The cast of Birdsong at the Cenotaph in Swindon Town Centre
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TUE 1 – SAT 5 JULY Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. Performed by a large ensemble company including Olivier nominated actor and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan and Hollyoaks’ Jonny Clarke. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down. As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. A mesmerising story of love and courage, set both before and during the Great War. TUE 1 – SAT 5 JULY 7.30PM, THU & SAT 2PM TICKETS Tue & Wed 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2pm £12.50*, £17.50*, £19.50* Thu, Fri & Sat 7.30pm £14.50*, £19.00*, £21.00* CONCESSIONS £1.00 off FRIENDS 2 for 1 on Tue 1 July GROUPS & SCHOOLS discounts available
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TUE 16 – SAT 20 SEPTEMBER We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!
So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories Live on Stage with a brand-new show Barmy Britain with all new amazing 3D effects! Can you beat battling Boudicca? What if a Viking moved in next door? Will you love the Lionheart? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Should King Charles keep his head? Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Move to the groove with party Queen Victoria and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War with a special scene explaining the start of WWI!! It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! TUE 7PM, WED 10.30AM & 1.30PM, THU & FRI 10.30AM & 7PM, SAT 2.30PM & 7PM TICKETS £18.00*, £16.00*, £14.00* CHILDREN £2.00 off OVER 60s £2.00 off SCHOOLS £9.00 (11th ticket free) FAMILY OF 4 £12.00* each (must include 1 adult) Horrible Histories® is a registered trademark of Scholastic Inc. and used under authorisation. All rights reserved. Based on the books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown. Illustration copyright © Martin Brown.
WED 24 – SAT 27 SEP 7.30PM
OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR Presented by The Phoenix Players A large cast sing, act and dance their way through a wonderful piece of entertainment. Devised by Joan Littlewood, Charles Chilton and Gerry Raffles, this show uses popular songs of the time, including many well-loved World War 1 songs, to bring the story to life. TICKETS £10.00 CONCESSIONS £9.00 To book call 07517 698 083 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FRI 19 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM
TWELVE TEN FIFTEEN Edith Louisa Cavell was shot by a firing squad in Belgium for the protection, concealment and smuggling away of allied soldiers. The story of this caring and compassionate nurse, working in occupied Belgium during the “war to end all wars”, is revealed and recounted by a war-hardened, weary and cynical 21st century female war correspondent. Suitable for ages 15+ TICKETS £12.00 t CONCESSIONS £10.00 t FoSAC £9.00 STUDENTS £7.00 t
SUN 2 NOV 2PM
FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE Swindon’s own Festival of Remembrance honours all those who served in the Great War and the brave men who landed on the Normandy beaches 70 years ago. Starring, among others, Gary Chilton of ‘The Soldiers’, the Wessex Male Choir, the Western Players and the children’s choir of Goddard Park School. TICKETS £10.00* UNDER 16s £5.00*
MON 3 NOVEMBER 7:30PM Scamp Theatre present
PRIVATE PEACEFUL by Michael Morpurgo Adapted & Directed by Simon Reade Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Suitable for ages 8+ TICKETS £13.00*, £16.50*, £18.00*
W E S T E R N P L AY E R S WED 5TH - SAT 8TH NOV 7.30PM
JOURNEY’S END Presented by The Western Players The Western Players perform the heart-wrenching play Journey’s End. R.C Sheriff’s poignant tale shines a light on a small group of British soldiers and their life in the trenches. With an imminent German attack, will the anticipation of going ‘over the top’ prove too much? TICKETS £9.00 CONCESSIONS £8.00 To book tickets e-mail Boxoffice@westernplayers.co.uk
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THU 13 NOV 8PM
by Stephanie Dale
Multi-award winning AsOne Theatre presents a gripping new play with live music. Interweaving original testimony, Passion is poignant, funny and affectingly truthful account, telling five stories of soldiers and families 100 years apart. It takes you into the living room of news obsessed parents, into diaries of soldiers, down a camera lens and over the top, revealing how the ravages of war ripple down the generations. TICKETS £12.00 t CONCESSIONS £10.50 t STUDENTS £7.00 t
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THU 20 NOV 8PM Thingumajig Theatre present
A NOVEMBER DAY In forgotten boxes in an attic, a woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries. With evocative puppet characters, live music and an ever-changing set, Thingumajig Theatre presents a timeless fable on war and the miracle of friendship when all else seems lost. Suitable for ages 10+ TICKETS £12.00 t CONCESSIONS £10.00 t FoSAC £9.00 STUDENTS £7.00 t t A 50p per ticket booking fee will be added to all transactions unless stated otherwise.
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