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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.
Sidney and Jane are on their way up, Eva and Geoff are on their way out and the Brewster-Wrights are on their way down. Taking turns to host the annual gathering, the three couples get more festivity than they bargained for, as drink begins to flow faster than chatter and the reluctant revellers collide across the lino in agonisingly funny encounters. Alan Ayckbourn stirs up increasingly explosive cocktails of love and loneliness, as each party provides more biting comedy that the last with the kitchen becoming a hotbed of marital mayhem and domestic disarray.
Why do we gather together? Why do we stay apart? What does a community look like? The Community Project is an attempt to dissect what it means to share a space with those around us.
Helen Martin Studio. Part of Emerge Festival
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there's the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths. Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ?seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
The true story of how Mrs Thatcher, once the most powerful woman in the western world, was brought down by her one time friend and political soul mate. It is 1989 and a seemingly invincible Prime Minister has sacked Geoffrey Howe, her Foreign Secretary. She apparently had nothing to fear from him: his speaking skills had, famously, been compared to those of a dead sheep. But inspired by his wife Elspeth - whose relationship with Thatcher was notoriously frosty - Howe overcame his limitations to destroy Mrs Thatcher with one of the great political speeches.
Three teenagers, on the roof of a nightclub, thrown together through circumstance, all searching for an answer to the same question - who cares? Fall Out explores the story of three young people whose night out leads to a journey of self-discovery, testing friendships and questioning identity and loyalty. An uncompromising look at growing discontent and how easily we can be led to find the wrong answers to the questions surrounding our own happiness.
Fall Out combines a high-energy physical theatre performance with the experience of a club night
On the South Coast of France, a small group of young men are being coached in French by M Maingot and his daughter, Jacqueline. They do not find French easy, but their progress is further bedevilled by the presence of Diana Lake who has a gift for making men fall in love with her. And they fall like ninepins. Although Diana has a special fondness for one young man, she is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lord Heybrook but her plans go awry in a way that takes them all by surprise.
Is it my fault I'm like this? Is it my fault I'm angry?...is it? One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. This is a show about being ill and being fit for work. This is a show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.
Studio. Part of Emerge Festival
"Everything in life's like this. You've only got what you're stood up in. Not what you've got at home and that. All you've got is your body. That's all there is. There's nothing else." I Love You Will U Marry Me is a new piece of theatre about the unseen things we hold dear. Things in cupboards, under stairs, pushed to the back of wardrobes. That thing in the biscuit tin under the bed. It's about the objects we don't look at or use, but would never throw away.
Sad Siren use their unique storytelling voice to ask what these objects might mean here, today, now. In making the show, Sad Siren collected stories about dormant objects from the people of Sheffield.
Studio. Part of Emerge Festival
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.
In a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat, three women meet. Londoner Eva is in motherhood's last chance saloon. For village girl Aditi, dairy worker and single mother, surrogacy is a lifeline out of poverty. For clinic owner and businesswoman Dr Gupta, it's all just another transaction. But set on the fault lines of profound global forces, can it possibly remain that simple?
A thrilling new play about motherhood and blood ties between women and nations in a brave new world.
Murder mystery. 1930's-set suspenseful drama set in a claustrophobic household. Olivia Grayne lives an isolated, stifled life as companion to the bitter hypochondriac Mrs Branson who rules her household with a rod of iron. Danny, the new bell-boy, is a dashing jack-the-lad who soon wangles his way into the old lady's affections, but he is not what he seems. When a murder occurs in the village it causes great excitement and events soon take a very dangerous turn!
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that's what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
An adventure story of love, devotion and betrayal. Under the Persian skies, in the valley of the Alburz mountains, Hussain falls asleep with his young love, Zamurrud. And wakes to find a letter perched on her grave. Zamurrud is in Paradise and if Hussain wants to see her again he must join The Assassins. What price is Hussain prepared to pay to reach Paradise? Written a century ago by the famous Lucknow polymath and Communist, Abdul Halim Sharar, this story of the price humans pay for Utopia remains chillingly resonant.
Adapted by award winning director Anthony Clark, and told with dynamic theatricality, this engaging, unpredictable story shifts from the humorous to the terrifying.
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.
Private Dick is in a tight spot - there's a dead dame in his office and he's lost a suitcase full of cash. But with the help of a talking cat, a mysterious mayor and a haphazard hypnotist, he might just find the clues he needs. Expect an avalanche of punishing puns and groan-worthy gags as our hero chases a stolen gemstone whilst battling sudden shipwrecks and suspicious snake-charmers. From the Coventry docks to a Moroccan palace - almost every expense has been spared in this jolly yuletide jape, designed especially to amuse and delight groups of grown-ups. If you want a fun-filled night out away from the kids this Christmas, then this is the night for you! The show lasts around an hour, so it leaves plenty of time to complete your evening with a few celebratory drinks!
The Belgrade's annual alternative pantomime returns to B2 this Christmas in the shape of Private Dick Whittington - a film noir spoof, loaded with so many bad jokes it's ri-dick-ulous!
Ayckbourn's first West End hit comedy of confusion. A lazy summer Sunday in the late 60's. Ginny has fallen in love with Greg and wants Philip to leave her alone. So she sets off to see Philip and tell him once-and-for-all. Greg thinks she's visiting her parents and discovers Philips address so decides to pay a surprise visit and ask for her hand. For once, Philip's wife is still at home when Greg arrives before Ginny. Confused?
'Mum and Dad would have loved this. Except... I'm here with you, Oona. Because... you're who I need now. As long as I'm with you, I'm OK. Maybe one day you'll carry me out of this jungle like you carried me in.' Following the tragic death of his father, everyone is keen to help young Will. When his grandmother suggests an Indonesian holiday it's a dream opportunity to encounter the elephants he adores and learn about his own heritage. No-one could foresee the world-changing events of Boxing Day 2004. Or the remarkable elephant who would carry Will deep into the jungle after the Tsunami. But before he can allow the orangutans, monkeys, snakes and other animals to heal his wounds, he has to escape the hunters and their terrifying boss, the evil palm oil king, Mr Anthony. This thrilling and touching tale of healing and the power of nature is set in the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation, against the backdrop of monumental sculptures and dramatic settings.
Some Guys Have All The Luck is a brand new theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart - from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod's incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? through to big ballads such as Sailing, You're In My Heart, and Tonight's the Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin' The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook.
"English, all the time! Don' t even think in your own language". In 1965, a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English - part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community asan elaborate circus trick, the experiment remains a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.
Studio. Part of Emerge Festival
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.
What does a sari mean to you? - Do you even wear one? If not, why? - How do you drape your sari and what does it say about you? Whose Sari Now? is a funny and poignant journey of one sari in the lives of the many characters who wear it. Performed by Rani Moorthy, the play examines the intriguing relationships we have with the sari from the personal to political to myths and traditions.
Women's Hour - I'M FINE - Women's Hour. First on Women's Hour: Men, then us. Women's Hour. Later on Women's Hour: Ankle Socks? Women's Hour. Commissioned by Camden People's Theatre and winner of Three Weeks Editors Choice award 2015, Women's Hour is a cabaret piece of "giddy, freewheeling silliness" (Exeunt) about what happens when women are given just one hour a day to think about what it is to be a woman.