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Pleasance Theatre - February to May 2013

Coalition

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE PLEASANCE, Islington, has four theatre productions lined up for the coming months:

A fast-moving comedy satire about modern politics, Coalition charts the final days of Lib Dem Leader Matt Cooper. Written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, it runs from February 19 to March 10.

It’s early 2015 and Britain’s coalition government has only a few months left to run. The Conservative Prime Minister and his Lib Dem Deputy haven’t spoken for months, the economy has flat-lined and government MPs are threatening to defect right, left and centre. Lib Dem leader Matt Cooper has to make a series of last, desperate gambles to save the party he loves.

Coalition stars Thom Tuck, Jo Caulfield, Jessica Regan, Phil Mulryne, Alistair Barrie, John Dorney and Phill Jupitus as Sir Francis Whitford.

Tickets: £8 – £14.

Hide and Seek Theatre Company is presenting a double bill of devised new writing – Radha is Looking Good by Chandni Mistry and Tal Jakubowiczova and The Clock by Gloria Sanders and Tal Jakubowiczova – on February 22 and 23.

Radha is 24. Radha goes to college every day. Radha weighs 13st and 11 pounds. Radha likes apples –but not red apples, only green ones. Radha is spelt R-A-D-H-A. Radha is 24 years old and autistic. She doesn’t speak. Only in her head – where the audience is. This is a rare opportunity to hear her thoughts, dreams and feelings, her loves and hates, and her darkest fears.

The Clock is a dark modern fairy tale about shadows, fear, and secrets. Using shadow puppetry and silhouettes, a single performer presents three generations of women all trapped by the past and its stronghold.

If you touch the clock you’ll get dragged inside by Hannah. Her arms grow long and strong. She wants to get out but she can’t. So instead, she waits for little girls like you to get too close…

Tickets: £10/8.

Vincent River, Philip Ridley’s two-hander, runs from February 26 to March 24.

He’s a teenager who saw something he just can’t forget. She’s a middle-aged woman forced to flee the home she’s lived in all her adult life. Two lives connected forever by a dark secret – the secret of Vincent River.

In this shocking tale of love, loss and the road to redemption, Anita and Davey confront each other on an emotional rollercoaster to the truth.

Vincent River is directed by Rae McKen.

Philip Ridley’s acclaimed stage plays include Tender Napalm, Shivered, The Pitchfork Disney and Mercury Fur.

Tickets: £10 – £12.

Windswept Productions is presenting Murray Lachlan Young’s The Incomers from May 13 to May 18.

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.

Tickets: £10-12.

Read more about The Incomers

For more information or to book, visit www.pleasance.co.uk/islington.

Comedy also featues in the Pleasance Theatre’s spring schedule. Read more.