Theatre Picks with Paula Walker

So much choice this month! Let Paula Walker guide you through this month’s theatre highlights:

The Quarry

The Quarry Theatre presents
Lucy Hopkins & Bob Slayer Double Header
Date: Tuesday 3 October at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concessions)
Age Guidance: 16yrs+ (some nudity)

Lucy Hopkins: Powerful Women are About

Experience ultra-conscious comedy by an award-winning, internationally touring, terribly present clown. Come as you are. Leave transformed. Lucy is also known as Aunty Val in Spencer Jones’s Christmas short (Sky TV) and Charlie Chuck’s assistant Mary.

 Bob Slayer: Whatever Next? 

“Last Fringe, I read the Chilcot Report, inspiring a political re-awakening at a time when I’d much rather be asleep… What started as a gag ended up an award-winning political happening. What next? A big revelatory ending where we all see the light? That will be as beautiful a surprise to me as anyone. But I’ll not stop trying.”

Farnham Maltings & House present
For All The Fires Not Yet Lit

Date: Tuesday 10 October at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concessions)
Guidance: 12+

For All the Fires Not Yet Lit is a solo performance that tells a simple tale of one woman’s quest to find her brave bone.

Claire Lyons’ fiancé doesn’t think she should make a speech at their wedding reception, neither does her mother. However, a morning outing to get some milk turns into an odyssey of minute proportions, where small risks have big consequences and timid Claire surprises herself and others.  Over the next 24 hours, our unsuspecting heroine goes on a protest, makes friends with a shoplifter, ends up in a prison cell and wakes with a very different view of what is or isn’t possible.


The People’s Theatre Company presents
Don’t Dribble On The Dragon

Date: Saturday 21 October at 2.30pm
Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions) Family Ticket £36
Guidance: 2+

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop!  When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart, can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure, about growing up and the importance of family, is the perfect feel good show for big-hearted adults and loving little ones alike.


The Quarry Theatre presents
The Twins Macabre: Playtime

Date: Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concessions)
Guidance: 14+

As seen on BBC3’s ‘Live at the Electric’, ‘The Twins Macabre’ is a dark character-comedy duo like no other.

Maurice and Ivy Macabre are 10-year-old psychic siblings who have a penchant for finger painting and murder. Having run away from the circus, (which mysteriously burnt down causing their parents to perish…) the pair conjures the souls of the damned through twisted sketches and songs.

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The Place

Theatrical Niche presents
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Date: Sunday 8 October 7:30pm
Full £12 Concession £10 Ages 12+

When a mysterious new beauty enters high society, the in-crowd is sent scattering outwards, bent utterly backwards and flattened low to find out exactly whom they are dealing with. Oscar Wilde’s raucous social comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette and flips expectation rump-over-head in this scathingly funny satire.


Townsend Productions
We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!
Date: Saturday 14 October at 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £8.50)
Age Guidance: 14+
This is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike. Jayaben
brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and
docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers.  This is social history presented in Townsend productions’ imaginative, engaging style with songs and music of the 1970s.


Theatre of Widdershins presents
The Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tales
Date: Monday 23 October 11am and 2pm
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £8.50)
Age Guidance: 3+
The perplexing question of fairy tales – what really happened between the wolf and his three porky friends?  Why was Goldilocks wandering in the woods?  How did the goats overcome a mighty troll? – are explored and explained by the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you’ve left the theatre.


Certain Age presents
Weekend Breaks
Date: Wednesday 25 October to Saturday 28 October at 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £8)
Age Guidance: 12+
Martin, a PhD in literature and a lecturer in theatre studies at his local Humberside university, is really a frustrated writer and has rented a cottage in the Lake District to concentrate on writing his Hollywood blockbuster. Hoping for inspiration and peace and quiet, he decides to invite his ageing parents along for a weekend break, hoping for a nice cosy time together.  With twists and turns and unexpected revelations, this weekend break evolves into an opportunity for the release of a lifetime of pent-up frustrations.


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