Theatre West

10th anniversary autumn season

Yes, it was ten years since we flung open the doors and the first bum landed on a shiny new seat to watch the play that launched this lovely new venue, Holding Hands with Angels. To celebrate the birthday of Bristolís only pub theatre, writer Mike Akers gave Holding Hands with Angels a makeover and a decade on it once again opened our season. We followed this up with four world premieres, three of the scripts were winners of our Search for a Script initiative with the fourth, the Demon Box, being a joint production with Stepping Out Theatre Company.


Holding Hands With Angels

Holding Hands With Angels
by Mike Akers

Following an audacious robbery two anonymous villains wait in a safe house for further orders from their gangland superiors, with only a big bag of cash for company. As the night passes and the whisky flows, paranoia, superstition and the possibility of glimpsing the angel of death threatens to undo their fledgling alliance. Holding Hands with Angels is a tense, taut drama not to be missed. "an intense, fantastically compelling psychological drama" (The Scotsman)


Mary Mary

Mary Mary
by Shiona Morton

It is the Age of Enlightenment and a powerful female voice emerges in England. She speaks of rights and defies convention. But does her head rule her heart? Or is it, surprisingly, quite the other way around? Like many a modern woman, Mary Wollstonecraftís romantic forays lead her up the garden path. Reason or emotion? Rational thought or desire? How can a girl get it right?


Nuts

Nuts
by Vincent Cassar

Dexter Brown has some slight mental problems. Like believing the world is run by shape-shifting lizards, that everything he reads is true - and that he killed his own brother. And the rest of the family have more issues than a box of Kleenex. When Dexter is sectioned and his mother and sister are brought in for therapy even the doctor doesnít know who or what to believe. An irreverent tragi-comedy that will have you rolling your eyes.


Painting Heaven

Painting Heaven
by Mark Shand

"Every day I paint the walls the same colour, every day he says the colour isnít right, every day I do it again..."

Delaine returns to find her missing sister trapped in a sinister routine. Omara is happy to take the strange manís money and continue to paint his building. The strange man says the sisters are safe to leave whenever they want.

The sisters donít believe him.

Painting Heaven is a dark funny play about family, work, property, and dodgy paint samples.


The Demon Box

The Demon Box
by Steve Hennessy

1872. Inside Broadmoor. Inside the black box of the theatre. Inside the head of Richard Dadd.

On a trip to Egypt, the great Victorian artist Richard Dadd believed that he had been contacted by the god Osiris. Upon his return, at the godís bidding, he murdered his father. He spent the rest of his life in Bedlam and Broadmoor where he created his strange masterpiece ĎThe Fairy Fellerís Master Strokeí. In 1872 he was given the job of renovating the theatre at Broadmoor.

Dare to look inside. Open the box.


PLAY READINGS
Lullabies of Broadmoor
The Murder Club
Wilderness
by Steve Hennessy

'The Demon Box' by Steve Hennessy, which ends the Theatre West season, can be seen as a single play, but is also the third part of the 'Lullabies of Broadmoor' trilogy that includes previous Theatre West productions 'Wilderness' and 'The Murder Club'. If you didnít see the full productions of these plays in previous seasons, you have another chance to catch them on 7th and 8th Oct when we will be staging play readings of both to mark World Mental Health Day.


Sickplay by Mark Breckon

The playwright is angry. The playwright is dead. He'd been telling everyone it was coming for years. But typically, after finally getting the doctors to take his illness seriously, heís been felled by a hospital superbug. This darkly comic drama takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the writer's four decades of illness, medical mis-management and theatrical disappointments.

Handy Andy by Sarah Curwen

Ever been unable to meet a deadline because of a technical hitch? Ever suffered computer rage? Then youíll know what Winifred Spiegel is going through. Handy Andy is a robo-rom-com exploring love, metaphysics and technological frustration in the 21st Century.