Animated Action with Cardboard Joe at The Civic

154 Collective are back and this time their adventures surround the thicker-than-paper but thinner-than-wood Joe and his friends.


As part of a Yorkshire tour commisioned by the Small Venues Network, a Grants-for-the-Arts funded network, Cardboard Joe and The Book of Mysteries will be showing at The Civic in Barnsley for the first time.


Every show will be different as the young audience and Dan Mallaghan’s Cardboard Joe make up the story together. With an animator, a musician and a storyteller, this is a show that you control as you decide what happens in this awesome journey full of twists and turns. The perfect family adventure with you at the heart of it all.


Expect “oodles of joining in, daft tales, loads of laughs and, as his name suggests, more than a little bit of cardboard”.


The purpose of the Small Venues Network, that came together in 2012, was to “bring some of the boldest and brightest theatre, music and literature events to the region.” After a call out for a new show that would excited and engage their audiences, Cardboard Joe and The Book of Mysteries was selected out of 100 applications with its new, fascinating approach to storytelling.


The show will be at The Civic Sunday 9 October as part of our family-fun Sundays. Making the most of the most relaxed day of the week, The Civic focuses on making family time that little bit more special by showcasing some of the most inviting family entertainment that everyone can enjoy during those lazy Sunday afternoons.


Described as “…enthralling, engaging, exciting and brilliantly different.” And with a narrative by Dan Mallaghan, live music by Nick Lewis and inventive live-animation by Fabric Lenny this show is a guaranteed hit for the whole family.


Cardboard Joe and The Book of Mysteries is at The Civic on Sunday 9 October at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 full price, £5 concessions and £5 children.


For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.