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D H Lawrence wrote the first scene of a play Altitude based on people that he knew in New Mexico including Mabel Dodge Luhan, the Lawrences' host, her native American husband, Tony, his wife Frieda and others. It was never completed. Until now. Inspired by a unique opportunity to complete the story, and immersed in research about Lawrence's life in Taos, renowned playwright Stephen Lowe has given voice to the world that Lawrence inhabited in the last years of his life, in the only place he ever called home.
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The play takes place in the fictional northern town of Grimley. Rumour and gossip are fierce, as its residents are facing the possibility of pit closure. Not only are they confronting the prospect of unemployment, but also the added crisis of their beloved Collier Brass Band, as old as the mine itself, being in danger of totally dissolving. Band members struggle on with their weekly rehearsals, despite the worry, and endeavor to reach their ultimate goal of the National Brass Band Championships. Pressures and fictions along the way however, prove to make the road to victory rather rocky.
New York City, 1943. William 'Fred' Parsons, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William - but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, playboy millionaire? Or Jos?, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William - and then her past catches up with her...
It's movie night! A night in and a night out all at once! LaPelle's Factory can't have you over to their place - the sofa isn't big enough. They're holding tonight at the theatre instead. Using truth, lies and wild fantasies, your two hosts invite you on a hilarious and mysterious journey that crashes through old films, pop delusions and odd expressions of love. They dig up dangerous ground as they encounter infamous couples in stories of romance, madness and loss. With two winning smiles and a live camera feed, CLOUDCUCKOOLANDERS is a unique exploration of some very peculiar partnerships. It confronts the acts of faith we ask of one another as we try to work out what it means to belong. And we throw a lot of popcorn about.
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There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there's the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths. Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ?seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
The Domino Effect is a magical tale that shows how a chance event can set off a chain reaction: as the flick of a fox's tail sets a series of dominos in motion. This is the story of Amina and her experiences of the world. Amina refuses to speak as a protest against the evils she sees around her and retreats into her own world of silence. With the help of a flamboyant antiques seller, she embarks on a magical journey to right the world's wrongs, and discovers more about herself than she ever anticipated.
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Fuga Perpetua - musical terms meaning 'always running' - reflects on the situation of refugees compelled to always move on. The more we read and hear about refugees, it seems we understand and relate to their experience less. They become representations of something other-than-us, reduced to a familiar script of our worst fears. Responding to one of the greatest dramas of our time, composer and multimedia artists Yuval Avital and Meitar Ensemble smuggle us across the border between our concepts of ?us' and ?them'. Layers of images and video interweave with songs and brilliant instrumental playing from the Meitar Ensemble in an immersive sound design. The leading storytellers of the work are refugees in Kenya, Israel, Italy and the UK, narrating beyond words, through our senses of hearing and sight, intuition and imagination.
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
It's October 2012. Gunmen stop a bus in Pakistan and shoot three girls for wanting to go to school. How can the writer respond? Written and performed by Nick Wood, it tells the poignant story of a journalist who searches for answers to this tragedy.
The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire.
All performance are fully integrated with Audio Description, British Sign Language and Captions.
A parody/farce/show-within-a-show/loving-homage to 'Game of Thrones'
With the rise of more people living a single existence, this piece explores where the pressure comes from to cohabit/marry. Is it society? Ourselves? Or is it centered on our need to prove our emotional independence?
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1420s France - ravaged by war, under occupation from the English, a population divided. 18 year old Joan is a farmer's daughter, a freedom fighter, and just maybe the original drag king? Dressed as a boy, Joan defies convention and leads her county to freedom, but at what cost? 600 years on, in a world where women ?dragging up' as men is distinctly underground, Joan is still ahead of her time. Expect bold new writing combined with a playful and provocative cabaret style in this one-woman show about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
In the 70s and early 80s, the well-known Manchester band, Joy Division, took their name from events had nothing to do with joy. The name comes from forced labour camps in Nazi Germany. In these camps, thousands of young women were used as sex slaves for German officers before they went to fight on the Russian front. These young girls, known as 'Feld Hure' (Field Whores), underwent daily 'enjoyment duty' where three bad reports were met with brutal levels of punishment. The question is, in such dire circumstances, do humans take solace in the companionship of others suffering the same fate? Or does an individual's supposed submission give them greater dominance and a longer shelf life? Warning: Contains Femal Nudity
In 2014 in Texas, Dr Gerri Kimber unearthed a short unfinished Tennessee Williams play depicting four real life friends: Katherine Mansfield, John Middleton Murry, Frieda Lawrence and DH Lawrence.
This staged reading is the first time the text has been performed in public. Paired with Lawrence's autobiographical play, The Fight for Barbara, the evening offers a unique insight into two great writers and two overlooked plays.
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On a midsummer's night Hermia and her lover Lysander flee from Athens and Demetrius - the man Hermia's father favours as a son-in-law. Demetrius follows, pursued by Helena who loves him in spite of being spurned in favour of Hermia. On the same night Bottom and his friends leave Athens to find somewhere quiet to rehearse their play which is to be performed at the wedding feast of Duke Theseus. Drawn into the woods they enter a world of magic, mystery and wonder.
Co-produced with 14 amateur companies from every nation and region of the UK, opens in Stratford, before embarking on a nationwide tour. The production opens in Stratford-upon-Avon and will tour to all nations and regions of the UK with the same professional company. In each region, Bottom and the mechanicals will be played by a local amateur group, cast and trained by the RSC, in collaboration with 13 partner theatres. Titania's fairy train will be played by local school children in every location. A Midsummer Night's Dream returns to Stratford for Midsummer, when all 14 amateur companies will have an opportunity to play on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.
Based on Goldoni's 18th-century comedy The Servant of Two Masters. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Over the past three years, award-winning Nottingham-based writer Michael Pinchbeck has created three new plays inspired by life, love, his relationship with his parents...and the works of William Shakespeare. Presented together for the first time, The Trilogy uses projection, sound and objects in unexpected ways to tell moving and modern stories.
Part 1: The Beginning - Taking love at first sight as its theme, via A Midsummer Night's Dream and the love affair of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg (the duo behind the 70s classic song Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus), The Beginning presents a man and a woman on the verge of something extraordinary. Part 2: The Middle - In a theatre foyer, a man talks about Hamlet, his past...and being in a theatre foyer. Created on-site at Curve this year, this new short piece explores the connection between a father and his son. Part 3: The End - Inspired by the stage direction from The Winter's Tale, 'Exit pursued by a bear', The End introduces us to two actors: one on the cusp of retirement, the other making his first performance. An exploration of endings and exits, the play asks why we perform and how we will know when to stop.
'?The Ventoux is a God of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.' Roland Barthes Lance Armstrong's sacrifice to Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France was to gift victory to his fierce rival Marco Pantani in the greatest contest the mountain and the sport had ever seen. Marco Pantani's sacrifice was his own life just five years later. Both were plagued by allegations of doping throughout their careers - now one is revered, and the other disgraced. The mystical Mont Ventoux, having claimed the mental and physical health of many professionals before them, was their legendary battlefield.
Part of Neat 16. Djanogly Theatre
I want you to do yourself proud, Joey. You go and drive those Germans back where they've come from, and then come home to me. At the outbreak of World War one, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. he's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. but Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Do I look like I know the latest on every effing ?orse in the war? Do I look like an effing equine expert or even an effing equestrian enthusiast? Your squadron no longer exists. That's all I know, Private. Suitable for 12yrs+