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Wild West circus cabaret ‘The Raunch’ rides into town as part of Yorkshire Festival

Tickets are now on sale for electric Wild West circus cabaret, The Raunch, which rides into Leeds from London’s South Bank this June as part of Yorkshire Festival 2016.

A modern day sexy, spectacular, melding state of the art technology with whip-cracking energy and featuring a rogue’s gallery of the most wanted badasses this side of Dodge City, the show is set to take historic variety club, Batley Frontier, by storm.

The Raunch is created by digital circus company Zero Central. It stars legendary cabaret performer Empress Stah as The Bad Sherriff with her trigger-happy aerial act to the strains of Light in Places - a song especially composed for the act by Peaches. Making up the magnificent seven, Stah will be joined by Alternative Miss World Fancy Chance as The Condemned; hip-hop, rapping-tapping dancing twins My Bad Sister as The Bar Room Beauties; international sword-swallowing femme-fatale Jewels Good as The Madame of the Saloon; albino ivory-tinkler Stephen Thompson as the Ghost Rider; daring circus superstar Jo Moss as The Cockfighter; and the indescribably irreverent Mr Teds as The Unwanted.

The Raunch is a next generation circus cabaret extravaganza for the all the senses. Loose narrative weaves together a series of individual and ensemble acts featuring skills drawn from the worlds of Circus, Magic, Drag, Song & Dance to create a contemporary Western fable set the beat of a disco-hoedown, psychedelic soundtrack. Original performances are designed using projections, lasers, drones and imagination. Motion tracking sensors are employed to create real time, interactive and immersive graphics that can be projected onto any object using projection-mapping techniques.

Yorkshire Festival’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman, said: “We’re thrilled to bring The Raunch to Leeds for its Northern premiere as part of this year’s Festival line-up. The show fuses music, dance, theatrics and impressive pyrotechnics to offer an evening of entertainment like no other. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring such an eclectic mix of international talent to the city, and to showcase it in the stunning Batley Frontier which has played host to some of the world’s best performers, from Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner to Morecombe and Wise.”

The Yorkshire Festival is the UK’s newest international festival. It will build on the resounding success of the first edition in 2014 and promises world premieres and UK exclusives with spectacular outdoor performances as well as music, theatre, arts and dance from theatres to clubs, from 16 June – 3 July.

Other highlights taking place in Calderdale and Kirklees as part of this year’s Festival include Chip Shop the Musical at the Sea Urchin in Dewsbury on 7 June; Opera for the Unknown Woman at the Lawrence Batley Theatre from 22 June – 24 June and IOU Theatre’s Future/Past, a multi-media show which fuses sculpture, music and digital works at Dean Clough in Halifax from 23 June – 3 July. Hebden Bridge’s Handmade Parade will also welcome Russian artists from ‘Cardbordia’ as part of a special Festival co-commission, who will open their first cardboard Embassy on English soil in the town on 26 June.

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The Raunch at Yorkshire Festival 2016