Leaves on a Line
Forest Forge Theatre Company
Written by Dinos Aristidou
Directed by Kirstie Davis
Designer David Haworth
Musical Director Rebecca Applin
Wed 1st April at 7.45pm
Your life can change in a second and then there’s the ‘before’ and there’s the ‘after’. Before I was Thomas Robertson and after, well, after, I was someone completely different.
Two individual stories. Two lives connected by one moment.
This is the story of a baby abandoned on a deserted railway platform, the young woman who decides to give up her baby and the older woman who finds it. A decision that derails and changes the direction of both their lives.
Using a range of theatrical styles and storytelling devices, this two-part drama tells the story of our relationship to the past and to the future, exploring the unexpected and unpredictable twists that take us off track. The abandoned railway lines, heritage stations and derelict platforms of Hampshire’s railway history form the backdrop to this new play.
By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Peter Liddiard
16 – 23 May at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 23 May
‘We’re artists, aren’t we, we’re supposed to celebrate life’
A gentle and poignant comedy about life-long friendships between four larger-than-life performers. In their day each was a bright star in the opera world. Now in their twilight years, they live together in a home for retired opera singers – constantly reminding each other of their glory days.
Yet these colourful characters are not ready to take their final curtain call.
…warm, melancholy light comedy. The Sunday Times
A Regency Recital Evening
With Nicola Pink
30 May at 7.45pm
Profits to the Chesil Development Appeal.
Enjoy a fun evening in the atmosphere of the 1810s, listening to songs as sung by Jane Austen, or used in Austen TV dramas, all accompanied on a beautiful Regency square piano. In between the music, you'll be able to hear what life was really like for young men and women living in Hampshire through humorous quotes from Austen's letters and novels. Music and manners come to life as you learn about Austen's loves, losses and mischievous sense of humour!.
By Anton Chekhov
A new version by Anya Reiss
Directed by Deborah Edgington
11 – 18 July at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 18 July
New Reading & Audition Dates
Reading on 1st May at 7:45pm
Auditions Saturday 2nd May at 10am & Sunday 3rd May at 7:45pm
‘Love is the only thing on this earth that can make you happy…’
There is a lake and beside the lake lives a beautiful girl. She dreams of becoming an actress. A handsome young man dreams of becoming a writer. His mother dreams of fame and her lover dreams of success...and they all dream of love and desire.
Chekhov's comic masterpiece has been reignited for the 21st century by Anya Reiss, winner of the Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards.
Anya Reiss’ version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was first produced by Jagged Fence Productions and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse, London in 2012.
GOlive Dance and Performance Festival
Presented by Giant Olive Theatre
Curated by Donald Hutera
Fri 24th July at 7.45pm
“If it’s worth seeing, Hutera has seen it” Metro
GOlive London has built an enviable reputation for breaking the rules in the mere two years since veteran dance/theatre critic Donald Hutera (The Times) first applied his encyclopaedic knowledge of international arts to curating a playful, eclectic programme of performances for small spaces. GOlive was nominated by the Chairman of the Critics Circle, Graham Watts, as one of the most exciting things to happen on the London dance scene in 2013/2014.
Hutera has curated a programme specifically for the Chesil Theatre.