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A self-destructive, visceral excavation of our role in climate change.
Cartoonopolis is a funny and touching portrait of family life. Based on real events, it gives an insight into the world of Lewis' brother, Jack, who is a young man with severe autism, and their parents. As a child Jack's autism meant he found it difficult to express himself until a chance encounter with Buzz Lightyear changed his life forever. After watching Toy Story, Jack found cartoons provided him with a gateway and now as a young man he has created a huge imaginary world: Cartoonopolis. His world is filled with characters as diverse as Porky Pig and Batman, and also including characters of his own invention, like the evil Mayor Sharp. One day Jack invited Lewis into this world and that was the beginning of a big adventure for them both. This is juxtaposed with scenes with their Mum and Dad and their daily routines. The real highs, real lows, real laughs and genuine real life love.
When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious call seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a thriller of his own. He falls under the spell of a strange and seductive woman, who engages him to protect her young husband from his sociopathic father. As the familiar territory of the noir detective genre gives way to something altogether more disturbing, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality. Will he be drawn deeper into the abyss, or could the quest provide the purpose and meaning he needs to rebuild his shattered life?
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.
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.
If someone you knew committed an unspeakable crime, did you ever really know them at all? In 2013, an 18-year-old boy was imprisoned for the possession of over 50,000 indecent images of children. Daniel follows those left behind through a combination of devising and new writing, exploring the unheard stories of his friends and family who are forced to deal with the aftermath.
The show explores identity, nationality, masculinity - and what it means to belong in a world weighed down by the expectations of others. Tender and tough, honest and true, FATHERLAND is a vital and necessary show about what we were, who we are and what we'd like to become.
FATHERLAND is a bold new theatre show created by Scott Graham from Frantic Assembly, Underworld's Karl Hyde and playwright Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the trio's home towns in the heart of the country, FATHERLAND is a survey of life in England's towns today. The show will transform the familiar spaces of Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, with a cast of 13 men and a remarkable, all-embracing musical score by Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert.
Five Easy Pieces asks how children can understand the significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, and the horrors sometimes inflicted on them by adults. How do we react to them acting out scenes of violence or romance? What does that say about our own fears and desires? Swiss theatre director Milo Rau's ground-breaking political theatre is based on reconstructions of true stories that shatter the taboos of our age.
Part of: SICK! Festival 2017
How do you deal with an inherited history that is full of complexity? Theatre maker Ogutu Muraya reimagines James Baldwin's Princes and Powers, an essay which describes in great detail a congress of Afro-intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers and theorists, at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1956. Weaving together literary text, video and storytelling, the performance embraces a multiplicity of perspectives, historical archive materials and personal experience. Examining the legacy of the congress, the performance shifts perspectives, seeking a new vocabulary for dealing with uncomfortable truths.
Part of: SICK! Festival 2017
'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?
What does good works and charity mean in the 21st century? For half a century, Anoek Nuyens' great aunt ran the charity Auxilium (Latin for ?help'). Since its establishment in the 1960s, the foundation has provided financial support to various small-scale medical projects in Africa. Now that her great aunt has reached the age of 97, she thinks it's time to hand over to a new generation, and is passing on responsibility for the foundation to Anoek. But how to proceed? Do we still even believe in development cooperation in 2015? To find answers, Anoek sets off for Africa where she finds tragic personal stories, but also new voices.
Part of: SICK! Festival 2017
Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At ?1.20 a minute. Jimmy is 34, lives with his mum and works at Newport's only drive-through doughnut restaurant. Kitty is an adult chat line operator, living in the granny flat of a topiary enthusiast. Things were looking up for Jimmy when he met Kitty for the first time, but then he loses his job and starts to feel a strange tingling in his fingers. Kitty's not a psychologist yet, but she has some theories about why Jimmy has started to disappear. With Kitty's advice and Jimmy trying to reconcile himself to eventual invisibility, this unlikely duo succeed in turning each other's world upside down.
We know you want to look, to stare even. It's OK. You're allowed. As disabled people, our bodies are central to how we exist in the world. They're the way others first judge us, the subject of medical diagnosis, and usually seen as the reason that we can't take part in society. And yet, they also carry with them volumes of stories about incidents, scrapes and calamities. Let us tell you how we perceive ourselves. A collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies by actor Robert Softley, co-creator of National Theatre of Scotland's Girl X.
Part of: SICK! Festival 2017
In South Korea, there was a big controversy surrounding tongue surgery for children in order to achieve better English pronunciation. The surgery is known as a lingual frenectomy. Some people thought that the surgery was particularly effective for English "R" sounds as it is not a consonant that exists in the Korean language. This led to some parents forcing their children to go through the operation, even though they had perfectly normal tongues. Lolling and Rolling examines Korea's tragic social phenomenon and obsession for English education. Theatre maker Jaha Koo reveals the tragedy through a fictional story, video and sound work. It contextualises not only contemporary issues but also historical events relating to colonialism and imperialism.
