6 Feb — 24 Feb
In the final months of the First World War, as the gears of the Great War machine grind inexorably to a halt, as the snows thaw, and the troops desert – six stories reach their end. The volunteer, the girl in the blitz; the builder, the tailor, the American objector; the officer who can never live down his mistakes – survivors in a world gone mad.
A First World War play for those who hate First World War plays, Somewhere a Gunner Fires is the true story of the Italian Front, and the lives of those embroiled in it. Without judgement, without prejudice, and without a field of poppies, this is a story four years in the making, about a disaster one hundred years misrepresented; and a war story for the modern age.
7 Feb — 24 Feb
All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of destruction and revenge.
Told over the course of decades, CATHERINE AND ANITA is a dark comedy about heartbreak, illness and ultimately how those in need so often slip through life's cracks.
11 Feb, 12 Feb
Irrational Theatre presents a Triptych treat for opera lovers and those who want to dip their toes in with this rare and special chance to see these three comic gems: A fun tale of mixed fortunes in Offenbach’s Le 66, performed for the first time in the UK with an English Libretto. Peter Reynolds’ Sands of Time; credited by Guinness World Records as the shortest opera on earth at 3 min 34, intended to ‘match the boiling of an egg’. A new comic opera commission by John Whittaker: The Proposal based on an early Chekhov satire. You may never get to see them again – so here’s your chance
10 Feb, 17 Feb New Writing
The year is 2006 and The Queen is on a school visit to open the new Science Block at Dudley Goring Comprehensive School. Derek Jones, the school’s Head of Science, is not only an unreconstructed socialist and staunch Republican but also disillusioned and disappointed with life.
18 Feb, 19 Feb New Writing
Longlisted for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award
‘It’s amazing, how certain you can be about things going one way and then, a couple of decisions later, they end up somewhere completely different.’ How do you actually get to the point of losing your home? And once you're out there, where are you going to go? And how do you get back on your feet? Are you in danger? Today, you're finally going to meet Molly.
27 Feb — 17 Mar
Drama Mini Mall Theatre
He tries his best with girls. He tries his best with mates. But for all his efforts, things just don’t seem to be going right. So he’s making a change. Something’s triggered him to stand up for himself and reassert his worth. They made him feel small but with just a few clicks he'll become the biggest thing on the internet. But does he have the balls to go through with it?
Ballistic is a darkly-comic thriller that asks vital questions about the violent events that increasingly define our 21st century narrative.
4 Mar, 5 Mar New Writing
‘Music’ - vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.’
11 Mar, 12 Mar New Writing
Meet Millie...and Millie...and Millie. Tongue tied scientist and aspiring YouTuber, Millie, can hardly talk to anyone other than her best friend Anna. When she accidentally invents a time machine she embarks on a fast-paced and futuristic journey. Discovering duplicate versions of her future self, she questions who she is and who she will become. Does she need more subscribers or does she need true friends?
Tremolo Theatre are a Bristol based company with a compelling and distinctive voice. Using original music, intricate sound design and fast paced action, Then Again continues in Tremolo Theatre’s traditional style of unique lo fi sci fi.
The ‘Masters of Gilbert and Sullivan in small spaces’ Charles Court Opera return to the King’s Head Theatre with a smart, stylish new take on possibly the most loved of their comic masterpieces, The Mikado, giving it a classy CCO twist.
Behind the closed doors at the British Consulate in the town of Tipitu, Japan, the scheming, slippery Lord High Executioner is about to hatch one plot too far, with far-reaching and hilarious consequences for everyone involved, especially when the Mikado himself arrives...
Containing familiar songs including "A wandering minstrel, I", "I've got a little list" and "Three little maids from school", this punchy and hilarious satire promises to be a treat for operetta lovers and newcomers alike.
We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)
25 Mar, 26 Mar New Writing
12-year-old Annie has hit the big time – but she’s no idea how hard it’s going to be.
After landing a huge role in a late-night TV drama, she’s left alone in an adult world, struggling to make sense of things she’s told to do and say. Soon, her comfortable childhood begins to fall apart. We Need to Talk About Bobby (off EastEnders) presents a gripping exposé into the life of a child actor.
31 Mar — 21 Apr
Victim follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face-to-face with a notorious inmate. A one-woman show performed by Louise Beresford whose comedy group Lead Pencil have appeared on Comedy Central & BBC radio, Victim is written and directed by Martin Murphy whose previous play Villain is nominated in this year’s Offie Awards.”