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25 February - 1 March: Brontë By Polly Teale : The Place, Bedford

Author: The Place, Bedford Published: 17th February 2014 10:45

The Place, Bedford

Bradgate Road, off Goldington Road
Bedford
MK40 3DE
http://www.theplacebedford.org.uk/

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Brontë Swan Theatre Company present
Brontë By Polly Teale

25th Feb to 1st March at 7:30pm

1845 - Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace, plagued by his addictions. As he descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the household, his sisters write ...

Polly Teale's extraordinary play evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës as their fictional characters come to haunt their creators.

This beautiful contemporary play explores how three Victorian sisters living in isolation on the Yorkshire Moors, came to write some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time.

Brontë is Teale's third and final play to explore the works of the Brontë family, following on from her adaptation of Jane Eyre and her original play After Mrs Rochester, which was based on the life of Jean Rhys and her novel Wide Sargasso Sea (itself inspired by Jane Eyre).

The play was first performed by the internationally acclaimed theatre company Shared Experience in 2005.

Note that this show is not suitable for children under 12 years old.

Tickets for this show are priced at £9.00, with a concession price of £7.50.

Woodbine WillieBlackout Theatre Company present
Woodbine Willie From the poems of Rev G Studdert-Kennedy
Adapted for the stage by Albert Welling

6th to 8th March at 7:30pm

Part of the 2014 commemoration of the outbreak of World War One,Blackout Theatre Company present a brand new piece of theatre adapted for the stage by Albert Welling (No Direction).

Based on the poetry of Reverend Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy. Woodbine Willie brings to life the horror and humour of daily life in the trenches of World War One.

Studdert-Kennedy was padre to the troops, dispensing spiritual sustenance to the soldiers, as well as Woodbine cigarettes, which earned him his nickname. He received the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery in tending to the wounded and dying under fire and after the war, published two books of verse about the experiences.

Woodbine Willie is a commemoration and celebration of the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in the war to end all wars

www.blackoutbedford.wix.com/home

Note that this show is not suitable for children under 12 years old.

Tickets for this show are priced at £9.00, with a concession price of £7.50.

Stage Write 2014 Life Box Theatre Company and No Loss Productions present
Stage Write 2014 The New Writing Showcase

12th to 15th March at 7:30pm

Following last years success, StageWrite returns to The Place Theatre, bringing you a collection of 8 brand new plays over 4 nights developed and performed by professional actors, directors and writers.

Presented by local professional Companies LifeBox Theatre and No Loss Productions it is a great chance to see some brilliant new drama performed by local professional actors

Each evening, consisting of two plays - all works that are in development and performed script-in-hand - allows the audience to feed directly into the writers creative process.

Following the performance of each piece there will be an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the writer, director and actors about what you have just seen.

A fantastic opportunity to see work by the writers of the future in the intimate surroundings of The Place Theatre.

These shows may contain strong language or adult material.

We advise the shows are not suitable for children under 14 years old.

Tickets for this show are priced at £7.00, with a concession price of £20.00.

Playing the DreamFull House Theatre present
Playing the Dream Inspired by William Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Nights Dream

17th to 21st March at 10:00am and 2:00pm

The Place Theatre are delighted to present a week of performances just for lower and middle schools to coincide with Shakespeare week 17th-21st March 2014

Full House Theatre presents Playing the Dream, a forty minute play of magic and mayhem inspired by A Midsummer Nights Dream.

In this fresh and exciting version of Shakespeares well-loved tale, First Fairy and Puck tell an enchanting story of fairies, lovers, confusion and magic. This is a show packed with great characters, romance, wonder and comedy. Full House uses storytelling, physical performances and vibrant characters to take young audiences on a journey of Midsummer Madness!

Playing the Dream aims to demystify Shakespeare (for adults as well as children!) in a modern celebration of A Midsummer Nights Dream. The play is a gentle introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences and mainly uses original Shakespearean language peppered with new writing as the confusion and mischief unfolds.

The show is suitable for foundation stage to year 6.

Special performances for lower and middle schools only.

For more information, or to book a school visit please contact infotheplacebedford.org.uk

Note that this show is suitable for children.

