Dolly. By Christopher Douglas, based on the real events surrounding the selection of Basil D’Oliveira for the England cricket team in the 1960s. Having emigrated to England and been called up to the national team, D’Oliveira’s one unfulfilled ambition is to be selected to tour against his native South Africa. But the administrators of both South African and English cricket have other ideas.
Teacher’s Pet. By Robert Shearman. Peter has just bumped into his old French mistress, Mrs Townsend. It seems that both teacher and pupil have had a remarkable influence on each others lives – is this meeting really just a coincidence?
Mr Sex. By Steve Coombes. Half a century ago Alfred Kinsey paid the price for discovering the truth about sexual behaviour in the US. He was arraigned before Senator McCarthy for un-American activities. This award-winning play tells the moving and often funny tale of how the safest man on the dullest campus in the American Midwest came to change our world and found himself hounded to his death.
The play ends suddenly but none of the content is missing.
Hole. By Ed Talfan. In June 2002, Welsh businessman Peter Shaw was kidnapped in Tbilisi. He’d been working in Georgia for six years and was snatched from his car at gunpoint in broad daylight. For four months he was kept in total darkness, chained to the wall in a hole in the ground. His skull was fractured, his body was covered in sores and he didn’t think he would ever see daylight again. But against all the odds, he survived.
The Psychology of Dangerous Roads. By Gul Y Davis, adapted by David Calcutt. Peter is a writer with obsessive compulsive disorder – if he travels in a car, he is terrified that he will run over a child; and has to keep stopping constantly to check that there is nothing caught under the wheels. It is the day of his last meeting with his Spanish psychiatrist Llaya. He is determined to drive to the meeting but gives in to his fear and arrives for his appointment soaking wet from walking through the rain. At the end of the session, Llaya offers to drive him home – can Peter confront his worst nightmare and accept her proposition?
The Little Queen of England. By Rob John. Harriet wants to play fantastic games but her dad is clueless at pretending. Her mum is adept at creating imaginary worlds, but is liable to confuse make-believe and lies. With Elana Binysh, Victoria Hamilton, Lee Ross, Jon Glover. Directed by Roland Jaquarello.
Blue Moon Over Poplar. By Rebecca Lenkiewicz. It’s 1955, and Teddy Girls and Teddy Boys are on the streets. Five. girls and one guy experience love, lust and heartache against a backdrop of bombsites, coffee bars and rock’n’roll.
Travel Sick. By Trevor Lock and Sem Devillart. A hypochondriac Englishman journeys across Peru in search of true love and himself. William Hart (Trevor Lock) has his western mindset melted by the seemingly crazy, fuzzy logic and unpredictability of everyday life in Latin America.
So Long, Sleeping Beauty. By Isobel Mahon Recently widowed Glynis finds a collection of love letters in her husband’s desk – and discovers he shared a passion for amateur opera dramatics with a dapper gentleman’s outfitter called Neville.
The Interview. By Arash Aryan and Ava Mandan. Like all Iranian career women, Roxana’s job depends on passing her annual interview an assessment of how Islamic she is. This year, however, she has little idea how much is really at stake.
Water Lens. By Dominique Moloney. When Elaine, a young homeless girl, is befriended by the older and middle class Tara: she is at first suspicious. But a genuine trust develops, when Elaine discovers that it’s Tara and not she who is most in need of comfort and protection from the world outside.
Moving Day. By Alexandra Campbell. Two very different couples are moving on the same day. A mix-up occurs and when each couple discovers the others belongings, they rediscover some forgotten things about each other.
Baguettes and Barms. By Christine Marshall. Anne has just started as a volunteer at a shelter for the homeless. She’s also organising the big do to celebrate her husband’s inauguration as the Worshipful Master of his lodge. Where does she feel most comfortable? Overseeing the smoked salmon and roulades? Or the soup and tinned beans?
Silver Grey. By Vincent Cleghome. A collaboration between the BBC and Arts Council England, linking theatres and community groups. An exploration of the generation gap set in an older peoples’ tea club in BootIe.
Blackout. By Damian Barr and Laura Lockington. Dan and Lucy are about to compete for the same job. They are also in total denial about a recent one-night stand. Then they get stuck in a lift together. Can things get any worse?
The Last Days Of Gordon Springer. By Richard Stevens Gordon Springer has an almost god-like power over the office network. He can tap into any of his colleagues’ personal secrets whenever he likes. Yet Gordon is not a spy, but the IT manager.
Swimming Lessons. By Tina Pepler, based on a poem sequence by Sally Festing Grace is locked into a long-term battle with her loving but angry family over her anorexia. When she meets Alistair, she begins to learn how to confront her fear and start to love life.
Pygmalion (1913) is a play by George Bernard Shaw. It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can turn a cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined society lady merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. In the process, Higgins and Doolittle grow close.
The Lady Killers. A comically unpleasant criminal, Professor Marcus, rents a room in the rundown King’s Cross house of a bewilderingly innocent old lady, Mrs. “Lopsided” Wilberforce – who lives with her parrots. The Professor and his gang of curious characters plot a sophisticated armored car robbery, while convincing Mrs Wilberforce, by playing records, that they are in fact musicians using the room for rehearsal space.
Mike and Muriel Are Getting Married and Andy ( Mike’s flatmate) is worried about the effects it will have on his life. Andy’s love life is non-existent and has trouble making a girlfriend. He does finally team up with a bad date experience, Rebecca, (Muriel’s friend, who is also against a Mike and Muriel alliance) and together make a plan of action. By Nicholas Meiklejohn.
The Adventures of Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi. The first half was published in serial form between 1881 and 1883, and then completed as a book for children in February 1883. It is about the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio, an animated marionette, and his poor father, a woodcarver named Geppetto. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and has spawned many derivative works of art, such as Disney’s classic 1940 animated film of the same name, and commonplace ideas, such as a liar’s long nose.
The Appeal. By Matthew Solon. Fatima is an Somalian immigrant and is appealing a court decision to send her back to Somalia. Does she have sufficient grounds to be allowed to remain in England or should she be returned to Somalia. This dramatisation of an asylum appeal courts proceeding and is both enlightening and thought provoking.