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Friday 06 October - Saturday 14 October


Antigone by Sophokles

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‘We come out of the dark’

Civil war has decimated Thebes and torn apart the troubled family of Oidipous.  Kreon must keep a grip if his new government is to be strong and stable.  But when Antigone defies him and buries her traitor brother, she sparks a series of catastrophic events. Is she a criminal with terrorist leanings, a brave voice of reason, or simply a loyal sister?  Is Kreon a heartless dictator, or a man trying desperately to balance the needs of state and family? 

Anne Carson’s poetic and colloquial translation brings these extraordinary personal and political circumstances into the present day - a world where civil war and despotism are still rife; a world that longs for truth and courage.

Friday 03 November -


NVT Fri-Up- Comedy Night

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NVT presents Fri-Up, an evening of sizzling stand-up comedy served up by some of the South Coast's favourite and freshest comedic talent.

Tuck into a plateful of gut-busting one-liners, side-splitting storytelling and curious character/musical comedy. From the hilarious to the sublime to the downright surreal, there will be humour to alight all taste-buds.

A friday night out guaranteed to leave you bursting at the seams.   

Friday 10 November - Saturday 18 November

Theatre Upstairs

Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill

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Anna was sent by her Swedish seafaring father to live with cousins in Minnesota where she was badly abused. She escaped and wrote to her father telling him it’s time to help her. They are reconciled, but whilst on her father’s barge they come across a shipwrecked sailor Matt Burke and she falls in love. Dare she tell them the truth and risk everything?

O’Neill’s Pulitzer winning play is about love and forgiveness, charting one woman’s longing to forget the dark secrets of her past and hope for salvation. 

Friday 08 December - Saturday 16 December


The Messiah by Patrick Barlow

Ridiculously funny yet gloriously exhilarating” wrote the Guardian about the National Theatre of Brent’s efforts to enact the entire Christmas story. Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God, and many, many more are all performed by the self admiring Desmond Olivier Dingle (Artistic Director, Auteur, Master Thespian) and his entire company of one - the helpful (but not always) and willing (but not always) Raymond. All spasmodically accompanied by the wayward Mrs Flowers, opera singer.

An inspired satire that sends up theatre’s epic pretensions and yet can still evoke the momentous.




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