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Action Drama 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Two men and two women drink coffee and wait for a turkey to finish roasting in the oven. While the women go about ordinary household tasks, the men behave in an increasingly erratic manner and the world of the play is shown to be both familiar and strangely frightening. Eventually the turkey is carved and the true nature of the landscape outside the house is revealed as a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

After The Rehearsal Drama 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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The simple setting is an old stage theatre following an afternoon rehearsal. The actors have left and the aging director, Henrik Vogler, sits alone surrounded by old props from productions of Ibsen and Strindberg.  Anna Egerman, cast as Agnes in Vogler’s current production of Strindberg’s “Dream Play” enters, surprising him.  Anna’s mother Rakel was an attractive actress who left the theatre to raise a family. Rakel and Vogler were occasional lovers.  Anna’s mother is dead and her father gone.  Vogler expresses his views on actors, artistic morality and scenography, echoes of Bergman’s statements over the years.  He also talks about the thin line between fantasy and reality, past and present.

In a flashback Rakel enters searching for her shoes. She is 46, drunk and voluptuous. At the time Anna was 12. Vogler has asked Rakel to play a small part in a new production.  The alcoholic Rakel is in and out of institutions. Their conversation is bitter, ironic and tense. Rakel leaves and Vogler promises to visit her.  We return to the present. Anna tells Vogler she is pregnant, later that she has had an abortion and will divorce her husband.  Vogler contrives a fantasy love affair with Anna and she falls into her role. The make-believe affair ends with them parting as friends.  Vogler stays behind, left alone.  The church bells, which have been chiming, fall silent or perhaps it is just that the Director can no longer hear them.

Albert Nobbs Drama 3 (1m, 2f) View Details Compare
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After a life of hard graft, retirement isn’t at all what Albert Nobbs had expected. Instead of relaxing and taking things at a leisurely pace, the curmudgeonly Albert finds himself bored and nagged senseless by his wife Connie. But Albert’s world is soon turned upside-down by the sudden death of Connie in a road accident, and he struggles to find a reason to carry on - until Connie returns as a ghost and sets about organising a fulfilling retirement for Albert, including matchmaking with her best friend Rose. Despite Albert’s protestations, he gradually learns to overcome his reluctance and begins to explore new opportunities, so that he and Connie can continue with their journeys in different directions. A Blithe Spirit for the working class, ALBERT NOBBS charms and delights in equal measures, simultaneously devastatingly painful and delightfully funny.

“Hull Truck Theatre Company have discovered yet another remarkable new writer.” - Daily Mail.

All These Women Drama 11 (5m, 6f) View Details Compare
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The plot catalyst is the death of a famous musician, Felix. Filing past his bier are all the women of importance in his life and his manager Jillker. His biographer, Cornelius, places a manuscript on the body.  In flashback, Cornelius arrives at Felix’s house to collect material for the biography.  He meets Cecilia, the musician’s young cousin, Felix’s wife, Adelaide and Bumblebee, who shows him the master bedroom. This leads to an amorous encounter, depicted as a dance to tango music.

The following morning Cornelius wakes in Bumblebee’s bed and finds a woman who is about to murder him, mistaking him for Felix.  He escapes to warn Felix of her murderous attempt but is barred from the music room by the chamber maid. In desperation he leaps from a window to find Adelaide firing shots at busts that resemble Felix. Later that night, he gets lost searching for Bumblebee and ends up kissing Felix’s accompanist, Beatrice. Jillker photographs the scene. Cornelius, apprehensive, flees again and drops his cigar, which sets off a firework display.

The next day Jillker persuades Cornelius to dress as a woman to get closer to Felix. He succeeds but at no point do we actually see Felix.  Cornelius then learns Felix is to play his composition, “Song of the Fish” or “Abstraction No. 14”. Jillker threatens to resign but before he does Felix dies.  After the death Cornelius peruses his manuscript and admits he has not captured Felix’s personality. He is accosted by Felix’s “widows” and part of the manuscript disappears. A young man enters.  The women flock round him. Felix is already forgotten together with the biographer.

