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Theatre West’s dark and dazzling new play Kingdom of the Icebear by Martin Malcolm comes to The Rondo Theatre Bath, Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th October.

 

A November night in a sleepy Somerset town and in a shed a monster stirs.  A switch is thrown, a generator thuds and the freezing dark is ablaze.  Welcome to Carnival Night.  The night when small towns have it large and tinsel leviathans lumber down narrow streets.  On this, the shiniest night of the year, at the heart of one family something dark is lurking…

Theatre West’s Ann Stiddard explains:

“Martin grew up in a small Somerset town, famous for its carnival. When he told us about a shocking event that happened as his family watched the floats roll past, we were hooked!  We can’t tell you what it was – but the resulting play is a touching family drama with a dark heart and a sprinkling of magic.  Anna Girvan returns to the West from the National Theatre to direct.”

Martin’s play about the migrant crisis, Drifters, was part of Theatre West’s 2014 season.  And NightFlyer, about Bristol teens on a wild night out, played to sell-out houses on this year’s Bath Fringe.  Everything Theatre described Martin Malcolm’s play Ink as: “Brimming with a strange, gritty tenderness that draws you right in.”

 

Kingdom of the Icebear is directed by Anna Girvan.  A staff director at The National Theatre and Jerwood Award winner, Anna has worked on high-profile productions including Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion and the Outside/In season at Shakespeare’s Globe.  Our cast includes: Alice Barclay, Jasmine Darke and Adam Cridland and features a carnival soundscape by up-and-coming young composer Richard Norris.

 

Kingdom of the Icebear is part of Theatre West’s Moving On season.   Each play is preceded by a 10-minute curtain-raiser.

 

Ann Stiddard says:

“We’re overjoyed to be packing our bags to take the most exciting new work in the region to so many diverse venues.  Our young writers have come up with really powerful plays about the subjects that matter.  We can’t wait to get them in front of an audience.”

 

Kingdom of the Icebear

By Martin Malcolm

Directed by Anna Girvan

Preceded by Lazarus, a short play by Marietta Kirkbride

Date: Tues 20 – Sat 24 Oct

Performance time: 8pm

Venue: The Rondo Theatre, St. Saviours Rd, Bath, Avon BA1 6RT

Tickets: £12/£8 (plus booking fee)

Box Office: 01225 463362

www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/102794
 

LISTINGS FOR  THEATRE WEST’S AUTUMN SEASON IN BRISTOL AND BEYOND …

 

Kingdom of the Icebear

By Martin Malcolm

Directed by Anna Girvan

Preceded by Lazarus, a short play by Marietta Kirkbride

Date: Tues 27 – Fri 30 Oct

Performance time: 8pm
Venue: Hen and Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol BS3 1JF

Tickets £9/£7 (plus booking fee)
Box Office: 0800 411 8881

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2245812

 

DOGTAG

By Theo Scholefield

Directed by Nancy Medina

Dogtag will be preceded by a short play

Week one Colonies by Ben Callon

Week two Aled by Tabitha Dalton

Date: Tues 6 – Sat 17 Oct 8pm (no shows Sun or Mon)

Performance time: 8pm

Venue: Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY

Tickets: £9/£7 (plus booking fee)

Box Office: 0800 411 8881

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2245764

 

ISLANDERS

By Samuel Bailey

Directed by Helena Middleton

Islanders will be preceded by a short play

Week one Barred by Hugh McCann

Week two Theatre by Richard Bradbury

Date: Tues 3 – Sat 14 Nov (no shows Sun or Mon)

Performance time: 8pm

Venue: SPACE, 17-25 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2 8JP
Tickets: £9/£7 (plus booking fee)

Box Office: 0800 411 8881
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2245825
TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

By Miriam Battye

Directed by Nik Partridge

Trip the Light Fantastic will be preceded by a short play

Week one Gone Fishing by Oliver Gamblin

Week two A Menace by Nick Havergal

Date: Tues 17 – Sat 28 Nov 8pm (no shows Sun or Mon)

Venue: Bristol Old Vic Basement, King St, Bristol BS1 4ED

Tickets: £12/£8 (plus booking fee)

Box Office: 0117 987 7877

www.bristololdvic.org.uk

 

PLUNGE

By Rose Biggin

Each evening PLUNGE will be preceded by a short play

Week one Origin Story by Tom Nicholas

Week two Astronoids by Lucy Bell

Date: Tues 24 Nov – Sat 5 Dec 7.30pm (no shows Sun or Mon)

Venue: The Bike Shed Theatre, 162-163 Fore St, Exeter EX4 3AT

Tickets: £12/£8 (plus booking fee)

Box Office: (01392) 434169

www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk