DECEMBER 2018 - FEBRUARY 2019
Glitter Theatrical Ltd presents
A Little Bit of Life written & directed by Mikolaj Chrobot
11 - 15 December 7pm
Life is a mystery for teenage Marty. His parents grew up in the era of 60s revolution, Jacque - his father took part in student riots in Paris in 1968 and after meeting Anne - his mother they both escaped to America in search of freedom and pursuit happiness. And Marty? His life is fairly boring and goes on spending time with his friends in a local dinner and escaping the tyrannic principal O’Brien. For some that might be the dream, but not for Marty whose mother left when he was young.
As he’s looking for a way to follow his mother’s rebellious footsteps he comes into a possession of a magical diary, allowing everything Marty writes in the diary to come true. However, will Marty write the wrong thing? Let Madonna songs give us the answers.
Steve Oliver presents
by Charles Dickens & Jason C. McDonald
15/16 December 3pm
Actor and storyteller Steve Oliver delivers a reading of the classic A Christmas Carol followed by Finding Scrooge, a sequel by Jason C. McDonald which picks up the story five years later.
Get in the Christmas spirit with this family friendly show!
Steve Oliver is a writer, broadcaster, actor, public speaker and humorist who turned his love of the Dickens Christmas that he has recorded audiobooks and performs storytelling shows at this time of the year.
Third Person presents
Theatre of the Moment
16 December 7.30pm
When Waiting for Godot was first produced, a critics review of the play was “Nothing happens, twice”. Yet the play was revolutionary and has since become a classic. So a play without a strong narrative can still hold an audience, can still explore the human condition.
Third Person will make up such a play in front of the audience. Twice? We hope to move you emotionally and make you think. Yet nothing may happen at all!
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Wonderlust Theatre Company presents
by Timothy Blore - directed by Scott Le Crass
18 - 22 December 7.30pm
‘There’s a reason why the girls at school made me get ‘Virgin for Life’ on the back of my leavers’ hoody’
It's Christmas in Billericay. The boys are back from uni, Mum's been on the wine and Dad's dozing off when there's a knock at the door... This is a very untraditional EsseXmas story.
Written by Timothy Blore and directed by Offie and Broadway World nominated Scott Le Crass, this festive comedy is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. (Although it might be slightly more raucous than your average Nativity play).
Prepare yourselves for a not so Silent Night!
Me & Mi Theatre company presents
written & directed by Mimi Monteith
8 - 12 January 7.30pm
Sex, PPI Insurance and University. Two of A Kind explores the hilarious nature of friendship and all the conversations that should NEVER be repeated.
Abuse, tragic loss and friendship that stands past the time of death. Two Of A Kind explores the elusiveness of memory and the uncontrollable impact that comes with losing a friend.
What separates the two?
Bee in my Beanie presents
directed Katherine Sturt-Scobie & Tess Agus
13 January 6pm
14 January 7.30pm 2019
Bee in my Beanie present an evening of Theatre exploring Women’s Anger; from the Mundane to the Profane. After being given the provocation to explore their Anger, dozens of women writers and performers put pen to paper. The aim being to give space to the stories that arose and reclaim that Anger for ourselves.
From the woes of the modern dressing room all the way to politics with a capital P, this event explores a diverse style and range of writing. You the audience are being shown a glimpse into the rumble of thunder that is Women’s anger on the horizon. It is powerful and it is not going away.
Labour England presents
by Francis Beckett - directed by Director
15 - 26 January 7.30pm
Clem Attlee was the greatest reforming Prime Minister of the twentieth century. His work made us a civilised society.
In 1945 no one would have bet on Attlee carrying through his revolution he planned on. For a start, no one expected him to beat Churchill in the election. Once he was elected, no one expected him to achieve much.
There was a war-wrecked economy, and Attlee seemed such a modest and insignificant little man.
Yet Attlee left Britain a fundamentally different place. No other twentieth century Prime Minister, except perhaps Margaret Thatcher, did that.
