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Two brothers, Polyneikes and Eteocles, fight for the crown of Thebes. They kill each other. The rule is strict and clear: whoever dares to bury Polyneikes will be punished with death. Antigone cannot accept the laws that leave one of her brothers unburied and humiliated. State against Ideals, a young woman against a monarch, the whole town, us, inside the arena. How do you get a diamond out of a stone? 'I was born to love, not hate', states Antigone. And there is always a cost for it.
This event takes place at 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Elton Road, Bristol BS8 1SJ
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!
Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother's jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston's brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic...
John, middle son to a rich 1970s American family, has written a new play about his life growing up. His traditional, ageing parents, Bradley and Ann, are horrified at their life being depicted for all to see - while his sister Nina is offended that she only has a minor role! As the liquor flows - stifled resentments, deep secrets and hopeful dreams simmer under the surface, then bubble over during their daily, dearest ritual of 'The Cocktail Hour'. It soon becomes clear that John's writing may be closer to the truth than his family are willing to accept.
Kenneth Williams is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces (and voices) in British comedy history. A household name thanks to his work on Hancock's Half Hour, Round the Horne and a staggering twenty-five Carry On films, his career is the stuff of comedy legend. Aside from these wonderfully written films and programmes, Williams was just as comfortable entertaining in his own words, be it on Just a Minute or the many chat shows on which he was a frequent and masterful guest.
This brand new production tells the great man's story in his own words using some of the most hilarious and poignant stories and anecdotes he shared throughout his life. Colin Elmer who starred as Williams in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Round the Horne brings the great man to life in both body, voice and spirit, evoking the sense of mischief and naughtiness that became Kenneth Williams' trademark and providing an entertaining insight into the man behind the mask. So prepare for an evening of hilarity, sincerity and plenty of messing about as we tell the story of this true cult figure.
It's 1997 and it's the last week of term at the local secondary school. Miss Haines has lost the mock exam papers, the Year 11s have put a Renault 5 on the school roof and the video player has broken. Things can only get better. Education, Education, Education asks big questions about a country in special measures. It explores power, responsibility, and change through the eyes of a hapless group of schoolteachers trying to make it through the day.
Effie, an old lady who has lived in mental institutions since the age of 13 has been admitted to hospital with severe burns. Treating her is Dr Kovacs who finds in Effie's extraordinary story of injustice and official callousness the key to her own suppressed anger and power.
It may be Swinging 60s London but out in the suburbs, behind closed doors, Kath is lonely. Craving love and affection, Kath and her bachelor brother take a lodger. Soon, both become infatuated with the shady young tenant with a murky past - Mr Sloane.
Pip's s impoverished childhood takes on a new dimension when he meets the strange Miss Havisham. An unknown benefactor turns Pip into a gentleman but he falls prey to the corruption of money.
A reclusive children's writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: What matters more, the storyteller or the story? Brilliantly imaginative and theatrically original, Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.
Based on the charred remains of a true story. The 5th Marquis of Anglesey was one of the wealthiest men who ever lived. He burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely at the end of the 19th Century, blowing his family's colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles, putting on amazing plays to which nobody came, touring Germany performing the inexplicable "Famous Electric Butterfly Dance", and generally desperately trying to make himself a legend. After he died at 29, his family, in vengeance, burned every proof they could find that he existed, and carried on as though he never was. How to Win Against History is a hilarious, ripped-up musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and being totally fabulous: Hedwig and the Angry Inch meets Noises Off in a ballgown. A frothy, glossy costume drama about the stories we tell to convince ourselves it's all going well, and the moments we realise it's not.
A 12-year-old girl sneaks across the border of her own country, watched by her parents, viewing on a computer screen. Instructions for Border Crossing is an exposed gearbox of a political thriller, mixing writer and performer Daniel Bye's trademark storytelling with a series of live interventions from the audience - the show itself is as unstable as the world it describes
Kwaidan is a cinematic and atmospheric piece inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies which combines life-sized puppets, humanettes, acting and video projections.
