Theatre West


Our sixth season at the Alma opened with a searing production of The Woods, by one of America's leading playwrights, David Mamet. A forest complete with log cabin was the setting for a romantic weekend that takes a dark turn when some unwelcome secrets bubble to the surface.

Our second production whisked us of to Paris for a night on the Rive Gauche- Gauloise and Pastis were optional! Jacques gave us the opportunity to experience the drama and raw emotion in the music of 60's cult songwriter, Jacques Brel, right here in Bristol (and in English!).

All that was needed for our next production was a healthy appetite as we served up All Day Breakfast by Tim Plester, winner of Theatre West's competition for new writing. Albert and Winston are twins. They both loved their mother deeply. They remember every day since the funeral eight years ago. Vividly they remember. They wait for their father to come home to tell him the news - and while they wait they make toast.

And finally, as an antidote to all that Christmas cheer, we enjoyed Christie In Love, Howard Brenton's dark exploration into the mind of a serial killer! It is 1953 and Reginald Christie - celebrity misogynist and necrophiliac - is under interrogation for his crimes. But are the forces for law and order really any less guilty? This disturbingly dark comedy explored the murky waters of our own prejudices and desires.