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Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) is giving a TED talk on the science of lying. Well, that's not quite true. TED haven't actually asked her to do one - yet. From duping her sister into drinking wee to repeated infidelities, Katie unpicks her history to confront humanity's obsession with fibs.
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!
The World's most notorious terrorist tells his story in this remarkable, provocative and Multi-Award-Winning One-Man show.
This incendiary, intelligent debut from Kna?ve Theatre provides a fresh perspective, creating within the unthinkable a space for debate and dialogue.
Alongside the four productions making up Autumn/Winter at The Other Room, we are also proud to present Blue Sky Scripts, a series of one-off readings and daily changing line up of new scripts from some of the very best Welsh and Wales-based writers. The first week will take place Monday 18 September - Friday 22 September with the second to follow on Monday 13 November - Friday 17 November. With applications and line ups to be announced, this series promises to celebrate the wealth and depth of writing talent from and in Wales.
The Cherry Orchard premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre 17 January 1904, on Chekhov's 44th birthday and only six months before his death. Overjoyed at being back at her large country house Madame Ranyevskaya is reassured to find the cherry orchard looking unchanged. But for how long? The family's wealth has gone and their only hope is to destroy the beloved orchard. The axes are ready to swing through the orchards of Russia ..
Psychological drama. A man whose car breaks down on the highway is given a lift home by a friendly stranger. The man's wife, believing that she recognises the stranger's voice as that of her torturer who raped her some years before, kidnaps him - with devastating results. The Washington Post called this "the most performed play in the world".
Black comedy, mayhem and murder. Clifford Anderson has written a new thriller titled 'Deathtrap' and sends it to Sidney Bruhl for comment. Sidney hasn't had a successful play for years and plans how he might plagiarise this new script. When Clifford turns up at the isolated New England home of the Bruhl's events start to take a sinister turn.
An adventure story and dark comedy for sea dogs, landlubbers, children and adults alike. A French ship runs aground off the coast of England. Only a cabin girl and the ship's mascot, a chimpanzee, survive and make it to shore. But the townsfolk mistake the monkey, in its military uniform, for a spy, and condemn him to a life-or-death trial. What will the verdict be? Can the local children save the day?
The legend of The Hartlepool Monkey has survived the test of time, capturing the imagination of people of all ages for over 200 years. A boisterous crew tell this timely tale through spirited sea shanties and mischievous puppetry from Gyre & Gimble, original puppeteers on War Horse and the team behind Running Wild.
Plans are afoot to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey. But what effect will Wylfa Newydd have on its nearest neighbours, as the capitalist machine attempts to swallow up a farm that has remained in the same family for generations? Do we have a choice? How else can we ensure that the light stays on? And don't we desperately need the jobs? A bold new verbatim play about a community's right to shape its own future. Constructed from interviews with local people, a cast of familiar faces brings to life the arguments for and against this most divisive of issues.
Based on an original idea by Sarah Bickerton and Marred Glynn Jones. This is a Welsh language production. English language access via SIBRWD - please download the app.
This event takes place at The Atrium, Cardiff, CRF24 2FN
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.
When a young boy mysteriously disappears, Freddie and Rita are forced to confront the truth of their marriage. An intense, surreal and honest exploration of a couple who find themselves facing their ultimate fear. Inspired by Ibsen's Little Eyolf, Little Wolf speaks to the heart of our current uncertainty.
Love from a Stranger is a blood-curdling drama about frustrated spinster Alix King who has been engaged for years to Dick. Dependable but dull, Dick refuses to marry Alix until he can support her. When Alix unexpectedly inherits a fortune Dick is too proud to accept sharing it. Then along comes a stranger. Handsome, successful and just that little bit dangerous, Gerald sweeps her off her feet. Before you know it they are married and move into Philomel Cottage. All too soon their happiness begins to disintegrate. Strange things begin to happen and Alix suspects that the man she rushed into marrying may not be what he seems to be. And who knows, maybe Alix has some dark secrets of her own. This chilling thriller is a must for all Christie fans - full of twists and turns as it builds to a surprising and murderous denouement.