Part of Bristol Festival of Puppetry
As our destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. Each match will conjure a new story, a new vision, and we will hold her hand as we tumble down the rabbit hole with her.
Meet Mark. The thing is I've got myself into a bit of a mess... Mark's an actor. I keep forgetting my lines. I've left my girlfriend and I'm beginning to stink. Mark was an actor. And to make matters worse I've met the Devil. Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers, Living with the Lights On is a gripping story of a life lived at the edge.
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.
Part of Bristol Festival of Puppetry
After civil war Messina seems to have returned to peace with few casualties and a courtship holds the promise of reconciling the battle of the sexes in a well matched wedding. But the reconciliation's have been too hurried and soldiers can't return to the civilian world overnight.
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she's in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn't with Emma, it's with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she's smart enough to know that there's no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?
Ruthless, wise-cracking and overly affectionate around feeding time, meet notorious pussy posse, The Reservoir Cats - a ferocious feline foursome on their way to crash the annual Jellicle Ball, intent on stealing the big prize. But when this botched heist turns into a cruel bloodbath, paws and pistols are pointed: Who can be trusted? Did someone let the cat out of the bag? Is one of them a rat? With the fuzz closing in fast, who will survive to tell the tail - Mr Pink, Mr Blonde or The Magical Mr Mistoffelees?
Slick, smart and devilishly funny, Reservoir Cats is the 7th darkly comic Christmas show created by The Wardrobe Theatre, the makers of Rocky: A Horror Show, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Muppits Die Hard. An ill-fated fusion of cultural opposites, the show is inspired by Quentin Tarantino's iconic 1992 breakthrough crime thriller and Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved classic 1981 West End musical, blended to create something new, exciting and very, very funny.
Rita and Sue are desperate girls living in recession-hit Bradford. Hope is at hand with the arrival of Bob who has what it takes to teach them everything they need to know about love, life and lust. The Royal Court, winning the 1981 George Devine Award originally commissioned this classic of the 80's. It was made into a film in 1986.
I have to hit him. In the face. But there is no anger inside me right now. Just a gut full of fear. Heroes are usually pretty handy in a scrap. And when heroes fight, they win. And stuff gets sorted. Adam has to look out for his brothers. He's the eldest. He's a good guy so he'll be fine. Good guys don't get beaten up. Good guys win. That's how it works. But once you've learned the language of violence, how do you stop speaking it?
Part of Blahblahblah. Part of Bristol Old Vic's Studio Walkabout Season
Act 1: Sound Bite' - In the deepest depths of NASA HQ, two men Dick and Mickey, with guidance from operative Janine, have been assigned the almighty task of providing Neil Armstrong, the iconic first words to be spoken from the surface of the moon and change mankind forever. There's only one problem... Writers' Block. Act 2: Remedies - Brexit, benefits, broken homes, bickering and viagra are only a few of the issues examined in this new comedy. Set within the 4 walls of a local pharmacy, this one room situation comedy/drama features two opinionated, strong willed and polarised members of staff. As they witness the ailments and sicknesses of the public, they may be able to administer the medicine, but can they find the remedy for the the ill's of Britain?
So, a while ago one of my best friends, Tom, died of heart cancer. His last wish was to be given a Viking Burial and now I want to tell that story. It's the first thing I've done on my own so it's pretty lo-fi but has some good funny bits in between the death stuff. And it's definitely all true. Definitely.
Oskar Matzerath, the son of a permissive bourgeois couple is born with a fully developed intellect. Outraged by the passivity of the German people regarding the unstoppable growth of Nazism, the decadence of his family, and the world around him, he decides he will take a stand against the adult world by refusing to grow up. On his third birthday, when given a tin drum he was promised at his birth, he decides to remain three years old for the next 18 years, using his drum as his means of protest.
Bob Kingdom, having held audiences spellbound with his portrayal of Dylan Thomas, now turns the spotlight on the brilliant yet tortured, adorable and wicked writer of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood in a show which has been critically acclaimed around the globe.
