Theatre for a fiver

August

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  • Maison Foo

  • Meet Your Neighbour
  • Sunday, 19 August
  • 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm, FREE
  • Adults only
  • In the run up to our new show touring into Leicester, we are hosting a creative craft
  • workshop this August as part of Journeys festival.
  • We welcome you to come along and help make a colourful community of birds with us. The workshop will be a relaxed and friendly space to make new friends and share cultural stories whilst getting creative.
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Next season bookings open soon

September

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  • And Suddenly I Disappear: the Singapore/UK ‘d’ Monologues

  • Kaite O’Reilly - an Unlimited International Commission
  • Sunday 9 September, 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Pay What You Think
  • Kaite is a playwright passionate about embracing all varieties of human experience, and so are we. We’re proud to present the first ever multilingual, intercultural, Deaf and disabled-led theatre project created between the UK and Singapore. Experience a chorus of multiple voices, perspectives and modes of communication, whether through projected creative captioning, integrated audio description, and spoken and visual languages. We’re not promising the answer to what it means to be human, but we hope you’ll embark on our journey of celebrating the diversity of all our lived experiences.
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  • The Isle of Brimsker

  • Frozen Light
  • Friday 14 September, 11am – 12pm, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • £8 / Carers free
  • Frozen Light are one of our favourite theatre specialists creating immersive work for teenage and adult audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). We love how they innovatively combine signing and multi-sensory moments with live music and poetic language that grip us to their strong emotional narratives. In this story, we find out how a lonely lighthouse keeper survives when change is on the horizon.
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  • The Flop

  • A Hijinx Production in association with Spymonkey
  • Sunday 23 September, 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • We love the anarchy and hilarious stupidity created on stage in The Flop. You can’t help but laugh out loud to the catchy (and slightly rude) live music and unfeasibly large period wigs! Can this cast of total idiots save a show about a flop… from being one? Erectile dysfunction in 16 century France. Inclusive theatre company. Meet Fred
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  • Katie & Pip

  • Tin Can People
  • Friday 28 September, 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Ages 8+
  • Never work with animals or children, they say… Well, be prepared to meet 15-year-old Katie and her 5-year-old border collie Pip. Yes, we really do mean there will be a dog on stage! Katie has Type 1 Diabetes and has trained Pip to save her life on a daily basis. This enchanting show celebrates the loving companionship between humans and dogs, as well as living life to the full despite significant obstacles. Full of boundless energy and deep curiosity, we’re charmed by this heartfelt story, not to mention Pip chasing after 200 flying tennis balls!
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October

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  • Burning Books

  • Jess Green
  • Saturday 6 October
  • 1pm – 3pm and 7pm – 9pm (including interval)
  • £12 full / £10 concession
  • What do we do when schools are losing so many teachers? We all know the struggles our teachers are facing in today’s education system that is buckling under government cuts and targets. This is a powerful and humorous story that will have you jumping out of your chair to join in the picket line on stage with the teachers who choose to fight back.
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  • Burning Books

  • Jess Green
  • Saturday 6 October
  • 1pm – 3pm and 7pm – 9pm (including interval)
  • £12 full / £10 concession
  • What do we do when schools are losing so many teachers? We all know the struggles our teachers are facing in today’s education system that is buckling under government cuts and targets. This is a powerful and humorous story that will have you jumping out of your chair to join in the picket line on stage with the teachers who choose to fight back.
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  • An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

  • Laurence Clark
  • Friday 12 October
  • 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Laurence is wickedly funny, intelligent and incredibly mischievous. You’ll have seen in him starring in the BBC1 documentary We Won’t Drop the Baby, but you may not know he’s been Shortlist’s Funniest New Comedian, an Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards finalist and is currently developing a sitcom for Channel 4. Impressive stuff. We’re pretty excited to join Laurence as he tackles important issues, like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby-walker to make him look like a Dalek!
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  • A Thing Mislaid

