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The ITV series comes to the stage, an all new set of Alicante escapades at the Solana Hotel.
Litten has written an all new set of Alicante escapades for much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for stotties and head to Newcastle International next year after a quick spruce at the Blow 'n' Go.
In BULLISH, ancient mythology meets modern gender negotiation. Inspired by Ovid's Minotaur, a gender fierce ensemble of hopers and renegades try to pass, pack and blag their way out of the labyrinth.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Performance artist Travis Alabanza presents BURGERZ. This show is an exploration of the act of survival, the way a body can dodge objects, and how a person is received, examined and dissected in public. BURGERZ asks the questions: What does the trans body do in order to survive? And how can one become a protector, rather than a bystander? Carving out a place for themselves as one of the most prominent trans voices in the UK, Alabanza presents a piece that is both timely and true to their style: both unsettling and powerful.
Veteran salesman Willy Loman is used to spending his life 'riding on a smile and a shoeshine', but recently things haven't been so good. He seems to have lost his golden touch; his grown-up sons, Biff and Happy, no longer idolise him as they used to and he is haunted by missed opportunities and a trouble past. His wife Linda is struggling to aid her increasingly disturbed husband, as she tries to hold the family together and keep Willy from descending further into desperation. But as the truth of Willy and his sons' imperfect past begins to unravel, Willy starts to lose faith in the two things he believes in: his family, and, in Miller's words, his need 'to leave a thumbprint somewhere on the world'. Death of a Salesman burst upon the international scene in 1949 and won the Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, becoming a benchmark for modern theatre.
Ken's got love on his mind, but will barmaid, Tanya, ring the landlord's bell? Old Tommy would play Cupid - if only he didn't have IBS (Irritable Bugger's Syndrome). Crime is on the rise but fear not, as local cops Phil and Nige are getting stuck in... to a couple of pints in the back room. After all, "Crime can't crack itself." All of this and much, much more when Early Doors returns.
The Grapes Pub will reopen its doors for the UK tour, in a not-to-be-missed night of fun and laughter.
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be...THE FULL MONTY. Rediscover the six men, their wives and their children and what they had to do to keep it all together.
The technology of the future is being developed, in part, by very intelligent and/or very well-funded people who believe that death is just a technical glitch and immortality is genuinely possible. The human being is being upgraded. This is terrifying and exciting and it's coming - whether we like it or not.
Two of the UK's most thoughtful, inspiring and consistently brilliant theatre companies come together to imagine the implications of real world, leading edge developments in human enhancement technologies. Working with leading scientists and researchers in the fields of brain implants, smart drugs, and artificial intelligence, Unlimited Theatre and RashDash smash together science fact and fiction in a kaleidoscopic montage of words, music and movement.
An unrelenting ride through the warped psyches of ageing, failing salesmen as they approach the ends of their careers, some sooner than they would like. The winner gets the Cadillac; the runner-up gets the steak knives; the other two get fired. These are men huddled together on the very edge, depending on each other yet trying desperately to be the last one to fall.
A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains he can see no signs of life at all...other than a light in the house opposite where a woman in an oversized Bowie T-shirt stands, looking back at him. The Greatest Play in the History of the World...is a love story, set on Preston Road and also in space and in time, told by Julie Hesmondhalgh, written by Ian Kershaw and directed by Raz Shaw.
Within days of moving into the huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion in the remote Sussex countryside, the Harcourt family quickly realise that the house of their dreams hides a dark secret and that they aren't the only residents at Cold Hill...
Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there's a problem. There's a fucking massive problem and soon they're going to have to talk about it. The award-winning Antler return with a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse. An absurd tragicomedy, Lands explores the impossibility of relationships, our inability to understand one another and the hills we're willing to die on.
This moving play arrives at the Bush/Home following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Claire and Solange. Sisters bound together by a web of secrets, make believe and incest. Together they've built a fantasy world, a world filled with flowers where they are in charge and where outsiders get their just desserts. The only thing that's spoiling it is reality - the mundanity of an everyday life in which their very existence depends on polishing Madame's shoes, cleaning her gowns and serving her tea. But Claire and Solange have a little surprise for their mistress and they just can't wait to see her face. Fantasy and reality are about to merge.
With war raging all around her, Mother Courage sells food and clothing to soldiers, switching allegiance when it suits her and striving to keep her business and children alive at all costs. Bloody battlefields are her marketplace, her wagon, her stall. Her remarkable and brutal story is told through humour and song; her story is one of choices and remains a powerful reminder of human resilience and loss in times of war. An epic masterpiece of one woman's survival.
Trailblazing queer performance platform Mother's Ruin brings us the next edition of Mother's Bloomers, a space for local alternative and innovative artists to present new, adventurous and bold short works.
