PAST THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 2017/18
Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, ‘Barnaby Rudge’ is absolutely a play for today. A story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder, goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution, and features Grip, a talking pet raven .
Through the course of the play fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and there are violent clashes on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its high drama, strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful blend of historical realism and ‘grotesque’ melodrama.
Comedy, cartoonery, poetry & improv! Created by the evening’s audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband. A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends.
Ian McMillan is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on Coast, BBC Breakfast, Countryfile, Pick of the Week, Last Word and The Arts Show.
Tony Husband is Cartoonist in Residence at The Lowry and has been awarded Strip, Gag & Sports Cartoonist of the Year no fewer than ten times by the Cartoon Arts Trust. His work appears regularly in many national newspapers and magazines.
Mora Grey worked alongside Samuel Beckett at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1970's - what was he really like? In her play, based on a true story, we find out, as we see Beckett in a theatre setting, deeply troubled by the latest production of his acclaimed play 'Krapp's Last Tape'.
It is the day of the first performance. Beckett's looming presence disturbs the Director, the Designer, the Wardrobe Mistress, the Flyman and the Actor.
This disturbance leads to unexpected and tragic events.
''an engrossing play... an excellent cast.... what would Beckett have made of this? My view is that he would have been gripped'' Alan Franks, formerly SUNDAY TIMES
We are pleased to welcome back GreenMathews touring, formerly ‘Blast from the Past, in a brand-new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic by Chris Green, who with Sophie Matthews and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer uses music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life.
Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad, as they embark on various adventures – on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. Using traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics, the four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.