Thrive, Junkyard, A Machine They’re Secretly Building

Thrive – tour starts 21 February

Thrive looks at mental health issues amongst young people through the story of Ollie, Ashleigh and Ralph who come together following the sudden death of someone they knew.

This life-affirming show where the audience sits in the middle of the set uses humour, movement and spoken word to explore trauma, death and dying.

The show has been devised by the company with dramaturg Gareth Morgan. Toby Ealden directs Claire Gaydon, Dan Morgan and Luke Vernon; composition is by Joel Peter Atkins.

Thrive is presented by Zest Theatre; it will tour to schools and non-theatre spaces. The tour starts on 21 February at The Woodville, Kent and visits Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, West End Centre, Aldershot, The Hat Factory, Luton, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, Farnham Maltings, Surrey, The Point, Eastleigh, The Old Market, Brighton, Harlow Playhouse, The Garage, Norwich, Dorchester Arts, Cornerstone Arts Centre, Oxford, The Hive, Shrewsbury, Lincoln Drill Hall and The Bridge House Theatre Warwick.

Junkyard - tour starts 24 February

Jeremy Herrin directs Junkyard, with a cast comprised of Scarlett Brookes, Calum Callaghan, Josef Davies, Erin Doherty, Kevin McMonagle, Enyi Okoronkwo, Seyi Omooba, Lisa Palfrey, Jack Riddiford and Ciaran Alexander Stewart.

The musicians are musical director Akintayo Akinbode, Nadine Lee and Dario Rossetti-Bonell.

This wildly comic show has book and lyrics by Jack Thorne and music by Stephen Warbeck. It is a Headlong, Bristol Old Vic, Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatr Clwyd co-production which runs from 24 February at Bristol Old Vic, then at Theatr Clwyd, Wales and Rose Theatre, Kingston.

A Machine They’re Secretly Building – tour starts 28 February

Proto-type Theater is touring with A Machine They’re Secretly Building.

A wry expose of spies, lies, Edward Snowden’s revelations and government surveillance, this play uses original text, classified intelligence documents, music and film.

It is written and directed by Andrew Westerside and performed by Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees, with film by Adam York Gregory, and music and sound design by Paul J Rogers.

A Machine They’re Secretly Building was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and hÅb (Manchester). It starts its tour at Crewe Axis Arts Centre then visits The Lowry Salford, Birmingham mac, Tron Theatre Glasgow, Northern Stage Newcastle, Liverpool Unity Theatre, St Albans Trestle Arts Base, Norwich Arts Centre and Farnham Maltings.

Check web sites for information regarding post–show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.