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There's a shadow coming, across the sea. Long and terrifying. The vultures are circling, the wolves are howling...how can we weather this storm? The global economy is a mess. The crash has landed, the tide's swept out, and it's taken our hope with it. There's less in our pockets and more to be spent. The rich have got richer, the middle's squeezed tight, and the poor are being dragged ever downwards. With the true value of money and the human cost of greed firmly in their sights, Proto-type Theater tell the story of how a nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents. Using original text, performance, film, music and animation, THE AUDIT is about finding strength, overcoming a world designed to keep us docile, and how collective power can move a mountain - even if only a little.
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.
A play about Jaywick, the former seaside gem of the Essex coast which is currently ranked as Britain's most deprived town. This play tells the real stories of the people who call Jaywick home, in their own words. Through 18 months of research trips and interviews with Jaywick residents, writer Dan Murphy has created a new piece of theatre which tells a pertinent and often surprising story about inequality in the UK today. Carry on Jaywick is about home, identity, and not letting life grind you down.
In the spring of 1893 Jonathan Harker, a young English solicitor, visits Castle Dracula in Transylvania for what he believes to be a routine deal with the nobleman Count Dracula. Harker soon realises that he is not a visitor at all, instead a prisoner to the deadly Dracula, who sets off to find Mina, Harker’s fiancée, and her sister Lucy. The more Harker investigates his confinement, the more he fears his deadly captor. Can someone stop Dracula before he unleashes his supernatural powers on his first victim? In this tragic tale of power and redemptive love, the lines between the sane and the insane become dangerously vague.
This new adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic, performed by just two actors, will use innovative audio-visual design to conjure up the phantom count, deep in the basement of Blackwell's Bookshop.
This performance takes place at Blackwells Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford
Amidst a vast, cascading expanse of ocean, a tiny boat is tossed through rolling waves and thundering storms, a speck amidst the immense turbulent seas. Steadily rowing forward into the nothingness is a fisherman, driven by despair, sailing to nowhere with all his worldly possessions. He looks out as the darkness looms and prepares himself to leap... But before he can jump out, something else jumps in; a mass of colour thrashing about the tiny boat. This uninvited guest has finally broken through the surface to discover what lies above. Fisk is a story of a man and a fish, and the unexpected impact they have upon one another.
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.
Double Fringe First winner Iron Shoes returns to The North Wall with a piece of gig-theatre about love, loss and heartache. With original songs of redemption and recovery by acclaimed composer, theatre-maker and Kneehigh Associate Dom Coyote, Fragment takes the audience on a musical voyage through the life of Lester Fall, as he attempts to put back together the pieces of a broken heart.
Free-spirited Hedda Gabler is trapped in her marriage and weighed down by her questioning mind. Caught between her disturbed sense of propriety and a desire for revolution, something in the end, must give.
We all exist somewhere online, whether we know it or not: a virtual trace, an online persona, a trail of clicks and searches laying claim to who we are. I'd Be Lost Without It explores our 21st century addiction to technology, where our hunger for 'likes' and 'shares' is distancing us from ourselves and one another. In an age when at least 27 hours each week are spent online, I'd Be Lost Without It examines how technology is affecting our minds, our lives, our happiness and our brains.
Using headphones, binaural sound and immersive theatre, Wet Picnic place the audience within an interactive performance that explores cyberpsychology, and the utopia and dystopia of our 21st century, tech-driven existence.
What price the truth? Galileo advocates the heretical view that the earth revolves around the sun, rather than standing motionless at the centre of all creation. He faces imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Inquisition as a consequence. He is forced to weigh self-preservation against his mission to establish a new age of science. Brecht's masterpiece provides powerful drama laced with wry humour. It deals in an accessible way with grand themes, setting them in the context of the emotional relationships of the protagonists caught up in the conflict between dogma and science. It has seldom been more timely as we find ourselves in a ?post-truth' era in which ideology is increasingly favoured over facts.
Love from a Stranger is a blood-curdling drama about frustrated spinster Alix King who has been engaged for years to Dick. Dependable but dull, Dick refuses to marry Alix until he can support her. When Alix unexpectedly inherits a fortune Dick is too proud to accept sharing it. Then along comes a stranger. Handsome, successful and just that little bit dangerous, Gerald sweeps her off her feet. Before you know it they are married and move into Philomel Cottage. All too soon their happiness begins to disintegrate. Strange things begin to happen and Alix suspects that the man she rushed into marrying may not be what he seems to be. And who knows, maybe Alix has some dark secrets of her own. This chilling thriller is a must for all Christie fans - full of twists and turns as it builds to a surprising and murderous denouement.
