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Listings for The Constitutional.

Listings for our sister venue The Old Woollen can be found at www.oldwoollen.co.uk

£12.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm, first act onstage 8pm.

Featuring three great comics:

TOM WRIGGLESWORTH - "The Gods of Comedy chose Tom Wrigglesworth for greatness" - The Scostman. MARK CRAM – BBC Sounds - Unexpected Fluids. ADA CAMPE – Nominee: BBC New Comedy Award 2018.

Comedy events are suitable for ages 15+ only. Acts may use strong language and explore mature themes. Line-ups subject to change without notice.

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£5 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Starts 8pm.

SCIENCE + ART + BEER = MIND EXPANSION!

This time, we're having a laugh and exploring the world of comedy! Three experts talk for 30 minutes each:

Dr Alaric Hall - Comedy from the Dark Ages

Dr Tom Stallard - Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity (and Jumbo Jet-Streams)

Dr Richard Stephens: Why "fuck" is funny, and why funny "fucks" matter.

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

Funny and wise, imaginative and original; this is a show you can’t put down.

Authors Jenny Nibbingley and Burton Mastrick truly need no introduction. Today’s book event promises to be an enlightening discussion of titles such as "Why Reigate?", "Hatred of Broccoli", and "Only If I Have To". Tim Timminey will moderate. Book Signing afterwards.

Well, that’s the plan anyway. But when do things go to plan?

JOANNA NEARY and BEN MOOR have performed at The Constitutional and Trouble at Mill nights in Farsley, and this two-hander sees them team up for a comedy treat. Joanna’s TV and Film credits include Darkest Hour, Ideal and Man Down, and Ben’s include The Queen's Gambit and The IT Crowd.

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Richie Ramone

The Constitutional, 51 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5HX

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

Richie Ramone was the drummer for the punk band the Ramones, from February 1983 until August 1987. He was the only Ramones drummer to be credited as the sole composer and writer of a Ramone's song, writing six in total and, as of 2020, he is one of the four surviving members of the band (the others being Marky Ramone, Elvis Ramone, and C.J. Ramone).

£12 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Tasting 8pm.

Beer History. Beer Tasting. Beer Banter!

A monthly hop into the world of beer hosted by our industry expert Andy. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or know-it-all, if you love beer, join our Club.

Tickets include tastings of 4 beers and first dibs of our exclusive Beer Club Keg.

This month we celebrate the traditional German Beer Festival, Oktoberfest.

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£10 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

A rip-roaring intro to some of the very best spoken word acts on the UK's thriving scene. This is poetry as you've never seen it before, presented by Maria Ferguson (Saboteur Award Winner) & Matt Abbott (Nymphs & Thugs, Skint & Demoralised). Featuring:

KEVIN P. GILDAY: Award-winning poet and performer Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning poet, writer and performer from Glasgow. He is the founder of poetry performance collective The Scribbler's Union and was co-founder of much loved spoken word cabaret night Sonnet Youth. He is a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer, a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice and one of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary poets. He has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver) as well as large-scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada, and the US. He has supported artists and public figures such as Akala, Saul Williams, George the Poet, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Sage Francis, The Silencers, and Jeremy Corbyn MP.

SOPHIE SPARHAM: Sophie is an award-winning poet and writer from Derby who has written for BBC Radio 4 and The People’s History Museum. She has shared the stage with punk legends such as Crass’s Steve Ignorant, Subhumans, Inner Terrestrials and Alan Moore. Her poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT+, and feminism. She co-hosts the night Word Wise, which won best spoken word night at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Her latest collection ‘The Man Who Ate 50,000 Weetabix’ came out in April 2021 via Verve Poetry Press. Her poem Sunrise Over Aldi won third place in the 2020 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition.

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£12.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm, first act onstage 8pm.

Featuring three great comics:

JO ENRIGHT - Phoenix Nights / Alan Partridge. HANNAH SILVESTER – Winner: Midlands Comedy Awards Breakthrough Act. SACHIN KUMARENDRAN – Nominee: BBC New Comedy Award 2019.

Comedy events are suitable for ages 15+ only. Acts may use strong language and explore mature themes. Line-ups subject to change without notice.

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Miss Nobodies

The Constitutional, 51 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5HX

£12 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

One shop. One century. One heck of a lot of stories!

A funny, uplifting two-hander about a little shop in a little town and the fierce, larger-than-life women who pass through it from 1919 to the present day. Mixing storytelling with comedy, songs and poetry, Ruth Cockburn and Keith Carter take you through 100 years of retail therapy and the lives of women from every decade.

The show is inspired by Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, a writer who worked in the Lancashire mills in the early part of the last century. She is cited as the first working class, female novelist in the UK and her words are used throughout the play.

Created by Constitutional favourites Black Liver, who are regulars at our comedy nights, as well as bringing previous shows "Support Your Local Library!" and "Love Letters From Blackpool".

"Impossible not to be won over by its charm" - BROADWAY BABY

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£12 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Tasting 8pm.

Beer History. Beer Tasting. Beer Banter!

A monthly hop into the world of beer hosted by our industry expert Andy. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or know-it-all, if you love beer, join our Club.

Tickets include tastings of 4 beers and first dibs of our exclusive Beer Club Keg.

This month we make a whistle stop journey between the coasts of the USA.

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£12.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm, first act onstage 8pm.

Featuring three great comics:

PAT MONAHAN - The Paul O'Grady Show. ALLYSON JUNE SMITH – Support for John Bishop. KATE MARTIN – Beat the Frog Winner 2021.

