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.
5th February 8.00-10.00 (doors open at 7.30)
The Nickel presents Weill you Waits
£5 on the door
The Nickel is a musical collaboration between Helen Speed on vocals and Steve McNichol on piano/keyboards. They play live cabaret style music in their own unique and intimate way. Thid show will pay tribute tothe music of Kurt Weill and Tom Waits.
Saturday 28th January 7.30 (doors open 7pm)
Plus support from THE JACK DASH, THE ALICE CHARMERS and DOUG VERRILL
A rare chance to hear Teesside’s finest writer of power-pop songs with his own band. Steve’s solo performances in The Studio have always gone down well and this promises to be a real treat! Also appearing are the very popular THE JACK DASH (classic rock and pop songs delivered with style) and THE ALICE CHARMERS (banjos, beards, bluegrass and Boro) and our “resident” poet and favourite taxi driver DOUGIE VERRILL. Three bands and a poet for three quid! What a way to chase away the January blues…
Sat 18 February 7.30 (doors open 7pm)
Plus support from PETE DAVIES and BARBARA HELEN
PETE MORTON has released 14 albums at the last count. He may well ply his trade on the folk club circuit in the UK but his appeal goes much further, being widely popular abroad, particularly in Europe. In fact all ten tracks on his album “Casa Abierta” are performed in different languages. His repertoire occasionally nods more in the direction of punk or protest song – he does a lovely version of TV Smith’s “Lion and The Lamb”, for example. In 2014 he released a song called “The Journey Man” which foresaw the The Labour Party’s policy to re-nationalise the railways. Lately, some of his songs have employed what Pete calls “frapping” (folk rapping) to get things off his chest in between traditional folk choruses, a sort of speeded up talking blues. This is Pete’s third visit to The Studio. He is a big, friendly character, full of optimism and energy and we will always be pleased to welcome him back.
“ ‘The Land of Time’ is intensely absorbing and thought provoking. Its sincerity is touchable. Its candour at times disconcerting. It is also another classic example of Pete Morton’s talent.” (Tim Carroll)
PETE DAVIES should need no introduction. He has been a stalwart of Teesside’s music scene for many years and a regular supporter of VIN GARBUTT at Vin’s many concerts around the area, particularly at Middlesbrough Little Theatre. Pete’s last album “Long Way Home” was a cracking effort and got some tremendous reviews from as far away as Canada. For this gig he has promised us one or two new songs that should appear on his next record. Welcome back to The Studio Pete Davies!
BARBARA HELEN recently performed at the second of our “We Shall Overcome” gigs, helping to raise money, food and clothes for needy local people. Saltburn’s sweetest voice is also a very fine song writer with over 30 original songs on Soundcloud.
Sat 25 March 7.30 (doors open 7pm)
POG / JOHNNY CAMPBELL
POG are a folk/punk band from Brighton that set tales of everyday failure to disarmingly catchy acoustic soundtracks. Normally eight-strong, for this gig they are a three-piece consisting of Paul Stapleton (vocals, guitar), Bethan Prosser (violin, viola) and Deacon Brown (keyboards). The band are primarily a vehicle for Paul Stapleton’s oddly melancholic and cleverly amusing songs. Paul is more than a song writer however, being a highly talented artist, writer of comic books and designer and producer of original board games. POG’s quirky output could, perhaps, best be summed up by quoting the titles of a selection of their 14 album releases to date:
“Finding hope in unlikely places”
“The dog end man and the pigeon lady”
“Tales from the Saturday night launderette”
“Bothering the bun shop despite the injunction”
“Sob stories from the one-stop slipper shop”
JOHNNY CAMPBELL, the Huddersfield-based celtic folk/punk song writer and wandering minstrel returns for his second Building Bridges gig. Johnny loved his last visit to The Studio and he wrote some fine words about the experience that we have been delighted to reproduce on MLT’s website ever since! Over the past year, he has toured extensively around Scandinavia and Europe as well as taking time to play at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Club, singing his own brand of folk songs at punk rock gigs. Of course, we couldn’t wait to invite him back.