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1984. England. Seventeen-year-old Liverpool fan Tarno is coming of age to the beats of bhangra and Madonna, the miners' strike and the Sikh independence struggle in India. Dad supports the pro-Khalistanis, one brother fights the National Front after school, the other wants a flash Ford Cortina, while Mum arranges his marriage to a Punjabi village girl, nagging Tarno to make chapattis. Seeking her own truth and freedom in worlds under siege, Tarno has to kick against the men at home ? and Maggie Thatcher and Indira Gandhi outside. In a play about youthful idealism, faith and belief, if you can't trust those in power, who can you trust?
Stuck in Somerset on her sixteenth birthday, Steph's got to sort out something huge without getting cow shit on her Adidas. Her parents are busy divorcing, but her Granny's got time to disapprove. A dark and hilarious comedy.
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine. Examining the lives of a group of ordinary men that do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.
A warm-hearted comedy set in a beauty parlour in the American deep South. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Robert Harling's play began as a short story about the death of his diabetic sister following childbirth, before it evolved into a play. Harling was a model and an actor at the time. The off-Broadway WPA Theatre first produced the work, before, following revisions by Harling, it moved to Broadway, opening June 19, 1987, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and running for 1,126 performances. Steel Magnolias made its way to the big screen in 1989, featuring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The film version expanded the story to include the men who are only alluded to in the stage version. The close-knit circle of women at Truvy's Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin, have lots of time to gossip. Their husbands - absent, depressed or dead - have made sure of that. Consequently, visitors to the salon get more than a wash and a cut. Alternately hilarious and touching, the play focuses on the camaraderie of these six Southern women who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times - and cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. They are soul mates in a rarefied way that assumes a cult of femininity - sisters come hell and high water. The women at Truvy's beauty parlour are the steel magnolias of the title: Southern belles, flowery on the outside, but strong enough inside to survive any challenge, many of which are presented throughout the course of the narrative.
The play had a hit off Broadway run in New York in the 1996/97 season, winning a Drama Desk Award nomination and an Obie Award. The play has subsequently been performed on tour in America with great success. 'The Vagina Monologues' was the centrepiece for V-Day, a gala theatrical and musical charity event, which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Valentine's Day 1998. Artists taking part in this event included Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon. The Vagina Monologues, subtitled "An Anthropological Exploration", reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. The material was gathered from hundreds of intimate interviews, conducted by Ensler, in which women were asked probing questions such as "If it your vagina could talk, what would it say?".