Written and Directed by Rhys John Edwards
Story by Jake Cornford
Performed by Jake Cornford
This one-man play explores how the loss of employment can alter one’s perception of their own identity.
We follow Darryl Evans, a disillusioned former employee of a Steel Manufacturing Company, as he seeks to escape his misery through reigniting a childhood infatuation with Dolly Parton.
Through cross-dressing he begins to question his gender-identity, comforted by appearing to imitate the identity of another.
Compromising his long-held prejudices, he escapes the constraints of his masculinity, discovering happiness and comfort in ways he had never considered before.
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Written by Stephanie Degreas and Raphael Ruiz
Directed by Griffith Rees
Movement Director: Anne Pajunen
Cast: Hadleigh Harrison, Andreas Muñoz, Eve Niker, Anne Pajunen, Raphael Ruiz, Alexandros Vardaxoglou
It was Old Joe's golden age: in a time when borders did not exist, travellers and regulars would queue up in front of the club for its famous fish and chips and colourful dance-floor. Everyone was a foreigner and everyone felt at home. Until the incident.
One year after a terrorist attack, Old Joe’s Fish 'n' Chill looks so decrepit one might assume it’s out of business. Yet it remains the only place left in the world where people from anywhere can come and go without a visa.
There, a Greek drag queen, a Finnish letter thief, a Czech dictator, an Irish refugee, an English terrorist and a Spanish drifter meet for the first – and possibly last – time.
Writer/Actor/Director- Hester Arden
Projection Photography- Jessica Mahaffey
Co-director/Dramaturg- Victoria Gimby
Music- Andy Clydesdale
Set- Ed Ullyart
Direction- Hester Arden and Jessica Mahaffey
Stylist- Ian Luka
Make Up Artist- Oonah Anderson
'What keeps you awake at night, Stacey Kay?’
Now. Tonight. Can’t sleep. Won’t sleep. So close you can hear a heart beating.
Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ with reference to Nan Goldin's 'The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy' and Cindy Sherman, Hester Arden’s ‘Paragon Station' is a dreamlike journey using image and story into the course of an evening in an imagined industrial UK city.
Follow into step as we listen at the ramshackle wall of this city's brightest underdogs. A frank and poetic trail of laughter, loneliness, sex, telly, ciggies and desire…a glass jar listening at the door of the unheard.
Written and performed by Hester Arden. In collaboration with photographer Jessica Mahaffey. Set make by Edwin Ullyart.
From the novel by Giles Foden
Directed by Robert Hastie
Dramatist: Steve Waters
Producers: Adam Paulden and Matt Leventhall
The Last King of Scotland is a riveting account of power and responsibility.
This stage version offers an electrifying tale of complicity with atrocity. Stripping the novel back to its core, the play focuses on the relationship between the hapless ambiguous physician Nicholas Garrigan and the capricious psychotic yet charming figure of Idi Amin.
The focus of the chamber drama allows the tale’s horrors to be delayed, only to return with renewed force. Images of theatrical intensity resemble Jacobean tragedy are supported by a choric layer of song and verbatim detail, revealing the sufferings of the world beyond the action.
This theatrical version re-tells a story that speaks to an age of the war on Terror as much as its original context; Last King offers a darkly comic, even poetic fable for the stage.
August 4th, 1892, Fall River Massachusetts.
Mr Borden strokes his stocks and bonds; Mrs Borden ceaselessly eats. Their exhausted maid takes to her sweltering attic bed. They’re all out of sorts. Daughter Lizzie, too, feels peculiar, isn’t quite herself today. In the blistering morning heat, she irons. She could have escaped the heat, could have joined her sister at the beach. Emma begged her to come, begged her not to stay in Fall River, not to stay in the Borden house for one more minute. As if under a spell, Lizzie couldn't leave. Lizzie had a pressing date with destiny. Lizzie Borden took an axe...
Directed by Nona Shepphard, based on "The Fall River Axe Murders" by Angela Carter, adapted by Deirdre Strath, The Lizzie Play scavenges trial transcripts, newspaper reports and true crime writing to give a darkly humorous, haunting retelling of a brutal and curiously tidy act of parental butchery.
Written by Luke Courtier
Directed by Sarah Meadows
Performed by Kat Bond, Hugo Bolton, Will Close, Luke Courtier
Following the sell out run of LUNCH at VAULT 2016 and Underbelly, Edinburgh 2016 Luke Courtier presents The Texas Tax Man.
31st January 1875. Buck Highhorn and James Peter Jameston are just any other hooch drinking perudo playing cowboys on the prairie. But when they crucially miss the self assessment tax return deadline all hell breaks loose. Run out of town and pursued by scalp hungry bounty hunters, Buck and James go all out to find the mythical Texas Tax Man; the only accountant in the wild west with the basic numeracy and administrative skills needed to save them from a colourfully violent death. Will Buck and James make it out of this alive and, more importantly, fiscally accountable?
Why is a nineteenth century frontier society so mercilessly harsh on its freelancers? Can you really expense every bullet you shoot or only some?
‘Fact is I went and put all my receipts in a big pile under my horse and went and darn forgot about ‘em. One day a big prairie wind comes out of the east and blows them all away.’
Writer and Director: Lily Bevan
Assistant Director: Miztli Rose Neville
Associate Director: Hannah Eidinow
Composer and Musical Director: Chris Read
Designer: Christianna Mason
Cast includes: Lily Bevan, Katie Bucholz, Agatha Elwes, Luke Kempner (as Trump), Joe May, Rosie Sheehy, Sara Stewart and Alfie Webster
A series of short plays tracks Trump's meddling with the women he has encountered and employed decade by decade. From the Beauty Pageant days, The Apprentice, the Scottish Golf Course debacle.. via the golden age of manufacture of Trump steaks.. up to his following of devoted female Republican voters and into the future of the man with the mythical hair. This piece takes a darkly comedic look at the man who claims to love women, but time and time again has grabbed them by the, oh it's too boring to even say it..
Lily is a RADA graduate, she attended the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court and the Emerging Writer's Programme at the Bush Theatre. Lily has written for theatres including Theatre 503, Trafalgar Studios, the Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre and TV work for Kudos, Leftbank and RoughCut. Last year she co-wrote the BBC Radio 4 comedy series 'Talking to Strangers' with Sally Phillips. She wrote 'Hen' one of the films for the current RADA third year.
This play is an extension of Lily's work for Top Trumps Festival at Theatre 503 from Jan 2017 - a collection of new plays staged over Trump's inauguration weekend. Her play was staged alongside new work by Caryl Churchill, Neil LaBute and Roy Williams.