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Ava and Tash are up on a cliff. Looking out at the flocking birds. And at their future. On the cusp of adulthood and leaving the care home they've always known, the friends test their freedoms and practise living in the world. Ava confronts the mother she left behind. Tash looks for a home. And both girls live dangerously with the men who surround them. Raw, delicate and bold. This is a story about growing up outside a family but inside the fiercest of friendships.
"...my hand, groping around the universe, has torn a corner open... why did I tear the corner open, if I'm not prepared for the encounter?" Twenty years ago Simon McBurney was given a book. Written by a Romanian who escaped the Ceau?escu regime to reinvent himself as a Los Angeles screenwriter, the book, Amazon Beaming, tells the story of photographer Loren McIntyre, who, in 1969, found himself lost amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley, on the border between Brazil and Peru. It was an encounter that changed his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. Taking Petru Popescu's account of McIntyre's journey as its compass and using binaural technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound, Complicite's new production is a set of encounters with nature, with time, and with our own consciousness.
World Premiere (Edinburgth)
December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback...again. In a London hotel room with her young new fiancé at her side, Garland battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol as she undertakes an exhausting series of concerts at the Talk of the Town to try and reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation. Despite a series of failed marriages and a wrecked Hollywood career, Judy remains a tough, compelling, remarkable woman always armed to the teeth with her legendary razor-sharp wit.
Set in a bare, partially underground room, Beckett's 1957 existentialist play finds a wheel-chair bound Hamm passing the time by ordering his servant Clov to move him around, fetch objects and peer out the window for signs of life, while his bin-dwelling parents Nagg and Nell look on.
Be nice to people, don't look at my phone as much, spend less money on crap, don't mess up. Why do we strive to be better at this time of the year? Exploring the pressures and complexities of Christmas, How To Be Better asks how can we be our best - not someone else's best, but our own best. Working from interviews with young people, our main performance space will be transformed into a world the audience can explore. Choose who you follow and what you discover...
The outstanding theatre company Common Wealth (No Guts, No Heart, No Glory; Our Glass House) and Contact Young Company (our renowned ensemble of young actors, musicians, dancers, poets and MCs under 25) present a new seasonal show with a difference.
Husbands and Sons interweaves three of D H Lawrence's greatest dramas, and plays them simultaneously. Describing the world he came from with fierce tenderness, Lawrence evokes a now-vanished world of manual labour and working class pride. It's risky work, handlin' men, my lass. For when a woman builds 'er life on men, either 'usbands or sons, she builds on summat as sooner or later brings the 'ouse down crash on 'er head - yi, she does. On the cracked border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire stands the village of Eastwood. The women of the village, wives and mothers, struggle to hold their families and their own souls together in the shadow of the great Brinsley pit.
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? This controversial piece of writing looks at the modern state of the monarchy and the unwritten rules of democracy. Mike Bartlett examines the people underneath the crown and looks into the consciousness of Britain's most famous family.
King Lear divides his Kingdom between his daughters according to a declaration of their love for him. His eldest Goneril and Regan exaggerate their affection and inherit. His youngest daughter Cordelia speaks only the truth and is banished. So begins the tragedy of King Lear, whose dignity, sanity and finally life are torn from him by a self-seeking younger generation, ambitious for his power. What is love, what is madness, what is truth - Shakespeare explores these questions together with many others in King Lear, widely considered to be his greatest tragedy.
Little Sister cannot speak. For seven years he hasn't uttered a sound. If he does, he's been warned. Something terrible is bound to happen. Deeply rooted in real life experience and loosely based on a fairy tale, THE TWELVE WILD SWANS from the Brothers Grimm, this unique project explores silence and survival. The suffering. The sacrifice. The aftermath. The love. Little Sister gives voice to those we all too often choose not to hear.
The Scottish Play - theatrical types consider saying its name to be unlucky! Thrust into power by his overwhelming desires and an over ambitious wife, Macbeth finds his only security is to murder and murder again. From "When shall we three meet again" to "is this a dagger I see before me" this is a powerful Shakespearean drama.
Oliver Walzer is shy, bookish, Jewish. He doesn't know how to talk to girls. But he can slice, flick and volley a ping pong ball better than any teenager in Manchester. When Sheeny Waxman takes him under his wing on the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, Oliver channels his frustrated adolescent lust into the game he loves. That is until the heart-breaking Lorna Peachley and the prospect of a place at Cambridge take his eye off the ball.
Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952. The World's Longest Running Play! A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
Run Time 2 hrs 15 mins. For its 60th year The Mousetrap at the St. Martin's Theatre is to introduce a small charity fee of 60p on each ticket, in addition to the regular ticket price, which will be applied entirely for the benefit of charities working with young people and the arts, including Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
It's the late 1940s. Calm has returned to London and five people are recovering from the chaos of war. In scenes set in a quiet dating agency, a drab cinema and a prison cell, the stories of these five lives begin to intertwine, and we uncover the desire and regret that has bound them together.
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.
Puppetry of the Penis is a show featuring two strapping Australian men who manipulate their genitalia into various shapes, objects and landmarks. A video camera projects every intimate detail onto a large screen ensuring that little can be missed - even from the very back row! Puppetry of the Penis is an adults-only, non-sexual show featuring full-frontal male nudity.
An extraordinary quartet of work about our relationship with time, Quarantine's hugely ambitious project is a piece of mass portraiture, spanning the human lifecycle and made with 'real people' in place of actors. In Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. each work stands alone, distinct in form, or can be seen as an epic, day-long marathon event...
World Premiere. Summer - Mar16 22. Autumn - Mar16 23. Winter - Mar16 24. Spring - Mar16 25. Summer.Autumn.Winter.Spring (full quartet) Mar16 26, Apr16 2,3
Performed at Old Granada Studios
This Last Tempest is a sequel to The Tempest and begins where Shakespeare left off. Caliban and Ariel are left alone on the enchanted island, watching Prospero's ship sail over the horizon and out of view. Using the magic of the words Prospero taught them, his former servants, the "savage" and the "airy spirit" are free to begin again. They sing and perform wild tempests. As the storms rage endlessly around them they conjure-up their own brave new world, with new rules for a new society - where spirits and monsters are people and inanimate things are alive. Part theatre, part gig, This Last Tempest draws on Uninvited Guests' collaborative approach to devised theatre. Working with composer and musician Neil Johnson, they fill this strange yet familiar island with guitar noise, evocative sounds and sweet airs.
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.