ProAct Theatre Company presents
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

12th - 16th Dec
8.00pm


ProAct Theatre Company presents
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

12th - 16th Dec - 8.00pm

£12.50

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A Ghost Story of Christmas.

ProAct returns with this unique one-man staging of the Charles Dickens classic, in the intimate setting of the Alma Tavern Theatre.

This Festive masterpiece adapted from the original text and inspired by Dickens public readings has one actor re-enact every notable character from this haunting, moving timeless story.

As relevant today as it was when published in 1843 – This production will remind us all of the true Spirit of Christmas…

http://www.proacttc.uk

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  Daisy-Chain Productions presents
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Daisy Evans

18th December
2pm & 7pm


Daisy-Chain Productions presents
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Daisy Evans

18th December - 2pm & 7pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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The Alma Tavern welcomes Daisy-Chain Productions into their theatre this December with the classic pantomime; JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.

When Jack sells the family cow for 'magic beans', his mother is sure the family is ruined - until a suspicious creaking noise is heard from where he has planted them.

Join Jack as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, up into the clouds and to another world.

Daisy-Chain Productions are a Bristol based company that tour to theatres, schools and private events - and this December they will entertaining our local community with a comical traditional family friendly pantomime.

Your cast will be meeting and greeting after each performance to give you the chance to have a chat with your cast and even pose for a photo!

We'll be welcoming children of all ages and of course the big kids among us too!

''ABSOLUTELY AMAZING PERFORMANCE. GREAT AUDIENCE INTERACTION! WE LOVED IT! ''

From us all at Daisy-Chain Productions; we hope you enjoy the show...

'Oh yes we do!'



http://www.daisy-chainproductions.com

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  Fish Bowl Theatre presents
Transgression
by Jonathon Keen

20th - 21st December
8pm


Fish Bowl Theatre presents
Transgression
by Jonathon Keen

20th - 21st December - 8pm

£8.50
Concessions: £6.50

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It is time to count your sins.

It is 2040, and society is in chaos. The planet has been deteriorating at an increasingly alarming rate, and inequality is worse than ever before. It isn’t until the arrival of a certain messianic figure that the public starts to imagine there might be some hope.

Secular society soon begins to feel like a distant memory as the government begins to criminalise withholding information on previous religious transgressions; forcing Beth and Rob, a previously stable couple, to tell each other their darkest and most disturbing secrets...

The Alma is delighted to welcome Fish Bowl Theatre, an emerging company made of graduates from Bristol Acting Academy, to perform their new writing.





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  Paddleboat Theatre Company presents
According to Arthur
by Paddleboat Theatre Company

22nd - 24th December
2pm & 5pm


Paddleboat Theatre Company presents
According to Arthur
by Paddleboat Theatre Company

22nd - 24th December - 2pm & 5pm

£8.50
Concessions: £6.50

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As the winter snows begin to fall, an old man called Arthur lives all alone in his attic. He never
ventures into the outside world; instead he spends all of his time with his only friend - the moon.

But now, Arthur needs your help! On Christmas night, the clouds cover the sky and the moon is
nowhere to be seen. Without his friend, Arthur’s feels more alone than ever before.

Bursting with poetry, puppetry, live music and imagination, PaddleBoat Theatre Company invite you to help Arthur find the moon in time for Christmas – with your help, who knows what else he might discover outsidehis front door…


‘This show is pure magic… one of the most magical and captivating children’s shows I have
seen’ ***** Broadway Baby

‘A wonderful, heart-warming show, that gently brings out the imaginative adventurer in all
of us’ ***** Primary Times

This show is siutable for ages 3+



http://www.paddleboattheatrecompany.co.uk

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  The Comedy Consultants presents
The Comedy Consultants
by

27th December
8pm


The Comedy Consultants presents
The Comedy Consultants
by

27th December - 8pm

£14.00

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The Comedy Consultants are bringing multi-award winning surreal wizard of comedy Tony Law and one of the countries finest comedians Rich Wilson to the Alma Theatre for an evening of the finest stand up comedy.

"Chaos has rarely been so finely constructed and this much fun."
★★★★ Times

"The King of post-modern nonsense."
Telegraph

"A very very funny man."
Frank Skinner

"Highly entertaining.”
Time Out


https://www.facebook.com/thecomedyconsultants/

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  Brave Bold Drama presents
George and the Flight of the Imaginees
by Paul Lawless & Gill Simmons

28th & 29th Dec
6.30pm (2pm matinee)


Brave Bold Drama presents
George and the Flight of the Imaginees
by Paul Lawless & Gill Simmons

28th & 29th Dec - 6.30pm (2pm matinee)

£8.50
Concessions: £6.50

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Within the confines of his bedroom George can conjure pre-historic beasts and subterranean mythical creatures . . . simply by slipping through a black hole into other-worldly dimensions.

All these imaginings are just for fun, until George is summoned to protect the Ancient Spirits of the Imaginees.

Harnessing his magical powers against those that seek to dim the dazzling light of creativity - join George as he stretches ideas into even more fantastical brand new shapes.

A globe-trotting quest bursting at the seams with magical illuminations and original music - in a tale about how limitless imagination can be (and how it can get you into a spot of bother sometimes!)

‘. . . It’s always a good sign when children are up on their knees, mouths agape, intent on the action on stage and there’s no question that the audience, children and grown-ups alike, were captivated . . . a far more palatable, and less gruesome, fairy tale which ends just the way you’d like it to.’
Weston Super Mum review of Brave Bold Drama’s Hansel & Gretel Dec-Jan 2016

‘A wonderful and engaging show . . .’
Bradley Stoke Radio review of Brave Bold Drama’s Alf the Highwayman, May 2017



http://www.brave-bold-drama.co.uk

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  Schoolhouse Productions at the Alma presents
Abigail's Party
by Mike Leigh

3rd - 6th January
7.30pm


Schoolhouse Productions at the Alma presents
Abigail's Party
by Mike Leigh

3rd - 6th January - 7.30pm

£12.50
Concessions: £10.50

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"A flawless cast breathe new life into an old Mike Leigh classic, making this 1970’s soiree from hell unmissable" ***** - Holly Georgeson (The Flaneur) 

It’s been 40 years since the Mike Leigh first introduced the bombastic Beverley, and her over-wrought husband, Lawrence, to the world, bringing with them a night of car-crash comedy and Demis Roussos' crooning that has stood the test of time.

Beverley and Lawrence host an informal drinks gathering, while their neighbour, Sue’s daughter, Abigail, is having a rowdy party down the road. As well as Sue, they’ve also invited Tony and Angela, who are new to the neighbourhood.

What starts as an uncomfortable evening of forced fun, spirals out of control as Beverley’s hosting style becomes increasingly aggressive. She schmoozes, slow-dances and drinks her way to a point of pure, delicious chaos - and by the end, everybody's asking – what did happen at Abigail’s Party?

The Alma’s in-house company, Schoolhouse Productions, return triumphant with their revival of 'Abigail's Party' after their sell-out, 5* run in November.

Ticket prices are inclusive of  50P transaction charge.

Praise for their past production, 'A Doll’s House';

“Powerful, thought- provoking theatre (…) which is bold, entertaining and thoroughly lives up to the high expectations I have of this young company.” ***** - 365 Bristol

“It was worth the ticket price for the final scene alone… the rest, is bonus!” **** - Remotegoat

 





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  Marina Margarita presents
Odette
by Marina Margarita

17th January
7.30pm


Marina Margarita presents
Odette
by Marina Margarita

17th January - 7.30pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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A one-woman comedy.

Fame, fortune, soap opera bubbles, and wild, wild nights!

Odette is a larger-than-life character who doesn’t let little things like the minimum-wage and a baby-to-be get in the way of her lust for life.

She can sing, she can shake her booty, she knows passion when it turns up immaculately coiffed on her TV screen. Yes – Odette is going for gold and she wants you to come along too!

‘Tough as nails and as soft as butter…Go meet Odette before she rides off into the sunset. You won’t regret it’ (Michael Calcott’s Fringey Bits)

‘Thoroughly Entertaining, human and relatable – not to mention bold and beautiful…hilarious!’ (Prague Youth Theatre)

'Marina Margarita carries out the role with amazing verve and total conviction. Never failing to deliver the tons of energy and concentration required by this fast-paced...funny but highly significant play.' **** (Pocket Size Theatre)

'Bloody Hilarious!' (Hackney Attic)

Running time 1 hour.



http://www.orchardfoundation.co.uk

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  Stumble Trip Theatre presents
Heather and Harry
by C. Young & G. Church

18th & 19th January
7.30pm


Stumble Trip Theatre presents
Heather and Harry
by C. Young & G. Church

18th & 19th January - 7.30pm

£10.50

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Stumble Trip Theatre- the newest theatre company to be produced by the Jacques Lecoq School- consists of all-singing, all-dancing, multi-rolling female clowns.

Combining cabaret, mime and storytelling Heather and Harry is an extremely silly unpicking of what it means to be human…. And in LOVE.

Stumble Trip Theatre are here to make you feel warm and fuzzy with this genre-blending gender-bending love story.


Heather is a heavenly creature, residing in paradise with her gangster rapper husband Zeus. Her obsession with the mortals on earth leads to her being cast down from heaven and finding herself in the midst of Londinian mayhem. Lost and isolated in her bejewelled leotard she wanders the streets and stumbles upon Harry. She finds solace in this lonely cockney philosopher who shows her proof of beauty and love amongst the chaos.
Having both been trained in physical, musical and classical theatre, Grace and Chloe (The Stumble Trippers) have learnt all the rules and now intend to break them.
An innocent inquest into love, sexual awakenings and city life. Stumble Trip will take you on a journey using just some sequins and impressive fake beards.
“...had me laughing and giggling for the whole duration. It is light-hearted and silly, a real pick-me-up in the midst of dark winter nights and ‘serious’ theatre."
 A Younger Theatre Review

“...one of my highlights was Zeus, framed as a Gangster-rapper, rhyming about Heather having left the “shag-pad” and the “Big D”. Made all the more funny by the fact that the slender and feminine framed Grace thrusts her crotch and raps in a forged deep voice”
A Younger Theatre Review

“....well-structured and witty piece”
A Younger Theatre Review

“Simply wonderful! Hilarious and made me shed a tear too. You’re what the world needs!”
Ella Morrish - Harvard Press.

http://www.stumbletriptheatre.com

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  Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit!
by The Improv Geniuses

2nd Dec & 20th Jan
8.00pm


Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit!
by The Improv Geniuses

2nd Dec & 20th Jan - 8.00pm

£10.00

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Instant Wit!  The best in improvised comedy.

Fresh and inventive, each show throws up new nuggets of hilarity crafted by a company of the highest calibre.  It's a pick-me-up tonic with unexpected twists and a dash of sauce.

There'll be sketches, songs and general silliness - and all of it based around audience suggestions.  And if you're too shy to shout anything out?  Well don't worry, you'll have the chance to write things down in the interval.  We're the ones who'll look daft, not you!

So now's the time to indulge yourself of you've always had a secret yearning to see something really bizarre on stage.  A country and western song about a musical cat flap? Julius Ceasar on a camping holiday with Cleopatra?  Well, why not? Your wish is our command.  Good suggestions get flying packets of custard, the best a bottle of wine.

Many people have seen improvised comedy on the t.v. - but remember, this is not recorded and edited, but totally live, making it trickier for the actors but more exciting for the audience.  So, if you like your comedy fast-paced and with a slightly unusual edge, this is definately for you.

We're proud to use some of the best local talent, with our performers regularly appearing at the Tobacco Factory, Theatre Royal Bath and Bristol Old Vic.

Instant Wit - a bunch of very unusual suspects who are forever on the run from the comedy police!

"These are conspicuously skilful performers - everyone is exhilarated on stage and off!" - The Guardian

 "Extremely funny, on occasion hilarious... Very clever and skilful with their improvised comedy sketches.  They got the audience involved at every oppourtunity - they even made up a song about a round of sausage sandwiches I had had for breakfast!" - Bristol Evening Post



http://www.instantwit.co.uk

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  Scribe Staples Productions (in association with FarOutMan Theatre) presents
Weston on a Sunday
by Amanda Staples

23rd - 27th Jan
8pm


Scribe Staples Productions (in association with FarOutMan Theatre) presents
Weston on a Sunday
by Amanda Staples

23rd - 27th Jan - 8pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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A poignant, bitter-sweet comedy about the challenges of dealing with the complexities of Alzheimer’s. 

In stunning moments of lucidity and joy, tempered with those of frustration and grief, this new play highlights where the comedy and tragedy of this illness overlap, and at times are indistinguishable, showing that even in dark moments love and compassion prevail.

Scribe Staples Productions in association with Faroutman Theatre. Review snippets: ‘Made me laugh and cry’ an audience member ‘Spot on’ an Alzheimer’s nurse.



http://www.scribestaples.wix.com/mysite

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  OOOH ARRR Productions presents
The Diary of Anne Frank
by Anne Frank (adapted for the stage by J. Turner)

29th Jan - 3rd Feb
8.00pm


OOOH ARRR Productions presents
The Diary of Anne Frank
by Anne Frank (adapted for the stage by J. Turner)

29th Jan - 3rd Feb - 8.00pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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Forced into hiding during World War Two to escape from the Nazi regime, Anne Frank is undoubtedly the most well-known Holocaust story.

Together with seven others she hides in the secret annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam, and records everything about her life in this stifling environment in her diary.

After more than two years in hiding they are discovered and deported to concentration camps.

OOOH ARRR Productions return for their third show at The Alma after their ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ performances of Hansel and Gretel, and Great Expectations, in 2017!'

http://www.facebook.com/oooharrrproductions

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  The 625 Company presents
Talking Heads
by Alan Bennett

5th - 9th February
8pm


The 625 Company presents
Talking Heads
by Alan Bennett

5th - 9th February - 8pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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The 625 Company present Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ – three short monologues from the award-winning radio and TV series.

‘Soldiering On’ tells the story of Muriel, whose husband has just died, leaving her rather well off, until her son Giles gets his hands on the money and Muriel comes out the loser.

In ‘A Chip in the Sugar’, Graham is a middle-aged bachelor, emotionally retarded and dependent on his mother, who struggles with his insecurities when Mother meets an old flame and seems set to marry.

‘Her Big Chance’ finds actress Lesley having just completed filming of a video for the overseas market (in which she plays Travis, a good time girl who enjoys life to the full) but who appears blind to the sinister undertones of her story.



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  CellarDoor Theatre Company presents
Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness
by Anthony Neilson

20th - 24th January
8pm


CellarDoor Theatre Company presents
Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness
by Anthony Neilson

20th - 24th January - 8pm

£9.50
Concessions: £7.50

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'Ladies and gentlemen, as some of you may know, my name is Edward Gant: prodigy, soldier, traveller, poet - but always and ever a showman.'
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<br/> In 1881, the famed and enigmatic impresario Mr Edward Gant presented his renowned travelling show for the final time. The opiate-addicted actor manager showcased his troupe creating a spectacle of grotesquery, black comedy, mystery and magic realism. <br/><br/> Over a century later, playwright Anthony Neilson has reconstructed this intriguing and fantastic historical event in a theatrical piece that combines the melodrama and extravagance with the painful loneliness that characterised a Victorian freak show. Neilson's play offers a strange and beautiful exploration of sadness and mortality, probing even the nature of theatre itself.
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 A tragic farce of colour and melancholy, this is not one to be missed…
<br/><br/>
Warning: This show contains graphic scenes and themes that might be upsetting to some, as-well as crude language and scenes of a violent nature.  Recommended 18+
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 'Without further ado, I present for your astonishment the Extraordinary! The Terrible! The AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS.'

http://www.cellardoortheatre.co.uk

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  Time2Shine Productions presents
It's No Job for a Nice Jewish Girl
by Rachel Creeger

26th February
7.30pm


Time2Shine Productions presents
It's No Job for a Nice Jewish Girl
by Rachel Creeger

26th February - 7.30pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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With a face that shouts "Xmas" but a soul that screams "Hanukkah", Rachel Creeger has always felt like she has a foot in two worlds. <
br/> Coming from a family of immigrants and refugees has coloured her perception of community. She’s lived in Essex, Israel and Belarus, been a dental nurse, singer and social worker, now performs, writes and directs comedy. Where does she belong?

The debut solo stand up show from the writer of "An Insomniac's Guide To Ambulances" exploring the drive to fit in, with a bit about being a pop star.


'It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl' won the 'Best Comedy Show' award at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017 and went on to sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it received glowing reviews and has helped to establish Rachel's reputation firmly in the world of comedy.

Rachel is also an award winning director and playwright, with over 50 credits to her name.

http://www.rachelcreeger.com

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  Westbury (and Westberries) Hockey Club presents
The Spy Who Left Me
by Martin Fey

7th - 10th March
8pm


Westbury (and Westberries) Hockey Club presents
The Spy Who Left Me
by Martin Fey

7th - 10th March - 8pm

£5.50

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The Westbury Hockey Players return to the Alma with their twelfth production (and their eighth at the Alma).

What’s it about? – well if we told you we’d have to kill you. But suffice to say, it is a comedy which involves the return of a long lost husband, a stalking dentist, an unhandy handyman, a few spooks and a three piece suite. The cast, drawn from Westbury HC and Westberries HC, look forward to entertaining you.



http://www.westburyhockey.com

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  Open for Theatre presents
36
by Rita Jenkins

11th - 13th March
8pm


Open for Theatre presents
36
by Rita Jenkins

11th - 13th March - 8pm

£6.50
Concessions: £5.50

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Open for Theatre ask you to jump into the mind of Christoph, and help decipher his uncertain memories.

