MAGGOT MOON
Sep
26
to Oct 27

MAGGOT MOON

Unicorn Theatre

Based on the novel by Sally Gardner

Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy

Directed by Jesse Jones

In a sinister 1950s Britain, the country is under the rule of the violent and oppressive Motherland. Dark government forces are at work. Spies and surveillance are everywhere, and the truth is difficult to discern.

Meet our hero, Standish Treadwell. He is fifteen, he lives with his grandpa, and although his teachers are part of the regime, together he and grandpa are safe. But then one day, Standish’s best friend disappears. And suddenly all their lives are in terrible danger.

Can Standish be the hero who will save them all? Live drawing, cameras and projection bring Sally Gardner’s dazzlingly original, award-winning novel to life, in this story about protecting the ones you love and having the courage to stand up for what you believe.

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WILDERNESS
Mar
21
to Apr 27

WILDERNESS

BY KELLIE SMITH
DIRECTED BY ANNA LEDWICH

We can do better – can’t we?

Having both been deeply scarred by their own parents’ separations, Joe and Anne never imagined they’d find themselves, years later, in the same position. Determined to place the interests of their son Alistair at the centre of their lives apart, they split with the firm objective of maintaining amicable relations at all costs. But a sudden change in circumstance triggers a chain of events that pushes their best intentions to the limit… Before they know it, they are both teetering dangerously close to the edge of an abyss.

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ICARUS
Jan
21
to Jan 24

ICARUS

WHERE THE WATER ENDS AND THE SKY BEGINS, THAT'S WHERE I'LL FLY.

By Katrin Lange

Translated by Purni Morell

Directed by Cressida Brown

His family is falling apart and he feels powerless to help. His father is far away across the sea, forced to work for the tyrannical King Minos, and is unable to return.

So Icarus makes a decision: it’s time to take control of their fate. But what can one boy do against injustice? Can he save his family or will he crash and burn?

With epic storytelling and spectacular stagecraft, Icarus is a modern, fun and adventure-filled retelling of the ancient myth.

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Dec
15
to Dec 24

HANSEL & GRETEL

Uchenna Dance & The Place Theatre

The classic fairy tale gets a dance makeover.

Our two heroes find themselves lost in a big city, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells. Together the brave duo must outwit the adults to find their way back to their family in a show where kids are number one!

Work Place Artist Vicki Igbokwe puts her unique Uchenna Dance twist (The Head Wrap Diaries) on the much-loved story, weaving dance styles House, Waacking and Vogue, with African and Contemporary Dance.

This festive treat will delight the whole family and leave them grooving right up until Christmas Eve!

With an exciting original musical score by Ghanaian composer Kweku Aacht, the production is written by Gbolahan Obisesan, set and costume design by Lucy Sierra, lighting design by James Mackenzie and assistant choreography by Ingrid Mackinnon. 

Age Guidance: 5+

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EVERYDAY I MAKE GREATNESS HAPPEN
Sep
13
to Oct 20

EVERYDAY I MAKE GREATNESS HAPPEN

By Richard Molloy

Directed by Alice Hamilton

It’s back to school with a bang for Alisha, Iman and Kareem – they all failed GCSE English and there are only six weeks until their resits. This is their last chance to continue Sixth Form, failure is not an option. It’s down to Miss Murphy to see the trio through. But collectively, the students are unruly, she’s already snowed under with her other classes and the school is literally falling apart. Can she deliver when there’s just as much drama in the staffroom as there is in the classroom?

Winner of the Nick Darke Award 2017, Richard Molloy’s Every Day I Make Greatness Happen is a searingly witty exploration of a struggling system and the people inside it, on both sides of the desk, trying to make things work.

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WINTERS TALE
Jan
31
to Feb 18

WINTERS TALE

 

Perdita is a brave, intelligent and much-loved girl, but something is not quite right in her world. Join her on a journey through magic and mayhem as she uncovers her story – the girl who was once lost and then found.

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SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED
Nov
29
to Dec 30

SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED

Snow White likes to tell stories and paint. Rose Red likes to race with the deer and the wolves. When a friendly bear knocks on their door, the mischievous sisters have no idea that it's the beginning of a magnificent adventure.

