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One morning not very long ago Paul began to walk St Michael's Ley Line. Following the path of the sun from Land's End to the coast of Suffolk he's been bewitched in Dartmoor, danced with Boudicca and, if we believe him, fought a dragon (or two). Now Paul's here to tell you the story. Mixing travelogue with historical fact (and fantasy) Beneath The Albion Sky is WBN's award-winning walking story about our relationship with England's past, the landscape around us, and the things our imaginations do to cope with loss.
Using a traditional form of storytelling featuring dance and spoken word, Birdspeed, a young black British superhero recounts true tales of her childhood in Barbados as she ventures through the scary world of popular culture. By overcoming objectification, racism and total stupidity Birdspeed learns how to fight... and how to fly.
Locked in his bathroom during a tragic third date, Willy Hudson asks: are you a top or a bottom? Bottom is about bums, Beyonce and burnt fishfingers. Funny, awkward and with a big heart Willy attempts to navigate through the technicalities of finding love in 2017. With a cracking soundtrack, Willy's honest and autobiographic storytelling yanks open the queer experience. Join Willy for a coming-of-age remix, as he questions if being a 'bottom' in the bedroom means he is a 'bottom' in life - and whether Beyonce can help put his love on top. This show is for anyone that hates making the first move. Anyone that thinks they might be unlovable. Anyone that has ever tried to be someone they are not.
"Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again." One relationship. Infinite possibilities. Quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. An explosive new play about free will and friendship.
Don Carlos is passionately in love with Elizabeth, the French Princess to whom he was once betrothed. Carlos' tyrannical father, King Philip II of Spain, decides to marry Elizabeth himself. The young prince's hatred for his cold and distant parent knows no bounds. He enlists his oldest friend, Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa to act as go-between. But Posa decides to convert Carlos and Elizabeth's youthful passion into a full scale rebellion against King Philip's oppressive and bloody regime.
Fed up with being misunderstood and undervalued at home - and forgetting how much they dislike each other - three very different clowns decide to travel away from home in search of their own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Meanwhile, just as they prepare to leave, little do they know that a small German boy has stowed away with them in their tour van. What they all discover on their travels is far from what they'd bargained for... Hans' parents hot on the trail! - A 9" Unicycle!! - Foreign audiences!!! - No Rainbow!!!! That sometimes even the cultured German Hans can have a good time!!!!! Extravaganza is an interactive roller-coaster of a show that can be enjoyed by anybody. Including live music, acrobatics, clowning and more silliness than a 6 year old's birthday party.
Perhaps you've seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you've seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers, as he arches above her head and steals a kiss? Meet Marc and Bella Chagall! The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk! Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice's final production as Kneehigh's Artistic Director is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall's paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition. Perhaps you've glimpsed her rising like a kite, anchored to the earth only by his triumphant hand? They are holding on to hope, to history and to each other.
ghost note: musical note with a rhythmic value, but no discernible pitch. "Didn't know what he was doing at first. I thought he was having a fit. Kicking his feet and waving his arms. Just sat there on this chair in the middle of the room." 18 year old George suddenly and unexpectedly starts playing the drums. And never stops. Everybody has a good idea about what to do about it. But no one can agree. Also, the neighbours are not happy.
Pip's s impoverished childhood takes on a new dimension when he meets the strange Miss Havisham. An unknown benefactor turns Pip into a gentleman but he falls prey to the corruption of money.
In the not so far off future, loneliness is outlawed. Thanks to a new technology called Kin, no-one needs to be alone again. Simply pop the bracelets on and you and your Kin can stay connected forever. Your thoughts will be their thoughts. Their feelings will be yours. Welcome to the Kindom. A dark, dystopian comedy about friendship, technology and social isolation.
Work in Progress
Laminated - Last March, somewhere adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, my father-in-law took a crap. He was volunteering on one of those accessible tall ship holidays and, being familiar with the loo, and not having brought reading material, he didn't switch on the light. As he pressed the flush, the phosphorescence in the swirling sea water lit up the pan like fairy lights. How cool is that? Not so much polishing a turd as giving it Disney sparkle. I find that very inspiring. It's what I?ve tried to do ever since the shit hit the fan. Marion Allen's Number One Hobby - Marion enters customer competitions on cereal boxes and chocolate wrappers. Statistically speaking, you have a surprisingly good chance of winning a competition if you enter enough of them; better odds than one in six hundred thousand, which is your chance of becoming famous, or twenty million to one, which is your chance of becoming a Saint. But what were the chances of that thing happening one Wednesday while Casualty was on?