Angel City Drama 6 (4m, 2f) View Details Compare
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An exploration of the destructive nature of the Hollywood entertainment industry. A trio of unknown screenwriters has been brought together by a pair of hungry producers who are anxious to make the ultimate cinematic apocalypse. The three are a cowboy-shaman, a jazzman who talks with his tympani drums and a lady who can sound like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and a Barbara Cartland novel. Off they spin on a seismic wave of images leading to Hollywood's self- destruction.     

Angels In America (Complete - Part One & Two) Drama 8 (5m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Angels In America (Part One: Millennium Approaches) Drama 8 (5m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Angels In America (Part Two: Perestroika) Drama 8 (5m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Autumn Sonata Drama 11 (5m, 6f) View Details Compare
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The first Bergman film to star Ingrid Bergman, playing Charlotte, a successful concert pianist. The film concerns Charlotte’s relationship with her dowdy daughter Eva, married to a parson and living in rural Norway. The film opens with a narration from Eva’s husband, about his wife who had a career as a journalist, which she abandoned when she married. After a number of years they had a son, Erik, who drowned when he was 4 years old.

Charlotte’s longtime friend, Leonardo, has died and Eva invites her mother to the parsonage for a visit. It is seven years since mother and daughter have seen each other. Charlotte learns that her mentally handicapped child, Helena, is now living with and being taken care of by Eva. A distraught Charlotte talks about Leonardo’s death and then visits Helena. During dinner, where she appears in an elegant red dress, Charlotte gets a call from her agent offering her a lucrative concert engagement. Always unable to resist the lure of a large fee she accepts. She persuades Eva to play Chopin and then proceeds to humiliate her by playing the same piece and explaining how it should be interpreted. Eva is a picture of misery. Later when she leaves the room she overhears her husband revealing intimate details about her to Charlotte. Having finished her accounts in bed, Charlotte falls asleep but wakes screaming from a nightmare in which Helena touched her. She spends the rest of the night in the living room with Eva who accuses her mother of neglecting her family in pursuit of her concert career.

In flashbacks we see Eva waiting, longing for her mother’s return. One of her memories is of one Easter where Leonardo and Charlotte joined Helena on a visit to the island of Bornholm. A rapport develops between Leonardo and Helena that seems to have a beneficial affect on Helena’s condition. A transcendent moment is created when Leonardo plays the cello to the assembled company and the scene is bathed in a soft, warm light. The following day Charlotte decides to leave early. Leonardo stays behind but grows restless and soon follows the feckless Charlotte to Vienna. Helena suffers a relapse. Charlotte defends her behaviour to her daughter by citing one summer when she gave up practice to spend time with the family. Eva confesses her unhappiness about that summer when she was 14 and unable to cope with her mother’s dominant personality. She breaks down. Charlotte leaves and shots of her on a train with her agent alternate with glimpses of Eva walking to the cemetery to visit her son’s grave.

The film concludes with Eva writing to her mother begging for her forgiveness. She shows the letter to her husband and speculates that Charlotte will probably never even read it.  As he peruses it we see Eva and Charlotte’s faces in turn on the screen. Eva’s husband replaces the letter in the envelope ready to take to the post office. 

Beauty's Daughter Drama 1 (0m, 1f) View Details Compare
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One woman's journey with many obstacles stacked against her. The heroine or "anti-heroine" can choose to be a victim of the violent cards life has dealt her or she can use her poetry and music as a creative means to deal. The audience sees the character's inability and ultimate ability to deal with other people and triumph in the end.

"Scorching…terrible and touching…M. Orlandersmith is herself wholly original, a riveting combatant in a story, like all war stories, that stamps her as one who has been there." —New York Times. "[Orlandersmith's] depictions of the characters in her native East Harlem neighborhood—some broken, some on the way down—are passionate and full of insight. —The New Yorker.    

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