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,
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).
Company · Stroke of Genius Community Theatre
Production · Ton Of Bricks by Carolyn Drury & Cliff
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
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.
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
Beacon House, a broken-down boarding establishment,
and its bored, brooding tenants, are about to receive
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.”
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
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
We recommend you to come and see for yourselves why
this popular play has been so successful.
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.
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
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