March comes alive with several dramatic productions at Chelmsford’s Cramphorn Studio this March. Kicking the month off is ‘Time Machine’, a new and radical interpretation of the classic HG Wells novel. A Victorian time traveller leaves Britain in 1900 and travels forward to 2018 and finds an age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path to tomorrow. How much time do we have left? If civilisation falls today, what will become of us? The unique production is part of the Essex Book Festival and is staged on Thursday 1 March at 8pm.
‘The King Lear’ takes the Shakespeare classic story and shakes it up. Instead of a Kingdom, it’s a pub! Instead of a King, Mr Lear is the landlord! When Mr Lear announces his retirement and the division of his ‘kingdom’ between his daughters, he imitates his namesake and demands to know which daughter loves him the most. In doing so he unleashes a storm of pent-up frustrations and jealousy performed using physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling. Catch this unique take on Shakespeare’s play on Thursday 8 March at 8pm.
‘We are The Lions’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. Standing up to Grunwick and it’s Bonusprint/Doubleprint/Tripleprint photographic company, Jayaben stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication. Jayaben became one of the women that have had a massive impact on women’s lives over the last 70 years, turning the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. We are The Lions comes to the Cramphorn Studio on Friday 23 March at 8pm.
To book tickets to see any of these events, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.