PAST THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 2017/18
Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, ‘Barnaby Rudge’ is absolutely a play for today. A story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder, goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution, and features Grip, a talking pet raven .
Through the course of the play fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and there are violent clashes on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its high drama, strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful blend of historical realism and ‘grotesque’ melodrama.
Comedy, cartoonery, poetry & improv! Created by the evening’s audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband. A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends.
Ian McMillan is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on Coast, BBC Breakfast, Countryfile, Pick of the Week, Last Word and The Arts Show.
Tony Husband is Cartoonist in Residence at The Lowry and has been awarded Strip, Gag & Sports Cartoonist of the Year no fewer than ten times by the Cartoon Arts Trust. His work appears regularly in many national newspapers and magazines.
Mora Grey worked alongside Samuel Beckett at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1970's - what was he really like? In her play, based on a true story, we find out, as we see Beckett in a theatre setting, deeply troubled by the latest production of his acclaimed play 'Krapp's Last Tape'.
It is the day of the first performance. Beckett's looming presence disturbs the Director, the Designer, the Wardrobe Mistress, the Flyman and the Actor.
This disturbance leads to unexpected and tragic events.
''an engrossing play... an excellent cast.... what would Beckett have made of this? My view is that he would have been gripped'' Alan Franks, formerly SUNDAY TIMES
We are pleased to welcome back GreenMathews touring, formerly ‘Blast from the Past, in a brand-new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic by Chris Green, who with Sophie Matthews and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer uses music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life.
Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad, as they embark on various adventures – on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. Using traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics, the four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.
This is a new venture by theCompany - an original and entertaining 'revue style' show which is linked together by the theme of 'words'.
Eleven talented actors aged from 17 to 79 bring the show to life, performing songs by Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim and excerpts from 'The History Boys', 'Under Milk Wood', 'The Lady in the Van', 'Henry V' and much, much more.
Highly entertaining, bittersweet and thought-provoking - a definite 'not to be missed' show.
On the basis of very strong recommendation we are delighted to screen F W Murnau's classic Dracula film, accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful new score, written and played by Dmytro Morykit. The event was premiered in Leicester and Leamington Spa for Halloween in October 2015 and received fantastic reactions from the audience. It then went on to open the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby in 2016. Previous audience feedback: includes: -
"Another wonderful score written & performed by the virtuoso Dmytro Morykit" - Noel J Griffin
"Fantastic Evening, look forward to your return." - Jamie Wilson
"We had the most amazing night and thought your compositions and playing were out of this world." - Jayne Reed
Dylan Thomas' wonderful short stories and poems are brought vividly to life in this enchanting, award winning show. Often overshadowed by his masterpiece, Under Milk Wood, world renowned solo performer Guy Masterson reveals the magic of Dylan Thomas' "other" works in a performance "of staggering energy and invention" (The Scotsman) brilliantly conjuring the romantic lyricism and genius in wordplay that made Thomas one of the World's greatest writers.
The programme includes three of Thomas' wonderful short stories; A Visit To Grandpa's, Holiday Memory and, of course, A Christmas Story (more popularly known as A Child's Christmas In Wales), plus a selection of his greatest verse including Fern Hill, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Death Shall Have No Dominion.
A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016
Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow
Running time: 85 minutes
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.
Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.
Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.
Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is rather remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians – Oscar Wilde.
From her childhood days suffering at the hands of her abusive mother to blossoming into a young woman of society, Constance’s story is intriguing and varied. She had her own income, she brought up her two small children almost single-handedly and was one of the most well-known faces and names among the celebrities of London in the late 1800s.
In this presentation of her life, told using excerpts of accounts in letters to those she knew and loved, in which she reveals a wit that rivalled Oscar himself, a sense of humour dry and winning and a sense of self that will have every audience member rooting for her from beginning to end.
Featuring award-winning actress and writer Lexi Wolfe who received the nomination for Best Female Actor at the Buxton Fringe 2016 for this production.
From Kerala to Camden, an epic, mystical tale of love, loss and soul-food, which was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016 under the direction of Guy Masterson.
A cobbler and a cook concoct a delicious transcontinental enchantment as tragedy and chance entwine. Katie dreams of curries and chapattis; Ajna, of holy souls and reincarnation... A delightful, poetic, magical yarn that conjoins the spirit of India with the heart of London.
When the National Portrait Gallery, announced they were presenting their current Cezanne show (with Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC), Exhibition on Screen grasped the opportunity of producing this film
Based on his portraiture it is ideal as the best route through his life story. The people of his life are there – many painted more than once, as they mature and develop with him. With them are more than three dozen self-portraits which, Rembrandt excepted, is an uncommonly large number for an artist.
Something happened in the 19th century – maybe reflecting the improvement of mirrors, the changing status of artists, or something about self-absorption, self-criticism and self-analysis as this period headed towards the 20th century. Cézanne – like his contemporary Van Gogh – left behind a life story in paint, along with that other great resource - his letters, which offer so much insight into his life and work and are a major foundation for this film.
Please note that the matinée performance is cancelled, due to low demand **
In this light modern drama by Barney Norris, Arthur has had several falls, but he feigns strength as he works hard to keep his farm going and look after his wife Edie, who is showing early signs of dementia. The routine of their life changes with the arrival of a blue haired carer with problems of her own. Meanwhile, their son Stephen is determined that his mother should be in a care home, not living in their Yorkshire farmhouse.
In a tender look at a long and happy marriage, this play also explores the very current themes of ageing, family support and the struggle for survival in the farming industry
** Box Office will contact those booked for Saturday afternoon to arrange transfer to the evening performance, or refunds
Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.
Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!
From the creators of Dalloway, Austen’s Women, Female Gothic and I, Elizabeth.
Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.
★★★★★ ‘Hands down the best adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium.’ (Broadway Baby)
★★★★★ ‘Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage’ (British Theatre Guide)
★★★★★ ’A theatrical masterpiece' (Edinburgh Guide)
Spanning 30 dramatic years, Di and Viv and Rose is a funny, moving and endearing story of three women who meet at university in the 80s. We follow them from a student house, with a passionate belief in a world of opportunities, to the present day; through the ups and inevitable downs, stretching their relationships with each other to a near breaking point.
Just An Ordinary Lawyer tells the story of Nigerian Tunji Sowande, as he quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge in 1978.
Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song.
Recalling heroic sporting achievements alongside epoch-defining political events
Emily Jane Brontë’s only novel is widely considered one of the greatest works of fiction ever written. Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father.
After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.
With live music, multiple characterisation, humour and inventiveness this story is as enjoyably engaging as you would expect in the reliable hands of Hotbuckle!
Set over the course of three years this play chronicles the lives of the three Prozorov sister and the many men who seem to want to be involved in their lives. They are mainly not interested in the men who pursue them and basically want to get to Moscow, where they imagine that life will be perfect and all their troubles over.
With a cast of 15 actors, you’ll find it exciting, funny and profound. When did you last see six actors singing in Russian and enjoying some rousing Russian dancing? Though far from the usual choice for an amateur group Warton Drama prove that the great works are as exciting and entertaining as any other and have already sold out for four nights in Warton, following their successes with Our Country’s Good and Twelfth Night.