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Once upon a time in a Kingdom called England, in the year 2016, a young girl's family were thrown into poverty. So the girl ran away and joined a band of courageous knights who were sworn to make Britain great again. The girl decided she had to wake the ancient hero of England - King Arthur - to aid them in their fight. And she did. But what happened next wasn't exactly according to plan...
The Bold Knights of Britain by Joe Wilde is a dark adult fairy-tale about feeling angry, feeling disillusioned, and what it means to be British.
"The point is: we're losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we're losers forever. And we don't have to be. Fresh start, two months to completely one hundred per cent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that." Megan, Holly and Ben are definitely not the cool kids. But Megan has a plan. One long summer holiday to change their lives. One sure path to coolness. One amazing transformation, through the power of song. Holed up in Megan's garden shed, three old friends try to change their fortunes in a beautiful, heart-warming, laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story for our times. Rock on.
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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.
Evil is rising. Grab a mop. Multi-award-winning comedy captains Kill the Beast present a new twisted tale, inspired by 80s sci-fi, 90s gaming and cracking superhero theme-tunes. From the slippery brains behind The Boy Who Kicked Pigs and He Had Hairy Hands, Don't Wake The Damp is a non-stop neon rollercoaster of shocks, shadows and shameless wigs. Original music, astounding projection, and trademark dreadful faces - dare you find out what's waiting in the dark?
Kay's Dad and brother both work on the ships, so having them come and go is part of the ebb and flow of life. Even so, as she helps Dad to pack for his next trip on the Trawler Gaul, Kay slips her Sindy-doll into his bag, just for luck. When the 36-man crew is lost off the coast of Norway the close-knit community cling together in the search for the truth. Was the Gaul the victim of a storm, or a casualty of Cold War hostilities? Or is this a case of fault and blame? As the mystery ripples through the years and life moves on, Kay struggles to free herself from the tragedy and all that remains unanswered.
World Premiere. Part II of The Hull Trilogy.
The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. This two-person show imagines a world where we're forced to say less. It's about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons
Sally has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her husband is thinking ahead. An obsessive archivist, he is also a leading Roboticist. Their long marriage has had its ups and downs, but now he can make a better version of himself, to look after Sally when he's gone. Will she accept it? And will it work?
A warm-hearted comedy set in a beauty parlour in the American deep South. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Robert Harling's play began as a short story about the death of his diabetic sister following childbirth, before it evolved into a play. Harling was a model and an actor at the time. The off-Broadway WPA Theatre first produced the work, before, following revisions by Harling, it moved to Broadway, opening June 19, 1987, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and running for 1,126 performances. Steel Magnolias made its way to the big screen in 1989, featuring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The film version expanded the story to include the men who are only alluded to in the stage version. The close-knit circle of women at Truvy's Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin, have lots of time to gossip. Their husbands - absent, depressed or dead - have made sure of that. Consequently, visitors to the salon get more than a wash and a cut. Alternately hilarious and touching, the play focuses on the camaraderie of these six Southern women who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times - and cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. They are soul mates in a rarefied way that assumes a cult of femininity - sisters come hell and high water. The women at Truvy's beauty parlour are the steel magnolias of the title: Southern belles, flowery on the outside, but strong enough inside to survive any challenge, many of which are presented throughout the course of the narrative.
Things Stack Up is a performance that asks challenging questions about how we parent, how we educate, how we learn and how we move. She jumps wildly, screams loudly, whispers quietly and coaxes us through her manifesto about power, chaos, emotion, gender and sexuality. Continuing on this theme, Performance with Hope, currently in development, grows alongside her nine year old daughter Hope. Standing onstage with her child, Grace invites you to question her as a performance maker, a woman and a mother.
When tough actor Jack Skipton returns from filming to care for his ageing aunt, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. But this might be his most taxing role to date, as he begins an incredible odyssey through the N.H.S, from cancelled GP's appointments, wrongly booked scans, frustrated Consultants, and abusive home Carers, who smoke on the door step! Jack's story is hilarious and heartbreaking, as he and his aunt take on the health service in order to get the right diagnosis, and the right care; as he goes from actor to Carer to drugs Consultant, and she refuses to admit that she is even ill! Told in a bold physical theatre style and with breathtaking grit and honesty, Godber's take on our health service is both tender and true, as he investigates what we deserve, and what we receive. Take a deep breath, because This Might Hurt!
Inspired by the accounts of miners who lived through the strike, Undermined depicts a year where friendships were strengthened and communities came together. Experience the events through the eyes of young miner Dale, as he takes you through his personal story inviting you into the action. This one-man show explores the humour and struggles of the miners' strike through energetic and gripping storytelling. With a classic soundtrack, one chair and a pint of beer, Danny Mellor presents a youthful and contemporary approach to one of Britain's most controversial disputes. Having garnered acclaim from critics and theatre professionals alike, Undermined is a reminder of how much things have and haven't changed.
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.
An arresting, political and utterly original play from a talented young Iranian dramatist, performed cold by a different actor in every show. At 29 years old, Nassim Soleimanpour is forbidden to leave his country. Unable to travel, he turns his isolation to his advantage and writes a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance. Dissecting the experience of an entire generation and asking deceptively simple questions about the nature of live art, Soleimanpour's script secured rave reviews from critics and audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011.
Performed by a different actor each night.
Studio. Part of Freedom Festival in Partnership with Truck Theatre
In the year of the centenary of the start of the First World War, this debut production offers a very personal take on the last hundred years of history, from 1914 to the present day. Based on the incredible family histories, photographs and memories of the cast, Who Do We Think We Are? draws on real life experiences such as a life in a Siberian prison camp during the Russian revolution, childhood experiences in India under the Raj, an escape from the Warsaw Ghetto, surviving the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, experiencing the harsh reality of life under Ceausescu, London in the swinging sixties and the present.