Tinlin: Notes From The Road
Tinlin come to the Old Joint Stock on the latest leg of their Notes From The Road Tour.
Tinlin is a songwriting partnership of two brothers, Alex and Rolf, whose emphasis lies firmly in the production of original and honest, yet well-crafted music. They are an acoustic pop/folk group whose style is constantly evolving to suit the emotion of the music they produce.
With material born of an eclectic mix both classical and contemporary influences, Tinlin incorporates unique instrumentation of acoustic guitar and mandolin, intertwined with striking vocal harmonies.
01 October 2014 at 8pm
The Goon Show
Relive the lunacy of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe as Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok and Minnie become embroiled in the case of the heinous PHANTOM HEAD SHAVER (OF BRIGHTON), and tell a terrifying tale of family greed and murder in (pause for dramatic effect), THE CANAL!
A rare chance to see two classic Milligan radio scripts performed on stage, complete with live sound effects and jazz band. The Goon Show re-wrote the rules of British comedy during the 1950s, attracting radio audiences of nearly two million and paving the way for Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan and The Mighty Boosh - and they can still be heard on BBC radio today, 60 years later!
Winners of Best Studio/Fringe Production (Central Region) The Public Reviews 2014
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company in association with Birmingham Comedy Festival
Written by Spike Milligan
Directed by Robert F. Ball
03 Oct - 04 Oct 2014
Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking
Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended. The eccentric theoretical physicist is accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs.
Warning: features the wurst sausage joke ever.
'The clearest – and certainly the funniest – explanation of the Theory of Relativity I know.' John Lloyd (creator of QI)
'Here’s a treasure.' 5 STARS The Times
'Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible...This really is delightful and comes strongly recommended.' 5 STARS British Theatre Guide
'This man can really work an audience...We're convulsed in laughter and then very quickly we're almost in tears. Hinton gave us the complete Einstein - the emotional lover and husband, the analytical theoretician, the moralist, the philosopher.' Fringe Review
08 October 2014 at 7:30pm
Behind The Blinds
At number 65, the wine is poured, the nibbles ready, the cushions plumped, Buckaroo and the brace and bit are waiting… the doorbell rings. The new neighbours (the audience) have come to say hello and there seems to be rather a lot of them!
“Nice to meet you, do come in…” Richard and Isabelle are your hosts for the evening and, having got to know all about their other neighbours over many years, they will share the innermost secrets of the characters living on their street.
BEHIND THE BLINDS is a new show weaving together lyrically witty and sophisticated songs that reveal what goes on behind the blinds on this ordinary-looking suburban street. Look closely to see that there is no such thing as ordinary!
In the great tradition of comic and tragicomic songs, imagine a combustible mix of Victoria Wood, Tim Minchin, Gilbert and Sullivan and Ian Dury!
10 October 2014 at 7:30pm
£8 to £10
Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis
Three years after the Reichenbach Falls the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, is presumed dead. Dr John Watson has married and moved on, consigning his of days adventure and investigation to memories.
In an intimate room, a lecture is about to take place. A great professor of criminology prepares to educate his audience on the ʻscience of deductionʼ that Holmes made famous. Will this event be the catalyst to throw Holmes and Watson together again, as one final mystery lays dormant, waiting to be unraveled? Could it be true that their archenemy Moriarty is still at large?
This fast paced and immersive production places the audience at the heart of the action, with games to play and investigations to be solved. A contemporary, interactive original drama inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's much-loved detective stories.
Created by The Flanagan Collective, associate company at York Theatre Royal, and Hartshorn Hook Production in partnership with Pegasus Theatre and York Theatre Royal.
ʻIs there a better young writer in Yorkshire theatre right now?ʼ The York Press on Alexander Wrightʼs most recent show Babylon
17 Oct - 18 Oct 2014
The infamous Lord of the Vampires seek to gain his revenge from beyond the grave...
A sequel to the original Bram Stoker classic, Dracula's Ghost combines mixed media and live performance to create a lurid gothic melodrama.
Formed in 2010, Don't Go Into The Cellar! remains the British Empire's finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein.
Don't Go Into The Cellar! perform at venues across the United Kingdom, from theatres and restaurants to manor houses and festivals. Our shows offer an original take on traditional Victorian and Edwardian theatre, combining authentic costumes and props with multi-media film, video and sound.
The team of talented professional performers bring high-quality drama and comedy to our vintage chillers, Sherlockian thrillers and Music Hall variety shows.
22 October 2014 at 8pm
Is that it, our Kylie?
We’ve tackled weddings. We’ve tackled births. So what come last?
Funerals are dull. Standing around, making small talk with relatives you only see at funerals between bouts of cheerful reminiscing and mickey-taking of the deceased, shortly followed by immense sadness as you come accept that they are gone.
And yet, as the day progresses, the memories all come flooding back leaving a picture of a person for better or worse, good or bad but always human. Who laughs, cries, loves, loses, marries, parents, grand-parents and everything in between.
Get ready to say ‘cheerio’ in a comedy that will lift your spirits as it breaks your heart.
