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4-11 July 2015 - "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Vanessa Comer
Based 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.
"There is a bubbling wit about the piece, but it is also deeply affecting." Daily Telegraph
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7-12 September 2015 - "Jumpers for Goalposts" by Tom Wells
Directed by Sarah Campbell
The 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." The Guardian
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10-17 October 2015 - "Dracula" a new adaptation by Sam Harris
Directed by Sam Harris
First 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.
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9-14 November 2015 - "The Thrill of Love" by Amanda Whittington
Directed by Phil Quinn
A 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?
"Our most consistently popular female dramatist." Guardian
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21 December 2015 - 2 January 2016 - "Dick Whittington" by Alan P Frayn
Directed by Steve Smith
Alan 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.
"Popular pantomime in the Talisman tradition."
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1 - 6 February 2016 - "Separate Tables" by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Vicky Whitehill
In 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 Telegraph
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March 2016 - "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" by Dario Fo
Directed by Amanda Dodd
Was 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 and slapstick.
"A raucous rollercoaster farce of huge hilarity." The Independent
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April 2016 - "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon
Directed 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.
"Profoundly touching as well as funny." The Guardian
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