Our Main Season:
Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti 12th – 15th June
Bernard has got three fiancées. They’re all airhostesses for different airlines and their timetables work out perfectly so none of them realise the others exist. One day an old friend turns up out of the blue and things couldn’t be jollier. But severe weather plays havoc with both the airlines’ and Bernard’s timetables. Chaos and hilarity, inevitably, ensue.
Directed by James McAndrew Produced by Emma – Louise Amanshia
Our Other Performances:
Bright Ideas – Saturday 1st June
A nigh of superb, brand-new student writing. Writers, directors and actors will have a week to workshop ideas and rehearse and scripts WILL be allowed on the night!
Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’: A Shakespeare Experiment
Two sets of twins. One town. No idea.
The first performances of Shakespeare’s plays happened after only a couple of days of rehearsal. The result was raw, precarious and no-doubt thrilling as Shakespeare’s words found their first life in front of an audience. Now, with a box of kid’s toys, 14 superb actors and 48 hours to rehearse, Fine Frenzy Theatre attempt to rediscover that same immediacy with Shakespeare’s shortest, funniest, most downright insane play.
Things could go horribly wrong. Or they could go horribly, horribly right…
Our Season so far:
Me, As A Penguin by Tom Wells 20th - 23rd February
Stitch is looking to gain some direction in his life by visiting his sister and exploring the very exciting gay scene of Hull. What results is an obsessive crush on a man that works in the local aquarium and Stitch stealing a baby penguin. Brilliantly funny, emotionally moving, ‘Me, As Penguin’ is a unique, witty and northern comedy.
Directed by Jacob Hayes Produced by Tyler-Antonia Gordon
Red by John Logan 27th – 2nd March
It’s 1958. Mark Rothko the legendary expressionist works alone in this Bowery Street studio, where he is joined by assistant Ken, a young emerging artist. As their work draws them closer together, Mark finds himself fighting for his artistic philosophies. What is art? What is creativity, violence, madness, sexuality and power? Above all what is our humanity worth?
Directed by Lara Tysseling and Tom Tolond Produced by Caspar Harvey
Stags and Hens by Willy Russell 6th – 9th March
Dave and Linda are getting married! With the Babychamps flowing, and everyone out on the pull, the couple’s Stag and Hen parties are hell-bent on celebrating. But when both groups accidentally choose the same venue, with Dave paralytic and Linda locking herself in the toilet, chaos takes over as matrimonial bliss becomes less and less likely.
Directed by Ellie Porter Produced by Gabby Carboneri
Posh by Laura Wade 13th-16th March
Eight Oxford University boys, unlimited champagne, one escort and a night of debauchery and destruction. Welcome to the Riot Club. Royal Court’s play of the year 2012. Contemporary, outrageous and intelligent. Posh is the perfect combination of disturbingly relevant satire and a scandalous and savagely funny cast. Bottoms up.
Directed by Bridie Rollins Produced by Martha Wilson
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 19th-22nd March
Fifteen-year-old Alex doesn’t just like ultra-violence – he also enjoys rape, drugs and Beethoven. He and his gang rampage through a dystopian future, hunting for terrible thrills. But when Alex finds himself at the mercy of the state and subjected to the ministries of Dr Brodsky, he discovers that fun is no longer the order of the day…
Directed by Nadia Amico and Alex Mawby Produced by Laura Gallop
Lysistrata by Aristphanes 23rd-27th April
The Nottingham New Theatre is joining forces with Lakeside Arts Centre to present an exciting production of Lysistrata. The entire cast will consist of NNT members.
Educating Rita by Willy Russell 24th – 27th April
Rita is a 26 year-old hairdresser with a desire to ‘learn everything’ and Frank is a fifty-something lecturer who has fallen out of love with his job, his wife and just about everything except his hoard of whisky hidden within his bookshelves. A tale of a working class, Liverpool woman’s hunger for education, and both the humorous and serious effects higher education can have.
Directed by Chelsea Wright Produced by Emily Heaton
East by Steven Berkoff 1st – 4th May
The piano player watches on silently as five people unleash an uncensored insight into the unforgiving nature of the East End of London. Bulging with testosterone and stinging humour, this fantastically lyrical discharge of raw poetic passion employs Total Theatre to explore whether one can truly climb off of the lowest rung of the social ladder. An epic tragicomedy like no other.
Directed by Andy Routledge Produced by Alice Ratcliffe
Pub Quiz Is Life by Richard Bean 8th – 11th May
When Lee returns to Hull after returning from a tour in Afghanistan, he joins his team mates for the local quiz. ‘My Dad’s a Drug Dealer’ have been losing for years to the teachers but Lee wants all that to change, and when he meets Melissa, who comes to Hull to regenerate the city he sees his chance to finally win. A murderous black comedy, set in Hull’s black economy, with too many questions and all the wrong answers.
Directed by Jess Courtney Produced by Grace Rowland
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Jake Leonard 15th – 18th May
Frankenstein follows the gradual mental and physical deterioration of Victor Frankenstein following his creation of a living being, a reanimated corpse as part of his experiment to beat death. Things spiral out of control and Victor’s life is ruined. A tragic and moving piece of theatre with elements of dance, physical theatre, song, acapella, and great performances from one of the most popular cultural works of the last 200 years.
Directed by Jake Leonard Produced by Jenny Kohnhurst
And the Uncut season:
‘The Last of the Haussmans’ by Stephen Beresford 11th – 12th March
Think you have a dysfunctional family? Think again. The Haussmans’ relationships are challenged by addiction, infatuation, resentment and free love. This play is a savage yet heart-warming portrait of the love-hate relationships within a contemporary family.
‘Osama the hero’ by Dennis Kelly 18th-19th March
Gary Isn’t a terrorist; At least, not yet. Four of his neighbours don’t think so and he finds himself strapped to a chair and given an ultimatum “I want you to nod that you did it. If you don’t Mark’s going to smash you in the teeth with this hammer. D’you understand?”
‘Eight’ by Ella Hickson 29th-30th April
Are we a generation that has lost the faculty of faith; societal refugees, struggling to muster belief in ourselves and the world around us? Eight presents six compelling monologues exploring what happens growing up in a world where everything has become acceptable
‘Little Red’ To be devised 6th-7th May
Little Red Riding Hood retold. This unique piece of original theatre – created by cast and crew – explores a darker side of this well-known fairytale and the extent to which our modern society sexualises young teenage girls.