Season Preview: Autumn Season at The Core at Corby Cube

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The new season at The Core at Corby Cube will bring a sense of home to it, with a programme that includes work created locally and presented around the town in venues beyond Corby Cube, including community centres and even the swimming pool.

Martin Sutherland, chief executive of the theatre, guided us through some of the highlights of the new season...


THERE is plenty of variety in store for younger audiences this autumn, including Freehand Theatre’s Little Red...You Know What, a retelling of a classic tale, with puppetry, special effects on Saturday, September 29.

Martin Sutherland said: “This is a fantastic family show. What I really like about it, is this is a small scale company, who use lots of puppetry and it’s really good interactive theatre for young people, with family fun built in around it.

“It has taken a well-known tale and woven in music and visual effects and should be quite an experience.”

The Little Angel Theatre – who were last at The Core with The Fabulous Flutterbys – return with Handa’s Surprise, on Saturday, October 20, an intimate production with physical performance, puppetry and live music, transporting audiences all the way to Kenya.

“Handa’s Surprise is another fantastic piece of family theatre,” said Martin.

“It’s a Kenyan Folk Tale, and weaves in puppetry, performance and live music, and this one is suitable for the real tiny children from two to five.”


THEATRE won’t just be in the auditorium this season as The Core’s work spreads into the local community with performances taking place in a number of different venues.

Martin said:” We have always tried to engage the local community, and this season’s work will see us working in unusual spaces and encouraging the community to get involved in the experience.”

Urban Angel and The Core will be working with young people in the area who are not currently in work or education to create a new multi-media site specific performance, Short Shift, which can be seen at The Church of the Epiphany on Elizabeth Street in the town centre.

Then a new dance piece, SwimMorphosis, is inspired by and performed at Corby East Midlands International Pool, forming the centrepiece of a Festival of Dance which also features many performances in unexpected places, by local schools and community groups.

“This will be a real highlight,” said Martin.

Finally, created by improvisation company Fluxx, Without Planning Permission will feature local performers and will be presented in a number of Corby community centres, giving audiences the chance to determine how each show ends.


THIS Christmas, there are shows planned for all the family and all different age groups.

For children aged three and upwards, Big Wooden Horse Company presents The Night Before Christmas, from Tuesday, December 4 to Sunday, December 9.

As Emily waits for Christmas morning, a mouse, Eddie, wonders why only humans are allowed to celebrate, and sets off in search of Father Christmas, enjoying unexpected adventures along the way.

“The Night Before Christmas, is a well known story to all age groups, and this one is really good for the younger children,” said Martin.

“For something a bit more grown-up there is Grisly Tales From Tumblewater, from Teasel Theatre Company, which is more Charles Dickens meets Roald Dahl via Horrible Histories.

“This ones for the over-sevens. It’s a bit more gory but in a child friendly fashion.”

Tales From Tumblewater runs from Wednesday, December 12 to Sunday, December 16.

Carrying on the Christmas theme, Chelsea Flower Show medallist and celebrity florist, Mig Kimpton, visits Corby with his new show, Christmas At Home – The Floral Tour, an evening of floral inspiration, theatrical chat and gossip on Thursday, December 20.

“Then there is still a chance to see some traditional panto as Corby Amateur Theatrical society bring Aladdin to the stage, after Christmas” said Martin.


“WE have probably got more drama than we have ever had before,” said Martin of the new season.

“We start off with The Static, which is a new play directed by Corby born Neil Bettles and was written by Glaswegian playwright Davey Anderson.

“It’s a coming of age story, and will feel very Glasgow.”

The Static will show from Wednesday, September 26 to Friday, September 28 before embarking on a UK tour.

“Then there’s Me, Mum And Dusty Springfield which is a solo show where The Core’s Creative Director Chris Sudworth directs Stephanie Ridings, in a play which examines the bond between mothers and daughters and how we cope with loss,” said Martin, of the show that comes to the theatre on Saturday, October 6.

For those who enjoy theatre and dance Agnes and Walter: A Little Love Story, by SMITH dancetheatre, visits on Thursday, October 18.

“It is a show we saw at the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s a really compelling piece of comic storytelling.

“The acting in it is really exciting,” said Martin.

Another drama to look out for in the season includes Bones, presented by Fifth Word in association with Nottingham Playhouse, an honest portrayal of a boy struggling to find his place in a world that doesn’t want him.


There’s a mixed selection of comedians coming to The Core this autumn, ranging from Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy, with his dry observational humour, comedian, writer and political activist Mark Thomas returning with his new show Bravo Figaro, and regular TV and radio comedy quiz panellist Fred Macaulay.

Martin said: “We have some real mix of humour this season.”


In celebration of The Core’s second birthday in November, a new song cycle is being created by singer and international recording artist Barb Jungr, inspired by the people and stories of Corby.

Deep Roots, Tall Trees will be performed by Barb along with local musicians and a new community choir.

[NOTE STRAPLINE] For more information, and details of dates, times and prices for all of these events and films, pick up a brochure, visit the website or call The Core’s Ticket Line on 01536 470 470.