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Two new productions coming to Smiths this Autumn
We're just finalising dates for two Autumn productions -
one in Early October and the other in mid November.
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 PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS AT SMITHS

" Dark Satanic'    by Rob Johnston .... performed by Emma Romy-Jones
1823.    Helen lives on a small farm, alone now her husband Tom is working in newly industrialised Manchester.
 As Winter weather bites hard, she starts to understand that it's not just the world that's changing ... it's her.

'That Golden Age' by Rob Johnston for Breathe OutTheatre

the story of Mary Read, infamous 18c pirate ... and the man sent to capture her

‘ War Horse in Song ’ with Bob Fox, ‘The Songman’ in ‘War Horse’ in the West End & On Tour 

A fabulous night of music, storytelling, anecdotes - and a little theatrical gossip !

 

'The Human Touch' by Rob Johnston   ( stories from a system of care )

Rob's very funny play, addressing a serious issue,  started life as a 20 minute piece at Smiths' new writing nights ' Acts of Charity '

- so it seemed only right to us that now he's developed it into a full one act play ......... and the Arts Council are funding it ......... 

Hyde Festival Theatre Co's production of  Geraldine Arons tragi / comic play

'My Beautiful Divorce'       Performed by Hayley Johnson

Angela attempts to rebuild her life when her husband leaves her for a younger woman

Some of Smiths' audience's reactions:

" Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the play. It was one of the best we've seen - and certainly the funniest "  

" The play was fantastic  .... as was the food. I could certainly relate to quite a few of her experiences - in fact, my friend thought it was written about me ! "

 

A Parson's Tale'  The Comedic, Musical Tale of a Victorian Parson

written by Christopher Owen and performed by Bob Young

The year is 1895 and The Rev. J.T. Smith of St Peter’s, Mulworth, has just arrived at the Parish Hall 

in the village of Norton but none of the special guests has arrived.    The audience however, has...... 

( Read Andrew Nevill's review here )

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‘ Lightspeed ’   by Clem Haran

 A brand new play  -  told in reverse order

 ‘ This isn’t a game, Charlie ’

Emma and Charlie meet one day and fall hopelessly  in love  ...…  quicker than the skyline falls to dusk.  

( Read Andrew Nevill's review here )

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'CONSEQUENCES'

Written by Duncan Battman and Performed by KinkyFish

 Like ripples in a pond, actions carry consequences. The discovery of a note

left by a suicide victim triggers the re-opening of a 20year old investigation 

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‘Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions’  

a A one man show by Ian Pearce

Adapted by Ian Pearce from a short story by Charles Dickens

  An unforgettable journey following the life of Doctor Marigold                       “ Amazing acting and beautiful storytelling ! ” 

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ORGANISED CHAOS PRODUCTIONS

" The Distance Between Stars" written by Steve Timms 

  The Distance Between Stars is a new play about grief,  extra-terrestrials …. and ginger custard ….  

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CROWD OF TWO THEATRE 

'A Christmas Carol'   by Charles Dickens

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BREATHE OUT THEATRE

  'A Picture of Dorian Grey'    adapted by Rob Johnston

Award winning playwright Rob Johnston's modern take on this classic novel - with a few twists !

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QUARANTINE THEATRE: 

'TABLE MANNERS'

A new and very different theatre event at Smiths -  Quarantine Theatre's 'Table Manners" where you, the audience, are also part of the performance.  Just ten people in ten, one to one, never to be repeated, conversations over a meal in Smiths with an actor from Quarantine. 

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BREATHE OUT THEATRE

‘AN EXTRAORDINARY LIGHT ’  

Written and directed by Rob Johnston   Performed by Katherine Godfrey

'An Extraordinary Light' tells the story of Rosalind Franklin who worked with Watson & Crick, cracking the DNA code,  

  -  but whose contribution was largely overlooked in favour of her male colleagues

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2014 NEW WRITING NIGHTS - WITH SIX NEW SHORT PLAYS 

'Android'   by Lindsay Avert

'Dead Centre'   by Alasdair Jarvie

'Head Space'   by Rob Johnston

'Love will Tear us Apart'  by Dave Jones

'Middle Earth'  by Jayne Marshall

'Scattering'  by Anne Neville

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BREATHE OUT THEATRE

'Miss Julie'    adapted by Rob Johnston

The premiere of Rob's adaptation of Strindberg's classic,  set in London in the 1950s

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CROWD OF TWO THEATRE CO present  'VOLGA OLGA'

A night of Russian Music, Mayhem, Cheerleaders .... and three short comic pieces by Chekov.

