At the PARK Theatre

ABSOLUTION / BILL CLINTON HERCULES – DOUBLE BILL [PARK90]

A killer double bill that’ll have you rooting for a serial killer and admiring a politician.” – North Four

ABSOLUTION

written & performed by Owen O’Neill

Directed by Guy Masterson ( with original direction by Rachel O’Riordan)

Donegal. Present day. Catholic priests are disappearing.

One man knows why and he wants to confess. His confession is brutal. It is bloody. It is frank… He tells us it’s not murder. It’s retribution. It’s absolution.

Written and performed by Perrier nominee,Owen O’Neill, co-adaptor of the West End hit, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and directed by Guy Masterson, Olivier Award winner for ‘Morecambe’, this is the first UK presentation since its triumphant premiere at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ““visceral, disturbing and profoundly unnerving” – Stage Review

★ ★ ★ ★ “deliberate; vivid; intense” –
The Reviews Hub

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Running till 11 Jun
BOOK HERE

BILL CLINTON HERCULES

by Rachel Mariner

Performed by Bob Paisley
Directed by Guy Masterson

The first ever solo play about Bill Clinton!

With the world ravaged by war, drowning refugees, mass migration, jobless, homeless, hopeless, with inequality and injustice at its worst for a century, the status quo is not good enough. The 42nd President wants to cut loose, shoot from the hip and waken the world in his own fantasy TED talk. His own epic life has led to this moment… but will he be silenced by his spouse’s political ambitions? Will he be Hillary’s foot-soldier? What will the Big Dog do?

★ ★ ★ ★ “It sparks politics, humour and satire, mixing personal history with a wider political past.” – The Upcoming

★ ★ ★ ★ “delivered with a style and largesse that is both entertaining and informative” – Stage Review
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Running till 11 Jun
BOOK HERE

THE BUSKERS OPERA [PARK200 – LAST WEEK]

THE BUSKERS OPERA

A new musical by Dougal Irvine
Inspired by The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay

Dougal Irvine will be Busking 
Pre-Show on Wednesday 1 June 6pm
with Julie Atherton

Join us at the Park Theatre Cafe Bar for some Pre-Show entertainment from the very talented writer of The Buskers Opera Dougal Irvine alongside Julie Atherton.

Julie Atherton is one of the West End’s most versatile entertainers, with a distinctive voice and unmatched comic timing. The Preston-born star is well known as a supporter of new writing in musical theatre.

Come and join us for some amazing tunes and a well deserved pint or two – and of course do not forget to see the “Spirited new British musical” afterwards!
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Running till 4 Jun
BOOK HERE

COMING SOON…

The Quiet House – Opens next week 7 Jun

By Gareth Farr

A Love Story about Life.

Laugh-out-loud funny, moving, epic, intimate and utterly utterly human, don’t miss the first London outing for this brilliant and bold award winning writer, directed by Birmingham REP’s Associate Director Tessa Walker.

This blistering new play follows Gareth’s Bruntwood Prize-winning debut, Britannia Waves the Rules  (Royal Exchange in Manchester and on tour to Latitude Festival, Edinburgh and Sydney, Australia)

Cast includes: Allyson Ava Brown (The Etienne Sisters), Michelle Bonnard (Blackout – Channel 4), Oliver Lansley (co-creator of BBC 2 series Whites)  and Tom Walker (Noises Off)

Come join us and find out where babies come from.

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Running from 7 June – 9 July
BOOK HERE

Happy To Help

By Michael Ross
Directed by Roxy Cook

An acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants.

A destitute farmer sells his land to the supermarket chain that drove him out of business.

Fifteen years later and a bustling supermarket stands on the same spot. UK managing director Tony is coming to work undercover at the store for a week. Branch manager Vicky is determined to give him a more grimly authentic experience than he’d ever dared wish for. Shelf-stacker Josh dreams of escape and rock stardom. Union organiser Elliot dreams of Josh. By Friday, nothing will ever be the same for them again.

Developed with Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Programme and shortlisted for the 2015 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.

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Running from 14 June – 9 July
BOOK HERE

Fertility Fest

Curated by Jessica Hepburn author of the best-selling book and blog The Pursuit of Motherhood

It’s 2016. The fertility industry is booming. One in six couples are struggling to conceive and IVF offers an assisted route to parenthood for many including growing numbers of same sex couples and singles who are seeking treatment to make a family.

In the first event of its kind in the UK, Fertility Fest will bring together twenty of the country’s leading writers, visual artists, theatre-makers, film-directors and composers in a day of performance, discussion and debate on one of the most important scientific and societal developments of our times.

Sharing the stage with them will be some of the country’s foremost fertility experts. Topics under the artistic microscope include facing the diagnosis of infertility, IVF, donation, surrogacy, the male experience, egg freezing and alternative routes to parenthood.

This festival will be of interest to both people who have been affected by the issues and people who know little about it but are intrigued to find out more. It will be a space to find support and comfort with other people who understand as well as a place to challenge, ask questions and find out more.

To find out more about the timetable and speakers, visit http://www.fertilityfest.com.

During the day there will also be a performance of Gareth Farr’s The Quiet House, included in the price of the ticket.

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Saturday 11 Jun
BOOK HERE

From our friends…

Eigengrau

by Penelope Skinner

Following a sell out run at Brighton Fringe Festival (2015), Eigengrau comes to London. A biting black comedy of leprechauns, love and stalking from Penelope Skinner the writer of hit Royal Court show Linda.

Four twenty-somethings try to connect in a city where Gumtree can feel like your closest friend. Rose believes in true love. Cassie fights against patriarchal oppression. Across London, Mark champions marketing and Tim can’t get out of bed.

‘Brilliantly acted revival…an excellent production of a dark and uncomfortably pertinent modern comedy’ – The Stage (Brighton Fringe)

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Running from 4 June – 11 July
King’s Head Theatre
BOOK HERE


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