Company · Gonzo Moose Theatre
Production · The thing that came from over there
Date · 25th February 2017
Anarchic comedy on an epic scale with a desolate landscape of snow, frozen beards, giant penguins and, of course, aliens.
A theatre company with a great track record of performing silly - funny shows in village halls, take a sideways look at a historic moment in British Polar exploration, as Captain Scott and his men perish in their doomed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole (1912).
The thing that came from over there
Company · Stroke of Genius Community Theatre
Production · Ton Of Bricks by Carolyn Drury & Cliff McArdle
Date · 2nd to 4th March 2017
Stroke of Genius Community Theatre Company was founded in 2010 by Lisa Lee and Carolyn Drury to provide wider opportunities for local people to take part in Theatre. The company has produced ‘Honk’, ‘Salad Days’, ‘Oliver’. ’Stepping Out’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ as well as Variety Shows. Both women are experienced Directors and Lisa Lee is admired as a Choreographer as well.
Carolyn has written a lot of scripts but this is her first Musical. She and Cliff McArdle, Musical Director, have worked on many shows together, the latest being the Music Hall at the Robin Hood Theatre. Cliff has written some brilliant songs for different projects including the Emily Blagg song for a history project about the Palace Theatre - Emily Blagg was Newark’s first female entrepreneur who built the Palace Theatre. For a project about the history of printing in Newark he wrote a song about the Newark Advertiser. An excellent singer himself, Cliff’s songs are sure to delight both singers and audience alike.
It just seemed logical for them to try to write a full musical. It’s taken eighteen months to get it together and they are looking forward to staging it. ‘Ton of Bricks’ tells the story of a woman’s struggle to save a school in spite of difficult neighbours, wealthy NIMBYS and a colourful cast of fascinating characters. Musical numbers include ‘The School Dinners Calypso’, ‘Paperwork’ and ‘The Cleaner’s Lament’ and in true musical tradition, there are a couple of romantic songs as well.
Ton of Bricks
Company · Box Tail Soup
Production · Manalive
Date · 23rd March 2017
Award winning Box Tale Soup (Northanger Abbey, Casting the Runes), return with G.K. Chesterton's Manalive!, featuring beautifully hand-crafted puppets and stunning original music.
Beacon House, a broken-down boarding establishment, and its bored, brooding tenants, are about to receive a visitor...
But what if their new guest is not all he seems?
What secrets lie beneath that bright exterior? How can you trust a man whose name... is Innocent?

“...irresistibly life-affirming..” **** The Stage
“...an uplifting, intelligent and emotive triumph.” ***** Broadway Baby
“...wondrously intriguing, beautiful and memorable.” **** SGFringe
Manalive
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Date · 4th to 8th April 2017
Richard Bean’s award winning play “One Man Two Guvnors” has been described as “a glorious celebration of British Comedy, laugh-out-loud satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners”.
Based on Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters” Bean’s updated version exchanges 18th Century Florence for 1960’s Brighton, peopled by East End gangsters, criminals and con artists.
It centres around minder, Francis Henshall who secretly tries to work for 2 bosses, gangster Roscoe Crabbe and upper class criminal Stanley Stubbins and his attempts to keep them apart lead to hilarious consequences.
But Roscoe is dead, killed by Stubbins, and is being impersonated by his sister Rachel who is in Brighton to collect £6,000 from Roscoe’s fiancée’s father.
Although updated, Bean uses many of the characters and tricks of Commedia dell’ arte making for a sometimes surprising, extremely funny and wonderfully entertaining evening of physical theatre.
This play made James Corden a Broadway star in the leading role.
We recommend you to come and see for yourselves why this popular play has been so successful.
One Man Two Guvnors
Company · Ginny Davis
Production · Learned Friends
Date · 5th May 2017
Fascinating and thought provoking play by a former barrister, reveals what lawyers really do when the jury is out and answers questions about the legal system you’ve always wanted to ask.
Learned Friends
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Witches by Roald Dahl
Date · 20th to 24th June 2017
This famous children’s story is charming and frightening in equal measure and is suitable for adults as well as children. It is a challenging script for actors and technical crew with multiple sets, transformations and magical happenings.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents in 1916. He started writing after serving as a World War 2 fighter pilot and being badly injured in a crash. His nineteen stories for children are very popular but have been the subject of some controversy, as critics and parents have balked at their portrayal of children’s harsh revenge on adult wrongdoers. In his defence, Dahl claimed that children have a cruder sense of humour than adults, and that he was merely trying to appeal to his readers. He was right, of course and his stories about such as ‘Matilda’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’ have been turned into successful plays and films. The film of ‘The Witches’ made in 1990 is a children’s classic.
Throughout his life Dahl was a passionate advocate of children’s reading in general and stories in particular. He said, “Without stories, we’re all eating machines with shoes”. The story of ‘The Witches’ begins when the unnamed protagonist, known only as Boy, moves in with his grandmother after he is left an orphan. The relationship between Boy and the grandmother is good as they love each other very much. She tells him many stories about witches, specifically how to recognize them so he will be safe from them. Witches are awful creatures who look like human women and prey on children. Boy and Bruno, a guest in the same hotel, become victims of the witches but with the unwitting assistance of the hotel staff they do get their revenge.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
The Witches