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Following our sell-out production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this year's family Christmas show tells the ever-popular story of Alice's encounters with the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad-Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and other fabulous, timeless charactersl.
BE (Birmingham European) FESTIVAL champions the work of original and daring theatre makers from across Europe. In Best of BE FESTIVAL, three highlights from this year's festival are showcased together. The prizewinning shows form part of a convivial evening in which there is time to exchange ideas with fellow audience and company members during informal post-show gatherings and a shared meal in the Theatre's Green Room. Diverse and dynamic, with an emphasis on physicality, Best of BE FESTIVAL represents new European theatre seeking to break down barriers in more ways than one.
At a children's residential home, Joe and Billy meet. The boys do everything together, and when Billy starts a course of injected medication, Joe can't bear being left behind. He takes Billy to their favourite hide out, and sets two simple rules: no drugs, no syringes. It'll be an adventure, he says. It'll be one to die for.
Here come the girls; bored youths on the street, sisters, head girls, single mums and future rockstars. Some of them have their paths planned for life, others don't know what they're doing at the weekend. All of them are free for a chat if you'd care to listen in... Based on verbatim interviews with teenagers from across the UK and set to song, Broken Windows is an exploration into what it means to be young and female today.
Bulgaria, 2013. Anti-government protestors have taken to the streets and the last stretch of unspoilt coastline is under threat. Caught up in these volatile circumstances, what's left of two splintering families face decisions with long-lasting repercussions. Boyko dreams of owning a house with a garden; Tsveta is planning to turn her hotel into a hi-tech palace of gadgetry; and Lazar wants everything and doesn't care how he gets it. Paul, meanwhile, is flying in from Gatwick to meet the Bulgarian Facebook friend who might just be the love of his life. Coastal Defences takes us from a politically charged Sofia to the natural beauty of the Black Sea, exploring a country we hear so much about, but know so little of.
Running time: 1hr 15mins. Age recommendation: 14+
Subtle, vindictive and unimaginably wealthy, Pantalone scuttles through his life like a wicked old spider. His slits of eyes see every move, his hooky old nose can smell out a plot before it is even hatched, his gnarled fingers restlessly knot and reknot the threads of his dusty web. It will surely take more than a rag tag assortment of lick-spittles, con men, true lovers and blockheads to shake the foundations of his dominion.
Commedia dell'Arte is improvised physical comedy. See it close up and unpredictable for one night only at the Wardrobe Theatre.
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.
One man play about the life of the great Welsh poet hero destined for greatness and failure.
Running time: 1hr 40mins. Age recommendation 12+
1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother... and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon. It is Lizzie's story - but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load bearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.
Running time: 1hr 15mins. Age recommendation 8+
1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the nation lie with one woman. 2014. England. A country divided by those who enjoy plays featuring men in dresses and those who don't. The hopes of the nation lie with two Bristolian actors.
But Howard Coggins and Stuart McLoughlin can no longer rely on apparent physical resemblances to Tudor monarchs. They've done (The Six Wives of) Henry VIII, and the truth is neither of them look like anyone else. But they won't be deterred. With more live original music, silly songs, stupid shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you'll never forget.
This affectionate, moving and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era. Recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie's television and stage performances, cherished moments from the archives sit alongside new material created by the performers. Together they make a brilliant comedy that recreates the all-ages appeal of Morecambe and Wise in their heyday.
How far would you run to find freedom? A hard-hitting story of two teenagers, brought together through the dynamic discipline of free-running. Kris and Zara share a city but can't find a place to rest. Haunting memories mix with an uncomfortable present as they keep on running, unable to face the consequences of their pasts - unable to stop or think for even a moment. Free tells the story of two teenagers, brought together through the dynamic discipline of free-running who face life-changing choices when a practice designed for self-improvement and freedom starts to cage them in. From dusk til dawn, against the backdrop of a sterile urban skyline, Kris and Zara form an obsessive relationship with one another, their city and the sport they know is pushing them to the limits of what is safe. Twisting together the real and the imagined, Free asks what we're running away from and if we're ever willing to stop and confront what we've left behind.
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
There's a beast on the moors, a crime to be solved.
A new show from theatre's funniest parodists as Holmes and Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure yet ... hunting down The Hound of The Baskervilles. Has the beast bitten off more than he can chew when confronted by our crime stopping team? Will Holmes find his deerstalker and will the deer be happy when he does? Stick some shag in your pipe and visit 221b Baker Street for the most gripping comic caper of the age!
Welcome to Hoke's Bluff. The sun always shines, the grass is always watered and green, the roads are wide and the cars seat three in the front. It never rains and all the kids have straight teeth. Their parents are firm but loving, and when they get things wrong they admit it, and say they're sorry. Yep, Hoke's Bluff is pretty ordinary. Could be anywhere, really. Just another town. With a whistful yearning for a world that never really existed, Hoke's Bluff uses high school storylines, inspiring locker room speeches and sentimentality to tell an underdog story that's been told a million times before, shifting and re-arranging the trite conventions and narratives of American teen movies to talk about what it means to be a winner on the inside.
Running time: 80mins. Ages 12+ (swearing, sexual references and mild nudity)
"Baseball is a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of those who have gone before" - Ken Burns, The History of Baseball Award-winning performer Ruth Mitchell takes a look at the dreams we hold and the cards we get dealt as she attempts to round the bases and reach home. Homeward Bound is a solo performance inspired by her son's love of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team he plays with in the South West Baseball League, interwoven with the spectre of her own upbringing in a Northern household with three generations of women.
Critically acclaimed physical dance theatre company Gecko return with an intimate, funny and moving exploration of what it means to care. Gecko have a reputation for generating unique worlds, exquisite stage craft and breath-taking choreography. As well as being visually captivating, INSTITUTE is extremely intimate. An incisive dissection of the way we nurture and care for ourselves and each other.
Recommended age 14+. Running time: 1hr 15mins
The Wardrobe Theatre proudly presents Itch, a thrilling monthly evening of unfinished, one-off, work-in-progress performances by some of Bristol's most exciting theatre makers. Each night offers a unique line-up of locally and nationally renowned performers and is a valuable opportunity to react to, give feedback on, and to help support local companies developing new work.
Jean-Luc Picard and me is a moving and comical look back at the removal of a father figure from a young girl's life. When she has no one left to watch Star Trek with anymore she turns to the man himself; Jean-Luc Picard, the noble and often philosophical captain of the USS Enterprise. The story describes his never-wavering presence as he helps guide her through the tricky terrain of her estranged parents' battles, like one navigates a ship through an asteroid belt while being attacked by Klingons.
When the call came, idealistic Joe Bonham eagerly volunteered for the trenches of World War One. Now he has paid a price he never expected, and far away from his American homeland he struggles to come to terms with what his world has become. As his grip on reality becomes ever more tenuous he reflects on the true nature of war and the choices he made.
Running time: 1hr 15mins. Age recommendation 12+
Set against the background of the Irish Civil War in 1922 this is the story of the disintegration of a Dublin tenement family. A woman struggles to support her family as her husband struts around town. Then he is left some money and it triggers a spending spree that threatens to bring down the whole family.
April de Angelis' adaptation for the stage takes the original novel and turns it on its head. The Life and Times of Fanny Hill tackles the dark underbelly of the story and explores the issues of female identity and ownership in a witty, irreverent way.
With stories of sexual exploitation of the young and vulnerable saturating our news and when pornography and sexual images are more plentiful than at any time in history, Fanny Hill's social and political relevance is even more valid today.
The Scottish Play - theatrical types consider saying its name to be unlucky! Thrust into power by his overwhelming desires and an over ambitious wife, Macbeth finds his only security is to murder and murder again. From "When shall we three meet again" to "is this a dagger I see before me" this is a powerful Shakespearean drama.
Of all the stories ever told - Of all the figures in history - Of all the men that have lived. Look at Jesus through the eyes of those around him: his mother, brother and followers, the political and religious elite. What do you see? The Son of God or a Jewish terrorist? A poet-philosopher or a fraud? Whoever the man Jesus was, he inspired the history of the world.
Following hot on the heels of previous years' sell-out successes Oedipuss In Boots and Se7en Dwarfs, The Wardrobe Theatre has once again conspired to bring you a darkly comic, adult only, anti-Christmas pantomime to serve as an antidote to the season's usual sickly-sweet entertainment.
Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge rehearsed the role of King Lear - then a major stroke left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover, he made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind. Directed by Kathryn Hunter and performed by Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter, this is a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit.
DramSoc, the University of Bristol's biggest society for the performing arts, will be bringing you a fantastic show for the week, be it a staging of a classic, an up-and-coming modern classic, a piece of new writing...it is for us to know and you to find out!
An exciting opportunity to see some exceptional young theatrical talent on the cosy stage of The Wardrobe Theatre.
Nudge dictionary definition - a light touch or push. Deep in the heart of the woods with dusk quickly fading into night Jane needs to decide whether to open the case at her feet or to run for her life because she knows whoever or whatever led her to this point is in the trees watching her and that they always seem to be one step ahead. Only by remembering who she really is and what she knows can she possibly escape alive but the light is rapidly dying and time seems to be very much against her. Maybe some things are best left unopened.
Punch & Judy in Afghanistan tells the story of Nigel, a puppeteer, who has come to Afghanistan to entertain the troops. His assistant, Emile, goes missing and Nigel finds himself in extreme danger as he tries to find out what has happened. His search brings him to Tora Bora, where he meets Punch Bin Laden, a heartless television reporter, a nervous UN soldier and a camel keeper. Punch Bin Laden and his bloodthirsty wife, Judy, amuse themselves playing cat and mouse with Nigel. But Nigel must escape to tell the Americans where to find Bin Laden!
Running time: 1hr. Age recommendation 14+
The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
At the height of eighteenth century London, the truth is a rare commodity. Rumour, gossip and backbiting abound in Richard Sheridan's classic, The School for Scandal. In the elegant salons of the upper classes, a tight-knit web of glamorous socialites, led by the incorrigible Lady Sneerwell, enjoy everything from a quiet game of Piquet to an outrageously fabricated character assassination. When the wealthy Sir Oliver returns to select which of his wayward nephews is to become his heir, he is unwittingly plunged into this dissolute world, where morality takes second place to double-crossing, intrigue and downright skulduggery. With a gabble of busy-bodies interfering in his task - the vivacious Lady Teazle, the lovable Sir Peter and the amorous Backbite - will Sir Oliver discover which of his nephews is worthy to be his heir, or will he be deceived by cleverly constructed appearances?
Penny Crowe is the host of a late-night radio phone in and, as Britain's leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. Along with her co-hosts, camp producer Rory Reynolds (Carl Patrick) and former pop starlet Willow Wallace, she is more than happy to dish out relationship advice but she's less happy to take it!
Age advisory 16+ some strong language and adult themes.
As the end of the day draws near, Julia finds herself locked in a bathroom. "How did I end up here? Well..." Tapping into her bathroom narratives, Julia looks back on her life from the edge of her sink - a fast-paced, physical journey which hurtles Julia head first into the realities of her present and the dangers lurking outside the bathroom door... Join us for a tale of growing up, rubber ducks and dark secrets, as Julia's story spirals out of control.
Never get found out - Never be seen - Never be heard - Upon being seen, - Heard or found out Destroy all evidence of your existence to the target. This is a new one man play about what happens when we look where we shouldn't, what it is to know the truth and the distances we travel when we feel alone.
Solosolo is part of Theatre West's "One Day" season, the company's first project since its recent move from the Alma Tavern, which is happening in venues across the city. Running time: 60mins
Jake and Charlie are two 'extras' on a movie blockbuster being filmed in Co Kerry. Is it just a bit of 'craic', a sniff of glamour, forty quid in your hand and then back to porridge, or will the effects be longer lasting? And how will they weather the storm that is brewing between the film-makers and the local community?
We thought dance class was good, we thought dance class was English. We were wrong. Now we see you are fully English, because you argue with your parents. In Bangladesh this wouldn't happen. Well you've done what we never could. You've left Bangladesh behind. Ballroom dancing is not the only humiliation heaped on Saikat by his ambitious parents. There's catechism and Latin too. And no-one gets his name right, ever. Join Saikat as he dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh. Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall... The play takes a humorous look at what it means to be British from someone who had to learn the hard way. This is a show for anyone who ever had to grow up, a show about being a second generation immigrant in the UK but feeling like an Englishman abroad.
Running time: 1hr. Age 10+
Top international playwrights respond to the current political situation with short, sharp new pieces of work. Theatre Uncut was established in 2011 to encourage debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives.
Co-Artistic Director Hannah Price directs a stellar cast in the company's most ambitious programme to date. Developed from an innovative collaboration between six of the UKs most exciting emerging and established playwrights, these plays can be performed individually or together as a cohesive piece.
"GOAL! Will saw the ball hit the back of the net..." War Game tells the story of the opening months of the First World War through the eyes of a village football team who sign up, train, are despatched to the Front and then play in the famous Christmas Day match across No Man's Land. Inspired by Michael Foreman's novella for young readers, this devised adaptation is timed to be part of the centenary memorials of the start of World War 1.
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+
How well do you want to know your neighbours? One woman is your guide through family, landlords, planning permission, and a friendship between neighbours that was never supposed to happen. Exploring isolation, the boundaries of altruism and the ways we navigate society (Big or otherwise), The Window is a story about what happened when a window was put in a wall.
Running time: 60mins. Ages: 12+ (swearing and sexual references)