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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.
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.
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.
Forever Changes is a moving new play that explores the effects of Domestic Violence
This event takes place at 53two , 8 Albion Street, Manchester M1 5NZ. Tel: 07821 452 473
Funny, dark, gripping and intelligent, this powerful play by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, poignantly defines a generation. Balancing the cocktail of 21st century life and teasing relationships is as impossible as herding cats for Michael, Justine and Saddo. Justine has an infuriating new boss. Michael works from home, talking to strangers. Saddo is one of those strangers... All three are living a comic fiction in an attempt to avoid the facts. Teetering on the edge, all three are heading inexorably towards Christmas.
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.
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.
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
Nowhere is a kitchen sink drama from the 90s. The play focuses on two main characters: Carla and her brother, Paul, who are based on two people I have personally known during my time as a debt collector. Their life spirals out of control when their mother dies of cancer and there is no direction in their life. The play follows their journey and the aftermath of their mother's death over a two year period. Reaching out to the audience on how hard drugs and tough situations can change a person, the message of the play is both shocking and heart warming. If you love a bit of Northern drama, this is not one to be missed!
One Good Night is a dark comic-drama about power: losing it, wanting it and fighting to get it back. Developed alongside real-life accounts, 'One Good Night' talks relationships, sex and asks: Did you have a good night?
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 Queen of Ireland Panti invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto shaped world, exposing stories behind the make-up - from performance giant to accidental activist - to reveal the national f*cking treasure she is today. In 2014, Panti landed herself in a legal shitstorm, dubbed Pantigate. Her speech about homophobia went viral, was broadcast worldwide, remixed by Pet Shop Boys, caused a parliamentary meltdown and fed into Ireland's marriage equality referendum success. Hilarious and poignant, Panti traces her journey from small-town boy kicking against traditions to towering plastique woman in false lashes making history.
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.
Rachel suffers with a Borderline Personality Disorder. She has had to deal with abuse and trauma in her life but is the abused now becoming the abuser? Not everything is as it seems and it's becoming hard for Rachel to trust anyone, and for anyone to trust Rachel. When your not so average Girls meet Boy, an instant romance erupts and Rachel's life is thrown into unknown happiness. When Rachel's mother disappears, Elliot is left sewing her life back together, unhelped by Rachel's overbearing father. Can she break free from her prison of torment, or will she forever remain a pawn in a squiggly wiggly game of oopsies? Come and experience Rachel, and 13 other delightful characters, in this winding tale of drama, which plunges deep into melodrama, surrealism... and realism, in a unique piece of Theatre.
Rose is a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called ‘The Exodus’ and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami Beach. The play is both a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and a moving reminder of some of the events that shaped the last century.
"English, all the time! Don' t even think in your own language". In 1965, a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English - part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community asan elaborate circus trick, the experiment remains a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.
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?!).
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.
As the world becomes more connected and our own country is enriched with multiple ethnicities, Gecko will draw on influences of cultures from around the world, exploring the ritual of the wedding and its place in modern society. Taking as the starting point the relationship between two people and the contract that they enter into, we will also investigate the marriage between the individual and the state. Are we a happy couple or are we entrapped, and is divorce an option?
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.