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Fuel has produced Ellams' work for theatre since his debut play 9 years ago and this show is the culmination of his travels around Africa and the UK. Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming and insightful new play, set in barber shops in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London.
Testing testing, my name is Liam, testing, I am 28, testing testing and I live in Bradford, testing. Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from England's largest professional learning-disabled theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary. The head teacher looked at me and said 'I'm afraid you have to leave this school. There is no place for you here.' Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, Contained explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world that we live in. I left a part of me at Seacroft hospital that day.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
Cyrano loves Roxanne. Roxanne adores Christian. Christian needs help. Cyrano has it all - sensitive, strong, and unrivalled swordsman, a brilliant poet, the ideal man... well almost. Christian can hardly string a sentence together, but he's handsome beyond words. What unites these men? The love of one woman - Roxanne. With Christian's looks and Cyrano's way with words they conspire to make the perfect man and woo Roxanne. But what has Roxanne really fallen for? Christian's looks or Cyrano's mind?
Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident. With family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First-winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide. Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps.
It's the future. But only slightly. It's not the apocalypse quite yet, but we're getting there. There are blackouts. Can't-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face blackouts. And they're everywhere. No one knows what's causing them, but that doesn't stop people going missing in them. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friends, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them...
'Good Mourning Mrs. Brown' is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll. This is the first time the production is heading out as a full UK arena tour. In this hilarious show in which Brendan has received some of the best reviews of his career, we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad's funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead. What could go wrong?
Benjamin Braddock's got excellent grades, very proud parents and a bright future ahead of him. Benjamin's confused, dissatisfied and not interested in teaching or following in his father's footsteps. When Mrs Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, asks Benjamin to help her with a zip, a chain of events is set in motion which sees Benjamin fall in love with the daughter of the women he's sleeping with.
The epic story of the Joads journey across America is both a moving family saga and an extraordinary evocation of rural life during the Great Depression. Returning home from prison after killing a man in a drunken brawl, Tom Joad finds his family about to join the great exodus from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Like thousands of others, the Joads have their farm repossessed by the bank after the crops fail yet again. Now, three generations of the Joad family are left with no choice but to pile all their worldly goods onto a broken down truck and head west on Route 66, refugees in their own country. Held together by their indomitable matriarch, Ma Joad, they make for California, lured by tales of unlimited work and prosperity amidst the fruit groves and vineyards. Instead, their hopes and dreams - and lives - are shattered by what they find. Steinbeck s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is one of the greatest celebrations of the dignity and the endurance of the human spirit ever written. Famously filmed by John Ford, with Henry Fonda as Tom.
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
The story of wide-eyed Gelsomina, who is sold by her penniless mother to Zampano, a travelling sideshow strongman, unfolds as they journey through the Italian countryside performing for their keep. Their perilous road trip leads them to a ragtag travelling circus where they meet Il Matto the tightrope walker who rekindles Gelsomina's spirit with a new found confidence.
Based on the subject and script work by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli
On Friday 13th September 1940, the cruise ship City of Benares set sail for Canada. Onboard were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only seven of the evacuees survived. Two girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cumming, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat is inspired by the true story of their friendship, courage and the twist of fate that allowed them to live to tell their tale. Recommended for age 10+
Dazzling saris, grand Bollywood lip-sync dance numbers and queues of adoring fans - for Miss Meena this is all now a distant memory. The once famous and fabulous drag queen has lost his sparkle and like his nightclub is washed up and out of date. The punters have gone and whilst the other drag queens are strutting their high-heels elsewhere, property developers are circling like vultures waiting for Miss Meena to give up the lease to the club. With the club on its knees, a new arrival brings a glittery rainbow of hope. But just as things are starting to look up for Miss Meena, a visitor from the past makes him question everything he ever stood for.
Five young poets from Leeds are selected to compete at the world's most prestigious international poetry slam competition in New York City. Fuelled by love, pride and passionate protest their words light fires to show the world who they are and what they can be. But the determination to be crowned International Slam Champions threatens to overwhelm everything. As the competition draws closer, the poets are forced to discover not just their voices, but what they must find the courage to say.
A middle aged mother relives her youth. Betty is in ready for her son's wedding - so why is she in the attic? Could it be that she doesn't like the bride, is fed up with her husband's meanness or is jealous of her sister's good looks and four husbands? Comedy.
Once you've seen that explosive violence - that pink mist - how can you go back again? Lyrical and devastating, this award-winning verse drama is about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, it weaves their experiences together, setting war-torn trauma against the backdrop of their everyday lives and examines both the physical and psychological fractures they bring home. Drawn from interviews with soldiers and their families, this intensely emotional and poetic work recently won Wales Book of the Year and the Roland Mathias prize. It captures the realities of modern warfare with piercing insight and aching power.
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
Across the UK there are thousands of people who have stopped playing. There are guitars propped up in bedrooms that haven't been strummed in years. Trumpets that got packed away after the brass band played its last gig. Drum kits taking up too much space in garages. Unfolding Theatre is developing a show that explores why we stop playing and what it might take to get us started again. They are working with a team of talented, imaginative theatre-makers and musicians, including singer and guitarist Ross Millard (The Futureheads, Frankie & The Heartstrings) and performer Alex Elliott (who has collaborated with Kneehigh, Northern Stage, Quarantine, Traverse Theatre and used to play bass clarinet).
Shaw's dramatisation of a Cockney flower girl's metamorphosis into a lady is not only a delightful fantasy but also has much to say about social class, money, spiritual freedom and womens' independence. Its combination of ideas and social comment, together with its rich comic characterization, make it one of the most enduring and entertaining of English comedies. Henry Higgins, Professor of Linguistics and confirmed bachelor, wagers that within six months he will transform flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who can take her place in high society. Shaw's masterpiece is both brilliantly funny and a devastating critique of the English class system. This play formed the basis of "My Fair Lady".
The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
'Mum and Dad would have loved this. Except... I'm here with you, Oona. Because... you're who I need now. As long as I'm with you, I'm OK. Maybe one day you'll carry me out of this jungle like you carried me in.' Following the tragic death of his father, everyone is keen to help young Will. When his grandmother suggests an Indonesian holiday it's a dream opportunity to encounter the elephants he adores and learn about his own heritage. No-one could foresee the world-changing events of Boxing Day 2004. Or the remarkable elephant who would carry Will deep into the jungle after the Tsunami. But before he can allow the orangutans, monkeys, snakes and other animals to heal his wounds, he has to escape the hunters and their terrifying boss, the evil palm oil king, Mr Anthony. This thrilling and touching tale of healing and the power of nature is set in the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation, against the backdrop of monumental sculptures and dramatic settings.
Shirley Valentine's world is a world of kitchens, cooking and faded dreams. At the age of 42, Shirley feels that her marriage and life are in a rut. Her children have left home and she yearns for romance and adventure. But when a friend invites her on holiday to Greece will she have the courage to swap housework and drudgery for two weeks in the sun?
"English, all the time! Don' t even think in your own language". In 1965, a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English - part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community asan elaborate circus trick, the experiment remains a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.