The Ministry of Entertainment presents
Beryl's of Mayfair
by Kate McNab & Ross Harvey

21st - 26th January
7.30pm (7pm showing on Monday)


The Ministry of Entertainment presents
Beryl's of Mayfair
by Kate McNab & Ross Harvey

21st - 26th January - 7.30pm (7pm showing on Monday)

£11.00
Concessions: £9.00

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Mervyn's going to Kidderminster. Beryl's off for her monthly trip to the wholesaler in Exeter (or is she?) and there’s only Hattie, the over-zealous new junior, to keep an eye on the salon. What could possibly go wrong?
Well… Mr. Bicknell is supposed to arrive early to repair the dry rot upstairs. He doesn’t. Susan hasn’t had her ‘hot water-tap training’ yet and now there’s a suspicious vagrant lurking in the back yard. The clients, Beryl’s ‘ladies,’ with their regular appointments are coming in any minute. Oh… and Blue Rinse Monday was such a huge success that some will have to be fitted in today, Tuesday. Well, Mervyn did offer the ‘silver’ clients the rinse at half-price. Oh no! Here comes Mrs. Bluett. She has new gossip and she’s peeking under all the dryers, looking for Mrs. Foster.
Here they come… all hands to the sinks!

"I haven't laughed so much in years!" (Zion Arts Centre Preview Night.)

All tickets include a £1 admin charge

http://www.ministryofentertainment.co.uk

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  Quirky Bird Theatre presents
DNA
by Dennis Kelly

28th - 29th January
2pm & 7pm


Quirky Bird Theatre presents
DNA
by Dennis Kelly

28th - 29th January - 2pm & 7pm

£13.50

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Award-winning Quirky Bird Theatre brings you Dennis Kelly's DNA, a tale of darkness, loyalty and murder. Performed by members of the company's Young Actors Apprenticeship, this production has been on tour since September and received outstanding feedback from audience members as part of it's school's tour.

Now being studied as part of the GCSE curriculum for both English and Drama this text is a popular choice for young theatre enthusiasts and alongside the performance a post-show Q&A can be offered to any school groups attending.

"A short sharp shocker of a play which twists and turns as guilt and madness poison the group dynamics" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.****

http://www.quirkybirdtheatre.co.uk

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  Ratchet Theatre Company presents
One Bed, Two Plays
by Anna Jordan & Eric C. Pterson

30th & 31st January
8pm


Ratchet Theatre Company presents
One Bed, Two Plays
by Anna Jordan & Eric C. Pterson

30th & 31st January - 8pm

£12.00

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Ratchet Theatre's 1 BED, 2 PLAYS are two plays that go very well together; they’re both set in one bed. And they’re both about love. Well sex actually. But in very different ways.

Taking the form of a series of monologues which eventually converge on each other, FREAK by Anna Jordan tells the often painfully frank stories of Leah and Georgie as they come to terms with their sex lives.

Georgie is 30 and in a downwards spiral, having just quit her job, broken up with her long-term boyfriend, and taken a job at a strip club. Leah is 15 and is nervously anticipating her “first time”, and spends her time practising different sexual positions on the double bed which the two share.

As these two deeply personal and at times very sad monologues finally interlock, the play finds a way to suggest that women need to really talk with each other. Because too many women feel isolated, pressured – and, yes like freaks – if they don't conform to the pressures piled upon them to look and behave like porn stars.

AFTERGLOW - by Eric C Peterson is not as intense as Freak and is written as a comedy. Though for those who might have been in the protagonists’ position it might not be that funny. Called simply “a man” and “a woman” the couple find themselves in bed together through circumstance. Although the woman appears to hold the experiential high ground the couple repeat the situation several times more, each time the passion becoming less evident and the boredom factor increasing.

Approx running time of 2 hours.

All tickets include a £1 admin charge.

http://www.ratchet-theatre.co.uk/

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  Lucky Dog Theatre Productions presents
The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret
by Stan Laurel, edited by Philip Hutchinson

1st & 2nd February
8pm


Lucky Dog Theatre Productions presents
The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret
by Stan Laurel, edited by Philip Hutchinson

1st & 2nd February - 8pm

£11.00

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Lucky Dog Theatre Productions are generally regarded as the best Laurel & Hardy re-enactors in the world. Their popular biopic Hats Off To Laurel & Hardy has won awards and played to packed houses and standing ovations throughout the UK and into America, Germany and the Czech Republic since 2013.

