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Loot follows the fortunes of Hal and Dennis, who rob a bank next to the funeral parlour where Dennis works and return to Hal’s home to hide the money. Hal’s mother has just died and the money is hidden in her coffin. But where will they hide the body?
Fay, a sexy young nurse with seven deceased husbands to her name, is interested in marrying Hal’s father, McLeavy. However, Dennis has already had his way with Fay and wants to marry her. And he can offer her more financial “security”.
Inspector Truscott arrives and the plot turns topsy turvy as Hal and Dennis try to keep him off their trail.
During Joe Orton’s short but prolific career, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his farcical black comedies.
Loot, first performed in 1965, was Orton’s third major production, following Entertaining Mr Sloane and the television play The Good and Faithful Servant. Playing with the conventions of popular farce, Orton examines English attitudes and perceptions in the mid twentieth century.
The play won several awards in its London run and is now regarded as a comic masterpiece.
Loot will be at The Tolmen Centre in Constantine on Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm
And at the Poly in Falmouth on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December at 7.30pm
Loot is presented by Cornwall’s newest theatre company, Fruit.
It is directed by Keri Jessiman, well known for her legendary comic performances in the early days of Miracle Theatre.
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
A new play by Jon Welch. 1950’s New York. In a shabby flat a teenage girl auditions for the role of puppeteer for a production of Pinocchio. But all is not as she expects. Geppetto is a heart-rending, but often hilarious story of a broken man’s obsessive search for his own puppet-boy, and how the chance pairing of this odd couple offers them both a glimpse of something lost and something to be yet found.
Tickets £8,£7, Children £4
A preview showing.
We need to know who we were, so we can imagine who we might be.
Acclaimed theatre company 1927 (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets) has unearthed a series of rarely told folktales that offer a glimpse into imaginations from a pre-industrialized age. Tyrannical ogres, magical birds, and very, very fat cats are brought to life with the company’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling, with a live score. We are incredibly lucky to have this preview showing of their newest work before it premieres in America.
Please note that this is a first public showing of Roots, and as such has an element of ‘Work In Progress’ to it – it is a staging post towards its opening in America later in May. It won’t be quite the finished product , and there may be some rough edges – that’s inevitable in the process of bringing a complex stage work to completion. But we are delighted to ask our audience to share in this process, and get to see this new work so early in its evolution.
Tickets £10Book Online
Tom Jackson Greaves with Polly Motley
Adam and Eve are in a relationship pickle! As they dance through the sins of their past they reach an ultimate choice. But are they brave enough to make it? Seven Deadly Sins is a vibrant dance comedy full of laughs, apples and exhilarating movement. Choreographed by young Cornish artistTom Jackson Greaves, a winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award.
‘Sexy slick and beautifully expressive’ The Stage
Tickets £8, £7, Children £6
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.