By 1948 it was done. There was a National Health Service, education for everyone to the age of 15, unemployment pay. No one needed to die of a treatable illness for want of money to pay for the treatment, almost no one grew up unable to read and write, there was a social security system "from the cradle to the grave", there was full employment, the council house programme had pretty well abolished homelessness.Beveridge's five giants - want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness - were more or less slain, not to rise again until the Thatcher years.
It was an extraordinary achievement. No other Labour Prime Minister has achieved a fraction as much.
This play is about how it was done - and what sort of a man it was who did them. Clem Attlee was the most unlikely revolutionary you can imagine. He was called “a modest little man, with plenty to be modest about.” When he became Prime Minister, it was said, “an empty taxi drew up outside Downing Street and Clement Attlee got out of it.” He was said to have “all the charisma of a suburban bank manager.” He was a man of the upper middle class, educated at a public school.
This play explores the human being who changed the face of Britain. Why did he want to do it? And how come he succeeded when everyone else has failed?
She Wolves Theatre Company presents
by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer - directed The Company
29 January - 2 February
Hag, Witch, Angel, Ugly, Whore, Nurse: Queens. Three Catherines, two Annes, and a Jane. Six women with one thing in common – marriage to a man called Henry - have passed into historical legend. Their lives are both separate and intertwined as they tell their stories from a room in which they have all once lived. The plight of those sixteenth-century women is brought to life by She Wolves Theatre Company in their debut performance. This intimate yet explosive production reinvents the lives of these extraordinary women and explores how their experiences are still relevant five hundred years on.
Ragged Trouser Theatre Company presents
by Liam Cogan - directed by Jade Flack
5 - 9 February 7.15pm
Gary Wells gave up a life changing job to stay with his partner, Jenny. Struggling to deal with her meteoric career rise as his own one plateaus...he seeks the help of a therapist. But the answers he's looking for are far from what he finds... Gary's Not Well looks at how we view success in the modern age, our obsession with attaining it and with competition. It looks at the stigma that many men feel about women in superior career positions and seeks to challenge that. It also looks at the theme of jealousy and paranoia, and the ego we all have.
Different Theatre presents
Clean by Sam Chittenden
Clean follows the stories of seven women who have lived in the Laundry Hill area of Brighton from the 1870s to the 2020s. Through overlapping monologues, that echo and contrast each other, it explores themes of mental illness, sexuality, suffrage and emancipation, domestic violence, motherhood and the sistership of working women. It highlights how much has changed - and how much hasn’t - in 150 years.
Ruth E. Cockburn presents
19 February 7.30pm
Twice nominated for best show at Leicester Comedy Fest and Manchester Fringe.
Top 10 Shows to see at EdFringe 2018 Sunday Post
**** Star Review One4Review
Impossible not to be won over by this hosts charm.'
**** Star Review Broadway Baby
'She's a real talent.'
Love Letters from Blackpool, (originally commissioned for the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), has since gone to Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe, uses songs, recorded interviews, found love letters, poetry and stories to tell this comic tale of Blackpool, it will make you fall back in love with this famous seaside town, warts and all.
The Collective presents
21 - 23 February 7.00pm
Set in a bewildering garden overseeing the highlands, 'Some Birds Never Return' follows Mary's emotional journey after years of enduring psychological violence.
Reaching for the perfect place, she finds herself diving deeper and deeper into the waters of her own microcosm; where the lines between mystical and prosaic dissolve.
'Some Birds Never Return' is a story of liberation, lust, addiction and being comfortable.
devised by the company - directed by Eleanor Crouch
25 February - 2 March 7.30pm
"The Grenfell Project" is a collective demonstration of the issues shown before, during and after the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on the 14th of June, 2017. We bring to attention the negligence of those who should have been supporting the residents of the Grenfell tower whilst they were living there and after disaster struck. Our best wishes go out to those affected by that nights events.