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Bracken Moor by Alexi Kaye Campbell
20th, 21st and 22nd October 2022

A suspense filled tale of loss, mystery and denial.  Set in the North of England against the economic crisis of the 1930s, two families come together, after years apart, to rediscover their friendship.  Instead, they conjure up the spirit of a burning tragedy.  What is real and what is imagined?  Or are they the same? 
   
The 39 Steps. Adapted by Patrick Barlow. From an original concept by Simon Carble and Nobby Dimon
12th, 13th, 14th January 2023

John Buchan’s gripping whodunit is given the full comic treatment in this stage adaptation which also takes inspiration from the film version by Alfred Hitchcock.  Richard Hannay is shaken out of his boring life after an encounter with an exotic woman who claims to be a spy.  Following her shock murder, Hannay is pursued by a mysterious organisation called “The 39 Steps” in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.  A small cast portray a multitude of characters, bringing the book to frenetic life on the stage. 
   
The Father by Florian Zeller – translated by Chistopher Hampton
30th 31st March and 1st April 2023

The Father  is an award-winning drama dealing with ageing, loss of identity and family love.  This is a sensitive portrayal of living with dementia.  As the titular father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.  The 2020 film version, adapted by playwright Zeller was nominated for six Oscars as well as six BAFTAS. 
   
A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
8th, 9th, 10th June 2023

Fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele is lured to England to star as King Lear in Stratford and give his flagging career a much needed boost.  What he doesn’t realise is this Stratford is not the home to the Royal Shakespeare Company but to a Suffolk village am dram group.  His co-stars are not the cream of English theatre but a bunch of amateurs trying to save their village theatre.  Hollywood and sleepy England clash with predictable results.  As Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear.