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You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's 'done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy. You start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose, 5. Rollercoasters, 6. Me. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. The show involves members of the audience, making each performance unique.
July 1916. Albert Ingham and Alfred Longshaw are crouched in a muddy, rat-infested trench in France. These sharp and funny young soldiers from a battalion of the Manchester Pals are about to take part in one of the most savage assaults in the history of human warfare, The Battle of the Somme. Their survival is a miracle. Their company has lost 600 men. Overwhelmed by the sheer horror of the experience, neither of them dare stare extinction in the face again. So, when they are ordered to transfer to the Machine Gun Corps and return to the blood-soaked front line, they decide, for the first time in their young lives, to take their fragile destiny in their own trembling hands. But becoming a deserter, that most embarrassing and shameful sort of fighting man, takes more courage than they ever knew they had.
'How would you feel about sitting in front of that nice old village pub on a sunny afternoon while convoys of 40-ton tankers roll past six feet away?' Deerland Energy's plans to drill for shale gas in the pretty village of Fenstock are going well. The company is looking at big profits. They can count on the support of distinguished scientists working in University departments funded by the energy companies while at local level, Councillor Pilbeam, Chair of the Planning Committee, seems to be open to lucrative offers. The only slight snag is a ragged band of protesters, reluctantly led by retired academic, Elizabeth Blackwood. Surely she's just another 'mad old biddy', as she's characterised by ruthless PR guru Joe Selby? This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power.
Musical made famous in a film starring Tommy Steele. When a young draper's apprentice receives an unexpected legacy which makes him acceptable to the snobbish Walsingham family, he must choose between love for his childhood sweetheart and the flattering attentions of Helen Walsingham.. From the Original book 'Kipps' by H G Wells.
The King of Navarre persuades three friends to join him in a vow of celibacy so that they can concentrate on their studies, but the beautiful princess of France and her three gorgeous ladies in waiting arrive for an informal visit.
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.
When the leader of the Lost Boys, the fleet-footed Peter Pan, loses his shadow during a visit to London, kind-hearted Wendy helps him re-attach it and is invited back to Neverland in return - where Tinker Bell the fairy, Princess Tiger Lily and, of course, the vengeful Captain Hook await.
Arrogant, flippant, withdrawn and with a talent for self-concealment, the mysterious Aircraftman Ross seems an odd recruit for the Royal Air Force. In fact the truth is even stranger than the man himself. Firstly, he's not officially part of the military at all, and secondly he's certainly not called Ross. Behind the false name is an enigma, who started as a civilian in the Map Office in 1914. Despite never receiving an official commission he went on to mastermind some of the most audacious military victories in the history of the British Army, including the 1916 Arab Revolt against the Turks. These victories earned him an enduring and romantic nom de guerre: Lawrence of Arabia. Terence Rattigan's 1960 play is an epic and probing drama, which reveals the unusual and deeply conflicted Englishman behind the heroic legend.
'It's this infernal three-cornered duel - the Union, the men, and ourselves.' 1909. South Wales. There is snow on the ground at the Trenartha Tinplate Works, and the furnaces too are cold. The men are on strike, and the community is close to breaking point. Amid this bleak winter, the company's directors have made the journey from London to try and reach a solution and restart production. Fearing their plummeting share price, most board members are keen to reach a compromise, but the Chairman, old John Anthony, is resolute and hard as iron. The men are behind their firebrand leader, Roberts, but the union has withdrawn its support and it is only a matter of time before the men do too.
The story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations. Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. Let those on the continent cooperate and hug and kiss each other on the ruddy cheek. Here in Britain, one party governs and we get things done. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. A minority government? No one with any sense or gumption gives you more than a matter of weeks. You're gonna fall, and fast, and hard. So start finding things to land on. Now. Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham's This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
Retired bank manager Henry Pulling is happy alone with his dahlias. Until, at his mother's funeral, he meets his only living relative, the decidedly bohemian Aunt Augusta. After she's rattled the family skeletons, she suggests the pair flee to Europe. Henry is reluctant, but Aunt Augusta is nothing if not persuasive. Through Paris and Istanbul and on to South America, Henry soon finds himself in a luxurious whirl of glamorous flight attendants, chic hotel suites and a particularly fine couchette on the Orient Express. But alongside the romance and first-class thrills, there's still a lot Henry doesn't know about his aunt. Particularly how she's paying for the high life, and why she has so many grateful men dotted around the globe.