They have also played many conventions and events with other (often very rare) material that Stan and Ollie once performed on stage, newsreels, records, lost footage and even scripts that were never filmed.

The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret is a bumper package of these routines, songs and dances linked with accurately recreated film sequences from The Boys’ 30-year career.

Featuring some classic movie sequences, along with some hilarious Music Hall sketches the pair toured in the 1940s and 50s, you will be transported back to a more innocent time – yet still be amazed at how current their comedy remains.

This is Lucky Dog’s third show at The Alma, and their first here for four years. Take a seat and have some hard-boiled eggs and nuts washed down with soda... soda... soda... and what will you have, Stan?

Approx running time 1 hour 45

All tickets include a £1 admin charge

http://www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com

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  Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit! The Best in Improvised Comedy
by The Improv Geniuses

15th December & 9th February
8.00pm


Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit! The Best in Improvised Comedy
by The Improv Geniuses

15th December & 9th February - 8.00pm

£11.00

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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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  Joe C. Brown & Anthony Hollis presents
The Shy Manifesto
by Michael Ross

15th & 16th February
8pm (2.30 Saturday matinee)


Joe C. Brown & Anthony Hollis presents
The Shy Manifesto
by Michael Ross

15th & 16th February - 8pm (2.30 Saturday matinee)

£14.00
Concessions: £12.00

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17 year old Callum is proud to be shy and he thinks you should be too, because what this noisy, crazy world needs right now is a bit more self-restraint.

The Shy Manifesto is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy drama about a shy boy who is fed up of constantly being told to come out of his shell. Tonight he is to address an audience of radical shy comrades and incite the meek to finally rise up and inherit the earth. But memories of the previous night’s drunken escapades at a classmate’s end-of-term party keep intruding, and threaten to upend the fragile identity he has created for himself.

Starring Theo Ancient (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and written by Michael Ross (“fun, sparky and full of ideas”- The Stage on Ross’ They Won’t Kill You).

All tickets include a £1 admin charge.

http://www.theshymanifesto.com

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  Schoolhouse Productions presents
The Memory of Water
by Shelagh Stevephson

19th - 23rd February
8pm (2.30 Saturday matinee)


Schoolhouse Productions presents
The Memory of Water
by Shelagh Stevephson

19th - 23rd February - 8pm (2.30 Saturday matinee)

£13.00
Concessions: £11.00

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One the eve of their mothers' funeral, three sisters converge at their remote childhood home, arguing and joking with each other as they organise her belongings.
Each dealing with the death in their own way, they soon realise that their memories of growing up, and of their mother, are all vastly different.

This hilarious and heart-breaking drama is about what we fear most – losing someone both in life and death. A play about family, grief and the unreliability of memory. Expect tears and laughter in the Alma's in-house version of this Olivier Award-winning comedy.

This is Schoolhouse's sixth production, after their critically acclaimed versions of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, and Simon Stephens' 2014 update of A Doll's House.

All tickets include a £1 admin charge.

http://www.schoolhouseproductions.co.uk

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  Magor Amateur Dramatic Society presents
Lovestruck
by Various

24th February
6.30pm


Magor Amateur Dramatic Society presents
Lovestruck
by Various

24th February - 6.30pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Three comedy shorts taking a retrospective look at relationships over the last century.

Peas by David Tristram
A man and a woman embark on a blind date set up by a newly established internet dating agency. What could go wrong?

Overtones by Alice Gerstenberg
A period twist on Gertenberg’s most performed play, embodying the female psyche and the differences between what we say and what we think.

The Proposal by Anton Chekov
Classic tale of boy meets girl, ignores any inclination for romance for 30 years and then desperately seeks wife when it seems all hope for marriage may be lost.

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  Act V presents
Present Laughter
by Noel Coward

26th February - 2nd March
7.30pm


Act V presents
Present Laughter
by Noel Coward

26th February - 2nd March - 7.30pm

£12.00
Concessions: £10.00

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Actor Garry Essendine is at the height of his career. He’s successful, witty, surrounded by adoring fans and about to take his latest hit abroad. He’s also in the middle of a turbulent mid-life crisis.

Holed up in his flat, he is assailed from all quarters: a young debutante wants to seduce him, a crazed playwright from Uckfield wants to worship him and his producer’s wife wants to... well, what exactly does she intend?

Under the mordant eye of his long-suffering secretary and the implacable gaze of his estranged but resolute wife, Garry struggles to keep all his plates spinning.

