Shows & Dates
Season/School Year 2012 – 2013
Classes 11 - 13 (Age 17-20+):
Slapping" is a contemporary drama about racism, hard
hitting and realistic. Joe gets beaten up and videoed in a racist
attack. Injured and frightened he escapes and hides in a park, where he
meets Hannah. After various difficulties with each other Hannah and Joe
discover that they are supposed to hate each other. Hannah is Jewish and
Joe is Muslim! Both are full of prejudices and torn between their
ideas, feelings and traditions. A surprising dialogue about
estrangement, fear, provocation, defence and prejudice evolves, ruled by
the wish to approach and understand each other. What starts with “happy
slapping” leads to a “happy ending”, as Hannah and Joe will find each
other. The play is about a new and violent tendency of youths triggered
by a wish for power, recognition and directorship, and supported by
mobile camera phones and the internet. Written and performed for
advanced audiences it is challenging in language and topics and a
wonderful opportunity for further discussions and reflections.
Link to the newspaper reviews of "Happy Slapping"
Classes 8-11 (Alter 14–17)
"5xW" – Why,
Where, What, When, Who? It could be anyone, anywhere at any time. It could be
you! “5xW” is a
lively theatre play about an accidental encounter of a teenage boy and girl in
a launderette. Insecurely and awkwardly she tries to get him into
conversation whilst waiting for her washing to be done. At first he resists,
but then joins in communicating with her and an attraction of the opposite sex
leads to the two arranging a date. During the course of the play the two characters
allow us to share their personal development from mere fake self-presentation
to impress the other sex into honest behaviour and the showing of the real
self. The play is a fantastic reflection of human behaviour, of what we do to be liked, of how we change our
personality to be attractive to others. A great topic for teenage audiences
with an intermediate knowledge of English.
Link to the newspaper reviews of "5xW"
Classes 5 - 7 (Age 10-13):
"Captain Jack" is an adventurous pirate musical, which takes the audience on an exciting journey in search of the lost treasure of the infamous pirate Black Dog Peterson! The loyal heroine (Mary) disguises herself as a seaman in order to board the ship of the famous Captain Jack, sail the oceans, and bring the riches back to England and her majesty Queen Elizabeth I.; but the notorious Captain has other plans in favour of himself. With tricks and turns and the help of sailor Stinky Smith, Mary develops a clever plan to capture the pirates and the gold. But will she be successful? And how? Who is Cut-throat Locker? And what shall we do with the drunken sailor? Prepare your sea legs for a highly entertaining performance and find out for yourself! This swashbuckling adventure combines music, movement and fantasy to motivate early active language learning. Using highly visual theatre techniques, the musical is written in Basic English to appeal to a wide range of audiences. A perfect way to encourage your students!
Link to the newspaper reviews of "Captain Jack"