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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.
Frustrated playwright Amedee is still trying to finish the play he started writing . . . 16 years ago! Meanwhile, his wife Madeleine, works hard in telecommunications to keep them in their dilapidated London apartment. But the couple are keeping a secret. A big secret that seems to be getting bigger by the day. A terrifying secret that is now threatening to take over their lives.
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.
Bucket List tells the story of Mexican orphan, Milagros, her journey from the sweatshops of Cuidad Acuna to Harvard University, and what happens when the promise of a better life begins to unravel. Part rags-to-riches, part revenge story, Bucket List utilises an extreme style of physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song, to explore themes of social mobility, neo-colonialism and freedom versus fate in modern Mexico.
John Malkovich defies heaven and earth in a one-man journey to the point where power corrupts absolutely. A dictator teeters on the brink, and megalomania escalates into full-blown madness. John Malkovich stands alone against the sound of the mighty Union Chapel organ in this astonishing one-man music-drama: an exploration of tyranny in the raw by an actor of unparalleled conviction. From Nero to Idi Amin, despots have had megalomaniac delusions of divine provenance. Michael Sturminger's music-theatre piece pits Malkovich against the grandiloquent power of the organ. Organist Martin Haselbock responds with music by Bach, Messiaen and Ligeti: words against music, genius versus delusion, and at its terrifying heart, an actor who spares no-one - least of all himself.
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.
Two men on stage. A woman's voice telling you a story. The men get dressed, get heckled, get aggressive. The woman wonders if there's a difference between men's and women's bottoms. Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear is a show about men and women and how we relate to each other. Audiences listen on headphones to Hannah Ringham (SHUNT) who draws you into a hypnotic world of immersive sound and music. On stage, raw and visually striking physicality blurs into tender moments of intimacy.
SPAIN 1936: When Fascism clutched at the throat of the Spanish people threatening a foul tyranny and the menace of war in Europe, Clem felt at once that his place was in freedom's rank and joined many other volunteers that formed the International Brigades. Not for nothing did he earn the name, "Dare Devil". He was loved by the masses for his great daring, courage and skill on the Speedway track. He was a man of the people, and the same fight he used against money-sharks and corruption in his sport, he used to defend democracy against Franco's rising fascist army. In Spain Clem developed an unlikely friendship with literary critic, writer and poet Christopher Caudwell; but a common cause had brought them together and they died at their machine gun post covering their battalion's retreat at the Battle of Jarama in February 1937.
A double bill of new writing, firstly that tells and reimagines the stories of refugees across the world, born of the past and of today; secondly that questions the concept of social security and what it means to be a welfare state in 2017. My Name Is... - A government official working in an anti-terrorist cell becomes tense at the news of atrocities in Paris where his only daughter currently works. As he gets restless he finds he has a new unknown guest who has been living in his house for the past week... This is not London... - A short comedy exploring what happens when currency stops existing, and whether it really is possible for two cynical thieves to come round to a different way of thinking. Two thieves consider that it might be time to leave Birmingham when they find themselves being chased by a particularly aggressive mob. Things seem to have just about worked out for them when they manage to steal a car and set the sat nav to London - a city where a bright future and plenty of wallets await. But something happens somewhere along the way and after four hours of aimless driving, they find themselves in a city that doesn't feel right. Waiters let them eat for free. People don't seem to understand what money is. And petty crime seems alarmingly easy...
The Explorer is a delightful new marionette show performed by puppeteer, Lori Hopkins (currently performing in We're Going on a Bear Hunt). After crash landing on an unusual island, the brave Explorer encounters wild beasts, rough seas and futuristic technologies. Will she ever make it back home?
Part of Little Angel Theatre FIRSTS programme
It's in the window of Sam's, behind the rusty display. Two wheels, shiny body, handlebars ready to be gripped. Mum's promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. No harsh word, no sudden push to the ground will distract him from growing up to be a good man. All around him neighbours are waiting. Gandhi's waiting for the day when customers will be kind; Mrs Blackwood is waiting for him to stop doing someone else's dirty laundry and notice her; Old Man Boateng's waiting to get bored of the drink and Trevor Senior's waiting for when those kids will let him and his son play in peace. For now, though, they tip their hats and look the other way - because in the end, everyone who's good gets what they deserve. Don't they? Set during the early noughties, good dog chronicles growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control. Because even the most patient among us can't wait forever.
'Good Mourning Mrs. Brown' is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll. This is the first time the production is heading out as a full UK arena tour. In this hilarious show in which Brendan has received some of the best reviews of his career, we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad's funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead. What could go wrong?
