Chelmsford City Council

Autumn drama to thrill and chill

A gripping tragicomedy, a Victorian gothic horror story and an intriguing peek into the lives of four generations of women all await theatregoers looking for a dramatic treat at Chelmsford's Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio.

Bismillah! is set in a basement in Northern Iraq in 2015 and examines the relationship between two British boys: one a captured soldier and the other his guard. Dean joined the army, while Danny joined ISIS. The play is a compassionate, hilarious and thought-provoking examination of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain. Bismillah! was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, winning plaudits for tackling huge contemporary issues in a tragicomic style. The drama unfolds at the Cramphorn Studio on Wednesday 3 October at 7.45pm.

Get into the Hallowe'en spirit with The Devil's Bride. The production is based on the spine-chilling Victorian gothic horror story by Sheridan Le Fanu, who was one of the leading writers of nineteenth-century horror and was key to the genre's development. Le Fanu's best-known work is Uncle Silas, although some of his other novels inspired several Hammer vampire films. The Devil's Bride is the tale of an aspiring 17th-century painter who takes an apprenticeship with a famous artist and falls in love with his master's niece. However, the artist gains art-world fame by making a deal with the devil, and when the apprentice attempts to wed the niece an evil rival returns. The Devil's Bride comes to the Cramphorn Studio on Monday 29 October at 7.45pm.

The most often-performed work in the world by a female playwright, My Mother Said I Never Should will be staged at the Civic Theatre from Tuesday 30 to Wednesday 31 October. The play was written in 1985 by Charlotte Keatley and has since been translated into 22 languages - the text has been studied by A-Level students for many years. My Mother Said I Never Should is a classic piece of theatre that examines the lives of four generations of women in the same family through the immense social changes of the twentieth century. The play revolves around family, love, jealousy and class. The show starts at 7.45pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Wednesday 31 October.

To book tickets for any of these productions, visit or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.

Monday 24 September 2018

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