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Known for plays without directors, sets and rehearsals, the acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour takes it to extremes in his new play Blank. Each night the gap riddled script is to be completed by a new performer and a live audience. The play becomes a story machine to share the life story of the playwright, the performer and a random audience member. Blank celebrates the communal and elusive nature of theatre as audience members shout, laugh, gasp and collaborate to write the evening's story, a story that will never be told in the same way ever again.
A woman struggles to survive as she descends into the hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis caused by the prolonged isolation of her enforced segregation. A parallel story explores her abusive background, allowing the audience an insight into the torment of her previous life. The Box is a stunning evocation of the physical, psychological and emotional consequences of punitive solitary confinement, leading to an intensely violent and destructive conclusion.
Three powerful pieces. Prison Rules - An incarcerated man is forced to decide whether to obey the prison code or defy the rules. Had Enough - Centres on a man's struggle with schizophrenia and his volatile temperament. As he attempts to battle these voices, we see how destructive and brutal mental illness can be. Beauty and the Beast - A duologue delving into the effects of physical abuse within a relationship, and the difficulties of walking away.
A play about Jaywick, the former seaside gem of the Essex coast which is currently ranked as Britain's most deprived town. This play tells the real stories of the people who call Jaywick home, in their own words. Through 18 months of research trips and interviews with Jaywick residents, writer Dan Murphy has created a new piece of theatre which tells a pertinent and often surprising story about inequality in the UK today. Carry on Jaywick is about home, identity, and not letting life grind you down.
A play about pride, wealth and self-worth. Richard, a mature gentleman struggling with the idea of a new life and a new home, struggles to find love and affection from his wife Jasmine, who constantly reminds him of his age and flaws. He is introduced to Claire, a work colleague of Jasmine's, and Claire's husband Hugo, who Richard struggles to get along with. Relationships blossom and secrets are unveiled with Richard's father-in-law Reg adding confrontation and bitterness to an already heart-breaking play.
Macbeth is disturbing. Murder always is. This is not a classical representation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, it is an interpretation of the play informed by the terrors that impinge on our daily lives in which evil goes on to take new and different forms.
Not suitable for children.
Alone in a foreign country, locked inside a sweltering, cluttered office, a man waits for news; something, anything that he can report back home. Finally, in the dead of night, a wild-eyed stranger arrives with a story to tell; a story of greed, adventure and ruin that will turn his world upside down. This is the story of Peachy Callahan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire in the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head for northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings.
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.
One night, two plays, one writer. Whistle While You Work - Think politics. Think torture. Think propaganda. Think whistle blowers. Think stars. Think... Just Think. A punch in the gut, Physical Theatre, and a unforgiving script, this play will help you question authority. Mud Walls - Three characters and one major topic... The justice system. How does it fail us? Why? And Who does it really hurt? We see a glimpse into the writers turbulent past...
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.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife... The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books. When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.
April 1616 - Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich and famous man but all's not well. Why is he so unhappy? Why can't he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can't Anne find the dog? A sleepless night in Stratford. The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare.
Based on the tale by Edgar Allan Poe, the story tells the journey of a bankrupt artisan, Hans Pfaall, who, in an attempt to escape his miserable situation, decides to reach the Moon by the benefit of a giant gas Balloon and the aid of his scientific speculations. During his solitary voyage, where the Moon is his only guide and hope for a new beginning, Pfaall encounters many terrifying dangers and wondrous sights until, after 19 days, his journey comes to an end. Fool's Cap's solo adaptation is a visually fascinating portrait of human migration, perseverance and rebirth.