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Sometime, not too far in to the future, a nation gathers to watch a natural phenomenon: the moon passing in front of the sun. But what if a once in a lifetime spectacle becomes an earth-shattering event? As the world is plunged into perpetual shadow, we follow a mass of individual lives as they weave and rub together. The Abandoned is their story. The story of what happened following the day the earth stood still.
This event takes place at Little Theatre Cinema, St Michaels Place, Bath BA1 1SG
Set in 1970's suburbia, where Beverly and her husband Laurence are hosting a drinks party for their neighbours. There is plenty of alcohol, an array of cheese-pineapple savoury bites and olives, and Demis Roussos on the record player. As prejudices are unmasked and tempers flare, the evening can only end in disaster...
An emotional and hard rocking journey into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet re-imagine these stories and tell them with visceral live music, dancing, projection & heart felt storytelling and chewed bread sculptures.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic in Lucy Prebble’s play. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, it follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009. Based on real life and using music, movement and video, Enron explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009.
A darkly comic look at the EU's founding ideals and what got lost along the way. A first sharing by Nasi Voutsas & Bertrand Lesca, co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre. Inspired by the ongoing crisis in Athens and all over Europe, your hosts for the afternoon - one Greek and one French - summon up the spirits and ideas of their favourite revolutionary leaders. Among a mess of food, wine and traditional tzatziki, two performers and a drummer speak, sing and dance against austerity.
A dark comedy about nosiness gone wild... Pam's already got a low opinion of her neighbours. So when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it's all-out war: she becomes a one-woman MI6, ramping up her operation from curtain twitching to spy cameras hidden in hand-knitted novelties. But what Pam unearths is what she already suspects - that everyone around her is a thief, a pervert or a terrorist... Fish Eye shows how the hacking of every inch of our lives has run way out of control. Like Alan Bennett's A Lady of Letters, Pam tells her own funny and deeply dodgy story, accompanied by live music and projection.
A Verbatim Play with Live Music and Poetry. What do you know about abortion? What do you think about it? Why can we debate it as an idea, but not talk about it as an experience? The award-winning 20 Stories High brings together the real voices of a host of different people, in a provocative, warm and engaging show which challenges assumptions and ideas about abortion and gets us talking about something that 1 in 3 women in the UK will experience in their lifetimes.
'The British Empire was trying desperately to hold on to its colonial possessions by any means... and the foul, it became clear to me, would often override the fair.' Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain's first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song.
A play with songs.
Leaving home for the first time... ...is a step into the dark. A whole new life. If you're leaving the care system, the reality hits even harder. It tells the real stories of care leavers and their experiences at the pivotal moment when they leave care. It also gives voice to those working within the system from staff in children's homes to MPs and policy makers. Using the young people's own words, an ensemble cast and an award-winning creative team will test the boundaries of verbatim theatre to bring these real voices to the stage. Leaving will create an immediate, immersive experience that will change the way you think about young people in care.
Meet Fred. He's just a regular guy who wants to get on in life: get a job, find a nice girl, settle down. The only problem is that Fred is a puppet, and that's where his dependency issues start. Day to day life is tough when you rely on three other guys being with you at all times. Out for a quiet walk, on a date, in the bathroom, life is never simple for the puppets amongst us. Created in association with puppetry experts Blind Summit, this "massively entertaining" comedy theatre show is about an outsider trying to make his mark in a world in which he needs a lot of help. Witty, poignant and full of Fred's badass attitude, Meet Fred features a mouthy puppet and, as with all Hijinx productions, live performance by actors with and without learning disabilities.
Devised by the company.
Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whiskey aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as "the voice of his generation". When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the two writers meet, accompanied by Martin's brilliant wife Gina, and hosted by Erwin, the administrator of the prestigious arts fund that has thrown them together. In a dilapidated art nouveau villa, somewhere in the German countryside, two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame.
Classical French comedy. Harpagon, the Miser, a capricious and unpredictable fool, attempts to ruin the lives of his family with the sole purpose of protecting his vast fortune. A fortune he has no intention of ever touching himself.
The year is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs and Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. On Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is peddling her satsumas and wit with equal gusto but, little does she know who is watching...
Michael and Ulrike are on the brink. Michael is a doctor, with ambitions of heroic grandeur; Ulrike, his wife, is assistant to the infamous Serge Haulupa, a bizarre conceptual artist; Vincent, their teenage son is hitting puberty with a vengeance - and a video camera; Jessica Schmitt is the new cleaner thrust in to clean up their mess. Utter pandemonium ensues when Serge invites himself to Michael and Ulrike's house to make art over dinner. The food fight is just the start of it...
Marius von Mayenburg is a trail-blazer for contemporary European theatre. In 2007 his play The Ugly One opened at the Royal Court to huge acclaim.
Part of the German Season. Ustinov Studio
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife... The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books. When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.
Shaw's dramatisation of a Cockney flower girl's metamorphosis into a lady is not only a delightful fantasy but also has much to say about social class, money, spiritual freedom and womens' independence. Its combination of ideas and social comment, together with its rich comic characterization, make it one of the most enduring and entertaining of English comedies. Henry Higgins, Professor of Linguistics and confirmed bachelor, wagers that within six months he will transform flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who can take her place in high society. Shaw's masterpiece is both brilliantly funny and a devastating critique of the English class system. This play formed the basis of "My Fair Lady".
Witness the various lives and loves of the heirs to the British Empire play out in the Ritz Hotel. Bursting with sophistication, decadence and acerbic wit, Semi-Monde is considered to be Coward's most autobiographical play.
Shirley Valentine's world is a world of kitchens, cooking and faded dreams. At the age of 42, Shirley feels that her marriage and life are in a rut. Her children have left home and she yearns for romance and adventure. But when a friend invites her on holiday to Greece will she have the courage to swap housework and drudgery for two weeks in the sun?
Sally has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her husband is thinking ahead. An obsessive archivist, he is also a leading Roboticist. Their long marriage has had its ups and downs, but now he can make a better version of himself, to look after Sally when he's gone. Will she accept it? And will it work?
When psychoanalyst Dr Prentice instructs his new secretary to undress, little does he expect to be interrupted by his wife, her blackmailing lover, a meddling government inspector and an inquisitive policeman. But hiding a naked woman is the least of his worries, as libidos run riot, identities are swapped and social decorum is buried.
'Pray you, sit by us, and tell's a tale. Merry or sad shall't be? As merry as you will. A sad tale's best for winter.' A tale of passion, jealousy, fantasy and fairytale, the play charts the transition from winter to spring, tragedy to comedy, and revenge to romance. It is the story of high adventure where an angry King falsely accuses and discards his family to his later regret
The unbelievable true story of Private Wojtek; a Syrian Brown Bear who was enlisted into the Polish Army Corp during WW2. Wojtek saw action with his Artillery Company at the battle of Monte Cassino and eventually travelled to Scotland with his unit after the war in search of a new life.
Through storytelling, live music and playful physical Theatre, The Quarter Too Ensemble brings to life a version of the events in Wojtek's life that highlight the nature of friendship and empathy against the chaos of war.