- July 2015
'It’s wanting to know that makes us matter'. Combined Actors are proud to present Stoppard's fizzing comedy of ideas, which won both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play. Arcadia is set in a Derbyshire country house during both the Regency and the late twentieth century: academic researchers argue their theories about the events of 1809, juxtaposed with scenes of what really happened during Lord Byron’s visit. Arcadia combines a literary detective story with discussions on the rise of Romanticism, mathematics, landscape gardening, why you can’t unstir the jam from your rice pudding, and the eventual death of the universe - culminating in a waltz which resolves the arguments across two centuries.
- April 2015
- July 2014
Paul Fisher is a really nice guy - even if he's a bit of an endearing jerk. He only has one problem: he doesn't have a 'plus one'. And he desperately needs a 'plus one'. Like now. Why? He's just received an invitation to the second wedding of his ex-wide and the invitation includes - you guessed it - a 'plus one'. And the wedding is next week! What's a man to do in these desperate circumstances? Dive into the murky waters of internet dating, that's what, and arrange seven dates with seven prospective 'plus ones' in seven days - all of whom look remarkably like his mother!
- March 2014
- October 2013
Shortly before the start of WWII, Britain agreed to take in 10,000 unaccompanied children from Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia in an attempt to free them from the growing threat of Nazi terror.
Kindertransport literally means the ‘transportation of children’ and Diane Samuels’ play is an account of how one child was affected by this separation from her family - how fear followed her, how she tried to deny her roots and how important this became in her relationship with her own daughter.
In this play, there is a recurring theme of the Ratcatcher. He is rooted in the original tale of the pied piper of Hamlyn, who lures children away. His presence creates fear and foreboding, personifying the threat to the Jews who were compared to rats in German propaganda.
Eva is sent to Britain to escape the threat but survival comes at a price. As she accepts a new life in England and a new name 'Evelyn', she learns to hide behind a façade of order and control.
This play reveals the love and pain in mother / daughter relationships; the dilemma that tells a parent to send their child away to avoid mortal danger when that child, in Diane Samuels’ words “will, in most cases, say they’d rather stay and die with their parents”.
Kindertransport shows the consequences of such actions and the subsequent search for identity.
- March 2013
The Killing of Sister George follows the professional and personal demise of the popular district nurse who selflessly ministers to the villagers in the fictional radio-soap Applehurst However, in real life and amongst her colleagues, she is the antithesis of the sweet character she plays. Against this back-drop, the play combines comedy and pathos as it follows June’s domestic relationship with the childlike and manipulative Alice McNaught. With the sudden insecurity of her character’s future, their insecure relationship becomes increasingly more self-centred than supportive.
Following highly-acclaimed runs of the original productions in the West End and on Broadway, most people may now best remember the play from the iconic 1968 film which featured Beryl Reid in the title role. Now it comes to the ADC Theatre to explore the blurred reality of fictional soaps and the even stranger real lives behind the scenes.
- July 2005