Category Archives: theatre

“Rage and pain and fear and hope and love”: the power of autobiographical theatre, by Bella Heesom

I would read your diary if you let me. I would love to climb inside your mind. Just crack your skull open, clamber in, and nestle down into the secret, squishy parts of your psyche and see the world through your eyes.

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The Wild West comes to Barnstaple Fringe Fest via puppets in SPAGHETTI! (Is a Western)

Puppetry for grownups – Go ahead punk, come and see the show! Challenges a puppet theatre pastiche of Spaghetti Westerns, which made its Barnstaple Fringe Theatre Festival debut on June 23, and will continue to June 25.

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Broken Air Putting the Art into Dying: solo theatre performance inspired by Cornish artist Peter Lanyon at Barnstaple Fringfest

The life and death of Cornish artist Peter Lanyon is the inspiration for Paul Attmere’s solo show, Broken Air Putting the Art into Dying, which is at Barnstaple’s Fringe Theatrefest.

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Human vulnerability highlight in clown form in Bianca Bertalot’s Cinco Coisas

Brazillian artist Bianca Bertalot is taking her new show Cinco Coisas, a solo clown show inspired by the five basic developmental needs of a child – Place, Nurturing, Support, Protection and Limitation,  on a South West tour.

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What’s the Matter? Physics, physical comedy and a search for Schrodinger’s cat at Barnstaple’s Fringe TheatreFest

South West theatre company The Last Baguette are bringing science to life with their new comedy: What’s the Matter? – coming to Barnstaple’s Fringe TheatreFest this summer.

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Exeter Northcott Theatre returns to producing with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal

Exeter Northcott Theatre is proud to present artistic and executive director Paul Jepson’s directorial debut for the theatre with a new adaptation of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. The production is also Exeter Northcott Theatre’s first full in-house production in six years.

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New play from Devon-based writer brings to the stage the reality of living with postnatal depression

Three days into motherhood, Rachel doesn’t recognise herself. There’s nothing Sam won’t do to keep his family together, but how do you beat an enemy you can’t see? Friction is a visceral and inspiring story of hard-won recovery and the resilience couples find when their world is falling apart.

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Go People take restoration production to venues throughout London – including The Ivy

Restoration theatre was a revolution in itself, staged anywhere that was available – from disused tennis courts to ancestral family homes. In light of this, forward thinking theatre company Go People are bringing John Vanbrugh’s The Provoked Wife to intimate venues across London; and see they have an amazing opportunity to explore a revival of this idea, making new and unusual spaces our playground in the delivery of a brilliantly alternative theatrical experience.

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Dark comedy of the 80s revisited in new play The Beautiful Warmth at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Remember the good ole 1980s? If the buzz around new play The Beautiful Warmth is anything to go by, you may not need to remember it – the dark comedy deals with the relationships between humanity, consumerism, and the desire for professional success. You can’t get more ’80s than that.

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Curve Theatre showcases second year of young arts entrepreneur scheme

Curve Theatre By NotFromUtrecht (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Curve Theatre By NotFromUtrecht (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
In August, Curve Theatre, Leicester’s groundbreaking arts-led social change scheme Young Arts Entrepreneurs (YAE) will celebrate the end of its second successful year.

Running over a total of three years, YAE works with 12 young people aged 16-25 each year, enabling them to launch their own social enterprise and provide opportunities and benefits for their communities.

Curve is now looking at options to extend the project beyond the life of the original three-year funded programme, in order to create a template which could be rolled out across arts organisations nationally.

The YAE participants are challenged and developed through intensive business skills training and a Mentors Scheme, which complement their arts projects to ensure they have a viable, high quality business model and product. They are supported by local companies through a 10-week programme covering practical business skills such as leadership and management, finance, press and marketing, problem solving and entrepreneurship.

Eleven projects have been enabled in 2012 – 2013, which again cover a variety of artforms including drama, poetry and spoken word, movement and dance and music.  The YAEs have worked with diverse groups from the communities of Leicestershire, ranging from ex-offenders to disadvantaged young people and those with special educational needs.

On Wednesday 14 August, the YAEs will take over Curve for a day of workshops, performances and presentations, including a set from emerging singer-songwriter Mark Elliott and a live stream to Jess Green at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The event will also include a networking opportunity for local businesses to meet what could be the next generation of key arts industry players.

The Young Arts Entrepreneurs’ Showcase Day will take place at Curve on Wednesday 14 August, 9.30am-4pm.

A Strange Wild Song at The Bike Shed Theatre

A Strange Wild Song
Sandra Dieckmann‘s design for A Strange Wild Song

This wonderful poster design for Rhum and Clay’s new show A Strange Wild Song by Sandra Dieckmann deserves to be seen, as does the show, which is apparently inspired by a First World War event, and is now at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.

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