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Afghanistan: 2009. Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister... Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he's part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can't talk about, to anyone. And then, when he returns home, the trouble really begins. Created from two years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress in the military, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.
Vamos Theatre presents a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival, produced with support from Jyv?skyl? Festival, Finland.
Educating Rita is the unforgettable story of the relationship between a feisty Liverpudlian hairdresser and a jaded university professor. Rita has a passion for literature and is intent upon self-improvement. Frank's disillusionment with live has driven him to the bottle. As Rita grapples with the trials of education, Frank learns to believe in himself again. Originally commissioned by the RSC, the show won the 1980 Society of West End Theatres award for Best Comedy and Best Play. Since this time, Educating Rita has never been out of production somewhere in the world. The film version which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine was Oscar-nominated and won three BAFTA awards.
Ensemble 360 was formed in 2005 to take up residency in South Yorkshire succeeding The Lindsays who were retiring as a quartet. The ensemble brings together musicians from across the globe to form one versatile ensemble of eleven musicians; five wind players, a pianist, double bassist and the Elisas String Quartet.
The standard-bearers and boundaty-pushers of English folk-rock for more years than anyone can remember but still performing with boundless energy, humour, and superb musicianship.
This new version of Julius Caesar is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for 7 to 13 year olds. A company of actors have travelled up and down the land performing their stories. Now they've arrived in Hull to tell a tale of friendship and betrayal. Caesar, Rome's leader, has returned from war stronger than ever, but some of his followers are questioning his powers. The plotting continues... Part of our First Encounters with Shakespeare series, these engaging adaptations are 90 minutes long, use Shakespeare's original language and ask audiences to participate in the story. They are a fantastic first step into Shakespeare for children, families and schools.
The repressed desire of beautiful Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage to Bounderby, a powerful mill-owner, is awakened by the handsome seducer James Harthouse. Thomas Gradgrind, her father, is forced to see love and imagination triumph over hid blind faith in "facts, facts, facts!".
Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences - especially when the circus comes to town? Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary's Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of supressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Dickens is celebrated for. Conrad Nelson directs Deborah McAndrew's witty adaptation of Charles Dickens' great Northern novel to bring you a joyful juggling and tumbling through this touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.
Jon has become the stand out performer of his generation of traditional folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre. After 12 years as lead singer of Bellowhead, a quarter of a million album sales, seven singles on the Radio 2 playlist and selling out hundreds of venues throughout the land and beyond, including notably the Royal Albert Hall, Jon announced in 2015 that he wanted to move on. The rest of the band decided not to continue without him. Bellowhead played their final gig on 1 May 2016.
Former lead-singer of Bellowhead, Jon Boden heads out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour.
Cleverly constructed melodies, meaningful lyrics and a powerful, emotional voice are the trademarks of this exceptional songstress who is perhaps best known for her stunning ballad 'Stay With Me Till Dawn'.
Judie Tzuke is back on the road performing more of her special acoustic concerts. This intimate evening of old favourites and songs from her new album, combined with stories from across her life and career is exquisite.
Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since 1983. He has also written and performed four series of The Mark Steel Solution (Radio 4) and four series of The Mark Steel Lecture (Radio 4) - a collection of absorbing, half-hour profiles of historical figures. The television version of ?The Mark Steel Lectures' ran for three series on BBC4 and was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award. Mark is also a regular on TV shows such as "QI", a columnist for the Independent and an fan of both Crystal Palace and Kent County Cricket Club.
A short time ago, it seemed unlikely the UK would Brexit; Donald Trump surely wasn't going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark Steel was living the married suburban ideal. A bit later and it's all gone wrong! But don't worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright.
NoFit State Circus is a Welsh company that is now playing internationally, the company is widely recognized as the UK's contemporary circus. The cast is a mix of international performers and home grown talent. The company has its own circus training space in the centre of Cardiff and teaches circus to the local community with outreach work happening across South Wales.
World Premiere (Newcastle-under-Lyme). Drawing inspiration from circus history, heritage and traditions, the award-winning Firenza Guidi directs a world-class cast in this stunning new show. As the action swirls around you, the extraordinary new seating takes you into the heart of the performance. Featuring vivid storytelling, evocative live music and spectacular physical performance, LEXICON is a breath-taking celebration of circus theatre.
The sorry lives of women who become actresses after the 1669 Royal decree allowing them to perform on stage. A rollicking bawdy story, full of rude hilarity, earthy comedy and heartbreak, proving that there is 'No Business Like Show Business'. The play was expanded for the 1997 Peter Hall Company production. Contains strong language
When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet at a bereavement group they thought they'd found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe would test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journey, as they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they're saddle sore in Southampton or blistered in Bordeaux, one thing is for sure, it takes two to tandem!
When the Thames bursts its banks and submerges London, the north and the south of the city become separated. Myths abound about ?the other side'. Is it really better? Four sets of teenagers ignore the risks of the treacherous crossing to find out whether the other side is all it's cracked up to be. These Bridges looks at a fearful future and seeks to show that if we stick together, we may just survive it all.
Part of National Theatre Connections, our Youth Theatre will transfer their production to Derby Theatre, to take part in the regional festival alongside young people from all across the Midlands.
Following on from last year's spectacular adaptation of The Snow Queen, this Christmas we set sail on the high seas to bring to life a classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold in our stunning trademark style. Filled with swashbuckling sword fights, live-on-stage music, humour, puppetry and lots of excitement, this is the perfect festive treat for the whole family! 1750, Sleepy Cove. Tired of the quiet life, Gem dreams of adventure and excitement. When a mysterious stranger comes to stay at The Admiral Benbow Inn, she believes her luck is about to change. And so begins an epic journey. A journey filled with pirates and possibilities; buried treasure and blue horizons; seafarers and scallywags. And in the middle of it all, a good-hearted cook called Long John Silver - but is he friend or foe? As Gem helps search for treasure on faraway shores, meeting larger than life characters along the way, she discovers there's far more to a life of adventure than she ever imagined.
After years of campaigning, the suffrage movement is further than ever from achieving their goal: the vote. As Parliament continue to delay taking any progressive action, the women decide to take their campaign into their homes and as word spreads through friends and acquaintances, support for votes for women gains momentum. Before long, people from all walks of life are imagining a different future, and the change in society that could be possible. Persuading the people in power to change their minds however, is another matter... Charged with emotion, this gripping production explores a definitive moment in our history and takes audiences into the world of a campaign that shows that anything is possible.