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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...
Sets of twins, hilarious storytelling and wonderful humanity in the Bard's comic masterpiece and shortest play. Naturally, there are two cases of mistaken identity to deal with in this tale of 24 hours in the life of two sets of twins.
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.
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London.
Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family - Terry, Jade and Noah - embark on a journey to a misty past. When things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs.
Bacon Construction. Three builder brothers with a line in exclusive dwellings of traditional construction. Straw, wood and brick. An exciting new development on a green field site on the outskirts of Little-Muckle-in-the-Wold. But the locals aren't so sure. And then one day there's a visit from the planning inspector, Miss Wolf...
Following the hit successes of their previous shows here including One Man and His Cow in the summer of 2014, Living Spit return to our Factory Theatre Bar, with their latest hilarious creation!
An obnoxious comedy show all about the stupid media from a piece of American trash. Back by popular demand!
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.
Part of the Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary Season
Flash. click. Buzz. Did you get the picture? ''Sket, skank, slapper, you deserve everything coming to you'' What would you do if a naked photograph of you went viral and you couldn't stop it, rumours went wild and everyone formed an opinion? In Girls Like That, Scarlett becomes the centre of attention but for all the wrong reasons and she chooses to stay silent.
Sol and Hilda play together. In the Frankfurt Sinfonietta to be exact, and Sol loves Hilda and Hilda loves Sol. So what? Well... Hilda's father is a Nazi chief on his way to becoming a camp Commandant, and Sol is of course... A Jew, the heir to the Goldberg family Torah, and a young man at odds with his own religion. As the Goldberg family is scattered by war and deportation, Sol's mother gives him fatal advice. "Survive. At all costs" Taking her word to its limit, Sol relinquishes his roots, his love, his art, his baby sister Anya, and his humanity, to stay out of the tireless Nazi furnaces. Can Hilda, by herself becoming a Jew, find him and Anya and save them from the jaws of hell? Or has Sol already entered and made himself? at home?
The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire.
The Girl with the Hurricane Hands (and other short tales of woe) - Our differences define us, especially when we're growing up. But can you imagine growing up with hurricanes instead of hands? These short stories depict five children with unusual deformities. If being "too tall" was a difficult insult to contend with as a child, imagine what it would be like to be the girl with the hurricane hands, or the girl with the telescope eyes? Effortless verse combines with slick physical theatre in this performance for all ages. The Girl with The Hurricane Hands (and other short tales of woe) is a collection of five rhyming short stories focusing on the birth, childhood and adolescence of a child with an absurdist "deformity" - usually a result of a strange conception. Upcoming writer/director Phoebe Simmonds brings her unique style, writing in verse and directing physical theatre to bring us this exhilarating piece. Developed with The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Sharon Clark (literary associate of the Bristol Old Vic). Fish and Chips with Edith - Edith Malone is an icon. Eddie and Carolyn Kaufmann are not. Bitter and ordinary, proud owners of a dysfunctional marriage and a neatly mowed lawn, the Kaufmanns never associate with their celebrity grandmother and she certainly never considers associating with them. But even icons don't last forever. The passing of Edith Malone prompts a variety of bizarre events for this small and disjointed family from suburbia?culminating in a particularly unique portion of fish and chips. Fish and Chips with Edith offers an absurdist and comedic take on celebrity, family and contemporary perceptions of grief. With an original soundtrack and multimedia footage of a world in mourning, this tongue-in-cheek comedy is not one to miss.
This ten minute satire follows Rajingh, an Indian who is visiting the exotic land of England . Parodying the habit of British authors setting their 'exotic adventure' novels in India, An Indian Abroad spins this concept on its head.
King Lear divides his Kingdom between his daughters according to a declaration of their love for him. His eldest Goneril and Regan exaggerate their affection and inherit. His youngest daughter Cordelia speaks only the truth and is banished. So begins the tragedy of King Lear, whose dignity, sanity and finally life are torn from him by a self-seeking younger generation, ambitious for his power. What is love, what is madness, what is truth - Shakespeare explores these questions together with many others in King Lear, widely considered to be his greatest tragedy.
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.
A Shakespearian style comedy with a modern twist. The play follows two rugby boys and their long suffering girlfriends when a travelling theatre company comes to town.
Chosen to celebrate Shakespeare 400, while still celebrating modern theatre, it hosts some of the Great Bard's farcical writing style and rhythm but is set in a pub in 2016.
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.
It's 1997, the Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and one fifteen-year-old mermaid is about to discover music for the very first time...
One week in July 2005. Live 8. G8. London 2012 Olympics. 7/7. July 2005, Britain feels like the centre of the world. Big events are happening and everyone is talking about them. In schools, offices, streets, shops, parks and homes - there’s a buzz in the air. You can feel the sense of anticipation. The world’s eyes are focused on us and you can feel the energy and possibilities. In less than an hour in Central London, everything will change...Pornography is the stark and shattering new play by Simon Stephens that captures Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympics announcement into the devastation of 7/7.
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.
Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time. After her father's mysterious death, Sally Lockhart is thrown into the heart of Victorian London, battling unseen forces to uncover the secrets he left behind. Strap yourselves in for a tale of breathtaking intrigue, unforgettable characters, and, behind everything, a legendary ruby waiting to be found...
This fast-paced comedy follows the fortunes of mismatched cousins, Leonard 'Len' Silver and Melvyn Gould, who are reunited after the sudden death of Len's mum. Left out of his mother's will and living in the back of his car; Len finds that desperate times call for desperate measures. Over a game of arrows at the wake, Len realises Melvyn is something of a 'hot shot' and hatches a plan to get them on classic TV show, Bullseye. Fame and fortune could be Len's if he can convince Melvyn to take him on the show as the brains of the operation, but Melvyn has plans of his own for wooing Shirley, the local barmaid. And after some careful ?persuasion' by Len, the dream team of Silver and Gould get their chance on TV, but can they hit the bullseye and scoop the star prize, or will they checkout with just BFH - bus fare home? Everything hangs on the throw of a dart...
Covering one night in the lives of two suicidal strangers, this warm, compassionate and darkly humorous play explores how people deal with the most difficult human situations. A mesmerising account of how beautiful relationships can develop between different people, no matter how bad their shared experiences might be.
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+
This blistering one-?-woman show sits on the knife-edge between dark and funny, exposing the uncompromising reality of a young woman on the brink of adulthood. Cynical and brash as ever, Beth's burning desire to tell her story becomes apparent through the bubbly personality she has constructed for herself. Words just sort of "happen" for Beth. They happen kind of fast and without control and - ooops.. Before you know it she's just said everything and she can't put the words back into her mouth. She's just turning 21, lighting a cigarette, and trying to forget.