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Theatre

Saturday 10th May 8:00pm

Open Road Theatre: Cheat The Reaper

Extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. Based on a true story, Cheat The Reaper follows the inspirational journey of one family as they battle to stay together against all the odds. Kate Bradley and her husband Tom have everything to live for, or so it seems but when Tom receives an unexpected phone call from the hospital their lives are turned upside down.

This wickedly funny and deeply heartfelt tale of love, hope and THE BIG C will inspire everyone bold enough to see it. Powerful, courageous and honest, CHEAT THE REAPER will make you laugh, cry and above all think. Don’t miss Cheat The Reaper, your life may depend on it.

Cast: Jean Lenton, David Faulkner, Stuart Ellison.

Directed by Andy Blake and written by David Faulkner.

Thursday 15th May - Saturday 17th May

Feccles: As You Like It

“All the world’s a stage” with Shakespeare’s classic pastoral comedy: a twisted tale of cross-dressing, bad poetry and romance.

Lovers Rosalind and Orlando are both forced to flee to the Forest of Arden, an enchanting place filled with intrigue and somewhat peculiar characters. In a tangle of love, lust and mistaken identity, the rules of romance and gender roles are turned upside down in a play which ultimately reflects how baffling yet utterly wonderful life can be.

This simply marvellous 1920s style adaptation is guaranteed to get your toes tapping with sparkling period costume, music and dance.

Local university drama society FECCLES is delighted to return to the Poly after its recent success with Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. More information on us can be found on www.feccles.co.uk​ or on our Twitter and Facebook pages (FECCLESDrama).

Thursday 5th June 7:30pm

Chorale – A Sam Shepard Roadshow

Sam Shepard is America’s most adventurous and poetic living playwright. Sam Shepard begins and ends with a road: the route to promise and fulfilment, or damnation – though sometimes the two seem perilously close.

Here is a rare opportunity to experience his work through this unique roadshow that travels the length of that road, backwards, forwards, and any other way it is possible to go. For our stop on the road at The Poly, Falmouth the roadshow comprises of the plays The War in Heaven and The Animal (You) playing in repertory with the film Savage/Love by Academy Award winning director Shirley Clarke.

The War in Heaven by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard

A moving plea from both a fallen angel, and a man struggling to be heard once more.
Co-written with actor Joseph Chaikin after he was left Aphasic following a major stroke. Simon Usher returns to the piece after directing Chaikin in the UK premiere at the Royal Court in 1987.

The Animal (You) created by Jack Tarlton and Simon Usher using Sam Shepard’s works

A drive through the landscape of Sam Shepard’s poetry and prose, played loud to the standard rock and roll progression of C, A minor, F, G chords. Many of the themes that stalk Shepard’s work for theatre are laid bare in these tales that he has been writing over the last forty years.

Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin

Academy Award winning director Shirley Clarke captures Obie award winning actor Joseph Chaikin’s extraordinary solo performance.

In addition there will be an opportunity to attend a solo gig after the show by Herons! who provides live music for the performances and whose work is reminiscent of Sam Shepard’s music. Herons! has toured extensively across Europe and the UK supporting and playing with the likes of John Cooper Clarke and Hermes.

The project grew from Making the Sound of Loneliness produced by Actors Touring Company and presented at Latitude Festival 2012.

“Evocatively conjures up all those endless highways, motels and empty badlands that dominate Sam Shepard’s work.” Jonathan Lovett, The Stage, on ATC’s Making the Sound of Loneliness.

For a more details go to www.presencetheatre.com

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A co-production by Presence Theatre and Actors Touring Company in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

CREDITS

Director Simon Usher

Designer Carmen Mueck

Composer and Musician Ben Kritikos

Cast includes Jack Tarlton