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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.
SPAIN 1936: "When Fascism clutched at the throat of the Spanish people threatening a foul tyranny and the menace of war in Europe, Clem felt at once that his place was in freedom's rank"
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London.
A classic Sherlock Holmes mystery set on a foggy and sinister moor. A beloved baronet lies murdered...Mysterious omens of doom are sent by unseen hands...An escaped psychopath brings reign of terror...A terrifying beast is glimpsed in the dead of night...
Bankrupt, isolated and in a state of collapse, a once-proud nation falls apart at the seams. Nostalgic for empire and thirsty for revenge, a small town politician presents a hero to the masses: a poster-boy for conscription. The future of the nation hangs in the balance, but at a time of intense change those in power must confront the truth of who they are - and who they might become. Inspired by Shakespeare's Coriolanus, I Am England offers a unique perspective on political power, authoritarianism and social justice from the generation whose stories are yet to be written.
Double bill with Spoonface Steinberg
The Scottish Play - theatrical types consider saying its name to be unlucky! Thrust into power by his overwhelming desires and an over ambitious wife, Macbeth finds his only security is to murder and murder again. From "When shall we three meet again" to "is this a dagger I see before me" this is a powerful Shakespearean drama.
Shakespeare's dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks' hilarious new musical adaptation.
Outdoor performance. This production takes place at Markeaton Park, Craft Village
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.
Alternatively "Three Weddings and a Funeral" - suitable for kids.
Outdoor performance. This event takes place at Markeaton Park, Craft Village
"I was never right ever since I was born - but why is a mystery for what they have not got an answer". Lee Hall's Award winning Spoonface Steinberg was initially on BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV in 1997. It follows a 7 year old autistic girl as she struggles to make sense of a complicated world. In her innocence she plumbs the darkest places with a constant sense of hope, naivety and humour. Spoonface explores her family life, her Jewish heritage and her surprising obsession with opera. The play is interwoven with opera arias sung by Maria Callas.
Double bill with I Am Engand
'?The Ventoux is a God of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.' Roland Barthes Lance Armstrong's sacrifice to Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France was to gift victory to his fierce rival Marco Pantani in the greatest contest the mountain and the sport had ever seen. Marco Pantani's sacrifice was his own life just five years later. Both were plagued by allegations of doping throughout their careers - now one is revered, and the other disgraced. The mystical Mont Ventoux, having claimed the mental and physical health of many professionals before them, was their legendary battlefield.
Three couples, who married in the same chapel and on the same day, are blissfully celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary when a series of revelations and events turn the men folk into jibbering wrecks. They get more than they bargained for when the worms turn! A young Chapel organist, a nosy meddlesome servant, a mad vicar, a reporter, a drunken photographer and a mysterious woman turn what should have been an idyllic day into an hilarious comedy of misunderstandings and mayhem.