This is the planned season ahead so far. Our forthcoming productions are chosen each year at the AGM in September.
The Children by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Mat Rees
11-15 February 2020 @ 7:30
Lucy Kirkwood's play The Children is a near-future drama about the aftermath of a catastrophe at a nuclear power station. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London, on Thursday 17 November 2016.
The play is set in 'a small cottage on the coast', where Hazel and Robin, two retired nuclear scientists in their sixties, are living in the wake of a disaster at the local power station where they used to work. Even though electricity is rationed and a Geiger counter is on hand to check for signs of radiation, they seek to preserve a semblance of normality: Robin now farms, while Hazel practices yoga and the pair keep in touch with their eldest daughter, Lauren. But when Rose, a fellow nuclear physicist whom they haven’t seen for 38 years, suddenly turns up, their precariously ordered existence is disrupted, and they are forced to consider the impact of their lives on the next generation.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kris Hallett
15-18 & 22-25 April 2020 @ 7:30
‘Something is rotten in the state of Demark’
In the hedonistic royal court of Elsinore, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. In a world where eyes are everywhere and falsehoods mixed with truth, who can be trusted? As a dead king demands retribution from beyond the grave, Hamlet must take action.
Ordered to kill. Tempted to resist. Live or die.
For the first time, Kelvin Players present one of theatre’s great tragedies.
The Goat (or Who Is Sylvia?) by Edward Albee
Directed by Adam Church
7-11 July 2020 @ 7:30
“Every civilisation sets limits to its tolerances. It is my hope that people will think afresh about whether the values they hold are valid.”
In Edward Albee’s most daring and provocative play since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Martin, a hugely successful architect, leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife Stevie and gay teenage son Billy. But when he confides to his best friend Ross that he is also in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters.
The Goat is a hugely enjoyable, darkly hilarious parable that plumbs the deepest questions of social constraints on the individual expression of love.
‘As startling as it is satisfying… The dialogue is fierce, often brutal, and laced with the blackest of humour.’ Associated Press
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre adapted by Polly Teale
Directed by Simon Shorrock
14-17 & 21-24 October 2020 @ 7:30
A bold and theatrically inventive adaptation of the literary classic that puts the interior life of the novel on stage.
As a child, the orphaned Jane Eyre is taught by a succession of severe guardians to stifle her natural exuberance. A part of herself is locked away, out of view of polite society... until she arrives at Rochester’s house as a governess to his young child. Soon Rochester’s passionate nature reawakens Jane’s hidden self, but darker secrets are stirring in the attic...
Polly Teale's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was first performed by Shared Experience Theatre Company in 1997
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jacqs Graham
2-5 & 9-12 December 2020 @ 7:30
After both being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them. The other set of twins lives in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of incidents of mistaken identity. At the end, the twins find each other and their parents and resolve all of the problems caused earlier.