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"We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and friendship..." So says the message from the human race on the Voyager spacecraft. But is there, y'know, anyone out there? Alex really wanted to know so he went to speak to an astrophysicist to find out. This is what he learned: Stellar Wobble. Light Clocks. The Mirror Test. The Distance Ladder. And murderous dolphins.
A stunning evocation of the long term aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, All Is Well tells the story of Aleks, Stefan and Nina as they struggle to trust one another again while living with the fear of the invisible radiation. On Radunitsa, the day of remembrance for the dead, the forest is once again filled with people as they return to visit their family graves. But Anna and Blackbird have other ideas to keep the day trippers and tourists away for good.
Death is no longer a moment. It is a process. A process that can be reversed. Two friends, talking (and singing) about what happens when we die, how we think about dying and, most importantly, how some of us might be brought back. Performed by Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe, Am I Dead Yet? is filled with stories and songs about death and dying, and about how we don't talk about it enough.
Contains some strong language.
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she's in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!
Onboard a ship, we meet a young woman on her voyage between homes. Having grown up in India and witnessing firsthand the historic events leading to Independence, she is now making the journey to Britain where she will spend the rest of her life. Through flashbacks to her life in India and fl ash forwards to her future in the UK, the picture is painted of someone caught between two worlds, races and cultures. Based on the director's own family's experiences, Between The Two asks where do we belong when the maps are redrawn?
'She just needs to understand that it's not her fault, that she's not to blame, that she's not a slut.' Three women and two men swim in shame. Everyone's exposed. Everyone wants revenge. No one's talking about it. Five candid stories about revenge porn and all its many victims. Blush is a slap in the face and a call to arms.
Salem, Massachusetts 1692. When the stories of three local girls are taken as gospel, a small village populated by Puritans and petty local rivalries, is thrown into panic by talk of witchcraft. The community begins to purge itself, and as accusations fly suspicion alone is accepted as evidence. Written during the vigorous and unscrupulous investigations of Senator J R McCarthy in 1950's America. The Crucible is a timeless portrayal of communal hysteria and the evil of mindless persecution.
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.
Black comedy, mayhem and murder. Clifford Anderson has written a new thriller titled 'Deathtrap' and sends it to Sidney Bruhl for comment. Sidney hasn't had a successful play for years and plans how he might plagiarise this new script. When Clifford turns up at the isolated New England home of the Bruhl's events start to take a sinister turn.
Doreen returns in the Summer with a brand new live show at the poshest venue she's ever seen in her life. In her various official roles as National Treasure, Queen of the Black Country, The First Lady of The State, movie star and all-round cultural phenomenon, Doreen is determined to have a grand night out, and it's such an important occasion that she's promised to try and stay awake the whole evening. With a unique mixture of satirical stand-up, music and video surprises, Doreen assesses the state of the nation as only she can. And no doubt charabancs of Black Country folk will assemble to hear her words of wisdom.
You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's 'done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy. You start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose, 5. Rollercoasters, 6. Me. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. The show involves members of the audience, making each performance unique.
A story of a break up and a search for new love. A comedy and a protest for individual freedom, asking what happened, what it means to love another and why he messed it up.
Hannah Ringham is a co-founder of the award winning collective Shunt. This is her second individual work as a theatre maker and is the first part of a trilogy.
Five-star sell-out comedy from Vaults Festival London and Lyric Hammersmith exploring whether our lives are predetermined or shaped by our choices. A Viscera Theatre production written by Roxy Dunn (Channel 4 / Oran Mor Comedy Drama Award shortlisted), director Chris Head, performers Alys Metcalf (The Play That Goes Wrong, West End) and Roxy Dunn (Channel 4's Babylon, BBC Three's Top Coppers). 'God is it funny... A very charming, sharp, smart play' (AYoungerTheatre.com). 'Serious talent to watch' (FemaleArts.com). 'What's the plural of genius? These two are that word' (Paterson Joseph - Johnson, Channel 4's Peep Show).
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, love of slapstick and quick-fire gags made him an international star. Complete with his trademark fez and a plethora of misfiring magic, the man is an undisputed icon of live entertainment. Commemorating 30 years since his passing, this all-encapsulating show of magic, music and mirth is the perfect celebration of arguably Britain's top comedian of all time.
The story of wide-eyed Gelsomina, who is sold by her penniless mother to Zampano, a travelling sideshow strongman, unfolds as they journey through the Italian countryside performing for their keep. Their perilous road trip leads them to a ragtag travelling circus where they meet Il Matto the tightrope walker who rekindles Gelsomina's spirit with a new found confidence.
Based on the subject and script work by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli
A season of four plays connected to great works of literature form the basis of Year 13 Acting Pathway's final major production.
From a dystopian future to a Dickensian past, from 1001 stories told to save a life to a life given to the obsessive pursuit of white whale, this season will push the boundaries of what theatre can be and search to prove that it can be everything...
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.
'You're an octopus. All mixed up, like me. One leg something, and one leg something else.' Three women have been called in for interview. Sara looks kind of Asian. Scheherazade kind of Middle Eastern. And Sarah is kind of white. But how British are they? Staged against the backdrop of Brexit and the refugee crisis, Octopus is set in a dystopian world of bureaucratic box ticking. It explores what it's like to be treated as a foreigner in your own land...and the power of punk.
