February 2015 - "Educating Rita" by Willy Russell
by David Draper
University lecturer Frank needs to earn some extra
money, so he agrees to tutor an Open University student. His
student Rita is a brash, earthy hairdresser with a recently
discovered passion for higher education, much to the dismay
of her husband Denny. In her attempts to appreciate literature,
Rita challenges the attitudes of a traditional university,
teaching Frank to question his own understanding of his work
and himself. The play explores the relationship between student
The RSC production ran in the West End for two and a half
years since when Educating Rita has never been out of production
somewhere in the world.
humorous and deeply moving. A truly great play."
March 2015 - "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill
by Geraldine Cousin
setting is a dinner party in a London restaurant thrown by
Marlene, the newly promoted managing director of the Top Girls
employment agency. Her guests are famous women from history
and myth, including Pope Joan, the Victorian traveller Isabella
Bird, the 13th-century Japanese courtesan turned Buddhist
nun Lady Nijo, Dull Gret from Brueghel's painting depicting
a woman in armour running through hell and routing devils,
and Patient Griselda, whose story is told in The Canterbury
Tales. From this dazzling set piece the play becomes a theatrical
shape-shifter. Quickly and slyly it turns from a celebration
of women's achievements to a study of what must be sacrificed
for a woman to be a success in a man's world. It provides
a sharp reminder that the advances of one woman do not necessarily
facilitate the advances of others.
best British play ever from a woman dramatist." The Guardian
March 2015 - Youth Theatre Annual Show
Aesop's (slightly updated) Fables by Corrina Jacob
The Talisman Youth Theatre
presents a comic look at five of the original themes of Aesop’s
Fables which have been updated with a bit of a twist. The
first fable is the most famous with Tortoise (Mr Ben Tortoise)
and the Hare (Miss Martha Hare) who go on a race and journey
through the other stories: The Dog and Its Reflection; The
Country Maid; The Lion and the Mouse; The Miller, his Son
and the Donkey and finally The Fox and the Grapes. But as
we know ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. A bit of fun for
everyone which includes well known morals for all five fables.
This is a full length production for all youth members aged
10 to 18.
April-2 May 2015 - "Hay Fever" by Noel Coward
by John Dawson
Fever, one of the best-loved of all Coward’s plays, was reckoned
by Tyrone Guthrie to have ‘as good a chance of immortality
as any works of an author now living’. This comic masterpiece,
first performed in June, 1925, has survived the years beyond
even Guthrie’s glowing prediction.
"Noël Coward's comedy still proves so astonishingly
durable." The Guardian
June 2015 - "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan and Patrick
by Steve Smith
is a classic ‘boys own’ adventure brought to life for the
theatre! Based upon the 1915 John Buchan masterpiece, and
later popularised in the 1935 Hitchcock film, this unique
show is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat!
Cleverly adapted by Patrick Barlow, this fast moving, action
packed production also contains an element of humour. Even
though it is dealing with serious issues it is also highly
amusing and ever so slightly tongue in cheek. It stars four
actors, more than 139 roles and a range of scenes which are
both remarkable and highly energetic!
theatrical tomfoolery is to die for." The Guardian
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."