Theatre blogger (and new dad!) Andy Curry picks out shows which will brighten up the gloomier October nights
As the dark nights begin to draw in and the distant buzz of festivals begins to fade, it seems that the theatre scene of York starts to fire back up again. Not that it was ever particularly quiet!
The big show literally hitting the streets is Blood + Chocolate, an absolutely fascinating collaboration between Pilot Theatre, Slung Low and York Theatre Royal.
No ordinary play, Blood + Chocolate will take place on the very streets of York, with a cast of over 200 telling the story of York’s chocolate factories and the intrinsic role they played during the First World War.
The audience are guided through the streets of York, watching the stories unfold at various landmarks, accompanied by headphone audio. A truly multimedia and epic scale proposition.
- Blood + Chocolate runs from Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 20. To book, go to the Theatre Royal website
- See also Blood + Chocolate preview: ‘Something really brilliant could happen’
See How They Run
Also from Theatre Royal – and coming on very high recommendation – is See How They Run – Philip King’s classic family-farce. We’re hitting the Second World War this time, with a sleepy village turned upside down by mistaken identities, enemy invasion and utter chaos.
It’s got the fabulous Michael Lambourne in it too so I’m sold.
- See How They Run closes on October 12 in York. For more details, see the Theatre Royal website
- Review: See How They Run shows life in the farce lane
Whilst I try and keep this column to local companies and productions, there are sometimes visiting productions that truly deserve a mention – and Smooth Faced Gentlemens‘ Titus Andronicus is one such show.
I’ve heard nothing but raves from Fringe festival goers, returning with sparkling eyed love for this all-female group’s interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s goriest and most challenging plays. I’d urge you to see this.
- Titus Andronicus is at York Theatre Royal for one night, October 17
- More details on the theatre website
Last but by no means least is Terminal from Whiteface Theatre.
Writer and actor Gemma Head has been building an enviable reputation as a powerful, dark and comic voice in new writing theatre – most recently with call-centre comedy Dial and revisionist history Dead Man’s Shoes.
Never afraid to run headlong into black as night comic subject matter, her company Whiteface Theatre return to York with Terminal. Thought-provoking and absurd, this is the darkly comic imagining of a future where people can legally end their own life.
It makes chilling yet hilarious comment on the complexion of our care industries, and asks if Britain – as a nation bent on profit – can really be trusted to tackle one of the most important humanitarian issues of our time.
Simply going from the basis of her previous productions – this is utterly essential!
- Terminal is at the Friargate Theatre on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19
- More details on the Riding Lights Theatre Company website
And with that – don’t let SAD hit you too hard, go out there and support local talent and keep me informed if you have any news or productions you’d like to tell me about for November.
- Andy Curry is a York based actor, director and a founder member of Hedgepig Theatre
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