The Plague
Aug
30
to Sep 29

The Plague

To begin with, everyone agreed that this couldn’t possibly happen. Not to them.
But now, people are starting to talk about infection – even quarantine.
Who is responsible? And what’s the cure?

★★★★ “What a story … Camus made contemporary” – Evening Standard
★★★★ – Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, The Times, Sunday Times, WhatsOnStage

Following last year’s sold-out premiere, director Neil Bartlett revives his critically-acclaimed production of The Plague for four weeks only.

The Plague is Albert Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair.

Originally written in the aftermath of the Nazis’ march across Europe, the novel struck a powerful chord with millions struggling to understand the fascist ‘plague’ that had just overwhelmed them.

Now, as Europe slides again into chaos and uncertainty, this gripping stage adaptation retells Camus’ classic for our own dangerous times.

“★★★★ Ingenious update of Camus' chilling fable... a striking production”

—The Guardian

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Square Rounds
Sep
4
to Sep 29

Square Rounds

The first UK production in nearly 30 years.

“You were very naïve if you could ever believe
that warfare would stop with your gun
for chemist/engineer a brand new era
of invention in war’s just begun.”

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the rediscovery of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds in its first UK production for nearly 30 years plays at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season.. 

Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, has been ordered by the Kaiser to develop a deadly poison gas to help Germany win the First World War. Despite the protestations of his wife, Haber hopes that his new invention will be an opportunity to escape his status as an outsider in German society. Little does he know, however, that his invention will go on to be used to exterminate his own people in the Holocaust just 25 years later.


American inventor Hudson Maxim is concerned for his country and the frightening technological advances employed by America’s new European enemies. But he is also jealous of his brother Hiram – internationally famous for his invention of the machine gun – and deeply suspicious of his brother’s cosy relationship with the European powers. 


Based on true events and featuring an all-female cast, Square Rounds explores the devastating effects of technology, the personal demons of the inventors, and the escalating tensions between nations in the build up to war. Presented in the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, this play about war and the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction has never been more timely.

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Billy Bishop Goes to War
Oct
31
to Nov 24

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Canada 1914. Billy Bishop signs up to fight in Europe and is soon in a military training camp. But one day, he spots a single-seater plane circling overhead. Overcoming intense prejudice and astonishing danger, Billy becomes the most successful fighter pilot of his generation.

This play with songs explores the complexities of heroism, the cost of war, and Britain’s colonial past. Billy Bishop goes to War is a true story. A deceptively simple and totally gripping theatrical experience.

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Pink Suits
Jun
19
to Jun 23

Pink Suits

We call this a gender fuck scream of punk rage, a longing for a time that music could change the world. This is the new Glam Rock! Born in the queer clubs and Cabaret bars. The post Brexit, post Trump, post 2016, post truth fuck proof response of two artists who cant define themselves or their work. This is a soundtrack for the end of masculinity… Born from the ignorance and political apathy of the masses. We are leaving this place and never coming back. Ignorance may have been bliss but you cannot escape reality. This is a longing for a simpler time. But there was no simpler time. We are uneducated children of fantasy. Let us come together and shout.


pink suits
pink suits are a Poli-Rock (queer/aggressive/genderfuck/political rock) duo creating live performance crossing the genres of music, dance, theatre, and film. Political Child is their first full-length work and debut album to be released later this year.

pink suits current work is made with support from PanicLab Ltd, Camden Peoples Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Margate Arts Club, Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Cliffs Cafe Margate and is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Some Kind of Love Story
Jun
14
to Aug 13

Some Kind of Love Story

Inspired by the 1940s and 50s film noir genre, ‘Some Kind of Love Story’ is a dramatic gem by the writer famous for his celebrated plays such as ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Death of A Salesman’ and for marrying Marilyn Monroe. Former lovers Angela and Tom meet one night to discuss the Felix Epstein case, which Tom has been trying to crack for five years. He is convinced Angela holds the key to the innocent Felix’s release from prison. But Angela will not tell. Is Tom ready for the truth? Miller hits back at the themes of justice and the search for truth in a tale of deception, corruption, power and abuse.

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The Daughter in Law
May
23
to Jun 23

The Daughter in Law

A marriage on the rocks. A community under pressure.

The Daughter-in-Law is D H Lawrence’s groundbreaking play about sex and inequality in the shadow of the Nottinghamshire mines.

Radical for its sensitive and honest portrayal of working-class life, it was never published or performed in Lawrence’s lifetime.

This searing production – the first in London for over 15 years – is staged in the round and underground at Arcola Theatre.

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Mapping Brent
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Mapping Brent

Taking place in Neasden, South Kilburn, Stonebridge and Willesden, Mapping Brent is the Tricycles youth outreach project that sees young people from across the borough meet weekly to develop their acting skills, build their confidence, have fun, socialise and make theatre.

Led by professional directors and playwrights from across the industry, Mapping Brent extends the Tricycle’s Creative Learning programme out across the borough to build lasting relationships with communities and provide opportunities for young people to engage in theatre making whilst making work that Is important to them.

Performances in Spring 2018 – details tbc

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[BLANK]
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

[BLANK]

[BLANK] is a play about absence, about the disparate yet connected stories of the thousands of adults and children affected by the criminal justice system.

In this outstanding piece of new writing by Alice Birch, a challenge is presented to the company, who must create their own play from a selection of 100 non-linear scenes. Bath Theatre Academy first-year students will work as an ensemble to piece together a narrative from these vignettes. Their version of [BLANK] will be the result of an experiment in finding order in chaos, or exposing the messy reality of a system that fails to serve its most vulnerable members. [BLANK] offers a glimpse into the world of the children who are the invisible victims of crime.

