- June 2014
Behind Closed Doors Could there be anything better than living with your closest friends in a Mansion, being waited on hand and foot? Perhaps not; but all is not what it seems for this particular group of young people, when they realise they have no idea how they came to be in this house, and have no way to escape. That is until one harmless song and dance leads to a frightening revelation. Join our heroes on their journey to escape this sinister house, as they are tested to their physical, mental and emotional limits in this uniquely dark devised musical.
Adaption There is a door. There is a key. There is a choice. The Bluebeard legend continues to haunt us in films, stories and images. In this contemporary devised adaptation of Bluebeard each key has one owner, each door awaits the key that fits its lock, and each key-holder must decide whether to confront what lies behind the door, or continue to pretend their ignorance of it.
Improvisation I can hear a sound, a very small sound, a peculiar small sound. It is coming from me. It is me, making this sound, somewhere below my belt. And it doesn’t stop for days. The aroma of caramelized onion hummus. Caramelized onion hummus. I am having lunch with my cat. I sleep next to strangers on trains. I miss my Afro comb, I left it in my handbag when walking from the train. And then the heavens opened and washed me clean. Look at that handbag! I fall asleep in front of a report, my elbows type random sentences. Mus eple rart fiskekake potet Sunnmorsbunad. Hva er det jeg spor om? Hva vil du ha fra meg?
Anglia Ruskin is pleased to offer three original devised performances, created by 3rd year Anglia Ruskin drama and performing arts. Tickets can be bought on the door or online at The Junction website by searching Anglia Contemporary Theatre. Each evening will feature to shows. Tuesday 10th - Adaption/Improvisation Wednesday 11th - Musical/Adaption Thursday 12th - Musical/Improvisation
- May 2014
ARTS presents An Evening of Moliere A double bill of one act comedies set in the Moulin Rouge era of France - The Countess of Escarbagnas
One of Molière's best one-act plays, The Countess of Escarbagnas blends broad farce and pointed wit to express his never-ending delight in human foibles. But Molière is more than just the "master of the laugh," for behind the comic gestures of these matchless rogues, tight-fisted masters, possessive lovers and elegant ladies lurk fears, insecurities and their consequences
The Pretentious Young Ladies Magdelon and Cathos, two young women from the provinces who have come to Paris in search of love and jeux d'esprit. Gorgibus, the father of Magdelon and uncle of Cathos, decides they should marry a pair of eminently eligible young men but the two women find the men unrefined and ridicule them. The men vow to take revenge on the pretentious young ladies. On stage comes Mascarille, a young man who pretends to be a sophisticated man of the world. Magdelon falls in love with him. Next on stage comes another young man, Jodelet, with whom Cathos falls in love.
- April 2014
Lysistrata is a head strong woman whose aim is to create peace within London. Set within the backdrop of World War II the women are unhappy because their responsibilities have doubled since their men went to play solider. Lysistrata devises a plan and brings all the women together. She proposes that they with-hold sex from their men until they stop the war. The women resist but with some clever persuasion from Lysistrata they agree to take an oath. After this there are many scenes of confrontation highlighting the taunting, teasing and humiliation of each gender in this hilarious clash of wills. Who will succumb to the others power? Will the men ever be brought home? This play is a fun, humorous, playful and creative comedy that connects to a wide range of people with its universal themes and issues.
- April 2014
ARTS is promoting a fellow company originating out of Anglia Ruskin. The company currently performing under the name Anglia Ruskin Creative or ARC is committed to promoting new work in and around Cambridge. It has previously enjoyed successful runs in Cambridge and Oxford, with highly acclaimed performances in the Cambridge and Haverhill drama festivals.
ARC announces its newest offering entitled The Road Less Travelled by Dr Sean Lang. The show is based on the poem by Robert Frost entitled The Road Not Taken. In one act it follows the decision one man has to make which will decide his fate, all he has to do is decide which road to take. His decision is made harder by the presence of a mysterious stranger, who speaks in riddles.
The play will be performed as part of a World War One evening at the Mumford Theatre with guest speakers, as well as being entered into the Sawston and Cambridge Drama Festivals.
- December 2013
The play centres around the character of Dorimant, a rakish libertine, who hatches a cunning plan to rid himself of his current mistress, Mrs Loveit, so that he may have her friend Bellinda. Luckily for Dorimant, the vain Sir Fopling Flutter has recently arrived from Paris and is the perfect fool to bait Mrs Loveit with. But the arrival of the rich Harriet throws a spanner in the workings of Dorimant's plan, for he's determined to have but Harriet isn't so taken with his charms and would accept nothing less than an offer of marriage. In a comical mix of wit, seduction, and double crossing, George Etherege's comedy of manners is brought into the 21st century.
- April 2012
It's 1985 and you're a rockstar wannabe. The reality is you live in your Grandma's basement...
Robbie Heart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. He's the life and soul of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart and stomped on, emotions run wild through Robbie as he tries to make everyone else's 'special day' a complete disaster. The Wedding Singer is the culmination of laughter, love, fighting and social debauchery, where love triangles end up creating a vast kaleidoscope of emotions and confrontations.
- April 2008
"This is the first adaptation of Treasure Island with great parts for both male and female performers. Inspired by real-life female adventurers, Phil Willmott has changed the gender of several of the central characters without compromising the spirit of Stevenson's classic novel."
"A delightful blend of the salty and the silly" Independent
"Jolly, swashbuckling pantomime-like fun" Evening Standard
"A zany new version" Observer
Box Office: 01223 357851
- March 2008
"Bang Bang You're Dead" is a resource for dealing with a broken world that's violent, unhealthy, unfair, and beyond the power of anyone to fix except today's generation. It's about a theatre of life."
- June 2007
Moist Von Lipwig is a liar, a thief and Ankh Morpork's last hope for a decent postal service. His only help is a clay golem called Mr. Pump, the elderly junior postman Groat and Stanley the orphan pin fanatic. He must take on the sinister Reacher Gilt and the board of the grand trunk who own a series of semaphore towers across the discworld. With these they can send a message across the disc in a matter of hours. Can Moist succeed where honest men have failed? Oh and getting a date with Adora Belle Dearheart would be good to.
- May 2006
"Why do you think they call it a nuclear family? Because they‘re all burning"
An adaptation of the cutting and poignoint Drama from controversial playwright Anthony Neilson.
Living with a man twice her age in a doomed relationship whilst sleeping with a crude and coarse young man, Claire's life is about to take on some harsh and complicated twists and turns. Meanwhile Fliss, her half sister, is convinced she has found her lost father living on the streets of London the only problem being he was supposed to have died twenty years ago.
This interwoven tale of five wounded hearts takes you through a journey of blind optimism and harsh realities. Will the family ties bond people together...or blow them apart?
*Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature
Tickets available from Mumford Theatre: £7 (£4 concessions) box office no. 0845 196 2320
- January 2006
Terry Pratchett Takes Shakespeares' Macbeth and the turns it up 'till the knob comes off. It's all there - a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the Murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three Witches. Granny Weatherwax (Intolerant, self opinionated, powerful) Nanny Ogg (down to earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naive, fond of occult Jewellery and bunnies)
- December 2005
A story of a shoe shop in lancashire in the 1900's. Hobson runs a small family business but when he says that his daughters are not permitted to get married, his eldest runs away with the man that makes all the boots. He is the best bootmaker in the north and they soon set up shop together. This runs hobsons out of business and mr hobson gets ill. Maggie is asked to come and look after her father in his illness but will only come if her and her husband take over the shop. of course hobson has no choice and has to agree.
A Tale of cause and consequence, drama and shoes.
- May 2002