Hundred Words for Snow, Mama G's Story Time, Cult of K*NZO, We’ve Got Each Other, Much Ado
A Hundred Words for Snow – tour starts 4 February
Lucy Jane Atkinson directs Gemma Barnett in A Hundred Words for Snow.
This play follows female polar explorer Rory through grief, adolescence and across the Arctic on her mission to get the ashes of her Arctic enthusiast dad to the North Pole.
It is written by Royal Court and Lyric Young Writer’s Programmes graduate Tatty Hennessy with polar explorer and author Felicity Aston MBE as consultant.
A Hundred Words For Snow is presented by RJG Productions. It tours to Warwick Arts Centre Coventry (as part of SOLO Fest), Mill Studio at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre Havant, The Garage Norwich, The Riverfront Newport and Trafalgar Studios London.
Mama G's Story Time Roadshow – tour starts 5 February and Story Time with Mama G – tour starts 10 February
Who says panto is only for Christmas? Oh no, it isn’t!
Hardworking writer and popular panto dame Robert Pearce has two shows on the road in February.
New show Mama G's Story Time Roadshow is an all-singing, partial-dancing, storytelling extravaganza for the whole family spreading a message of love and acceptance.
It combines drag, pantomime and storytelling along themes of who you are and loving who you want. Addressed at all ages, Pearce creates confused unicorns, feuding fairies, misunderstood pop stars and of course… Oprah.
Pearce is a writer, director and actor appearing in twenty-five professional pantomimes. His theatre company, Petite Pantos, produces pantomime with a social conscience.
Mama G's Story Time Roadshow visits The Drayton Arms Theatre London, The Woodville Gravesend, The Seagull Lowestoft, Camberley Theatre, The Curve Slough and Stratford Playhouse.
The second show is Story Time with Mama G, which combines the magic of panto and storytelling.
Suitable for children aged 3+ and their families, there are fairy tales with an LGBTQ+ twist and stories from the lives of real people such as Rose Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst.
Story Time with Mama G visits Woolwich Library, Lowestoft Library, Balham Library, Neston Library, Frodsham Library, Library @ The Curve Slough, Barnoldswick Library, Burnley Library, Coal Clough Library, Museum of Liverpool, Flint Library, Rhyl Library, Holywell Library, Deeside Library, Buckley Library, St Helen's Libraries and Blackpool Libraries.
The Cult of K*NZO – tour starts 5 February
Why did writer, performer and video artist Paula Varjack queue all night to buy a dress by designer Kenzo? The Cult of K*nzo, an original and visually striking examination of consumer culture, class, race and how we interact with the world, seeks to explain why we want the things we want.
The show, which was co-commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, is written and performed by Paula Varjack, and directed by Martin Bengtsson.
Daisy Dockrill is the producer.
The Cult of K*NZO premières at Camden People’s Theatre London then visits Arts Centre Colchester, Performing Arts Centre Lincoln, Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester (as part of International Woman’s Day Festival), Stockton ARC, Theatre Deli Sheffield, Folkestone Quarterhouse, Theatre Royal York, Battersea Arts Centre London, Northern Stage Newcastle and The Lowry Salford.
We’ve Got Each Other - tour starts 6 February
The almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi musical written and performed by Paul O’Donnell, We’ve Got Each Other, is back after a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a BE Festival Audience Award.
This jukebox musical with a difference mixes highbrow, meta, self-referential, and conceptual theatre whilst providing a cheesy, feel-good musical.
Coventry based O’Donnell's previous work includes Nothing!, So Far West and One Thing On His Mime.
He has worked with Arcola Theatre’s Over 50’s Community group and Belgrade Theatre’s community and education department. He is associate artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Theatre Absolute. He is co-founder and producer of Shoot Festival.
We’ve Got Each Other was commissioned by China Plate, mac, Warwick Arts Centre and In Good Company.
The show visits Vault Festival London, Carriageworks Leeds, Hull Truck, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Battersea Arts Centre London, Beaford Arts Rural Touring Devon, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Wolverhampton Arena, HOME Manchester (as part of Orbit Festival), and Harrogate Theatre with further dates to be announced.
Much Ado About Nothing – tour starts 8 February
Robin Simpson plays Benedick, stepping into the shows of Reece Dinsdale who has had to withdraw due to family illness. Isobel Middleton plays Beatrice. Simpson spoke about this production for the BTG podcast.
The play is directed by Conrad Nelson and the musical director is Rebekah Hughes.
Much Ado About Nothing visits New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme, The Dukes Lancaster, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, Salisbury Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Viaduct Theatre Halifax, The Lowry Salford, York Theatre Royal and Harrogate Theatre.