Based on the original fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, acclaimed RashDash present a musical quest for justice, love and friendship.

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EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION
Sep
28
to Dec 5

EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION

Education, Education, Education

by The Wardrobe Ensemble

A Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production

It's May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. No one knows who Harry Potter is. Britain is the coolest place in the world.

At the local secondary school it's a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can't control her year 10s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and Miss Turner is hoping that this muck-up day goes smoother than the last. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better.

Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble's love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.

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RAMONA TELLS JIM
Sep
20
to Oct 20

RAMONA TELLS JIM

Pocahontas: “Um, who the fuck is Ramona?”

Scotland. One wet, midge-riddled field trip. Ramona is 15 and she’s totally cool. Honestly. She’s completely cool.

In 1998, Ramona, of Englandshire, has a penchant for Enya and hates bananas. On her geography field trip she meets Jim, a local laddie wearing an anti-pill fleece. He’s obsessed with hermit crabs, rock erosion and making homemade Irn-Bru cocktails.

Deep in the Scottish Highlands, Ramona falls for Jimmy’s awkward charm but gets caught in a scandal that will haunt her for years to come.

Fast forward fifteen years and Jim, of the shittest village in Scotland, has got a girlfriend and something like a functional life. But Ramona still can’t shake the consequences of that fateful trip. Determined to clear her conscience, she heads back to the Highlands to find that neither her nor Jim’s lives have turned out how they had planned.

Ramona Tells Jim is a darkly comic play about confession and the gravity of young love, from Bush Theatre Emerging Writers’ Group member and actor Sophie Wu (Kick AssWild Child).

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Ode To Leeds
Jun
10
to Jul 1

Ode To Leeds

Five young poets from Leeds are selected to compete at the world’s most prestigious international poetry slam competition in New York City.

Fuelled by love, pride and passionate protest their words light fires to show the world who they are and what they can be. But the determination to be crowned International Slam Champions threatens to overwhelm everything. As the competition draws closer, the poets are forced to discover not just their voices, but what they must find the courage to say.

Writer Zodwa Nyoni returns to West Yorkshire Playhouse following her debut play, Boi Boi is Dead, with this funny and moving coming of age story; a celebration of Leeds, language and an ode to the art that changed her own life as part of the acclaimed spoken word group Leeds Young Authors.

Directed by Artistic Director, James BriningOde to Leeds will feature a blend of music, words, heart and soul to provide a poignant and uplifting portrait of our city.

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Macbeth
Jan
8
to Mar 31

Macbeth

National Theatre. Dorfman & Tour

Direction Justin Audibert

Design Lucy Sierra

Shakespeare for younger audiences.

Amid bloody rebellion and the deafening drums of war, Macbeth and his wife will stop at nothing to fulfil their ambition. Witchcraft, murder, treason and treachery are all at play in this murky world.

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Drones Baby Drones
Nov
2
to Nov 26

Drones Baby Drones

War isn’t what it used to be.

“From now on, it’s drones, baby, drones” – Robert Gates, former U.S. Defense Secretary

Three writers. Two plays. One vital tale of power, sex and infighting at the top of the Washington establishment, and its far-reaching repercussions. As Barack Obama prepares to leave office, this world premiere double bill probes behind the scenes of America’s controversial drone wars, and asks what they will mean for our future.

This Tuesday Director Nick Kent
It’s 5a.m. A CIA director learns her daughter has been injured in a car crash, a White House security adviser is sleeping with an intern, a Pentagon General is working out in the gym. This Tuesday, in an hour, they have a vital decision to make.

The Kid Director Mehmet Ergen
Wednesday. A missile hits a wedding in Pakistan. 7000 miles away, two drone operators begin their celebration. Pushing the button was the start. If only it were the end…

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Giving
May
12
to Jun 11

Giving

GIVING

Hampstead Theatre

Design Lucy Sierra

Direction Bijan Sheibani

Laura has been commissioned to write an exclusive profile of businesswoman extraordinaire Mary Greene, who has recently become a leading philanthropist.

