27th Sept - 28th Sept 2021
Golden Age Theatre Company
written & directed by Ian Dixon Potter
27th September at 7.30pm: Inside Blue & DNA
Performed by Beata Taczalska
Blue identifies as neither male nor female, believing masculinity and femininity to be mere social constructs. The ultimate nonconformist, Blue refuses to be pigeon-holed and categorised, resisting even the labels of nationality, religion, ideology and sexual orientation. But what happens when Blue falls for the relatively conventional Peter?
“As well-written as the companion piece, (A Strange Romance) and equally brilliantly acted”
“Last time, we heard Peter’s perspective. This time, we hear Blue’s version of events, and it is equally compelling” “Beata Taczalska’s characterisation is disarmingly direct and it is obvious why Peter would find Blue completely fascinating”
★★★★★ Theatre Monkey
Performed by Melanie Thompson
Imogen isn't who she thought she was. After being surprised by the results of a DNA ancestry test, she embarks on a life changing voyage of discovery. She doesn't know where this will lead but one thing's for sure, she has something to celebrate. It turns out she's not British!
The play certainly gives one viewpoint consistently. An engaging short film insight into modern family relations and the wider experiences of the younger generation in the current world.
★★★★ Theatre Monkey
28th September at 7.30pm: The Beast & I, Richard
Performed by Melanie Thompson
A monumental ego and a self seeking ruthlessness have propelled Grossman to the top of his profession. An 'alpha male' in every sense, Grossman surrounds himself with flatterers and sycophants who fear and loathe him. Knowing his reputation for preying on young female employees, Caroline keeps her distance but an opportunity to advance her career propels her into Grossman's lascivious clutches.
“Melanie Thompson's easy articulacy is engaging” “Fertile ground for debate in a way similar to Mamet’s “Oleanna” – where the lines and boundaries of morality are a valid subject for heated argument” “To say more would spoil the interest in this piece. Writing and acting are strong, and it is a worthwhile 28 minutes”
★★★★★ (four and a half Stars) Theatre Monkey
“A thoughtful and compelling production. ” “An interesting take on what it is to climb the career ladder whilst making compromises along the way to achieve one’s ambitions” “Caroline’s engaging nature certainly helps keep the viewer interested"
★★★★ London Theatre 1
Performed by Ivan Comisso
History is always written by the victor. After Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth, Tudor historians created the elaborate fiction of a deformed usurper who schemed and murdered his way onto the English throne. But who was the real Richard III? This is a tale of murder, betrayal, rebellion, revenge and political intrigue, starting with the drowning of the Duke of Clarence in a butt of Malmsey and ending on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth.
I,Richard is based on 'Good King Richard' by Ian Dixon Potter and is yet to be reviewed but here are two reviews of Good King Richard:
"A quality new drama" "a marvellous feat of directing" "…freeing a historical character from the trappings of famous fiction and confronting the audience with an alternate version. And in this, they succeed marvellously" "...confront and challenge the audience’s expectations of ‘King Richard’ and lay bare the bias of history, which was done with taste, a skilful script and impressive acting"
"As far as Golden Age Theatre Company’s dedication to creating theatre which explores ‘big ideas’ this certainly hits the nail on the head"
★★★★ Theatre Bubble)
"The truth has never been so compelling" "a sense of the epic… the human truth behind the monstrous fiction" "Ian Dixon-Potter’s script does justice to the likely truth behind the Tudor propaganda" "a genuine & credible alternative to Olivier’s infamous hunchback."
★★★★ Mind The Blog
Original music composed and performed by Neil Thompson
Concessions accepted for pensioners, unemployed, students and under 16's