WHAT THE BUTLER SAW by Jo Orton
Libidos' run rampant in this comic farce about licensed insanity. From the moment when Dr Prentice, a psychoanalyst, instructs a prospective secretary to undress; this psychiatric clinic becomes a world of carnivalesque chaos where rampant mistaken identities, undressing and cross dressing add layer upon layer of mischievous confusion to this black comedy.
What the Butler Saw ( a euphemism for an English ‘p eep show’) was hailed as Orton’s masterpiece, and was his fnal play before being bludgeoned to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, back in 1967.
“ ….after 40 years this epic still has the power to shock….it is as outrageously and scandalously funny as ever.”
Life in post-invasion Iraq is dangerous - especially if you are young musicians trying to assemble an orchestra for a concert in bombed out Baghdad. When they invite an ancient musician from the city's once thriving Jewish community to conduct the orchestra, lives are put at risk. Is their faith in music enough to heal the fear and hate that is spreading through the city? SoulPost is inspired by stories told to Christine Aziz by Iraqi people during her visit to Baghdad immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
LITTLE BOY SYNOPSIS
For his debut stage play, Hollywood screenwriter, John Foster, delves into the mind of the man who gave the all clear for the bombing of Hiroshima. Returning to America as a hero, Major Claude Eatherly realizes the full horror of what he has done. He turns bank robber to support Hiroshima’s victims. But it isn’t enough. There is only one way to atone…….
But the thing that I saw in your face
No power can disinherit:
No bomb that ever burst
Shatters the crystal spirit.
~ by George Orwell, written in Autumn 1942
A week in the life of two bouncers, one trying to define his masculinity in an ever changing society, with ever changing conceptions of what it is to be masculine in the modern world.
THE WEEVIL INSIDE THE MIND OF VAN GOGH
in association with Dead Rat Theatre Company
Written and Directed by Vincent Paxton
The Dutch painter's final years are portrayed through his thoughts which take on human form, guiding the good ship SS Van Gogh through the troubled waters of his mind while his guardian angel is a weevil boring into his brain as he sinks into syphilis-induced madness.
in association with Seed Studios
Led and inspired by Isaac Sigley and Christina Artemis
A cultural project developed with young people, ages 11-16 yrs old, over 12 week workshops at Avonbourne Girls School and Portchester Boys School. There were 2 theatre performances using film installation, sound, dance and storytelling. They wrote the script, developing their own creation myth with the help of the facilitators. The story focused on two tribes whose warring history centred on their inability to share dwindling resources of food and water.
2007 SATAN’S FISH
Written and directed by Vincent Paxton.
Three children have been missing from a Cornish village in 1914. The village is set beside a deep ancient river with a myth of a devil fish living .
2006--2007 MARY SHELLEY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Written By Christine Aziz - Winner Of Richard & Judy Book Competition 2005. Directed by Christina Artemis
FRANKENSTEIN’S Monster stalks his creator, Mary Shelley from the mists of Gothic 19th century England to the crazy world of 40’s Hollywood Glitz. When he finds her, is it love he wants or revenge?