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Thursday 25th September 7:30pm

Silly Boys Present: The Elves & The Shoemaker & Other Stories . . .

Three children wander through a dark forest. They are cold, hungry and lost. Stopping for a rest, they decide to share some of the weird and wonderful stories they have heard along the way… Find out what happened to the jolly old shoemaker, discover the dreadful fate of the Gingerbread Man and laugh in astonishment at The Emperor’s New Clothes!

 

A magical new show from Silly Boys (creators of The Tallest Horse On Earth) and co-produced by Colchester Arts Centre, expect a hilarious, wacky and heartwarming take on some of the world’s favourite fairytales. Reimagined using puppetry, live music and a giant dose of silliness! The perfect treat for all the family.

 

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/99125676

 

Family tickets are available in groups of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at £5 per ticket.

Friday 3rd October 8:00pm
Theatre

Dumbshow Theatre presents: The Pearl

When impoverished pearl-diver Kino finds the ‘pearl of the world’ he believes his family’s life will be transformed forever. Seduced by the pearl’s beauty and promise of riches, he is blind to the danger of possessing something that everyone else wants. Instead of bringing hope, the pearl leads Kino and his family down a dark and dangerous path.

A timeless fable about the allure of wealth, the confines of class, and the redemptive power of love. The Pearl asks us to consider what we value most in the world.

Dumbshow adapt John Steinbeck’s classic novella for the stage, bringing it to life with their trademark visual inventiveness, original music and playful theatricality.

Following a popular and critically-acclaimed run at Edinburgh’s Pleasance in 2013 – Dumbshow are touring The Pearl nationwide in Autumn 2014.

★★★★ “A bric-a-brac masterpiece… real emotional heart… an imaginative joy to behold”— The Scotsman (Hot Show)

★★★★ “Subtly political and ultimately moving”— A Younger Theatre

★★★★★ “Beautifully crafted… a must-see” — Audience Member

Family tickets are available in groups of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at £6.50 per ticket.

Wednesday 8th October 7:30pm

An Evening of Magic With Bertie Pearce

Bertie Pearce is one of the most exciting magicians you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.

He has charmed audiences in London, Paris, Switzerland, and the USA, as well as on Cruise ships across the Seven Seas.

He recently entranced a full house at the Princess Pavilion.  Now a Poly audience will enjoy a wizard performance of their own.

Bertie is a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle.  With his natural flair for magic and comedy, and hilarious audience participation, he creates a wonderful atmosphere of cheerful disbelief.

How does he do it?  That’s magic.

“A genuinely off-the-wall performer with a totally original style” – Peter Hepple, The Stage

 

Saturday 11th October 7:30pm

‘Owdyado Theatre presents Above Bored

A police interrogation room. A woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead in suspicious circumstances. In a room down the hall, her colleague also awaits an interview. Just routine questions. Just routine. But what if the monotony of routine was responsible for pushing one of them over the edge? After all, perhaps it’s not unusual for employees of an adhesive supply company to feel a little… stuck.

Above Bored is an original psychological drama with a wide streak of dark comedy, written by Charlotte Bister and Daniel Richards (Wrongdoings and Wake-Up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel and directed by the WOCA (What’s On Cornwall Award) winning Simon Harvey(Kneehigh, o-region). The show also features film by award winning director Brett Harvey (o-region) and set design by Alan Munden (Miracle Theatre).

First performed as a preview at the Poly in February 2014 and developed using the audience feedback, this captivating two-hander returns to it’s birthplace with the completed version following a succesful spring tour around Cornwall and beyond.

***** “A piece of intimate theatre which is as engaging as it is extraordinary” (Frank Ruhrmund -West Briton)

Suggested audience age: 15 plus (Contains some strong language)

For more information on the company or show see www.owdyado.co.uk

Tickets £10 & £8 plus £1 Poly Fund

Thursday 30th October 8:00pm
Theatre

DumbWise Theatre presents: FAUST

DumbWise and Greenwich Theatre present the award winning musical hit FAUST.

In DumbWise’s slick and stylish re-telling of Goethe’s classic, a young man sells his soul for fame and fortune, embarking on a musical spree of corruption and sin. Accompanied by a dark outsider, Faust tears his way through a God fearing community, setting his sights on the innocent but irresistible Gretchen, sparking a cacophony of chaos, calamity and murder. Poetic verse and stunning visuals collide with a masterful score of folk and blues songs, orchestrated live by an actor-musician cast.

DumbWise have adapted FAUST into an energetic and thrilling new musical for modern audiences. With their signature combination of live musicianship and dynamic storytelling, and a colorful soundtrack of original songs, FAUST is a truly unique theatre experience.

DumbWise are a highly acclaimed emerging theatre company that specialise in actor-musician adaptations. With the award winning FAUST and the sell-out revival of The Matchgirls at Wiltons Music Hall, they are fast becoming one of the finest and inventive actor-musician companies in London, and now offer their work on the national touring circuit.

“DUMBWISE’S SENSUOUS SPIN ON FAUST HAS A RARE POWER” The Argus

“A VISUAL AND AURAL ONSLAUGHT BY A MAGNIFICENT CAST” Broadway Baby

“SIMPLY PUT – MASTERFUL” One Stop Arts

“A SEDUCTIVE FORCE I SUSPECT FEW COULD RESIST” Latest Magazine