THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY


Scratchworks Theatre Company
Thu 21st September 2017 at 19:30   £12.00 | £10.00

In 1963 a gang of men robbed a Royal Mail train for 2.6 million. The heist captured the public's imagination and went down in history as The Great Train Robbery. But the plot thickens. Twelve of the robbers were jailed, but four have never been caught or even named. Sian Keen, Scratchworks' co-artistic director, says: "The Great Train Robbery is this fantastic and archaic story of people who inspired the love of the public despite stealing all this money." The company began researching the anonymous four and decided to put a new spin on the infamous crime. "They were integral to the story," Sian says. "They had all the money but none of the fame. "We imagined what these characters would be like if they had been women." So, for the first time, the all-female company have decided to use their gender as a driving force in their production. "A lot of history is often written by men. Women largely go unwritten," Sian says. "We fell into being an all-female troupe but we are all feminists certainly as well as being women who simply enjoy making theatre together."

The four forgotten females go on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem in Scratchworks' The Great Train Robbery. Using their now trademark combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, the company will unfold the untold tale of the feather-brained four as they present their version of events. Or at least try to.

MITCH BENN: DON'T FEAR THE REAPER

Sat 23rd September 2017 at 20:00   £14.00 | £12.00

It's been a morbid time for "the country's leading musical satirist" (The Times); he's turned 46 - over the hill by anyone's standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him... But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his - and YOUR - mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him! It's time you're not getting back!

Mitch has been a regular on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show for more than a decade and has presented many radio specials. Following on from the success of Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle, a further three specials on music icons Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Elvis have recently been broadcast - The Freewheelin' Mitch Benn, Mitch Benn Is The Fat Pink Duke and Mitch Benn Has Left The Building. He also co-presented with Harry Shearer BBC Radio 2's 'Anatomy Of A Guitar' and presented 'Spank The Plank' for BBC Radio 4. He is currently working on a 40th anniversary special of Derek & Clive, again for BBC Radio 4.

Mitch is also the author of two novels, 'Terra' and 'Terra's World' both published by Gollancz and co-author with Jon Holmes of 'The Twitter History Of The World' the paperback edition of which was published by Prion Books.

"Intelligent and funny writing both of music and gags... a must see show"

One4Review

"Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny"

The Guardian

"Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire"

The Scotsman

AN EVENING WITH GERVASE PHINN

Thu 5th October 2017 at 19:30   £17.50

Gervase has been touring theatres across the country for over 10 years now, and really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience. With his keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous An Evening with Gervase Phinn will have you on the edges of your seats, as Gervase shares his hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales, with his shows receiving rave reviews.

Comedian, author, poet, broadcaster, lecturer, educational guru, after-dinner speaker and 'born raconteur' (The Guardian) - Gervase is perhaps best known for his best-selling series of five Dales books for Penguin.

Affectionately dubbed 'the James Herriot of Schools', Gervase has also written a wide range of academic books, children's poetry and fiction and is a columnist on The Countryman.

Gervase Phinn is one of the most accomplished public speakers of any kind. A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of the professional comedian with palpable warmth and the ability to deliver a message that is more than just a series of jokes.

The Times

AYESHA HAZARIKA - STATE OF THE NATION

Sat 7th October 2017 at 20:00   £14.00 | 12

"The former special adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman is now one of wittiest acts on the comedy circuit. She is definitely one to watch for a bit of political comedy."

Since leaving front line politics Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, has become a much sought after commentator writing for the Financial Times, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.

Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots, now delivering her one-woman show, State of The Nation and is in huge demand on TV and radio recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde's Unspun for Dave. Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio4). Ayesha lifts the lid on what life's really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics. 'State of the Nation' is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time

"Extremely funny... sharp and on the money, she is never cruel and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can."

John Crace, The Guardian

"A timely, tantalising show"

Beyond The Joke, Bruce Dessau

WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU


Pentabus Theatre Company
Thu 12th October 2017 at 19:30   £12.00 | £10.00

Someone has seen a wolf. Where did they come from? How many are there? Someone must be able to do something about them. Otherwise, how will our children get to school? And how will we all get to line dancing in the village hall?

This new play from Olivier-nominated playwright Joel Horwood explores just how much wild we’re comfortable with.

Two world class actors, Stacey Evans and Helena Lymbery, perform multiple roles as they summon into being one extraordinary day in an average British village. The audience are invited on an entertaining and imaginative journey as community spirit overcomes fear.

KERRY GODLIMAN: STICK OR TWIST

Wed 18th October 2017 at 20:00   £15.00 | £12.00

Kerry Godliman is back on tour. Her straight talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment will be covering more of life's anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden center? Why collect her children's teeth? And even though she can't stand aubergines, why is it her favorite emoji? There's loads to get sorted. Be there. She'll do all the talking.

