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Park Theatre (Park90) - January to June 2020

Shackleton & His Stowaway

Season preview

Park90 has six productions lined up for its January to June 2020 season.

Shackleton and His Stowaway – Written by Andy Dickinson and directed by Simone Coxall, it runs from January 8 to February 1. Suitable for ages 12+.

When disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

Shackleton and his Stowaway is based on the real events of the legendary Endurance expedition to Antarctica. It follows the misfortunes of an 18 year old stowaway who sneaks aboard.

Initially, the stowaway is in complete awe of Shackleton. But this fades by the time Shackleton has got them trapped in the polar ice pack – even more so when Endurance actually breaks up and sinks. This leaves them adrift on the ice, hundreds of miles from civilisation.

The cast includes Richard Ede and Elliott Ross.

There will be a Relaxed Performance of Shackleton and his Stowaway on Thursday, January 30 at 1pm.

Time and Tide – Written by James McDermott and directed by Rob Ellis, it runs from February 5 to February 29. Suitable for ages 14+.

Batten down the hatches, a storm is coming.

May runs a crumbling caff on the end of Cromer Pier. Her delivery man, Ken, is running out of customers, thanks to Costa. Nemo is desperate to tread the boards in London. His unrequited love, Daz, is burying his head in the sand over his best mate leaving.

Time and Tide is an LGBTQ comic drama from award-winning writer James McDermott, about a Norfolk community struggling with change. It was longlisted for The Verity Bargate Award, the Bruntwood and Papatango Playwriting Prizes.

There will be a Dementia Friendly performance on Monday, February 10 at 3.15pm.

Corpse! – Written by Gerald Moon and directed by Clive Brill, it runs from March 4 to March 28. Suitable for ages 14+.

Evelyn Farrant, actor, is exceedingly poor. Rupert Farrant, his twin, is excessively rich. There seems to be only one solution. Evelyn must kill Rupert and inherit his wealth.

The time: the eve of Edward VIII’s abdication speech. The reluctant accomplice: Major Ambrose Powell. The essential grumpy landlady: Mrs McGee. The likely prospect? Macabre comedy mayhem….

Don’t miss out on a major revival of this brilliant comedy thriller which has had successful runs in the West End and on Broadway and has played across the globe.

Corpse! is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company.

There will be a Dementia Friendly performance on Monday, March 16 at 3.15pm.

Never Not Once

Never Not Once – Written by Carey Crim and directed by Katharine Farmer, it runs from April 1 to April 25. Suitable for ages 14+.

Winner of the 2017 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and finalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Award, this is a poignant new drama about the families we choose and the secrets that can pull them apart.

All-American college student Eleanor wants to know who her father is. Her two mums can’t agree. But everything changes when Eleanor’s boyfriend Rob hires a private investigator to find her biological father and the family are forced to confront an unexpected and explosive answer to the question: “Where do I come from?”

The Still Room – Written by Sally Rogers and directed by Nigel Douglas, it runs from April 29 to May 23. Suitable for ages 16+.

Britain, 1981. Charles is about to marry Diana and a game show called It’s a Knockout is on TV.

In a small, struggling hotel in Manchester, Janice, a banquet waitress, is waiting for her O level results. She is bored to death and desperate to leave her hometown. Then a new waitress arrives. She is different to the other waiting staff, her sexual confidence and bold ideas challenge Janice’s own perceptions of the world.

So begins a chain of events that will change everything.

The Still Room is described as a dark, sexy and very funny new play. The cast includes Kate James.

There will be a Captioned Performance on Friday, May 8 at 7.45pm.

Burkas and Bacon Butties – Written by Shamia Chalabi and Sarah Henley, it runs from May 27 to June 20. Suitable for ages 12+.

Meet Ashraf – an Egyptian, Muslim, taxi driver – and Shazia, his half Egyptian, half Wigan daughter… who is more interested in last call at the bar than the call to prayer.

Following Ashraf’s trusty taxi, we witness Wigan at its finest – fancy-dress bingo, driving lessons, ex-wives, meddling uncles, hot sauce and plenty of bad karaoke. Full of heart, this VAULT Festival sell-out show, based on Chalabi’s real-life experiences, will make you laugh and cry as it juggles Allah and Aldi, mosques and mojitos and of course – burkas and bacon butties.

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