First Person

2 players. 30 minutes. 1 Ultimate Prize

Welcome to First Person – your race to the top of life’s success mountain. Do you want to prosper in the cut-throat world of adulthood and find happiness? Then First Person will prepare you for the climb to the summit of life’s health, wealth and wellbeing peaks.

Two players enter the labyrinth of a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize: happiness. The First Person to complete the game and find happiness is the winner! It’s that easy. All they need to do is follow the voice of the unseen Guide and they’ll be just fine. But in our harsh world of winners and losers, is the Guide aiding their journey, or relishing in their demise?

Made especially for public spaces and influenced by video games; First Person is a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre and silent disco technology.  Grab your headphones, predict your winner and cheer them on to the finish line.

Success Mountain is waiting…

#FirstPersonTour

Eric’s Tales of the Sea: A Submariner’s Yarn

Award-winning show. True-life submariner and gifted raconteur Eric, gives an insider’s view of life aboard a nuclear submarine.

This show is not to be missed – it is truly unique.

Eric will keep you (mesmerised) hanging on his every word. With a selection of incredible images, he takes us through his experiences, which at times leave the audience scared to breathe in case they miss something.

Heart-warming, real-life personal stories of danger, suspense and true love underwater.

“Captivating” ★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY
“Truly Excellent” ★★★★★ FRINGE REVIEW
“Literally made me gasp out loud” ★★★★★ FRINGE GURU
“Breathtaking” ★★★★ THE LIST
“Beautifully delivered tale of friendship” ★★★★★ HERALD SUN

Photo credit: ©AlexBrenner

NT Live: Julie

By Polly Stenham, after Strindberg

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Boys

It is a matter of days before Benny, Mack, Timp and Cam have to move out of their student flat. The boys find mess piling up around them as they step out into an unwelcoming world and they start to wonder if there is any point in getting older. Before that though, there is going to be one hell of a party. It is hot. There’ll be girls. Predict a riot.

Boys is special in that it is simultaneously funny, tragic and extremely real. This play offers a genuine and painful view into the difficulties of those who refuse to grow up, yet in a delightfully entertaining way.

Following a successful run in Durham in December 2017, Lion Theatre Company in Collaboration with Fourth Wall Theatre are excited to bring ‘Boys’ to the Quarry Theatre as part of their Tour.

“The combination of actors so perfectly suited to their roles, and a production team like this one comes along rarely” FIRST NIGHT

NT Live: King Lear

By William Shakespeare
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Photography (Ian McKellen) by Andy Gotts

“Intensely moving” ★★★★★ THE STAGE

“Smart, lucid, superbly detailed” ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Ian McKellen’s detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph”
★★★★★ EVENING STANDARD

Not About Heroes

By Stephen Macdonald
Directed by Tim Baker
Designed by Oliver Harman
Lighting by Kevin Heyes
Sound by Dyfan Jones

Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry.

This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon alongside Owain Gwynn as Owen. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice. The show is presented by acclaimed Welsh company Flying Bridge and Olivier Award winning producers Seabright Productions.

“Tim Baker’s production creates an engaging delineation between two entirely different personalities united by a common vocation and some truly hellish experiences.” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

Production photos by Richard Davenport of 2017 cast

The Trench

Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War epic, The Trench ; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.

Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems.

The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

From the creators of The Terrible Infants, Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains.

“Exciting, slick and evocative.” ★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

Ventoux

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

“It may sometimes leave folk who don’t have much prior knowledge hungry for more information, but there’s not a pedestrian moment in this vividly suggestive hour-long show about the rivalry between cycling superstars Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani.” ★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

“You must see this show” ★★★★ FRINGE GURU

“A piece to be enjoyed by both cycling fans and non-fans in equal measure.” ★★★★½ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

Under Milk Wood

By Dylan Thomas
Performed by Guy Masterson
Directed by Tony Boncza (with original direction by George Dillon)
Original music and Soundscape by Matt Clifford

Celebrating a day in the life of ‘Llareggub’ – a small seatown somewhere in Wales – all 69 ebullient inhabitants in Dylan Thomas’ timeless masterpiece are hilariously recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity.

Complemented by a stunning original soundscape, it’s bawdy and beautiful, sad and sensual and, through the music of language, leaves indelible, unforgettable images of humanity.

Made famous by Richard Burton’s legendary recording in 1954, Guy Masterson (Burton’s nephew) brings the entire work it to vivid life on stage. This astonishing solo performance premiered in 1994 and has played over 2000 times all over the world from Swansea to the West End, Trinidad to New Zealand, Hong Kong to Calcutta over 23 years, enchanting audiences wherever it has played.

“It’s a feat of multiple characterisation impeccable timing, vocal dexterity and precise physical control, performed with tremendous sensitivity and panache!” ★★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Absolutely wonderful, intensely therapeutic, intensely uplifting! Guy Masterson is something exceptional!” ★★★★★ BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

Nominated: Stage Award, Best Solo Performance, Edinburgh 2003

Echoes From The Trenches: 100 Years On

The English, Art and Drama department have worked collaboratively to commemorate the end of 1st World War

Students will be performing devised pieces inspired by 1st World War poetry, as well as some reading of entire poems from this fascinating period of History.

This will be a thought-provoking evening and will enable the audience a time to reflect on the events of 1914-1918.

There will be a gallery of Art work that will be displayed before and after the performances.