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Bet and Al lead a hum-drum, if not claustrophobic, life with the friction in their relationship similar to the banter that goes on between all partners, until Bet wins a short holiday for two in Paris. It's their first time abroad, and they find themselves dealing with everyday French situations in an all too recognisably English way. But the break has profound effects on the way they look at the world around them; their horizons have opened up immeasurably, and once they return home can they settle back so easily into the life they once led? Contains adult language.
Written by Maxine Peake Beryl celebrates the extraordinary sporting achievements of Morley cyclist Beryl Burton. It was 1954 when Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton. In those days they cycled in clubs and once Beryl started she was smitten, not only with Charlie but by the thrill and freedom found on two wheels. Beryl was better than good, she was the best and she was determined to stay that way. Five times world champion, thirteen times national champion, twice road-racing world champion and twelve times national champion. Her accolades include time trials, former world record holder, former British record holder, numerous sports awards an MBE and an OBE. Beryl Burtonwas one of the most astonishing sports people ever to have lived - but with her down to earth, no-nonsense approach to life and to success, she remains a mystery.
From a war-torn African state to conflict in a British Detention Centre, The Bogus Woman follows the journey of a young African poet and journalist, seeking asylum. Researched with asylum seekers at Campsfield and Tinsley House Detention Centres, this urgent and explosive production is a gut-wrenching testimony to the abuse of human rights in Britain. The winner of a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh 2000.
Inspired by Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine. A woman is struggling to remember her life. She is trying to piece together her past and unravel the mystery of what has happened to her.
Dumbshow promise a sweeping theatrical journey spanning CIA funded mind control experiments, the Iraq war, and the current destruction of the welfare state, and ask: are stories told to wake you up or send you to sleep?
Falling in love with Frida is an intimate and enticing performance that explores the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). It is a reclaiming of a disabled artist, a love like obsession, and an enquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for and how much can we really control others' memories of us. It exposes many little-known facts about the infamous woman, remembered for her art. Where affinities and parallels are drawn, happy distractions are employed and a tale of ?the great concealer' is skillfully revealed by and through powerful yet fragile bodies.
Handheld Arts' twisted cautionary tale is playfully inspired by The Wicker Man and Rear Window, with ingenious shadow-puppetry, animation and original music.
George Bailey has dedicated his life to helping others, but the machinations of a local developer have driven him to despair. Clarence the gentle Angel, who is yet to earn his wings, comes to Earth to help the compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed, and the truth behind what makes a meaningful life. This feel good story is a great example of just how valuable the gift of life is, and how large of an impact even one person can have on the life of so many others.
Performed as a live radio play in front of a studio audience.
Revolutionary, proto-feminist, and underground spy, Manuela Saenz was the beating heart of South American liberation. She died in poverty, all but forgotten by the history books - until now. A tour-de-force by Tamsin Clarke blending storytelling, comedy and captivating physical theatre with live music by Colombian musician and guitarist Camilo Menjura (UK Latin American Musician Of The Year).
He sits inside your head and watches. He sees all you see, knows all you know, and sometimes, if you are very unlucky, he tells you what he thinks of it all. Actor and comedian Gary Kitching's portrayal of life with a critical inner voice - in the form of a hideous ventriloquist's dummy - is funny, disturbing and poignant.
I have a friend in the force and he tells me that, day to day, the police are hanging on by a whisker... by that much...It’s not just here, mark you. It’s nationwide. One breath of wind - anarchy! Things are not right on The Bluebell Hill Development. Theft, petty crime, vandalism, all the ills of modern suburban existence are on the increase. Newcomers Martin and his sister Hilda are the crime wave’s latest victims - on the very day of their housewarming party, no less - and resolve to take action. After all, the law of the land, all that’s right and proper and even God Himself are surely on their side. But what starts out as a well intentioned neighbourhood watch scheme soon develops into something altogether more sinister. In these matters, it seems the frying pan is closer to the fire than anyone realises. Alan Ayckbourn’s cautionary tale of the dangers of taking the law into your own hands is his seventy fifth play. It is also the three hundredth new play to be commissioned by the SJT.
Nosferatu tells the dark and mysterious tale of the sailors in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, as they journey from Varna to Whitby with an unknown cargo. A mix of breathtaking illusions and trickery.
Twin boys are sent to live in the country with their grandmother to escape the war. United as one, the cruel regime teaches them every trick of evil and cruelty merely to survive. The Notebook of the title is their record of their lives and their truths.
Marie was there, she saw it all happen. She was the witness. In court she looked across the room to meet her boyfriend's gaze - but he looked straight through her - his eyes seemed unfocused, distant. She remembered his soft touch, his smile and his stories. She remembered these from the time before he aimed the gun. Before he fired the gun. Before the four shots rang out and the man fell to the ground. She was there. Marie saw it all happen... and at home there sat a sister waiting for her brother to return.
The Thrill of Love takes a new look at the woman behind the headlines and the events that drove her to murder. A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. When she becomes obsessed with the wealthy, womanising David, fame comes but not in the way she imagines. Inspector Gale is on the track of the truth: why does her relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And just who is she trying to protect?
An hilarious comedy of conflict in the community.
'Pray you, sit by us, and tell's a tale. Merry or sad shall't be? As merry as you will. A sad tale's best for winter.' A tale of passion, jealousy, fantasy and fairytale, the play charts the transition from winter to spring, tragedy to comedy, and revenge to romance. It is the story of high adventure where an angry King falsely accuses and discards his family to his later regret