Coronation Street Actor Joins Yorkshire Theatre Co for Premiere Tour

Francesca Joy as Tasha and Piotr Baumann as Grandad in Jadek

Leeds-based theatre company imagine if is set to tour its new production Jadek to key venues in Yorkshire.

Premiering at York Theatre Royal on October 16th Jadek plays Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, CAST Doncaster, Theatre Deli Sheffield, Slung Low Leeds, Square Chapel Halifax, Touchstones Rochdale, and Barnsley Civic.

Jadek – which is written phonetically and is Polish for ‘Grandfather’ – is a semi-autobiographical story of its writer, Francesca Joy, who in her 20s moved in with her blind, 94-year-old Polish Grandad. The play explores how this unexpected turn of events affected both their lives.

“Jadek is loosely based on my relationship with my Grandad, who is my absolute superhero,” says Francesca.

“Living with him changed the way I saw the arts and ultimately, how I saw the world. When a child grows up in a family of violence, they experience the same brain patterns as a solider at war. Me and my Grandad both grew up as soldiers. He taught me how to stand up for what I believe in.”

In the play, Grandad found a home in Yorkshire in 1945 after spending six years fighting and surviving World War 2. He likes a whisky and hates the ventilation in his front room. Every morning he opens his eyes and a sorrowful “bloody hell” escapes his lips as he realises he’s still blind.

Tasha found a home at her Grandad’s house after spending what felt like most of her life at war; she drinks way too much beer, has moved house over 30 times, and is trying to sell her children’s storybook to London publishers.
Yorkshire’s own BAFTA award winning writer Mark Catley [EastEnders, Casualty, Call the Midwife] is working with Francesca as an advisor on the piece.

He says: “Jadek is a beautiful story that starts small and ends up universal. The dialogue between Grandfather and Granddaughter is so entertaining you’ll want to move in too. The revelations are breath-taking.”

Taking the role of Grandad is Piotr Baumann – an established Polish actor who has just spent a year on Coronation Street as roofer Jan Lozinski.
“I’m delighted to be working with Francesca and imagine if” says Piotr “Jadek reminds me of growing up with my father in Poland.”
“I’m absolutely chuffed to be able to tell a fraction of mine and my Grandad’s story,” Francesca continues.

“It won’t all be real, you gotta keep some stuff for yourself and make up the bits in between. Jadek is for the broken ones, those who’ve fought wars, the blind, the Polish, the working class, the ones suffering in silence. This is for every single one of you. And as always, this is for my old man, my Grandad, my Jadek.”

Jadek is audio described for those with visual impairments and imagine if is working extensively with blind/visually impaired communities and those with Polish heritage in each of the regions on the tour.

Jadek is on tour from October 16th to December 4th 2019

For more information and full tour details visit www.imagineif.co.uk

Tour dates:
October 16: York Theatre Royal – yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
October 17: Phoenix Theatre Blyth – thephoenixtheatre.org.uk
November 2: Derby Theatre – derbytheatre.co.uk
November 6: Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough – sjt.uk.com
November 8: Shoebox Theatre Swindon – shoeboxtheatre.org.uk
November 12: CAST Doncaster – castindoncaster.com
November 14: Theatre Deli Sheffield – theatredeli.co.uk
November 17: Slung Low Leeds – slunglow.org
November 21: Square Chapel Halifax – squarechapel.co.uk
November 29: Touchstones Rochdale – link4life.org
December 4: Barnsley Civic – barnsleycivic.co.uk


1–18 Hull. Comedy Festival. www.hullcomedy.co.uk

2 Wakefield. Cathedral. Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir in concert. 7pm. www.yorkshirephilharmonicchoir.co.uk

2 Ilkley. Christchurch. Three Tenors in concert. 7.30pm. £20 includes canapes and punch. 01943 608479.

3 Malton. Forest Rally. www.maltonmc.co.uk

6–21 Leeds. International Film Festival. www.leedsfilmcity.com

6 & 13 Clapham. Village hall. Heritage Construction: Living with old buildings. Course for owners living in historic buildings. 6.30pm and 9pm sessions. £15. www.ydmt.org

8–9 Grassington. Town Hall. Wharfedale Beer Festival. www.wharfedalebeerfestival.com

9 Doncaster. Dome. Championship Cat Show. Over 40 breeds of cats, plus stalls. www.wherecanwego.com

9 Harrogate. Yorkshire Event Centre. Stamperama. Art stamp and Papercraft Show. 01423 544544. www.eventcentre.co.uk

9–10 Harrogate. Convention Centre. Thought Bubble Convention. Comic art event attracting a host of famous artists from around the world. www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk

9–10 Hull. Walton Street Leisure Centre. Model Railway Show. 10am-5pm. www.wherecanwego.com

10 York. Racecourse. Dolls House and Miniatures Fair. www.warners-shows.co.uk

10 Barnsley. Elsecar Heritage Centre. Antiques Fair. 10am–4pm. www.elsecar-heritage.com

10 Bingley. Myrtle Park. Steeton Male Voice Choir attend the Remembrance Service. 11am. www.steetonmalevoice.co.uk

11–16 Otley. Courthouse. Science Fair. The best hands-on science in Yorkshire. www.ticketsource.co.uk

14 to 23 December. Driffield. Burton Agnes Hall. Christmas Activities. www.burtonagnes.com

15 Settle. Victoria Hall. Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri in concert. 8pm. www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk

16 Threshfield, nr Grassington. Village Institute. Airedale & Wharfedale Family History Society talk – ‘Grave Concerns’ by Steve Miller. 2.30pm. www.awfhs.org.uk

16–17 Skipton. Auction Mart. Crafts in the Pen. 10am–4pm. www.craftsinthepen.org.uk

16–17 Pudsey. Civic Hall. Annual Stamp Fair. 10.30am–4.30pm. www.leedsps.org.uk

16–17 Holmfirth. Civic Hall. Artfest. Showcase of arts and crafts. www.artfestholmfirth.com

16 to 5 January. York. Designer Outlet. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. Ice rink, funfair and much more. www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com

19 Middleham. Key Centre. Middleham and the Dales Local History Group talk – Sir Thomas Robinson of Rokeby – Gentleman and Scallywag, by Anthony Wood. 2pm. £3. 01969 640436.

19 Leyburn. Tennants Auctioneers. ‘Brass in the Attic’ Meet the team from The Dalesman and get your precious items valued. There’ll also be a tour, fascinating talk and lunch. To book your tickets 01756 701033 or www.dalesman.co.uk

20 to 25 January Leeds. Playhouse. ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Classic story and songs brought to the stage in technicolour spectacular. 0113 2137700. www.leedsplayhouse.org.uk

23 Halifax. Indoor market. Record and CD Fair. www.wherecanwego.com

24 Skipton. The Great Skipton Santa Fun Run. For entry details: www.skiptonsantafunrun.com

28 to 1 December Harrogate. Convention Centre. Knitting & Stitching Show. www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

29-30 Scarborough. Market Hall. ‘A Christmas Carol.’ 7.30pm. www.chapterhouse.org

30 Saltaire. Victoria Hall. Vintage Home & Fashion Fair. www.wherecanwego.com

30 & 1 December Grassington. Dickensian Festival. www.grassingtondickensian.co.uk


1 Ripon. www.ripon-races.co.uk

2 Bolton Abbey. www.boltonabbey.com

2 Driffield. www.driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

2 Hull. www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com

2 Helmsley (tbc). www.helmsleysports.org

2 Selby. www.selbytowncouncil.gov.uk

2 Thornton in Craven. www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk

2–3 Ripon. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

3 Barnsley. www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk

5 Leeds. www.leedsinspired.co.uk

5 Sheffield. www.afterdarkfireworks.com

5 Reeth. www.reethmemorialhall.co.uk


2 November. Morley Town Hall Christmas Fair

5 November to 8 December. Harrogate Christmas Fair

8 November to 21st December. Leeds Christkindelmarkt

14-17 November. Harrogate Christmas Market

14 November to 22 December. York St Nicholas Fair

14 November to 24 December. Sheffield Christmas Market

15-17 November. Whitby Christmas Market

16 November. Moors National Park Centre, Danby, Christmas Fair

16–17 November. Halifax Shibden Hall Christmas Craft Fair

21–24 November. Ripley Castle Christmas Fair

22–11 November & 29 to 1 December. Wakefield The Hepworth Christmas Market

23 November. Ripon Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair.

23 November. Littondale Christmas Fair

23-24 November. Brighouse Christmas market

23–24 Golcar. Colne Valley Museum Christmas market.

