Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence

Part of the Six Plays One Day event at Tristan Bates, Songs of Innocence really stands out from the crowd. 

Am I Happy Yet?

Am I Happy Yet?

Written and performed by Jack Hesketh and directed by Coral Tarran, Is Trying Enough? starts with a young man bouncing out of bed to the upbeat sounds of Mr Blue Sky by ELO. 

Noodles For Breakfast

Noodles For Breakfast

When Kate (Robyn Lovell) starts her new job working in a charity call centre for breast cancer care, her newfound workmate and desk-share partner Garry's (Matthew Bromwich) rel… 

My Fern Flower

My Fern Flower

According to an ancient myth, the fern flower blooms for a very short time on the eve of the summer solstice, and those who are fortunate enough to find it are granted earthly fort… 

Is Trying Enough?

Is Trying Enough?

Families come in all shapes and sizes. 

Six Plays One Day

Six Plays One Day

Threedumb Theatre returns to the Tristan Bates Theatre for another whole day of one-act plays, showcasing a wide variety of new writing. 

A Bench at the Edge by Luigi Jannuzzi

A Bench at the Edge by Luigi Jannuzzi

A thought-provoking dark comedy that addresses mental health issues, suicidal thoughts and the fragility of the human condition. 

Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia! (and other stories!)

Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia! (and other stories!)

Join us on this fin-de-siècle rattling rollercoaster ride as we wheel and dip through some of the infamous adventures of Holmes and Watson while tackling the tenacious and enigmat… 

All the Little Lights

All the Little Lights

Joanne and Lisa were like sisters. Then Lisa left and got a new family. Joanne got a new mate. Now they’re back together for a birthday party by the railway tracks, in search of normality and love… 

When It Happens

When It Happens

‘This was an awakening. This was a revolution. This was like eating three Berocca with no water and letting them bubble inside you.’ A surreal and outrageous comedy following the lives of three women on what they thought would be a normal day of micro-aggressions and self-doubt… 

Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia!

Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia!

Roll up! Roll Up! For an all-female 90-minute Victorian circus act called A Scandal in Bohemia! This fin-de-siècle steampunk merry-go-round will be a rollercoaster ride of 5 women playing hundreds of characters while Holmes and Watson expose crimes, solve mysteries, cheat death and make it safely back home in time to feed the dog… 

Shadows

Shadows

Nat and James work together, struggling against a possibly imagined attraction. Dissecting the nature of modern romance and dreams, Shadows sees Nat delve into fantasy, never sure if James is flirting with her, or if they are edging closer to friendship… 

Hair Of The Dog

Hair Of The Dog

Fraternity. Brotherhood. Companionship. A college fraternity is a staple of American college movies but, apart from that, is little known here in the United Kingdom. But the reality of a frat party goes far beyond what we see in Adam Sandler films… 

Sh*t Happens

Sh*t Happens

Sh*t Happens is a multidisciplinary performance exploring the taboos and challenges of living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, drawing on personal experience of one of the more than 300,000 people affected in the UK. 

The Luncheon

The Luncheon

Do not come looking for answers. Here as these two non-white British humans eat lunch, you won’t find them. The duo take you on a visually dense, experimental non-linear ride & makes no attempts to make the abstract understandable… 

To Drone In The Rain

To Drone In The Rain

Relevant and gripping, this heartfelt play explores what we sacrifice on our path towards an easy access existence, our need for connection and the mental health issues resulting out of it… 

The Geminus

The Geminus

An adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Sharer, The Geminus tells the story of a young sea captain who, after discovering a fugitive clinging to the side ship, embarks on a journey of self-discovery… 

Eggs by Florence Keith-Roach

Eggs by Florence Keith-Roach

Eggs is unique in showing two northern working class females being utterly honest, hilarious and vulnerable. This female two hander follows two women leading very different lives… 

Mortgage

Mortgage

Mortgage (a.k.a. the filthy, disgusting and miserable Beatrice Gunta Mortgage): Lunatic, Murderess, Stage Manager. Mortgage has burnt down the last theatre on Earth. She can’t do anything right… 

A Piece of the Continent

A Piece of the Continent

The Actors Centre and Voila! Europe present a brand-new festival celebrating cultural links and theatre from our neighbours across Europe. A Piece of the Continent will be staged at Tristan Bates Theatre, in the heart of London… 

Half Me, Half You.

Half Me, Half You.

