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OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

 

HEDGEHOGS AND PORCUPINES by James P Mannion

1 - 6 October

 

'A smart piece of theatre, imaginatively realised and exquisitely performed.'

-Theatre Critic, Paul Vale-  

Hedgehog and Porcupine have been together for longer than they can remember. Well, longer than Porcupine can remember. Hedgehog knows exactly how long it’s been. For five years they’ve been stabbing each other repeatedly with their sharp quills, but despite this agony, the ‘warmth’ their relationship provides means neither has managed to break free. That is, until a manic twenty-four-hour cycle of argument and recriminations forces both to ask themselves the ultimate question: is this really worth it?

Drawing from Schopenhauer’s famous paradox, the Porcupine (or Hedgehog) Dilemma, Hedgehogs & Porcupines examines the fine line between intimacy and irritation, pleasure and pain, love and hate.

 

Editor's choice of top pick 

LONDON HORROR FESTIVAL

7 October - 3 November

 

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INDEBTED TO CHANCE by Charlie Ryall

6, 8 , 10 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30 November and 1 December  -

Performance times vary and include matinees

 

"It's life, really life, though. All the real things that don't, and can't, exist for us outside this building, off this stage even. If we're off this stage, then what is there for us?"

It's 1744 and Charlotte Charke, actress, writer, landlady, grocer, pig-rearer, puppet master, highwayman, transvestite and daughter of the famous actor manager Colley Cibber, is rehearsing for a production of The Recruiting Officer with her company at the James Street Tennis Courts. The self-titled 'nonpareil of the age' somehow finds herself caught up in a misunderstanding and in debtor's jail. Again. Can Charlotte talk her way out of prison, off the streets and back into her beloved theatre?

This play will run in repertory with The Recruiting Officer.

 

 

THE RECRUITING OFFICER by George Farquhar

7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 27, 29 November and 1 December -

Performance times vary and include matinees

 

Shrewsbury, 2014. Captain Plume has returned from Syria under orders to recruit for the continued conflict. He is not confident that the prospect of fighting for the good of Queen and country will be reward enough for the unsuspecting locals, so he has to resort to rather more underhand measures. Whilst there, he encounters his old flame, Silvia, who has rather more to test him with than he bargained for.

Written in 1706, The Recruiting Officer gives a no-holds-barred account of the methods and tactics of warfare. In its scathing satire of the lengths to which those in authority will go to obtain what they want, it finds an easy home in the 21st Century.

This play is running in repertory with Indebted to Chance.

 

AISHA by AJ

3 - 8 December

 

“Arms pinned down at each corner of this crux – a handmaid crucified by the hands of lust.” - Aisha

-   A harrowing one-character play about the grave effects of Child Marriage in the UK.

The play follows Aisha, an underage girl that was forced by her parents to marry a 51-Year-Old Man when she was at the age of 14. Aisha was sold in exchange for a birde-price. - An act that was justified by certain cultural and religious traditions. The man that she was forced to marry and live with is sadistic and abusive. She is forbidden to leave the house, communicate with the outside world, shower or even bathe herself on a regular basis. Aisha is bound to domestic dutyand forced to submit to anysexual acther husband wishes to bestow upon her.

How will Aisha continue to cope?

- ‘Every year 15 million girls are married as children... 28 girls every minute, 1 every 2 seconds’.

 

One Jewish Boy by Stephen Laughton

Directed by Sarah Meadows

11 December - 5 January 5 2019

 

A MESSED UP BITTERSWEET COMEDY ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM, INHERITED TRAUMA, THE MIRACLE OF CHANUKAH, PRINCE, BJORK, GRAFFITI, BABIES, NEUROSES, THE END OF YOUTH AND STAYING IN LOVE...

Like, on every punch he was like you f**king-Judas-c*nt. You Zio-Nazi scum. Go back to Israel you dirty Zionist Aparthi-Pig.

The actual level of word-play was kind of impressive actually…I was impressed.

And then he took my bag and called me a parasite.

And then he kicked me…

… told me Hitler was right….

… smacked me with the chain and called me a dirty f**king Jew.

Jesse is paranoid and he's frightened and it's messing up his relationship, his job, his daughter and his life, but Jesse has every reason to be frightened. From his next door neighbour and the micro-aggressions around why she would vote for Corbyn but could never support Blair, to the dinner party where his slightly left of him liberal mates can't quite grasp the difference between Likkudy foreign policy and the position of diaspora Jews. From his own wife and an argument about a hypothetical circumcision, to a vicious attack in the park that brought them together… Jesse is feeling the sting of rising prejudice in every part of his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Red Lion

 

Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street

London

EC1V 4NJ

 

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