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1984. England. Seventeen-year-old Liverpool fan Tarno is coming of age to the beats of bhangra and Madonna, the miners' strike and the Sikh independence struggle in India. Dad supports the pro-Khalistanis, one brother fights the National Front after school, the other wants a flash Ford Cortina, while Mum arranges his marriage to a Punjabi village girl, nagging Tarno to make chapattis. Seeking her own truth and freedom in worlds under siege, Tarno has to kick against the men at home ? and Maggie Thatcher and Indira Gandhi outside. In a play about youthful idealism, faith and belief, if you can't trust those in power, who can you trust?
Opened at the St James Theatre in London on 17 November 1943. Originally entitled Ten Little Nigger Boys after the nursery rhyme but renamed on account of political correctness. Ten people are invited to a remote country house for the weekend and are killed one at a time - but who is their deadly host?
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And There Were None is revived on stage to follow in the footsteps of the company's hugely successful tours of Murder on the Nile, Go Back for Murder and Black Coffee.
"If you put me up against the wall and put a gun to my head, I'd probably admit to being a liberal. Actually if you put me up against a wall and put a gun to my head I'd probably admit to being whatever you wanted me to be. And of course, putting a gun to my head is exactly what I'd expect someone like you to do." Confirmation is a show about the gulf between beliefs that we can't talk across. About our knee-jerk dismissal of the opposing viewpoint. About the echo chamber of agreement and validation we live in. About the way we only choose to see the evidence that proves we're right. Working with research into the phenomenon of Confirmation Bias, and a conversation with political extremism, Confirmation is an attempt to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, across that gulf. Not to debate the viewpoints, but to find out how we come to believe what we believe, and how, from a common starting point, we can end up so far apart.
The Crocodile is based on the short story of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Ivan and Zack's afternoon at the zoo is disturbed when Ivan is eaten by a crocodile.
A fiercely funny new play from The Invisible Dot's most trusted troupe. Age 14+
Part of Manchester International Festival. This event takes place at Pavilion Theatre, Aalbert Square,, Manchester, M2 5DB
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.
Originally set one night during the Oktoberfest in 1929, Stephens' adaptation draws clear parallels between the political tensions of the period, around the time of the Wall Street Crash and its global implications, to today's social uncertainties, yet still finds plenty of dry humour in the bright lights of a busy funfair.
[Arnold Ridley's classic drama was first produced in 1925 and filmed no less than three times. Better known as Private Godfrey in BBC's long-running Dad's Army, Ridley conceived the idea for this thriller horror on a deserted platform waiting for a train. The story begins when a young man accidentally strands six passengers at a small Cornish wayside station. Despite the stationmaster's weird stories of a ghost train, they decide to stay the night in the waiting room. Soon they regret this decision as a ghostly apparition terrorises the group. A detective hiding his true identity from the passengers soon discovers the real truth, but is it too late?
What happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings, and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives? Intimate and funny, this play presents a lifetime of conversations, condensed into four versions of the same moment.
A mother and daughter from the local community will join the all male cast on stage each night of the run.
An exploration of the wonderful Jewish legend of the Golem of Prague, one of the 'German folktales' which must have inspired Mary Shelley's fevered fantasy, Frankenstein.
Running time: 1hr 30mins
This Christmas, prepare to be transported into the enchanted world of Inkheart, where nothing is what it seems and magic hides behind every page... Meggie loves books. they are her best friends in the world but her father Mo hasn't read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared many years ago. Mo is hiding a mysterious secret from Meggie - when he reads aloud, stories come alive and characters burst from the pages into the real world. Suddenly, Meggie is thrust into a perilous and thrilling adventure that catapults her into a cat and mouse chase with dastardly storybook villain Capricorn. Ably assisted by her father, her eccentric aunt, and the fire-breather Dustfinger, will Meggie be able to stay one step ahead and stop Capricorn's fiendish plans to destroy them all? And what will happen when she reads from a book...? Inkheart is a play about the magic of reading and the beauty and meaning stories have in our lives. This magical tale of Meggie, a spirited heroine who meets her literary idols from Treasure Island, Arabian Nights and Peter Pan in real-life, will captivate the whole family this Christmas.
'Honoured members of the Academy! You have done me the honour of inviting me to give you an account of the life I formerly led as an ape.' Imprisoned in a cage and desperate to escape, the ape-man reveals his rise through the ranks of the beasts to become a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage.
A man is faced with the choice of killing his daughter or losing a war. Driven by personal ambition, he brutally murders his child and, in doing so, unleashes a chain of vengeance that rips through his family and community. When he returns home victorious, his wife murders him, and their son in turn, murders her. Social order collapses, tyranny triumphs and the 'daughters of darkness' burst out of the bowels of the earth demanding that the son's crime be avenged. Finally the son is put on trial and in the tense and highly charged atmosphere of the courtroom, the story reaches its climax. But can the court stop further bloodshed and break the cycle of vengeance?
Ollie's sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.
The Skriker of English legend is 'a shapeshifter and death portent, ancient and damaged'. In the play we follow its search for love and revenge, as it pursues two young women to London, changing its shape at every new encounter. An extraordinary combination of English folk tales and modern urban life.
"You was always good at secrets. Both of yer." Frankie's dead. And no-one's quite sure why. But the boys won't talk about it. They can't. There are some truths that men can't share. So Here We Are is a play about what can happen when nothing happens.
Unexpected near death, Professor Vivian Bearing must urgently come to terms with life. To cope with intensive chemotherapy, Bearing will need everything she has learned as professor of John Donne's metaphysical sonnets - and more. Wit is a verbal feast: funny and frightening, cerebral and simple. Poetic, wrenching, exuberant, witty. A Pulitzer Prize winning play.