What if you were black, gay and a woman in America right now? Jess and Meredith are a married, interracial, gay couple living in New York in 2017 – the era of Trump – weathering a new wave of intolerance, discrimination and oppression, which is sweeping the nation and seeping into their home… 

Classified

Classified

Three short, interlinking plays exploring the impact of social class on individual lives, set in the present day and an imagined near-future. Part of the Working Class Stories season, in association with Actor Awareness… 

Paved With Gold and Ashes

Paved With Gold and Ashes

Paved with Gold and Ashes is the story of five women who survive a hideous factory. It is a historic narrative, based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 workers, nearly all of them young women… 

Dog / Actor

Dog / Actor

Dog and Actor are two short, explosive and vulnerable plays written by Steven Berkoff. Each explores the idea of façade – that of a football hooligan who treats racism like it’s fashionable, and that of an endlessly networking actor, desperate to be seen in fashion… 

To She Or Not To She

To She Or Not To She

"Frailty, thy name is woman!" That is probably not most women’s favourite line from Shakespeare and could not be further from the truth when applied to Emma Bentley. She quotes it in context and contemptuously as part of her fast-paced and hilarious indictment of the theatrical canon in which most of the great parts are given to men… 

The Story's End

The Story's End

I didn’t actually see this performance; not by virtue of being absent, but rather because I had followed the request of actor and spoken word poet, Paul Daly, to blindfold myself… 

Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

Bethany Fox’s script explores the relationship between two jobbing actors, Jess (Bethany Fox) and Jack(Oliver Burkill), who, after a chemistry-charged first meeting outside an audition, never find the time to properly ask each other out… 

Blasphemy

Blasphemy

In the sad world of factory farming the horrors of animals trapped in cages for the duration of their painful lives is well-documented and visually familiar. Blasphemy turns the situation around… 

Wine

Wine

Wine makes a return to the Tristan Bates Theatre following its successful run earlier in the year. It is one of three plays by Jack West currently showing as part of the LAGO Theatre Season… 

Revelation 1:18

Revelation 1:18

"I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!" Although never spoken in Revelation 1:18 these words from the last book in the bible capture the aspirational ideology that runs through this play, which is anything but dead… 

No Help Sent

No Help Sent

Gordon Brown once observed how Aneurin Bevan’s vision of a National Health Service was unimaginable in its day, yet it has withstood the test of time. He proudly asserted that it ‘remains at the centre of the life of our nation as… 

Echoes

Echoes

A few years from now, in the aftermath of a devastating, deliberate bomb blast which has ruined a nation, two men stare each other down across a table, deep underground. They are on polar opposite sides of an argument but as they talk, and the ground shifts, can what binds them together prove stronger than their opposing politics? 

Echoes

Echoes

A few years from now, in the aftermath of a devastating, deliberate bomb blast which has ruined a nation, two men stare each other down across a table, deep underground. These two unlikely survivors face off against each other: polar opposite sides of an argument... 

Love Lab

Love Lab

Meet Livia and Perry, two people looking for The One. Love Lab, a new dating show claims to have the answer… but how will they fair under the microscope of an international audience? Are these singletons really willing to expose themselves?This one act original explores our obsession with the digital and comments on how social media and reality TV is affecting our pursuit for true love. 

Spiders

Spiders

A touching two-hander examining friendship and the relativity of suffering. "Remember Steve Irwin? Steve Irwin didn’t do any of that pussying around Attenborough shit."Harry is homeless, reckless... 

Getting Over Everest

Getting Over Everest

Defined by her relationship status, Libby knows little else. When Rob Everest unexpectedly decides to cut ties, she spirals into an unannounced depression. But with the support of her friend Steph and the man from the bar, outspoken and explicit Libby attempts to find out who she is and what life has to offer... 

EUAN

EUAN

We've lost Euan. Euan's gone. Euan ain't coming back. No one can know that Euan's gone, cus', well, we're 'sposed to be looking after Euan. And if the boss finds out then she ain't gonna be happy... 

Half me, half you

Half me, half you

Jess and Meredith are a married, interracial, gay couple living in New York in 2017 – the era of Trump – weathering a new wave of intolerance, discrimination and oppression, which is sweeping the nation and seeping into their home... 

Locked Up

Locked Up

Two men are trapped in a confined space which they interpret as their cell. They have no idea where they are or who has taken them. Desperation grows as Declan (Samuel Ranger) and Topher (Conor Cook) try to find a way out. 

The Existence Formula

The Existence Formula

The Existence Formula returns following a successful Camden Fringe, this time to The Tristan Bates Theatre. 3 actors play multiple roles exploring existential neuroses in this exciting and often funny new play inspired by grief and a mid-life crisis. 

So You Say

So You Say

When ex-lovers meet after a gap of many years, what can we believe about the stories they tell? ‘So You Say’ explores the divergence over time of the stories we tell about events... 

A State of Mind

A State of Mind

A one woman verbatim play about a well lived woman. Billie wraps you up in her safe warm words about love, lust and life. At least one story will resonate with you and send you in to A State of Mind. 

HELD

HELD

Two interlinking stories set in the harsh reality of a men's prison, exploring the broken lives of five inmates and the locked chains that bind them. Young inmates Jamie and Fynn soon learn nothing is free and everything has a price. 

HumanMachine - binary2

HumanMachine - binary2

A human improvising theatre with an artificial intelligence? Two actors performing in two theatres... on different continents? Robots connecting over the Atlantic to create art? Yes, and… HumanMachine’s (https://humamachine... 

Sorrows of Satan

Sorrows of Satan

The Sorrows of Satan is like an Oscar Wilde Doctor Faustus by way of meta-theatrical musical [Title of Show]. Like the latter, it’s a four-person musical comedy about the creation of a musical comedy... 

