A packed programme of visiting productions has been announced for the late spring and onwards at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.
1 & 2 May: The Edit, by Sarah Gordon. Presented by Folio Theatre Company in association with Salisbury Playhouse, this gripping new play explores the question: if you could rewrite your past, would you?
3 May: Pianist Young-Choon Park makes a welcome return to the SJT, performing works by Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.
4 May: Luke Wright, Poet Laureate. Following a sell-out run in Edinburgh, poet Luke Wright returns to the SJT with the show the critics are calling his best yet.
7 May: Violet, from new playwright Bebe Sanders and the award-winning Poor Michelle Productions, explores inter-generational friendship, mental health, dementia and loneliness, not forgetting the often funny and absurd moments of ordinary life.
9 May: Poet John Hegley returns to the SJT with his new show New & Selected Potatoes – an exuberance of songs, drawings, poems and baroque dance steps encompassing furniture, fig rolls, fisher-birds and a trip to Rotherham Library.
14 May: Script Club and Boundless Theatre present Drip – a one-man musical comedy by award-winning Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music).
15 May: Door-to-Door Poetry. Rowan McCabe is the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. This funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre follows him on his adventures around the North East of England.
20-22 May: The Isle of Brimsker, a new multi-sensory story of adventure and homecoming from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.
23-31 May: Pictures of Dorian Gray. Jermyn Street Theatre in association with the SJT presents a bold and beautiful new adaptation of Wilde’s classic novel by Lucy Shaw. The cast switch roles, creating different casting possibilities on different nights: a female Dorian looks at the portrait. And a male face looks back at her.
24 May: Salomé. Hybrid dance theatre company EDIFICE presents a work of dark theatre with captivating live music performed by five musicians from Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra and based on Wilde’s Salomé.
28 & 29 May: Dot By Dot Productions presents HONK!, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe: a musical egg-stravaganza with puppetry, magic and illusions... and water guns!
30 May-1 June: Blackeyed Theatre’s The Sign of Four: adventure, romance, comedy and one or two rather brilliant deductions – the epic Sherlock Holmes tale in a spectacular new adaptation by Nick Lane, writer of the SJT’s Christmas shows Pinocchio, A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland.
4 June: Part comedy play, part cookery demonstration, Ragged Edge Productions’ The Chef Show, by Nick Ahad, take the audience behind the scenes on a busy Saturday night in the local curry house.
5 June: Deaf Steve presents Adventures in Dementia. Steve Day’s dad has Alzheimer’s. Steve is deaf, but has new hearing aids. If you like bittersweet comedy about deafness and memory loss, this is the show for you!
6 & 7 June: WILDCARD presents Electrolyte, by James Meteyard with music and lyrics by Maimuna Memon: a multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre that powerfully explores mental health for a contemporary audience.
8 June: The Showstoppers’ Kids Show and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. Spontaneious musical comedy at its finest - two shows creating musicals from scratch from audience suggestions.
27 July-24 August: all the usual Tiny Time Tales interactive fun and nonsense for the smallest members of the family in Lottie Gets Lost in Bookland, written and directed by Cheryl Govan and based on classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen.
14-19 October: The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield present John Godber’s latest play Gym & Tonic – a laugh-out-loud comedy about trying to find a moment of calm in these challenging times.
The visiting shows will join the already-announced schedule of ‘Made in Scarborough’ SJT productions: Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis by Charlotte Jones, directed by Gemma Fairlie (28 March to 20 April); Richard Harris’s Stepping Out, directed by Paul Robinson (20 June to 2 August); Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings (25 July to 28 September) and Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present (4 September to 5 October), both directed by the author; The Monstrous Heart by Oliver Emanuel, directed by Gareth Nicholls (3 to 19 October – a co-production with the Traverse Theare, Edinburgh); and Treasure Island, adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel by Nick Lane, with music and lyrics by Simon Slater, directed by Erin Carter (5 to 29 December).
Tickets for all the shows are priced from £10, and will go on sale from Friday 1 March (with priority booking for the theatre’s membership scheme, The Circle, from Friday 15 February) and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com