the worst was this

writer / director MATTE O'BRIEN
8 - 26 Nov 2016
7.45pm
£15/12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun & Mon.

Part of our GOTHIC SEASON; Autumn/Winter 2016

… if he thrive and I be cast away,
The worst was this: my love was my decay.
~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 80

A great war has scorched the Earth, destroying, and contaminating everything in its path. Plants cannot grow, world economies have collapsed, and with no goods available for purchase, money has no value. Lack of food and medicine has allowed a syphilitic plague to run rampant through the surviving human population, causing people to lose noses, tongues, ears, eyes, hands, feet, and other unmentionable appendages.

In a pub, three sisters run a gruesome black market business. Will, a beautiful young actor wanders into the sisters’ den to meet with Chris, a disfigured poet until now presumed dead. A tangled web of lies begins to entrap them, and hearts are shredded, both figuratively and literally…

cream tea and incest

10 - 28 April

Romance! Adventure! Murder! Aristocrat Eddie Spangler and valet Jeffrey must learn the meaning of these words and more in this new knockabout Edwardian comedy, fresh from a sell-out run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Delight in their capers, mix-ups, and the dead bodies left in their wake.

WORKSHOP: Inside The Audition Process

20, 24 & 28 Apr

A full and frank investigation of what it’s like from Matthew’s “side of the table” when casting for theatre productions. How does he post a job? What’s he looking for in applications? How best to present yourself and behave at your audition. What makes a good audition ‘chat’? What are the regular, surprising pitfalls made at audition?

worth a flutter

1 - 19 May

4/1 Matt with a dysfunctional brain, heart and penis. Might need more experience
9/5 F. Paige, who is as shallow as she is devious, the bookies favourite
20/1 Helen, a few skeletons in the closet but has experience
7/2 Sam suffering from a loss/broken marriage but might have enough to take the spoils, safe hands
WORTH A FLUTTER is a dark, hard hitting comedy that covers life, love and loss.

adam & eve

22 May - 9 June

Newlyweds Adam & Eve are moving to the countryside, leaving the city behind for good. But when Adam is suspended from work, they’re forced to question how well they really know each other. Adam & Eve is a startling new play about trust, feminism and the nature of accusations from award-winning Royal Court Young Writer Tim Cook.

cockamamy

12 - 30 Jun

Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous. Nonsensical.

Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together. But for Alice, things have started to become ludicrous. Nonsensical. Winner of the Lustrum Award for Outstanding New Play, Cockamamy is a hilarious, achingly poignant portrayal of what it means to live with dementia.

fat jewels

3 - 21 Jul

A South Yorkshire council estate. Pat’s having strange dreams. He can’t shake them. He’s gone round to Danny’s for a chat and some healthy advice. Lonely and dangerous, Danny insists that what Pat needs is a therapy programme of Danny’s own making, involving cricket bats and trips to the zoo…

medicine

14 Aug - 1 Sept

‘You’ll catch your death out here.’ 

‘Well I’m not here to catch a bus, am I?’ 

One howling night in Northern Ireland, Ma discovers Moira on the edge of Warrenpoint pier, full of cheap whiskey and desperate to end it all…

Is it too late to bring her daughter home?

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