The Scottish Play - theatrical types consider saying its name to be unlucky! Thrust into power by his overwhelming desires and an over ambitious wife, Macbeth finds his only security is to murder and murder again. From "When shall we three meet again" to "is this a dagger I see before me" a powerful Shakespearean drama.
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.
Featuring original live music, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.
Award-winning writer Chris Goode asked thirty 8 to 10 year-olds to talk about their lives. In Monkey Bars, their words are spoken by adults, playing adults in adult situations. A revelatory verbatim show that's funny, touching and endlessly surprising.
Pericles is one of Shakespeare's strangest and most heartrending plays. Pericles navigates a stormy sea of pirates, magicians, brothels, kidnappers, tournaments, plots against his life...and divine intervention from the goddess Diana. Yet this remarkable play has resonance far beyond the time when it was written: today's Mediterranean is no stranger to appalling and desperate voyages. It is a fable of a man who becomes estranged from those he loves. A man who slowly and miraculously becomes reunited with them, more through fate than by his efforts. It is about the mystery of love, loss and of love rediscovered after a painful and confusing absence. The embers dim and glow in one of the greatest and most moving scenes Shakespeare ever wrote. Incest, treachery, murder, love and joy all explode in this giant theatrical firework...
What happens when a company of ex-soldiers becomes a company of actors? A theatrical band of brothers. Although it's not a cure all, the bonding, the humour, the theatre of war helps to put them back together again - as a company of veterans and actors rehearse a play about a company of veterans and actors. Although worlds apart they begin to realise there are more similarities between military life and the theatre than they bargained for, building a powerful new world of their own. This is a heart warming story about surviving the forces and PTSD, and what happens when you leave the military ?family'.
What happens when a company of ex-soldiers becomes a company of actors? A theatrical band of brothers. It's not a cure-all, but the bonding, the humour, and the theatre of war helps to put them back together again - as a company of veterans and actors rehearse a play about a company of veterans and actors. Although worlds apart, they begin to realise there are more similarities between military life and the theatre than they bargained for, building a powerful new world of their own. A heart-warming story about surviving the forces and PTSD and what happens when you leave the military "family".
Some Guys Have All The Luck is a brand new theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart - from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod's incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? through to big ballads such as Sailing, You're In My Heart, and Tonight's the Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin' The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook.
Taking its inspiration from The Tower, by WB Yeats, the play tells the story of an old man who loses his wife to cancer. After she passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. The unfolding drama is told entirely without words, in their place movement, a gestural language, haunting accordion music and a use of masks that Lecoq-trained Theatre Ad Infinitum have entirely re-thought for this production.
The Cobbler's Arms - an unstoppable force in amateur rugby league! These guys mean business; with terrifying tactics and frightening physiques, they're indestructible and they know it! Or are they? Arthur Hoyle doesn't think so... and he'll stake his house on that! An impulsive bet with local Mr Big, Reg Welsh, says that Arthur can train any team to crucify the Cobblers. So, armed with burning ambition, he sets about kicking his beer swilling motley crew into shape. Can they make the impossible possible? Can they conquer the Cobblers? This play contains some strong language and is not suitable for children.
John Godber's award-winning comedy, Up 'n' Under, is given fingersmiths' spin with a cast of deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English to delight all audiences.
We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike. She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women's lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women's Hour Power List. She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them: "What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!" She not only stood up for workers' rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.
Drama about a family's moral legal case that creates national interest. Fourteen year old Ronnie Winslow is expelled from Osborne Naval College accused of stealing a postal order. Ronnie swears he did not do it, and so his father Arthur begins a fight to prove his son's innocence. The whole Winslow family is drawn into the consequences of the court action. First performed in London in 1946.
8 FEBRUARY - 17 FEBRUARY
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE, CHICHESTER
1 MAY - 5 MAY
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST
5 MARCH - 10 MARCH
THEATRE ROYAL, BATH
26 MARCH - 31 MARCH
ARTS THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE
16 APRIL - 21 APRIL
EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
14 MAY - 19 MAY
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
9 APRIL - 14 APRIL
THE LOWRY, SALFORD
21 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH
BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
8 MAY - 12 MAY
RICHMOND THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
23 APRIL - 28 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
12 MARCH - 17 MARCH
THE PLAYHOUSE, OXFORD
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.