This Welsh language drama from Manon Steffan Ros is a brutally honest and humorous account of the notoriety and loneliness of being a teenager living with cancer. "It was going to be epic. I was just a normal 18 year old. A-level stress was but a brief blur. Ready for a wine filled summer before I started nursing degree. Then bang! No duty free, a piss-up and a sun tan for me. The toughest and shittiest year of my life." Instead of a hell-raising, wine-filled summer with the girls, 18 year old Mwgsi enters a world of chemo, illness and the loneliness of a strange, tragic creature. Mwgsi is based on the candid blog by 18 years old Megan Davies (www.mwgsi.com), who recorded her experiences of teenage life with cancer. The tension between Mwgsi, her friends, her family and herself offers a piece of theatre full of dark humour that will force us to confront our own uncertain futures.
Performed in Welsh.
Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie. Why did a 23-year-old woman leave her comfortable American life to stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian home? The short life and sudden death of Rachel Corrie, and the words she left behind.
Set against the harsh backdrop of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is the story of George and Lennie, two friends with a simple dream: to own a farm and live off the fat of the land. There are times, though, when sharpwitted George feels the burden of looking after Lennie, while gentle giant Lennie doesn't realise his own strength... As they drift from job to job, trouble's never far away, and before long it's time to move on again. When the pair get work in Soledad, California, however, the dream looks set to become a reality. But a tragic turn of events threatens to destroy George and Lennie's friendship and leaves George faced with an impossible choice...
Award winning company August 012 in collaboration with Hijinx will explore John Steinbeck's American monolith, somewhere between documentary realism and the Bible, where Sergio Leone meets The Little House on the Prairie.
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
Emerging and experienced writers present short new plays presented by the best actors and directors. The A Play, a Pie and a Pint series are script in hand readings of brand new plays from the region's most exciting playwrights. Enjoy the play with a pie and a pint (or a soft drink!)
This season's play is a vivid account of perhaps Hollywood's greatest real life love story, the tempestuous on-off relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
In a new play set around one man's struggle to shed his middle age spread. Having tried numerous diets, 'The Man' attends Andrew's Fat Club for Men for one last throw of the dice. There he meets Gwydion, the theatre technician, whose job it is to 'press buttons'. As their relationship develops, we find them entering a world that feels like Waiting for Godot meets Weight Watchers. A darkly, funny piece that looks at the weight loss industry, our impact on the environment and the weird and wonderful world of Adipose Tissue.
The piece is in development and as part of that development we will be holding our own 'Fat Clubs' for interested parties to join in and share their stories about food, the environment, successful or failed weight loss regimes and hearing about some of the research we've been uncovering regarding the current ?epidemic' of obesity. We will also be offering some NLP exercises on the subject of weight loss and have quest speakers, including from Public Health Wales.
A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a dangerous reality for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey. Ahead lies a deadly nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn't commit. Based upon the modern classic of murder and suspense by the writer of The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's powerful and compelling psychological thriller Strangers on a Train was famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock and is adapted for the stage by Craig Warner.
January 1916: Bert Brocklesby is a schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist chapel; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned upside down.
Michael Mears portrays conscientious objectors, army generals, Prime Ministers, world-famous mathematicians, and many more, in this compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.
In a radical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel, Chino Odimba and Theatre Centre transform Oliver's struggle for sanctuary into a modern tale framed by the global phenomenon fast defining the 21st century. His home is dust. His friends are few. His hands are as rough as the seas he has crossed. Humanising the anonymous plight of our generation, we follow one refugee's desperate journey, buffeted between borders and bad company. Teeming with Dickens' audacious characters and invigorated by the writing of award-winning Chino Odimba, this retelling marks a bold collaboration for Theatre Centre, pioneers of new writing for young audiences. Rising-star Odimba has written for Clean Break and National Theatre and was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. In a world where home is but a fragile thing and good fortune just a turn of fate, Twist is about having the temerity to ask for more.
Thriller. Alone in her flat Susie is anxious - so much so that when a stranger turns up claiming to be a family friend she is glad of the company. Suddenly she finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation and her only hope is to solve the mystery of the missing doll.
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+
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