Theatre West

2002

The Two Noble Kinsmen at The Studio, Bristol Old Vic

In 2002 we were back with another classic; Shakespeare's rarely performed retelling of Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale'

Autumn Season at The Alma Tavern

We opened our season with A Kind of Alaska, Harold Pinter's haunting evocation of lost lives inspired by Oliver Sacks' book 'Awakenings'.

Three new plays followed, starting with Wilderness by Steve Hennessy (writer of 'Still Life', Venue magazine's Best New Play 2001), a journey from the battlefields of the American Civil War to the cells of ninteenth century Broadmoor. This was Theatre West's first collaboration with award winning community theatre company Stepping Out.

Next up was Red Men by succesful stand up comedian Martin Beaumont. There's a robbery. It's bungled. 'Once they know where you are they don't ring. They come through the door with a sledehammer.'

Without taking breath we were off to the States with Jay Boyer's Poaching Deer in Northern Arizona, a tense psychological drama which asked 'What happens when it's not possible to communicate with words and instinct is the only thing left to trust? How well do we know the people around us?'.

The season ended on a lighter note with The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish by David Tristram, a sharply observed virtuoso piece for two actors playing 21 parts featuring flying melons and collapsing deckchairs.