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As a child Anna was diagnosed with a severe mental illness and prescribed a cocktail of medication. Now she's a young adult and wondering for the fi rst time how life might feel without it. But as Anna tries to distance herself from her doctor and the label that has defined most of her young life, her mother, Renee, refuses to let go, threatening the fragile balance they have both fought so hard to maintain. Winner of a Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Kendall Feaver's extraordinary play is unfl inchingly honest and woven through with startlingly delicate humour. THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES is a profoundly moving portrait of a young woman trying to take control, and a mother compelled to protect her.
The Great Hall
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she's in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!
Hope Theatre Company will be joined by local LGBT performers to create a unique performance where we celebrate Martyn's extraordinary take on popular culture - from Audrey's noises to Michelle McManus's ear-ring. Featuring surprise guests from Weatherfield, the night will include a specially commissioned verbatim play that shares memories of Martyn from his friends and family. Martyn's favourite divas and their songs will be brought to life by special guests and local Manchester artists (unless Mariah turns up...). Profits from both performances will be donated to Beacon Counselling, Beechwood Cancer Care Centre and Kidscan, in memory of Martyn.
Be More Martyn is a fundraising event to celebrate the life of Martyn Hett and to remember all the lives of those we lost at the Manchester Arena bombing.
Be/Longings: Live music and dance, insinuate a route through a map of difference powered by memory and driven in sound and action. Starting from points as diverse as the Jewish Holocaust, Reiki, the Kent landscape and the Uncivilized Body, three dancers and one musician shift the territories of their being and longing.
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.
Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk... Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards. This story is part of Revolution Mix - a movement that is delivering the largest ever number of new Black British Stories nationally. It is inspired by and dedicated to the Black Men's Walking Group, and is a compelling, constantly surprising new show that turns a spotlight onto Britain's missing histories.
When his fingers slip away from his father's hand, one boy's destiny changes forever. In the chaos of border crossing between India and the newly formed Pakistan, a small boy called Pali suddenly finds himself lost and alone. Taken into a muslim family he is given a new name, and a new faith - Islam. In his changed world, he learns to find love and forge friendships in the most unexpected of places. Seven years later when fate reunites him with his Hindu roots; he must decide if he is the boy he was born, the boy he has been brought up to be, or simply a Child of the Divide. Not suitable for children under 8.
In a small town in Vermont, New England, five unlikely strangers come together in their community centre for a creative drama class for adults. The free-spirited Marty, recently divorced Schulz, former actress Teresa, the self-conscious high school student, Lauren and Marty's quiet husband, James. Over six weeks of drama exercises and games ranging from the hilarious to the heartbreaking, their lives become entangled and transformed in the most humorous and moving ways.
Who is Serge? Why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it? Based on the true stories of migrants caught in the most British of interview processes, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.
Perhaps you've seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you've seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers, as he arches above her head and steals a kiss? Meet Marc and Bella Chagall! The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk! Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice's final production as Kneehigh's Artistic Director is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall's paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition. Perhaps you've glimpsed her rising like a kite, anchored to the earth only by his triumphant hand? They are holding on to hope, to history and to each other.
A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains he can see no signs of life at all...other than a light in the house opposite where a woman in an oversized Bowie T-shirt stands, looking back at him. The Greatest Play in the History of the World...is a love story, set on Preston Road and also in space and in time, told by Julie Hesmondhalgh, written by Ian Kershaw and directed by Raz Shaw.
Classic turn-of-the-century comedy of social manners. A very complicated plot that includes the famous "A Handbag!" line .. Jack Worthing is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, daughter of the redoubtable Lady Bracknell, and cousin of his friend Algernon. They cannot wed until the mystery of his parentage (he was found in a handbag on Victoria Station) is resolved. Algy discovers that Jack has a pretty young ward, Cecily, living at the Manor and visits her pretending to be Jack's fictitious (and wicked) brother Ernest.
Faith in the establishment collapsing everywhere. The far right on the march. Culture wars and random violence - all decked out in red, white and blue. But a spirit of anarchy hangs in the air, the desire to burn it all down and start over... THIS CAN ONLY BE 1977. ...RIGHT?
World Premiere. Derek Jarman's iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex - with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of JUBILEE remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017. Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, it's a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
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.
A group of people aged 60-85 stand in the space. Between them, they have years of experience. Together they are navigating a constantly changing world. From big political events to personal intimate moments, the Elders ask - what can history teach us about who we are and where we are going? Following the acclaimed THE SPACE BETWEEN US, the Elders Company return with a radical new production.
Trailblazing queer performance platform Mother's Ruin brings us the next edition of Mother's Bloomers, a space for local alternative and innovative artists to present new, adventurous and bold short works.