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'ACTS OF CHARITY'     ( New writing at Smiths )

Two nights ... six writers .... and six plays, each inspired by something bought from a local charity shop for under £2.00

 ...... An Old Key, a Hatpin, an Etch-a-Sketch, an Empty Perfume Bottle, a Coronation Tea Caddy and a YHA Badge ? 

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' IN A LAND MUCH LIKE OURS '

Written by Rob Johnston    and    Directed by Sam Buist  for Project Korova | Breathe Out Theatre

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NEW ATTITUDE THEATRE COMPANY

' LIFE IN A BUBBLE '       a brand new comedy by Alasdair Jarvie

A family move into a new home on Christmas Eve ... a new home in the most dangerous place on earth ... !!

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BOTTLED WASPS:  Organised Chaos 

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'AfterWords'    by Michael Hart  from Organised Chaos Productions 

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OUR FIRST MURDER MYSTERY EVENING !!!

Theatre By Numbers     'Death at the Theatre'    A whodunnit for the audience to solve .......

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'THE OPPOSITE OF CLAUSTROPHOBIC'   a comic-drama by Rob Johnston 

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'Getting There'  A new play by Anne Neville 

Performed by 'DISORDERED SPEECH' THEATRE COMPANY 

a darkly comic story of one woman's power struggle with her Sat Nav

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'YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD'  by Steve Wood

An 'Organised Chaos' Production

A funny and poignant look at two people pondering vital issues like “Does God Exist” and “ Why do you get an ‘ooh’ with Typhoo ? ”  

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TRAVELS WITH MY BOGGART

A family play for Halloween written and performed  by Louise Nulty and Jacqueline Pilton

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Happystorm Theatre and Breathe Out Theatre production of

Rob Johnston's Absurdist Comedy  "The Myth of Escape"

Billy finds himself in a cell next to Alex.   Neither are sure what they have done wrong......Perhaps nothing...... 

* * * * * Real, raw and utterly compelling, The Public Reviews on The Crypt Project

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ORGANISED CHAOS PRODUCTIONS

‘Peacefully at Home’   by Nicola Schofield.      Directed by Emma Hatcher

  As Bridget and her children gather to say goodbye to their father, long held secrets threaten to be revealed - and new ones may be created.   

For more information about Organised Chaos Productions ...... click here 

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TWO NEW SHORT PLAYS by MIKE STEWART

‘The Road to Denshaw’s Farm’  Performed by Les Kinsey & Directed by Elaine McCann

AND  ‘Carole at Christmas’   Performed by Liz Titley & Directed by Alan Titley

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ON THE SPOT

An evening of improvised comedy with Louise Nulty and Jacky Pilton

Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple ... as Mancunians... on a case together ... unforgettable !!

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DOMESTIC BLISS    by Roy Knowles

   A hilarious 'Romeo and Juliet' tale for the 21st Century ..........

..... featuring daytime television, DNA tests, lie detectors ... and a baby called Hollyblossom Louise !!

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LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME  by Oscar Wilde 

Adapted by Martin Harris and performed by Martin Harris and James Anning.    ( a Rocket Theatre Production )

FOR REVIEWS OF THIS SHOW, CLICK HERE AND HERE

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New Attitude Theatre Co

'SAFE HANDS'   a new play by Jayne Marshall

Playing it's opening night at Smiths before moving to other venues in and around Manchester

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Breathe Out Theatre Company 

'Einstein's Daughter' by Rob Johnson

A stunning performance of a breathtaking new play - the final night of its successful nationwide tour

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Organised Chaos Productions presents

A new play by Lindsay Kernahan     Directed by Emma France

"AFTERNOON TEA"

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Two new one - act plays performed  by CAFÉ SOCIETY

‘Me and Ray (The other Lowry) ’       by Duncan Battman

A play about Ray Lowry, the Salford artist  who designed the iconic ‘London Calling’ album cover for the Clash. 

