Redcoats, Catch Me, Cotton Fingers, Horrible Histories—Dreadful Deaf
Redcoats - tour starts 18 May
It covers 80 years of Butlins history with holiday huts, bonny babies, knobbly knees and songs and with guest appearances from Marlene Dietrich, Gracie Fields and Laurel and Hardy.
The cast is made up of Christopher Arkeston, Elizabeth Robin, Joshua Cosidine and Rachel Benson who are directed by Jonny Kelly. The composer and musical director is Rebekah Hughes.
Redcoats visits Marsden Mechanics Hall, Snainton Village Hall, Bingley Arts Centre, Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Poor Marsh Allotments and Community Garden, Cheadle Hulme Garden and Allotment Association, Scarcroft Allotments, Grimesthorpe Allotments, Clock Warehouse, Great Houghton Village Hall, Victoria Hotel, Nottingham, St Peter's Parish Hall, Market Bosworth, Snarestone Conery Playing Fields, The Moorings Northampton, The Canal Museum Nr Towcaster, Lindengate Mental Health Charity, The Trout Inn Lechlade On Thames, The Grand Junction Arms Tring, Framfield Allotments Hanwell, Wootton Wawen Village Hall, The Rising Sun Berkhamstead, Fishery Wharf Café Hemel Hempstead, North Aston Village Green Bicester, Bourne End WI, Spade Oak Farm, The Teapot Tearooms Farringdon, Cricklade Bloomers, Eyot Centre, Henley on Thames, Bishampton Village Hall Pershore, Rodborough Community Hall Stroud, The Rowbarge Reading, Waterfront Cafe Benson, Alcester War Memorial Town Hall, The Plough Inn Oxford, The Goat & Trousers Alvechurch, The Pig Place Banbury, Wharf House Cropredy, Calcutt Boats Southam, The Bridge House Lock 2 Solihull, The Anchor Inn Worcester, Wetherby Whaler Guiseley, Ewanrigg Community Centre, Winsford Academy Theatre, Meltham Sports & Community Centre, Birch Community Centre, Leyland Historical Society, Millgate Arts Centre, The Gaskell Memorial Hall and Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre, with more dates to be confirmed.
Catch Me – tour starts 18 May
Upswing's new show is a playful look at expectations of relationships across generations, gender and race.
This outdoor dance-circus show is devised and directed by Vicki Amedume and performed by dancer and choreographer Susan Kempster alongside physical performer Jerone Marsh-Reid.
Catch Me visits Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Brighton Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Freedom Festival Hull and Festival of Creative Ageing London.
Cotton Fingers – tour starts 22 May
Rhondda born award-winning writer Rachel Trezise's play Cotton Fingers is set in Belfast and tells the story of a young woman making the journey to Wales to access free NHS abortion care.
Politically charged, it was written during the 2018 referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in Ireland.
This one-woman show is performed by Northern Irish actor Amy Molloy, presented by National Theatre Wales and directed by associate director Julia Thomas.
Cotton Fingers tours the island of Ireland visiting The MAC Belfast, The Playhouse Theatre and Arts Centre Derry / Londonderry, Samuel Beckett Theatre Trinity College Dublin, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray and, additionally, Sherman Theatre Cardiff
Horrible Histories—Dreadful Deaf – tour starts 29 May
Horrible Histories is back on stage looking at the dreadful, dangerous and deluded stories of the deaf from groovy Greeks to gorgeous Georgians, ruthless Romans to vile Victorians.
Fifi Garfield, Naomi Gray, and Nadeem Islam make up the cast directed by Paula Garfield.
In spoken English and British Sign Language this show is for the young, Deaf or hearing.
Horrible Histories—Dreadful Deaf is presented by the UK’s first professional deaf-launched and led theatre company Deafinitely Theatre and Birmingham Stage Company. The show tours to Bristol Old Vic, York Theatre Royal, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, The North Wall Oxford and Derby Theatre.
Check web sites for information regarding post-show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances, the use of smoke/haze and flashing lights and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.