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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...
2003. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. Previously one of Saddam's most notorious torture houses, where more than 10,000 people died, it is now under Allied command. Nassir works here, translating for the American interrogators. He's local, pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country and is about to get married to Zoya, his sweetheart. But when he is recognized by Faisal, a new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell... The Collector is a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq and born out of Henry Naylor's own experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase in 2003. Relevant, political theatre, it was one of the most highly-acclaimed shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a prestigious Fringe First Award. Following a sold-out run at London's Arcola Theatre, it now embarks on a National Tour.
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.
Perhaps you've seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you've seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers, as he arches above her head and steals a kiss? Meet Marc and Bella Chagall! The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk! Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice's final production as Kneehigh's Artistic Director is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall's paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition. Perhaps you've glimpsed her rising like a kite, anchored to the earth only by his triumphant hand? They are holding on to hope, to history and to each other.
Grindr. Drugs. Fisting. All whilst staying fabulous. Being gay in 2017 isn't easy. For Sammy and El it's even harder, having an obsessive lad and a lovesick teen following them around. Between gay male saunas, chemsex parties and the pursuit of the perfect dick pic, Ginger Beer explores the difficulties of the gay male scene with vibrancy, honesty and warmth.
Welcome to this exuberant family fa?ade, that is just about ready to crack. Music, magic, poetry, drag and comedy meet in an explosive night of would-be redemption for the former celebs, but the cabaret-style comeback night just goes further and further off course. Played in by a live funk band, lucky ticket holders are encouraged to grab a drink and strap in for the fiery return of the showbiz legends including their humiliating warts-and-all documentary You Can't Choose Your Family. This, combined with son, Danny's, comedy and Mum's pop songs helps to chart the family's 50 year history from stardom to prisons and IRA meetings to British army.
When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed - which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated. But once the deed is done, the idealistic conspirators must reckon with the forces of a new power bloc, led by Mark Antony and Caesar's nephew Octavius. When their armies close at Philippi, will Caesar's ghost be avenged? Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare's tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power.
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.
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?
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.
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.
King Mark is at war; he rules with his head not his heart. But he hasn't counted on falling head over heels for his enemy's sister.
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
All those people who died young; you've got their life, you've got the chances they never had and what are you doing with it? Waving Goodbye is an emotionally charged black comedy which asks fundamental questions about existence and our relationships with each other. A play about the horrible choices we have to make every day. Should we take risks or take the road most travelled?
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.