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Three years since the report of his disappearance in action, the Kellers are still waiting, hoping against hope for news of their son's return. Three years of waiting, and their younger son struggles to break the news to his mother and father that he is in love with the girl his brother left behind. Three lives are on hold, until they can finally accept that Laurie may never return. Events come to a head one evening, when Annie returns to her home town and forces the Keller family to confront their hidden past, their own culpability and the awful part they may have played in their son's demise. Powerful, passionate and frighteningly relevant, All My Sons, brought Arthur Miller his first major success as a playwright. This moving, tragic drama is a compelling tale of the ideological conflict between father and son, a merciless exposure of wartime profiteering and the American Dream.
Kyle is comfortable with his life as a gay male escort until the day he is hired by a premiership footballer, and finds himself falling in love. But can Kyle maintain a relationship with a closeted footballer in a country where not one pro player is out? Can he go on pretending that the homophobia endemic in the game is nothing to do with him? Does he know what a relationship means, when, for him, sex has only ever been a transaction? Can he ever tell his friends - and his family - the truth? An edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour tackling football's last taboo.
Running time: 60mins. Show warning: Sexually explicit content. Coarse language.
Think of the times when you wake up and just for a moment you don't know where you are, or even who you are. Those moments can be terrifying, but they can be thrilling too. It's almost as if you've been given the chance to be someone else for a day, but as you lay in bed your life, your worries, your joys all slowly faded back into view and you've missed your chance. But what if you could really choose? Four young theatre makers have decided that they've got just enough time left to change the course of their lives forever - so they're going to exchange the parts of their personalities they've never much liked for the alternative traits they've always wanted. Four young theatre makers have decided that they've got just enough time left to change the course of their lives forever - so they're going to exchange the parts of their personalities they've never much liked for the alternative traits they've always wanted. So come and see how they're doing, whether they've made it and how long they've got left.
Lorca offers his poetic and disturbing personal vision of Spanish life in the 1930's. In a society where all weddings are blood weddings, this classical tragedy, starkly plotted, offers all the traditional elements of ill fated lovers and family feuds.
David Ireland's radical new take on Lorca's play re-fuels this classic story with a contemporary twist. Jenny Sealey and David Ireland push this tale of searing lust, love and rebellion to its limits. When young lovers are overrun with passion, infatuation and defiance - the consequences are explosive. All performances are Audio Descriped, British Sign Language interpreted and Captioned.
Dee, a successful TV writer, arrives at the flat of a man named Stone, having accepted an invitation to discuss a script his 'wife' has written. She is rather surprised when Detective Inspector Hallet, with whom she is having an affair, also arrives, apparently to investigate a matter concerning Stone's 'son' and his involvement with a drugs ring. But where are his wife and son? After many twists and turns, Stone's intentions become clear as he slowly reveals the precise nature of the trio's relationship. It seems that, in their own way, all three are very much concerned with the business of murder, and the play culminates in another perpetration of the crime.
Salem, Massachusetts 1692. When the stories of three local girls are taken as gospel, a small village populated by Puritans and petty local rivalries, is thrown into panic by talk of witchcraft. The community begins to purge itself, and as accusations fly suspicion alone is accepted as evidence. Written during the vigorous and unscrupulous investigations of Senator J R McCarthy in 1950's America. The Crucible is a timeless portrayal of communal hysteria and the evil of mindless persecution.
Based on the author's real-life experience of war torn Italy in 1918, A Farewell to Arms follows the story of Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver in the Italian army and his relationship with British nurse Catherine Barkley. In the turmoil of the closing months of The Great War Frederic and Catherine discover the redemptive power of love and experience the loss of innocence as they cement their relationship in a time of devastating conflict.
Acclaimed theatre makers imitating the dog bring their unique theatrical vision to Ernest Hemingway's seminal First World War novel A Farewell to Arms. In a year that marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War One, this production seizes the opportunity to tell one of the great love stories of the twentieth century. A premiere of the first UK adaptation, the production fuses video projection, beautiful stage design and original music to create an extraordinary version of Hemingway's powerful meditation on love and the brutality of modern warfare. Suitable for age 14+
The fabulous, if short lived, TV series on stage.
This event takes place at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Ipswich, IP5 1JF
You're asking me to waste my time making sure some newspaper isn't going to be mean? Michael is moving into Number 10 Downing Street and there will be no charm offensives with this Prime Minister, not with a country to run. There's no time for lunches with the press while there are children living in poverty. And there's certainly no time to comment on a minister's illicit affair while the country needs more nurses. But when his family's private life looks set to be the next big story, Michael seeks help from a press secretary who advises, "Feed the beast before it turns on you." Can Michael keep politics centre stage or will he become the big story himself? Feed The Beast is a fiercely funny look at the rocky relations between our press and politicians in a world of spin-doctors and Leveson Inquiries.
An intriguing multi-sensory tale which immerses audiences in a world full of new sights, sounds, smells and sensations; The Forest is the unmissable new production from Frozen Light. The Forest is an adventure for teenagers and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and their companions. Trapped in lives filled with daydreams and loneliness, Thea and Robin both crave an escape from their everyday routines. One day they are drawn into the dark and mysterious forest and find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery filled with surprising encounters and experiences that change their lives forever.