Abused by his father, he now part of a cycle. He transfers these feelings, and subsequent actions, on to his wife and son.

With themes of abuse, alcoholism and loss of control, 36, an original play by Rita Jenkins, follows Christoph through his struggle to notice what lies beyond his own beliefs.

First performed at the Bristol One Act Festival, 36 won Best Original Play and Best Supporting Actor for new Bristol-based theatre company, Open for Theatre, who collaborate with a variety of theatre-makers and emerging artists to allow original work to come to life.



http://www.openfortheatre.com

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  Dom Pipkin presents
Smokin' Boogie
by Dom Pipkin

14th March
8pm


Dom Pipkin presents
Smokin' Boogie
by Dom Pipkin

14th March - 8pm

£10.50

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One of Europe’s most authentic and spirited blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin brings his acclaimed one man show on the road with a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breathtaking piano.  

Brothels and barrelhouses, love, sex and tragedy, chasing the ‘rushin’ lady’.  Voodoo spells and Mardi Gras Queens, the colourful lives of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and the drug-fuelled funk and psychedelia of Dr John & James Booker are conjured up in all their rawest setting; a man, a piano, a glass of bourbon and panama hat. 

Pipkin has performed extensively in New Orleans, and shared stages with international icons Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.  His experiences are real and resonating.   His work has ranged from teaching Jonathan Ross the piano to privately entertaining the film director Stanley Kubrick.  He's recorded and toured with Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Ray Davis, Morcheeba, David Byrne, Guy Barker, Ella Eyre, John Newman, Pee Wee Ellis  and Laura Mvula; and is in constant demand on the capital’s club scene. So come and join him in the intimate Alma Theatre as he recounts his tales, and plays you sweet Jazz and Blues.

 This event will be £12 on the door

Running time 2hrs 15



http://www.dompipkin.co.uk

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  The Sullions Neoterics presents
Autobahn
by Neil Labute

15th - 17th March
8pm


The Sullions Neoterics presents
Autobahn
by Neil Labute

15th - 17th March - 8pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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"But you never know, do you?

No, you just never know what is going on inside the heart of a person, you can’t really ever be sure."

Autobahn invites you to take a peek into the lives of ten individuals. 10 people that stretch the width and breadth of British culture. Everyone has something to say, but what isn't being said? What is really going on under the surface?

The Scullions Neoterics invite you to ask these questions in this original and immersive production that brings The Scullions to new and exciting heights in this thought-provoking adaptation.





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  T-Worx Productions presents
Jumpy
by April de Angelis

20th - 24th March
8pm


T-Worx Productions presents
Jumpy
by April de Angelis

20th - 24th March - 8pm

£12.50

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“I don’t look 50. I don’t act 50. I could get away with … 43?”

50-something Hilary is reaching breaking point with an unruly sixteen-year-old daughter and a marriage which is a little stale. Her work situation is more than unstable as recent cuts suggest her job is on the line, and her habit of the odd glass of wine seems the perfect solution to a stressful day and a stressful home.



http://www.tworxproductions.com

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  Quirky Bird Theatre presents
Spur of the Moment
by Anya Reiss

27th - 31st March
8pm


Quirky Bird Theatre presents
Spur of the Moment
by Anya Reiss

27th - 31st March - 8pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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Pre-teen Delilah enjoys High School Musical, swim parties and staring at the lodger.

While her parents are busy throwing verbal grenades at one another, they barely have time to notice their 21-year old tenant starting to notice her...

Anya Reiss' debut play, Spur of the Moment, looks at the distance between close family relations and a young girl on the brink of adolescence. It premiered at the Royal Court in 2009, winning Reiss the award for Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics Circle awards.



http://www.quirkybirdtheatre.co.uk

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  Act V Theatre Company presents
Venus and Adonis
by William Shakespeare

3rd - 7th April
8pm


Act V Theatre Company presents
Venus and Adonis
by William Shakespeare

3rd - 7th April - 8pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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One of Shakespeare’s earliest and best-selling publications, the poem of Venus and Adonis is an incredibly sensual retelling of Ovid’s poem that adds twists and turns to the ancient tale.  
In Shakespeare’s version, Venus is a lusty seductress, unused to having her will declined and her love unrequited.  Adonis, a beautiful young mortal man, would rather go hunting, and while he almost succumbs to her godly guiles, manages to keep her at bay.  


http://www.act-v.com

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