24 Oct - 25 Oct 2014
£8 to £10
Foghorn Improv: Most Haunted
Prepare for a meeting with the death, hear the knocking from a door that hasn’t been there for hundreds of years! Speak to your dead great-great-great-grandfather using only sequential letters of the alphabet! Prepare to be terrified out of your laughter… Waah haa haaa haaa haaa...
30 October 2014 at 8pm
Clamber Up the Crucifix
Clamber Up the Crucifix by John Kitchen and directed by Gary Phillpott
We begin at the end- midday, 11th November 1918.
To the officers, Parker was invisible, hardly more human than the telegraph key he operates. Earlier that day, and privy to certain information, Parker had caused serious offence.
His sentence is due, footsteps approach.
Clamber Up the Crucifix explores the life of a telegraph key operator in the trenches and the mind of an ordinary soldier caught up in the long waits and terrifying bombardments of life at the Front.
A gritty and emotional reminder of what life was like for millions of young men a century ago.
01 November 2014 at 7:30pm
£8 to £10
This Was The World And I Was King
Rediscover the unbridled imagination of childhood in this transporting story of courage, kindness and bravery set during the First World War. A family friendly folk-musical featuring the enchanting poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.
With their father in peril at the Front, the Connor children turn to their imagination for comfort and distraction from reality. Their make-believe kingdom comes to life with rousing folk music and hand-carved puppets as they set sail on impossible adventures.
“This is a remarkable little show” **** (The Scotsman)
“An absolute treat; sheer exuberant joy from start to finish” **** (Fourth Wall Magazine)
07 Nov - 08 Nov 2014
£6 to £10
The Lasting Sense of Sudden
The Lasting Sense of Sudden
by Jonathan ap Emrys
directed by Robert F. Ball
Contains strong language, sexual references and nudity.
'The Lasting Sense of Sudden' is a 75 minute roller coaster ride across a diverse landscape of human sexuality and relationships. It’s a bitter-sweet exploration of self-discovery, gaining acceptance, and learning to accept oneself in the twenty-first century.
Originally researched and written for the 2013 Shout Festival of queer arts, FRED has revisited the original 2013 production, and the play now includes fresh stories as well as the most popular and moving from its first outing. These are universal tales of love, loss and loneliness, but also of self-discovery and celebration, through family, friends and partnerships that can resonate with everyone.
Praise for the original production includes:
“. . . this exquisite play. Clever editing and inspired direction . . . made these deeply personal stories moving, immediate, believable, and infinitely human over and over again.” Lichfield Online
“A brave and revealing (in every sense) performance.” * * * * onestoparts.com
The original production was nominated for an award at the 2013 Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
12 Nov - 15 Nov 2014
Songs From A Ledge
Winners of Best Fringe Production 2013 - The Public Reviews (Central Region)
Songs from a Ledge is a new musical, a Blues Opera, based on the troubled life of fictional jazz ‘n’ blues star Maria Lynwood. Known as the The Wild Child of Blues, the Red Queen, the Little Firebird, her illustrious career spanned the 20th century.
Decades later, her great granddaughter Annalie, lost in life in the 21st century and desperate for something to fight for, receives a box of Maria’s possessions, letters, recordings and memories which changes her life forever...
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company present Songs From a Ledge
Praise for previous productions:
'Lithe and liberated...triumphant.' The Times
'For sheer ambition, creativity and commitment, this young company cannot be faulted.' 5 STARS What's On Live
'The talent of everyone involved is undeniable' 5 STARS EdFringeReview
'An excellent script, full of dry humour, wistful moments and witty put-downs' 4.5 STARS The Public Reviews
'One of the greatest stories is brilliantly retold as a contemporary drama by this talented company' 4 STARS Birmingham Mail
17 Nov - 22 Nov 2014
Foghorn Improv: Singing In The Fog
The hills are alive with the sound of music as Foghorn will be ‘Singing in the Fog’. Join us as we create a musical spectacle from nothing but your suggestions. All singing, all dancing (well, perhaps not the dancing bit), musical feast for the eyes and ears. To help us, we have our very own band of merry music makers. Mama Mia! I hear you cry.
Don’t be les miserable, be happy, be Foghorn!
27 November 2014 at 8pm
Choose Your Own Documentary
Pages from a forgotten diary fall from a book you buy on eBay.
What would you do?…
Join Nathan Penlington and a team of filmmakers as they embark on a quest to find the author of the diary and unravel the mystery of its pages. A true story of obsession, childhood sweethearts, friendship, loss and adventure.
But there is a twist.
You, the audience, decide Nathan's fate by voting using remote controls. His destiny is in your hands. Choose wisely.
Winner Scotsman Fringe First Award 2013
Official selection Tribeca Film Festival 2014
'Wonderfully gripping' **** - Evening Standard
'Deeply moving' **** The Scotsman
'Funny, touching, stratospherically human' **** - Broadway Baby
'There are 1566 versions of this show...I suggest strongly that you track one down' **** - The Times
Choose Your Own Documentary has been co-commissioned by Southbank Centre, London, and supported by Arts Council England. Initial development supported by Out Of Print. 'The Boy In The Book', the complete story of the search for Terence Prendergast, written by Nathan Penlington was published by Headline in May 2014.
28 Nov - 29 Nov 2014