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Annie finds herself on a clifftop. She says she's fine but she can't quite get her story straight. Sat by her side, Sophie covers the bruises on her neck. She thinks everything might just be alright, because it's amazing what you get used to, isn't it? Underscored with live folk music, Bare Skin on Briny Waters is a story about survival and escape. It's about two young women standing on a cliff edge, steadily being blown on an unexpected course.
Set during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead estate, Beautiful Thing is an urban fairytale full of characters that abound with attitude, energy, frankness and humour. The story follows Jamie, an introvert, troubled teen whose dislike of football is reason enough for his classmates to bully him at every opportunity. Living with is pre-occupied single mum, Sandra, Jamie finds himself infatuated with his next door neighbour and classmate Ste. Ste, who is living with his drug-dealing brother and abusive, alcoholic father in the flat next door, is one night beaten so badly that Sandra takes pity and lets him sleep over. In the absence of a third bed, Ste has to make do with sleeping 'top-to-toe' with Jamie. Much to his delight, Jamie is able to provide Ste with the comfort and reassurance he craves and also a little massage with some peppermint foot lotion . . . The boys’ relationship is helped along by Leah, a sassy, Mama Cass-obsessed neighbour and Sandra’s dippy neo-hippy lover, Tony, as they discover themselves, each other and a Beautiful Thing. Jonathan Harvey deftly combines comedy with ardent drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be sixteen and in the first full flush of love.
Tobes is young, free, single and having a ball. Off. Surrounded by people for whom life seems to be oh so simple, Tobes' confidence is taking a beating from the girlfriend who's met someone else, the brother for whom football trumps family, the flatmate who's just not that into him and the doctor... who might have some more bad news. Growth is a modern-day story of fear, hope, denial, love, and loss. And of getting over it.
Written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
Performer Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling. Through puppetry, the audience see how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.
"When people ask me about my brother I usually give them the short answer; he has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism. He Ain't Heavy is the long answer. As Sean cannot go on a national tour due to a love of routine and no concept of theatre, we are going to bring him into the room in other ways."
Classic drama of a woman consumed by her passions and driven to destroy all she should love. Hedda's recent and unexpected marriage to worthy but dull academic Tesman is threatened when she returns from honeymoon to find that Lovborg, a charismatic but dissolute previous admirer, has reformed his ways and published a best-selling masterpiece. His now-found success now threatens Tesman's own claim to a professorship - which is his only hope of supporting Hedda in the style she demands. Tesman is already in debt to another of Hedda's admirers, the dangerous Judge Brack. But suddenly events seem to put Hedda in a position to control all their destinies. This is a blistering examination of a woman in turmoil.
Medea returns from history. This time, she's telling her side of the story... The stage is set for a gig - a microphone, a bank of speakers, and smoke hanging in the air. A figure in an extraordinary gown emerges from the shadows. This is Medea - returned from history to tell us her version of events. This startling, contemporary reimagining of the ancient Greek legend of passion and revenge casts Medea as the ultimate outsider, a stranger filled with rage in a foreign land. Her monologue transports us from ancient Greece to modern Europe and back again in a provocative, blood-soaked collage of performance, opera, and sexual confession. The performer, dancer, and vocalist, Fran?ois Testory fuses his extraordinary physicality, and androgynous and unique stage presence with a seven-octave vocal range to bring to life the murderous Medea in this evocative lament, featuring live music by acclaimed composer and music producer, Phil Von. Fran?ois has performed with some of Europe's most innovative companies, including Lindsay Kemp, DV8, Rambert Dance Company, Punch Drunk, and Gecko. Neil Bartlett is one of the UK's most celebrated directors and authors. Formerly Artistic Director the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, his most recent work includes Stella (LIFT, Brighton Festival, Holland Festival 2016) and the Britten Canticles (Aldeburgh, Brighton, Royal Opera house, 2015). Contains adult content, strong language, and possible nudity.
Having kids is not an easy decision: Can I afford it? Have I got enough room? Will I screw it up? Now imagine making these decisions if you have a learning disability. Woah - wait a minute... learning-disabled parents? Erm, can they do that? Do they even have sex? Yes, yes ?they' do. Fast moving, raw and eye-opening, Mia explores the truths and myths about learning disability and parenthood in today's society. Think pop culture with popcorn, science with silliness, stories with statistics. Mia challenges the often taken for granted idea of 'being a parent'.
Set in a Scottish war hospital during WW1, this is the story of the meeting and developing friendship of the celebrated writer, Siegfried Sassoon and the then unknown Wilfred Owen who was suffering from shell shock. It was this profoundly creative and liberating friendship that finally unlocked Owen's poetic genius to express the horror and pity of war, a war which claimed his life exactly one week before the armistice.
Our Mutual Friend was Dickens' last completed novel: a concoction of mistaken identity, lust and murderous intent, with the love of money at the root of all evil designs.
World Premiere. "In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two ?gures in it ?oated on the let's say, Humber ?as an autumn evening was closing in." - So begins Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, which he wrote in 1865. Suppose you were all young, poor, barely scraping a living, some of you homeless... Suppose one of you, a mutual friend, has just been pulled, drowned, from your local river... Suppose you wanted to let the world know what killed them... And then suppose that one of you was, at that time, reading this Charles Dickens novel about friendship, kindness, cruelty, money, lack of money, business and piles of seemingly useless dust, which somehow seems to be all about your mutual friend. Suppose you just got up and told us the whole story... The city is Hull. The river is the Humber. The time? Can you actually tell whether it is 1865 or 2017?
This event takes place at The Heron
"This gold digging, blonde bombshell, with her superior breasts is not going to con our father of his small worldly possessions." Meet Nikolai, a retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian, and his daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, who haven't spoken since the death of their mother. None of them are prepared for the fluffy pink grenade that's about to explode into their lives. Nikolai is instantly besotted with thirty-six year old bombshell Valentina, but is she a refuge searching for better opportunities, or visa seeker trying to cheat a vulnerable old man? The sisters unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension. As Valentina's dreams of Western prosperity begin to shatter, things take a darker turn. Nadezhda and her shaken family must face the ghosts of their past, confront their heritage and rediscover relationships.
It's 1950s South Africa. A young newly married couple leave their rural village and disapproving family, for the city of Durban. Their goal to return home, rich and free. But, alienated in the city, unemployed and poor, Timi starts to lose his moral compass. Desperate to provide for his pregnant wife he steals a suitcase left on a bus not knowing what might be inside; an act which brings frightening consequences, dramatic twists and unexpected turns.
Featuring live music composed and written by Hugh Masekela, The Suitcase brings together a unique partnership of venues enabling international work to be performed on five northern stages. The show will have its UK premiere at Hull Truck Theatre in September 2017 as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017's Freedom season before touring.
January 1916: Bert Brocklesby is a schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist chapel; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned upside down.
Michael Mears portrays conscientious objectors, army generals, Prime Ministers, world-famous mathematicians, and many more, in this compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.
A story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream. At university the whip-smart, mercurial Johnny Bevan saves Nick, smashing his comfortable, middle class bubble and firing him up about politics, music and literature. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate with the social justice they hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself? Luke Wright delivers a multi award-winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour, David Cameron and the abandonment of those left behind.