Once Upon A Time…

Thu 12 – Sat 14 Sep • 8pm • Full £16/14 Concs £14/12 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Gonzo Moose in association with Pegasus Theatre

It was cold. It was dark. It was almost certainly snowing…
Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are about to publish the final volume of what will become the greatest ever collection of fairy tales.
But on the eve of their greatest triumph, a shadowy figure from their past lets it be known he intends to collect an old debt.
Now their sister Lotte has to travel deep into the Fairy Tale Kingdom and confront a great evil in order to save her beloved older brothers.
Is our heroine in grave danger? Yes.
From what? Lot’s of things.
Will she make it back alive? We can’t tell you.
Having previously thrilled audiences with the hit shows The Thing That Came From Over There and What The Dickens, Gonzo Moose are back in a reworking of their 2011 smash hit, Grimm And Grimmer. A comedy fairy tale adventure bursting with physical comedy, absurd jokes and magical illusion, Once Upon A Time… is bigger, crazier and funnier than ever before.
“Outstanding” Chortle
“Thrilled and delighted an audience of all ages. Outstanding visual comedy” Oxford Times
Special reduced price Preview Performances Thu 12th & Fri 13th September!

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Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

Wed 4 Dec • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Closer Each Day Company

Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This December join Closer Each Day Company for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised.
Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.” ★★★★ Stage Talk
“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!” David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter
“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.” Visit Bristol

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Dead Men’s Eyes: Two Ghost Stories by M R James

Thu 5 & Fri 6 Dec • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Presented by Nunkie Productions

“Put it down, you fool! Do you want to look through a dead man’s eyes?” 

Two chilling and thrilling tales from M R James, the master of the English ghost story.

In A View From a Hill a pair of binoculars reveal the grisly history of an idyllic stretch of English countryside. In The Treasure of Abbot Thomas a treasure-seeker comes face to face with unspeakable horror at the bottom of ancient well.

Dead Men’s Eyes is one of a series of one-man shows that seek to revive the tradition of supernatural storytelling perfected by Montague Rhodes James.

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Getting The Third Degree

Wed 13 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Written by Dougie Blaxland
Presented by Roughhouse and Live Wire Theatre Companies

Getting The Third Degree was commissioned by Kick it Out to recognise the 25th anniversary of its ongoing battle against discrimination in football. This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. The first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England, he inspired a whole generation of young black players to follow in his pioneering footsteps.

In dramatising Laurie Cunningham’s meteoric rise to stardom Getting The Third Degree also explores how he and his fellow black players – Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis – triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity.

Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul and blues, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society.

★★★★★ “Entertaining, thought-provoking and far transcends the rugby field.”  British Theatre Guide on Hands Up For Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot

“A real tour de force”  Deep Extra Cover on When The Eye Has Gone

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DAWTA

Wed 9 Oct • 8pm • Full £15 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

By Dionne Draper

Presented by Sing With Soul

“Look at Sarah’s hair, it doesn’t get wet!” “Oh yeah” I say with surprise.

Separated from her Jamaican mother at 5 days old, Sarah is adopted and raised by a white family in rural Devon. Black in a white world, DAWTA is a one woman musical exploring identity, race, God and Sarah’s number one question, “Who Am I”?

Written and performed by South West actor and singer Dionne Draper, DAWTA is her first semi-autobiographical musical and Sing With Soul’s first theatre production. Recent work includes Avona’s song ‘Beyond The Tide’ and feminist anthem, ‘We Rise’.

DAWTA (Jamaican Patwa for daughter) features 7 characters, 10 songs and 1 woman in a compelling and powerful story of a transracial adoptee’s quest to find her way home.

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Open Mic

Sat 12 Oct • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £8 • Professional Theatre

Written by Hattie Taylor
Presented by Apricity Theatre

Lottie is a singer, stepping onto the stage to perform at her local Open Mic Night. When she is reduced to a shaking heap on the floor by a panic attack before she can even start to sing, she talks instead – about her anxiety, about the reasons behind it, and about how it feels to constantly be at war with your own brain.

“brave and searingly honest”  the egg theatre on Open Mic
“powerful”  Bath Echo on The Breach
“unlike anything we have experienced” ★★★★★ Theatre Bath on Between the Armies
“important” ★★★★ Theatre Bath on Open Mic

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The Room

Wed 25 Sep • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Professional Theatre

By Alexander Abbott
Presented by Cromus

“A powerful solo musical that takes you on a rollercoaster journey of emotions.”

A girl alone in a room. Why is she here? What is her story?

In a series of pictures and conversations we learn the answers to these questions and more.
Bit by bit we piece together her life and what has brought her here.

The Room is a new original British one act, one woman musical in which a girl tells her life story in a rainbow of emotions which will surprise, shock and entertain right up to the final note.

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And Then They Came For Me

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

And Then They Came for Me is a unique experience…a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg with live actors recreating scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.
Ed was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend. Eva was the same age and lived across from Anne in Amsterdam until she and her family were arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent.
Part oral history, part drama action, part remembrance, this play by James Still brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. The ensemble-driven play breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions.

“After the war, people said it would never happen again, and people didn’t want to talk about it—it was something that happened, let’s forget about it, now we live in a different life. What’s happening now in Bosnia and what’s happening in many other places…we’re still doing the same thing and again the world just looks on.” Eva Schloss
“one of the most important events I have seen…” 
Damian Todres, Wells Cathedral School
“it was stunning and has left an incredible impression on me. I’ve been to Auschwitz twice and to Anne Frank’s house twice too and yet your production added a new layer of emotion and connection to those unimaginable events.” 
Peter Kyle, MP Hove & Portslade

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There’s Nothing There

Fri 15 & Sat 16 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £12 Concs £10 • Professional Theatre

Written by Russell Eccleston
Presented by Apricity Theatre and Black Dog Productions 

What is there to do when you’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods? Read a book? Play some Scrabble? Hide from the monsters lurking outside in the dark?

When their holiday becomes a living nightmare, six friends find themselves fighting for their lives. With night closing in and paranoia tightening its grip, even familiar people begin to feel like strangers. When fear twists everything out of recognition, what do you believe? Who can you trust?

Join critically-acclaimed Black Dog Productions and Apricity Theatre for this chilling, heart-stopping new show. Sometimes night is darkest with the lights on.

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Cracking

Thu 14 Nov • 7:30pm • Full £16 Concs £14 • Professional Theatre

Written by Cally Hayes
Presented by Documental Theatre

A new play by Cally Hayes about love, loss and parenthood. Cracking takes an intimate look from a father’s perspective about what happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything.

Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing?

Inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, Documental combines refreshingly honest new writing with testimony and vibrant physicality.“

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