The Moor the Merrier! The Dukes New Moor Space

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The Dukes Moor Space has recently opened a new creative space. Moor Space is on the corner of Moor Lane and Edward Street and offers a flexible space suitable for performances, rehearsals and participatory activities. The space includes traverse style seating but can also be used ‘end on’ or with cabaret-style seating.

Moor Space is on the corner of Moor Lane and Edward Street and offers a flexible space suitable for performances, rehearsals and participatory activities. The space includes traverse style seating, but can also be used ‘end on’ or with cabaret-style seating.

The debut of the new creative space will be celebrated with the debut of three new shows ‘First Time’, ‘The Empathy Experiment’ and ‘Ladybones’.

First Time is brought to the Dukes by the award-winning Nathaniel Hall, fresh from his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut and is a heartbreaking autobiographical solo show about growing up positive in a negative world, a combined effort of Nathaniel Hall, Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts.

The party is over for Nathaniel, the balloons have all burst and he’s left living his best queer life: brunching on pills and Googling Kangaroo vaginas, ancient condoms and human cesspits on a weekday morning…or is he?

Taking place in LGBTQ+ history month, First Time is crucial for raising awareness of HIV. It’s both educational and moving, wearing its heart on its sleeve for all to see.

In 2020 Nathaniel will also appear in Russell T Davies’ brand new Channel 4 drama Boys about AIDS in 1980s Britain. Look out for Donald Bassett in episode three.

Next up is Ladybones, described as “a fresh and funny one-woman show”. Written and performed by Sorcha McCaffrey, Ladybones comes to The Dukes in Lancaster on Wednesday 12 February following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Based on Sorcha’s personal experience, Ladybones is an uplifting and compelling story about OCD, dungarees and being weird but not a weirdo.

The show tells the story of Archaeologist Nuala who unearths a skeleton and ordered life starts to unravel. Digging into the mystery of the bones, can she handle the chaos of what she discovers?

Leaving audiences with a lot more hope than when they arrived, Ladybones is a fresh and funny one-woman show that is not to be missed.

And the final show being hosted at the Dukes will be ‘The Empathy Experiment’ which questions

Is empathy facing extinction? Are mobile phones to blame?

Multiple slam winning poet Rose Condo returns with her latest spoken word show. Embarking on a Day of No Mobile Phones, Rose explores tech addiction and compassion using herself as the test subject… think Dr Jekyll meets Dr Seuss.

Join Rose in the final hour of her experiment as she madly tries to capture data, record findings, navigate digital withdrawal and prove her theory that empathy can be saved.

All details of the shows can be found on the website and for more information and to book tickets, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukeslancaster.org

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