This slyly satirical comedy about sex, fame and the theatre itself – and a man wrestling with his own facade – is regarded as Noël Coward’s most autobiographical writing.

Act V Theatre return to the Alma Tavern after last year’s successful production of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis.

All tickets include a £1 admin charge.

http://www.act-v.com

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  Red Rope Theatre Company presents
The Two-Character Play
by Tennessee Williams

5th - 16th March
8pm (2.30 Saturday matinee)


Red Rope Theatre Company presents
The Two-Character Play
by Tennessee Williams

5th - 16th March - 8pm (2.30 Saturday matinee)

£13.00
Concessions: £11.00

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"To play with fear is to play with fire. No, worse, much worse, than playing with fire. Fire has limits. But fear..."

Critically acclaimed Red Rope Theatre are back with Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play described by him as, "my most beautiful play since Streetcar, the very heart of my life."

A brother and sister, two actors on tour, have been deserted by their troupe and find themselves deserted in a decrepit theatre... They begin to enact The Two Character Play – an illusion within an illusion that hasn't been finished and can't be remembered...

Praise for Red Rope:

A Taste of Honey
***** "One of the most empathetic and genuine theatre productions I have seen " - Female Arts
**** "...a thoroughly touching and refreshing piece of drama.." - 365bristol

Two Way Mirror
"....a powerful and evocative launch onto the touring circuit" - The Stage
***** "Masterfully produced performances" - remotegoat
***** - Bristol Theatre Review

Dracula
" An enjoyable production rippling with melodrama and silliness" - Exeunt
**** - remotegoat

Look Back in Anger
"... this was a harsh, gritty show, both delightful and painful at the same time." - Intermission

Frankenstein
"...it is a truly fearless, and powerful, performance." - The Reviews Hub

The Turn of the Screw
**** 1/2 "....nothing at all that I know, touches it" - Theatre Bath

All tickets include a £1 admin charge

http://www.redropetheatre.co.uk

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  Quirky Bird Theatre presents
That Face
by Polly Stenham

19th & 20th March
7.30pm (2pm matinee)


Quirky Bird Theatre presents
That Face
by Polly Stenham

19th & 20th March - 7.30pm (2pm matinee)

£13.50

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That Face tells the story of a family.

Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha's. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother.

Quirky Bird Theatre bring Polly Stenham's searing debut 'That Face' back to the Alma, after launching their national tour here over a year ago.

Originally produced at the Royal Court in 2007 it received outstanding reviews and was nominated for several awards. Polly Stenham received both the Charles Wintour Award 2007 and the Critics Circle award 2008 for most Promising Playwright.

'Remarkably confident and exuberantly theatrical. Crammed with ferocious cruelty and pitch-black humour' The Times

Quirky Bird Theatre previously presented Stenham's second play Tusk Tusk which won seven awards at the All England Theatre Festival 2016. Awards included Best Young Actor, Best Director and Best Play. Their work has been described as 'flawless, innovative and full of creativity'.

This production has been rescheduled from the March dates, due to the snow.

Ticket prices include a £1 admin charge.



http://www.quirkybirdtheatre.com/

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  Blazing Flame Productions presents
Wrecked Chateau
by Steve Day & James Stallard

24th March
6pm


Blazing Flame Productions presents
Wrecked Chateau
by Steve Day & James Stallard

24th March - 6pm

£11.00
Concessions: £9.00

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Blazing Flame bring us an evening live music and spoken word, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International.

Blending jazz improv with “thinking funk”, Blazing Flame's new recording is Wrecked Chateau… the road to ruin is not always the end of a story. There are many journeys within these songs and in the improvisations that describe them.

Matched perfectly to the music is the “crafted excellence” of spoken word poets James Stallard a master-minimalist and Steve Day, “a wordsmith who writes alchemy.”

Blazing Flame Quintet/6 Voice, Saxophone, Electric Violin, Trumpet, Double Bass, Drums.
Spoken Word by Steve Day, James Stallard

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  Stepping Out Theatre Company presents
Hunters. Gatherers.
by Various

26th March - 7th April
8pm


Stepping Out Theatre Company presents
Hunters. Gatherers.
by Various

26th March - 7th April - 8pm

£13.00
Concessions: £11.00

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What makes us human?

Our ancestors hunted and gathered. In the struggle for resources, mates and survival, we continue the long process of evolution in unlikely ways and in the strangest places.

Harry hunts the Lizard People responsible for murdering the man he loved. Benny hides away in his flat surrounded by the TV show memorabilia he is hording. We are all still hunters and gatherers.

A group of writer / performers offers a diverse, kaleidoscopic series of modern perspectives on the most ancient of human activities.

All tickets include a £1 admin fee

No shows 31st March, 1st & 6th April

http://www.steppingouttheatre.co.uk

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  Alma Theatre presents
Clit Stirrer
by Kate Smurthwaite

31st March
7pm


Alma Theatre presents
Clit Stirrer
by Kate Smurthwaite

31st March - 7pm

£11.00

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An hour of warm insightful stand-up from the woman described by John Cleese as "Fun, energetic & full of ideas" .

The award-winning left-wing, feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian takes on everything from alpha males to holy grails. "One of the wittiest gun-slingers I've ever seen on stage" The Spectator.

In 2013 Kate won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award declaring her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe. This year's new show received five-star reviews.

Kate is a writer for the UK's most popular political comedy show, Have I Got News For You. She has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows including Question Time, The Big Questions, This Morning, BBC News, Sky News, Woman's Hour & The Today Program.

She performs stand-up comedy around the world and is currently touring her 13th one-woman show which received five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2013 she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2014 she was nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for campaigning against violence against women.

All tickets include a £1 admin fee.

http://www.katesmurthwaite.co.uk

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  Baz Jellicoe presents
Hutch
by John Reynolds

14th - 16th April
7.30pm


Baz Jellicoe presents
Hutch
by John Reynolds

14th - 16th April - 7.30pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Three vulnerable people sharing an attic divided into ‘hutches’, meekly eke out an existence, but their landlord’s plans forces them to choose between surrender or resistance.

Hutch is a comedy with a serious message which examines the injustices and absurdities of the current housing crisis and, in particular, ‘sex for rent’. The play conveys the everyday struggles of cold, hunger, noise, unfit housing, lack of privacy and exploitative landlords.

There are three main characters: Svenya, a victim of domestic violence who is in hiding, working as a sex chatline operator; Bob who works in a public library and is an ex-convict; and Debbie who has run away from home. When the landlord hatches a plan to exploit Debbie, the others need to decide whether to look the other way or make a stand.

Audience reaction to the play (Out of Your Mind festival, Egg theatre, April 2018)
“Superb: hard-hitting, but also very funny; theatrically innovative and very topical. The three main characters were very likeable and their humanity helped shine a light on our disgraceful housing crisis and those "left behind".”
“Just ... to say how much I enjoyed Hutch - it is a great set up and really well plotted + v funny, sharp writing.”
“I enjoyed every minute of the play. It was funny, moving and conveyed a powerful message.”
“That was just brilliant...” “Your play was excellent...”

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  Softsod Productions presents
The Ebbing Hour
by David Martin

17th & 18th April
7.30pm


Softsod Productions presents
The Ebbing Hour
by David Martin

17th & 18th April - 7.30pm

£12.00
Concessions: £10.00

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As the sun sets relentlessly over a chilling hillside encounter, a desperate therapy session ticks incessantly to a close. Before the end of the ebbing hour, a man and a woman must reveal their truths or suffer the unthinkable consequences.

Story-telling of human fragility, loss and our enduring will to survive at its devastating best. A beautiful, fascinating and provocative tale.

After a period of redevelopment, Softsod have merged two linked one-act plays, Unspoken and Fragile Man, to form a single full-length play, which has been redirected in preparation for their Spring 2019 tour.

Softsod Productions specialise in original, thought-provoking theatre. Passionate about engaging with audiences they create unique, contemporary drama focused on crafted story-telling, creative directing, outstanding performance and high quality production.

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http://www.softsod.com

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  Buonaventura presents
Dark Venus
by Wendy Buonaventura

24th - 27th April
8pm


Buonaventura presents
Dark Venus
by Wendy Buonaventura

24th - 27th April - 8pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Does the Femme Fatale exist? Or is she a myth, a thrilling stereotype, feeding men’s fears about female nature?

Come and be beguiled by this cabaret of songs and stories exploring bizarre ideas about dangerous women.

“Eccentric entertainment at its best”

Devised by Wendy Buonaventura from her book of the same name, with Kenneth C. Bell, Susie Fugle, Johnie Gush and Saara Nelson

All tickets include a £1 admin charge

http://www.buonaventura.com

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