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Are you a girl or a boy? What was your old name? How are we going to solve the toilet situation? Don't you just want to look nice? A new show all about the messy business of gender. Working with performers from across the queer community, Outbox Theatre examine the ways in which our gender is questioned, categorised, and policed (often violently so). And The Rest Of Me Floats is devised by the company and weaves together autobiographical performance, movement, pop songs, stand-up and dress-up in an anarchic celebration of the body that refuses to conform.
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!
The day I've been dreading arrives. All the answers I have prepared go out of my head when she asks me, "Where's my Daddy?" A frank insight into the world of sexuality in motherhood and all the things nobody tells you, this autobiographical piece is all about seeking answers in the wrong places and facing your responsibilities when you've bitten off more than you can chew.
Written and performed by REP Foundry member Elinor Coleman, Baby Daddy is a personal and humorous account of life in your twenties with a baby in tow.
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.
We all had the desire to leave. I felt it from them. A pulse. A real flesh and blood pulse. I know they felt it, you couldn't ignore it, couldn't speak of it. So we silenced its beat. A Dangerous Woman tells the story of one woman's struggle to carve her own path in a family of six women. Women who are both allies and enemies. Based on Manjeet's own experience this bold and unapologetic new play explores what happens when you dare to challenge conformity, and make your voice heard. Recently labelled as a dangerous woman, Manjeet Mann explores what it means to be strong and dangerous.
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.
Jay is dead. His partner Lenni is desperately trying to remember what caused the accident. Her memory hasn't been so reliable lately but with the help of the little girl next door, she's certain she will be able to figure it out. As Lenni delves deeper into her memories though, her certainty is shaken. Soon she begins to question what is real and who she can trust. With a sound design that places the audience at the centre of Lenni's experience, Delightful is a frank exploration of love grief and how the state of our minds can affect how we remember our past.
The Door. Part of the BEDLAM Festival
With strong echoes of the life and experiences of celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pre running through it, the play tells of Stephanie, an eminent violinist, who has been confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis. On her husband's advice she consults a psychiatrist to help her come to terms with a life deprived of its main purpose. Under the quiet probing questions, layer after layer of protective pretence is stripped from her, revealing dangerous depths of resentment and despair.
In 19th Century New York, a black man named William Freeman became the first person to raise 'insanity' as a defence in an American trial. Inspired by his story, Strictly Arts explore the relationships between people of colour, the criminal justice system and mental health. Spanning from segregated 1846 America right up to the death of Sarah Reed in the UK in 2016, Freeman features a mix of high-energy physical theatre, acappella singing, humour and powerful drama to create an extraordinarily moving and affecting experience.
Number 6: Thai soup with chicken, coconut milk, Thai ginger, tomatoes, button mushrooms, lemon grass and lemon leaves (hot). On a typical evening, anywhere in Europe, you walk into your local Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, and the whole world is there. Everyone connected to everyone else, through this one place... Set in an Asian restaurant, against a background of exotic orders and swiftly changing images, The Golden Dragon follows the lives of 15 people who live and work almost on top of one another in a modern, multi-ethnic community.
When Perdita and Pongo's puppies go missing, they set off on a daring rescue mission - helped by all the dogs in England! How is cold-hearted Cruella de Vil involved? Will they be in time to save their pups? Or have they bitten off more than they can chew?
Angela is edging closer to retirement. Then it will just be her, her cat and ready meals for one. Her son Nathan is struggling with being a stay-at-home dad. It's not as if he's had a role model. The closest he's got to his dad in twenty years was a Google search. When Angela has a chance encounter with 'her Patrick', she is torn about whether or not to introduce him to the son he walked out on and the granddaughter he's never met. But Patrick has some news that may force her to decide.
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.
Set in Germany between 1930 and the 1980s, Man to Man is based on the fascinating true story of an ordinary working-class woman who, in order to survive in the Germany of the Weimar Republic and of Hitler, simply takes on the clothes and the identity of her husband.
Set in West Africa, the piece reveals the last, violent night of a desperate refugee woman, abandoned by her husband. In a performance incorporating traditional storytelling, and African and street dance; the play explores how the discrimination and rejection Medea suffers at the hands both of her husband and her adopted society, drive her to commit a final act of retribution.
Blurring the lines between live art, dance, theatre and fine art, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein explores representations of women, looking at ways in which social media and consumerism have redefined how we relate to the female body, one's 'true self' and public shaming. In this irreverent phenomenon of music, dance and 'witch-bitch' ritual, The Famous plunges into the ghostly underworld of popular culture, seeking, as she puts it, 'the real me, the pure me, behind this soiled shroud of promiscuity.' Pulling from the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj and her own legendary self(ie), The Famous examines pop culture's take on the 'female monster'. Expect visual overload and risk-taking from this raw, timely and uncomfortably hilarious interdisciplinary performance.
'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.
A beautiful and uplifting tale of romance and high adventure, recounting the odyssey of Rama, a great King of ancient India. Cherished throughout India and Asia for millennia, The Ramayana (The Journey of Rama) has been faithfully preserved and passed on in various forms of popular expression, epic poems, folk tales, music, dance, drama, puppet shows, sculpture, painting, even films and comic books. Its story and characters have captured the hearts and minds of countless generations.
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.
We don't want you to think for a second we're not giving 110%, giving you a mathematical impossibility of ourselves, a number invented for us. Life is easy for millennials. Our parents worked hard so that we could do whatever we wanted. We've had everything handed to us on a plate. And still we're complaining. Do we need to wake up from our dream world and face reality? What is that reality? One millennial stands before you, trying to process her three most pressing concerns: job exploitation, crumbling friendship and the apocalypse. She has an overwhelming need to share... and to apologise for it. Taking you on a journey from the aisle of a supermarket to the edge of a volcano, REP Foundry graduate Susie Sillett has written a highly-charged trilogy of monologues exploring the experiences of young people in the 21st century.
A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a dangerous reality for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey. Ahead lies a deadly nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn't commit. Based upon the modern classic of murder and suspense by the writer of The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's powerful and compelling psychological thriller Strangers on a Train was famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock and is adapted for the stage by Craig Warner.
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.
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.
It's Dougie's birthday. He just turned 50 and his family are throwing him a party. But it's Dougie who has a surprise for them. A bombshell proposal. He wants his ex-wife Arlene to back his new endeavour. He wants to serve a good cause, a global cause. He wants to make right a terrible wrong, even if it puts their daughter's future at risk. They can all sense a scam, but Dougie won't back down. He is convinced this is his only chance to do something truly glorious, but his motivation may not be as pure as it seems. As the touchpaper under his family is lit, no one escapes the fallout.
Drama about a family's moral legal case that creates national interest. Fourteen year old Ronnie Winslow is expelled from Osborne Naval College accused of stealing a postal order. Ronnie swears he did not do it, and so his father Arthur begins a fight to prove his son's innocence. The whole Winslow family is drawn into the consequences of the court action. First performed in London in 1946.
Birmingham born and bred Aaron is a massive City fan. He's at the game every week. Shouting and chanting with the lads. But growing up Black in Britain can be hard and after an incident at a match Aaron is forced to question everything. Now feeling no longer able to blend in with noises of a busy stadium and be just another face in the crowd Aaron is forced to ask the questions: Who is he without football? Where has he come from? And where is he going? With an impressionable mind and a desire to be accepted Aaron begins his search to find out who he really is.