Glockenspiel

Glockenspiel

Three funerals. One town. The longest war in its history. Far from the war waging overseas, a small American town is rocked by the deaths of three soldiers. As we meet the relatives we discover none of the dead were killed on active duty. 

Sellotape Sisters by Lee Mattinson

Sellotape Sisters by Lee Mattinson

1966. Legendary soap opera Sellotape Sisters has been cancelled. With no ideas left for the last episode, the writers raid the actors’ lives for storylines. In shock, will the cast stick to the script? Find out in this outrageous new comedy play. 

Rat In A Box

Rat In A Box

Blood on the hammer, rats in the cellar and another package from the postman. Awkwardness clashes with absurdity in the precarious soap bubble generation that is the under 25s of London... 

Area 52

Area 52

Area 51 is the US Military site where alien life was 'discovered.' Next to it is a hangar are two US Army Soldiers, neither knows whom or what they are guarding. This play is a tense drama of suspicion, leading to a nerve-shredding conclusion. 

A Year From Now

A Year From Now

A Year From Now Where will you be a year from now? RedBellyBlack sets out to answer this simple question with honesty, empathy and visual dexterity. "An expedition through a dozen lifetimes, lead by a verbatim audio guide" Woven together and brought to life by RedBellyBlack's distinctive physical theatre language, a diverse selection of people aged between 5 and 95 offer astonishingly personal responses to their time on this earth, creating an intimate and warm-hearted portrait of our passage through time... 

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

In a brand new solo theatre and storytelling show, Radio 4 and festival regular Rosie Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting over a shared love of Richard Hawley music and the London skyline with their eventual breakup emails and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic future, past and present. 

BOUND FEET BLUES - A Life Told In Shoes

BOUND FEET BLUES - A Life Told In Shoes

In an epic journey from China via East Asia and Australia to England, British-Malaysian writer-performer Yang-May Ooi explores female empowerment and desirability through the oral histories of three generations of her family and the shoes in her life 

再见 Goodbye

再见 Goodbye

As two lovers part at the airport, they relive the joys, passions and challenges of their love affair in English with Mandarin. Told through song and dance, '再见 Goodbye' is a story for all who have faced the trials of international relationships. 

Tamburlaine the Great

Tamburlaine the Great

Dictator, lover, husband and murderer, Controversial writer, Christopher Marlowe’s fierce and ferocious play Tamburlaine the Great, hits the stage in an all new gripping, physical and brutal production. 

My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

Bella and Esh (her hapless assistant) present an absurd, darkly comic guide to bereavement. If you think this isn’t relevant to you, you’re wrong: everyone you love is going to die... 

NightFlyer By Martin Malcolm

NightFlyer By Martin Malcolm

They’ve had an epic night out. And now, five Bristol teens are looking for the nightbus. The streets are spinning and tiny decisions suddenly have big consequences. Will they ever get home? "relentlessly intensifying emotional mayhem” TheatreBath 

Game Theory

Game Theory

Two couples. Two procedures. Two life-changing choices. A new double-bill from female writer and director duo, Odessa Celt and Lois Jeary, bringing two highly topical procedures to the stage for the first time, hymenoplasty and genomic sequencing. 

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse

Confined in a cramped, makeshift prison on the back line of the Somme, two men stand charged with cowardice and desertion. Trapped inside the damp, cold and oppressive walls of this ‘Glasshouse’, a beautiful friendship crystallizes between them... 

Bound Feet Blues - A Life Told in Shoes

Bound Feet Blues - A Life Told in Shoes

In her intriguing solo performance Bound Feet Blues, Yang-May explores themes of female desirability, identity and empowerment, taking us from the ancient practice of footbinding in China to the range of shoes that carried her through her journey. 

Safe Sex / On Tidy Endings

Safe Sex / On Tidy Endings

Harvey Fierstein, before he branched out into writing books for straight musicals, was a kind of theatrical barometer of gay life. His concerns as a dramatist were our concerns. In ‘Torch Song Trilogy’, it was all coming out and gay identity; in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ it was gay marriage... 

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

The early nineties is a period that doesn’t often get a lot of attention. Lacking Margaret Thatcher, communism and the fantastic fashions, the early nineties have become a footnote to their more famous predecessor, ‘The Eighties’... 

Pre:View

Pre:View

Held at The Traverse, a theatre that prides itself on supporting new writing in all its forms, Pre:View gave its audience an exciting insight into the process of perfecting play scripts... 

Sincerely, Jodie

Sincerely, Jodie

Bored with NY suburbia, Jodie and her best friend Robyn move to Harlem. As Jodie battles a hostile work environment and her own jealousy at seeing Robyn in a blossoming lesbian relationship, she finds solace in fiction romance until her admiration for a male celebrity turns dangerous… 

Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

We are ‘Faux Fox Theatre’, a team of three young Northern creatives finding new and exciting ways to experience theatre. Using our poetic text and our expert sound designer we create a cinematic, charismatic and wonderfully dramatic experience on the stage…