Shakespeare's darkest of dark tragedies is given the Oddsocks treatment and as this popular company can make a comedy out of anything, be prepared for spine tingling, eye popping, rib tickling hilarity - lots of witches! lots of laughs!. Expect this battle against good and evil to be a physically exciting spectacle, complete with power hungry rulers, mad wives, sword fights, wandering stilted witches, walking trees, blood, wigs, music, dancing and lots of audience participation.
Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. There's Nowhere to Run for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down at the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet's Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo's mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families' violent feud.
Based on the Greek tragedy, Racine's retelling of this ancient story is one of the most famous classical French dramas. Phedra is a woman betrayed by her own desires - her lust for her step-son in her husband's absence. She descends into a personal hell of shame, degradation, guilt and remorse. Robert David MacDonald's brilliant contemporary translation captures the poetry, drive, and style of Racine's original, as the powerhouse characters and the plot hurtle towards an inevitable conclusion.
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
1941. Egypt. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two-day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero's return. 1991. England. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend. Decorated veteran of Tobruk. Former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, boat builder, charmer, prolific father and husband to a very unhappy wife. Memories are, by his own hand, tattooed on his body but dementia is eroding his mind. As the Gulf War rages, the past drags him back to the scorched sands. Inspired by the writer's grandfather.
Scorched uses new writing, visual physical theatre, period music and an innovative set to create the workings of a mind sinking into the sands of time.
In Jane Austen's classic, the difference between sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lies not only in their appearance, but also in their temperament. Sense and Sensibility explores love and the threat of losing love, and is a wry commentary on the expectations placed upon gentry women in the eighteenth century.
Some Guys Have All The Luck is a brand new theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart - from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod's incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? through to big ballads such as Sailing, You're In My Heart, and Tonight's the Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin' The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook.
One crowd sharing one colour, one song and one wish. Every goal and every near miss brings a pride almost too much to bear. Winning is amazing. In this pioneering world premiere, hundreds of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, and West Bromwich Albion fans unite to share their surprising, funny, heartbreaking stories. From friendships formed to partners left behind, all aspects of fandom are explored. Inspired by his father's love of the sport, acclaimed theatre maker Mohamed El Khatib explores why football inspires passion like nothing else. Just why is 'the beautiful game' so beautiful?
"English, all the time! Don' t even think in your own language". In 1965, a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English - part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community asan elaborate circus trick, the experiment remains a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.
Middle Child presents Luke Barnes' adaptation of Richard Milward's cult novel about the tangled lives of the residents of a Middlesbrough tower block. Follow Bobby the Artist's rise to stardom and Georgie's efforts to save him from drug psychosis, Johnnie's attempts to stop thieving and start pleasing Ellen in bed, and Alan Blunt, a 40-year-old trucker who loves The Sun and Tiny Tina. Featuring live electronic music and video art, Ten Storey Love Song is part play, part house party.
Written by Flann O’Brien in 1939 but published posthumously in 1967, The Third Policeman is set in rural Ireland, narrated by a man with no name. Orphaned and sent away to boarding school, he becomes a fanatically dedicated student of the scientist and philosopher, de Selby. One night he breaks his leg under mysterious circumstances. "If you like, it was broken for me". The Third Policeman features bicycles that are half human; humans that are half bicycle, a murder and a most unusual village police force. It is at once a murder mystery, a hilarious comedy, a fable of eternal grief, a love story and a surreal vision of eternity.
"I believe one should fight for what one believes. Provided one is absolutely sure one is absolutely right." Based on an autobiographical novel, To Sir, With Love is an inspirational story of courage and hope. Ricky Braithwaite, a Cambridge graduate, arrives in London and soon learns what it is to be black in post-war England. As a teacher in a "failing" East End school, he must find a way into the hearts and minds of his unruly class to motivate and inspire the disillusioned and challenging teenagers. Teacher and pupils embark on a difficult journey as Ricky learns humility and understanding and his pupils learn to trust, respect and love this highly unusual man.
Uncle Ben is a comedy play about a single father with a dysfunctional family, doing all he can to keep them together. With his daughter soon to be married to 'the wrong man', we head to Uncle Ben's for dinner, but all sorts of unexpected guests arrive with hilarious consequences. Uncle Ben becomes less of a host and more of a counsellor, as he tries to help young Troy to come to terms with his parents' divorce, to keep Ryan off the streets, as well as healing a broken heart. Uncle Ben has become a Birmingham favourite with a cult following, wrapping serious and current issues in comedy to connect with the community.
Be honest - are you happy with the direction your life is taking? No? Then don't blame, complain or ask ?Why Me?' ... Take back your life right now! An inspirational story of three powerful real black women as they turn their lives around and create the lives they deserve. If they can do it so can you!
'I want to be iconic. I want to be beautiful, reckless, feared, hated, ahead of the times. I want to be different, I want to be dangerous...' London, 2001. Raves. Revision. Re-election. Nadia is swept up in one hot summer's night of love that promises endless possibilities. Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed... and decisions that will determine the rest of her life. Rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation. London, 2015. Re-wind.