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Current Season - 2017/18

 

Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Cathy Naylor
2nd, 3rd and 4th November 2017

Alan Turing - genius, mathematician and father of the modern computer - broke both the German Enigma code during the Second World War and the sexual code of post War England.  

Hugh Whitemore's fascinating play weaves the story of Turing's triumph together with that of his later humiliation. "Breaking the Code" is thought provoking and tragic, yet told with flashes of humour.

 

 

The Elephant man, by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Jean Cooper
11th, 12th and 13th January 2018

Born with a congenital disorder, Joseph Merrick is forced to use his severe deformities to earn a living in a freak show as the Elephant Man. He is rescued from a life of humiliation by surgeon Dr Treeves who treats him with compassion.  Due to his dignity and intelligence Merrick becomes a celebrated figure in Victorian high society.

"The Elephant Man” is a humane drama based on Merrick's short, but memorable, life.

 

Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
by Ed Graczyk
Directed by Andrew Rogers
22nd, 23rd and 24th March 2018

Twenty years after James Dean filmed "Giant", the Disciples of James Dean gather for a reunion. Their reminiscences, mingled with flashbacks to their youth,  are disturbed by the arrival of a glamorous stranger. This sets off a series of confrontations, which smash their delusions and expose disappointments. Tender and amusing, this play conveys the atmosphere of small town America in the 1950s.

 

California Suite by Neil Simon
Directed by Mary Lowe
7th, 8th and 9th June 2018

One Los Angeles’ hotel room and four sets of very different hotel guests: feuding couples; disillusioned holidaymakers; drunken husbands and frustrated movie stars.

Neil Simon is an undisputed master of comedy and "California Suite" shows him at his effortless best.