The week may have started by celebrating the biggest hits of commercial theatre across the water on Broadway with the 2014 Tony Awards and the best of Scottish Theatre at the CATS but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything exciting still happening this week, in fact its a feast of productions that have been given a new lick of paint with new adaptations, revivals and re-writes. If you see anything that we have recommended then please share your thoughts below in the comments.
ANU Productions has the unenviable task of being the first company to launch the new season of Home, Manchester (The new arts building comprising of the former Library Theatre Company and The Cornerhouse). Immerse yourself in an adrenaline-fuelled encounter, exhuming an area of Manchester that no longer exists. Angel Meadow, once a steaming, sordid hell on earth at the centre of the industrial world; populated by red eyed scuttling gangs, girl rippers and the displaced Irish. Here lost strangers sought solace, sex and the divine. This is an immersive site specific performance that lets you hear, taste and touch.
10th – 29th June
A witty, charming and perfect ballet for the summer, La Fille Mal Gardee tells the tale of Lise the country beauty who falls in love with farm lad Colas, however her mother has other plans for her daughter’s hand. Hilarious consequences ensue as each party tries to win the affection of the other. Originally created in 1960 by Frederick Ashton this charming production from Birmingahm Royal Ballet is sure to delight.
11th – 15th June
In this co-production with Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre directed by John Dove and written and performed by David HaigPressurerecounts the tale of the most important weather forecast in the history of warfare. Scottish meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg must advise General Eisenhower on when to send thousands of troops across the Channel into battle for Operation Overlord.
Runs until 28th June
Macdara Ó Fátharta stars as the irascible lonely failure Krapp, who sacrificed love for his writing career.A brand new translation into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, Mouth on Fire Theatre Company once again delivers on its promise to make the works of Samuel Beckett accessible to all, and to mount productions of the highest calibre. Macdara, an Abbey actor who has worked extensively in film and television, is best known for his work as Tadhg in Ros na Run. Cathal Quinn, director, has directed 18 Beckett pieces in English and Irish all over Ireland, touring them to England, Japan, Russia and India.
Runs until June 14th.
Brian Blessed narrates this one off concert celebrating the magic of Disney st St David’s Hall in Cardiff. The musical program explores many of Walt Disney’s stories and characters through memorable melodies sung by some of Wales’ best performers including Ria Jones, Mark Llewelyn Evans, Jordan Lee Davies and the Welsh Session Orchestra under the baton of Richard Balcombe. A classical night out for all the family.
What do stand-up, being a proud father, therapy and adoption have in common? They’re all different ways of feeling good about yourself. But what happens if this is not enough? Between Us is a darkly comic glimpse into the way we live now that asks how we have allowed it to come to this… Directed by John Burgess a small talented cast bring Sarah Daniels’ piece vividly to life.
Runs until 21st June
Currently enjoying rave reviews across the UK Betty (the blue eyed pig) is now firmly in her spiritual homeland of Yorkshire. It’s fair shares for all in Austerity Britain (1947-style)! But in the little Yorkshire town of Shepardsford,humblechiropodist Gilbert Chilvers is stillstruggling to bring home the bacon. The onlylight on the horizonisa private function to celebrate theforthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabethand Prince Philip.This updated production, directed by Daniel Buckroyd, marries Alan Bennett’s hilarious story with a wonderfullywitty musical score by award winning musical theatre duo Stiles and Drewe that’s guaranteed to send you home with a spring in your step.
11th June – 5th July
Using local children alongside a cast of professional dancers, Matthew Bourne brings his vivid and engaging dance production of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies to Glasgow. Transferring and re-imagining the text from a deserted island to a school theatre the production has a new revived urgency about it as we follow Piggy, Simon, Ralph and Jack as they battle for supremecy and bring this haunting tale to it’s dramatic and highly charged climax.
Runs until 14th June
Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod bring their unique French language production of Ubu Roi to Cambridge following its acclaimed European tour. Cheek by Jowl has been bringing classic theatre ablaze with theatrical originality and vivid performances and they promise to deliver again. Menacing and anarchic Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi charts the exploits of the despotic Ubu. The play stands as a startling challenge to the comfortable and conventional. Menacing, hilarious and anarchic in equal measures.
Runs until 14th June