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Alice Hargreaves takes refuge in her dusty cellar, rediscovering her childhood amongst broken tennis racquets, old lamp shades and moth-eaten christening gowns. Meanwhile her son Alan, a WWI soldier, makes the same imaginary journey down the rabbit hole to escape the madness of war, animating the objects around him to return them both to a wonderland of talking rabbits, mad hatters and savage queens.
Based on Lewis Carroll's literary classic and the real life Alice who inspired it, this poignant new play is brought imaginatively to life with Metta's trademark mix of theatre and puppetry. Age Guidance 10+
When Malcolm and Kate threw a house-warming they had no idea how hot it would get. But then with four couples, three bedrooms, two ex-lovers and one set of parents-in-law (not to mention self assembly furniture and pilchards on toast) it was never going to go that smoothly. First performed June 1975.
For four and a half years an English market town stands still as the bodies of three hundred and fifty-five dead military personnel are repatriated through the town. The average age is twenty-two. Imagine all that death and sadness travelling down your High Street. A middle aged man embarks on a journey to meet civilians, war veterans, bereaved parents and serving soldiers who have seen their friends die in front of them. They help him make sense of his life and bring about a reconciliation with his military childhood. Can they shed light on the purpose of these young deaths and this generation's war in the face of a British withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014? Do We Do The Right Thing? is based upon verbatim and autobiographical material and intends to give a voice to the contemporary soldier as well as asking us to consider our own relationship to the military and acts of remembrance in time of war and peace.
1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the nation lie with one woman. 2014. England. A country divided by those who enjoy plays featuring men in dresses and those who don't. The hopes of the nation lie with two Bristolian actors.
But Howard Coggins and Stuart McLoughlin can no longer rely on apparent physical resemblances to Tudor monarchs. They've done (The Six Wives of) Henry VIII, and the truth is neither of them look like anyone else. But they won't be deterred. With more live original music, silly songs, stupid shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you'll never forget.
One night of freedom. A locked cemetery. Three players. No rules. Two best friends meet on the outskirts of Bristol. Maisie and Bel have known each other forever, but tonight there's an intruder in their supposedly unbreakable friendship. Na?ve Coogan's presence will push their bond to its very limits. No one knows how this night will end, but one thing's for sure; none of them will ever be the same again. Honest.
Recommended age 13+
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.
In Jessie Briton's moving new play, it's November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion as young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home... When the trio's singing causes a disturbance up the line they face unwelcome attention from their commanding officers. Is music their ticket away from the front, as Robbie dreams, or will the passion it brings about prove more dangerous than bullets and gas?
Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy will transport you into the wanton world of the English Restoration. King Charles II lies ill; Nell Gwyn, once the brightest star of the theatre, rages against her fate. What will become of her if Charles is summoned to his Maker? Mistress Gwyn and Margery, her maid, lead us a merry dance, filled with their laughter, their tears and Nell's enchanting songs of the baroque: a rollicking romp that ends with a sting in its tail.
The play centres around the Hotel Beauregard, a typical small south coast establishment. It is a refuge for the elderly, the lonely and somewhat eccentric. Here the long term residents interact with each other and with the occasional short term visitors.
Whilst reporting the outbreak of war, a journalist is held at gunpoint, caught in the no-man's land between two nations. Testimony, singing and choreography fuse into a multi-disciplined performance. Stories and life changing experiences of war journalists create a song cycle performance threaded with extracts of the interviews to bring to life the horror, pain, courage and the strength of friendship - the bearable and the worst of war. Helen and Designer Miriam Nabarro have interviewed war correspondents covering Iraq, Chechnya, Georgia, Afghanistan, Liberia and Bosnia, including Giuliana Sgrena who was taken hostage in Fallujah, Iraq, and subsequently shot at by the US army.
After the death of his wife, a long suffering husband feels a sense of freedom for the first time in years. But not for long. The apple tree in the garden has begun to flourish: growing and twisting into a macabre and all too familiar shape... While on holiday, a bored and neglected housewife begins a frivolous love affair with a photographer. What began as a harmless distraction soon becomes all-consuming. As his obsession grows, the only way out pushes her to the extreme. Daphne Du Maurier's atmospheric short stories about the mystery of love, life and desire are vividly brought to life and show why she remains one of the greatest authors of modern literature.