Betty Blue Eyes
9th to 11th and 15th to 18th June
Alan Bennet's 'A Private Function' is given the musical comedy treatment in this hilarious and touching tale of 1940s Britain.
It’s fair shares for all in 1947’s Austerity Britain. But in the little town of Shepardsford, local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share, whilst humble chiropodist Gilbert Chilvers is still struggling to bring home the bacon. With rationing and unemployment taking its toll, the only light on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Members of the Town Council are fattening up a highly illegal pig called Betty for a lavish banquet in honour of the royal couple – this very private function is going to be the social event of the season and Gilbert’s wife Joyce is determined that they should be invited. But when the longed-for invitation fails to materialise, the two of them resolve to do whatever it takes to get their fair share of the banquet’s illegal pork roast!
This utterly British musical is full of eccentric characters, such as the odd couple, Gilbert – a chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – “She’s seventy four and ravenous”; and of course, Betty the pig! Add to that a vibrant ensemble plus a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score and the result is musical comedy gold.
“I promise I’m telling no porky pies when I say that this delightful new musical with an irresistible pig as its star left me grunting and snorting with pleasure, and just occasionally snuffling with sentimental tears” (The Daily Telegraph).
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Adapted by Declan Donnellan
Directed by Paul Chesterton
Designed by Georgina Vasey
“Yes, this is Vanity Fair; not a moral place certainly; nor a merry one, though very noisy.”
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s acting and technical cohort present a thrilling and nostalgic production Thackeray’s hilarious satire, Vanity Fair.
Set in the early 1980s New Romantics scene of London, follow wannabe ‘It Girl’ Becky Sharp and her sweet-natured friend, Amelia Sedley, as they scale the heady heights of society and hustle through the hazardous playground for the rich and beautiful.
This roustabout of pleasure, survival, gender politics, tall tales and bigger hair is adapted for the stage by Declan Donnellan and directed by Paul Chesterton.
Greedy Pig Theatre Company
£9 (£8 concessions)
“Feminine? Masculine? Why can’t we just… be?”
The moment you were born, the doctor announced your gender, and the world put you in a box. And maybe that’s a comfortable box, and you’ll sit there happily for the rest of your life. But maybe it’s not… and what happens then? ‘Be.’ follows three characters trying to break out of their boxes, as they discover what it means to be ‘Her’, ‘Him’ or ‘Them’, in a story intertwined with the authentic collective experiences of over 60 real people.
With enchanting music and provocative, poetic storytelling, Greedy Pig Theatre Company’s latest production gives a voice to those made restless by the constraints of gender within our communities, and asks why sometimes it’s so difficult to just…be.
Please note that Be. contains strong language and discusses themes of a sensitive nature, including discrimination, gender dysphoria, suicide, eating disorders, sex and mental health.
Could a Cockney Flower girl really be transformed into a Fair Lady?
DOT Productions return in their 12th year of touring with their own adaptation of a well-loved classic, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Will professor of phonetics Henry Higgins transform Eliza Doolittle enough to convince upper-class society that she is one of them, or will Eliza never forget who she really is?
Pygmalion explores the English class system with all of its petty attitudes and posturing. Full of wit & wisdom Shaw exposes the hollowness at the heart of that society, but it is not just about accents or class. It is about the battle of the sexes, of control!
Brought to the stage by a cast of 5 actors and DOT’s unmistakeable entertaining style this is not to be missed.
Let's Talk About Philip
28th to 30th July
Let's Talk About Philip
When 30 years of family silence is broken Helen begins a quest to discover the hidden story behind her brother’s death. As surprising details are uncovered, Helen grapples with loyalty, long-held beliefs and how much we ever really know about those we love.
A fast-paced, candid, darkly comic and gripping new play written and performed by Helen Wood and Gregor Hunt.
Directed by 2022 Olivier Award nominee Derek Bond (Dragons & Mythical Beasts; Jess & Joe Forever).
75 mins - no interval
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
31st July at 7 pm
£15 (Under 18 £5)
Two couples, young and in love, find themselves tangled up in the powerful emotions of their first significant relationships. What starts out perfect quickly turns on its head as games and tests of loyalty overrun their idolised views of one another. Their friends definitely confuse the situation with questionable motives of their own.
Mozart masterfully captures the rollercoaster of young love. Cardiff Opera presents a coming of age Così fan tutte that explores identity, sexual expression and the bonds of sisterhood and brotherhood.
Sherlock's Excellent Adventure
Our Star Theatre Company
Our Star Theatre Company proudly present their critically-acclaimed comedy, Sherlock’s Excellent Adventure!
Follow Sherlock Holmes and his incomparable sidekick Dr John Watson on this riveting, until now, unpublished case...
Damsel in distress, Lucy Matravers engages Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, Holmes and his partner Watson to resolve a dispute over a family will. Little do they know that this small case brings Holmes straight into the clutches of his arch enemy, James Moriarty!
This hilarious spoof is taken on by four actors, minimal furnishings and tons of jolly-good-fun… The game’s afoot!
*** "Like a 21stCentury Flanders and Swann" The Reviews Hub (Brighton Fringe 2021)
11th to 15th October
The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood
Rural Suffolk. 1759. A young woman has been found guilty of a horrible murder, and sentenced to hang. When she claims to be pregnant, 12 women are plucked from the community to decide whether she is telling the truth or just trying to escape the noose, while a crowd outside bays for her execution.
Written in 2019 by one of our most exciting contemporary playwrights, The Welkin is a drama – arguably a thriller - with plenty of coarse humour. It deals with timeless issues of privilege, progress, the status of women, and whether violence is ever justified.
The Stage called it “thrilling... beautifully calibrated, tight as a high wire... a gripping richly textured history play.”
This play contains adult themes, strong language and some violence. Age guidance 12+