   Performed by Mark Butt        Directed by John Cunningham

‘So,  Sinatra’      by Peter Harrison

A candid insight into the life and work of one of the world’s greatest singers     

Performed by Martin Oldfield        Directed by David Beddy

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'HUMAN HABITATION'   

Written by Rob Johnston         Performed by 'Breathe Out' Theatre company

Michael's come to town looking for a new life ... Frank' s meant to help him find one.... 

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'THE BENEFIT OF TIME'   

An 'Organized Chaos' Production      Written  by Terri-Ann Bumby   

Debbie Green is plain.  Debbie Green is dull.  Her hypnotist is desperate for celebrity.  

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" LAST TRAM TO STARR GATE "

Written by Jackie Pilton . Performed by Jacqueline Pilton and Louise Nulty.   

There's information about Jackie  here  and about Louise  here 

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CAFE SOCIETY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TWO 30 MINUTE PLAYS BY DUNCAN BATTMAN

TWEEZERS .   ....His shed is his territory in the household of his son and daughter and in it lie secrets best kept hidden ...    

PERFORMED BY MARTIN OLDFIELD

 A WOMAN'S SIN       .... Is there more to Audrey's story than meets the eye....       PERFORMED BY JANET SLADE

Follow Cafe Society on Twitter here

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'THE WAITING LINE'   A Jelly Belly Theatre Production.     

Written and directed by Anna Baatz .......Performed by Lawrence Ghorrra and Lisa Brookes

"When things are going badly, everything speaks to you "    

  " The Waiting Line "  went on to win a City Forever Manchester award and made the shortlist of 3 out of 27 

in Northwest Playwrights' Best Original Play Award.                  Find Jelly Belly Theatre on MySpace here

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'OTHER PEOPLE'S SHOES'

 a self effacing comedy written and performed by Dawn Buchanan...... Directed by Louise Nulty

A Tongue in Cheek Theatre Company Production

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'ARCHETYPAL FRENZY'  devised and performed by Olivia Nelson

Karen comes up with a plan to save the evening and discovers there's is more to her than meets the eye.

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Dinner with a Difference Theatre Company Invite you to:  ‘DINE WITH SHAKESPEARE’

A fun and innovative evening of fine food, music ….. and Shakespeare Songs, sonnets, comedy, drama 

Performed by the Company while you dine.

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'PIERREPOINT....THE HANGMAN'S TALE'

Written by Peter Harrison    Performed by Cafe Society 

Pierrepoint comes to Smiths between  the Edinburgh Festival 2008 and the Lowry, Salford Quays in Spring 2009

 Beautifully written, touching and honest

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' MARGARET RUTHERFORD RECALLED'    

Written and Performed by Jacqueline Pilton

A glimpse into the fascinating, but often dark, world of one of England's best known actors.

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'A CHIP IN THE SUGAR'   by Alan Bennet  

Performed by David Milne   ( click here for information )        and directed by David Salter   ( more info on David here )

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'FULLY COMMITTED'    by Becky Mode  A Cafe Society Production

Performed by Caroline Hickey.... directed by John Cunningham.    A reservation clerk, A telephone and 40 VIPs wanting a table .....

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 " A MOUTHFUL OF SNOW "  written and performed by Julie Calvert 

 a moving, sometimes dark - but often very funny  - one woman show

For more information about Julie and her work ........ click here

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AND........................OUR VERY FIRST VISITING PRODUCTION ...........

'WHAT THE DICKENS'  by Dawn Buchanan

Dickens' women as you've never seen them before.......

Performed by   Tongue in Cheek Theatre Company ( Louise Nulty and Dawn Buchanan )

For more information about Tongue in Cheek ....... click here

 

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