Small Acts: Future Pub at The Holbeck

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Small Acts: Future Pub at The Holbeck
Image courtesy of Lizzie Coombes.

Small Acts: Future Pub at The Holbeck, Leeds 26 March 2022 Entrance is free — Visit now

Created by Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti of Small Acts, Future Pub is a brand-new live performance piece examining the relationships between people, places and pubs. Celebrating the power and potential of community, the show aims to gather a deeper understanding of what a pub might look like in the future. The piece is embarking on a ‘First Taste’ Tour, and luckily for us, visits The Holbeck, Leeds this spring.

The show aims to gather a deeper understanding of what a pub might look like in the future.

Utilising film, live music, games and some theatrical trickery (to transport audiences to a public house of the future), Future Pub aims to conjure up the territory and atmosphere of a traditional local.

Drawing on inspiration from brewers, publicans, pub-goers and pub campaigners, the piece explores the enduring role of pubs in our lives and in our communities. It’s a pressing and poignant theme – especially at a time when the future of many hospitality venues hangs in the balance.

The piece explores the enduring role of pubs in our lives and communities.

Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti (Small Acts) are artists and performance makers based in Cornwall. The company seeks to create performative work that investigates the interrelationships between people and places. Producing live, often participatory performances and artworks, they make theatre that encourages the audience to explore their own relationship with the places in which they live, work and play. Work has included: walks, publications, performances, games, experiments, events and gatherings and Small Acts major projects to date include Public House, Personal Shopper, Porous City and Faceback.

Running at around 90 minutes and suitable for those aged 14+, we’re told that the performance will bring laughter and tears, and that there may even be the opportunity to win prizes too. Join Small Acts for a first taste of this brand-new show – you might never take your local pub for granted again.

Small Acts: Future Pub at The Holbeck, Leeds 26 March 2022 Entrance is free Visit now

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