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The year is 1867. Edward Brett and his Irish wife, Eliza are struggling to make a living from their small shop. Edward's brother, a popular policeman, is shot dead during the rescue of two Irish Republican prisoners in Manchester. A huge upsurge of anti-Irish feeling sweeps the country and three Irishmen are publicly hanged. Edward and Eliza struggle to cope with their personal loss, their loyalty to each other and their different cultural backgrounds.
During a stormy night on the cliff top at Beachyhead, Fiona Nash is faced with her own mortality. Her sister has some news, and Fiona's been asked to write a eulogy - she didn't even know her Mother was ill. Now she's just trying to figure out things in that head of hers. She should probably go home, but sometimes it's best just to have a cup of tea and a sit down for a minute. Story-telling, puppetry, song and grief all collide in this show about family, being the youngest, and losing the ones we love.
The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.
The misunderstandings and mistaken identities, the double entendres, the banging doors, centre around the dashing Gilbert who wants to give Janie, an ex-striptease artiste, a fur coat. His ingenious idea is to get Janie's husband, Harry to pay a 'knock down' price for the coat while he pays the major part of it himself so that she can wear it without any husbandly suspicions. Harry does indeed buy the coat. Not for Janie his wife - but for his curvaceous secretary, Sue! Gilbert's plan has misfired and from there on in the plot develops wildly as more and more couples are embroiled - husbands, mistresses, lovers, wives, and gorgeous girls wearing nothing but their underwear - resulting in an entanglement which reaches a point of hysteria before everyone gets their just desserts.
On the eve of his 40th birthday Dennis is making one last attempt to break away from his middle class life - Tupperware parties, Weight Watchers and wife swapping all seem too difficult. When next-door neighbours, Roger and Jane, arrive for his party bearing gifts that embody everything that he hates about his life, Dennis is finally pushed over the edge. As he packs his rucksack and attempts to unleash his roaming, rebel spirit against the housing estate life-style that holds him down, he suddenly becomes aware, much to his horror, that others around him are just as keen to join his suburban exodus!
Timid football fan Percy is down from Manchester with the lads and after the match is picked up by lovely young prostitute Cyrenne. The lads bet he won't spend the night with her but, uncharacteristically he accepts the bet and goes to her basemen flat. He is shy, gullible and believes all her lies about her exclusive education, her rich family and her exciting life. He would rather talk then 'do' anything and gradually they open up to one another - she learns about his loneliness, his longing for love, his dull job and hobbies. Eventually he discovers she's from an ordinary background, abused by her stepfather, and is struggling for some pride and independence. The secrets of their hearts somehow balance out and, at the end of the play, it looks as if Percy might have the courage to..or will he?
Set in a bar in a remote part of Ireland, the local lads are swapping spooky stories to impress an attractive young woman, Valerie, recently arrived from Dublin. What begins as a simple visit to the local pub soon turns out to be an evening of both funny and spellbinding stories, until the final tale takes a strange and unexpected twist...Hailed as the best new play of the nineties, when The Weir premiered at the Ambassadors Theatre, London in 1997, it won McPherson the Evening Standard ‘Most Promising Playwright Award, and in 1999 it won the prestigious Olivier Award for ‘Best New Play .
Three couples, who married in the same chapel and on the same day, are blissfully celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary when a series of revelations and events turn the men folk into jibbering wrecks. They get more than they bargained for when the worms turn! A young Chapel organist, a nosy meddlesome servant, a mad vicar, a reporter, a drunken photographer and a mysterious woman turn what should have been an idyllic day into an hilarious comedy of misunderstandings and mayhem.