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Back Door Parole 

Journeymen Theatre

Ron’s spent a lifetime in prison and the outside world is no longer beckoning. He, like thousands of others, will see out his days inside, otherwise known as Back Door Parole. Kathy becomes part of Ron’s life as a newly appointed Quaker prison chaplain. Ron is something of a spiritual tourist before arriving at the Quakers. She, in turn, is both idealistic and overwhelmed by what she experiences.The play explores the complexities of the UK penal system and how this impacts upon both inmates and those who work within it. In particular, it exposures the pressures and stresses caused by…

10 Days That Shook The World 

Thereby Hangs A Tale Productions

American journalist John Reed, captured the events of the 1917 October revolution in Russia, in his book Ten Days That Shook The World. It is his and his wife Louise Bryant’s work that is captured in this piece of theatre created by Thereby Hangs a Tale.

Woman Up! 

Charlotte Levene

She’s a wife, a mother, a grandmother… but most of all she’s a woman up a tree. And she’s not planning on coming down anytime soon.Performed by Jude Emmett in a real treehouse, Charlotte Levene’s dark comedy explores isolation, judgement and the fight to be heard whilst being left the hell alone.“Scared? I held your father’s hand as we crossed the picket line in front of Scargill in ’85. You don’t know the meaning of fear until you have 47 burly lads from Otterly throwing rocks at you. The most likely thing to hit me in the face up here…

Apocalypse Kernow 

OMF Theatre

Apocalypse Kernow is a comedy about a zombie apocalypse in Cornwall. That’s it. It is also a social commentary about rights and immigration.Apocalypse Kernow is a series of linked sketches by Greg Winders, that trace the story of how the disease of brain addiction came to Cornwall, with rumours circulating it could be the pasties.The story moves on to how all areas are affected, from whether super markets or Trago Mills will have to close down to the National Trust café subduing infected with cream tea. Then deciding whether to kill them based on whether they go cream or jam…

Marie-Louise Flexen Presents…. 

Marie-Louise Flexen

A collection of three short films exploring some unique and unconventional collaborations in contemporary dance. ‘Breathe the Line’, ‘Equilibrium’ and ‘The Joy of Living’ are produced and danced by Marie-Louise Flexen, and directed and filmed by Peter Anderson. Breathe the Line Art & contemporary dance collide in a dialogue between dancer Marie-Louise Flexen and Stroud based artist Cheryl Perrett. Explorations in movement, mark making and painting, where the artist responds to the dancer and dancer responds to the artist. A picture evolves from this interaction. Film direction & videography by Peter Anderson with sound design by Steven Skinley. Marie-Louise Flexen –…

Confessions of a Memory Thief (1) 

Through the Square Productions

Note: Part 1 available to watch now…. part 2 coming soon! Confessions of a Memory Thief is about Al. A misunderstood and innocent fluke of nature; a disease consumed with guilt.Maybe it’s the bright light or it could be the intense scrutiny of the scientist peering through the microscope at Al. Either way this perfectly incised slither of brain in a snappy purple suit is galvanised into the performance of a lifetime. Al is delighted to have the opportunity to reveal all, confess, spill the beans and is frankly relieved it’s finally over.

Railway Rhymes 

Keith Butler, Stuart Butler, Andrew Budd and Jonny Fluffypunk

The branch line from Swindon to Stroud … and beyond …Tales from the footplate and the platform,Poems from the station’s edge.Ponderings during lockdownon pubs, pastimes and past times.

The Trials of Harvey Matusow 

Monkeydog Productions

“Y’know, the thing about McCarthy – the thing they never tell you – is this: Joe McCarthy was a son of a bitch; but he was the nicest son of a bitch you ever met.”England, the late ’60s. Harvey Matusow is a long way from home. Home, for the record, is New York, but it’s been a while since he was welcome there. Still, he keeps himself busy.In fact, there’s barely a moment when Harvey isn’t writing, broadcasting, playing the Jew’s harp, organising music festivals, inventing toys or burying pianos in the garden (his wife’s an avant-garde musician). In fact, Harvey never really stands still. Perhaps he’s afraid…

On Air! 

Curious Move and Red Dog Theatre

Four actors, and a musician take to the outdoor stage throughout Gloucestershire.Expect cut glass vowels and vintage glamour as the cast recreate scripts from the heydays of the wireless. Throughout the performance, sound effects are created live by the actors – balloons imitate creaking doors and a variety of household objects provide the soundscapes to a selection of spiffing yarns !

The Making of Miss Brown 

Parrot Productions

Cirencester 1883: Like so many dutiful Victorian women, 52-year old Miss Brown lives a mundane life, caring for her sick father.  There are bills to be paid, sheets to be washed and, fulfilling one of her father’s duties, daily meteorological readings to be taken.  As a devout Quaker she follows ‘the light within’, but, with her passion for astronomy, longs to see the invisible and explore the hidden depths of the universe.  While some wing-clipped geese on her neighbour’s farm seem like an accurate metaphor of her life so far, the dark clouds that constantly hug the Cotswold horizon look…

What Myra Did 

LouDeemy Productions

Myra suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.). Her experience of life is chaotic, disjointed, patchy and often delusional, as she battles with the various aspects of herself, seeking a core self with which she may finally connect with the world. Sometimes a victim, or a child, sometimes reflective, at other times a highly functioning, if neurotic woman, Myra allows us a glimpse into her world. She can be poetic or cynical, introverted, psychotic, or sane and sensible as she takes us along on a rollercoaster ride through her conversations with the highly critical Arym, along with her monologues and her…

Natural Verbosity 

Chloe of Midnight Storytellers

Instead of celebrating 20 years of tales, Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers totters into her 6th decade fuelled by cake, chemotherapy, cat fur and, frankly, dragon sized grumpiness. The more she rants, the more you’ll giggle…What happens when a girl learns to deter blokes by showing her functioning brain cells?! Why only two cats when she loves them all?! What if your only talent earns more sneers than cheers? And why Natural Verbosity?Continuing her slightly faltering mission to boldly take story cabaret where it’s never gone before, Chloë presents an interactive wordfest of comedy and story. More or less unscripted, especially the…

Absolutely NOT The New Normal 

pd Productions

Scarcely normal pre-Covid, Sarah Hitchcock and Philip Douch now seize the opportunity to prove nothing much has changed. Seeking revenge on the Universe, they’ll spend an hour inflicting their slightly off the wall short stories on anyone sufficiently frustrated at the absence of live entertainment to consider signing up for something barely alive and perhaps only loosely entertaining. With different stories at each show, you could even come along twice, just to check that you weren’t hallucinating at the first one.It’s sometimes said (by Sarah and Philip actually) that a good short story makes its mark not just from the…

Virtual Monk Spotting 

Firedonkey Productions

Fire Donkey present an hour of live monk action, expert advice and a charity single all in aid of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Monks. In association with Stroud Theatre Festival. If you can imagine an episode of Springwatch but with 1500-year-old monks, that should give you an idea of what to expect!

And So, Now That you’re Dead 

Foulisfair Theatre

Welcome through the doorway.  We hope you had a good life.  If not… (oops – It’s a little too late!)  Never mind, maybe it’s still worth considering what death means to you, and to explore the possibility of becoming ‘death-positive’? The Appreciation of Mortality Society has put together a star-studded cast for this informative event: Grim will be there to welcome you, and Catrina La Calavera from Mexico – where they really know how to celebrate the dead! Also, the famous Greek Goddess Demeter will be dropping by, though we can’t promise she’ll be in a celebratory mood.  And woven…