Three Sisters

Three women talk at a table. Picked up via headset microphones, the words they say belong on the lips of three women trapped in a life of social decay and lost hope, in provincial Russia over 100 years ago. But they are not these women – they are not there,…

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Epilogue

Three performers surrounded by the audience on all sides, and with their hands over their eyes, do their best to imagine themselves into the invented epilogues to the Cherry Orchard, Brief Encounter and Carousel. Performed by Niki Woods, Anna Wilson, Russell Armstrong Directed by Neil Mackenzie Supported by greenroom Manchester,…

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round-about

Like desperate understudies surrounded by the fragments of a huge shattered glitter-ball, five performers present the musical Carousel barefoot, on a floor of over two hundred mirrors. Re-tracing the dance steps, singing at inappropriate moments, and taking the acting far too seriously, they play the kind of dangerous games that…

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Set – on watching Brief Encounter

This is not the film Brief Encounter. This is not a stage version of it either. Tonight five skilled performers promise to magically conjure Brief Encounter out of almost nothing, to recreate for you the experience of watching this classic English film, without the need for actors or an inch…

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Three Degrees of Frost

This is a staging of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Anton Chekhov. On stage there’s a room, and some trees. There are some actors, and a script, and it’s been translated. Everything is ready. We think we know what it means. We think, although it is a hundred years old, that…

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Tall Tales / Bad Memories

In a half constructed world, in a time that is not quite now, four people discover the last clues left, neatly folded, in a draw. To us they might be the designs for buildings, but to them they are the route home, the stories of the past, the plans for…

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Disappearing Tonight at the Elite

Based on the novel Lanark by Alisdair Gray It’s November in the Elite Café. The place where it all happens. Where all people who disappear go. Where they drink coffee, and dance, and pretend to float, and long to fly… Albert Finch is a low-down fraud. A phoney of the…

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The Forced Confessions of a Good Man

On the night of December 16 1916, Gregori Efimovich Rasputin was given poisoned wine and cakes, after which he complained of a sore throat and tiredness. He was then shot through the heart. He rose up and attacked his assailant before running outside where he was shot four more times,…

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