note that productions and dates are subject to change due
to circumstances beyond our control.
January 2014 - "Humpty Dumpty" by Stephen Duckham
by Stephen Duckham
the familiar nursery rhyme character for fun and laughs this
panto season. The Talisman pantomime
has become so well-known in the Warwickshire area that performances
sell out very quickly – so don’t delay in making sure of your
seats for the highlight of the Christmas festivities.
pantomime in the popular Talisman tradition."
February 2014 - "Hypnosis" by David Tristram
Directed by Phil Quinn
is an intriguing blend of comedy and pyschological thriller,
featuring a stage hypnotist, a very sinister policeman, his
mysterious wife and a ingenious plot to steal £38 million.
Three egos, one masterplan. Who's in control?
March 2014 - "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Vanessa Comer
Another of Wilde's social satires, "An Ideal
Husband" revolves around the lives of successful political
figure, Sir Robert Chiltern, and his friend, the uninspired
but utterly charming Lord Arthur Goring. Chiltern's life is
perfect thanks to the help of his loving and brilliant wife
Gertrude and the support of his quick witted sister Mabel.
Goring's life is one of lounging, flirting with Mabel, and
avoiding his father's insistance that he should marry. The
world of these men is turned upside down by the arrival of
old acquaintance Mrs Cheveley who has come with blackmail
"Hugely entertaining." Daily Telegraph
March 2014 - Talisman Youth Theatre Annual Show
Talisman youngsters (aged 9 to 17 years) perform
in their own annual show with two one act plays.
April 2014 - "The Cemetery Club" by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Mick Ives
and Doris are part of a club - the cemetery club. Every month
they meet at Ida's New York house for tea, then trundle off
to the cemetery to remember the good times and gossip with
their late husbands. Lucille fancies herself as a flamboyant
swinger, Doris is a traditional matronly widow and Ida is
somewhere in between. When Sam, a butcher, meets the widows
at the cemetery while he is visiting his wife's grave he changes
their lives forever.
"Appealingly bittersweet comedy."
2014 - "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams
Williams's evocation of loneliness and lost love, The Glass
Menagerie is one of his most powerful and moving plays. Abandoned
by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections
of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she
was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with
a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from
his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled
daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda
is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the
long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic
illusions are crushed.
The play was first performed on Broadway in 1945, meeting
with astounding box-office success and a Drama Critics Circle
thrill of shattered glass and the piercing pain of unfulfilled
June 2014 - "The Addams Family Musical"
and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and
Stephen Duckham and Wendy McClay
Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s
nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness,
has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young
man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never
met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in
her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez
Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret
from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for
the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for
Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you!"
2014 - "Black Coffee" by Agatha Christie
by Christopher Ward
This little known
mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. The story
concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up
with a formula for an atom bomb (Black Coffee was written
in 1934!). A murder takes place by poison (in the coffee,
naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case.
He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie
taste of Christie."
2014 - "My Boy Jack" by David Haig
by Chris Carpenter
This is actor David
Haig's fine first play about Rudyard Kipling and his determination
to send his myopic only son, John, to fight for his country
in the trenches of WW1. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards:
their patriotic dream but mother's and sister's nightmare.
Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible
losses and Jack is reported missing...
"Dramatises Kipling's story beautifully. The family
confrontations bristle with life." Financial Times