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Emma's been seeing Darren. She thinks she's in love. Her boss thinks she's in breach of contract. Times are hard and good jobs are scarce. How far will Emma go to keep hers? Hilarious and heart-wrenching, Bartlett's comedy invites you to a meeting at the dark heart of corporate life during times of austerity.
'We're opposites, even though we came from the same, she's nuttin like me, an that shames me.' Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they've never really spoken. Muna wears TopShop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj's latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs. They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret. Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James' devastating new play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.
The Debt Collectors mixes money and love with the love of money, as two out of work actors fall into the world of debt recovery. It's a role they despise but a job they were made for, and they are desperate for cash. But all is not what it seems in this hilarious comedy of unpaid bills, offers of sex and boozy bailiffs! Join the Debt Collectors as they dig into a world of cash and collection and what we will do to avoid it! They were once in The Bill now they're on your case! Demanding money has never been as funny - they may be in the wrong job, but they are the best in the business! The Debt Collectors - they know where you live, and how much you paid for it! A contemporary comedy about credit, castings and cashing in.
A modern day mash-up of Shakespearean romance set in Sheffield on Midsummer's Eve.
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
What happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings, and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives? Intimate and funny, this play presents a lifetime of conversations, condensed into four versions of the same moment.
The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire.
Crucible. Part of Ramps on the Moon
Bold and irreverent storytelling explores the complex character of this colourful Stewart king - a poet, a lover, a law-maker but also the product of a harsh political system. James I of Scotland was captured when he was only 13 and became King of Scots in an English prison. 18 years later he's finally delivered back home with a ransom on his head and a new English bride. He's returning to a poor nation, the royal coffers are empty and his nobles are a pack of wolves ready to tear him apart at the first sign of weakness. But James has his own ideas about how to be a king and, after 18 years, he finally has the chance to realise them. James is determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring families, but that struggle will force him to make terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.
In the second of Rona Munro's dynastical trilogy, innocent games merge with murderous intent in a violent royal playground of shifting realities and paranoia. An eight year old boy is crowned King of Scots. Soon James II is the prize in a vicious game between the country's most powerful families, for whoever has the person of the boy king, controls the state. Seen through a child's eyes, the Scottish court is a world of monsters with sharp teeth and long knives. Growing up alone, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, James II is little better than a puppet. There is only one relationship he can trust, his growing friendship with another lonely boy, William, the future Earl of Douglas. The two boys cling together as they try to survive the murder and mayhem that surrounds them. But the independence and power of young adulthood brings James into an even more threatening world. He has to fight the feuding nobles who still want to control him, he has to make brutal choices about the people he loves best, he has to struggle to keep his tenuous grip on the security of the crown and on his sanity....while the nightmares and demons of his childhood rise up again with new and murderous intent.
Like James III himself, the final instalment of Rona Munro's extraordinary trilogy is colourful, brash and unpredictable. It turns its eye on the women of the royal court, both lowly and high born, who prove to be its beating heart. Queen Margaret, married to James III is played by Sofie Grabol, most known to audiences as Sarah Lund in the Danish TV series, The Killing. James III of Scotland. A man who's irresistible, charismatic, a man of fashion and culture. A man with big dreams ...and no budget to realise any of them. Obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill-afford and his restless nobles will no longer tolerate, James is loved and loathed in dangerously unstable proportions. But Scotland's future will be decided by the woman who loves him best of all, his resourceful and resilient wife, Queen Margaret of Denmark. As dreams battle brutal realities and the nation thunders dangerously close to regicide and civil war, her true love and clear vision offer the only protection that can save a fragile monarchy and rescue a struggling people. But the cost for Margaret herself may be too high.
Inspired by Tolstoy's great tale of obsessive sexual jealousy; the story is told through a conversation on a train in which a man confesses to killing his wife whilst in a state of jealous rage. Laura Wade's critically acclaimed play explores the relationship between the man and wife, with the unheard voices of the murdered woman and the violinist finding expression in the riveting musical and theatrical performance.
The explosive culmination of interwoven words and emotive music amplifies the intensity of the bitter and tragic love-triangle to incredibly passionate levels. Janacek's String Quartet No. 1 (the 'Kreutzer Sonata') echoes Tolstoy's writing with the portrayal of the suffering of a woman, beaten and tortured to death, represented in emotionally highly-charged music. Illuminating the husband's account is Beethoven's Violin Sonata in A major Op. 47 'Kreutzer Sonata'. The piece evokes the turbulent passion embedded in Tolstoy's story with elements of wildness. The result is a performance which brings together three renowned works of art, each of which invigorates the other, all telling of intense romantic emotions.
