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Tomboy Blues - The Theory of Disappointment

July 29th

7.30pm

July 30th

7.30pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
£6

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Tomboy Blues - The Theory of Disappointment

Rachel Mars and nat tarrab

A sell-out in Plymouth and London, this funny, powerful and disarmingly honest theatre show is a joyful mosaic of stories of otherness.

Acclaimed live artists and performance makers Rachel Mars and nat tarrab go on a quest from glass blowing warehouses to supermarket aisles, from a female bootcamp to the scripts of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to see where love can exist when you can’t even find yourself. Is hope worthwhile? Is life ultimately disappointing? Come and learn the brace position against the inevitable by-products of human existence. Sharp new writing, unreliable science and no-nonsense chat.

Warm, funny, sad & above all, human...exceptional

247 Magazine

An intelligent, witty and thoroughly engaging show

Bobby Baker

www.marstarrab.co.uk

Caruso and the Monkey House Trial

July 27th

7.30pm

July 28th

7.30pm

Dining Room

Tickets:
£8.50/£6.50

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Caruso and the Monkey House Trial

Ignacio Jarquin

Prodigal's opera hero returns to the Fringe in a new collaboration with Andrew G Marshall. Featuring live singing from Puccini and Verdi.

Celebrity. Scandal. Monkeys. Opera! When legendary Tenor Enrico Caruso is accused of pinching women's bottoms at the Central Park Zoo in New York, it's not his reputation but his whole career that's at stake. With text drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts, the audience plays the jury and must pass judgement: Did Caruso commit an act of gross indecency? Was he a notorious womaniser or the victim of police entrapment?

Magnificent

Three Weeks

Compelling

The Stage

Opera singing with a pure fresh quality

The Scotsman

Lullabies of Broadmoor

July 25th

7pm Venus at Broadmoor

8.30pm The Demon Box

July 26th

7pm The Murder Club

8.30pm Wilderness

Dining Room

Tickets:
£6

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Lullabies of Broadmoor

A Broadmoor Quartet

The four linked plays of Steve Hennessy's Lullabies of Broadmoor – A Broadmoor Quartet weave together the closely linked stories of five of Broadmoor's most notorious inmates of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century with the stories of those they murdered. The sequence of plays form a rich, dark, Gothic tragicomedy about murder, love, madness, personal responsibility and redemption.

The quartet is bound together by John Coleman, Principal Attendant on the Gentlemen's Block at Broadmoor. The four plays use the same cast, and some characters appear in more than one play. Following the acclaimed London premiere at the Finborough Theatre of the first two plays in the quartet in 2004, now all four plays can be seen together for the first time ever.


Play 1 (July 25th, 7pm) VENUS AT BROADMOOR

1870. The madness of love. A string of random poisonings around Brighton result in the admission of Christiana Edmunds to Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. The penny dreadfuls call her the Chocolate Cream Poisoner, but she prefers to be called Venus. Dr. Orange is struggling to understand why. Principal Attendant Coleman is struggling to stay off the drink. The Broadmoor Annual Ball is approaching. Christiana just wants to dance. Based on the true story of Broadmoor's most notorious female patient.

Play 2 ( July 25th, 8.30pm) THE DEMON BOX

1872. Inside Broadmoor. Inside the black box of the theatre. Inside the head of Richard Dadd. On a trip to Egypt, the great Victorian artist Richard Dadd believed that he had been contacted by the god Osiris. Upon his return, at the god's bidding, he murdered his father. He spent the rest of his life in Bethlem and Broadmoor. While there he spent nine years working on his eerie masterpiece 'The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke'. In 1872 he was given the job of renovating the theatre at Broadmoor ...

Play 3 (July 26th, 7pm) THE MURDER CLUB

1922. Murder is in the air. The British Government is engaged in a genocidal war in Iraq using poison gas and other weapons of mass destruction and two notorious murderers are meeting in Broadmoor for the first time. Small time conman Ronald True murdered the prostitute Olive Young. Embittered out of work actor Richard Prince murdered matinee idol William Terriss at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre. Now the two men have been put in charge of an evening of entertainment at Broadmoor. The Murder Club was commissioned by the Finborough Theatre to tell the infamous history of a murder committed on the Finborough Road itself, just down the road from the theatre.

Play 4 (July 26th, 8.30pm) WILDERNESS

A journey from the battlefields of the American Civil War to the cells of nineteenth century Broadmoor by way of one of the most famous murders in Victorian Lambeth. This is the story of William Chester Minor, one time surgeon in the American Union Army and a major contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Powerfully performed ... the dramas are like distorted images of each other. The result is a piquant mix of witty Gothic ghoulishness and serious moral questioning ... absorbing and atmospheric.

The Independent

This macabre, grisly, but often funny double bill grabs the audience by the dramatic throat and hardly lets go ... the psychological carnage is left behind long after the blood has been hosed away.

The Stage

Steve Hennessy's entertaining script reveals a macabre surrealism tempered by shrewd psychology and historical research. Drawing on real cases, Hennessy weaves an ornate tapestry of emotional manipulation ... Such is the fertility of Hennessy's mind that his shadowy gothic world compels you to keep watching.

What's On, London

Road to Edinburgh

at the Nightingale

A season previewing shows travelling to Edinburgh this year 25th -30th July

ACT Foundation in Acting

18th-23rd July 2011

8pm

Dining Room



Tickets:
£8/£6

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ACT Foundation in Acting

Alarms and Excursions by Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn's (Donkeys Years, Noises Off) Alarms & Excursions is a set of eight plays including 24 characters, one dinner party and an unusual flight announcement.

Four friends sit down for a quiet evening together which is ruined by bells, buzzers and a high tech corkscrew; a politician is lost for words when the autocue goes off script; an inflight announcement ends with more than a seatbelt coming undone. Frayn's tales of technological terror examine what happens when the modern world goes wrong and proves that new technology designed to make our lives easier often just provides new forms of torment.

Directed by Elaine Heath & Franklyn McCabe

Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen

July 10th

7.30pm

Dining Room

Pay what you can on the door

SHORT CUTS

Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen

Maggie Gordon Walker

“Dear Jackie, I’m committing suicide this evening ...” Will death be Jean’s big adventure? A wry look at the pressures on a woman with a job, a family, a boyfriend, and neighbours who need to borrow her toilet rolls.

Cast: Maggie Gordon-Walker
Written by: Sophia Kingshill
Directed by: Pradeep Jey

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