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£18.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Starts 8pm. Seated show.

A unique opportunity to hear the story of Esme Young, fashion designer and judge on the hugely popular BBC show The Great British Sewing Bee. Esme will give a presentation on her life and work, and be interviewed by Guardian journalist Dave Simpson.

Born in 1949, Esme spent her childhood mostly outside and very much unsupervised. She discovered sewing aged 7, and a passion was born. As a teenager, she made her way to London and Central St Martins. Living in a squat with other young creatives, Esme made the most of the creative heyday of the '70s and '80s: watching Notting Hill Carnival with David Bowie, and starting a clothing line called Swanky Modes with three friends and 50 quid each. The '90s saw another career move, this one into costumes for films such as "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "The Beach", before she moved onto the small screen herself.

Esme will also be signing copies of her book, The Sunday Times Best Seller "Behind The Seams", available to buy on the night from our partners, Truman Books.

Part of Ink Slingers: Farsley Literature Festival.

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£15 Full Price; £10 Full Time Students/Under 30s/Unwaged. Doors 7pm. Show Starts 8pm.

A mirror to our callous hearts!

The infamous stories of the trials, torture and execution of witches are surely just abominable tales of a bygone era? Yet, with each and every unspeakable act we witness in the modern world, perhaps the Witch Trials tell us just as much about human nature today.

After sell-out performances of the Witch Trials in 2018 & 2019, music and spoken word sit alongside one another once again in 2022, offering an immersive reflection into the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612.

Featuring Camden Reeves’s haunting ‘Spells, Remedies & Potions’ ("think Black Sabbath and Metallica but for sopranos”), alongside music by Allegri, Byrd, Palestrina, Wainwright Johnston, and a new arrangement of a 17th-Century Barbara Strozzi song, this performance takes you on a captivating journey to a dark past and back again.

Led by Ellie Slorach, Kantos regularly records for BBC Radio (Daily Service and Sunday Worship programmes) and performs and records with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

£15 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

After two consecutive sell-out years (and that last year that we won’t talk about), Carl brings his latest tour to The Old Woollen! Expect stories, observations & audience interaction. Always an exciting night, join this dynamic and versatile performer for a truly unmissable evening of comedy.

'Captivating... Outstanding... An all-round comic' ★★★★ One4Review

'Joyously funny... Great self-effacing warmth... Brilliant characterisations & expert timing' ★★★★ Theatre Bath

Plus Support.

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£12.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the silent film classic, this special screening with live music is a creepy Halloween treat!

A mysterious, spidery vampire with supernatural powers, a sinister, dark castle perched on a mountain top, and a race to defeat the forces of evil - the first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula still has the power to unnerve. To accompany the screening, improvising musicians Ben Gaunt, Naomi Perera, and Rob Bentall will create a unique electro-acoustic score.

BEN GAUNT - piano, electronics; ROB BENTALL - nyckelharpa, electronics; NAOMI PERERA - flute, electronics

Part of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival: www.ysff.co.uk

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£20 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm.

Stereo MCs + Support Stereo Mc’s formed in mid 80s, inspired by electronic music and early Hip-Hop. They pressed up their first 12” vinyl and started an independent record label called G Street Records which released many UK hip hop artists and signed US acts such as Jungle Brothers. Shortly after they signed to Island/4th and Broadway records and released their first LP and toured extensively as a live act, garnering a reputation on multi tours and festivals. Their 3rd LP connected released in 1992 became a world-wide hit and the song connected became a classic tune.

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£15 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

The premier of a new one-man show about the House Music Revolution.

It's 1990. Danny is a 19-year-old who stands at the crossroads of football violence and house music. 'Better Days' is a blistering piece of gig-theatre that takes the audience on a musical journey from 1990 to 1993, combining poetic storytelling with some of the best music from the time. If you were there, you'll enjoy a nostalgic celebration of a scene that so many people still hold dear in their hearts, but with plenty of twists and turns along the way. If you weren't, you'll get a visceral sense of how it felt to come of age in the best era ever!

Writer Ben Tagoe is a playwright and screenwriter originally from Scotland but now based in West Yorkshire. Ben's work was initially spotted by the BBC when his unique style won him a place on the BBC Writers' Academy. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4; seen on stages across the UK, including Red Ladder's "The Thing About Psychopaths" ; and featured on TV dramas such as Lucky Man, Coronation Street, Eastenders, and Casualty.

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£17.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm.

