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Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, the show follows jazz musician and civil rights activist, Mena Bordeaux, as she undergoes a spiritual cleansing following the untimely death of her father. During a three day period of isolation without cigarettes, alcohol, or access to the outside world, Mena reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
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.
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.
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.
David Benson's uncanny impersonation of Kenneth Williams unlocks the complex character of one of Britain's best loved entertainers in this exhilarating award-winning production. Since it first stunned Edinburgh audiences in 1996 Think No Evil of Us has toured the length and breadth of the British Isles, ending up triumphantly in the West End in 1998. Now Benson returns to his masterpiece, bringing the show to new audiences and giving die-hard fans another opportunity to savour the wit and sheer dramatic flair of this unforgettable performance.
Recommended for ages 11+
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.