The workers on Level Three are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? Can we learn to be happy? And can our emotions be bought and sold? The 'happiness industry' would have us think so...
A tale of unexpected friendship. Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery. Home is the latest bold and exciting production from Frozen Light. The world is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? Scarlet and Olive must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises. Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will they face the challenges that lie ahead?
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.
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.
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...
From what might be a news desk, an office, a bedroom, a bunker under a mountain or a theatre, two people speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil on the insidious machine of surveillance. A Machine They're Secretly Building charts a course from the Top Secret secrets of WWI intelligence (via the moon, 1972's Chess World Championships, a disco in Oklahoma and the cafeteria at CERN) through to 9/11, the erosion of privacy, Edward Snowden and to the terror of a future that might already be upon us.
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've heard about the first year of university? Four young freshers are about to hear about it too - apart from Evan, the 'deafer' fifth fresher. How will they love, laugh and ask for what they want? When events take an unexpected turn, Evan's world is about to get a whole lot louder. Noise throws humour and tragedy into a vocally snappy, physically expressive and aesthetically engaging piece; commenting on how we choose whether or not to cope.
'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.
Richard Willey, a Government Junior Minister plans an evening with Jane Worthington, one of the Opposition's typist, but things go disastrously wrong, beginning with the discovery of a 'body' trapped in the hotel's only unreliable sash window. Richard calls for his Principal Private Secretary, George Pigden who, through Richard's lies, sinks deeper into trouble with everybody and goes through an identity crisis. Things go from bad to worse with the arrival of Ronnie, Jane's distraught young husband: with the addition of an unscrupulous waiter, Mrs Willey and Nurse Foster, things really come to a head.
Once you've seen that explosive violence - that pink mist - how can you go back again? Lyrical and devastating, this award-winning verse drama is about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, it weaves their experiences together, setting war-torn trauma against the backdrop of their everyday lives and examines both the physical and psychological fractures they bring home. Drawn from interviews with soldiers and their families, this intensely emotional and poetic work recently won Wales Book of the Year and the Roland Mathias prize. It captures the realities of modern warfare with piercing insight and aching power.
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.
No-one knows. I've done something and I can't undo it... Paranoia and guilt collide in this disturbing thriller. On the day of her son's funeral, Patricia takes a young Muslim man hostage and embarks on a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth. Besieged by grief and haunted by a terrible secret, will she ever let him go...? Memory, regret and loss fuse with fear and paranoia fed by the distorted reality of 24 hour global news, blogs and chat rooms. This chilling play for our times asks who is the real enemy at our gates?
A show about friendship, being woman and asking for help. Scary Shit is a show about friendship, being a woman and asking for help. Quirky and outrageous dance theatre; Rhiannon Faith brings a real-life experience to the stage. A rollercoaster experiment Scary Shit is a show where two young women attend therapy to learn about themselves, the world and imagine a future without fear.
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?
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?
An all-women company play Tamburlaine, his friends, his enemies, and his sons, travelling to the heart of identity and power, and challenging the nature masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man? In a play filled with princesses, wives, and sacrificial virgins, what forms of power can women wield in the face of oppression and war? In the modern world, where chemical weapons and reckless referendums are means to cling on to power; where retaliatory air strikes are applauded as strength; where social justice is a luxury that must give way to economic expansionism; Tamburlaine will hold a mirror up to the cruelties within ourselves. Marlowe is known as the father of English tragedy. But his radical ideas of history, religion, morality, and poetic justice will be provocative to those familiar with Shakespeare. Even his later play, Doctor Faustus, will be considered tame compared to Tamburlaine, which questions the very meaning of theatre, and whether it should console or disrupt.
Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality. Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial, and at times darkly comical story of Tamburlaine, the Scythian shepherd who rises to power through violence to conquer Central Asia, the Middle East, and half of Europe.
"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.
'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.
One big project. Two ambitious women. Mothers to several small kids. No bed-time routine. But the show must go on. Meeting a parent you envy, and a parent you want to slap in the face. Witnessing a scene and vowing never to have kids (or at least not to have any more). Understanding and tolerating. Being protective over the silence. Whether having kids or not we invite you to join us in probing 21st Century parenthood. How do we discuss sex in front of the sandpit, write a thriller inside a playpen and arrange a hot date whilst playing Lego? To work or not to work? That is the question. Our ambition did not disappear when we had kids. It is ever-present, and often in conflict: they both fight for our attention. Can we soothe our babies and our ambition? Because, whether a parent or not, we all have an opinion...
Tina Hofman and Kristina Gavran are both Croatian artists and long-term Birmingham residents. They co-founded notnow Collective hoping to look into family, parenthood and work-home subjects in a challenging, highly visual and immersive way.