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
It is 1901 – the dawn of the twentieth century. In the library of a remote country house in Cornwall, the noted antiquarian and Celtic revivalist Edward Cardew is about to make a remarkable discovery. What he finds may change him markedly, and reposition his attitude toward literature, religion and love. In a land where time is never linear and more commonly layered upon place and space, the discovery may also alter the nature of history itself. What curiosity Cardew finds both attracts and repels him, mysteriously shifting him between the ages.
In the same library, exactly one hundred and thirteen years later, a young working-class scholar, Jake Rowe, pursues his quest to explore the life and work of Edward Cardew who has importantly shaped Cornwall’s position as a Celtic nation, paving the way for devolution and national minority status. Confused about his own identity, Jake discovers more than he wants to know, setting him on a wildly different course, and making him, like Cardew, face a number of cataclysmic truths.
Conceived by Alan M. Kent – the award-winning playwright behind The Tin Violin, Surfing Tommies, A Mere Interlude and Bewnans Peran – this imaginative new play takes audiences back and forth across time to explore the wastefulness of longing and success, and the eternal importance of love and forgiveness.
Directed by Toby Park (Spymonkey)
It’s July 1969.
David Bowie has just released ‘Space Oddity’. The Apollo 11 Rocket is going to the moon. On board are Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Two of them are destined to be the most famous men on the planet. You are about to meet the third.
Michael Collins is on a mission all of his own.
Whilst Neil and Buzz muck about moonwalking, Michael has a serious job to do. For 60 minutes, he will visit the dark side of the moon, out of radio contact with the rest of humanity. 60 minutes of utter solitude. 60 minutes to think about home. 60 minutes to examine the nature of existence.
And all through the medium of street dance and some really catchy tunes. (more…)
Squashbox Theatre’s show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!
Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the Brussels sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy…
Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.
The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!
“Craig has a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured.” The Cornishman
60 min long; suitable for children aged 5+ and their families