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TopGirlsTue 7 – Sat 11 May 7.30pm

Next Stage Theatre Company presents

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Marlene, the new Managing Director of “Top Girls” employment agency, toasts a bizarre collection of friends at her celebratory dinner party: 

“We’ve all come a long way. To our courage and the way we changed our lives and our extraordinary achievements.”

In the play’s madcap opening scene, the guests at the party – a series of extraordinary women from history and art – describe how they have overcome the power of men in an attempt to achieve their dreams.

However, the year is 1981, and before long the fantastical dinner party is swept away and the story unfolds of Marlene’s own tricky climb to be one of the “Top Girls”. The straight-talking world of working women in the 1980’s is laid bare and the plot becomes an intriguing and shocking social drama, revealing exactly who and what has been sacrificed for Marlene’s success.

Top Girls addresses the competing themes of ambition, feminism and solidarity, to expose the selfishness of its vibrant characters. It is, however, an ultimately redeeming portrayal of trust in humanity, of burdens and challenges shared, and of determination and loyalty in an unfair world.

Horrifying, funny and inspiring by turns, this renowned play by one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights has language that will shock and a sting in its tail. Boasting an all female cast, this fast-paced, unflinching production of Top Girls promises an evening of theatre to keep you talking all the way home.

“The best British play ever by a woman dramatist.” (Guardian, 1982)

 www.next-stage.co.uk

 

Tickets £11 (£9 concs)

from Next Stage Box Office 01225 428600 email 

or Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online at www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

 

Mon 20 – Tue 21 May 7.30pm

Live Wire Theatre Company presents

Divas, Dogs and Derby Day

by Elaine Miles, Di King and Tim R. Harris

 

What happens when a drama queen, some dogs and The Derby all come together?  An evening of comedy, that’s what!

Dog Day Sunday Afternoon by Elaine Miles

Three very different friends with very different dogs find their lives at a turning point as they take a walk in the park – picking up their dogs’ poo as they go, of course.

What Do We Do About Mrs Thing by Di King

A group of writers jostle to get their plays on the stage and themselves into the spotlight for their annual amateur dramatics production.

Derby Day by Tim R. Harris

Three couples bicker and bond as they plan their day out at the races.

This trio of one-act comedy plays from three established writers is brought to you by Live Wire Theatre Company.

Guaranteed to make you laugh!

 

Tickets £10 (£8 concs)

Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

 

Novato-TheatreThu 23 – Sat 25 May 7.30pm

Novato Productions presents

Novato Theatre Company’s

Awaken

Novato Theatre Company make their debut performance at The Mission Theatre with their devised piece Awaken. This new and dynamic company is bursting with energy and style, ready to showcase their original ideas in a creative explosion of mythological madness.

Awaken begins by exploring Plato’s concept of the soulmate, drawing upon ancient mythology. Cupid and Psyche are cruelly torn apart by the almighty Jupiter, King of the Gods, who feels threatened by the growing strength of mankind. Psyche must undergo a series of gruelling tasks, set out by Cupid’s mother Venus, in order to prove her love. As the piece unfolds Psyche and Cupid’s relationship is challenged by the complications between the mortal world and the Gods. Cupid and Psyche’s son, half mortal, half God, delves into a world of story books brought to life by his imagination in order to escape the chaos of his feuding parents.

Novato Theatre Company was founded in 2012 after the success of their sister company, Novato Dance. Their performances are entirely devised and explore a range of theatre styles including physical and post-modernism with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure.

www.novatotheatre.com    www.novatoproductions.com

 

Tickets £7 (£5 concs)

Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

 

EidolonMainImageSun 26 – Tue 28 May 8.30pm

Nervous Doll Dancing presents

Eidolon

by Francesca Mountfort & Tom Hume

A musical journey into a kaleidoscopic dreamworld…

This award-winning collaboration from Australia tells a beautiful tale, narrated through a haunting live cello performance and summoned to life with imaginatively projected film, animation and illustration. The fantastical and emotional show explores themes of time, freedom, memory and presence, fragility and strength, mechanical and natural cycles. The harmony of music and visual art is both seamless and fractured, conjuring a unique and timeless experience. Eidolon will mesmerise and enchant, transporting you to another world, out of space and out of time.

“a genuine work of art” – fringereview.co.uk   “the musicianship is outstanding” – prague.tv

“an exquisite show” – BloodyUnderrated (Montreal)

With three independent album releases and many awards for shows performed in New Zealand, Australia, the Czech Republic and Canada, Nervous Doll Dancing has been enchanting audiences for over a decade. The latest album and show entitled Eidolon is currently touring in Europe after picking up a third Best in Music award at the 2012 New Zealand Fringe and touring throughout Canada.

www.nervousdolldancing.com

Part of the Bath Fringe Festival www.bathfringe.co.uk

 

Tickets £10

Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

 

Thu 30 May – Sat 1 June 7.30pm

Novato Productions presents

 

Novato Dance Company’s

Reverse

Novato Dance Company returns to the stage with their biggest company yet in another spectacular variety show. Reverse promises to excite and exhilarate as the company guide you on a journey through the captivating and beautiful medium that is dance: from lyrical and contemporary to physical theatre and tap to the singing sensations of musical theatre.

Bold, bright and breath-takingly good, Novato Dance has created an original and inspiring showcase of creative work.

Novato Dance Company was founded in 2007 and from the outset has wowed audiences with an assortment of dance styles and the “professionalism, dedication and creativity” displayed. Every choreographer and dancer specialises in a different dance style that is then shared with the company, making Novato Dance a multi-talented, versatile ensemble with a repertoire that appeals to audiences of all ages.

Reverse looks back to the origins of Novato Dance and encompasses its spirit with a modern imaginative approach.

www.novatodance.com    www.novatoproductions.com

Tickets £7 (£5 concs)

Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online www.bathboxoffice.org.uk