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New Director Showcase

28th June - 5th July 2008

Discover some of the Crescent’s fresh new directing talent – four new directors, four short or one-act plays.  This is bite-sized theatre with a buffet of productions to choose from!

After last year’s highly successful introduction of the format, 2008 sees a return to the idea.

There are four plays presented in two pairings:

FourPlay One

The Street Cleaner28th June, 1st & 3rd July at 7.45 plus a matinee on 5th July at 2.45

The Street Cleaner

by Jefferson Collins

Two friends reunite after six years apart, but have they changed irreparably? As they journey through their pasts, will they find a common future? Or has time and ambition intervened to make their differences insurpassable.

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by Neil Monaghan, Diene Petterie and Christopher Heimann

Imagine that you must choose one single memory from your life and capture it with a magical camera…

That choosing this memory is your only way of passing through to eternity and that all other memories will be erased forever.

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FourPlay Two

The Lesson30th June, 2nd, 4th & 5th July at 7.45

The Lesson

by Eugene Ionesco

A professor awaits a fresh pupil's arrival, brushing off the maid's warnings of the dark things that may come of yet another lesson... But as the pupil's limitations become evident, the professor's frustration grows, and the day's lesson takes its foreshadowed, perilous turn. This potent "Comic Drama" has the power to frighten and delight as only Absurdist plays can.

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The Bald Prima DonnaThe Bald Prima Donna

by Eugene Ionesco

The Smiths are a traditional family from London, who have invited another family, the Martins, over for a visit. Their married guests, Mr and Mrs Martin, are certain that they have met somewhere before. They are joined later by the Smiths' maid, Mary, who reveals that she is Sherlock Holmes, and the local fire chief, who is also a friend and confuses everyone by bobby-knocking at the door. Who is responsible for this misunderstanding?

The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems as the play explores the futility as well as the lack of meaningful communication in modern society.

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Tickets: £10 for each pair of plays (Concessions £9)
See all four plays for £15 - please call Box Office (0121 643 5858) for this offer - not available on-line.

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Box Office: 0121 643 5858
The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE. Company No: 699933, Charity No: 245054