Readying the release of what will be their ninth studio album, DUB PISTOLS are delighted to announce a full UK & Irish tour this Autumn. Plotting a stretch of shows, the ‘Frontline’ tour will see the electronic/dub icons previewing material from their upcoming album of the same name. Kicking off at Guildford’s Boileroom on 30th September, with dates in Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, London and Cardiff, the sixteen-date run winds up with a pre-Christmas fixture at Hitchin’s Club 85 on 17th December 2022. Speaking about what to expect from the upcoming tour, lead Pistol Barry Ashworth says: “I can't wait to hit the road again with a new album and a new show. Saddle up, the Pistoleros are riding into a town or city near you...”

Over an 18-year career the Dub Pistols have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs. They’ve burned through different members and hundreds of thousands of pounds on assorted capers and hedonism, and done — in the words of dapper frontman and prime mover Barry Ashworth, a ducking, diving South London graduate of the Summer of Love generation who started a band because he loved Happy Mondays and never looked back — “more fucking drugs than we knew what to do with.”

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£21 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show Starts 8pm. Early Bird Tickets Sold Out.

From RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE it's another one of our fave Divas - THE VIVIENNE !!

The Vivienne is without doubt the UK's No.1 drag superstar, after emerging as the original champion of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, taking the crown after eight weeks of amazing challenges and sickening runways.

Since then she has become a huge star both in the UK and internationally appearing on TV regularly and releasing music for fans across the globe. Also on the bill:

Your Most Frivolous Emcee For The Night: Aaron Twitchen ("Seriously talented. Hilarious, warm, energetic" - THE SKINNY)

Xtra Pose & Promenade With The Glitter Bomb Dancers!

Plus! Very Special Guests TBA.

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

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£15 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm.

Back by popular demand! After a packed show in 2021, The Belgrave House Band returns to the Old Woollen for two nights of Fleetwood Mac.

The Belgrave House Band reimagine classic albums with a very satisfying attention to detail and a bouncing energy that makes for a unique take on the past, while delivering an exciting performance very much set in the present.

Their other shows have covered 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars', ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, ‘Baduizm’, ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’, ‘The Love Below’ and Amy Winehouse's ‘Frank’, all to sold out audiences.

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£15 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm.

Back by popular demand! After a packed show in 2021, The Belgrave House Band returns to the Old Woollen for two nights of Fleetwood Mac.

The Belgrave House Band reimagine classic albums with a very satisfying attention to detail and a bouncing energy that makes for a unique take on the past, while delivering an exciting performance very much set in the present.

Their other shows have covered 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars', ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, ‘Baduizm’, ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’, ‘The Love Below’ and Amy Winehouse's ‘Frank’, all to sold out audiences.

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Entry only £14. Entry plus signed copy of Bibliomaniac £21. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

Why play to 12,000 people when you can play to 12? In Autumn 2021, Robin Ince’s stadium tour with Professor Brian Cox was postponed due to the pandemic. Rather than do nothing, he decided instead to go on a tour of over a hundred bookshops in the UK, from Wigtown to Penzance; from Swansea to Margate, and yes even to Farsley!

Packed with witty anecdotes and tall tales, Bibliomaniac takes the reader on a journey across Britain as Robin explores his lifelong love of bookshops and books – and also tries to find out just why he can never have enough of them. It is the story of an addiction and a romance, and also of an occasional points failure just outside Oxenholme.

Robin Ince is the co-presenter of the award-wining BBC Radio 4 show and podcast, "The Infinite Monkey Cage". He has toured his award-winning stand-up across the world, both solo and with his radio double-act partner, Professor Brian Cox. He is the author of "I'm A Joke And So Are You" and "The Importance of Being Interested".

Part of Ink Slingers: Farsley Literature Festival, in association with Truman Books.

£20 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm.

The seeds of British modern soul band Stone Foundation were sown in the early ’90s when Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones met. Over the years they’ve collaborated with Paul Weller, Nolan Porter, Graham Parker, Carleen Anderson, Mick Talbot, Kathryn Williams, Laville, Melba Moore, Hamish Stuart, Dr. Robert from the Blow Monkeys and more.

Win a Top Cash Prize of at least A QUARTER OF A THOUSAND POUNDS (that's £250!) with Trouble at Mill's very own Bingo For The People, the craziest Bingo Night in Farsley.

Doors 7pm, first game starts 8pm. Due to licensing laws this event is suitable for ages 18+ only. No participation fee required to take part in Bingo. Tickets are £7+Booking Fee per person, which provides you with an equal stake in the evening's games.

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All Tickets £15. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

An Explosive Evening of COMEDY, CABARET & MUSIC featuring:

JONES AND BARNARD - The Variety Spectacular! Resident comperes at Glastonbury festival and founder members of the hugely successful Slightly Fat Features variety company, winning 5* reviews and rave accolades at Edinburgh Fringe.

