Girls Like That
Sep
5
to 7 Sep

Girls Like That

"The problem with girls like that is they ruin it for everyone. The problem with girls like that is they give all girls a bad name..."


A naked photo of Scarlett goes viral. Rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire. FLASH. POP. BUZZ. Her reputation becomes toxic, threatening to shatter the fragile unity of the girls she has grown up with. But how long can Scarlett remain silent? And why isn't it the same for boys?

Girls Like That is an urgent and explosive play that explores gender equality and the pressures on today's digital generation. This show will be slick and contemporary. No matter what generation you are, you will be able to connect to this production as an audience member.

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HANGMEN - reading
Oct
2
7:45 pm19:45

HANGMEN - reading

"I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint."


‘Hangmen’ is a late 1960s-set black comedy about a retired executioner, Harry Wade (presumably named after real-life hangmen Harry Allen and Stephen Wade), that unfolds in the smoky lung of a Manchester pub run by this upright local celebrity.

It is the day that hanging is abolished in 1965. A baby-faced newspaperman wants an interview with Harry. Any mention of ‘celebrity’ executioner Albert Pierrepoint gets Harry’s goat. The regulars slip into an easy hierarchy of knockabout male power, matters turn uneasy when a cocky young southerner, Mooney, starts to ingratiate himself at the pub. Unease turns to dread when Harry’s daughter, Shirley goes missing and Harry’s former assistant, Syd has suspicions about the culprit.

McDouagh's writing feels ’60s in origins, with echoes of Harold Pinter’s linguistic gamesmanship and Joe Orton’s gallows humour. For much of the past decade, McDonagh, after earlier successes like ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, has put his mind to film, making‘In Bruges’,  'Seven Psychopaths’ and the multi award winning 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. There’s a hint of 1960s cinema in ‘Hangmen’ too. That partly comes via the northern kitchen-sink dramas of the decade, but it’s also there in how young Mooney nods to the discomforting modish charm of the likes of Malcolm McDowell: a sinister spotlight in the gloom.

For all its talk of hanging and abolition, this isn’t a political play. It’s more about the past catching up with the present, and about power and pride among men. A hangman might wield power over his victim – but there’s always someone round the corner with a bigger, longer rope if he’s not careful. It’s avicious, funny play, stained with nicotine and nihilism.

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HANGMEN - auditions
Oct
9
7:45 pm19:45

HANGMEN - auditions

Our director is looking for a cast of 14 males* (2 of these could be female) and 2 females, one who looks around 15 years old. We also require help backstage. If you would like to read a copy of the script to audition or a word with the director, please reply to this email.

*Two characters are hung in this production, our director has knowledge in onstage stunts and health and safety. There will be a dedicated rehearsal for hangings to ensure the safety of our actors.

"I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint."

‘Hangmen’ is a late 1960s-set black comedy about a retired executioner, Harry Wade (presumably named after real-life hangmen Harry Allen and Stephen Wade), that unfolds in the smoky lung of a Manchester pub run by this upright local celebrity.

It is the day that hanging is abolished in 1965. A baby-faced newspaperman wants an interview with Harry. Any mention of ‘celebrity’ executioner Albert Pierrepoint gets Harry’s goat. The regulars slip into an easy hierarchy of knockabout male power, matters turn uneasy when a cocky young southerner, Mooney, starts to ingratiate himself at the pub. Unease turns to dread when Harry’s daughter, Shirley goes missing and Harry’s former assistant, Syd has suspicions about the culprit.

McDouagh's writing feels ’60s in origins, with echoes of Harold Pinter’s linguistic gamesmanship and Joe Orton’s gallows humour. For much of the past decade, McDonagh, after earlier successes like ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, has put his mind to film, making‘In Bruges’,  'Seven Psychopaths’ and the multi award winning 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. There’s a hint of 1960s cinema in ‘Hangmen’ too. That partly comes via the northern kitchen-sink dramas of the decade, but it’s also there in how young Mooney nods to the discomforting modish charm of the likes of Malcolm McDowell: a sinister spotlight in the gloom.

For all its talk of hanging and abolition, this isn’t a political play. It’s more about the past catching up with the present, and about power and pride among men. A hangman might wield power over his victim – but there’s always someone round the corner with a bigger, longer rope if he’s not careful. It’s avicious, funny play, stained with nicotine and nihilism.

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THE DEVIL AT MIDNIGHT by Brian Clements
Oct
23
to 26 Oct

THE DEVIL AT MIDNIGHT by Brian Clements

Just in time for halloween our director Theresa Kay makes her debut at the Harlequins with Brian Clemens thriller The Devil At Midnight, which is guarenteed to have you on the edge of your seats. Members of the play selection team couldn't put this script down once they started to read it.

