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Written around 1600 and set in two contrasting communities; city and forest. Rosalind and Celia have been banished from Court. In fear of their lives, they disguise themselves and seek sanctuary in the Forest of Arden. Amongst the magical and ancient boughs, Rosalind discovers her exiled father, uncovers various truths about herself and others...and falls helplessly in love. But in this earthly paradise nothing is quite what it seems: men do not always act like men, and women can be anything at all...Uplifting, awe-inspiring and immense fun, Shakespeare's wondrous comedy is a joyous celebration of the liberating power of love and the redeeming spirit of nature.
Wise?yes, you are wise. In everything except that which needs wisdom. The god Dionysos has come to the city of Thebes, where Pentheus rules with cool composure. The young king seeks to ban all worship of his cousin Dionysos, whom he insists is a fake divinity. Little does he know: the god is watching his every move. Dionysos turns the women of the city mad, and plays cat and mouse with Pentheus. Things are about to change. Euripides' Bacchae, performed and translated ceaselessly since its first production in the 5th century BCE, tells a story of divine revenge. This version, performed in the original Ancient Greek (with English subtitles) explores the boundaries between masculine and feminine, individual and community, human and divine.
Dicken's original story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. This story has been adapted many many ways but the true magic and the great mix of fright and delight comes only from returning to the original.
This year's Christmas show will be none other than Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. We'll be transforming The North Wall Arts Centre into Victorian London this winter (chimney sweeps not included).
St Nicholas Catholic School's principal, Sister Aloysius, disapproves of the changes taking place in the Catholic Church, and in the increasingly liberal views of her fellow mid-sixties New Yorkers. It is this, and school-teacher Father Flynn's doctrinally flexible approach to working, that forces her to question his relationship with Donald, the only black pupil at the school. This play underpinned the film starring Meryl Streep & Philip Seymour-Hoffman and is a study in ethical uncertainty, structured like a detective drama. .
Tale of the unlikely, long-lasting friendship that blossoms between a prickly, elderly Southern matriarch and her kind-hearted chauffeur, Hoke. As the wheels turn and the decades roll by against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, the pair slowly transcend their differences and ultimately grow to rely on each other far more than either of them ever expected.
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.
Whoever we are, whatever we do, we're all detectives, puzzle-solvers, archaeologists. Our brains take tiny pieces of information and turn them into a story that we think makes sense. Fragments is inspired by the stories we tell ourselves from the scraps we have, and the gaps that we can't quite fill. At its heart is the lost myth of Cresphontes, a boy brought up to avenge his murdered father and brothers. Piecing his story together takes us on a journey through the fragments of our own lives: receipts, childhood memories, things half-heard and misunderstood. Melding ancient and modern, Fragments asks whether the way we see the world is really how it is.
Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour. Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck. Neither expected to fall in love. But once they did, they just kept on falling. Inspired by the true story of the ?Lonely Hearts Killers', a pair of latter-day Macbeths who gripped the imagination of 1950s America, 'Hummingbird' is dark, compelling physical theatre. Award-winning, Lecoq-trained Tooth+Nail blend acrobatics and action with a striking visual style to tell a deviously touching tale of love and murder. Hummingbird uses a lush soundscape of songs, jingles, adverts and other Americana to conjure up the post-war era. This also casts light on the motivation of a couple that believes owning the right car will buy them entry into a society that has rejected them.
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 Germany, during the months before the Second World War, 10,000 Jewish children made a perilous and heartbreaking journey, leaving their families in Europe to begin a new life in Britain - the Kindertransport. Kindertransport follows the journey of Jewish girl Eva as she leaves Germany behind for a new life in Manchester. Past and present day intertwine as we see the young Eva struggling with a displaced childhood and her adult self, Evelyn, confronting her past as her daughter Faith leaves home for the first time. And we discover the effects that Evelyn's painful childhood memories have on her life and family, as Faith finds letters and artefacts in the attic, revealing to her Evelyn's suppressed past life and her own hidden family history. Based upon the memories of Kindertransport children, Diane Samuel's riveting human drama explores the issues of how we define ourselves and the basic human need in all of us to have a sense of belonging.