A fort on a hilltop, a landowner's estate, a tourist information office, a bird sanctuary, a re-developed factory, a public square, silent and remembering. Chris Thorpe's cycle of six new plays explores the landscapes that surround us and how we live with each other. In this ambitious production by Sam Pritchard, each of the six parts of The Mysteries will be made and premiered in the place it was written. During its run in Manchester, two day-long performances of the whole cycle will take place in the Royal Exchange Theatre space. Chris Thorpe's cycle of six warm, witty new plays crosses Northern England, from a sheep farm in Eskdale via a tourist information centre in Whitby to Manchester.
Nanjing is a monologue about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. It's a story that is simultaneously delicate and epic. Written and performed by Jude Christian, it tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking. It poses essential questions about who we are and where we come from.
In a choreographic exercise of comings and goings this five strong team find increasingly ridiculous ways to enter and leave the stage. With curtain calls, blood baths and exits pursued by bears, this show is a playfully sarcastic deconstruction of traditional theatre. As well as a lot of going off and on stage, Often Onstage showcases the often hilarious, frequently frustrating behind the scenes problems the company encounter in their off stage lives as they try to ensure they remain?.often onstage. This is a show that mixes up theatrical conventions and forces you to question where the show ends and reality begins, all done through the company's unique mix of theatre, dance and comedy.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare's most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves. In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the "tragic hero".
We live in an ever shifting political and geographical landscape. As a generation that grew up into an open-doors Europe and the advances of the internet, we have been accustomed to travel, exchange, engage with and collaborate with people with different nationalities from us. The freedom of movement has allowed us to expand our knowledge of what ?place' and ?borders' mean. If borders are protective systems, who are they protecting us from? Those who come to seek a better life amongst us, or those who enforce oppressive systems that maintain their privileges? Post is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, of constantly inhabiting a ?national limbo' and failing to be adhering to border and identity-defining norms. This performance is extra-live and audiences are invited to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural; moving around, making noises and coming and going from the auditorium if needed. Latecomers are permitted.
Theatre 2. Part of the Orbit Festival
Philip, Oliver and Sylvia exist in a complex love triangle, which spans over half a century, living and loving simultaneously in 1958 and the present against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Past and present worlds grind together and melt apart, yet the future and its promise of sexual liberation remains ever elusive, as societal repression gives way to self-deception.
Hungry for power and angered by their King, the men of Henry VI's court plot and scheme against each other. As the King wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold on to power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son.
World Premiere. Created with original Shakespeare text, Jeanie O'Hare retells the Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou. Elizabeth Freestone directs this captivating exploration of an iconic moment of British History, from the viewpoint of this dangerous and thrilling woman.
Detective Inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him through the streets of Edinburgh. Whisky helped but now he's denying himself that pleasure. But when the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, he's back on the case and off the wagon. Rebus will need help from his ex-colleagues but one of them is already looking for him. DI Siobhan Clarke was Rebus' greatest ally on the force but is worried that his past actions may stop them finally convicting a dangerous killer. Soon Rebus is caught between two cases and can only turn to one person to help him - the man he spent his career trying to arrest.
In 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle - from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions, and their grief, took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. Salt, from Leeds-based artist and performer Selina Thompson, is what they brought back.
Part of the Orbit Festival
"We need to use our imagination. We need to imagine that change might be possible. That change is possible, however hard or impossible it might seem". In a blend of languages, including fully integrated BSL, three performers tell a story from three perspectives. It is the story of an international meeting. A meeting at which something happened, and in that moment everything changed.
Prospero, Duke of Milan, his dukedom usurped by his brother Antonio, is put to sea with his daughter Miranda and some magical books smuggled in by his loyal councillor Gonzalo. The sea casts them up on an island where Prospero, exercising his magical powers, makes a home for himself and Miranda. One day a great storm, which Prospero has conjured, breaks up a passing ship and delivers to him the members of his usurping court. Treacherous brother, fellow conspirators and old friend alike come under Prospero's spell. Shakespeare's last play.
A promenade production.
This event takes place at Abrahm Moss School, Crumpsall
It's the moment of your death. There's a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it - and leave the choice for someone else? User Not Found is about our digital lives after we die. Dante or Die's new play, created with pioneering theatre-artist Chris Goode, will be performed at Pot Kettle Black on Deansgate in the city centre, where you'll be handed a smartphone and a pair of headphones. Become a fly-on-the-wall to peer into the life of a man who is faced with keeping or deleting.
Pot Kettle Black Cafe, Deansgate. Part of the Orbit Festival
Based on an original 1930s novel, set in the hull of a fishing vessel, the plot follows the unfurling of events after the discovery of an intelligent race of newts, who are shipped around the globe as cheap substitutes for human labour.
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