Both a hurrah to courage and endurance and a swipe at the great 19th century ideals, Miracle serves up this curious slice of history in its own inimitable style – and with a huge nod to Victorian Music Hall.
Mixing caustic comedy, seedy songs and second-rate dubious magic, dodgy ventriloquism and spectacle and breath-taking burlesque, the show will genuinely appeal to adults and children 7+.
Tickets £12, £10, Children under 16: £8, Family Group: £35
Victoria Melody and Farnham Maltings present: Major Tom
The true story of how Victoria became a beauty queen and her Bassett Hound (Major Tom) became a champion show dog, reflecting the British fascination with celebrity, beauty and winning
Created by Victoria Melody
Performed by Victoria Melody and Major Tom National Tour 10th March to 20th June 2014
PRESS PERFORMANCES: Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th March at BAC
“A truly winning comedy, I laughed till I cried.” ★★★★★ Donald Hutera, The Times
5 ★★★★★ The Times
5 ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
4 ★★★★ The List
4 ★★★★ Fest Mag
4 ★★★★ British Theatre Guide
4 ★★★★ A Younger Theatre
4 ★★★★ The Public Reviews
4 ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine
The Stage MUST SEE SHOW
Fringe Review – MUST SEE SHOW
Shortlisted for The Arches Brick and Total Theatre Awards
Major Tom is the story of how an average 34-year-old became a beauty queen and how her unruly pet basset hound, Major Tom, became a championship show dog.
Major Tom and Victoria increasingly immerse themselves in the obsessive and confusing realm of personal scrutiny as they participate as genuine contestants, determined to win.
Victoria, accompanied on stage by documentary film footage and her dog, tells this true story. It explores the British fascination with celebrity, beauty and winning.
“Startingly bonkers and utterly ordinary at the same time…deceptively thoughtful fun” The Guardian ★★★★★ The Times
Commissioned and produced by Farnham Maltings. Developed at BAC. Supported by Harlow Playhouse, Escalator East to Edinburgh and Arts Council England.
Recent press activity:
- Guardian preview
- Telegraph preview
- London Theatre Guide Preview
- Female Arts
- London Theatre 1 Preview
- Public Reviews festival launch news story
- Female Arts interview
- Exeunt Guest Column
Victoria appeared on Radio 4’s Loose Ends show on Sat 8th March as part of National Women’s Day.
Elsie has lived in the same village all her life.This funny and moving new play shows key moments in Elsie’s life and the life of the village. A sensitive, charming and honest portrayal about changing village life and the right to grow old in your own home.
Tickets £10, £8
In association with Carn to Cove
This remarkable feelgood play written by Duncan Macmillan, presented ‘in the round’ by the brilliant comedic actor Jonny Donahoe, swept everything aside at Edinburgh 2014 and has followed that with runs in London, just recently sixteen (yes sixteen!) weeks Off Broadway in New York, and last month success at the Brighton Festival. It has been tremendously well received by audiences and critics alike.
We booked it at once having seen it last summer, and we are delighted to have the only performance in Cornwall on this UK nationwide tour.
It’s a play that cannot fail to move you to tears but then have you burst out laughing. As Lyn Gardner described it “one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression .. and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see full stop.” It redefines the word life-affirming.
On the surface, it’s the simple telling of a story of how a young boy deals with his mother’s depression, trying to help by writing a list of all the ‘brilliant things’ he can think of to cheer her up. But the story develops – involving and absorbing the audience – into the boy’s life story: by the time he has grown into manhood, he discovers that the continuously evolving list has become his own personal blueprint for a healthy life.
Donahoe is a warm and personable performer — so warm and personable, he doesn’t even seem to be performing as much as taking the audience into his confidence.
Not only is his emotionally damaged character willing to share his precepts for a happy life with his audience, the audience become collaborators in his story.
This is a play you should not miss, literally ‘one of a kind’
Tickets £10, £8, Children £5
A superlative mystery comedy thriller set in a bird hide on the Suffolk marshes. Following his superb performance of Under Milk Wood last year, Guy Masterson returns in a two hander with Ronnie Toms. Tim Whitnall’s play is a wrought, taut, exquisitely balanced black comedy that keeps the viewer glued to the seat until the final full stop.
A multiple five star reviewed show at the Edinburgh festival 2009
Tickets £9, £8 Children £4
‘Tales from the Trees’ is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology.
Listen! The trees have tales to tell. Meet some friendly forest creatures and encounter crazy characters from folklore and fairy tales!…
Tickets £5, Children £2.50, Family £12Book Online