Two Actors. Two World Leaders. One Black Dog.
London, 1939. Winston Churchill looks in the mirror, realises that only he can steer our great nation through it’s darkest hour and steels himself for the hard road ahead.
Bristol, 2012. Howard Coggins looks in the mirror, shaves, realises he looks a bit like Winston Churchill and steels himself to break some bad news to his good friend, Stu.
Bristol, 2013. Stu Mcloughlin looks in the mirror and realises that he’ll have to grow a little moustache.
Buoyed by the success of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, and unafraid to tackle the big subjects in an essentially inconsequential way, Howard & Stu are back walking the tightrope of taste and decency with another slice of poorly-researched history. But will either of them escape from this war alive?…
This is Living Spit’s first visit to The Poly, but Kneehigh regulars will recognise Stu McLoughlin from their productions A Matter of Life and Death, Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride.
Suitable for ages 14+
Contains very strong language
Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.
All Tickets £17.50 + £1 Poly Fund
From BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’; ‘Bridget Christie Minds The Gap’; The Unbelievable Truth’
It sounds like a wrong tennis score, but Twenty Fifteen is a hugely significant year for one of Scotland’s best (and best loved) stand-up comedians. Back on the road again after 18 years at BBC Radio Scotland, Fred looks back on family life at home…..and forward to how his country will shape up after the referendum of 2014.
In his first tour since 2012 and with a new show, as well as looking backwards and forwards he’ll probably look sideways at politics, sport, the environment and without this sounding too like a brief for a newspaper, there will undoubtedly be a colour supplement with a look at ‘celebrity’.
Ticket prices: £15 / £13 plus £1 Poly Fund
Trespass carries on from where Mark’s previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off. It is his usual odd mix of theatre, stand up, activism, a dash of journalism, activism and dollop of mayhem.
Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930’s were here now what would they do to open up the cities?
How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds?
He sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk.
No one knows where this show is going to end up.