Happy New Year! After Christmas and my birthday, I’m finally getting back into blogging. I’ve been a lazy bum. Anyway, I want to start 2017 right and make a plan of what I want to see this year. Sooo… I’ve had a little gander and this is what I have found. Theatre buddies are always welcome (unless you like eating kettle chips while watching a show, there is a special place for you in theatre etiquette hell).
These are all mainly in Bristol/Bath, but there is one London one I was told about that I thought I’d include.
1) Wish List by Katherine Soper: 16-19 Jan, Royal Court, London
A play that explores the dramatic effects of austerity on people in Britain today; we follow Tamsin who works a 0 hour job packing boxes in a warehouse and her housebound brother, Dean who has just been deemed fit to work. Tamsin must fight for their survival now that Dean’s benefits have been cut.
I’m really looking forward to seeing more politically charged plays like this, especially since Brexit.
2) The Corpse Bride, CellerDoor Theatre: 17-19 Jan, Bierkeller Theatre, Bristol
As a fan of this gothic tale, I’m really intrigued to see how these guys do it. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, it’s about Viktor Van Dort, a man who accidentally marries a corpse and is dragged down to live in the underworld forever. We follow him on his quest back to the land of the living to marry his true (very alive) love, Lady Victoria.
3) Pink Mist, Owen Sheers: 23-28 Jan, Bristol Old Vic.
Three young Bristol men, Arthur, Hads and Taff return home from fighting in Afghanistan. We witness the physical and psychological aftershocks of their experiences as they return home to their partners. Inspired by 30 interviews from returned servicemen, this play is set to be a very honest, raw and heart wrenching experience.
4) ‘Baby Face’ & ‘Out’: In Between Time: 9-10 Feb. Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
These two shows from In Between Time challenge elements of society that get overlooked time and time again.
‘Baby Face’ by Katy Dye addresses the issue of the idealisation of the innocent, child-like woman. From knee socks, to pigtails and lollipops – why are women pushed towards looking like six year olds?
‘Out’ by Rachael Young looks at Caribbean communities and the homophobic pressures they face as they worry about being black enough, straight enough, Jamaican enough.
5) Murder, She Didn’t Write, Degrees of Error: 9-11 Feb, Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Something I keep meaning to watch and never get around to it! You basically become an author of a murder mystery, as the audience get involved in offering suggestions, evidence and even get to choose the murderer and the victim. A night of improvised fun deemed “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review).
6) Othello, William Shakespeare: 16 Feb-1 Apr, Tobacco Factory, Bristol
As one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, I like to see what people are doing differently with it. The last adaptation I saw was at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2015 and it was a full female cast – it was excellent. I’m intrigued to see what Richard Twyman has in store for us in this surprisingly contemporary, timeless Shakespeare play.
7) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens: 14-25 Mar, Theatre Royal, Bath
Yet another thing I keep meaning to watch. I’ve heard so many good things so I can’t wait to see it! Based on a best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, we follow 15 year old Christopher who, while having an extraordinary mathematical mind, struggles with every-day challenges. When he’s accused of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, we’re taken on a journey that changes his life forever.
8) Show me the Money, Paula Varjack: 14 Mar, The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Multimedia artist, Paula Varjack addresses the issues around being an artist in an age of austerity. By mixing documentary-style interviews with live performance, she creates a witty, yet reflective piece about the creative industry. Painfully honest, but positive, I’m looking forward to seeing what she has to say.
9) Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith: 21-25 Mar, Bristol Hippodrome
SHERIDAN SMITH. Do I need to say anything else? Probably not. I love this musical, I’m a big Babby Streisand fan, the songs are wonderful and Fanny Brice is a charmingly hilarious character who makes humour in a woman positively sexy. THIS IS THE SHOW OF MY YEAR (if you couldn’t tell).
10) Bridget Christie: Because you Demanded it. 8-9 May, Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Did you vote remain, or vote to leave and now regret your decision? Well then, this is the show for you. For an up-front and witty insight on Brexit, it’s worth going to see Bridget. From October 2015-March 2016, she had her own weekly column in the Guardian and she frequently resides on TV and BBC 4 programmes such as Room 101 and Have I got News for you. A truly inspirational, intelligent and funny woman.
And that’s all I’ve got for now. If you have any suggestions or want to be my theatre buddy, let me know! Tweet me @tesshenderson94