note that productions and dates are subject to change due
to circumstances beyond our control.
July 2015 - "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw
by Vanessa Comer
on classical myth, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion plays on the complex
business of human relationships in a social world. Phonetics
Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very Cockney Eliza Doolittle,
not only in the refinement of speech, but also in the refinement
of her manner. When the end result produces a very ladylike
Miss Doolittle, the lessons learned become much more far reaching.
The successful musical My Fair Lady was based on this
Bernard Shaw classic.
is a bubbling wit about the piece, but it is also deeply affecting."
September 2015 - "Jumpers for Goalposts" by Tom
by Sarah Campbell
five star smash-hit comedy from the award-winning writer of
The Kitchen Sink. A life-affirming, big-hearted romcom for
the stage that played to packed houses throughout the UK.
Filled with Tom Wells' trademark witty and wonderful dialogue
and fantastic monologues. Luke wants Danny, but Danny's got
a secret. Joe wants to play second fiddle, but Geoff wants
a headline gig. Viv just wants to beat the lesbians to the
league title. Game on. A hilarious and heart-warming story
about football, friendship and finding your way.
"A sweet-natured and very funny romantic comedy,
in the tradition of Alan Bennett and John Godber."
October 2015 - "Dracula" a new adaptation
by Sam Harris
by Sam Harris
published in 1897, Dracula brought international and lasting
fame to Bram Stoker and has since inspired a vast subculture.
This version aims to strip back this fascinating story to
the gothic horror/drama that Stoker intended. Atmospheric
lighting and sound will set the scene to help the actors move
the story from the darkest depths of Transylvania to Whitby
and London, whilst the powerful, yet mysterious Count is ever
present in the shadows.
November 2015 - "The Thrill of Love"
by Amanda Whittington
by Phil Quinn
divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth Ellis works
in the kind of nightclubs where there's more than just drink
on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star
life. Then she meets the wealthy womanising David, a racing
driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes - but not
in the way she imagines. Why does their relationship end in
murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence?
Why does she show no remorse? And who is she trying to protect?
most consistently popular female dramatist." Guardian
December 2015 - 2 January 2016 - "Dick Whittington"
by Alan P Frayn
by Steve Smith
P Frayn’s script gives a strong, basic telling of the story
of Dick who meets up with a talking cat on his way to London,
falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren, gets stung for a crime
he didn’t commit, schleps over to North Africa by way of a
shipwreck and redeems himself by getting rid of all the rats.
pantomime in the Talisman tradition."
- 6 February 2016 - "Separate Tables"
by Terence Rattigan
by Vicky Whitehill
the genteel surroundings of a respectable Bournemouth hotel
tongues are wagging. The lady residents have a nose for gossip
and there is plenty to cause a raised eyebrow or a sideways
glance today – not least the gentleman making notes at the
table by the window and the elegant young woman, newly arrived
from London. Separate Tables is a wonderfully funny and moving
portrait of the lives, loves and quirks of the guests of a
seaside hotel in the Fifties.
"A beautifully constructed double bill." The
2016 - "Accidental Death of an Anarchist"
by Dario Fo
by Amanda Dodd
it simply an accident, or something more…? What are the true
circumstances behind the mysterious death of a suspected anarchist
who falls from a police station window whilst in custody?
A raucous rollercoaster of a comedy inspired by true events.
The fast moving action takes place in an unnamed police station
where an absurd re-enactment of events takes place to determine
if the anarchist’s plummet to the street was accident or foul-play.
This highly acclaimed classic is performed with bravado, ludicrousness
raucous rollercoaster farce of huge hilarity." The
2016 - "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil
by David Draper
The famous vaudeville team of Al Lewis and Willie Clark, otherwise
known as 'The Sunshine Boys', despite working together for
43 years, could not stand each other. More importantly they
haven't talked since Lewis walked out on the team's final
show 11 years ago leaving Clark, a die-hard New Yorker showman,
to soldier on regardless. The attempt by Ben, Willie's nephew,
to get the obstinate duo back together one last time for a
CBS History of Comedy special makes for one of the great comedies
by one of the great American comic writers.
touching as well as funny." The Guardian