Set against the harsh backdrop of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is the story of George and Lennie, two friends with a simple dream: to own a farm and live off the fat of the land. There are times, though, when sharpwitted George feels the burden of looking after Lennie, while gentle giant Lennie doesn't realise his own strength... As they drift from job to job, trouble's never far away, and before long it's time to move on again. When the pair get work in Soledad, California, however, the dream looks set to become a reality. But a tragic turn of events threatens to destroy George and Lennie's friendship and leaves George faced with an impossible choice...
Kat gets up one morning, leaves her family behind, and travels to London to carry out an act that will change her life and, she hopes, everyone else's. But what are the real consequences? James Fritz's searingly powerful play won a Judges Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Raw, disturbing and compassionate, it forces a confrontation with some of the most urgent questions we face. What can one individual do to effect change? And where do we choose to draw the line between absolute commitment and dangerous obsession?
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
10 JANUARY - 14 JANUARY
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE, CHICHESTER
7 AUGUST - 11 AUGUST
WINTER GARDENS AND OPERA HOUSE THEATRE, BLACKPOOL
14 MAY - 19 MAY
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, YORK
5 FEBRUARY - 10 FEBRUARY
WATERSIDE THEATRE, AYLESBURY
23 APRIL - 28 APRIL
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
29 JANUARY - 3 FEBRUARY
27 MARCH - 31 MARCH
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
20 AUGUST - 25 AUGUST
PRINCESS THEATRE, TORQUAY
25 JUNE - 30 JUNE
OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER
16 JULY - 21 JULY
BRISTOL HIPPODROME, BRISTOL
9 JULY - 14 JULY
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
30 APRIL - 5 MAY
NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF
27 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
26 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH
KING'S THEATRE, GLASGOW
5 MARCH - 10 MARCH
DARLINGTON HIPPODROME (FORMERLY CIVIC THEATRE), DARLINGTON
16 JANUARY - 20 JANUARY
EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
12 MARCH - 17 MARCH
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a dangerous reality for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey. Ahead lies a deadly nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn't commit. Based upon the modern classic of murder and suspense by the writer of The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's powerful and compelling psychological thriller Strangers on a Train was famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock and is adapted for the stage by Craig Warner.
Semyon is unemployed and broke. It is very bad and not a laughing matter. The Government can't help. In fact the Government is part of the problem. He has an idea that the answer to his problems might be to learn the tuba. But to learn the tuba he needs a piano. He can't afford a piano. So he decides to kill himself. And then his problems really begin! Out of this dark situation, one of the 20th century's greatest satirists - Nikolai Erdman - fashioned a comic masterpiece that is one of the jewels of the Russian stage. The Suicide was so near the bone, the Soviet Government banned the play for half a century and sent Erdman to Siberia. But the play survived. Come and see if Semyon does too.
Part of: Our new Autumn Winter Season , A Revolution Betrayed?
Set on a crumbling country estate, Uncle Vanya is the tale of two obsessive love affairs that lead nowhere, and a flirtation that brings disaster. The irascible Vanya and his niece Sonya have managed the estate on behalf of their relative, a renowned Professor for the last twenty-five years. Now retired, the Professor and his beautiful young wife come to visit, throwing the household into disarray, igniting hidden passions and old grudges. Family ties are tested further when the ageing and gout-ridden Professor announces his plans to sell the estate and live off the proceeds in the city. By turns comic, tragic, romantic, and wistful, Chekhov's play is an unforgettable study of unfulfilled dreams and unrequited love. One of his four great masterpieces written on the eve of the twentieth century, it features a feast of subtle comic portraits of a family at logger heads with each other and the world around them, that still has resonance at the start of another new century.
We all, at times, want to run away. Remove ourselves from society. Where might we run to? Babel's newest production invites the audience to experience the world of one of Dostoyevsky's notorious characters, only really ever known as: The Underground Man. As he drags the audience on an obscure journey through his own analysis of the human psyche in a tantalisingly strange landscape blitzed with stunning images, deliciously obscure text and a penchant for the ridiculous, he and audience members along with him are forced to question their places in today's society.
Part of: Our new Autumn Winter Season , A Revolution Betrayed?
When Marie returns home one evening unexpectedly she uncovers a truth about her husband. Her discovery is the start of a long, dark but somewhat comical night of the soul. Trapped in one room, both explore their lives in a passionate, ruthless and tender examination of marriage.
Christmas Eve. Bettina and her husband Albert aren't happy. Bettina's mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina's mother met a man on the train. And now she's invited him around for drinks...
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres, two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
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.