by Frazer Flintham 
directed by Theresa Heskins

Fri 3 July – Sat 25 July

The first of this double-bill is a warm-hearted comedy from one of the country’s brightest young writers. An eccentric group of Staffordshire characters meet in the ‘local’ in a tale of lavs, life and learning to love.

Cliff has spent the last 25 years making toilets at Armitage Shanks. Same job, same factory, same life. He’s happy enough. But, when his childhood sweetheart comes back to the village after years down South, he starts to think he should have made a bit more of himself.

Then smooth-talking Gordon makes his move, and Cliff’s got to make up his mind. Is he going to put up a fight for the woman he loves? Can he finally learn to like himself? Or is he going to let his whole future get flushed down the drain?

Staffordshire born playwright Frazer Flintham wrote Blurred and We Are Mermaid for BBC Radio; Taketh Me Away for The Pleasance and other projects with The Bush, ATC, LIVE Theatre and Soho Theatre.

The Throne Cast

David Crellin - Sid  
Elizabeth Elvin - Pam
Gwawr Loader - Whitney
Perry Moore - Richard
Adam Morris - Gordon
David Nellist - Cliff
Bryonie Pritchard - Peggy   



by Chris Bush
directed by Gemma Fairlie

Fri 3 July – Sat 25 July

In this powerful tale of friendship and fate, a gang of youngsters risk the deadly anger of a king. A new play from the winner of the 2014 Perfect Pitch Award.

Mouse and his friends live in the times after the Romans, sheltering amongst the skeletons of a fallen empire. They’re not heroes or kings or warriors, just ordinary folk. No one will ever want to sing songs of them.

But, when they stumble upon a band of sleeping soldiers, each carrying weapons more magnificent than anything they could have imagined, their futures suddenly look very different. Perhaps they will find themselves in a great story after all.

Playwright Chris Bush’s TONY! The Blair Musical enjoyed sell-out runs at York Theatre Royal and the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to London as winner of a Sunday Times Award for a successful off-West End run. For Sheffield Theatres he wrote The Sheffield Mysteries, and won a Perfect Pitch award to write a new musical for Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre.

Larksong Cast

Suzanne Ahmet - Chorus & Puppeteer
Romayne Andrews - Mouse
Jemma Churchill - Chorus
Crystal Condie - Lark
Paula James - Chorus & Puppeteer
David Kirkbride - Bull
Perry Moore - Weasel
Adam Morris - Dragon  
David Semark - Boar & Chorus
Johnson Willis - Mole & Chorus