This production is performed in English
Part of: SICK! Festival 2017
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner's 50-year relationship is chronicled through their letters. From their first childhood Valentines to their final guilty goodbyes, through the letters the audience learns of Andrew and Melissa's lifelong hopes and dreams, their failures and triumphs, and ultimately, their love for one another. Love Letters was first performed in New York in 1989 by John Rubinstein and Kathleen Turner. Since then, it has attracted several all-star casts, including Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. Charlton Heston and Lydia Clarke Heston first performed the two-hander in 1997 during a brief British regional tour. The play is unusual in that it has no director and no designer and requires, literally, no rehearsal. During the performance, clocking in at just under two hours, the actors sit on the stage at a table and read directly from the assorted letters.
margate/dreamland is about an island, a town and its people. It is our response to the current state of the world and its imminent collapse. It is about the kaleidoscope of competing narratives of who we are. It is a love song.
Made with generous help from the people of Margate and with support from Arts Council, England; Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate; Shoreditch Town Hall and National Theatre Studio.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that's what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
5 JUNE - 10 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
13 JUNE - 17 JUNE
NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF
19 JUNE - 24 JUNE
CONNAUGHT THEATRE, WORTHING
30 MAY - 3 JUNE
CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY
22 MAY - 27 MAY
OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER
8 MAY - 13 MAY
THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY
15 MAY - 20 MAY
ARTS THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE
2 MAY - 6 MAY
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
24 APRIL - 29 APRIL
KING'S THEATRE, EDINBURGH
18 APRIL - 22 APRIL
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE (FORMERLY GRAND CANAL THEATRE), DUBLIN
20 MARCH - 25 MARCH
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
27 MARCH - 1 APRIL
BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
3 APRIL - 8 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
10 APRIL - 15 APRIL
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
7 MARCH - 11 MARCH
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
25 JANUARY - 28 JANUARY
THE ORCHARD, DARTFORD
30 JANUARY - 4 FEBRUARY
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
6 FEBRUARY - 11 FEBRUARY
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
13 MARCH - 18 MARCH
RICHMOND THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
13 FEBRUARY - 18 FEBRUARY
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
27 FEBRUARY - 4 MARCH
20 FEBRUARY - 25 FEBRUARY
MALVERN THEATRES, MALVERN
When teenager Pierre Anthon cheerfully announces that nothing in life has meaning, his friends decide to prove him wrong. Fearful he might, in fact, be right, their desperate actions spiral out of control and lead to terrifying consequences.
Richard Willey, a Government Junior Minister plans an evening with Jane Worthington, one of the Opposition's typist, but things go disastrously wrong, beginning with the discovery of a 'body' trapped in the hotel's only unreliable sash window. Richard calls for his Principal Private Secretary, George Pigden who, through Richard's lies, sinks deeper into trouble with everybody and goes through an identity crisis. Things go from bad to worse with the arrival of Ronnie, Jane's distraught young husband: with the addition of an unscrupulous waiter, Mrs Willey and Nurse Foster, things really come to a head.
The cupboards are bare, and the night is full of fires, there are witches in the wood and the cities have new names... A little girl struggles for survival in a sinister fairytale landscape. As the soldiers overrun the villages, who knows what song to sing?
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she's in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn't with Emma, it's with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she's smart enough to know that there's no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?
Austen's heroine, Anne Elliot, has 'claims of birth, beauty, mind and fortune'. She and the handsome Captain Wentworth of His Majesty's Navy have met and separated some years before. Their reunion forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart. A charming story of love and marriage, Persuasion sparkles with Jane Austen's perceptive wit and her wry observations of nineteenth century English society.
Fifty women will leave everything behind. They board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage in their homeland, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.
World Premiere. With local participation at its heart, The Suppliant Women revives the tradition of Ancient Greek theatre by recruiting performers from the local community to form a chorus who drive the narrative forward and create an extraordinary theatrical event. With choral odes composed by John Browne and accompanied on the aulos (the rarely heard original Greek double pipe), the local participants represent 50 young women who flee forced marriage in Egypt to seek asylum in Greece. This is a story about the plight of refugees, moral and human rights, civil war, democracy and ultimately the triumph of love - a tale that echoes down the ages to find striking and poignant resonance today.
Or What You Will. Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and unrequited love. Rescued from a shipwreck the twins Viola and Sebastian arrive independently in Illyria, both thinking the other is drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment with the Duke who is in love with Olivia. Malvolio is the subject of a cruel joke played on him by Sir Toby Belch (yellow stockings cross-gartered) leading him to believe that Olivia loves him. But Olivia has fallen in love with the disguised Viola, while she is in love with the Duke (following it so far?!).