The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui

by Bertholt Brecht
16-20 January

A 1941 play by the German playwright, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a satire of Hitler’s rise to power. It tells the story of gangster, Arturo Ui, as he seizes control of the vegetable trade in 1930s Chicago and neighboring Cirero, Illinois. A cautionary tale demonstrating the ridiculousness and preventability of the rise of a dictator, this play is one of Brecht's most entertaining, dealing with dark subject matter through vibrant and engaging characters.

Director: Penelope Lipsham

Jekyll and Hyde (Youth Theatre show)

by Evan Placey
6-10 February

A radical re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale, where civilised society meets seedy Soho in a thrilling collision of Victorian England with the here and now. Written for the National Youth Theatre, and first performed by the company at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End in 2017, Jekyll & Hyde reinvents the macabre classic.

Directors: Greg Williams, Mattea Thomas-Gray, Siobhán Campbell

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
20-24 February

A modern staging of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. A dreamlike chaos of overlapping lives - people falling asleep, falling in and out of love, hacked rehearsals and getting stuck all night at train stations, mostly thanks to the meddling and mischief from the over-powerful and under-occupied. Despite all this, we still see the magic and joy of hardworking people making art, just for the love of it and even sharing it with the very people who continue to treat them so badly.

Director: Miriam Nice

Orca

by Matt Grinter
5-9 March

Midsummer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the water, keeping them safe from the roaming orcas for another year.

Fan hopes with all her heart to be chosen. But her sister Maggie says she must never go with the boats. Because something happened to Maggie out there. Something no-one will admit.

Director: Sarah Louise Pearcey

Original poster image ©Rosalind Lyons

Copenhagen

by Michael Frayn
19-23 March

In 1941, two physicists, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, met in Copenhagen. The details of this meeting remain a mystery, but its ramifications reverberate through the world today. In this multi-award winning play by Michael Frayn (Noises Off), the wit and wisdom of great minds will have you laughing, thinking and questioning the fabric of reality.

Director: Peter Stevens

Mayfly

by Joe White
2-6 April

In a delicate dance between humour and loss, "Mayfly" encapsulates a family's fragile journey towards hope. Ben harbours doubts about his worth, Cat awaits a prophesied newcomer, and their daughter Loops stands on the brink of new love. Set over the course of a single day against a backdrop of rural isolation, the unexpected appearance of Harry catalyses transformation.

Director: James Jackson

One For Sorrow

by Cordelia Lynn
16-20 April

When Imogen invites John into her family home following a terrorist attack, they are forced to confront their ethics head-on; he is not what they expected - different to them. Cordelia Lynn's bitingly funny and tense drama explores the limits of middle-class liberalism across the generational divide. Can they learn to match their morals with their actions?

Director: James Tibbles

Jerusalem

by Jez Butterworth
30 April - 4 May

It's St. George's Day and the morning of the local county fair. The May Queen is missing, the villagers are nursing their collective hangovers, and all are immersed in the world of the man and the myth, Johnny "Rooster" Byron. Apart from his cohort of hangers on, the council want to evict him, others want revenge, and his son just wants to be taken to the fair.


Director: Charlotte Benstead

The Liar

by David Ives
14-18 May

"All the world's a lie, and all the men and women merely liars.” Dorante is charming, handsome - and a pathological liar. Newly arrived in Paris, his outlandish tales amaze and convince all who hear them, but for each problem his clever lying solves, it creates two new ones. Especially that one with the pomegranates.

Director: Mark Ireson

Two

by Jim Cartwright
28 May - 1 June

Two is a real time, one scene snapshot of life in a local pub on a weekend evening. The spotlight falls on the couple who run the pub then pairs of their customers and always back again, pulling various relationships into focus. The landlord and landlady are suppressing their sad secret while they paint on smiles for their customers.

Director: Jess Osorio

Auditions: 18 & 19 February

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (Female protagonist version)

by Brian Clark
11-15 June

What would you do if you had an active, witty and creative brain but could no longer do even the simplest task for yourself? Overnight, Claire has gone from being a successful sculptor with an active social life and devoted partner to being a quadriplegic unable to do anything for herself but think and speak. Her life is literally in the hands of the medical professionals.
...Or so they suppose.

Director: Lily Ann Green

Auditions: 3rd & 4th March

Gundog

by Simon Longman
25-29 June

Anna, Becky and Ben struggle after the death of their mother leaves life in flux. Their grandfather is haunted by the past, their father looms in the present and disease among the sheep makes the future uncertain. As they question their survival, along comes Guy, a stranger seeking his own resolution.

Director: Meréana Tomlinson and Ella Mcivor (supported by the Youth Team)

Auditions: 10th & 11th March

Queers

by Various, curated by Mark Gatiss
9-13 July

Queers celebrates a century of evolving social and political milestones in British gay history.
Six monologues for six performers of varying ages: some funny, some tragic, all of them casting an entertaining spotlight on what it was as a gay man in the last century.

Director: Jack King

Auditions: 31st March & 1st April

The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (adapted by Steve Canny and John Nicholson)
25-27 July and 1-3 August (There will be both matinee and evening performances on 27 July and 3 August)

A demonic hound appears to be terrorising the heirs of the Baskerville family, whose home borders the wastes of Dartmoor. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are implored by a friend of Sir Henry Baskerville to investigate the curse. A comedic take on the story sees an energetic cast of three bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous story to life in an interpretation that will amuse and terrorise its audience in equal measure.

Director: Lisa Thomas

More to come...

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