Coming Soon at the New Venture Theatre


Friday 31 March - Saturday 01 April

Bloody Lies & Teen Twister

A New Venture Youth Theatre production

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'Bloody Lies' is a tense crime drama featuring love, affairs of the heart, deceit, trauma and ultimately murder. James Long finds himself accused of bludgeoning to death the woman he has been having an affair with. Tormented by guilt and loss of memory has he been wrongly convicted? Can any of the characters be trusted?

'Teen Twister' is a light-hearted response to the question, 'what is it like being a teenager in 2017?' Witness their concerns, stereotypes, contemporary pressures all re-imagined with a sense of play and humour.

Friday 21 April - Saturday 29 April

Studio Theatre

A double bill of One Act Plays

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Hughie by Eugene O'Neill

directed by Dan Walker

New York is on the cusp of the Great Depression; in its seedy underbelly, small-time gambler Erie is crawling back into his hotel after days of drunken mourning. The Night-Clerk would rather be somewhere – and someone – else, but to his horror he finds that Erie has many tales to tell about his lost buddy. ‘Hughie’ is Eugene O'Neill's completely honest exploration of a friendship between two people, one of whom is an inveterate liar, and the struggle to make new connections when we feel alone.

The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard

directed by Mary Allen

The Real Inspector Hound is a wildly funny, surreal comedy.  The action is set in a theatre, where it’s the first night of an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. The play is watched by two critics, who make ponderous - and very funny - pronouncements about it.  A character is killed.  Inspector Hound comes onstage to try and solve the mystery.  Gradually the critics are drawn into the action, with catastrophic consequences.  Only at the end do we learn who is the Real Inspector Hound.

Thursday 18 May - Saturday 27 May

Theatre Upstairs

Lulu by Frank Wedekind

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directed by Scott Roberts

“Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.” Friedrich Nietzsche

A brand new adaptation of Frank Wedekind's seminal classic.  This controversial German play was originally written in 1895 and at the time considered so depraved that the writer's own publisher refused to release the last two acts.  There have been dozens of interpretations since, including a silent movie and an opera.

The story follows the life of a passionate young woman whose true nature - one of sexual candour and freedom - leads her on a journey into the moral hypocrisy of bourgeois society and, ultimately, to her tragic destruction.

In a world where a sexual predator can be elected President, there is no better time to highlight this new breed of misogyny, and the double standards confident women face every day.

Friday 16 June - Saturday 24 June

Studio Theatre

Proof by David Auburn

directed by Claire Lewis


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