why that and not this?

created & performed by SPIT 'N' POLISH
25 & 26 Oct 2015
7.45pm
£10/£8

What if Bob Dylan was revered as a corporate hero, what if you told that person you loved them, dressed up in your wife’s tights, clucked like a chicken, drank penis coladas on the beach . . Why do you do what you do?

Fresh from a successful first show at the mac in Birmingham Spit ‘n’ Polish bring you six short plays ranging from the comic to the absurd, the tender to the oddball, and the mysterious to the heartfelt. Using both a mix of new writing and verbatim theatre we look at why we do what we do everyday and ask why things don’t go just that little bit differently . . .

What happens if you indulge that wicked thought you have? What happens if you say what you’ve always wanted to say? And do what you’ve always wanted to do? What happens if you’re not scared of doing that anymore? And what happens if today’s the day?

Over 60 minutes Spit ‘n’ Polish take you on a curious, life-affirming ride that asks ‘Why That And Not This?’

Box Office opens at 7.00pm. The performance lasts 1 hour without interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only.

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.

ink or swim

22 Jun, 13 Jul & 3 Aug

A brand new play reading event designed to connect new and exciting theatre creatives and develop new writing. In an ever competitive market, finding a nugget of gold early can be the difference between success and failure.

WORKSHOP: inside the audition process

23 June & 28 July

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?

bomb sex

24 & 25 Jun

It’s the 1980s, ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland are at their height. But life goes on and some people just want to get their leg over! An explosive dark comedy examining the relationship between Ireland and England told through those trapped in their own situations. One man. Eight voices.

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…

0 days without crying

8, 9, 15 & 16 Jul

Goblin. Troll. Pathetic. These are some of the ways Jess describes herself. This 50-minute solo tragicomedy follows Jess over the course of three months as she makes ill-advised and embarrassing attempts to “love” herself. It’s rip-your-heart-out-sad and wet-yourself-funny, and for anyone who’s ever looked in the mirror and wanted to vom.

bury the hatchet

24 Jul - 11 Aug

Andrew and Abby Borden are found dead in Fall River, Massachusetts on August 4th, 1892.
Their daughter Lizzie is the main suspect.

True crime podcast meets bluegrass musical; a fun feminist reimagining of the Lizzie Borden story.
Winner of People’s Choice Award at VAULT Festival 2018.

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?

clown, clown and pigeon: the lamentable comed-ilogy

19 - 20 Aug

‘Clown, Clown and Pigeon’ proudly present their biggest (second) production to date! The Tragic Comed-ilogy sees them tackle three stories from Ovid’s metamorphoses, with the promise that they will not burn the theatre down… again. There will be romance, gore, but most importantly there will be NO PIGEONS!

booking:
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0333 666 3366
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