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.
This is a new venture by theCompany - an original and entertaining 'revue style' show which is linked together by the theme of 'words'.
Eleven talented actors aged from 17 to 79 bring the show to life, performing songs by Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim and excerpts from 'The History Boys', 'Under Milk Wood', 'The Lady in the Van', 'Henry V' and much, much more.
Highly entertaining, bittersweet and thought-provoking - a definite 'not to be missed' show.
On the basis of very strong recommendation we are delighted to screen F W Murnau's classic Dracula film, accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful new score, written and played by Dmytro Morykit. The event was premiered in Leicester and Leamington Spa for Halloween in October 2015 and received fantastic reactions from the audience. It then went on to open the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby in 2016. Previous audience feedback: includes: -
"Another wonderful score written & performed by the virtuoso Dmytro Morykit" - Noel J Griffin
"Fantastic Evening, look forward to your return." - Jamie Wilson
"We had the most amazing night and thought your compositions and playing were out of this world." - Jayne Reed
Dylan Thomas' wonderful short stories and poems are brought vividly to life in this enchanting, award winning show. Often overshadowed by his masterpiece, Under Milk Wood, world renowned solo performer Guy Masterson reveals the magic of Dylan Thomas' "other" works in a performance "of staggering energy and invention" (The Scotsman) brilliantly conjuring the romantic lyricism and genius in wordplay that made Thomas one of the World's greatest writers.
The programme includes three of Thomas' wonderful short stories; A Visit To Grandpa's, Holiday Memory and, of course, A Christmas Story (more popularly known as A Child's Christmas In Wales), plus a selection of his greatest verse including Fern Hill, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Death Shall Have No Dominion.
A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016
Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow
Running time: 85 minutes
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.
Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.
Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.
Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is rather remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians – Oscar Wilde.
From her childhood days suffering at the hands of her abusive mother to blossoming into a young woman of society, Constance’s story is intriguing and varied. She had her own income, she brought up her two small children almost single-handedly and was one of the most well-known faces and names among the celebrities of London in the late 1800s.
In this presentation of her life, told using excerpts of accounts in letters to those she knew and loved, in which she reveals a wit that rivalled Oscar himself, a sense of humour dry and winning and a sense of self that will have every audience member rooting for her from beginning to end.
Featuring award-winning actress and writer Lexi Wolfe who received the nomination for Best Female Actor at the Buxton Fringe 2016 for this production.