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Attempts on Her Life. The City. The Treatment. Patrick Marber. That Face. Tusk Tusk. On the Shore of the Wide World. Punk Rock. First performed: Soho Theatre, London on the 03 February, Themes: loneliness, change, sharing.

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Caroline Mortimer, the nation's favourite TV cook, has it all - a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a golf loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy. But beneath the immaculate furnishings, studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras - Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out?

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A searing, sharp, state of the nation comedy from one of the UK's most exciting playwrights, Torben Betts. Performing children have a very special existence which sometimes sets them apart from their peers. Parents are often excluded from this world but are expected to support them all the way.

There is very little authoritative advice on how to cope and what to expect. This book will help children and their parents navigate their way through all of this: to advise, guide, inform and demystify the wonderful world of live theatre. While their children - Jack and Jill - are busy writing a play, Walt and Barb are having breakfast. Then a major row erupts over a slice of toast and blueberries. Bea meets Aaron. He's intelligent, handsome, makes her laugh and, most importantly, has a high rating on his genetic profile. What's not to like?

Char is on the brink of landing her dream job and has big plans to start a family - but her blood rating threatens it all. In a world where future happiness depends on a single, inescapable blood test - which dictates everything from credit rating to dating prospects - how far will people go to beat the system and let nature take its course? The Phlebotomist questions the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if it's truly possible for love to conquer all.

Exhuming the little blue dress that launched the biggest media circus of a generation, this barbed spin on a political drama conjures the five women who collided in what became known as The Lewinsky Scandal. Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky find themselves centre stage in a theatrical feat that takes us through the corridors of power and behind the closed doors where the abuse of that power took place.

Devil with the Blue Dress grapples with one of the most challenging questions in American political history: How do we respond to women seeking power, and the men who abuse it? A family held together with one lifeline - food. Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Hong Kong, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into a past of shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.

This evocative new play by award-winning writer In-Sook Chappell tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant. Harry and Max weren't satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they're giving it a second go. Only this time they've got a day money back guarantee and an easy-to-follow construction manual. They're certain, as long as they follow it step-by-step, he's going to be perfect.

By the mids, they had become closer and more trusting than they had been since their earliest years together. Oh look, Sh! Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Is the government doing something wrong again? No it's a show about Dolly Parton. Beginners tells the story of three families trapped in a waterlogged holiday cottage over summer. The children are bored. The adults are down the pub. So far so normal. An extraordinary Easter Holiday show for everyone who has ever wanted to be understood. Maureen Duffy's double-bill tells the story of two remarkable women.

The Choice is the story of a very unsaintly saint. Hilda of Whitby, who brought Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons, was a businesswoman, teacher and adviser to kings. In A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square, Virginia Woolf looks back on her life, uncovering the hidden stories behind her iconic novels. From the torture of depression to the scandal of her lesbian affairs, Virginia goes down fighting.

As the saying goes: well-behaved women don't make history. An empire crumbling. Electra is a darkly psychological study of a woman s obsession with her murdered father and her quest for retribution. When her brother unexpectedly returns from exile, the stage is set for Electra's endgame. But vengeance has its price. For how can there be closure if, to avenge your father s death, you must first kill your mother?


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DumbWise reinvent the murderous Greek myth of power and prophecy as a lyrical modern epic with a live punk-rock score. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous, and heart-wrenching journey into the female psyche.

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A compelling, surprising new show that turns a spotlight onto Britain's missing histories. Dedicated to the Black Men's Walking Group. Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk. Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards. A series of monologues critiquing capitalism from renowned German playwright Falk Richter. Relationships build up and break down in ever shorter time-scales; they become a resource in an increasingly intense competition.

Binding, separating. Buying, selling. A picture is presented of human beings who, over the years, have radically intensified modern individuality and celebrated independence as an ideal. Vira hasn't seen her sister Deesh for years. Deesh's kids, Amy and Bill, want to know why but nobody's telling them anything.

When Deesh invites her sister to Amy's flashy party, Vira reckons it's time to come home and move on. Time to stop watching the telly, get out of her council flat, stick on a glitzy sari and embrace her nearest and dearest. But is it possible to forgive and forget? And when a family is built on lies, will it be destroyed by the truth?

An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids - theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn.

A tragic, violent look at parenthood and trauma. There are many skills one needs to produce a piece of dance. Bruce describes the basic foundation or ingredients of his version of Dance Theatre as: Movement, Drama, Sound and Vision. A choreographer has to study all of them to the best of their ability and learn how to combine them. Gemma and Josie had pet fish - Sunny and Boo. They killed them.

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This show is for them - Sunny and Boo. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Save the world one bee at a time: our fuzzy little friends need our help and multi award-winning theatre company ThisEgg is inviting you to their political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show to help. But only slightly. There are blackouts. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them.

Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, this is an intricate and tender question mark around our attempts to encounter each other in a technologized world. Sam wants to tell you about five encounters he had on a site called Craigslist. Sam is anxious about the way he gets to know people. About the way he self-sabotages his attempts to communicate and reach out to those around him.

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Sam wants this to be a chance for you to get to know him. History is bejewelled with mysteries. Italy, Farinelli, the world's most famous castrato, is rich, adored and lauded with honours. His divine voice has the power to captivate all who hear it. Spain, King Philippe V lies awake. The Queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his insomnia and depression, begs the castrato to come and sing to the king.

The effect is transformational. Philippe is healed, held captive by Farinelli's voice - but so is Farinelli. This intriguing true story is re-told in Claire van Kampen's sumptuous new play, replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli. Hurtle across time and space with this scintillating and extraordinary new play. In London, , opera star Arabella Hunt has secretly entered into the first recorded gay marriage in UK history.

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And on the Moon, , Lorn is building a paradise to sleep in, but his A. Three beautifully written plays for young people, by award-winning playwright and poet Glyn Maxwell. Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area we call the Twilight Zone. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. They all have something in common.

When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever. Join Koko Brown as she considers the concept of mixed-race privilege, tries to connect clashing cultures and explores what it means to be mixed in contemporary Britain. What are you when you are always the other? Tom and Clem are deep in debt. Alan, Tom's boss, owes big bucks. Meryl, Alan's manager, is mortgaged to the hilt.

When The Debt Duck's owner liquidates the company and retires to his luxury chalet, Tom, Clem, Alan and Meryl each decide to crack the safe, steal some cash and put an end to their financial woes. But will they break the cycle of debt? Or is this just another terrible trap? A biting new topical comedy about the perils of a capitalist world from one of the UK's top contemporary playwrights. The RhodesMustFall and subsequent student-led movements in South Africa alerted the country and the world to the latent ongoing issues brought about by colonialism and apartheid in South Africa.

The Fall details the experiences of seven students within this movement and how they deal with their traumas, while stillmoving towards activism for a free decolonised education. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress - oddly enough, named Vanda.

Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. A haunted house. A bedtime story. A photo-album. An 80s fantasy film. A demolition project. A riot. The Fall is a play collaboratively written by the original cast as a reaction to and reflection on the South African student protests in and part of



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