The Theatre Passport is a joint initiative with the Arts Centre and the University's Department of Theatre, Film and Television. It comprises of 10 theatre and dance productions a year which link into the studies of First and Second Year Theatre students. The following productions five productions are on the Theatre Passport for Semester Two:
Pink Mist (7:30pm, Tuesday 31 January - Wednesday 1 February)
Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan. As the physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on the loved ones they left behind, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle. Pink Mist was inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen and first staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2015. ‘Eye-opening and brilliantly vivid’ (The Times) this ‘beautifully performed’ (Guardian) production matches haunting verse with dynamic movement.
Negative Space (7:30pm, Tuesday 28 February)
To begin, Reckless Sleepers built a room-sized wooden frame and lined it with plasterboard. For several weeks they started smashing it up, smashing it down, then piecing together the fragments of their destruction back together. The result is this show, Negative Space. From a blank architectural canvas, something fantastical emerges. It’s a love story. It’s a slapstick comedy. It’s slasher, action, melodrama... and not a single word is spoken. Soon different possible stories are spiralling around, hurtling towards an ending.
Give Me Your Love (7:30pm, Wednesday 15 March)
Theatre legends Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with a funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies. Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery - in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress. Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment via a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.
Caitlin (6:00pm & 8:00pm, Monday 27 March - Tuesday 28 March)
Caitlin was the wife of poet Dylan Thomas. In 1973 Caitlin started attending Alcoholics Anonymous. The audience sits with Caitlin in the circle of chairs as she revisits her tempestuous life with Dylan, and the unoccupied chairs becoming part of the action in this physical and powerful duet.
Meet Fred (7:30pm, Tuesday 4 April)
A cloth puppet fights prejudice every day. Fred just wants to be part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 sell out show is ‘Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian). Contains strong language and puppet nudity.