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.
Saturday 28th May 2016
STEVE PLEDGER (no support)
£8 (door) Tickets £7 can be purchased on line from:
Here at Toft House we continue to build bridges with new and exciting musical talent that has not performed in the area before. Originally from Cambridgeshire, Somerset-based song writer Steve Pledger is definitely one not to be missed!
Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called his music “beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”. His songs are sensitive, honest, touching, thought-provoking and politically astute. He is an artist with his finger on the political pulse and the sensitivity and creativity to write meaningful and moving songs.
Look at what some of the critics have been saying about his most recent album “Striking Matches in the Wind”.
"Authentically expressed in a voice with genuine appeal... a direct route to the heart." (R2 Magazine, 4****)
"Rarely does an artist resonate with me on such a personal level. 'Striking Matches In The Wind' is an intense, emotional experience of the most inspired kind. A Frank Turner for the common man, perhaps!" (Andy Barnes, Sonic Bandwagon)
"The songs are so well-defined, emotional, evocative, with a clarity of purpose that remains consistent throughout. Steve Pledger has emerged as a songwriter of real talent and whilst it's a crowded marketplace, he has a light shine above his head that should make him easy to pick out." (Neil King, FATEA)
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.
Saturday 8th October 2016
“WE SHALL OVERCOME”
Details to be announced
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
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’.