Give Me Your Love Fri 3 – Sat 4 March Marlborough Theatre
Zach has retreated to a tiny dugout under a barrage of hostile fire, hiding from the enemy. At least that’s what he thinks. Actually, Zach is man living in a cardboard box in his kitchen in Port Talbot. This second instalment of Ridiculusmus’ investigation into experimental approaches to mental health explores MDMA assisted therapy for post traumatic stress. The show is set to tour the UK this spring. Can Ieuan pull war veteran Zach from his post traumatic state and out from the box with a capsule of MDMA? Working with medical professionals and real life testimonies, Give Me Your Love explores how people can heal whilst in altered states of consciousness.
Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare’s long lost first play Sat 4 March Ropetackle Arts Centre
The acclaimed West End stars, Reduced Shakespeare Company, return to bring hilarious, heavily abridged celebrations of Shakespeare’s finest works to Shoreham. In a nod to the 400th anniversary of his work, the three-man comedy troupe present a ‘new’ play that they supposedly discovered in a Leicester car park. All of the Bard’s most famous faces and spectacular speeches combined into one brand new story performed by three Americans wearing trainers, authentic is perhaps not the word. Since its beginnings in 1981, the world-renowned show has toured the world, including performances off Broadway, in the West End and even at The White House. So find a Juliet to your Romeo and head along for a night of laughs that’s been given a presidential seal of approval.
How do we deal with traumatic experiences? This production explores the concept of the emotional consequences of pain through humour, movement and spoken word. When Ollie, Ashleigh and Raph are united by a sudden death, the audience follow their journey of recovery, survival and their potential to thrive. Zest Theatre worked alongside psychologists and young people with real experiences of trauma to create an authentic portrayal of life after tragedy. This interactive show is not seated but instead the audience is immersed throughout the set. You can stand, walk around or simply sit on the floor and take it all in. This is not a depressing night at the theatre but instead a humorous encouragement to find hope when the going gets tough.
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba Tues 7 – Weds 8 March Brighton Dome
A return to Brighton for Danza Contemporánea, the famous contemporary dance troupe, brings more Cuban spirit than ever. Their Afro-Caribbean dance styles blend with American modern theatre and European ballet, to create a spectacular new show from the flagship company. Since it was founded, over 50 years ago by Ramiro Guerra Suarez, the team have produced the highest level of dance talent with performances all over the world. For this tour they’ve teamed up with leading choreographers Amsterdam’s Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cornwall’s Theo Clinkard and their very own George Céspedes, in order to perform the most exciting show to date. This show will bring some tropical life to Brighton.
Nando Messias returns with a new performance, Shoot the Sissy. Messias combines performance art, dance and theatre to create a ‘beautiful freak show’, which confronts the everyday dangers of queer death by pulling the audience into the firing line. It’s a response to the Orlando shootings, raising the question, do queer lives matter too? The show questions gender and delves into his experiences as an effeminate male, with humour, anger and rebellion. He explores doubt, terror and dreams in his new show, which is more profound than his previous work. The show is described as a queer menagerie of carnivalesque contortion and florid fantasy and is sure to enrapture the audience.
Songs for the End of the World Sat 11 March The Old Market
Can’t decide whether to go to a gig or a play? Well this production does both. A mixture of music, theatre and apocalypse, in this dystopian future an English town is heading towards catastrophe. Whilst survivors fight for a future during the apocalypse, astronaut Jim Walters is suspended in orbit on a mission to be the first man on Mars, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world. Dom Coyote and the Bloodmoneys provide a high octane, raucous gig to accompany the end of life in the English town Ashley-Coombe. The Bloodmoneys have toured with artists such as Scissor Sisters, Goldfrapp and Tinie Tempah, so this is musical magic not to be missed.
As the Circus of Horrors turns 21, they take to the road to tour their latest creation, The Never Ending Nightmare. The Alice in Horrorland-style story showcases spectacular performances of both a very bizarre and brave nature. The famous collective have toured around the world to rapturous applause, being the first ever UK circus to display in Russia and the first to perform in London’s West End for over 100 years. They have even appeared at festivals with Eminem and Iron Maiden. Every year the performances get even more wild and this is set to be the craziest yet – it will leave you speechless and terrified, but ready to run away with the circus.
Footloose Thurs 16 – Sat 18 March Worthing Pavilion Theatre
Imagine a world where you are forced to move from the big city to a small town. A place where dancing and rock music have been banned. That’s the problem protagonist Ren faces in Worthing Musical Theatre Company’s rendition of 80s classic Footloose. This feel good musical, set in Bomont, USA, has been a favourite since its original incarnation in 1984 – and this production will be no different. The company, who put on two productions a year, have been commended for their shows receiving National Operatic and Dramatic Association accolades of excellence. A tale of youth, rebellion and romance, you’ll be singing along and kicking off your Sunday shoes before the opening number is even over.
The Deep Blue Sea Fri 17 March New Venture Theatre
The nine-show run of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, explores the power of love and emotion for a woman in a British post-war society. After Hester Collyer is discovered by her neighbours following a failed suicide attempt, we follow the one-day tale of her passionate affair with a fighter pilot whilst her marriage to a High Court judge begins to implode. It was first performed in 1952 and has since been adapted to television and even a feature film starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. Under Pat Boxall’s direction, this show is a moving portrayal of Hester Collyer’s emotional turmoil, a journey of love and lust set to capture the hearts and minds of the audience.
Showstopper! The improvised musical Fri 17 March Theatre Royal
Have you ever wanted to create a musical? Or maybe star in one? With Showstopper, you’re in charge! No two nights of this production are ever the same as the cast take suggestions from the audience, creating new stories, characters and songs every night. It is an unpredictable and clever combination of comedy and musical theatre yielding hilarious results. The show has had four seasons in the West End and an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series. It has received many a five-star review and plenty of accolades, including a 2016 Olivier Award. So be ready to be dazzled by this all-singing, all-dancing, must-see phenomenon.
One of the hottest topics of debate hits the stage: a play surrounding the founding ideals of the EU and a discussion of whether these values have been lost along the way. The Greek and French performers Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas sing, dance and debate whilst touring the UK over the early months of 2017. They have created the production with the support of Bios Athens, Bristol Ferment, MAYK, CPT and Arts Council England whilst in transit between the UK and Greece. Having already been nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form, and receiving a five-star review from The Guardian, they look set to take the theatre scene by storm over the coming months.
Abigail’s Party Mon 20 – Sat 25 March Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
It has been 40 years since Abigail’s first party. To celebrate, Amanda Abbington stars in an anniversary production of the Mike Leigh classic. This show combines comedy, drama and tragedy into a hilarious piece of theatrical history. When Beverley and her estate agent husband invite the new neighbours and friends round to their house, the drinks party from hell begins! Two parties are thrown on the same road, but as one gets out of hand the other also descends into chaos. The original production first opened in Hampstead theatre in 1977 as a play developed from improvisations. So head down to the party that has lasted 40 years!