Tickets - £13, concessions - £12, Earlybird - £10
Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Bronte’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.
Thursday 21 September at 7.45pm
Tickets - £12, concessions - £10
Ladies and Gentlemen; you are here tonight to witness an Amazing, an Incredible and a Death Defying Feat. She’s a renegade mechanic, an altruistic megalomaniac and The World’s only one-woman-husband and-wife team. With 50% extra Extra, I give you: The mistress of contradiction herself…. Ms Betty Bruiser!
Cannonballista is the explosive new solo show by Liz Clarke exploring grief, coping mechanisms and things we do to get us through. Betty(Liz’s Super Hero Alter Ego) has been present in her life for a good few years now. And Betty thinks it’s about time she had her own show. This highly charged performance will to bring together; a cannon, a shed, and impossibly high heels, in ways that have never been witnessed before! It also features (if Betty gets her way); the biggest feat of her career and costume changes aplenty, topped off with a huge dollop of glitz.
Written and performed by Apphia Campbell
Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs
Saturday 23 September at 7.30pm
Tickets - £16
Direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour. Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death ofher father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
‘Campbell may wear Simone's trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.’ ★★★★ The Times
‘Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.’ ★★★★ Ed Festival Magazine
‘Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.’ Smart Shanghai
by Stephen Macdonald, Directed by Tim Baker
Thursday 28 September at 10am with chat back with cast & 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
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
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.
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
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.
By Simon Harris
Wednesday 22 November at 7.45pm
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.