  • Maison Foo
  • 7pm – 8.10pm, Sunday 21 October
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Unsuitable for under 10’s
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  • Somewhere, on a nowhere road, you’ll find two lost souls. Running…
  • We welcome back Maison Foo as they return to us for the fourth time with their trademark style of visual storytelling, clowning and humour. This time they’ll bring exciting new experiments in miniature puppetry and live camera. We’ll travel through cinematic worlds and surreal realities as we explore themes of migration, journey and home. During this performance, Maison Foo will pilot Talking Birds’ Difference Engine to deliver live captions in English and Arabic.
  • Maison Foo will be working closely with AAC and Journeys Festival to host additional events for refugees and those currently seeking asylum, providing welcoming spaces to make new friends and meet our surrounding community. For more information visit www.maisonfoo.co.uk/refugeefriends
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  • User Not Found

  • Dante or Die
  • Tuesday 23 October
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • 8.30pm – 10pm – UoL students only
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Experience this unique story in the comfort of our café on smartphones and headphones. You’ll become a fly-on-the-wall as one man is faced with an ultimatum. It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it, and leave the choice for someone else? Watch intimately as grief unfolds in this funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection and questions the legacies of our digital identities after we die.
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  • Friday 26 October, 7pm – 8.15pm

  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Meet Hari and Nor, two guards who have found themselves stationed on opposite sides of the border for six years. In spite of their lingual and cultural differences, Hari and Nor have learned the means to communicate with one another. Each role portrayed by two actors, one performing in spoken English and one in British Sign Language (BSL). We get to step into the world of Hari and Nor to discover where the limitations of a person’s spirituality, physicality, reality and imagination truly lie.
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November

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  • Manpower

  • Two Destination Language
  • Friday 9 November, 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Two Destination Language make contemporary performance that’s beautiful, arresting and relevant. As a Bulgarian and a Scot working together, they often explore themes of identity, belonging and what happens when cultures collide. Over the last 40 years since we voted to be a part of Europe, silent battles of power have driven a politically complex commentary on England's working men. In this performance music, wood and vinyl create a picture of England today and how it came to this.
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  • A Hundred Different Words for Love

  • James Rowland, Tangram Theatre Company
  • Thursday 8 November, 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • James Rowland is a master storyteller and has found his way into our hearts. Three years ago, James met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love and landing broken hearted. It’s also about him being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding. We know you’ll love this hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair and friendship.
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  • FUELLED… plus one

  • Fuelled Dance Theatre
  • Sunday 25 November, 6pm – 7.30pm (including interval)
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • Fuelled Dance Theatre explore the necessity of ‘coming out’ through different sexualities as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, in this showcase of two new physical theatre works.
  • Enjoyed the show? Then have a go! Fuelled introduce us to contemporary dance techniques such as release technique and duet choreography, plus their very own repertoire exploring text with movement. Fuelled Intensive runs 10am – 3pm, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. Open to all levels of experience.
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  • Top of The Chops

  • Wrestling Resurgence
  • Sunday 25 November, 7pm - 9pm
  • £12 full / £10 concession
  • Honestly, if you’ve never been before, rally up your friends and find yourselves become the hard-core wrestling fans you never knew you were. We’ll be on the front row giving our best cheers, jeers and chants as the UK’s hottest wrestlers perform the best Backbreakers, Chokeslams, Dropkicks and Facebusters you’ll ever see. Line up to be announced online. Make sure to follow @W_Resurgence
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December

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  • Queer Lady M (work in progress)

  • 1623 theatre company
  • Saturday 8 December, 7pm – 8pm
  • £8 / £6 concession / £5 NUS
  • 1623 are our beloved Shakespearian fanatics celebrating gender fluidity through a fabulous fusion of Shakespeare, autobiography and drag. Lonely and lost, Shane turns to his idol for strength: Shakespeare's fierce queen, Lady Macbeth.
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January

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  • The Importance of Walking Lobsters

  • Perpetual Motion
  • Saturday 26 January, 7pm – 8pm
  • £10 full / £5 concession
  • 1We’re so proud that Perpetual Motion will their debut their first ever show on our stage, and it’s a cracking comedy celebrating eccentricity. Eccentrics are often perceived as ridiculous, weird, caricature-esque characters, or even seen as borderline mentally ill. In reality, the majority of eccentrics are perfectly (medically) sane, and statistically much happier with their lives than the rest of us. In hope of a breakthrough, Andrea decides to mimic the habits and lifestyles of geniuses and famous eccentrics gone by, from Oscar Wilde to Hunter S Thompson. Andrea is eccentric about being eccentric, if you like.
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