But as Laura digs deeper into Mary’s charitable motivations, she discovers a much more interesting angle. Michael, Mary’s “Charitable Giving Advisor”, seems to have an inordinate amount of influence over her decisions. Is it right that he wields so much power when his motives and priorities might not stand up to scrutiny? Or does the rationale for – and the morality of – philanthropic giving matter less than the outcome? It’s always better to give than to receive. Isn’t it?

https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2016/giving/

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Another World: Losing Our Children To ISIS
Apr
9
to May 8

Another World: Losing Our Children To ISIS

Design Lucy Sierra

Over the last twelve months headlines have been dominated by the growth of Islamic State, and terror attacks claimed by IS have spread across the world.

What is the entity that calls itself Islamic State? Why are some young Muslim men and women from across Western Europe leaving their homes to answer the call of Jihad? And what should we do about it?

This piece of verbatim documentary theatre, written by novelist Gillian Slovo using material from the interviews she conducted and directed by Nicolas Kent, is the result of many months researching Islamic State, meeting people affected by the organisation and involved in the fight against it.

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/another-world-losing-our-children-to-islamic-state

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Calculating Kindness
Mar
29
to Apr 17

Calculating Kindness

Presented by Undercurrent, co-produced by CPT

An arresting new production based on the life of George Price (1922-1975), presented within yards from where Price lived, worked and died.

Price taught himself the basics of evolutionary genetics and formulated an equation widely acknowledged as the mathematical explanation for the evolution of altruism – something science had been trying to do since Darwin. The Price Equation was so extraordinary, University College London gave Price an honorary position within ninety minutes of him walking in off the street. The magnitude of his discovery shook Price’s atheism to the core. He believed it must be a gift from God. Three years later, Price was discovered in a squat having slit his throat. Seven men attended his funeral – five homeless and two of our greatest evolutionary biologists.

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Bend It Like Beckham. Phoenix Theatre. Design Associate.
May
17
to Jan 17

Bend It Like Beckham. Phoenix Theatre. Design Associate.

Jess needs extra time.

She is facing the most important decision of her life: live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenager is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of unexpected opportunities opens up before her. But as her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, can she keep her family happy and still follow her dreams?

Bend It Like Beckham is a joyous new British musical about where we are now. Featuring an original score with a Punjabi kick, it brings a unique cultural fusion of musical theatre to the stage for the first time.

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Abyss. Arcola Theatre. Designer
Apr
2
to Apr 25

Abyss. Arcola Theatre. Designer

“MISSING. Karla Richter, 24. Was last seen before she left for the supermarket. Four days ago”

Pizza night. Karla runs to the shop, and doesn't come home. Three friends begin a desperate search that takes them into the darkness of their past, where every trace of the missing girl tests their loyalties, loves and lies.

This exhilarating new play is a poetic thriller, a touching love story, and a powerful drama about exile, friendship and loss. 

Maria Milisavljevic won the prestigious German Kleist Award for Young Dramatists in 2013 for Abyss. This is its UK premiere. 

“An emotionally powerful thriller that rustles and whispers about loss” – Der Spiegel

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Benefit. Pleasance & National Tour. Designer
Mar
3
to Jun 11

Benefit. Pleasance & National Tour. Designer

Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their histories and their own sense of self. A coup in a foreign country half a century ago, a disability that leaves a person isolated, and a sex addiction that’s destroying a relationship link three characters in a carefully crafted story about lives and loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon.

What is left to lose? What is left to gain? And when will equality and justice truly be served?

This production uses forum theatre, a type of interactive theatre which empowers the audience to change the action of the play. You will have the opportunity to debate, disagree and even participate in the show. Cardboard Citizens is one of the world's leading practitioners of forum theatre. The Company has been making life-changing theatre with homeless and marginalised people for over twenty years.

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Feb
5
to Feb 8

Sign of the Times

A gentle comedy drama exploring the power of words and dreams in our changing worlds.

Frank is the Head of Installation at Forshaws, a commercial lettering factory, and an aspiring novelist. Teenager Alan is his reluctant trainee, more interested in his band and his iPod than the complexities of bracketing systems and electrical isolators. However, this pair of Yorkshiremen have a lot more in common than they realise…

From the producers of the hit-tour of Mansfield Park (2012 & 2013) and written by award-winning comedy writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls). - See more at: http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/visiting-productions/sign-times#sthash.7kYaI6p3.dpuf

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