GARETH JONES - A versatile performer who started out on the famous cobbles of Covent Garden, Gareth has toured across the UK and Europe entertaining crowds with his comedy, escapology and enormous natural charm.

MATT BERNARD - Matt has performed worldwide as a compere, actor, musician, singer and as himself in his unique one man show, including a solo spot at the London Palladium.

THE GLITTER BOMBERS - Our wonderful in-house dance troupe, led by the fabulous Joseph Mercier (Northern School of Contemporary Dance).

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Win a Top Cash Prize of at least A QUARTER OF A THOUSAND POUNDS (that's £250!) with Trouble at Mill's very own Bingo For The People, the craziest Bingo Night in Farsley.

Doors 7pm, first game starts 8pm. Due to licensing laws this event is suitable for ages 18+ only. No participation fee required to take part in Bingo. Tickets are £7+Booking Fee per person, which provides you with an equal stake in the evening's games.

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£25 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show Starts 8pm.

In this stunning retrospective show, Amy's original band fronted by the exceptional young vocalist Bronte Shand, celebrate her era-defining music and live performances. This is the only completely authentic re-imagining of the Amy Winehouse sound, featuring brilliantly staged lights and visuals. Forever Amy has become an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.

Amy Winehouse was for so many, simply the greatest artist of her generation, missed by everyone who loved her and her music - join us on an emotional journey and celebration of Amy's incredible songbook with the musicians and band who knew her best and helped create her timeless sound, both onstage and in the studio. Bringing you ‘Rehab’, ‘Back To Black’, ‘Valerie’, ‘Love Is A losing Game’, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’, ‘I’m No Good’ and many more.

Dale Davis, Amy’s MD/bass player and friend, says ‘Amy was amazing. She had such a big heart and gave everything to her music and the people she loved. Hers is such an important musical legacy and with Forever Amy we aim to keep it alive throughout the world’.

‘The most authentic Amy Winehouse retrospective I’ve ever heard’ - Chris Welch, MELODY MAKER

‘Both the music and vocals were astonishing. It felt like the real thing’ - METRO NEWS HOLLAND

‘It was a beautiful and emotional experience to be back amongst Amy’s fans and followers’ - CLAPHAM GRAND, LONDON

‘Truly an honour to hear this amazing band once again. I shut my eyes and I was listening to Amy’ - WATERFRONT NORWICH

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Cracked Nuts: Camper Than Christmas!

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The Old Woollen, Sunny Bank Mills, 83- 85 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5UJ

£15 + Booking Fee.

Evening shows: Sat 3 - Sun 4 December. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

Sunday matinee: Sun 4 Dec. Doors 1.30pm. Show 2.30pm.

Yorkshire’s very own Glitter Bomb Dancers present their debut, full length Christmas Show: a cabaret remake of the family classic, ‘The Nutcracker’.

Sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers and snowflakes… with a drag comedy twist. This alternative holiday show combines all the festive fun of the original ballet with the Glitter Bomb Dancers’ signature playfulness. Expect a high energy mix of classical music and pop songs, performed with high kicks and splits. A bit of camp, a bit of punk, a little bit of crass and a whole lot of sass, this is the Nutcracker like you’ve never seen it before!

Glitterbomb Dancers are a queer cabaret dance troupe, making short, spectacular dance numbers, prancing their way around the UK. They combine high quality dance with pop, spandex and camp energy - best enjoyed with a drink and a good laugh.

£13.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

Three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights!

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…

Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations. A time of ghosts.

This dark celebration of Christmas is adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Dalloway, Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic).

★★★★★ ’A macabre masterpiece. Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous. Don’t miss it’ (Three Weeks)

★★★★★ ’Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British stage’ (British Theatre Guide)

★★★★ ‘Holds the audience in the palm of its hand... a near perfect piece of theatre’ (The Scotsman)

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Win a Top Cash Prize of at least A QUARTER OF A THOUSAND POUNDS (that's £250!) with Trouble at Mill's very own Bingo For The People, the craziest Bingo Night in Farsley.

Doors 7pm, first game starts 8pm. Due to licensing laws this event is suitable for ages 18+ only. No participation fee required to take part in Bingo. Tickets are £7+Booking Fee per person, which provides you with an equal stake in the evening's games.

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£20 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. This is a standing show.

Returning to the Old Woollen after two sold out shows in 2021, ABBA Reunion gives audiences old and new the opportunity to once again re-live the addictive ABBA PHENOMENON that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70s and 80s in a truly FEEL GOOD PARTY-STYLE CONCERT.

Superbly accurate harmony vocals, guitar and keyboards combine with stunning replica costumes and excellent authentic choreography to produce one of the most requested tribute shows in the world today.

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