Physical Fest is the only festival of its kind in Europe that specialises solely in physical theatre, attracting participants and artists locally, nationally and internationally. The festival hosts 8 days of unique workshops from internationally renowned practitioners, performances, events, classes, an improvised jam and ‘Fest Live’, an open platform showcase for new physical work from established and emerging artists, many who have not been the northwest, or even the UK before.
Until May 31st
Multi-award winning international company Aracaladanza consistently delights audiences throughout Europe with their extraordinarily magical dance theatre made especially for children and families.
Here choreographer Enrique Cabrera has taken the brilliantly abstract work of artist Joan Miró as his starting point and repeatedly fills his imaginary blank canvas with vivid colours, shape and movement.
Runs on 24th May
Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later, he found himself a common prisoner sentenced to two years hard labour. So what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he persecuted or the author of his own downfall? Using the original words spoken in court, feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband was suddenly reduced to a man of no importance
Runs on the 21stMay
Set in the closing months of World War II, a bombardier named Yossarian is trapped in the absurd world of an inescapable war. Frantic and furious, as thousands of people he has never met try to kill him, Yossarian is stalked and thwarted by the merciless Catch-22.
Runs until 24thMay
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In The Heights is an exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. With a gripping story and incredible Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.
Runs until 7th June
Following in the footsteps of Whisky Galore – A Musical! in 2009, this funny, romantic and exuberant new Scottish musical, performed by our large, highly talented cast of actor-musicians, will be the flagship production in the 2014 Pitlochry Festival Summer Season.
Runs until the 17thMay
In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping. In her last days, as the Cuban Missile Crisis pushes the world to the brink of final catastrophe, Eleanor relives her journey, from bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace to midnight factories, but also recalls her life, from unhappy child, to unconventional wife, to becoming, in President Truman’s words ‘First Lady of the World’.
Runs until 31stMay
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele, arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians – who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves. Based on the classic film, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new adaptation will provide many a knowing laugh for anyone who has ever trod the boards.
Runs until 28th June
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920’s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. This show has enjoyed two successful runs in the West End and was the sell-out smash hit of the Edinburgh Festival and is now embarking on a national tour.
Runs until 24 May