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It's 1972. An era of possibility, polyester and pubic hair. Ziggy Stardust is on Top of the Pops, Penny is writing an essay on Lady Chatterley's Lover and Christine is watching Deepthroat. Brian is confused. The Wardrobe Ensemble tell the story of the class of '72 with a handsome funk guitarist and some spacehoppers. Was it easier back then? Where did we go wrong? 1972: The Future of Sex is a brisk romp through the ins and outs of those excellently awkward first sexual encounters from the company who brought you 33 and Riot. It was exceptionally received at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, where it won The Stage Award for Acting Excellence.
South Devon, 2001. As disease ravages the countryside, local dairy vet Jeff arrives with a dire warning for his friend Michael, a widowed farmer. Michael must make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve all that he holds dear. As he barricades his farm and home against a tide of devastation only Jeff can clear a way through the falling ash. From the bloodbath of the foot-and-mouth crisis to developers consuming land for real estate, And Then Come the Nightjars charts one farm's struggle to survive the march of history. Fierce with rage and achingly tender in turn, Bea Roberts' play is a story of enduring friendship in a requiem for rural England.
A tragi-comedy that takes us on an energetic sprint through two days in the lives of extraordinary teenagers Pig and Runt, celebrating their seventeenth birthdays together in the night-clubs of Pork City. Disco Pigs contains strong language and explicit descriptions of violence. Suitable for young people aged 14 and over.
Rescued near the North Pole, a dying Victor Frankenstein tells a British explorer Captain Robert Walton, an incredible tale of his cursed life. The eldest son of a wealthy Swiss family, Frankenstein is sent to University in Ingolstadt, where his brilliance and thirst for knowledge are soon clear to all. He develops an obsessive quest to create life and bestow it on an inanimate being, which he has constructed from the corpses of many experiments; something which horrifies even himself. When he succeeds in animating his creature, he is appalled by what he's done and hides from him; the creature disappears, only gradually does it become apparent that in creating this being, then rejecting him, Frankenstein has brought about the doom of all those who are dear to him.
Geneva, Switzerland, 1823. Deeply affected by his mother's untimely passing and the death of Greg, his pet hamster, undergraduate Victor Frankenstein, comes up with a plan. Using all of his best science-y skills, he endeavours to conquer death, once and for all - by creating life itself! But will his creation be to his liking? Or has Victor unwittingly made a huge mistake? With a four-piece band pumping out original music, preposterous puppets, grotesque gags and diabolically desperate dance-moves, this rib-tickingly raucous monster of a show will leave you in stitches. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so is the industry. How will Alf adapt in order to survive? Follow a fish's journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull's ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. In Our Hands will transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher's Fortune. Using innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score, join Alf as he journeys from the depths of despair to rise again and rescue the life he loves.
Like a tiny bomb exploding in the middle of your life, the baby arrives - and suddenly the world you knew becomes a different place entirely. How do our priorities shift when we become parents? How do we adjust - and what happens if we don't? A baby is more than Natasha bargained for - and she's also wondering whether boyfriend Jay will ever grow up. As a flood of plastic balls and children's toys is unleashed in the middle of their marriage, Sam and Ronnie struggle to stay afloat despite their careful plans. An honest, funny and touching show with a live score played on children's instruments.
A very British scandal involving fraud, bigamy, a disputed title, a legal case, madness and, ultimately, attempted murder. An extraordinary set of circumstances finds Lady Anna, a woman of aristocratic birth, in love with a radical tailor's son. The weight of the Victorian establishment closes its ranks against the match. So Anna must choose between her family, her class and everything she has ever known or settle for love, destitution and disgrace.
Lady Constance Chatterley is trapped in a loveless marriage. Injured in battle, the baronet Clifford Chatterley is unable to satisfy the sexual desires of his wife and so she finds herself in the arms of another man. As the passionate love affair between Constance and Mellors the gamekeeper reaches it's climax, the constraints of a class-led society are broken down and the two lovers find a fulfilment never experienced before. Written in 1925, D.H. Lawrence's controversial work was banned from sale until 1960. It made headlines for it's frank and explicit depiction of sex and it's portrayal of a passionate and adulterous love affair. Years ahead of it's time, this work deals with sexual taboos that are still present in society even today. Warning: This play contains adult content.
A story of love, blood and gore you can really get your teeth into. Join The Last Baguette in their wild quest to unravel an inexplicable murder. With 21 characters, 4 actors, 3 nationalities and 2 very sharp fangs, Dracula is a delirious gallop through this classic tale of gothic horror.
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on bringing an ambitious 1920's murder mystery (Murder at Haversham Manor) to The Edinburgh Festival. Chris the arrogant head of the drama society has directed the piece and cast himself as the dynamic Inspector. Desperate wannabe actress Sandra and the genuinely doting Max struggle opposite each other as the romantic interest while hapless Dennis still can't pronounce 'facade'. An hour of hilarious disaster ensues; actors get knocked out, the play gets stuck on a loop and the set falls down before the final denouement. The production ends with an uproarious, totally improvised Q&A session with the cast, where the audience can put their own questions to the unfortunate troupe.
Across the UK there are thousands of people who have stopped playing. There are guitars propped up in bedrooms that haven't been strummed in years. Trumpets that got packed away after the brass band played its last gig. Drum kits taking up too much space in garages. Unfolding Theatre is developing a show that explores why we stop playing and what it might take to get us started again. They are working with a team of talented, imaginative theatre-makers and musicians, including singer and guitarist Ross Millard (The Futureheads, Frankie & The Heartstrings) and performer Alex Elliott (who has collaborated with Kneehigh, Northern Stage, Quarantine, Traverse Theatre and used to play bass clarinet).
John Betjamen was the nation's favourite poet. Sand in the Sandwiches, celebrates a man famous not only for the light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry.
In 1934 a young German refugee flees to Paris and discovers the genius of photography. She reinvents herself as Gerda Taro, becoming one of the pioneering women to photograph the front line. In this startling and visually rich production Idle Motion expose one of the most remarkable untold stories of our age. Today we live in a world where our lives can feel like they are defined by our collective Kodak moments. With the compulsion to capture it all we are flooded by a myriad of images. And yet within the 2.5 billion photographs taken every day, there will only be a precious few that we will continue to hold on to.
Inspired by the path to Afghanistan, well trodden down the ages whether by Western merchants, missionaries, Hippies or soldiers, There Shall Be Fireworks unearths a startling true story from a two hundred-year-old cemetery in Kabul known as the Kabre Gora ('the graveyard of foreigners').
Martin Bonger (Fatman, Around the World in 80 Days) plays an American stockbroker turned statesman, thwarted in one wildly ambitious bid to change the world for good. With composition by Jennifer Bell (recently featured on Radio 4's Word of Mouth), it is a haunting new show about being possessed by an idea.
Lyrical piece about life in a Welsh fishing village. A play for voices first broadcast in 1954 with Richard Burton as First Voice. Come to Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edward's and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood. Join the townsfolk as Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and rhythm of a day, from the first light of dawn into a busy morning and through the long, slow afternoon.
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.