This event takes place at HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH
A 10 step guide to adult life: by teenagers We want to start with a bit of a warning, a disclaimer - this isn't a play, its ten plays. Ten short plays that set out to tackle some of the greatest questions about life, plus you've got the chance to win a pack of Union J stickers, a Zac Efron Key ring, sweatbands and much more. Don't miss your chance to find out what loves got to do with it, why the fluff in your belly button always blue, and War - what is it good for?
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
Irreverent and funny, this brand new romp from writer Ben Langley will take you on an hilarious adventure through the heroic and daring world of Sherwood Forest led by the world's favourite outlaw Robin Hood and his merry men (in tights!). Original, clever and laugh out loud funny, Ha Ha Hood! is not to be missed.
"Whoever heard of a cake changing the world?" When local bakery Renee's is bought out by Starbucks, six teenagers are forced to prepare for life beyond the walls of their beloved workplace. Iced buns, Eccles cakes and ham sandwiches are replaced by university applications, rejection letters and train tickets to London. Half-Baked is a funny, moving, and bittersweet new play about unemployment, uncertain futures, and unreliable ovens.
A comic drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
One August, Alan discovers a mysterious young woman lying amongst the seals and their lives become irreversibly entwined. But who is Lorraine? Where does she come from? And why does she take so long in the bath? Lorraine & Alan is a re-telling of the selkie myth. It's a show about codependency and how those we love shape who we are. It's about moving out of your parents' house and the sleepiness of little England. It's about female identity and delicious salty peanuts. Lorraine & Alan is performed by two actors and two musicians with live sound design, song and several hundred plastic bottles.
Duration: 1hr. Suitability: PG
Adapted from the novel by Susan Hill author of The Woman in Black, this tense and atmospheric new production is an otherworldly mystery that leaves a terrifying eeriness suspended in the air. A ghostly chill falls over the New Wolsey this autumn with a traveller's strange tale of threats from beyond the grave. The Mist in the Mirror is a gothic fireside story which the audience is invited to eavesdrop on. Visual theatre innovators imitating the dog will once again be on hand to create an unnerving ethereal atmosphere before the show even begins and an unsettling feeling that might just follow you home at the end of the night too...
Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952. The World's Longest Running Play! A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
Few comings-out attract millions of YouTube views like Tom Daley's did. But for whoever's saying 'I'm gay', it's a life-changing moment. This premiere explores true-life stories with a rotating cast of star actors and comedians.
Plus a daily guest star.
We are delighted to welcome back LipService following their hugely successful productions Inspector Norse, Move Over Moriarty, Withering Looks and Desperate to be Doris. Doreen Gray has it all, a drive time radio show, a high ratings lifestyle programme, Up Sticks and Away on Even More 4, her famously youthful looks - she ranks up there in the national treasure list alongside Cliff and Lulu. But how does Doreen stay so incredibly young? When Doreen is invited to a school reunion, the headmistress dusts off Doreen's portrait to reveal a dark and dreadful secret.
Featuring community actors as Doreen's school mates and some random fairies.
Quiet, private Little Voice sings as sweetly as the divas in her father's record collection - Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday...Little Voice can do them all. When her mother's flash new man Ray Say hears her sing he can't believe his luck thinking that he has finally found the meal ticket he has been looking for..but will Little Voice give in to his schemes? A poignant and funny love story The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway and as a movie achieved worldwide acclaim and a number of Oscar nominations.
Age suitability: 15yrs+
A Tommy and Tuppence Thriller. Agatha Christie's gripping thriller follows the daring and dizzying adventures of Tommy & Tuppence through 1920s London. Home from the War, flat-broke and unemployed, our twenty-something heroes embark on a daring business scheme: 'The Young Adventurers Limited'... willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything. But their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined and they quickly find themselves sucked into a perilous world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem.
Launching as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the author's birth, The Secret Adversary takes to the stage for the very first time in this inventive new adaptation shot through with fast-paced action, comedy, live music and a dash of romance.
From forty-foot yellow IKEAs to five-foot red COMETs, Frank Tollit has put up giant letters on the sides of huge buildings for over twenty-five years. It's his talent, but not his ambition: that involves letters of a very different sort - literary ones. But lack of success is driving him to the edge. Not even in one of his wildest plots could Frank have dreamed that salvation would turn up in the shape of a clumsy teenager on work experience. This master simply isn't prepared for what his apprentice is about to teach him, six feet up on a ledge above Yorkshire. And neither one is prepared for the surprises in store at their next high-level meeting...
Hannah's father died of cancer when she was seventeen and in the seven years since, she hasn't talked about it much. Here she opens up, in a new show about memory, absence... and how hard it is to talk about death.
"Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sitcoms. Somehow it became the story of my life." Ross Sutherland attempts a daring experiment in synchronicity. Using nothing but found-footage from one of his granddad's old videotapes, Ross attempts to draw out his entire life story.
A Footballer, a Prince and a Prime Minister walk into a hotel room... When David Beckham, Prince William and David Cameron arrive in Zurich the night before England's 2018 World Cup bid they believe they can woo FIFA and bring the beautiful game home. William Gaminara's hilarious new comedy offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of diplomacy in action - and reveals the true story behind our World Cup bid.
What do we really know about the world behind the labels on our clothes? METIS have set out to investigate the UK-China background to contemporary clothing manufacture, talking to everyone from clothing makers and menders in Ipswich to factory workers in Shanghai. World Factory is a live multimedia show that shares the stories discovered along the way - and promises to make you want to talk about them too! Find our research here: www.world-factory.co.uk
New Wolsey Theatre Stage