Enter Stage Right: Top Mermaids Shows To See This Semester
February 9th + 10th (Friday & Saturday)
Director – Joe Irvine, Producer – Tay Davant
Charles Foster Kaneasaurus, newspaper tycoon and large dinosaur, dies, prompting an investigation into his last words: 'Rosebud'. Citizen Kaneasaurus is a comedic romp through journalism, theatre, and reptilian greed. Silly and cerebral in equal measure, Kaneasaurus is a (sort of) in-depth look at capitalism in the early 20th century...with dinosaurs.
February 14th + 15th (Wednesday & Thursday)
Director – Emma Hallewell, Producer – Rebecca Ryce
Douglas Young won’t leave his flat. He’s not going outside. He’s not answering the phone. He’s not opening the door. He’s had enough. He’s done. He’s hiding. He’s… waiting. His friends and family don’t approve of his plan and will do whatever it takes to get Douglas back. Filled with humour, food, stress balls, broken hearts and beards, Waiting explores what it means to move on and find happiness after tragedy.
The History Boys
February 16th + 17th (Friday & Saturday)
Director – Harrison Roberts, Producer – Charlotte Haswell-West
Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’ follows an unruly group of grammar school teenagers in the 1980s as they prepare for the Oxbridge entrance exams under the contrasting but equally eccentric styles of their three teachers. In pursuit of a place at university the boys attempt to cram facts and figures, and learn a thing or two about life on the way.
in a word
February 24th + 25th (Saturday & Sunday)
Director – Seonaid Rapach, Producer – Shaina Sullivan
On the two-year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance, there is still nothing that makes sense to her. As she flashes back to that fateful day, to uncover a crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and dangerous new meanings are found ‘in a word.’
March 3rd + 4th (Saturday & Sunday)
Director – Lucy Bidie, Producer – Ellie Hope
Four waitresses invite you into the humorous and often trying antics of Shakers bar where they work, each with a tale to tell and the need to be heard.
March 7th + 8th (Wednesday & Thursday)
Director – Karin Sofia Johansson & Elsa Klein, Producer – Eva McNabney
Push is a new dark comedy that explores feminism in the context of modern relationships. The play follows an unnamed female lead who grapples with the tension between a woman’s place in the bedroom and her potential in her career in a world where a woman still is not taken as seriously as a man, and sexual harassment is a reality for any woman in an office or on a stage.
The Great Gatsby
March 14th + 15th (Wednesday & Thursday)
Director – Madison Hauser, Producer – Anna South; Shaina Sullivan
Set in the summer of 1922, Nick Carraway moves in next to the mysterious Jay Gatsby, who holds wild parties to lure in the rich elite every night. The vibrant period isn't quite what it seems as dark pasts are brought into the light.
Revolt. She said. Revolt Again.
Barron (On The Rocks)
April 6th + 7th (OTR; Friday & Saturday)
Director – Rowan Wishart, Producer – Hanna Lawson
“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Is not well behaved. It is messy, silly, and deadly serious. Examining the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century, it asks what's stopping us from doing something truly radical to change them. From revolting.
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Stage (On The Rocks)
April 13th (7.30pm) + 14th (2.30pm) (OTR; Friday/Saturday)
Director – Isi Webb-Jenkins, Producer – Lydia Milne
This black comedy from McDonagh showcases exactly what this playwright does best: eccentricity, morbidity and humanity.
The Cripple of Inishmaan tells the story of a crippled boy from a small Irish island, and the people who live in this secluded community. When Hollywood comes calling, can the people of Inishmaan be ready for the invasion of the outside world, whilst they haven’t yet accepted truths within their own?
April 17th + 18th (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Director – Gabriele Uboldi, Producer – Libby Cavaye
Ma and Pa Ubu have been plotting for years, and they've finally pulled it off. They've lied their way to the top and they're about to become actual ROYALTY. But after their umpteenth orgy in the royal palace, will their repugnance and their pride come back to bite them?
Death of a Salesman
April 21st + 22nd (Saturday & Sunday)
Director – Caelan Mitchell-Bennett, Producer – Hanna Lawson
Death of a Salesman revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a declining salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. This thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty has remained one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre, and was the winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.
April 25th + 26th (Wednesday & Thursday)
Director – Matthew Colley, Producer – Charlotte Haswell-West
Clytemnestra is a new portrayal of the classic Greek tragedy, 'The Oresteia', by Aeschylus. Focusing only on the first two plays of the original trilogy, 'Clytemnestra' explores themes of family, love, hatred, and the dynamics of power in Greek mythology - all with the often forgotten female voice at its heart.
April 29th + 30th (Sunday & Monday)
Director – Louis Catliff, Producer – Lara Tillostson
Billy’s fiercely intelligent and proudly unconventional family is their own tiny empire, with their own private language, jokes and rules. Their arguments, equal parts funny and ferocious, are an expression of love. But Billy, who is deaf, is one of the few who actually listens and meeting Sylvia makes him finally want to be heard. Will he get a word in edgeways? Tribes is a fascinating exploration of belonging, family and the limitations of communication both spoken and unspoken.