29 November to 1 December. Halifax Piece Hall Christmas Fair

29 to 1 December. Thirsk Christmas Fayre

30 November. Selby Christmas Market

30 November. Copt Hewick Grand Christmas Fair.

1 December. Otley Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market

1 & 8 December. Skipton Yuletide Festival & Christmas Market

7–8 December. Knaresborough Christmas Market

7-8 December. Malton Christmas Food and Gift Market

8 December. Richmond Christmas Market

8 December. Beverley Festival Market


2 Horton Circular via Ribble Way and Crooks Barn. Moderate 10 miles. Train times www.friendsofdalesrail.org

2 Salmon, Scars, Feizor and a Lime Kiln. Moderate 9.6 miles. Meet 10.25am, car park, Settle Railway station (GR: SD817634). www.takeahike.org.uk

3 Barwick in Elmet. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am, main street, Barwick in Elmet. (GR: SE399373). www.ramblers.org.uk

3 Knaresborough to Coneythorpe. Easy 7 miles. Meet 10.30am, Conyngham Hall car park, Knaresborough (GR: SE345572). www.ramblers.org.uk

5 North York Moors, Sneck Yate. Moderate 8 miles. Meet 2.45pm, Sneck Yate car park (GR: SE509877). www.yorkramblers.org.uk

9 Settle Circular. Moderate to strenuous 13 miles. Train times www.friendsofdalesrail.org

9 Giggleswick to Long Preston. Easy 6 miles. Train times www.friendsofdalesrail.org

9 Scaleber Force. Moderate 8 miles. Meet 10am, Long Preston Village Green (GR: SD834581). www.cravenramblers.org.uk

9 Cleveland Way 8, Whitby to Ravenscar. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10.50am, Whitby (GR: NZ898108). Booking essential. www.yorkramblers.org.uk

10 Helmsley. Moderate 12 miles. Meet 10am, Helmsley Castle car park (GR: SE612837). www.ramblers.org.uk

12 Skipwith. Leisurely 6 miles. Meet 9.30am, The Drovers Arms, Skipwith (GR: SE663386). www.yorkramblers.org.uk

16 Steeton Circular. Strenuous 15 miles. Train times www.friendsofdalesrail.org

16 Craven country lanes and halls. Moderate 6.5 miles. Meet 10.30am, East Marton village green Abbots Harbour Café (GR: SD907509). www.cravenramblers.org.uk

23 Gargrave to Skipton. Moderate 12 miles. Train times www.friendsofdalesrail.org

23 Rabbit Hill Circular. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 9am, Trinity Methodist Church, Harrogate (GR: SE302544). www.ramblers.org.uk

23 Thruscross Reservoir. Moderate 6.5 miles. Meet 11am, Thruscross Reservoir car park (GR: SE153573). www.ramblers.org.uk

24 Wetherby and Spofforth. Moderate 9 miles. Meet 10.30am, Old Station car park, Wetherby (GR: SE398483). www.ramblers.org.uk

24 Another Skipton surprise! Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am, Coach Street car park, Skipton (SD987516). www.cravenramblers.org.uk

26 Garforth and The Leeds Way. Leisurely 10 miles. Meet 10am, Ninelands Lane, just past school (GR: SE411329). www.ramblers.org.uk

27 Yorkshire Wolds. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am, Fridaythorpe Pond (GR: SE874591). www.ramblers.org.uk

28 Ripon to Studley Park. Moderate 7.1 miles. Meet 10am, Sainsbury’s car park, back of Cathedral (GR: SE313712). www.northallertonramblers.org.uk

30 Rylstone to Grassington. Moderate to strenuous 13 miles. Train times

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