Both an incredibly talented comedian and a phenomenal actor, Kerry is best known for her appearances on BBC's Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Jack Dee's Referendum HelpDesk, Channel 4's Derek and Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Kerry is also a regular on Radio 4 with appearances on the esteemed News Quiz, The Now Show and Just A Minute as well as her own series Kerry's List. Kerry is currently starring in the Sky 1 series Carters Get Rich.

"Intelligent, silly and - at all the right moments - laced with righteous ire."

The Guardian

"...A great comic who oozes personality"

Evening Standard

"The best comic timing on the fringe... You quite literally have to be there." ★★★★

The Sunday Times

TOM ALLEN: ABSOLUTELY

Sat 21st October 2017 at 20:00   £12.00

The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn.

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off's Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4's Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4's Just a Minute.

In the last year Tom has supported Sarah Millican around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs and even passed his driving test!

"The camply refined comic's Afternoon Tea chat show was a highlight of this year's Edinburgh festival, so it's great to see his light-entertainment prowess being recognised"

The Independent

"riotous stuff, perfectly delivered" ★★★★

Scotsman

JAMES PHELAN - TRICKSTER

Fri 27th October 2017 at 19:30   £14.00 | 12.00

James Phelan presents a night of light hearted, prank focused magic: utilising audience participation to comic effect. Described by The Radio Times as having "a cheeky charm" the show is presented through this personality and is both draw-dropping and laugh-out-loud funny. Nephew of the late Paul Daniels, James has been storming it online in the last twelve months whilst gaining a lot of traction in the national press (links attached). Gaining almost 200,000 social media followers of his own, his videos have average of around 400,000 views. Having toured as part of a troupe in 2016, James brings you his brand new own one-man show.

GLORIATOR


Spitz & Co.
Wed 8th November 2017 at 19:30   £12.00 | £10.00

What happens when a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator?

Gloria Delaneuf is well-versed in mime, mask, and the mysteries of stage-craft. Her UK tour manager Josephine Cunningham is not. Together they have created Gloriator - an awe-inspiring production of bravery, honour, and costumes made out of cardboard. Russell Crowe may not be available, but they are determined it will be a show you'll never forget.

Wonderfully inventive, physical, and very silly, Gloriator was created by French/English female comedy duo Spitz & Co with the help of Angus Barr (Publick Transport) and Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey). It won the Critics Choice Award at Exeter Ignite, and was developed with support from Arts Council England and Bristol Old Vic Ferment.

"Belly-achingly funny"

Gloucester Citizen

"I hooted. I snorted. I exploded with such mirth that the tears streamed down my face"

Stroud News & Journal

"Like a noisy, riotous burlesque act gone wrong, Gloriator is pure silliness from start to finish" *****

The Public Reviews

THE MAGNIFICENT AK47, WITH SASSPARELLA

Sat 25th November 2017 at 19:30   £12.00

This should be a brilliant one! A concert in the wonderful Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, with the fabulous Bath women's group Sassparella. We sang with Sassparella in Bath last year so this is by way of a return match

Under the nurturing tutelage of our glorious leader, Chris Samuel, this is a men's singing group capable of lowering the tone and raising a laugh simultaneously in any setting with deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness.

Under the nurturing tutelage of our glorious leader, Chris Samuel, this is a men's singing group capable of lowering the tone and raising a laugh simultaneously in any setting with deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness.

THE SNOW QUEEN


Sundial Theatre Company
Wed 6th December 2017 at 13:15   £5.00
Wed 6th December 2017 at 19:30   £7.00 | £5.00
Thu 7th December 2017 at 13:15   £5.00
Thu 7th December 2017 at 19:30   £7.00 | £5.00
Fri 8th December 2017 at 13:15   £5.00

Please note that afternoon performances are for schools and students & staff of Cirencester College

GRANDMA CLAUS - WAITING FOR SANTA

Sat 16th December 2017 at 12:00   £10.00 | 8.00
Sat 16th December 2017 at 14:30   £10.00 | 8.00
Sat 16th December 2017 at 19:00   £10.00 | 8.00

Sadly its been years since Santa has visited his Grandma. Its Christmas Eve and all she really wants this year is to see him...

She has tried tirelessly to get him home! She has baked his favourite cakes for years, she has searched high and low and this year might be the year she has to give up! With a plan up her sleeve, a bit of help from her silly friend Twinkle Toes and a touch of magic, you never know what might happen around Grandmas house... Pop in to see Grandma this Christmas, shell give you a treat and you never know who you might meet!

Kick start your Christmas with a light hearted, magical and fun family show that will bring out the excitement in children and adults alike. There will be a meet and greet with the Claus after the show!

© Sundial Theatre 2017