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.
And now a song for all those Sandras out there, just looking for their Keiths... Inspired by the late night, confessional radio show of the same name, Late Night Love is an investigation of how the combination of power ballads and intimate, adult phone-ins impacted our expectations of life and relationships. Tune in and join Eggs Collective as they attempt to remember the teenagers they were and the adults they thought they'd be. Late Night Love is an attempt to work out how men and women are made, to unpick the truth from the fiction of chocolate boxes and to decipher what the careless whispers of romance in popular culture are trying to tell us. This show is a tribute to the infinite wisdom of lonely truckers on the A6, heartbroken women called Carly, and the power of power ballads.
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.
Hirst, a respected and wealthy poet, comes across Spooner, a fellow poet who has fallen on hard times, in a chance meeting at Jack Straw's Castle, his local public house. They retire to Hirst's Hampstead home to continue their drinking and conversation. Later, two younger men, Foster and Briggs, arrive claiming to be Hirst's guardians. Nothing, however, is as it seems. First performed in 1975, No Man's Land is one of [Harold Pinter's most darkly comic, savagely disturbing - and seldom seen - plays. The tenuous nature of memory, and the primal, aggressive nature of men struggling to maintain their status in an unrelenting world are forged together in this modern classics.
Taste Productions return with their own unique retelling of Dickens' novel, bringing to life the pathos and tragedy of the Victorian workhouse and the life of the countless unknown urchins who struggled to stay alive in the filth of the world's greatest city, and performed with a Brechtian/ physical theatre and multi-role twist!
A story of four ordinary men in extraordinary times...? On the 12 December 1940, more than six hundred people lost their lives in over seven hours of continuous bombing by Germany's Luftwaffe. Their objective? Wiping Sheffield's world famous steel works - the heartland of Britain's munitions manufacturing - clean off the map. The ruthless attack left Sheffield in ruins - destroying families, shattering a way of life, and changing the city forever. At 11.44pm on the night of the raid, a single 500kg bomb reduced the Marples Hotel, which stood proudly in Fitzalan Square, from seven storeys to just fifteen feet of rubble. Only one of the ten compartments in the hotel's cellars withstood the blast. Within it, trapped, were four men. This is their story, from beginning to end...
Ayckbourn's first West End hit comedy of confusion. A lazy summer Sunday in the late 60's. Ginny has fallen in love with Greg and wants Philip to leave her alone. So she sets off to see Philip and tell him once-and-for-all. Greg thinks she's visiting her parents and discovers Philips address so decides to pay a surprise visit and ask for her hand. For once, Philip's wife is still at home when Greg arrives before Ginny. Confused?
The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
Jack and Liz are in Blackpool for one last time. John Godber's classic play tells the touching and humorous story of a marriage through a lifetime of annual September holidays together. Loosely based on Godber's own Yorkshire grandparents, September in the Rain is a nostalgic wander down the rain-sodden streets and beaches of Blackpool in its heyday as Jack and Liz guide us gently back through their various September holidays spent in the famous British resort : the cramped boarding houses, sitting on the beach with trousers rolled up and socks pulled up even further, and of course climbing the famous Blackpool tower.
In An Englishman Abroad, actress Coral Browne receives an intoxicated visitor to her dressing room in a Moscow theatre. He's a familiar, upper-class Englishman - the disgraced double-agent Guy Burgess. Invited to dine at his flat, she is given one simple instruction - 'bring a tape measure'. A Question of Attribution follows Anthony Blunt, esteemed art historian and Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures. A chance encounter with the Queen leads to a sharp exchange of wits, but will he reveal to her what would later be revealed to the world - that the man who worked in the heart of her household was also a Soviet spy?
From Made In China sideman and author of the award-winning 'punk-opera' The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid comes a tale of paranoia and ultra-violence, a cartoon romance and a midnight movie for the mind's eye. Chock-full of gonzo humour and apocalyptic imagery, This is How We Die is a motor-mouthed solo performance and a blood-soaked love letter to the depraved, the depressed and the death-obsessed.
'?The Ventoux is a God of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. It never forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering.' Roland Barthes Lance Armstrong's sacrifice to Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France was to gift victory to his fierce rival Marco Pantani in the greatest contest the mountain and the sport had ever seen. Marco Pantani's sacrifice was his own life just five years later. Both were plagued by allegations of doping throughout their careers - now one is revered, and the other disgraced. The mystical Mont Ventoux, having claimed the mental and physical health of many professionals before them, was their legendary battlefield.