Comedy events are suitable for ages 15+ only. Acts may use strong language and explore mature themes. Line-ups subject to change without notice.

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Tickets: £20. Doors 7pm. Starts 8pm.

Pairings and Sharings with the industry's best experts and enthusiasts.

This month features a selection of the best Vegan Cheeses available, Natural Wine pairings from independent wine importer Wrights Wines and Live on-stage vegan cheese-making.

Your ticket includes your first glass on arrival, and plenty of vegan cheese, chutneys, crackers and fruit.

Over 18s only.

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

Billy Salisbury aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the UK’s best independent festivals. The band have been regulars at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Electric Picnic , Eden Festival in Scotland and Beautiful Days, plus many more around the UK and Europe.

The music is best described as politically driven acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more. Devoted fans travel the length of the UK for shows, audibly singing along with every chorus.

"Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

"About as real as music gets" - Andrew Marston, BBC Introducing

“Truly electrifying... delivers big, weighty messages with an optimistic and entertaining light-heartedness” - On The Beat

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£5 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Starts 8pm.

SCIENCE + ART + BEER = MIND EXPANSION!

This time, we explore themes inspired by Ink Slingers: Farsley Literature Festival. Three experts talk for 30 minutes each:

Prof Tim Wright - "Rivers" of London, as spied from space...

Dr Mark Sumner - Seams and Sustainability: unpicking the myths of the rag trade.

Dr Jo Waugh and Dr Adam Smith - What have the satirists ever done for us?

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

Two spine-chillers by M R James, the master of the English Ghost Story, performed in candlelight by Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre, who appeared as the author in Mark Gatiss’s BBC2 Documentary ‘M R James: Ghost Writer.’

The ghost stories of M R James amuse and terrify as powerfully today as when they were first written over a century ago. Nunkie Theatre Company brings two of these classic spinechillers to life, in a return visit to The Constitutional.

In "Count Magnus" a travel-writer’s over-inquisitiveness leads to a diabolical chase from darkest Sweden to rural Essex. Denmark is the setting for "Number 13", where a hotel room with the famously unlucky number, conceals a ghastly, baffling secret.

★★★★ ‘Lloyd Parry is always absorbing, and catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality.’ - THE TIMES

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£5 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Starts 8pm.

A Sunday Times best-seller, Rivers of London was first published in 2011, earning Ben Aaronovitch a nomination in the New Writer of The Year category at the National Book Awards in 2011. Each subsequent novel in this hugely popular series has also charted, with the most recent two novels – 2022’s Amongst Our Weapons and 2020’s False Value – going straight to No 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list. The books been translated into 14 languages and sold in excess of five million copies worldwide. They are now set for a TV adaptation by Pure Fiction Television, See-Saw Films and Aaronovitch’s own production company Unnecessary Logo.

Earlier in his career, Ben wrote for Doctor Who (his ‘Remembrance of the Daleks‘ is regarded as a classic by many), Casualty and the late, lamented space soap Jupiter Moon.

A selection of Ben's novels will be available to purchase for signing on the night, courtesy of Farsley's Truman Books.

The event forms part of Ink Slingers - Farsley Literature Festival.

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£10 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

A rip-roaring intro to some of the very best spoken word acts on the UK's thriving scene. This is poetry as you've never seen it before, presented by Maria Ferguson (Saboteur Award Winner) & Matt Abbott (Nymphs & Thugs, Skint & Demoralised). Featuring:

JASMINE GARDOSI: Jasmine is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist, and winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Her work exploring identity, LGBTQ issues and mental health has appeared on Button Poetry, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, across BBC Radio, and on Sky Arts’ BAFTA-winning show, Life & Rhymes. Her poetry/beatbox/Celtic dubstep show 'Dancing To Music You Hate' explores gender identity and was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre.

LOUISE FAZACKERLEY: Introducing poet-extraordinaire and theatre-maker, Louise Fazackerley! Coming to you fresh from the exotic Northern streets of Orwell’s Wigan. She tells darkly humorous stories of hope and hurt. With work rooted in word-witchery and the working class, Louise explores the synergy between poetry and movement in a way that makes the ugly beautiful and the mundane fantastical. Winner of BBC Radio 3 ‘New Voices’, European Slam Finalist, she’s also been on tour with John Cooper Clarke. Louise is excited to share work from her new, darkly humorous dystopian book ‘The Lolitas’ and poems from 'Bird St', A collection sharing the last ten years of her performance poetry.

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£12.50 + Booking Fee. Doors 7pm, first act onstage 8pm.

Featuring three great comics:

EDDY BRIMSON - "The crowd loved him" - The Guardian. LOU CONRAN – BBC R4 Extra’s Comedy Club. ERYN TETT – Funny Women Stage Award Finalist 2020.

Comedy events are suitable for ages 15+ only. Acts may use strong language and explore mature themes. Line-ups subject to change without notice.

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

FEATURING:

MARK SHORTLAND: International Brotherhood of Magicians Stage Magician of the Year and Close-Up Magician of the Year; Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy. “Your performance was brilliant, so funny and full of life” - TELLER of PENN AND TELLER

STEVE FAULKNER: A Covent Garden regular, this award-winning magician has performed to thousands of people one both street and stage. "His best trick is combining impressive magic with funny banter. Excellent!" - IAN HISLOP (Have I Got News For You, Private Eye)

ASHLEY TURNER: MC + Close Up Magic & Mind Reading

Line-ups subject to change without notice. Suitable for ages 14+.

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