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Yasmina Reza's play is essentially about the concepts of friendship and value, and the way in which the two can cause conflict. One friend tries to appease a quarrel between two others over the purchase of a work of art, but in doing so only makes things worse, forcing all three of them to re-examine their friendship and the direction in which it is going.1997 - Olivier Award Best Comedy. 1998 - Tony Award Best Play
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.
Having kids is not an easy decision: Can I afford it? Have I got enough room? Will I screw it up? Now imagine making these decisions if you have a learning disability. Woah - wait a minute... learning-disabled parents? Erm, can they do that? Do they even have sex? Yes, yes 'they' do. Fast moving, raw and eye-opening, Mia explores the truths and myths about learning disability and parenthood in today's society. Think pop culture with popcorn, science with silliness, stories with statistics. Mia challenges the often taken for granted idea of ?being a parent'.
This is a rip-roaring account of Fleabag, a twenty-something female trying to find her place in the world. With an incredible original score, we follow Fleabag's journey through life, love and work. Fleabag is an anti-heroine, a refreshingly unique example of today's modern woman. It's like meeting a friend for an up-close and personal chat. This is comedy story-telling at its very best with all the unspoken nitty-gritty of real life.
David Frost's interviews with Richard Nixon, following the Watergate scandal in 1972 and the President's humiliating resignation, drew the largest audience for a news interview ever. Could this British talk-show host be the one to elicit an apology from the man who committed one of the biggest felonies in American political history?
One of the longest running comedies in Broadway and West End history, Harvey has endeared generations of audiences with the relationship of the amiable Elwood P Dowd and his best friend, the 6'1" tall white rabbit which only he can see. Elwood's family are finally driven to committing him into Chumley's rest home for the mentally disturbed, and here the fun really starts. Doctor Chumley becomes convinced he, too, can see Harvey and, believing that the rabbit is a spirit of good fortune, attempts to charm him away from Elwood. The madness is catching, as everybody soon believes that Harvey is as large as life.
What are we going to do? We've got to know - I won't be able to sleep - What are we going to do? Someone sneezes. Someone can't get a signal. Someone shares a secret. Someone won't answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone is her brother's mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone's never felt like this before. In this fast moving kaleidoscope more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.
Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Hong Kong, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into a past of shocking family secrets that will change her life forever. Based on Helen Tse's bestselling novel Sweet Mandarin, this evocative new play by award winning writer In-Sook Chappell, tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant. A family held together with one lifeline- food.
Chief Bromden, half American-Indian, whom the authorities believe is deaf and dumb, tells the story of a mental institution ruled by Big Nurse on behalf of the all-powerful Combine. Into the terrifying grey world comes McMurphy, a brawling gambling man, who wages total war on behalf of his cowed fellow inmates. What follows is at once hilarious and heroic, tragic and ultimately liberating. Ken Kesey's first novel was published in 1962 and was adapted for the state in 1963 by Dale Wasserman. It was produced successfully on Broadway starring Kirk Douglas and subsequently became an Oscar winning film directed by Milos Forman, starring Jack Nicholson.
Based on a heart-warming true story, the play follows a group of 18th Century convicts and officers as they confront a savage new land. These jailbirds, male and female, have no rights and their treatment is as ferocious as the landscape. But one man defies the rules. Lt Ralph Clark creates the very first piece of theatre ever to be performed in Australia, The Recruiting Officer. The drama mounts as the convicts rehearse, and their hopes for a new life grow stronger. Incredibly the play will go on! Our Country's Good was first presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 10 September 1988. Note: The convicts use explicit language and this award-winning play contains scenes which some people might find shocking.
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.
In a home for retired musicians, ageing opera singers, Wilfred, Cissy and Reggie are all preoccupied - Wilfred with lusting after Cissy, Cissy with getting to grips with her failing memory, and Reggie with trying to keep the tenor of his days as harmonious as possible. But then the famous soprano, their former colleague, Jean Horton moves in. Highly-strung and prone to meanness, her presence is felt by everyone, particularly Reggie. Then the four are asked to perform the Quartet from Rigoletto - for which they were so celebrate in their heyday in the homes annual gala concert. Can Wilfred, Cissy and Reggie persuade Jean to join them? More to the point, will any of them be able to raise their voices in song?
Two Men. Two World Wars. Two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock. Bound together by birth, business and bloody bad luck, Albert and Harold Steptoe wake up every morning to the same old, same old, sickening sight of each other. Joined at the hip and heart, they bother, bicker and banter their way through life - toying with each others frailties like mean kittens. Do they even notice the world turning as they cling on? There are ladies if they would only look around them, and space travel... and Cliff Richard! "Open your eyes" we shout from the stalls! "Look up at the moon and count the stars!" But they can't. Or won't. Families, eh?
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. Let those on the continent cooperate and hug and kiss each other on the ruddy cheek. Here in Britain, one party governs and we get things done. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. A minority government? No one with any sense or gumption gives you more than a matter of weeks. You're gonna fall, and fast, and hard. So start finding things to land on. Now. Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham's This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
The National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
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.
At the heart of the play is a gay love story set in York in the early 1960s. While putting on the York Miracle Plays, a middle class young man has met a working class man and tries to persuade him to leave York for London, where he is working in the theatre. But unlike so many working class artists in the 1960s, he stays at home. The play is also a meditation on art, and in particular on the existence of an alternative tradition that goes back to the York Mystery Cycles whose work is both tough and emotional, unsentimental and profoundly felt.