain’s most-respected string quartets, for the second in a series of three concerts at Embrace Arts.
This highly-acclaimed ensemble boasts a rare combination of maturity and freshness and its performances have delighted chamber music lovers throughout the UK and around the world, from the USA to China. www.coullquartet.com
Limited number of tickets for just £2.50 available for NUS card holders from 30 minutes before curtain up, subject to status and availability.
Next concert:
Friday 6 May at 7.30pm £15 / £12
Ireland: Quartet in D minor
Haydn: Quartet in E flat op 20 no 1
Beethoven: Quartet in F op 59 no 1
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Graham Ensor: crux 1
Monday 7 March to Friday 15 April
Regional artist Graham Ensor transforms Embrace Arts as he applies linear drawings directly to the fabric of the building, travelling around the architecture and exploring the space. This site-specific installation aims to inspire people to consider their relationship with our award-winning building and with each other, and stimulate their awareness of their environment. What journeys (physical and metaphorical) will you take?
www.ens.org.uk
Meet the artist
Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 March,
10am – 5pm
Pop in to meet Graham Ensor and add your
own contribution to his installation

City Crossings
Installations by Ensor will also be at LCB Depot on Rutland Street and Leicester Print Workshop, 50 St Stephens Road, during the exhibition. Visit www.embracearts.co.uk for details.

Our galleries are open 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Free entry
We are also open some weekends but please call us on 0116 252 2455 weekdays to check beforehand.

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The Wheel Turns
Monday 10 January to Friday 25 February
A celebration of contemporary developments in collage and assemblage. The Wheel Turns features the work of more than
20 photographers, printmakers, textile artists and sculptors. In homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, created almost a century ago, the exhibition illustrates playful ways of thinking and working with everyday materials.

Free Preview evening – all welcome
Friday 7 January, 6pm – 8pm
Includes at 6.30pm a presentation featuring Michael Bowdidge and other exhibiting artists. Please contact us in advance to reserve your place.

Our galleries are open 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Free entry

We are also open some weekends but please call us on 0116 252 2455 weekdays to check beforehand.

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Dance4 presents* Europe in Motion: Mosaic Identities

Friday 25 February at 7.30pm £7 / £5
The next generation of dance artists, drawn from the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey and the UK, share their ideas on the future of dance performance.

Expect to be intrigued and surprised as, fresh from some of Europe’s most important dance festivals, they bring their exciting new perspectives to Leicester. A thought-provoking evening of performance and discussion for dance professionals and all those interested in the future of this art form.
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Dance4 presents* Europe in Motion: Mosaic Identities

Friday 25 February at 7.30pm £7 / £5
The next generation of dance artists, drawn from the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey and the UK, share their ideas on the future of dance performance.

Expect to be intrigued and surprised as, fresh from some of Europe’s most important dance festivals, they bring their exciting new perspectives to Leicester. A thought-provoking evening of performance and discussion for dance professionals and all those interested in the future of this art form.
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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The John Lewis Partnership Dramatic Society in Comedy Shorts
Sunday 13 February at 5pm £6 / £4
An afternoon of award-winning sketches, all by professional writers, in this follow-up to the group’s hit show at last year’s festival.
14+ years. Duration: 50 mins.
www.amdram.co.uk
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Life after Edinburgh
Saturday 12 February at 12.30pm Free
Hear from a selection of performers about how they are benefiting from the developing relationship between Leicester Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe – and how it could help you in the future. Chaired by Comedy Festival Director Geoff Rowe and featuring a panel of speakers from across the UK. Just 40 places available so please book in advance.
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Objective Talent Management presents* Zoe Lyons
Thursday 17 February at 8pm £12 / £10
Just get on with life and be happy. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? But it’s easier said than done for Zoe. She has come to realise that life is too short, and she is going to try to enjoy it – although “try” sounds like there’s effort involved and she’s not particularly pleased about that. As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow (BBC1) and Mock The Week (BBC2).
Duration: 110 minutes. www.zoelyons.co.uk
“one of UK comedy’s fastest-rising talents” The Guardian
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Misshapen Theatre Company in The Wake
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February at 7pm £7 / £6
Alec only knows who he is when he's pretending to be somebody else, somebody like his dead father James. But an unexpected gatecrasher is waiting in the wings, ready to steal his spotlight. And when everyone is playing a part, can you ever know who you really are?
Duration: 40 mins “A multiple-charactered cross between Pirandello and Whitehall farce” The Times
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Terry Saunders in Six and a Half Loves
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February at 8.30pm £9 / £7.50
A tale of perfect couples who never quite reach their perfection. With animation and storytelling, this is a surreal cross between South Park and Love Actually. Duration: 60 mins www.terrysaunders.co.uk
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Red Comedy presents* Paul Sinha
Saturday 19 February at 8pm £10 / £7
Paul Sinha has spent much of the previous decade garnering rave reviews for his self-deprecating tales of his life as a GP, lovelorn gay bachelor, quiz fanatic and social coward. This year, he doesn’t want to discuss turning 40, because he has bigger fish to fry. A racist called him a racist. Paul would like to fight back.
Duration: 60 minutes
www.paulsinha.com
“an utterly amazing piece of standup” Fringe Guru
To book call Embrace Arts: 0116 252 2455 Visit www.embracearts.co.uk

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Liz Bentley* in Crash Bash Trash
Thursday 10 February at 8pm £9 / £7
Liz shares her observations and experiences of being a writer, poet, musician, mother and therapist with multiple sclerosis.
This intimate and comical solo show from one of the quirkiest voices on London’s spoken word scene combines stand-up comedy, music and performance poetry in an anecdotal, conversational style.
Duration: 60 mins
www.lizbentley.co.uk “Like a female Ivor Cutler” The Scotsman

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Phizzical Theatre presents*
Comic Couplings
A modern take on two Victorian farces Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February at 7.30pm £7.50 / £5

Saint and Sinner
Letting a room to Mr Saint by day and to Mr Sinner by night works well for Mrs Sharp, until Mr Saint is unexpectedly given a day’s holiday and the two lodgers meet. Left alone while she sorts out another room, they discover they share more than the same bed.

The Proposal
A nervous young man comes to propose marriage to his neighbour's daughter. But their squabbling threatens to destroy their chances of a match.
For 14+ years. Duration: 95 mins www.phizzical.com

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Caroline Horton in You’re Not Like Other Girls Chrissie
Saturday 12 February at 3pm £9 / £7.50
Paris 1945. Eccentric, short-sighted madamoiselle Christine waits to be reunited with her English fiancé. A tender, comic portrayal of one woman’s experience of love and war from this Stage Awards 2009 best solo nominee. 10+ years. Duration: 60 mins www.carolinehorton.net

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