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Pleasance Theatre - April to May 2013

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE PLEASANCE Theatre, Islington, has announced its programme for the coming months and it includes:

The Boy at the Edge of the Room – April 9 to April 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £9.50 – £12.50.

The Boy at the Edge of the Room is a gothic fairy tale for adults which has been inspired by a Victorian story by Lucy Clifford entitled Wooden Tony. The play focuses on a character who displays many of the classic traits of those on the autistic spectrum. Using puppetry, animation and live music Forest Forge bring this extraordinary story to life.

The Boy at the Edge of the Room is described as a beautiful and moving examination of difference and acceptance, love and expectations.

The Centre by Alexandra Wood, presented by Islington Community Centre – April 15 to April 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £4 – £8.

A housing estate on the edge of Paris. Once a bold vision for a utopian future, now broken by years of neglect, home to a lost generation of young people with no hope for the future.

Until a new president arrives in a blaze of publicity and promises a brighter tomorrow: a landmark new shopping centre designed by the finest architects, boasting designer shops, cinemas and a bowling alley; offering apprenticeships, jobs and opportunity.

Islington Community Theatre creates new plays through a unique collaborative process in which young people and professional theatre-makers experiment, work together and learn from each other.

Summerfolk by Maxim Gorky, presnted by LAMDA – April 24 to April 26 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Free.

At the turn of the 20th Century, a group of Russian friends retreat for their annual summer holiday in the countryside. United by their place in history as an emergent Russian middle class, but disparate in their political views and private lives, their friendship will never be the same again come autumn.

Maxim Gorky’s naturalistic masterpiece depicts Russia as it teeters on the edge of social upheaval – exploring the dreams, fears and vanities of one group of friends as they question their value in a transient society.

Earthquakes in London by award-winning Mike Bartlett (Love Love Love), presented by LAMDA – April 24 to April 26 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Free.

How can you live in a state of constant impending catastrophe? Is hope possible, responsible even, when scientists and politicians are predicting an environmental apocalypse? Earthquakes in London tracks the tremors of hedonism, terror and activism through the lives of three sisters and their estranged, misanthropic father.

Earthquakes in London premiered at the National Theatre in 2010.

The London Cuckolds by Edward Ravenscroft, presented by Let Them Call It Mischief – May 1 to May 12 at 4pm and 7:45pm. Tickets: £10 – £12.50.

The London Cuckolds tells the story of three City boys, their bored housewives and two frisky young cads, all intertwined in a caper filled with sex and intrigue. Calamitous and bawdy, this is a rarely performed gem from the restoration era transported to the sparkle and glamour of 1920s London.

The Incomers by Murray Lachlan Young, presented by Windswept Productions – May 13 to May 18 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 -12.

A full moon rises over a windswept cottage in the middle of nowhere. Children are in bed, wine is breathing nicely and the dinner is in the oven.

It’s Gordon and Celia’s wedding anniversary. They’ve asked their oldest and dearest friends Zach and Jane down from London. The only problem is that Zach and Jane aren’t Zach and Jane anymore. Jane has gone and Julia, the twenty five year old, French burlesque dancer, has taken her place.

What starts as a simple celebration quickly unravels with one revelation after another until it becomes obvious that no one has been telling the truth to anyone about anything for a very long time.

Written entirely in Murray Lachlan Young’s characteristic verse, The Incomers will, according to the press release, have audiences gasping and roaring with laughter in equal measures!

The Incomers is directed by Paul Jepson.

Read more about The Incomers.

Finding Libby – May 14 at 7:45pm. Tickets: £8 – £10.

At the heart of Finding Libby is one of the many heartbreaking stories of young women for whom the 1960s were less swinging than swingeing – a hidden pregnancy, a premature birth, the death of a tiny scrap never referred to again and a life stalled.

Pauline is now in her early sixties and has been persuaded by her neighbour to take her first holiday, on a canal boat. Audiences follow her from worrying whether anyone will meet her at the station, to the unexpected turn in the journey that forces her to face her past and to finding that it is never too late for a fresh start.

Making News (Rehearsed Reading) by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky – May 15 at 7:45pm. Tickets: £5.

It’s the start of a 24-hour news cycle and Rachel Clarke has been promoted as the BBC’s newest Head of News. When a crisis erupts, she has to confront rivals from within and without, and decide how to report on a story that could bring down the Corporation itself.

A fast-moving satire about the BBC, Making News stars Suki Webster, Hal Cruttenden, Sara Pascoe, Liam Williams, Dan Starkey and Phill Jupitus as the Director-General.

The Trench – May 28 to May 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £10 – £12.

After a sell-out five star run at the Edinburgh Festiva,l Les Enfants Terribles are touring the UK with their new award-winning show, The Trench.

From the team behind The Terrible Infants, Ernest and the Pale Moon and The Vaudevillains comes a new play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems as he starts to discover a new, strange world beneath the mud and death.

Setting off on an epic journey of salvation, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur as he questions what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7609 1800 or visit www.pleasance.co.uk/islington.