(by Dennis Kelly)
Adam was last seen taunted by a group of bullying teenagers, throwing stones at him. But they have no intention of getting caught. They have a future. They come up with a cunning plan. This is a play about the dire consequences of bullying.
(by Lucy Prebble)
Trials have begun on a new anti-depressant drug, which two paid volunteers are testing for any adverse side effects. But they fall for each other. Deeply. Is it the drugs or really love creating this magical feeling? This play hurtles you through the enigmas of love and depression.
(adapted by Dale Wasserman)
Randle P. McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labour duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and bears witness to the abuse and degradation of the system personified by Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to take a rebellious stand, come what may.
The Mousetrap is a classic Agatha Christie play that originally opened in London in 1952. Since its inception it has gained worldwide attention and is currently the longest running play in history. The events take place around an old English guesthouse run by a couple of newlyweds. During an intense snowstorm, the guests begin to arrive one after another; each one harboring a hidden agenda. All seems fine until a murder takes place. Tensions rise and claustrophobia settles in. Who will be the next victim? Who is the killer amongst them?
Fat Sam Stacetto, whose incompetent gang prefer dance to bloodshed, is losing his grip on the city to a ruthless Dandy Dan, the new kid on the block. A washed-up but well-meaning former boxer, Bugsy Malone, is smitten by a new singer. Longing to make her Hollywood dream come true, he ends up taking control of Fat Sam’s gang for one final collision with destiny. Blood? Reconciliation? Or twist?
It is only hours before the opening of Nothing On, and the touring company is being hurried through a final dress rehearsal. This comedy within a comedy captures a production of Nothing On in three stages: the dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each performance is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from forgotten lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. The play takes a fond look at the follies of loveable, but mainly inept theatre people, whose out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a backstage farce of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!
Will they make it in the end?
(N. F. Simpson)
From singing weighing machines to homemade courtrooms, N.F. Simpson’s One Way Pendulum is an enthralling farcical comedy about the misadventures of the eccentric Groomkirby family.
It’s 1983 at a boys school in Yorkshire. A group of pupils have obtained the highest A-level scores ever for the school and long for Oxbridge scholarships. Helping them prepare for the university entrance exam are two of their regular teachers, Mrs. Lintott, the feminist no-nonsense History teacher, and Mr. Hector, the General Studies teacher who holds his seemingly unstructured classes more like theatrical productions, where students often perform scenes from classic movies. But believing the boys are crass and uncultured, the school’s arrogant headmaster believes they require additional coaching to give them what he calls 'an edge'. He hires Mr. Irwin, an apparent Oxford graduate, who teaches them to question all conventional academic material taught to them and stand out from the crowd. As the boys wrestle with their sexuality and academic future we are left asking: Does the education system leave a soul or a hole?
The play, set in England, is about the pretentious and cynical Bliss Family – Judith the „has been“ actress, David the troublesome writer, Sorel the spoilt favourite and Simon the perverted artist. Each family member invites a guest to their mansion.
And the games begin!
The play revolves around the wily, greedy servant Truffaldino who, in trying to fill both his purse and his stomach, attempts to serve two masters simultaneously. Meanwhile, his mistress disguises herself as her dead brother to claim the dowry from his bewildered, bereft fiancee. The plot must hurtle through mishaps and mix-ups, confusions, disguises and mistaken identity, before the murder and entangled romances can be resolved.
The play is set in a castle on a hill above a little town. There ‘reside’ a group of architects who have been given the arduous task of rebuilding the little town. Havel’s play manages to juxtapose conflicting social ideas with the internal crises of the illuminating characters.
The Beggar’s Opera is a political satire set in 19th century London. The main character, Macheath is a great womaniser and head of a criminal organization who secretly marries the daughters of both of his enemies. Needless to say, he is trying to escape the noose throughout the play. Willy Peachum is a godfather willing to give up anything to serve the devilish state and have Macheath hanged, as the latter threatens his public enterprise and private bliss. With the help of his friend, chief of police Bill Lockit, they relentlessly pursue Macheath for desecrating their daughters.