Men have all the power. John and John keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn't feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. Because we all need to pull together now. We want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren't good enough. So there's music and dance too. Fringe First Winners in 2010 & 2011 RashDash return with a playful new show about gender and language. Two women play two women playing two men.
"This is who I am - my name is Matty Butler. I'm not a child, I'm twenty nine years old. I like foxes, badgers, dancing, eating dinner, going bowling, EastEnders, dancing and foxes. I'd like a friend. Maybe Angel from Buffy. And we'd go on holiday and live together and have dinner and go dancing. I'm not a child you see. I'm twenty nine years old. My name is Matty Butler. This is who I am. And I like foxes."
The long awaited sequel to the internationally acclaimed Up Down Boy
The play had a hit off Broadway run in New York in the 1996/97 season, winning a Drama Desk Award nomination and an Obie Award. The play has subsequently been performed on tour in America with great success. 'The Vagina Monologues' was the centrepiece for V-Day, a gala theatrical and musical charity event, which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Valentine's Day 1998. Artists taking part in this event included Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon. The Vagina Monologues, subtitled "An Anthropological Exploration", reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. The material was gathered from hundreds of intimate interviews, conducted by Ensler, in which women were asked probing questions such as "If it your vagina could talk, what would it say?".
Vladimir and Estragon are waiting. Two old men whose compulsion to wait for a visit from the indescribable Godot forces them to pass the time in the only way they can; with and for each other. Stories are told, boots are abandoned, religion is debated, memories of better days are shared - and time passes. Jokes are made, songs are sung, suicide is contemplated, the fear of being alone is overwhelming - and time passes. Chance meetings happen, arguments take place, thinking occurs, violence is advocated, hats are exchanged, friendship is venerated - and time passes. On a road with a single tree two old friends wait... and pass the time. The 1953 drama was voted the most significant play of the century by a poll undertaken by the National Theatre in 1998.
I want you to do yourself proud, Joey. You go and drive those Germans back where they've come from, and then come home to me. At the outbreak of World War one, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. he's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. but Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Do I look like I know the latest on every effing ?orse in the war? Do I look like an effing equine expert or even an effing equestrian enthusiast? Your squadron no longer exists. That's all I know, Private. Suitable for 12yrs+
18 OCTOBER - 11 NOVEMBER
15 SEPTEMBER - 14 OCTOBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
15 NOVEMBER - 2 DECEMBER
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
19 SEPTEMBER - 6 OCTOBER
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
14 FEBRUARY - 10 MARCH
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
14 MARCH - 7 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM
25 JANUARY - 10 FEBRUARY
BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON
13 DECEMBER - 6 JANUARY
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
29 AUGUST - 15 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
18 APRIL - 12 MAY
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Set in a bar in a remote part of Ireland, the local lads are swapping spooky stories to impress an attractive young woman, Valerie, recently arrived from Dublin. What begins as a simple visit to the local pub soon turns out to be an evening of both funny and spellbinding stories, until the final tale takes a strange and unexpected twist...Hailed as the best new play of the nineties, when The Weir premiered at the Ambassadors Theatre, London in 1997, it won McPherson the Evening Standard ‘Most Promising Playwright Award, and in 1999 it won the prestigious Olivier Award for ‘Best New Play .
Welcome to Night Vale the wildly popular serial podcast that brings it's dedicate listeners stories from the strange desert town of Night Vale. Delivering rich and nuanced drama in the form of a community radio show hosted by Cecil Palmer. Welcome to Night Vale has grown to be one of the most popular podcasts in the world while remaining fiercely independent, entirely listener supported, and ad-free.
Witch follows Margery Scrope, a destitute healer/midwife, who has been accused of witchcraft by her neighbour Thomas Latimer following the death of his daughter. He and Margery have been brought before the local landowner/magistrate to give their side of the story. The magistrate must then decide how the case should proceed and whether Margery should be tried or if it is simply a neighbourly squabble. Written to stimulate discussion, it asks more questions than it answers - there is no linear journey from A to B with a character whose innocence or guilt is clearly defined. In fact, all three characters have grey areas and each audience member must decide for themselves whether they believe Margery is guilty or not.