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The Audit is the second in a series of performed work looking at notions of power, privilege, secrecy, and ?us versus them'. It follows A Machine they're Secretly Building (2016) - a powerful, factual expose of spies, lies and government surveillance that responded to the impact of the Snowden revelations.
With grime music and Guyanese folk stories, Joseph Barnes-Phillip's semi-autobiographical story is a comic, tragic and honest portrayal of becoming a man. The story follows Rayleigh as he negotiates the tensions of growing up and taking responsibility: to his pregnant girlfriend, to his sick mother, to his church, to the multi-cultural community he grew up in and somewhere in the mix to himself. The show has been created by HighRise Theatre to be the sixth touring production for consortium Black Theatre Live. When the euphoric highs of teenage life in south London collide with his mum's terminal illness, all Rayleigh wants to do it watch anime in his pants and eat indomie. Love, life and masculinity meet head-on as Rayleigh tries to find his feet, torn between the new girl in his life and being there for his mum, while trying not to make the same mistakes as his dad.
On Teach First student, Kat's first day at Hurstville Community College Nicky Morgan announces forced academistation for all state schools. Kat is ready for a protest and to join trade union stalwart, Janine on the picket line and can't understand why her attempts to join the NUT are met with contempt. With an invisible Headmaster, staff are more concerned about the loss of their staff room, disappearing books and a missing PE teacher. A powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets. A story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back.
The first and second episodes of Tom Taylor's critically-acclaimed Charlie Montague Mysteries. These delightful one man plays are packed with nonstop laughs from start to finish and a revolving gallery of high society dames and eccentric waiters - all played by Taylor. Two gloriously silly murder mysteries for anyone who ever wished Bertie Wooster was a detective. The Game's a Foot, Try The Fish is the introduction to our hero, Charlie Montague. Inspired by the Hippodrome's latest mystery play, rakish aristocrat Charlie takes out an advert offering his services as a consulting detective and, one breakfast later, finds himself on his first case. What follows sees the gloriously inept love child of Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse determined to prevent a murder. The chap dies. The Man with the Twisted Hip sees Charlie (not put off in the slightest by the ups and downs of his first case) accept an invitation to the opening of a new art exhibition where he is presented with the double-threat of murder and modern art. He is equally baffled by both.
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.
Congratulations! You've been specially selected for an all-inclusive stay in a tropical paradise! We don't want you to worry about a thing, everything is already planned. Feel the sand between your toes and the sun on your face. After sunset, we'll see you at The Disco. Last Resort is a multi-sensory performance about psychological torture in Guantanamo Bay - the imagined future of a troubled past in tropical paradise.
Graduates and associates of the BAFTA award-winning Television Workshop, Major Labia offer an amusing look at society's treatment of women, and the absurdity of modern life through sketches, character comedy and silly songs. Expect a frank frolic about life, love and labia. Audience reactions include, 'A bit too rude, really' - one of our Nans, and our friend's mum dropping the C bomb - big up your bad self, Deidre. #laughyourvagoff.
On a midsummer's night Hermia and her lover Lysander flee from Athens and Demetrius - the man Hermia's father favours as a son-in-law. Demetrius follows, pursued by Helena who loves him in spite of being spurned in favour of Hermia. On the same night Bottom and his friends leave Athens to find somewhere quiet to rehearse their play which is to be performed at the wedding feast of Duke Theseus. Drawn into the woods they enter a world of magic, mystery and wonder.
A woman waits for her son to come home from his night out. Then the police arrive. And everything changes. Mine is a tense play examining what a parent must overcome when their child is arrested for something truly unspeakable. Putting these parents in centre stage, Mine is a play simply about shame, courage, guilt and good parenting.
Taking inspiration from the cult of Grace Jones, Rachael embraces the freedom inherent in creating music, as she delves into current inter sectional feminist discourse, exploring new ways to fight everyday oppression and imagine a different more collective future.
The power of the ?Front Woman' or rather ?women' is explored in NIGHTCLUBBING, a new and evolving interdisciplinary performance by Curve Breakthrough Artist; Rachael Young.
A stage adaption from the novel by the journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan brought to life in a collaboration between Curve's Associate Director Suba Das, the choreographer Aakash Odedra, and designer/visual artist Akhila Krishnan (59 Productions) working together with Mumbai-based playwright Purva Naresh and composer Naren Chandavarkar. Based on two years' research in the field, the novel is a gripping account of the formation of the Gulabi Gang, an army of 20,000 female vigilantes in rural Northern India, who campaign for women's rights wearing a uniform of neon-pink saris.The finished show will celebrate the traditional music and dance forms used by the gang as part of their protest culture and this event is a presentation of monologues from the piece examining the life of the founder of the gang, female icon Sampat Pal Devi. These will be followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team sharing thoughts on the international research and development process and the challenges of telling this story.
When father mysteriously disappears at Christmas, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis leave London for a new life in the Kent countryside. Discovering a railway at the end of the garden is just the first step to many adventures!
One of the world's oldest stories, The Ramayana is a beautiful, uplifting and spiritual tale of romance, following the adventures of Prince Rama and Sita. Exiled from the serene palaces of their homeland and plunged into the deep forests of Southern India, the passionate love of Rama and Sita is put to the test as demons, goddesses and an army of monkeys do battle for their hearts.
"Tell me what makes you so sad. Tell me your dark secret and I promise to keep it safe for you". The Good Daughter wants to make her father happy. He whispers in his daughter's ear and a great weight lifts from his shoulders. Feeling jubilated, he invites the whole town to confide in his miraculous daughter. Soon everyone is flocking to unburden themselves on The Secret Keeper. But what happens when a murderer confesses. And who is to blame for the consequences...? Told using puppetry, music and fiendish storytelling, The Secret Keeper is a witty and playful adult fairy tale with a murderous gothic heart from Angela Clerkin, Associate Artist with Improbable and Chris Goode and Co.
The story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations. Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.