Based on Khaled Hosseini's hugely popular international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and childhood friends, Amir and Hassan are about to be torn apart. It's a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives.
A body is discovered and a detective arrives. The suspects all seem to have a motive and the plot thickens. But there's a twist... Each night the story, characters, settings and even the ultimate identity of the killer are established, based on your suggestions! It's a race against time to uncover the murderer. Red herrings, sinister motives and cold blooded killers grace the stage as the audience and cast alike feel the thrill of the chase. Was it the Red Jones, the butler, who pushed the Lady Bloom down the stairs when she caught him stealing the silverware? Was it the quiet Dr. Goldsmith, set to acquire the shipping company now that Mr. Moss is floating face down in the swimming pool? Gasp as the dastardly plot is uncovered at the finale and the guilty party exposed, but can you guess whodunnit before the end?
Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Using projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. This piece is accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences through the use of British Sign Language, spoken English and creative captioning.
Rita and Sue are desperate girls living in recession-hit Bradford. Hope is at hand with the arrival of Bob who has what it takes to teach them everything they need to know about love, life and lust. The Royal Court, winning the 1981 George Devine Award originally commissioned this classic of the 80's. It was made into a film in 1986.
"Tell me what makes you so sad. Tell me your dark secret and I promise to keep it safe for you". The Good Daughter wants to make her father happy. He whispers in his daughter's ear and a great weight lifts from his shoulders. Feeling jubilated, he invites the whole town to confide in his miraculous daughter. Soon everyone is flocking to unburden themselves on The Secret Keeper. But what happens when a murderer confesses. And who is to blame for the consequences...? Told using puppetry, music and fiendish storytelling, The Secret Keeper is a witty and playful adult fairy tale with a murderous gothic heart from Angela Clerkin, Associate Artist with Improbable and Chris Goode and Co.
Testosterone is the true story of Kit Redstone's first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33. What first appears as a routine ritual of four men changing after a workout transforms into an epic coming of age quest for masculine identity in an environment that affords little space to hide. As well as a compelling, fast-paced, often funny story, Testosterone provides a rare, truthful and theatrically ambitious insight into what it means to be a "man" from someone who has inherited the identity, rather than been born with it.
The piece will bring together two distinctive devising and performing styles, fusing Kit Redstone's direct address delivery style with Rhum and Clay's ability to put characters' complex inner workings on the stage with the innovative use of movement and visuals.
Oskar Matzerath, the son of a permissive bourgeois couple is born with a fully developed intellect. Outraged by the passivity of the German people regarding the unstoppable growth of Nazism, the decadence of his family, and the world around him, he decides he will take a stand against the adult world by refusing to grow up. On his third birthday, when given a tin drum he was promised at his birth, he decides to remain three years old for the next 18 years, using his drum as his means of protest.
Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Gunter Grass' surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. A burlessque, a blitzkreig, a tidal wave about to break.
Inspector Archibald Fleet couldn't shake the feeling that something was very, very wrong. Or, more likely, that everything was just slightly wrong. The everything in question was London in 1887. "Even Greater London", to use its proper title, which nobody ever did. An uninterrupted urban plane encompassing the entire lower half of England, and for complex reasons, only the upper third of the Isle of Wight.
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+
18 OCTOBER - 11 NOVEMBER
15 SEPTEMBER - 14 OCTOBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
15 NOVEMBER - 2 DECEMBER
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
19 SEPTEMBER - 6 OCTOBER
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
14 FEBRUARY - 10 MARCH
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
14 MARCH - 7 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM
25 JANUARY - 10 FEBRUARY
BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON
13 DECEMBER - 6 JANUARY
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
29 AUGUST - 15 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
18 APRIL - 12 MAY
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
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.
In this city, you can be next-door neighbours, but live in totally different worlds. Omar is the only student not going home this Christmas, so he's stuck in halls alone. Jo might as well work through the holidays. Her kids don't want to see her anyway. They could both do with a friend. They could both do with having some actual fun... Stuffed full of love, songs and silliness, this is a sparkling new Christmas play for grown-ups, created specially for Oxford.