A double bill by Lucy Bell and Bea Roberts, performed script-in-hand by Kirsty Cox.
1237. Death. A lot of Death. The plague is running riot. It's a difficult time to bring up a baby. 2018. It's still a difficult time to bring up a baby. Messenger is the story of two people making the same journey, 781 years apart, to Dunwich, once thriving medieval city, now disappeared under the sea (mostly). It's a story about fear and responsibility, myth and miracle, about personal truth and what happens when we can't find it.
Martin Bonger (Fat Man, There Shall be Fireworks) collaborates with composer Lawrence Williams, photographer Paul Blakemore and Director Nik Partridge to create a kaleidoscope of time.
He's an anti-war campaigner. He wants a united Europe. The establishment don't like him: he's far too socialist, even for the Labour party. He recently got married. At Joseph Goebells' house. Aldolf Hitler was a guest. Meet Sir Oswald Mosley - leader of the British Union of Fascists. The award-winning Worklight Theatre present their first extract of their brand-new play about the rise and fall of Fascism under Oswald Mosley and his blackshirts in the 1930s.
Work in Progress
Bodies communicate more clearly than words. A precise movement can tell a whole story.
Following eight years of development, performance theatre makers and dance artists Harvey (Jerusalem, Royal Court/West End/Broadway) and David (?creative mastermind? Exeter Living) return to their roots in a stunning piece of genre defining art that both looks forward and remembers, stands still and yet it moves.
What do a measuring tape, a priest with a clamped car and a polyester frill have in common? They all mean something to Emily. Follow her on a heart-warming story of love and laughter to find out what that is. She will take you on a journey back to Dublin, back in time, to the week her father died. In her own words; "the most fun 5 days of her life". There will be sing-a-longs, stories, laughter and tears all served with a healthy dose of brandy. Polyester is an honest, moving show that will transport you into the heart of an Irish family.
1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher... Remember it? Because we don't. We weren't even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We've got fuck all now (Ian tells us). So, we're going back to 1989. We're gonna neck a brown biscuit. We're gonna get off our peanuts. We're gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian's going to show us how. We're mad fer it. And you will be too. Let's party.
The Sleep Cycle Performances, developed by Columbina Theatre Company and Alice Oswald, invite the audience to bring comfortable cushions to lie on. At the Bike Shed, the stage area will act as the auditorium, where the audience will be able to stretch out and drift in and out of sleep. The performer will perform from the raked seating area. Those parts of the poem that you miss, you can fill in with your dreams. Pass in and out of different states of consciousness, just like being told a bed-time story. Even if it's Four O'clock in the afternoon... WEYLAND lasts 100 minutes and tells the story of Weyland, a brilliant smith, crippled and imprisoned by the insane King Nud. This is a story of escape from impossibility by means of genius. And it's a love story. Part of the performance takes place in complete darkness. Peter Oswald is a performer and playwright who was Writer in Residence at Shakespeare's Globe. His plays have been performed at The Globe, the National Theatre, in the West End, on Broadway and around the world. The astonishing Peter Oswald - Society of Authors Peteroswald.net Columbinatheatre.weebly.com
It's really hard to talk about birth without descending into enormous cliches. So we are going to do it with ferocity and comedy. And a glitter bomb. Katie and Laura talk about it in different ways. They are making a show to challenge that talk, challenge each other and challenge the accepted. Wild is new, bold piece of theatre about how we might be using the wrong language when we talk about birth. The show is a part of a brand new project called The Birth Project, a selection of shows/workshops/events that focus on labour, birth, bodies and all that complicated big stuff. As part of the making process, Katie and Laura have worked with local women and birth professionals, each one of whom has their own completely unique experience of birth. There are as many birth stories as there are people. Wild is part riot, part disco, part rite of passage. Expect comedy, music, loudness, bold talking and a glitter bomb.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres, two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Evie is thirteen and lives in Neasden with her mum. She wants to tell us about something - her crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, garage remixes, Hello Kitty underwear. Someone lurking in the corner of her story. She wants to make us laugh, and she's pretty good at it. She wants to tell us something, but she daren't let it out.
Based a true story, Yvette is a one woman show with original music about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret.