Coming Soon at the New Venture Theatre
Friday 17 to Saturday 25 May 2019
in the Theatre Upstairs
by Terry Johnson
directed by Bob Ryder
Real life, fantasy and hallucination.
Freud meets Dali, meets half-naked comedy chaos.
Serious stuff is swept up in the crazy world of theatrical farce.
Terry Johnson’s brilliant creation achieves a rare balancing act, in which alarming subjects and events are filtered through high-jinks comedy entertainment. It’s a play that’s always sparkling and witty, while sometimes descending into low farce, while somehow still being thought-provoking and deeply touching.
It’s a modern classic and a great experience, which makes you laugh, think and feel - often all at the same time.
A smoke effect with be used in this production
This amateur production of 'Hysteria' is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Friday 14 to Saturday 22 June 2019
in the Studio Theatre
by George Brant
directed by David Eaton
There was a town. There was a circus. There was a railroad. There was an elephant. And there was a man with red hair. In 1916, a tiny town in Tennessee will experience the greatest show on Earth. A sight never before seen by any man and it’s going to put them on the map, forever. Combining historical fact and legend, this poignant and revealing play sheds a harsh spotlight on mankind’s lust for spectacle, violence and revenge.
This production is not suitable children under 12, there will be some strong language and use of peanuts and Haze on stage
This amateur production of 'Elephant's Graveyard' is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Friday 19 to Saturday 27 July 2019
Short Play Festival 2019
A selection of quality writing over four new and diverse plays.
Four writers have been selected to each produce a 20-25 minute play. Bryony Weaver, Judey Bignell, Michelle Donkin and Sarah Drew have been guided through an editorial process by two professional writers and their plays have been passed on to four experienced directors, who have continued the development process to bring these plays to the stage in our Short Play Festival. All the writers, directors and their mentors have strong connections with the New Venture Theatre.
Agency by Michelle Donkin – directed by Ian Amos
As a press secretary turned whistleblower prepares to leave a destructive administration behind, she is forced to face her embittered colleague for one last time.
Hope That Plays a Tune Alone by Sarah Drew - directed by Mark Wilson.
This is the story of two women who, each in their own way, have found a means to survive loss in an England slowly recovering from war. The support and the mutual understanding they come to find in each other brings the strength they need to carry on and to grow.
Match and Matrimony by Judey Bignell – directed by Chris Gates
A lovingly written Jane Austen parody with all your favourite characters; the roguish cad, the mother with a mania for marriage and, of course, the gender-fluid female-identifying young man looking for love in a heteronormative world.
The Colour of Water by Bryony Weaver – directed by Alex Epps
What should be a happy day for the family is clouded over with memories of the past, and when a neighbour arrives unexpectedly, bringing with him a Westerner's view of marriage and relationships, things take an unexpected turn.
A Reunion Group event has recently been advertised here, on facebook, for 22 August 2019.
This event is not happening at the New Venture Theatre
This event has nothing to do with the us
Please do not book tickets
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