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The Dog Beneath the Skin
Mar
7
to Mar 31

The Dog Beneath the Skin

The sleepy village of Pressan Ambo has a secret. Ten years ago, Francis Crewe disappeared. Every year, a man is chosen by lot to go searching for Francis but none have ever come home. This year, Alan Norman is chosen and accompanied by a surprisingly intelligent dog; he sets out on a journey through 1930’s pre-war Europe. 

A nationalist threat however is on the rise and when Alan returns home to Pressan Ambo, he finds it a very different place to how he left it.

Part madcap adventure, part piercing social satire, Auden and Isherwood’s vivid depiction of a world on the brink of collapse has never seemed so timely.

 

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The Droves
Feb
17
to Feb 25

The Droves

The Droves is an immersive theatre show, designed by kids, for adults.

You’re invited into a secret community of children living deep beneath a derelict carpet factory. For decades they’ve hidden from adults, growing strange in the darkness - but now they’re asking you in… Unsettling dilemmas, mushroom forests and at least one gorilla await you at the door.

Part immersive experience, part escape game, BAFTA award winning company Coney present the imaginations of 6-11 year olds as they take over their own site in London Bridge for this unique theatrical event.

 

"If you want to see the future of British theatre now, Coney is one of the companies to watch"

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

The Droves has been created over 3 years. Coney worked with over 550 young people in the their home of Tower Hamlets and beyond to bring together the most creative individuals to create The Droves Young Company. 

Click Here to find out more about The Droves.

If you have any questions about The Droves please email them to knock@coneyhq.org.

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Aurora
Dec
15
to Jan 7

Aurora

  • the egg, theatre royal bath (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Up in the frozen night sky, something is happening.

There’s a flurry of colour and a twinkling of stars, dancing and playing with one another. But why do the stars only come out at night? And will anyone notice if just one star loses its sparkle?

Journey into the Northern Lights on a multisensory adventure this Christmas.

Running Time:  
40 minutes

Times: 
10.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm daily
(Excluding Mondays and Boxing Day)

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Roller
Nov
23
to Dec 2

Roller

Mars.tarrab have risked life and limb to bring you an energy-packed performance investigating female competition, ageing and power.

Join this irresistible duo in their makeshift arena. They’re getting their skates on in a bid to understand what roller derby can reveal about bodies, economics and belonging. Throwing off the terrible memories of school sports, they jostle with the status quo, creating their own alternative teams of diverse women to collaborate on this visual show.

Full contact, female-focused, self-organising and community run – roller derby is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Fascinated by its popularity, Rachel Mars and nat tarrab have gone in search of its essence to devise forceful theatre with a soft underbelly. Winners of this year’s award, their work is fuelled by curiosity, queerness, rigorous research and the smashing together of the gut-wrenching and the gleeful.

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Insignificance
Oct
18
to Nov 18

Insignificance

A professor, an actress, a baseball player and a senator walk into a hotel room. What happens next, didn’t. Or maybe it did. It certainly could have done – with a little imagination…

Written by two-time Olivier Award winner Terry Johnson, this hilarious and bittersweet comedy receives its first London revival in 20 years, directed by David Mercatali (Cargo) who was nominated for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award 2011.

Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe banter about fame, relativity and their personal lives (when they’re not being interrupted by Joe DiMaggio and Joseph McCarthy) in this dazzlingly inventive drama about the challenges of being known, and of knowing yourself.

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Busu & The Damask Drum
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Busu & The Damask Drum

Following Ashita No Kaze, our co-production with Yellow Earth Theatre last year, Busu & The Damask Drum project gives continuation to our international collaboration with artists and theatre companies from Japan and the British East Asian partners in the UK. This pilot project starts with a six-week theatre lab/rehearsals towards development of a new show in partnership with Japanese company Busu Theatre. The project will culminate in 2 scratch shows in Japan and 7 pilot shows in the UK (London, Portsmouth & Isle of Wight venues). Busu is a classic farce and The Damask Drum, a tragic ghost story, both adapted by Yukio Mishima. Busu Theatre and StoneCrabs join forces to create an irreverent, playful take on the traditional Kyogen and Noh plays, presented with a contemporary twist incorporating Japanese folkloric music.

“Thought-provoking and celebratory”

This project is supported by Arts Council of England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Philip Bates Trust and Japan Arts.

Click here to book tickets for the pilot on the Isle of Wight (Quay Arts)

Click here to book tickets for the pilot in London (Soho Theatre)

Click here to book tickets for the Edinburgh shows (Jade Studio, Greenside Venues)

 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Aug
24
to Aug 27

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The village of Sleepy Hollow, New York, is shrouded in a cloak of superstition, troubled minds and witchcraft. Ichabod Crane seeks to sort fact from fiction as he competes with Brom Bones for the hand of the wealthy Katrina Van Tassel. But will the terrifying and ghostly figure of the Headless Horseman upset everyone’s plans for happiness?

Following the success of the first Summer Company in 2016, expect another theatrical ‘experience’ as the egg auditorium is transformed into the haunting forest of Sleepy Hollow. Join 40 teenagers under the treetops as they return to the egg to create a stunning new piece of theatre working alongside a professional production team. 

This specially-commissioned adaptation by up-and-coming writer Miriam Battye, promises to bring mystery, suspense and spine-tingling discoveries to the stage this August.

 

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