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Silly Cow Prepare for a laugh-outloud treat when Ben Elton’s stitches-busting comedy rocks the Key Theatre. As one sharp-witted reviewer put it: “Ben Elton’s characters spar with such eviscerating wit it’s a wonder they don’t cut themselves.” Silly Cow will certainly put you in the moo-d to enjoy a real lark. It is very, very funny and pulls no punches in what is a slick, sly, satire about the savage world of the tabloid press. Ben may have written it years ago with Dawn French in mind for the leading part, but it could hardly be more topical now in view of the demise of the News of the World and phone-hacking inquiries.

It centres on poison-pen critic Doris Wallace, a bitchy tabloid queen who has clawed her way to success and celebrity and hasn’t a good word to say about anybody. Anyway, Doris doesn’t need anybody, she’s got the lot, a toy boy with a regular supply of the best Columbian gear, a pretty PA who might succumb to her advances, and a big TV break on the horizon. She’s not even bothered about the “silly cow” who’s suing her for libel. But, skeletons are rattling about in her cupboard, and pigeons are coming home to roost. Big time. Monday, 19 to Wednesday, 21 March, nightly at 7.30pm. Tickets £16 (£13 concessions) KEY.IP: £9

Thursday, 22 March

Key Theatre Studio

Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black If you like offbeat, surprising, unexpected plays that shine a light on the darkest corners of our society then Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black is not to be missed. Let’s just say, the Key Theatre Studio will become a psychiatric ward for the night. Yes, really. Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black doesn’t even pretend to be floating gently on the surface while paddling furiously beneath the waterline, it gets right to the heart of the matter. No surprise then, that it comes from playwright, poet and performer Sean Burn, who has been called “One of the country’s foremost experimental writers.” The drama is a poetic and

personal response to being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. It follows the shifting alliances of three young women on a psychiatric ward over one momentous week. They are Cerys (19) who is black and depressive, Kay (26) white and bi-polar, and Zee, a Pakistani British student nurse and former service user, who are all fighting a faceless institution in their own way. The play examines diversity, friendships, sexualities and power at a time of rising uncertainty. Can they summon the courage to live through it in this hauntingly lyrical play? Thursday 22 March at 7.30pm Tickets £8.50 KEY.I.P: £7

To book, call the box office on 01733 207239, visit the Destination Centre, A £1.50 booking fee applies to in Bridge Street, or book online at all cheque and card transactions. 41


19 - 21 March

Key Theatre

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