MIDDLESBROUGH Little Theatre Company has a space for the performing arts - The Studio Theatre.
The Studio is a rehearsal room and performance space which can be used by both MLT itself and other theatre companies, directors and performers.
Middlesbrough Little Theatre hopes The Studio will help support and encourage even more live theatre in the region.
For details of booking the Studio Theatre, please see our Room Booking page.
“The gig last night reminded me of why I do what I do. An attentive audience who is up for a laugh. It has re-affirmed my faith in performing. I've done three gigs in Boro now and all three have been ace. I therefore crown Boro as the best place to gig in the UK.” Johnny Campbell post on Facebook after his last gig in the Studio.
Singing for Pleasure.
We are running a Group for those who want to sing without the pressure of concerts or shows. We’ll be trying a bit of everything: Showstoppers, Gospel, Folk, World, Rock and Pop.
Our singing adventures are on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in The Studio. We cover a broad range of styles, as above and aim to please the majority of tastes. Above all, we just want to enjoy using our voices, and blending them with others.
These events are open to MLT/None MLT Members.
This is a Free Event, so please come along and have a go.
Sessions taken by Helen Speed & Steve McNichol.
Friday 16th September 2016
7.30pm (doors 7pm)
£8 (door). Advance ticket reservations (only £7) available by contacting email@example.com
GRACE PETRIE is a songwriter, activist and performer from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then she has quietly become one of the most prolific and respected songwriters working in the UK today.
Grace Petrie is almost certainly the best young female political song writer and protest singer in the UK. Just ask Attila the Stockbroker, Billy Bragg, Robin Ince or anyone who attended one of the highly prestigious “JC4PM “concerts this year. Grace is a regular at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals and also on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. She is a true gem and we are exceedingly proud to bring her back for her second appearance at The Studio.
Friday 30 September 2016
7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
A TRIBUTE TO GRAEME MILES
Entry by donation. All proceeds to Teesside hospice where Graeme spent his final days.
Graeme Miles was one of Teesside’s most celebrated song writers. Many famous people from the world of folk music have sung and recorded his songs including The Unthanks, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Vin Garbutt, The Wilson Family and Richard Grainger. Full list of performers to be announced at a later date.
Saturday 8th October 2016 at 7pm
“WE SHALL OVERCOME”
Entry by donation. All proceeds to Middlesbrough Foodbank and other local charities.
Chris & Steve Wilson (of The Wilson Family), McCormick, Heather Story & Danny Devon, The Alice Charmers, Comicus Organicus, Doug Verrill.
Saturday 15th October 2016
7.30pm (doors 7pm)
**** David Rovics will be accompanied by Lorna McKinnon, Director of the Unite, Fight, Sing Socialist Choir****
£8 (door) Advance tickets (£7) can also be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
“If the great Phil Ochs were to come back from the dead tonight he’d probably be hailed as the new David Rovics” – Andy Kershaw.
"Absolutely brilliant. David Rovics says exactly what needs to be said." - Ian McMillan, BBC
It is fairly common for reviewers to make some sort of reference to the late Phil Ochs when trying to describe the work of David Rovics. If you didn’t know, Phil Ochs was a contemporary of Bob Dylan who took the protest side of protest singing a bit more seriously than Bob. He died young and his name has passed into folklore alongside that of Woody Guthrie.
It is not an unreasonable comparison. David’s songs are intelligent, educational, passionate and thought provoking. And fair enough, if you look at his website www.davidrovics.com there are big chunks of his repertoire that cover obvious political targets such as Palestine, Iraq, world banking etc. He is also one of very few song writers who seek to draw attention to environmental issues such as flooding, global warming, fracking, gas guzzling cars, endangered species etc. But if that sounds heavy going then be assured that he mixes it up with less serious stuff such as the joys of cycling, human relationships, the music industry, pirates and animals. He has even recorded an entire album of children’s songs and covered outrageous poems by his old mate and touring partner, Attila the Stockbroker.
All the way from the USA, David’s last three appearances at The Studio have been the most talked about gigs to have taken place in this venue.
Don’t expect to hear him on the radio any time soon but you can download over a hundred of his songs for free at www.davidrovics.com
Saturday 12th November 2016
7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
JOE SOLO & REBEKAH FINDLAY plus open mic
Ticket details to be confirmed
The “Joe Duo” plays the songs that Joe & Rebekah have performed together on Joe’s many albums.
The is the second in the series of “We Shall Overcome” gigs in The Studio for 2016.
Joe Solo is a musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.
On top of releasing fourteen albums since 2004, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War which he updates daily online; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, Attila the Stockbroker, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Justin Sullivan, Emily Portman, Pete Wylie, and The Blockheads; whilst his songs have been played by both John Peel on Radio One and Mike Harding on Radio Two.
In late 2014 he began fronting The Joe Solo Show, a weekly broadcast on Radio Scarborough from 10pm on a Monday night. The shows quickly gained some notoriety for not only their genre-hopping journeys through a century of recorded music, but for Solo’s commentary on current affairs which held nothing back.
In May 2015 Joe helped create WE SHALL OVERCOME, a movement pushing for a positive response to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government’s austerity program. The first event took place over the weekend of October 2/3/4 2015 and comprised 250 gigs in 123 towns across 8 countries on 3 continents raising an estimated £125,000 in cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit. WSO scooped the People’s Choice gong at the annual Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards on 16th October 2015, and on the back of his efforts The Morning Star named Solo ‘Human Being of the Year’.
REBEKAH FINDLAY is a folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & artist based in North Yorkshire.
Her repertoire of music includes self-penned & traditional songs & tunes plus carefully selected covers in the folk and acoustic style. Lead member of her band, The Rebekah Findlay Trio, she has released two fabulous albums “Northern Skies” and “Improvising Around the Sun”, the latter being awarded 5 stars in R2 magazine who said: "It is, quite simply, magnificent, placing Findlay amongst the most impressive singer-songwriters orbiting the nebulous sphere of ‘contemporary folk’...".