Synopses of Plays
New World Theatre Club - "And Go To Innisfree"
It is autumn, the beach is deserted. An older woman appears. She has come to make a decision, but what will she decide? Will she make it alone? The middle aged matron she was argues her case for the comfort of a retirement home. The younger girl she was urges her to sit, eat blueberries, and study ants. What will she do?
Anglophone Collaborative Theatre of Stuttgart - "Games, Frames & Fragments"
When daily routine slips and slides into a horror scenario. Frames, Games and Fragments is a dramatised account of the issues surrounding dementia, medical research and our ageing populations. The action and dialogues in the play are based on real events and real issues. The research for the play was developed with the cooperation of care homes in Yorkshire and Southern Germany.
New English American Friday - "In Juliet’s Garden"
Juliet Capulet invites four other Shakespeare heroines (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss “issues” they all have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions about how these might be remedied. Shakespeare sends his literary agent and editor, Jacqueline de Boys, who attempts to save the day with the help of Juliet’s Nurse.
Anglo American Theatre - "Group Checking Out"
Checking Out is a touching one act play set in the North of England. Single mother Sandra is proud of daughter Kerry Ann’s academic success and high flying career, but they are both keeping secrets from each other - with tragic results.
The Hamburg Players - "A Slight Accident"
A Slight Accident was first produced in 1961 and is a classic example of British absurdist theatre. This black comedy explores existential themes, such as the meaning(lessness) of life. The conflict between planning one’s life and the unpredictability of real events is comically framed when neighbours Penelope and Camilla are joined by Rodger, a creature of habit.
In Players International Saturday - "Bombshells"
Three women on the edge, all of them bombshells...more precisely human bombs at various stages of implosion. Meryl, mum of three, struggling through the day with a heavy dose of parental guilt and a severe caffeine deficit. Tiggy, piecing together the remnants of her broken marriage, and finding solace in her love of cacti. And Theresa, just minutes from saying “I do” when she realises that she hasn’t given much thought to the actual marriage until now. This hilarious and heartfelt play explores that universal struggle of reconciling our private and public selves.
ECC - "A Woman of No Importance"
“The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” - Oscar Wilde This abridged version of Oscar Wilde’s satire leads us through the scandals, intrigues and hypocrisy of late Victorian English society as Gerald Arbuthnot’s bright future is threatened by the shared past of two of Lady Hunstanton’s house guests.
British American Theatrical Society - "My bitter half"
Meet Sophie and Michael, a couple with marriage difficulties. And William, their counselor, who jumps in front of them to see what kind of car is going to hit them. Michael has a rather Shakespearean way of looking at things, Sophie leans more towards The Bold and the Beautiful. Will they solve their problems?
Tagora - "Lunch Girls"
Four women, four friends, four lives: will they ever manage to meet for lunch? Ron Hart’s play from the 1980’s explores superficial and complex relationships between the women we meet and their family members and friends, revealing more intimate details as the play progresses.
Entity Theatre e.V. - "Numbers"
In 2009, the crew of the Spanish shrimp trawler called Francisco y Catalina rescued 51 migrants drifting aboard a sinking raft in the Mediterranean. The crew and refugees were denied access to the port of Valletta, Malta and were left stranded. They struggled to survive as food, water and patience quickly dwindled. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts were made to resolve the situation while the matter was hotly debated. Numbers is based on the events while the vessel was stuck in diplomatic limbo.
Theater de WAANzin - "The Tempest"
One of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, it takes place in a fast-changing world where moral values are subject to radical changes. With Ariel’s help Prospero, the wizard, triggers a storm. Those who betrayed him and had him banished to a magical island are washed ashore. Prospero plays games to humiliate them, and in his labyrinth of mirrors they can both lose and find themselves, though it can be frightening to know that there might be no way out.
ESOC Theatre Group - "Men Are Beasts"
As Deborah waits for her ex-husband to bring the children back home from their weekly night out, she reminisces on how her life has changed and on the hardships of single parenting.