PAST THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 2018/19
“The Storyteller of the Year” turns the absurd, bewildering and frequently frustrating aspects of modern life into laughter. Witty, ironic and waspish, this is social comment and cerebral comedy at its best! He has been praised by the BBC’s Dr Phil Hammond for the range and depth of his work.
Selling out at Yeovil Literary Festival, his show has featured at various festivals around the country and has just received the “Best Spoken Word Show” award at Shaftesbury Fringe Festival 2018 which is the third largest fringe festival in the country. Trevor is a poet, award winning storyteller and great entertainer and has been poet in residence and co-organiser of Bristol's longest running variety show, Lansdown Cabaret since 2008.
Four women, two plays, fusing love, loss, lust and life!
Prelude and Fugue by Clifford Bax (Love and Loss) is set in the 1950s and reflects the musical interlude ‘Prelude and Fugue’ by Johann Sebastian Bach telling the story of Rosemary who, a week before her wedding, is having her likeness drawn in charcoal by Joan. As Joan sketches, the two women discover a dark secret shared by them both.
Square Pegs by Clifford Bax (Lust and Life) is a thought provoking farcical romp about lust and life. Hilda, a passionate young girl from the 20th Century longs for an equally passionate lover, but Henry has eyes only for his car! Gioconda, a practical girl of 16th Century Venice longs for a lover without the raw and radical passion of her time. They meet at ‘Merlin’s Gate’ where disappointed lovers can turn ‘The Book of Time’ and move within some other age.
This inspiring true story of football’s greatest ever underdogs is set in the early years of Association Football, following a ragtag bunch of Lancashire mill workers who defied all odds to become the first working-class team in the country to play in the FA Cup.
Left tired and despondent from the cotton famine of the 1870s, this small group of northern lads found pride and hope in a game that up until then had been reserved for the upper classes. Darwen FC rose up against prevailing social prejudice and the might of the Football Association, to earn a place in history as the first real ‘giant-killers’ in English football, and take on the “poshest team of all” – The Old Etonians.
Scoring a massive moral victory for all working class people, the team proved that passion and spirit is worth more than wealth and privilege. When the battlefield is the football pitch, everyone is equal. An absorbing, heartfelt story of a town that came together to achieve the impossible and win the respect of the nation. A rip-roaring evening out, whether you know the off-side rule or not!
1636. Lancaster Castle - The Witches' Tower. You are imprisoned, awaiting trial, crammed into a cell with a solitary woman who has been here for years. She tells you the story that led to her being imprisoned, beginning at a Witchcraft Trial, twenty-four years previously.
But she was not the accused. In 1612, she was nine, and a witness for the prosecution against the Witches Of Pendle, including her own brother, sister, and mother. In this story, the infamous Jennet Device tells her version of the events which led to the hanging of ten people - impossible, had it not been for her testimony - and how her fortunes have fared since.
Performed by Lexi Wolfe, who excelled in the classy “Mrs Oscar Wilde” last December.
'Laughter is the best medicine in the world'. So with this in mind, theCompany will be sharing their prescription - an evening of smiles, chuckles, giggles and guffaws - a whole night of laughter.
Seventeen talented actors present examples of the many genres of comedy that have been enjoyed through the ages - performing pieces written by legends such as Noel Coward, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Rossini, Congreve, Wesker, Stoppard, Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare and Willy Russell.
Something for everyone and definitely an evening with a happy ending. LOL