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Maydays - Performance Shortform Improvisation Showcase

Performance Shortform Improv showcase for friends and family of this incredible class. Come and see how they grown as improvisers over the last 8 weeks. Running time with interval is 90 mins.

About Maydays
We are The Maydays, an award-winning improvised comedy company with bases in Brighton and London. We offer brilliant, acclaimed performances and life-changing tuition in improvised comedy - the creation of scenes and songs in the moment with the power to make people laugh, cry and think..

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Thu 16 Mar 2017, 8:00PM

Tickets £6.00 (No Concessions)


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Ruffian On The Stair

Joe Orton’s tragic comedy. A young man says he’s just looking for a room, but he’s got sex, violence and revenge on his mind. When Mike and Joyce open their door to Wilson, they’re letting in so much more than a handsome stranger.

2017 marks not only the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s untimely death, but also the 50th anniversary of the play’s first staging at the Royal Court Theatre and the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Great Britain. This new production is set in 1967.

Directed by Ross Dinwiddy and Produced by Ian Howarth.

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Fri 5 May 2017, 2:30PM
Fri 5 May 2017, 9:30PM
Fri 26 May 2017, 9:30PM
Sat 27 May 2017, 2:30PM
Sat 27 May 2017, 9:30PM

Tickets £10.00 / £8.00


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Alfie by Bill Naughton

"Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three” wrote Philip Larkin and Alfie, written in 1963, feels as relevant today as it did then. Alfie loves women, apparently, in the same way as pussy-grabbing Donald Trump does and women love them back, apparently?

This stylish production revisits Bill Naughton's classic play of sexual politics - when women were 'birds', 'asking for it' & needed a good slap to keep them in their place. But are things so very different now?

Starring Steve Chusak & produced by the award-winning team behind 5* shows Screaming Inside (Argus Angel), Contraction & Fr Damien.

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Sat 6 May 2017 at 7:30PM
Fri 12 to Sun 21 May 2017 at 7:30PM
Wed 17, Fri 19 & Sun 21 May 2017 at 2:00PM

Tickets £12.50 / £10.00


Lachlan Werner

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

"Venter"-To speak. "Loqui" - The stomach.

Lachlan Werner (satirical comic/ventriloquist) is put through his paces in a theatrical ventriloquial revue, which challenges the comedic and nonsensical demons of love. Starring Werner's infamous, subversive creations-including the Stratford-born psychic celebrity (and ego-maniac), Brew the Witch - this show will transport unsuspecting audiences to strange and disquieting places; from the dust laden desert of Alabama to the lurking perils in the depths of a ventriloquist's stomach, to observe many hysterical manifestations of love in all forms.

In a one hour spectacle of iconoclastic chaos, Werner-accompanied by two puckish additional actors-will transform audience members into essential characters (a politically correct heckler and a deceased World War Two veteran, to name but two) and supply a "good-old- giggle" that will stay in audiences hearts (and bellies).

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Sun 7 May 2017 at 6:30PM

Tickets £8.00 / £7.00

Sweethearts and The Hooligan

Sweethearts and The Hooligan
by W. S. Gilbert

Multiple award-winning company The Foundry Group supported by The Lantern Theatre present this double bill of two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert, England's leading 19th Century dramatist.

'Sweethearts' is a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and 'The Hooligan' an unflinching, tragic, yet blackly comic study of a condemned man's final minutes that was a sensation at its premiere in 1911.

Performers include LLoyd Ryan-Thomas (Nominee - Best Male Performer, Brighton festival Awards 2014), Nick Bartlett ('Gangs of New York') and David Mounfield ('Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show'). Directed by Brian Mitchell, winner of an Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence, 2014.

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Sun 7 & Mon 8 May 2017 at 8:30PM
Tue 23 May 2017 at 8:00PM
Wed 24 May 2017 at 1:30PM
Wed 24 May 2017 at 8:00PM
Thu 25 May 2017 at 8:00PM
Thu 1, Fri 2 & Sat 3 Jun 2017 at 8:00PM

Tickets £10.00 / £8.00

A Way of Seeing

A double bill of intimately presented contemporary dance, story, and film exploring the perception and experience of shared memory. Weaving live dance and projected film, Memory Box, a live installation, contemplates the shifting layers, changing perspectives and emotional tones of memory.

Camera Obscura explores well-being in dementia through a moving story, celebrating the extraordinary power of music and enduring strength of a lifelong relationship in this most challenging condition.

'Powerful, utterly compelling work, acting so impressive, hugely expressive choreography' Critical Dance

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Tue 9 May 2017 at 7:30PM
Tue 30 May 2017 at 7:30PM
Wed 31 May 2017 at 4:30PM
Wed 31 May 2017 at 8:00PM
Thu 1, Fri 2 & Sat 3 Jun 2017 at 8:00PM

Tickets £10.00 / £8.00

Five Card Stud

Five Card Stud
by RWF Howard

If the clients play nice, male escorting can be a pretty sweet gig. Problem is, Elliot doesn't always play nice... What service will Ace, our Five Card Stud, be expected to perform when confronted by his past?
Following its Old Red Lion directed reading and workshop with the Old Vic Workrooms, join Ace and Elliot's evening as it unfolds in two different ways; one where client is an older man, one as a woman.
Discover how gender changes the transaction, the truth behind the games they play, and what can and cannot be said in this battle of the sexes.

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Mon 22 May 2017 at 9:30PM
Tue 23 May 2017 at 10:00PM
Wed 24 May 2017 at 10:00PM
Thu 25 May 2017 at 10:00PM

Tickets £8.00 / £7.00

The Sorries

The Sorries

With guitars, bodhrans and mandolin in hand, The Sorries sing, play and banter their way through a selection of traditional songs from Scotland and beyond. After 8years of delighting packed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, the kilted duo take their show for a weekend at the seaside.

'Deliciously infectious... riotous fun'. ***** (Three Weeks).

'Authentic, lively and hugely, hugely enjoyable'. ***** (Broadway Baby).

'...their dry wit perfectly placed... a must for lovers of Scots songs'. ****(Edinburgh Spotlight).

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Fri 26 May 2017, 7:30PM
Sat 27 May 2017, 7:30PM
Sun 28 May 2017, 7:30PM

Tickets £10.00 / £8.00

Elephant of My Heart

Elephant of My Heart : Interactive Children's Workshop

A wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop for children.

A nine year old girl recovering from an injury is visited by an elephant and a host of other splendid animals who help her to believe that one day she will fly. Come and play some of the characters and do your bit to guide her to the light at the end of the tunnel.

An uplifting interactive storytelling with songs, physical theatre and plenty of chances to imagine! For children 6 -12 years

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Mon 29 May 2017 at 2:00PM
Tue 30 May 2017 at 2:00PM
Wed 31 May 2017 at 2:00PM
Thu 1 Jun 2017 at 2:00PM
Fri 2 Jun 2017 at 2:00PM

Tickets £8.00 / £7.00

Elephant of My Heart

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Kids these days! No one knows what they're up to. Well, we do and we're willing to let you in on the secret. What if I told you that you know nothing about sex? You don't even know what a virgin is. Would you believe me? Well, we have two couples, one singleton, and 50 minutes to show you how. Let us guide you through the cheeky, romantic and eventful lives of our five characters as they lose their virginities, for the second time.

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Mon 29 May 2017, 7:30PM
Thu 1 Jun 2017, 10:00PM
Fri 2 Jun 2017, 10:00PM
Sat 3 Jun 2017, 10:00PM

Tickets £8.00 / £7.00