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NOT ABOUT HEROES

Flying Bridge Theatre Company and Seabright Productions in association with Pleasance and Newport Live present
NOT ABOUT HEROES

by Stephen Macdonald, Directed by Tim Baker

Thursday 28 September at 7.30pm

Friday 29 September at 7.30pm

Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm with chat back with cast

Tickets - £14, concessions - £12, schools - £7

Unfortunately the 10am performance on Thursday the 28th September has been cancelled. If you have tickets please contact the box office on 01633 656679 or 656681.

Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. 

This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice. The show is presented by acclaimed Welsh company Flying Bridge and Olivier Award winning producers Seabright Productions.

‘Recreates the Great War as tangibly as if the theatre had filled with the smoke and stench of the battlefield. Compelling and superbly performed.’ British Theatre Guide

‘Tim Baker’s production creates an engaging delineation between two entirely different personalities united by a common vocation and some truly hellish experiences.’ The Guardian

28/09/2017 to 30/09/2017
JRR TOLKIEN'S LEAF BY NIGGLE

Tuesday 10 October at7pm

Running time approximately 75 minutes

Tickets - £12

With soundtrack composed by Karine Polwart and MJ McCarthy

 

“Tolkien’s lord of small things …enchanting one-man show” ★★★★ Guardian

 

Niggle is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he has so many other things to do. For some time he has been obsessed with one particular canvas – a curious picture of a tree with a vast landscape stretching out behind it. The painting keeps getting bigger and bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. He doesn’t want to go, but he cannot get out of it…

 

In 1939 Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down. 

 

Surrounded by ladders, bicycles and heirlooms, Richard Medrington (Jean from The Man Who Planted Trees) recounts Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece, with soundtrack by Karine Polwart and MJ McCarthy.

 

With thanks to the Tolkien Trust.

10/10/2017 7:00 PM
Paul Jellis & Katie Bonna present ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT by Katie Bonna

Thursday 12th October at7.45pm

Tickets - £12, concessions - £10

Fringe First award winner Katie Bonna is giving a TED talk on the science of lying. Well, that’s not quite true. TED haven’t actually asked her to give a talk - yet. Part TED talk, part confession, Katie unpicks how everyday lies can lead to a world of Trump and Brexit. A fearlessly honest show for the post-truth era presented by Paul Jellis and Katie Bonna. 

‘A riveting, funny and discomfiting hour’ ★★★★★   Evening Standard

‘Moving, potent and personal’ ★★★★   The Stage

‘Outstanding’ ★★★★   The List 

‘Unparalleled’ ★★★★★   Upcoming

12/10/2017 7:45 PM
THE MOUNTAINTOP

Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 October at 10am & 6pm

Tickets - £12, concessions - £10, schools and groups of 8+ - £7

The Mountaintop -the fictional depiction of Martin Luther King's last night on earth. In his motel room in Memphis, King is visited by Camae, a maid on a much greater mission than just delivering coffee. Gripping, relevant and often humorous, it is presented by Fio, a company intent on diversifying Welsh theatre. Alongside the public performances Fio will be offering schools matinees/workshops and our artist led Speakeasy event, a post show performance based discussion.

18/10/2017 to 19/10/2017
5 A DAY MOMENTS OF LOVE AND DEATH (Ages 15+)

Saturday 11 November at 7.30pm

Tickets - £12, concessions - £6, Earybird - £9

In 2014 5 people a day were euthanized in Belgium

 

5 A DAY is about our search for ‘a good death’ an end without pain, loneliness or fear. 

It is human nature to crave control where none seems available. But do we really know anything about the practise of euthanasia? Do we see that choice at the end as easy, a gentle fading out? Are we oblivious to the whole story preferring to believe the information that is being spoon fed to us?

 

Based on extensive research, interviews, personal and published accounts Nikki Kenward’s play asks tough questions about euthanasia. Who do we think has the so called ‘right to die’? The man with motor neurone? The woman with only months left to live?  The old lady scared half to death at the thought of going into care? Or should we follow Belgium and Holland and offer euthanasia to children or to young girls with anorexia or maybe those who aren’t sick or depressed but feel that they have a ‘completed life;’ all these are welcome at the buffet that really is the last supper, the last wave goodbye.

 

5 A DAY told in 5 short scenes is both touching, revealing and truly pertinent to all our lives. This is the big question, for living, for dying, the journey no-one can escape, signed and sealed, a death worse than fate could await us all.

11/11/2017 7:30 PM
SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL 2017

Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November at 7pm

Tickets - £10, concessions - £8, groups of 20 plus - £7

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at The Riverfront.

 

Join us from 14th November – 15th November for a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by your schools.

 

Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, we invite you to an exhilarating evening of theatre where you will see Shakespeare’s stories brought to life like never before.

Details of the schools performing at The Riverfront are below, and are subject to change:

Tuesday 14th Wednesday

Macbeth

Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls   

Romeo and Juliet

St. Martins Comprehensive School   

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Newbridge Comprehensive School


Wednesday 15th November

Macbeth

Crumlin High Level Primary School   

Romeo & Juliet

Glan Usk Primary School   

Henry V

Risca Community Comprehensive School   

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran
 

 

 

More details can be found on SSF’s website: shakespeareschools.org/the-festival

 

SSF is a cultural education charity, transforming lives through the unique power of Shakespeare. In the celebratory finale of their Festival journey, 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country will unite on their local professional theatre in thrilling performance evenings. It promises to be the most exciting Festival yet!

14/11/2017 to 15/11/2017
LITTLE WOLF

By Simon Harris

Wednesday 22 November at 7.45pm
Tickets - £10, concessions - £8

 

When a young boy mysteriously disappears, Freddie and Rita are forced to confront the truth of their marriage.

 

Is their love too fragile for the truth? As their worlds fracture and collide, what is there worth holding on to? Little Wolf is an intense, surreal and honest exploration of a couple who find themselves facing their ultimate fear.

 

Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf, this is a present-day retelling of a compelling classic of modern drama.

 

From award-winning writer and director Simon Harris, Little Wolf is a play that speaks to the heart of our current uncertainty – one that’s vital, raw and often blisteringly funny. 

There are adult themes and strong language.

There will be a chance to meet the creatives in our cafe after the show.

22/11/2017 7:45 PM
CRIMES UNDER THE SUN

Friday 6 April at 7.30pm

Tickets - £15, concessions - £12

Award-winning theatre company New Old Friends present Crimes Under the Sun, a comedy thriller, directed by James Farrell (Associate Director - 39 Steps, West End).

Inspired by Agatha Christie, 39 Steps and film noir, welcome to an hilarious yet murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. The show features the company’s trademark of just four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that races along in a romp. 

Reviews for New Old Friends’ previous show Crimes Against Christmas

"a mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy... even has echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies." –  **** The Stage

“not one person who did not laugh at least 100 times” - ***** What’s Good to Do

“A laugh a minute roller-coaster of fun” - ***** Behind the Arras

06/04/2018 7:30 PM