Dinosaur World, Passionate Machine, Shape of the Pain, Status

Dinosaur World Live – tour starts 12 March

Following a summer run in London's Regent’s Park Theatre, Dinosaur World Live takes to the road again.

The story for Dinosaur World Live is written and directed by Derek Bond and the cast comprises Lucy Varney, Romina Hytten, Darcy Collins, Gary Mitchinson, Peter Twose and Emily Cooper.

Puppetry brings lifelike dinosaurs to the stage in this show, each performance of which is followed by a post-show meet and greet for audiences.

Dinosaur World Live visits Winter Gardens Margate, Northcott Theatre Exeter, Gatehouse Theatre Stafford, Darlington Hippodrome, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Haymarket Theatre Leicester, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Wyvern Theatre Swindon, Civic Theatre Chelmsford, Playhouse Theatre Oxford, Barbican York, Swan Theatre High Wycombe, Royal & Derngate Northampton, The Riverfront Newport, Congress Theatre Eastbourne, South Holland Centre Spalding, Winding Wheel Theatre Chesterfield,, The Playhouse Weston-Super-Mare, Mercury Theatre Colchester, Auditorium Grimsby, The Princess Alexandra Auditorium Stockton-On-Tees, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Garrick Theatre Lichfield, Corn Exchange Newbury, The Capitol Horsham, Harrogate Theatre, St Helen’s Theatre Royal Merseyside, Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Hexham, Eden Court Inverness, Memorial Hall Lanark and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

Passionate Machine – tour starts 14 March

You may think that the BBC came up with the idea of the first female time travelling doctor but you would be wrong!

Dr Rosy Carrick beat the Beeb with her play Passionate Machine about how she had to build a time machine to rescue her future self, stuck 100 years in the past where she had travelled in order to save Russian Revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky from suicide.

For her troubles, she walked away with the Best New Play Award at the Brighton Fringe 2018 and The Infallibles Award for Theatrical Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show takes in David Bowie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen Hawking, sci-fi, CERN and particle physics, self-discovery, motherhood, Dr Who, #MeToo and '80s time travel films.

Passionate Machine is written by Rosy Carrick and directed by Kate Bonna.

Rosy Carrick is a poet, writer, performer and translator who has co-hosted the Latitude Festival poetry stage since 2010 and is co-curator with Luke Wright of the Port Eliot Festival poetry stage. She has a PhD on the poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky and has published two books of his work in translation and her own debut poetry collection.

Passionate Machine visits London Draper Hall, Hove The Old Market (part of Reigning Women), Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, Framlingham FAYAP Youth and Arts Centre, Margate Tom Thumb Theatre, Newport The Riverfront, Clevedon The Theatre Shop, Exeter Phoenix and Worcester Arts Workshop.

The Shape of the Pain – tour starts 19 March

Developed by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe and written by Chris Thorpe, this Fringe First award-winning show mixes Bagshaw’s own experiences of living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome with a fictional love story to look at the concept of joy and never ending pain.

The performer is Hannah McPake.

The Shape of the Pain is directed by Rachel Bagshaw with movement by Raquel Meseguer, video design by Joshua Pharo and an original score by Melanie Wilson. Integrated captioning and audio description is by Michael Achtman.

The Shape of the Pain was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The New Wolsey Theatre and is presented by China Plate. The play visits Wilton’s Music Hall London, The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University Ormskirk, Bristol Old Vic, Cambridge Junction and Northern Stage Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Status – tour starts 20 March

Chris Thorpe's Fringe First-winning show about national identity and what happens when we try to escape it tours as the country gets ever closer to the political upheaval that is Brexit.

Status is written and performed by Chris Thorpe, who is associate artist at the Royal Exchange Manchester, a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and an associate of live art / theatre company Third Angel. He co-wrote Fringe First winning The Shape of the Pain also touring from March.

Status is produced by China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz Germany. Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Les Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, it has been developed with an intercultural creative team from Germany and the UK, rehearsed in both countries and has resulted in both English and a German language versions.

The director is Rachel Chavkin, music is by Tanuja Amarasuriya and video design is by Andrzej Goulding.

Status visits South Street Arts Centre Reading, Burton Taylor Studio Oxford, Studio Manchester Royal Exchange, Enable Us Fesitval Sheffield, Colchester Arts Centre, Church St Colchester CO1 1NF, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Harlow Playhouse, Unity Theatre Liverpool, Gulbenkian University of Kent, Norwich Arts Centre, Jersey Arts Centre, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts Brighton, New Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Lighthouse Poole, The Civic Barnsley, Battersea Arts Centre London, Luton Library Theatre, Tron Theatre Glasgow, The Salburg Salisbury Playhouse and Hull Truck Theatre.