by Raymond Briggs
When the Wind Blows is an offbeat version of the famous English anti-nuclear cartoon parable, first published as a graphic novel and later adapted into a film. Jim and Hilda Bloggs live in peaceful retirement in the countryside when they hear that a nuclear strike is headed their way. Armed with government leaflets, and with the solid cheerfulness they felt during the blitz, they construct an indoor refuge out of doors and cushions. Trusting in the powers that be, they emerge after the bombing and wait for government assistance.
Jim's optimistic outlook and unshakeable belief that the government knows what's best and that it has the situation under full control is in direct contrast with Hilda's attempts to carry on life as normal. Both reminisce about how pleasant a time they both had as adolescents during the good old days of the Second World War, which provides us with some gentle nostalgia, charm and comedy. They don’t know anything about radioactive fallout and believe that what you can’t see can’t hurt you.
From the author of such loved and timeless stories such as The Snowman and Father Christmas Raymond Briggs manages to find warmth and even humour in the tale of a nuclear strike. It is an incredibly moving production that is also extremely entertaining.
by Michael Parker
“A veritable laugh riot” - The Boca Raton News
The Ashley Maureen Cosmetics Company has been sold and two of its vice presidents, David McGrachen and John Baker, have planned a weekend off before the new C.E.O. arrives on Monday. With their wives safely off on a shopping spree in New York City, they check into The Oakfield Golf and Country Club intending to "golf their brains out." They unexpectedly encounter their new boss, Ms. Hutchison, and she insists on meeting the wives, commenting blithely "no one who went golfing for a weekend without his wife would ever work for me."
Consequently, they have to produce wives. John somehow manages to persuade the sexy hotel receptionist to play the role of his wife, which leaves John as the only person left to pretend to be David’s wife! In true farce style, everything starts to go wrong as John moves in and out of bedrooms, changing clothes and sexes at a frantic pace. As alcohol is added into the mix, the phone system dies and things take a turn for the worse when the real wives turn up!
True slapstick fun from English actor-writer Michael Parker, who moved to the United States and noted that many of the traditional British farces didn’t quite translate properly across the Atlantic. He decided to write a ‘proper’ modern British farce that would have the verbal, visual and “naughty but nice” humour to appeal to the masses.
A Youth Theatre Production
Space Quest Galaxy Wars: Episode IX: The Wrath of the Next Generation Awakens (pt. 7) is a hilarious parody of all things science fiction. However, you don’t need to know your Klingons from your Jedis or your Time Lords from your Star-Lords – this will be fun for all the family!
Grove Park’s Youth Theatre has gone from strength to strength with the standard of their recent shows and this play, which has been written especially for this group, will feature spectacular jokes, amazing special effects and maybe even a song or two!
Join us on board our spectacular space ship as we voyage through the galaxies meeting weird and wonderful aliens, far-out and fantastical planets and a crew who are as inept as they are intrepid.
Space: the final frontier. Our mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before – and to have a good laugh doing it!
by Peter Quilter
"A mad play, full of dynamism, momentum, funny dialogue and great surprises...
…Well worth seeing - you can be assured of great entertainment" - Topzine magazine
Based on the author's earlier play Respecting Your Piers, Curtain Up! is the hilarious story of five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life again. They try various fund-raising schemes but their most ambitious is to hold a concert featuring local talent and a world-famous star who agrees to appear for no fee! However, their plans go awry and it's a race to keep their audience from guessing the truth of the matter.
Another fantastic and hilarious play with an all-female cast from the author of Just The Ticket which has been performed hundreds of times around the world!
A Youth Theatre Production
by Enda Walsh
“One of the most thrillingly enjoyable evenings I’ve had in the theatre” - Sunday Times.
“Punchy, provocative” The Independent.
Enda Walsh's Chatroom is a play about manipulation, cyberbullying and adolescent insecurity. It was first performed as part of the 2005 National Theatre Connections season, an annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools.
The play's action takes place in a staged representation of the virtual space of an internet chatroom. A group of bored and restless teenagers – William, Jack, Eva, Emily and Laura – spend their time deconstructing children’s literature and the messages in modern pop music. But when a new member, Jim, joins to share his depression and thoughts of suicide, the conversation takes a dark turn. The group is torn between those who want to help and those who see this as a chance to create a martyr for the teenage population.
This is a chance for our Youth Theatre to get their teeth into some modern, gritty and thought-provoking drama, exploring how technology impacts the lives of various teenagers as they grow up in today’s society.
by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
The British TV Sitcom classic comes to the stage
"Listen very carefully, I will say this only once - you will revel in the latest stage production of the TV cult comedy classic 'Allo 'Allo! You won't be able to help yourselves." - The Stage
Based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France. You can see all of your favorite TV characters in the flesh, including Rene's tone-deaf wife Edith, Major-General von Klinkerhoffen and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick!
Rene and his wife have stashed a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them. Communications with London using the wireless that is disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments this intrepid proprietor endures in the company of his patrons. News that the Fuhrer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the cafe. Meanwhile Rene summons all the wit he can muster to save his cafe and his life.
What would you do with three magic wishes? Well why not use one to join us at Grove Park Theatre this holiday season as we invite you to the spectacular pantomime Aladdin and the Lamp. Meet Aladdin – a poor boy who is about to cross paths with destiny and go on the ride of his life where danger, excitement and hilarity await. Our story sees us in China where the evil Abanazar is hunting for the fabled Lamp; the owner of which will have access to all the magic in the world. But Abanazar can not do this alone and needs the help of a young brave man – enter Aladdin. Can Aladdin trust Abanazar? Will good save the day? And what exactly is in this Lamp?
All your favourite pantomime characters are there: the brash but “beautiful” Widow Twanky, the hapless and hilarious Wishy Washy…, even the Emperor of China makes an appearance! And, did I just see a Panda?
Come along to Grove Park Theatre and discover why our pantomimes have been beloved by Wrexham audiences for over 35 years! There’s going to be music, magic and merriment so book your ticket today and don’t miss out!