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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.
Conceived for the eve of the 2015 UK General Election, Cock and Bull sees three females convene to perform their own, alternative, party conference. Exploring power, voice, agency and sustainability, they use the most heard phrases from governmental rhetoric to dismantle and redress dominant paradigms of power and Politics. Part protest, part catharsis, part exorcism, the work becomes also in part, a demonstration of togetherness.
In a small town in Yorkshire, a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors. Fresh from the City and with endless money to dispose of, the older one showers her with gifts - which the younger (handsome, impecunious, an inveterate gambler) wants to put to better use. A love triangle, then; a tale of rivalry and avarice. But money's a slippery commodity and all is not quite as it seems. Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply. Adapted from Alain-Rene Lesage's savage eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret, Blake Morrison's For Love or Money is a story of monstrous wealth and whopping lies.
A 12-year-old girl sneaks across the border of her own country, watched by her parents, viewing on a computer screen. Instructions for Border Crossing is an exposed gearbox of a political thriller, mixing writer and performer Daniel Bye's trademark storytelling with a series of live interventions from the audience - the show itself is as unstable as the world it describes
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.
Based on Khaled Hosseini's hugely popular international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and childhood friends, Amir and Hassan are about to be torn apart. It's a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives.
It should be the happiest day of Saima and Ranjit's lives - They're getting married! They have their rings, their suits, their speeches, but Saima's Muslim and Ranjit's Sikh parents are not by their side. Hate, not love, hangs over this couple's union. Partition tells the tale of how, 70 years after it was abruptly divided, the history of the Indian subcontinent continues to tear families apart.
A unique collaboration between BBC Radio Leeds and West Yorkshire Playhouse brings Partition to the stage - a radio play created live in front of the audience to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India's partition and the creation of Pakistan.
In the 'Badlands' of Uttar Pradesh, violence and oppression against women are commonplace, but one woman has raised an army to say "no more". She is Sampat Pal Devi, the formidable leader of the Gulabi Gang, a movement of over 400,000 women fighting for their rights in a uniform of blazing pink saris.
Fusing drama, music and movement, Pink Sari Revolution is an explosive new drama which reveals the real cost of making a stand. This true story is based on the book by internationally renowned journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan and created by an award winning team of Indian and British Asian artists.
The Queen of Chapeltown follows the stories of those who campaigned, sewed and danced their way to the first carnival in 1967 and of one woman's journey to become a Carnival Queen.
Join us in the Quarry as a company of professional actors and community participants come together to share and celebrate the story of the birth of Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Sally is a happy person, but she's also got an illness - one that makes her feel like she isn't the person she wants to be. Guys, you don't have to worry - this is a happy story! It is SO happy. If it were a food it would be Skittles, if it were a day it would be Friday night, if it were a person it would be a really cute puppy! It is really, really, really happy. It's got a happy ending, it's got a happy middle, everything turns out OK and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a happy story. But it's also one that's about depression.
Halvard Solness has arrived at the pinnacle of his career. He has just been awarded the prestigious Master Builder award, his beautiful wife still loves him, his beautiful secretary still flirts with him and Prince Charles is coming to open his new building tomorrow. Then a knock at the door propels Solness' past into everyone's future. The only way is down.
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. Let those on the continent cooperate and hug and kiss each other on the ruddy cheek. Here in Britain, one party governs and we get things done. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. A minority government? No one with any sense or gumption gives you more than a matter of weeks. You're gonna fall, and fast, and hard. So start finding things to land on. Now. Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham's This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
The National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
Oskar Matzerath, the son of a permissive bourgeois couple is born with a fully developed intellect. Outraged by the passivity of the German people regarding the unstoppable growth of Nazism, the decadence of his family, and the world around him, he decides he will take a stand against the adult world by refusing to grow up. On his third birthday, when given a tin drum he was promised at his birth, he decides to remain three years old for the next 18 years, using his drum as his means of protest.
Men have all the power. John and John keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn't feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. Because we all need to pull together now. We want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren't good enough. So there's music and dance too. Fringe First Winners in 2010 & 2011 RashDash return with a playful new show about gender and language. Two women play two women playing two men.
embarrassment /?m'bar?sm?nt,?m-/ noun. An emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself, experienced when having a socially unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. A team of research scientists set out to answer the question "why do we care what people think" by studying teenage test subjects at their most embarrassing moments. What People Thin is a witty and revealing original production by our very own youth theatre, the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers. Join us for the culmination of their packed year of creating new and exciting theatre.
A rapper and World Record Holding Beatboxer, he thinks he's a right-on kind of guy. Then his daughter is born and suddenly he's not so sure. What will he discover as he starts to unpick his own prejudices? With a dose of wit, a knack for self-deprecation and a truck-load of honesty, Testament is ready to find out.
Seven very different young people arrive to take part in group counselling. As a system in crisis struggles to diagnose, treat or support them, they begin to rely on each other to make it through.
Specially commissioned for the Playhouse, Zoetrope is a timely exploration of the mental health of our young people and the resources afforded to them. Funny, satirical and deeply moving, Rebecca Manley's brilliant new play features a dynamic cast of over twenty young people from the Playhouse Youth Theatre and First Floor.