For more information, or to book a school visit please contact info@theplacebedford.org.uk

Mark ThomasBedford Players Trust present
Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Disobedience

21st March at 8:00pm

The Place theatre is very proud to be hosting Mark Thomas for his first visit to Bedford.

Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be.

Now he returns to what he does best: mischief - joyously bad behaviour with a purpose.

After his award winning show Bravo Figaro Mark sets himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year. Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

Note that this show is not suitable for children under 16.

Tickets for this show are priced at £15.00, with a concession price of £12.00.

Poetry is Orl Korrect Swan Theatre Company present
Poetry is Orl Korrect Poetry at the Eagle Gallery

23rd March at 6:30pm

Swan Theatre Company readers continue their season of poetry, prose and spoken word at The Eagle Gallery.
A range of American poems to celebrate the exact 175th anniversary of the first recorded use of the phrase 'OK'.

From Agee and Aiken to Winters and Zukofsky, there is of course no shortage of talent in The Land of the Free.

Featuring poetry from the last 175 years of American writing theres bound to be lots of old favourites you know, and a great selection of new poetry as well.

Tickets are limited to only 30, and the evenings prove popular, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Note that this show is suitable for all ages.

Tickets for this show are priced at £5.00.

Thoroughly Modern Millie St Andrews School and Rushmoor School present
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan

25th to 27th March at 7:30pm

New Music by Jeanine Tesori, New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris
for the Universal Pictures Film

Returning to The Place Theatre for their annual senior school production, St Andrews and Rushmoor Schools have joined artistic forces again this year to produce this gloriously upbeat show.

The setting is New York City in the 1922; everything is changing in modern society and how!

Small-town girl Millie Dillmount arrives from Kansas with hope in her heart and a plan to take hold of her future little does she know that she will be central to solving a serious crime and lose her heart in the process!

Fast and witty, this sensational show will have you singing along, tapping your toes and practising your Charleston steps all the way home!

Note that this show is suitable for all ages.

Tickets for this show are priced at £6.00, with a concession price of £4.00.

Wizard On Point Productions present
Wizard An original re-telling of a classic tale.
Based on the stories by Frank L. Baum

5th and 6th April at 4:00pm and 7:00pm

Will sassy Dorothy learn to love and appreciate the home she nearly loses? Will any of her strange friends find what they want, what they really, really want in life? And does anyone know who is good and who is evil in this magical place?

Appearances can be deceptive!

Based on the classic Oz stories by Frank L. Baum On Point productions present their own brand new adaptation of the story of Dorothy Gale and her adventures in the magical land of Oz.

On Point Productions aims to bring out the best in children and young people aged 10-21 by testing their dancing, singing and acting skills to the max in high quality and fast paced performances.

On Point Productions are part of the Bedfordshire School of Dance and Drama. For further information about the school please telephone 01525 403454 or see their website: http://www.bedsschoolofdanceanddrama.co.uk/

Note that this show is suitable for all ages.

Tickets for this show are priced at £6.00, with a concession price of £4.00.

Tomten Old Saw Theatre Company present
Tomten Adapted by Greta Clough, Directed by Siggi Lindal

12th April at 2:00pm and 5:30pm

Viktor Rydbergs well-loved poem is brought to life in a new puppetry show for children 3+.

When all is quiet on the farm, when everyone is asleep, when the snow covers the ground and stars twinkle in the frosty sky - thats when Tomten wakes up. He watches over everyone on the farm without them ever knowing. But sometimes, you can see his footprints in the snow.

That's how you know he is real.

Tomten has lived on this farm for many years. He has seen generations come, and generations go. But where do they come from, and where do they go? A deep riddle plays on Tomtens mind... One thing he knows for sure, is that spring is coming; soon cows will be grazing in the fields and swallows singing in the trees again.

Tomten follows an immortal tomte (Swedish elf) as he watches over a small farmstead on mid-winters night, With the trusty barn cat by his side, he visits the cows and the pigs, comforts the sheep, chickens, dog and reassures the tired old farm-horse that soon it will be spring again! The story uses the turning of the seasons as a metaphor for life and death in an accessible way for small children. It is gentle, and poignant. Filled with delightful farm characters and moments of great joy!

http://www.oldsaw.co.uk/

Note that this show is suitable for children aged 3+

Tickets for this show are priced at £8.50, with a concession price of £6.00.

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