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Imagine being told to leave your home... Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land... Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to... Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo's The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.
Austentatious offer an eloquent, irreverent and 100% improvised take on Britain's favourite novelist - watch a full-length Austen story crafted from scratch, entirely based on your suggestions! At your behest, the group will conjure a one-off literary masterpiece, full of society balls, dashing lords and stolen looks.
Two one act plays about catastrophe. Heart's Desire (a family waits for Susy to return home after years in Australia) and Blue Kettle (Derek is involved in a con trick making elderly women believe he's their long lost son).
New York City, 1943. William 'Fred' Parsons, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William - but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, playboy millionaire? Or Jos?, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William - and then her past catches up with her...
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.
"I'm walking down the street and there's a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I've seen before." Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe.
It's 2091: we have the technology to control our dreams, we are never off the grid, we are humans 2.0. But we still sometimes eat cereal for every meal of the day and finding love is still a complete nightmare. Our story follows the idiosyncratic and love-struck Ian, who takes a pill each night without fail to dream of being a hero who might finally attract his supervisor's affections. One night he crosses paths with Bea, who drags him head-first into the truth behind a world he has never questioned, revealing the untold story of Matilda. The Hours Before We Wake is a sharp dystopian comedy about dreaming, conspiracy and not letting anyone inside your head.
Tremolo Theatre blend original music, intricate sound design and dark humour to create this new show that premiered at Mayfest at The Wardrobe 2015.
Edinburgh Fringe Preview
Tim has always wanted to become a sailor. He knows all the knots, can name every boat and sing all their songs. But there's one problem; he is much too young to be a sailor! Then one day, he accidentally-on-purpose stows away on a steam ship and meets the Brave Sea Captain. Can you help him earn his sea legs, chart the ocean blue and sail home to his family?
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain will be brought to life by the magical Wardrobe Ensemble (The Star Seekers, Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk) based on the 80-year old classic story by Edward Ardizzone. In their sea-safe hands, you will enjoy an interactive voyage featuring sea shanties, music, dance and plenty of ocean courage perfect for ages 0-7 and their families.
Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952. The World's Longest Running Play! A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
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.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that's what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
Beulah would eat a spider to fit in with the cool kids. Nadine's arm is missing and she wants it back. Franz' biggest problem is life is too easy. A procrastinating king has only 700 years to get his shit together, if he doesn't it's certain death for everyone.
Puppetry of the Penis is a show featuring two strapping Australian men who manipulate their genitalia into various shapes, objects and landmarks. A video camera projects every intimate detail onto a large screen ensuring that little can be missed - even from the very back row! Puppetry of the Penis is an adults-only, non-sexual show featuring full-frontal male nudity.
Restoration comedy about social morals and hypocrisy. Mrs Malaprop, the infamous Queen of the Dictionary, is horrified. Her niece, the rich and beautiful Lydia Languish, is in love and wants to marry the penniless Ensign Beverley. Outraged, Mrs Malaprop demands that Lydia marry the eligible and dashing Captain Absolute who has arrived in Bath to court her. Little do they both know that the Ensign and the Captain are one and the same man...What follows is a delightful tangle of romance, fury and deception, making The Rivals one of the funniest and best loved comedies in the English language.
It's a hook to the left! And then a jab to the right! Let's do the time-warp back to 1976 - a world when women were men, men were women and the mean streets of Philadelphia were filled with campy song. When small-time boxer Rocky is challenged to the fight of his life, the Italian Stallion must learn to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, dance like a rock'n'roll star and sing like a queen!
After the stunning successes of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Muppits Die Hard, The Wardrobe Theatre is totally thrilled to be bringing you another of our signature, darkly comic, adult only, alternative Christmas shows - a madcap merging of Sylvester Stallone's breakthrough classic with Richard O'Brien's cult musical masterpiece. A scary-sexy, knock-out comedy that always punches below the belt, Rocky: A Horror Show is a Christmas show you won't forget... however hard you try...
1546 - Henry VIII is dying. He spends his days shut away in his chambers, brooding. He is ill, paranoid and grossly overweight, so much so that he can't even wipe his own royal backside. Instead, this most honoured - and frequent - duty falls to The Groom of the Stool, Sir Anthony Denny, Henry's most trusted confidant. Everyone sees that Henry's death is close - except, that is, Henry himself. And this is a worse problem for Denny than the King's inclement bowels; Henry needs to be persuaded to put his house in order and ensure a peaceful succession for his young son. In short, some vexatious Lords need to be relieved of their heads; if not, trouble looms for England and for Denny. But convincing Henry to act also means persuading him to accept his own impending death and how does one persuade a king who desires immortality of that? Especially when to even imagine Henry's death is treason and treason means the block...
With clowning at the heart of this comedic piece of theatre, Henry has developed a touching, absurd and often magical show, which explores the themes of loneliness and belonging side by side with joy and exhilaration. Audiences are invited to join our hero for a silent expedition as they witness one man's quest for a friend. Pathos, dark humour and Victorian aesthetics combine to create a wonderful and mysterious backdrop to a surreal and poetic journey.
Inspired by personal stories collected over 2 years, we invite you to our public confessional to revel in the funny, awkward and poignant world of people's deepest secrets. If you too feel like unburdening yourself, there will be a "confession booth" in the foyer before and after the show. Invisible Ink thanks all the generous contributors who have shared with us so far. All names have been changed to protect the innocent... and not so innocent.
This is a Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission and a collaboration between Invisible Ink, Chapter Arts Centre, The University of South Wales, Theatr Iolo and is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
Part of the Bristol Old Vic Studio Walkabout Season
Inspired by the path to Afghanistan, well trodden down the ages whether by Western merchants, missionaries, Hippies or soldiers, There Shall Be Fireworks unearths a startling true story from a two hundred-year-old cemetery in Kabul known as the Kabre Gora ('the graveyard of foreigners').
Martin Bonger (Fatman, Around the World in 80 Days) plays an American stockbroker turned statesman, thwarted in one wildly ambitious bid to change the world for good. With composition by Jennifer Bell (recently featured on Radio 4's Word of Mouth), it is a haunting new show about being possessed by an idea.
Friends Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie embark on a horrific journey to the heart of a hellhole world peopled by psychos, junkies, wide-boys and no-hopers. Hilarious but harrowing it charts the disintegration of their friendship as they hurtle towards self-destruction. This production contians nudity and scenes that may shock - not suitable for children.
In a nameless city, beneath a cloud of smog there is a theatre. A little kingdom of its own, where secrets are hidden and lies are told. Outside, the wheels of progress grind on whilst hundreds of children are vanishing off the streets. Eventually they reappear on the stage with painted smiles on their faces but behind the curtain nothing is as it seems...
Featuring a cast of 100 young people aged 5-25, the award-winning Bristol Old Vic Young Company celebrate the Theatre's 250th birthday in style with their own signature blend of ensemble performance, original music and choreography.
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+