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Friday 27th February - Saturday 28th February

FECCLES presents: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Falmouth-based drama group FECCLES will be performing Tom Stoppard’s hilarious, absurdist tragicomedy for two nights only. The play follows two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as they become increasingly more self-aware of, yet even more so confused about, their existence.

The majority of the play is based around what the two characters are doing while offstage in Shakespeare’s play, however as the play increases we see more of Shakespeare’s characters brought to life, with some scenes taken directly from Hamlet.

Whether you prefer a lighthearted comedy or some traditional Shakespearian tragedy, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead has it all, so come along and enjoy an evening full of laughs, existentialism, and maybe even some tears.

Tickets: £8 / £6 (Plus £1 Poly Fund)

Friday 6th March 8:00pm
Theatre

The Silly Boys present Two Punks and a Tandem

England. 1985. Jennifer Rush tops the charts and big hair is all the rage. But Britain’s youth are restless. They have no work, no money, no hope. And in the seaside town of Penzance in Cornwall, a group of mates decide to do something about it. When two of them embark on a charity bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End, what could possibly go wrong?

A rip-roaring and rollocking romp, brought to life in trademark Silly Boys style… With live music, puppets and a whole heap of silliness! Two Punks And A Tandem is an ode to the power and spirit of community, in increasingly individualistic times.

Silly Boys new production follows on from a hugely successful 51 date national tour and sell out Christmas run of The Elves & The Shoemaker at Colchester Arts Centre 2014.

Supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment & Arts Council England.

Link to trailer.

Saturday 7th March 7:30pm

The Clockwork Moth presents The Brothers Grimm’s The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs

The tale is classic Grimm’s – darkly sweet, funny and deeply magical, featuring the finest shadow-puppets in the West, performed to live music. A teenage boy, believed to have been born lucky, embarks on a journey to the underworld and back. A brutal King, a deathly ferryman, a narcissistic Lucifer, and a host of wise-women, curses, enchantments and courtly delights this is Grimm’s darkness at its best.

“Exquisite, magical and beautifully executed.” – Audience member.

The shadow-puppery of Devon-based arts duo The Clockwork Moth has mesmerised audiences of all ages across the South-west. Now they bring a hidden gem by the Brothers Grimm to the stage. ‘The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs,’ blends intricate shadow-puppetry, storytelling and live music to create a sensory feast.

The show is 1 hour long, and is recommended for over 7s (guideline only).

For more information, see www.theclockworkmoth.com

Thursday 12th March 8:00pm
Theatre

Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

From the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland’s Makar, LIZ LOCHHEAD, weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems, monologues and music.  Accompanied by the soulful sax of STEVE KETTLEY she presents an intoxicating mix of some of her best work over the past 45 years.

‘brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’ (Sunday Times)

 

Friday 13th March 8:00pm

Gameshow Theatre presents This is the Moon, That is the Earth (we are here, we are here)

Matt and Matthew want to be astronauts. They want to take an audience into space with them.  They’ve been trying their best, but someone keeps messing it up.

Poignant, honest and moving, this show’s for you if you’ve ever wanted to be famous, tried, failed or wondered what it’d be like to be lost in space with your best friend.

Developed with support from Arts Council England

Supported and developed by Ovalhouse, Camden People’s Theatre and The Yard

#ThisIsTheMoon | @Gameshowtheatre | www.gameshow.org.uk

Thursday 19th March 7:30pm

Timandra Harkness presents Brainsex

Men read maps better, but women read emotions — say some brain scientists. Is the secret of human behaviour inside our skulls?

Timandra Harkness is an engaging and energetic performer.Featuring SocRATes and electric shock treatments, Brainsex is a thought provoking mixture of science fun and science fact, designed to appeal to adults but suitable for all ages and backgrounds. You don’t need Science GCSEs to enjoy the irreverent mix of comedy, video, songs, gameshow & live experiments on the audience.

‘Harkness is great at jokes as well as scientific jargon, ….. a spectacularly entertaining exercise for the brain, it’s a winner.’ Bath Comedy Festival

Supported by Wellcome Trust

 

Saturday 21st March 8:00pm

Scary Little Girls presents The Full Bronte

Join Monika de Plume (glamour puss, academic, thespian) and her assistant Non (dog’s body, ensemble cast, backstage crew and Cornish nationalist), for a romp round the nation’s favourite literary sisters following this shows sell out success at the Edinburgh Fringe!

A mixture of comedy, storytelling, music and games which “works brilliantly on every level!” (audience member, Brighton Fringe).

Be you Bronte buff or theatre fan, we invite you for wuthering delights at the show that is the anarchic love child of French and Saunders and Hinge and Brackett!

“Daft, enjoyable fun I don’t think I will ever forget” The Scotsman

“A wonderful juxtaposition of vulgar humor and high culture” Three Weeks

“All this madcap buffoonery is of course very cleverly choreographed” Diva

www.scarylittlegirls.co.uk | @scarylittlegs

Sunday 22nd March 3:00pm

Royal Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labours Lost

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST.

Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years – but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive.

Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy mischievously suggests that the highest of all academic endeavours is the study of the opposite sex. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to spend time apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be transformed by war.

Running Time: 180 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

We will be screening LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON (also know as MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING) the partner play on Sunday 5th April @ 3pm.

Friday 27th March - Thursday 16th April

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present Maxine Peake starring in HAMLET.

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.

Running Time: 195 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

1st screening on Friday 27th March @ 18:30 with Encore performance on Sunday 16th April @ 2pm.

Sunday 5th April 3:00pm

Royal Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labour’s Won

As part of the Poly’s new digital cinema programme, we are proud to present the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON.

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Running Time: 180 minutes

Ticket prices: £14 / £12 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

Saturday 25th April 7:30pm
Theatre

Blackfish Theatre presents: Alaska

ALASKA, a desolate wasteland at the borderline of civilization… A place where you can easily lose your way, your bearings and your very mind!

One man goes in search of adventure, freedom and “a piece of the good life”, but soon finds that the reality is no picnic.

Plummeting temperatures, technical disasters (and a severe lack of any practical skills) soon plunge our hero into a nightmarish world of extreme survival, haunted by all things living, dead and Athabaskan.

Blackfish Theatre’s highly acclaimed show boldly follows in the intrepid footsteps of Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. This masterful trio; Giles King, Craig Johnson and Ian Ross (Kneehigh Theatre) use film, firelight, live music and a whole host of forest wildlife to cleverly transport you into the unknown; ALASKA is a tragi-comic riot of Pythonesque dottiness guaranteed to leave you spellbound.

Blackfish returns for a second tour with their sell-out original comedy written by Carl Grose (Soho Theatre, BBC TV and Radio, Kneehigh, RSC, National Theatre and o-region) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh, Cscape Dance, O-Region and Theatre Damfino).

‘From the fur-coated singing of the “good ol’ boy” nutty commercial to the audience helped entry of various cuddly beasts of the wild, from its superb soundtrack to its high level of performance and production values, it is faultless and very funny’

West Briton

‘Alaska’s comedy and charm have captivated for the entirety of its duration. And, beneath its frozen surface, it has an uplifting message which will melt even the most frozen of hearts’

York Post

Watch the trailer here: