The River publicity imageTuesday 6th – Saturday 10th September 7.30pm
Next Stage Theatre Company presents:
The River
by Jez Butterworth

“I may forget who you are. I may bring other women here, to this place, and I may tell them I love them, and make love to them. But they will be imposters. And I will be a ghost. Because it means I will have lost you.”

 A haunting and mesmerising love story, The River is another compelling piece of theatre brought to us by Jez Butterworth – the playwright of Jerusalem.

 A man is on a fishing trip and has invited the woman he loves to be with him in a cabin beside a river. But, like the ebb and flow of the water, and the flash and vanish of the elusive trout, the story twists and weaves and at the very moment we think we have grasped and understood the man and woman’s love affair, we find it’s all pulled from our grasp as one reality evaporates and another, even more seductive one, is put before us.

 Jez Butterworth’s plays are infused with beautiful, poetic images. In The River, he has created a bewitching story in which the fisherman’s love affair with the secretive trout eluding him in the watery depths, is likened to the elusive and transitory nature of human love.

 Nicky Wilkins (Troy in Jerusalem 2012) is joined by Hayley Fitton-Cook (Di in Four Minutes Twelve Seconds 2016) and Hannah Smyth (Catharine in Suddenly Last Summer 2016) to bring this gripping in-the-round Bath premiere to The Mission Theatre. After each performance, the audience will be invited to join the cast for an informal discussion about the play. “This intimate three-hander unfolds like a tantalising cross between a piece of deeply felt poetry and a sleight-of-hand puzzle.” Paul Taylor, The Independent 2012

Tickets £12 (£10 concs) Next Stage Box Office 01225 428600 email or Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online at www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

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Jane Austen FestivalMonday 12th – Saturday 17th September
The 2016 Jane Austen Festival 
Events at The Mission Theatre:

Monday 12 September

 

Jane Austen’s Wardrobe – 12.45pm (duration 1½ hours)

What did Jane Austen wear? Period costume expert Amy-Nichole discusses clothing known to have belonged to the writer and guides us through the layers of a Regency Lady’s wardrobe, from chemise and corset to evening dress and essential accessories. Also includes tips and tricks to looking good in your own costume.

Tickets: £12

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

Bath’s Hidden Georgian Gem – Cleveland Pools – 5pm (duration 1 hour)

Cleveland Pools is the country’s only surviving Georgian lido, hidden away in Bath, on the banks of the River Avon. Once a welcome respite from the heat of the city in the summer, it was a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike until it closed in 1984. Cleveland Pools trustee Sally Helvey talks about their intriguing social history and shares secrets and stories about this remarkable pool.

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

  

An Austen Regency Christmas – with Mr Adams – 8pm (duration 1½ hours with interval)

There WAS a Christmas before the Victorians… and Samuel Adams, the Butler in a grand Regency House, will delight in telling you all about it! Christmas was, for the ‘upper-levels’ in society, a quiet time spent with friends and family, enjoying good food and wine. It was for the ‘lesser sort’ to maintain the old traditions. Hear of decorations, carolling, fun and games! The performance, is supported by a range of period-accurate items and complimented by a series of readings that tell of the very essence of a Georgian Christmas.

Tickets: £12

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 


 

Tuesday 13 September

 

‘A clergyman has nothing to do…’ – talk – 12.30pm (duration 1 hour)

What did a Regency clergyman do with his time? What is the difference between a rector and a vicar? What is a ‘living’ and why were they so hard to live on? A talk for anyone perplexed by the vagaries of the Church in Jane Austen’s world. Join Lynette White for an exploration of all things Church with particular emphasis on the many and varied churchmen in Austen’s life and novels.

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

A Milliner’s Tale – Hats on the screen – 3.30pm (duration 1 hour)

Jo Willis learnt her trade working for Cosprop, one of the world’s leading costumiers to film, television and theatre. Her film and TV work includes working with designer Jenny Beavan for the filmSense & Sensibility and the ITV dramatization of Emma.  Talking about the collaborative process between designer and maker, Jo will show examples of the bonnets and caps she has made and the materials she has used.

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

The Art of Social Grace: A lesson in Etiquette plus…. P&P and Zombies – 7.30pm (duration 2 hours with interval)

Part The First – If you are in ‘town’ for the Season and entertain a concern as to the poise and social grace required for Regency Society in Bath, then Fear Not! This presentation is a practical ‘lesson’, please bring your fan, walking cane or other such items about which you desire instruction.

Part The Second – Purists may loath it but there can be little doubt as to the appeal of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Hear ‘behind the scenes’ stories from the film sets and of the trials and tribulations of bringing authenticity to this most challenging of productions.

Tickets: £12

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 


 

Wednesday 14 September

 

Pride and Prejudice – the musical – Matinee 2pm (performance duration 2½ hours with interval)

Revel in this new musical adaptation created especially for the Festival by Tin Roof Productions. You will delight in the lively staging of this much loved story in which love wins, with lots of laughter, singing and English Country Dancing along the way. Gorgeous costumes, original songs and an international cast from the USA, Canada and New Zealand. From the creative team who brought you Sense & Sensibility a Musical in 2012.

Tickets: £15

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

Pride and Prejudice – the musical – Evening 8pm (performance duration 2½ hours with interval)

Revel in this new musical adaptation created especially for the Festival by Tin Roof Productions. You will delight in the lively staging of this much loved story in which love wins, with lots of laughter, singing and English Country Dancing along the way. Gorgeous costumes, original songs and an international cast from the USA, Canada and New Zealand. From the creative team who brought you Sense & Sensibility a Musical in 2012.

Tickets: £15

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 


 

Thursday 15 September

 

Your concerto, Miss Austen! – Music recital – 12noon (duration 1½ hours)

Fetch the bonnet, the gloves and the opera glasses to enjoy a most agreeable selection of the newest romantic concertos and belcanto arias – masterpieces of stunning virtuosity clad in exquisite modesty. The Danish trio Strings of Joy sing and play a programme of music by Beethoven, Schubert, Bellini and others. The family trio consists of Anna on cello, Giuly on violin and soprano Maria Johannsen.

Tickets: £10

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

Jane Austen at Home – Theatrical performance – 7.30pm (duration 1¾ hours with interval)

This one woman show, consisting entirely of Jane Austen’s words, celebrates the variety and wit of her writings. Experience the attitudes, imagination and sensations of the early 19th Century, through her perceptive observations. Performed by actress Hannah Lee (…equally skilled in presenting absurd male characters as female favourites…)

Tickets: £14

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 


 

Friday 16 September

 

‘Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath?’ – Dr Rose McCormack – 11am (duration 1 hour)

Female Spa-Visiting in Georgian and Regency Bath. In Northanger Abbey Jane portrays Bath as an exciting city in which women found access to a world of urban pleasures. Using the letters and diaries of elite and middling women and looking at all aspects of the spa experience from bathing to balls, this talk explores what it was really like for women to visit Bath in the Georgian and Regency periods.

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

The discomforts of Bath! – Presentation – 3pm (duration 1 hour)

Join us for a light hearted look at the less pleasant side of fashionable 18th Century Bath. With Chair-men, chamber pots, death and disaster. Who came, why they came and what they did here. Guide Dickon Povey entertains us with an amusing and enlightening collection of rumours, reports and anecdotes. Not for the faint hearted!

Tickets: £8

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 


 

Saturday 17 September

 

Let’s Talk Sense! – with John Mullan – 11.30am (duration 1½ hours)

John Mullan is Professor of English at University College London and has taught Austen for over 25 years. His book ‘What Matters in Jane Austen?’, experience and love of the writer’s work, make him well qualified to lead this discussion on Austen’s first published novel Sense and Sensibility. Back by popular demand and a Festival favourite – an event not to be missed.

Tickets: £12

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

A Regency Christmas – in the Festive Drawing Room – 3.30pm  (duration 1½ hours with interval)

Spend the afternoon in elegantly festive mood with the Dodici Corde Guitar duo and friends as they offer a rare glimpse of Christmas entertainment in the Regency drawing room. Danielle Saxon Reeves and Mark Willetts perform seasonal music on original antique instruments with suitably festive readings from David Plant and carols from soprano Catherine Lander. An unmissable opportunity to experience the intimacy and charm of a Regency Yuletide.

Tickets: £12

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

 

An Austen Dilemma! – Improvised theatrical – 8pm (duration 1 hour)

Jane Austen has been told that her novel Pride and Prejudice is too long and that it needs to lose at least one character. The problem is which one can the novel do without? Austen has narrowed the list to three, Mrs Bennet, Lydia Bennet and Mr Collins, who will be interviewed in front of a live audience. Which one do you think deserves to stay? This brand new piece is performed by the award winning Bath based Natural Theatre Company.

Tickets: £16

Venue: The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, BA1 1UF

All tickets available from Bath Box Office 01225 463362 or online www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

 



Dean Friedman image 2Friday 23rd September 8pm

Dean Friedman in concert

Dean Friedman first delighted UK and Ireland audiences with his chart-topping hit, Lucky Stars. The now classic single, paved the way for a slew of hits off Friedman’s critically acclaimed album, “Well, Well” Said the Rocking Chair”, including familiar tracks, Lydia, Rocking Chair,  Woman of Mine, McDonald’s Girl and Ariel. In a very short time, Friedman had achieved legendary, pop-icon status and was acknowledged, by critics and fans alike, as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation.
Here’s what critics have to say: “An amazing Talent!” – Sun, “Outstanding!” – Record Business; “Songsmith extraordinaire!” – Music Week; “Absolutely Fabulous!” – Hot Press; “Pop troubadour of choice!” Scotsman, “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks.
Pursuing his career as a truly independent artist (his albums are financed, not by a major label, but directly by his fans via his website, www.deanfriedman.com ), Friedman has earned a loyal, international following with his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’. Songs like ‘Saturday Fathers’, ‘Jennifer’s Baby’, ‘Where Have All the Angels Flown?’, ‘Under the Weather’ and ‘It’s My Job’, have prompted enthusiastic audiences to proclaim his songs as ‘the soundtrack to their lives’, dealing as they do with family, friends, neighbors, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately compelling, stuff of everyday life.
Friedman will be performing songs from throughout his three-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favorites. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.

Tickets £25 from The Mission Theatre’s Box Office 01225 428600 email or from Bath Box Office 01225 463362 or online www.bathboxoffice.org.uk.