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Park90 - January to June 2019

Peter Duncan stars in The Dame. Photo by Gordon Render.

Season preview

PARK Theatre has announced its new January to June 2019 season and there are seven productions lined up for Park90. As well as The Dame, starring Peter Duncan, they include:

My Dad’s Gap Year. Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE and with a cast that includes Victoria Gigante, it runs from January 30 to February 23. Suitable for ages 16+ (contains explicit language, references to drug use and scenes of a sexual nature).

Seriously William, you’re eighteen and you’re gay, for Christ’s sake. You’re meant to swim against the tide. A proper gap year is all about traveling. Seeing the world. Popping your cherry. This is our chance to start living. Me and you.

This is the story of Dave; a dad in mid-life freefall who takes his repressed, gay, teenage son William on a wild adventure to Thailand. My Dad’s Gap Year is a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events.

Gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy-love, drinking games and beer bellies. Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a mad one!

We’re Staying Right Here. Written by Henry Devas and directed by Jez Pike, it runs from February 26 to March 23. Suitable for ages 16+ (strong language). Trigger warning: could affect people struggling with mental health.

I hate you. I hate this place. We’re not leaving. No one’s leaving. We are staying right here.

In a world full of hate there was Matthew. Stand-up comic. New Father. Nice chap. Life fair to middling. Then the war started.

Matt hides in his flat with Benzies and Tristabel. They arrived one day and never left. No one ever leaves now. The door is locked. The windows are boarded. It’s dangerous outside.

As the man Matthew used to be fades away, the three men tell themselves stories about the past, present and future. Stories about their escape.

They have a plan. They have a ladder. It’s polished. It’s worshipped. It goes straight through the roof and beyond. It will be their salvation. They’ll climb it one day. If only they could get it prepared. If only Matt could figure out what role he’ll play in this war. If only the others could just stop talking.

We’re Staying Right Here is a jet-black comedy about the least comic of human struggles; one man’s survival in a world turned upside down.

Cry Havoc. Written by Tom Coash and directed by Pamela Schermann, it runs from March 27 to April 20. Suitable for ages 16+ (contains strong language, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and scenes referring to violence which some audience members might find disturbing).

Love is a search for faith. Love is passion. Putting your hand in the fire and believing. Ripping your heart out and laying it on a sidewalk for mobs to trample. What would you do for love?

In present day Cairo, two men are forced to confront their cultural identities, traditions and a repressive government in a gripping search for love and faith.

Cry Havoc is a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer.

Tom Coash’s poignant, intimate play explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East through the eyes of two people asking if love can bridge even the widest cultural divide.

Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough. Written by Ben Alderton, directed by Roland Reynolds and designed by Isabella Van Braeckel, it runs from April 24 to May 18. Suitable for ages 16+ (strong language and sexual references).

Political leaders Ned Contraband and David Carter ruthlessly battle it out to get into government. Whether it’s propaganda, ridicule, hacking, leaking, bullying, blackmail, coalition or negotiation – no tactic is too low.

Which party has the best pitch? Who do we set up for failure? Why are we in this situation in the first place? And who is this peculiar janitor talking in riddles? One thing is clear: the system is very much broken. But who’s going to fix it?

Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is a political satire by Fragen Theatre Company taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the unjust, corrupt and farcical pantomime that is British Politics.

Beneath The Blue Rinse. A comedy by Tom Glover, designed by Nomi Everall and with a cast that includes Kevin Tomlinson, it runs from May 21 to June 15. Suitable for ages 14+ (strong language).

Quentin Tarantino meets Last of the Summer Wine in this wickedly funny, high-octane comedy about growing old passionately and disgracefully.

When unscrupulous, over-confident salesman Simon Sudgebury comes knocking on the door of the seemingly timid Flora Parkin, hoping to scare her into buying an expensive alarm system, little does he realise what he is about to let himself in for. Feisty, charismatic 75-year-old Flora and her gentle 72-year-old ‘toy boy’ lover George are not what they first appear!

Produced by comedy-based theatre company KEPOW! Beneath The Blue Rinse explodes stereotypes associated with ‘senior citizens’ and questions how society views and treats the elderly.

KEPOW! Theatre have been producing high quality comedy theatre shows for over 20 years, with many of their shows receiving 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival, before going on to tour the UK and abroad (Seven Ages, On the Edge and Crazy Little Thing Called Love!).

Summer Rolls. Written by Tuyen Do, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith and with set and costume design by Moi Tran, it runs from June 18 to July 13. Suitable for ages 14+.

That girl. She always makes me shout. If we’re not careful, she’ll turn rotten like an English child.

Mai is impulsive, intelligent, independent and growing up fast. As well as realising from a young age that her family are nursing deep wounds and secrets, she also has to navigate her dual identity as a second-generation immigrant.

Having escaped war-torn Vietnam, her family’s individual journeys and memories have left scars that Mai was too young to understand. Embracing their silence, Mai’s camera becomes a conduit through which her journey of discovery begins.

January to June 2019 in Park200.