Clemens wrote many on stage thrillers in his time. In this, Liz Burns, a psychoanalyst, recieves an unexpected visitor - Nicki, a troubles young woman who is visited in her dreams by a devil who carries her away to an old lonely, terrifying house. Liz sees immediately that her visitor is a victim of child abuse and as the details of Nicki's past life emerge, clue mount up that point to Liz's husband Jack as the perpetrator and Nicki is out for revenge.

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HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh
Dec
11
to 14 Dec

HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh

"I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint."

‘Hangmen’ is a late 1960s-set black comedy about a retired executioner, Harry Wade (presumably named after real-life hangmen Harry Allen and Stephen Wade), that unfolds in the smoky lung of a Manchester pub run by this upright local celebrity.

It is the day that hanging is abolished in 1965. A baby-faced newspaperman wants an interview with Harry. Any mention of ‘celebrity’ executioner Albert Pierrepoint gets Harry’s goat. The regulars slip into an easy hierarchy of knockabout male power, matters turn uneasy when a cocky young southerner, Mooney, starts to ingratiate himself at the pub. Unease turns to dread when Harry’s daughter, Shirley goes missing and Harry’s former assistant, Syd has suspicions about the culprit.

McDouagh's writing feels ’60s in origins, with echoes of Harold Pinter’s linguistic gamesmanship and Joe Orton’s gallows humour. For much of the past decade, McDonagh, after earlier successes like ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, has put his mind to film, making‘In Bruges’,  'Seven Psychopaths’ and the multi award winning 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. There’s a hint of 1960s cinema in ‘Hangmen’ too. That partly comes via the northern kitchen-sink dramas of the decade, but it’s also there in how young Mooney nods to the discomforting modish charm of the likes of Malcolm McDowell: a sinister spotlight in the gloom.

For all its talk of hanging and abolition, this isn’t a political play. It’s more about the past catching up with the present, and about power and pride among men. A hangman might wield power over his victim – but there’s always someone round the corner with a bigger, longer rope if he’s not careful. It’s avicious, funny play, stained with nicotine and nihilism.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Jan
23
to 25 Jan

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy embark on a magical mystery tour to the Land of Narnia through the wardrobe. There they encounter the wicked White Witch, representing the forces of evil, and the King of the Beasts, Aslan the lion, representing all that is good and right.

Our previous production of Peter Pan SOLD OUT so make sure you get your tickets!

Do you know any community youth groups?
We will be approaching groups in the community such as Scouts, Rainbows and Brownies in the area. If you know any groups please let them know about this, we are currently have an offer on group bookings of over 10. Contact: HQYouththeatre@gmail.com.

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THE GOVERNEMENT INSPECTOR by Gogol, Adapted by Alistair Seaton
Feb
26
to 29 Feb

THE GOVERNEMENT INSPECTOR by Gogol, Adapted by Alistair Seaton

DIRECTED BY MALCOLM BARKER

Reading: Wednesday 20 November 2019, 7.45pm
Auditions: Wednesday 27 November 2019, 7.45pm

A LIGHT COMEDY AT THE START OF 2020 FOR YOU TO ENJOY. DIRECTOR MALCOLM BARKER IS NO STRANGER TO THE HARLEQUINS, HE BRINGS YOU ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS COMEDIES IN WORLD THEATRE, GOGOL'S MASTERPIECE DEPICTS A SMALL RUSSIAN TOWN WHERE CORRUPTION IS RIFE. BUT WHEN THE POWERS THAT BE LEARN THEY'RE GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO AN UNDERCOVER GOVERNMENT INSPECTION THEY PANIC. MISTAKING A PENNILESS NOBODY FOR THE POWERFUL OFFICIAL THEY SWIFTLY FALL VICTIMS TO THEIR OWN STUPIDITY AND GREED. IN THIS HILARIOUS NEW TRANSLATION, AWARD-WINNING SATIRIST ALISTAIR BEATON BRINGS TO LIFE ITS DAZZLING BLEND OF PREPOSTEROUS CHARACTERS AND ALL-TOO-REAL SITUATIONS.

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SILENCE by Moira Buffini
Apr
22
to 25 Apr

SILENCE by Moira Buffini

A SECOND DARK COMEDY OF OUR 2019/2020 SEASON WHERE SHAKESPEARE'S CROSS DRESSERS MEET MONTY PYTHON'S BLITHERING KNIGHTS AT THE END OF THE FIRST MILLENNIUM. 

MOIRA BUFFINI'S SILENCE TAKES US BACK A THOUSAND YEARS TO THE ENGLISH 'DARK AGES' AND THE REIGN OF KING ETHELRED, SET BETWEEN CANTERBURY AND CUMBRIA.

ETHELRED'S PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING FROM VIKING ATTACKS, BUT ETHELRED'S MENTAL HEALTH APPEARS TO BE DETERIORATING SWIFTLY AS HE IS AFRAID TO LEAVE HIS BED, RULING ENGLAND BY SENDING ORDERS VIA HIS FAITHFUL MANSERVANT EADRIC. YMMA OF NORMANDY, WHOSE MOTHER IS SAID TO BE A SAINT, HAS BEEN SENT TO ENGLAND BY HER BROTHER TO BE PUNISHED BY ETHELRED, WHICH HE DOES BY FORCING HER TO MARRY 14-YEAR-OLD LORD SILENCE OF CUMBRIA.

THE INNOCENT YOUNG SILENCE IS ANXIOUS ABOUT HIS PERFORMANCE ON HIS WEDDING NIGHT AND CONSULTS ROGER THE PRIEST WHO IS TRYING TO PERSUADE HIM TO LEAVE BEHIND HIS VIKING GODS AND TURN TO CHRISTIANITY, BUT ROGER IS TOO EMBARRASSED TO BE OF MUCH HELP. AFTER THE WEDDING WHEN THEY ARE ALONE FOR THE FIRST TIME, YMMA DISCOVERS THE REASON FOR SILENCE'S ANXIETY AND FORMS A VERY CLOSE BOND WITH HIM.

WHEN THEY PREPARE TO LEAVE FOR SILENCE'S CASTLE, ETHELRED HAS PLUCKED UP THE COURAGE TO LEAVE HIS BEDROOM AND DECIDED THAT HE MUST MARRY YMMA HIMSELF, AND SO PURSUES THE COUPLE BACK UP TO CUMBRIA, DEVASTATING A FEW VILLAGES ON THE WAY, IN ORDER TO KILL SILENCE AND TAKE HIS BRIDE FOR HIMSELF.

WHILE THIS ALL SOUNDS QUITE SERIOUS AND EVEN HORRIFIC, THIS PLAY IS REALLY A COMEDY AT HEART ALBEIT WITH SOME SERIOUS SITUATIONS. THERE ARE SOME EXTREMELY FUNNY SCENES AMONGST THE REPORTS OF TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPENING OFFSTAGE, BUT IT NEVER STRAYS BEYOND THE PLAUSIBLE AND SO IT IS EASY TO GET COMPLETELY ABSORBED BY THE STORY AND THE SUPERBLY-DRAWN CHARACTERS. THERE IS SOME BEAUTIFUL WRITING FROM BUFFINI IN THIS SCRIPT.

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ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller
Jun
10
to 13 Jun

ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller

ALL MY SONS IS A STORY OF GUILT AND THE CONSEQUENCE OF GREED BEHIND A WHITE PICKET FENCE. JOE KELLER, A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN, LIVES COMFORTABLY WITH HIS WIFE, KATE, AND SON, CHRIS, IN SUBURBAN AMERICAN. THEY HAVE A SADNESS IN THEIR LIVES – THE LOSS OF THEIR OTHER SON, LARRY, WHO WENT MISSING IN WORLD WAR II. AFTER THREE YEARS, KATE STILL CLINGS TO THE HOPE THAT HER SON IS ALIVE, BUT IS SHE SIDE-STEPPING AN EVEN NASTIER TRUTH? AS THE PLAY UNRAVELS WE SEE THE MADNESS THAT TAKES HOLD WHEN YOU ARE LIVING A LIE, AND DISCOVER THAT PRINCIPLES COME WITH A PRICE TAG.

YVETTE CHOSE ALL MY SONS BECAUSE IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PLAYS THAT HER DAD WAS IN WHEN HE FIRST JOINED AHTC IN 1979. SHE REALLY ENJOYED DIRECTING THE CRUCIBLE IN 2017 AT HARLEQUINS AND FELT IT WAS TIME TO REVISIT THE GENIUS THAT IS ARTHUR MILLER AND ALSO BECAUSE IT’S SUCH A POWERFUL STORY WITH SOME BRILLIANT PARTS THAT GIVE ACTORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY ACT THEIR SOCKS OFF.

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THE DEVIL AT MIDNIGHT - Auditions
Aug
21
7:45 pm19:45

THE DEVIL AT MIDNIGHT - Auditions

Just in time for halloween our director Theresa Kay makes her debut at the Harlequins with Brian Clemens thriller The Devil At Midnight, which is guarenteed to have you on the edge of your seats. Members of the play selection team couldn't put this script down once they started to read it.

Clemens wrote many on stage thrillers in his time. In this, Liz Burns, a psychoanalyst, recieves an unexpected visitor - Nicki, a troubles young woman who is visited in her dreams by a devil who carries her away to an old lonely, terrifying house. Liz sees immediately that her visitor is a victim of child abuse and as the details of Nicki's past life emerge, clue mount up that point to Liz's husband Jack as the perpetrator and Nicki is out for revenge.

Theresa is looking for 2 male (20s, 40s) and 2 female (20s, 40s) to form a cast of 4. If you would like further information attend the reading or you can reply to this email.

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THE DEVIL AT MIDNIGHT  - reading
Aug
14
to 17 Aug

THE DEVIL AT MIDNIGHT - reading

Just in time for halloween our director Theresa Kay makes her debut at the Harlequins with Brian Clemens thriller The Devil At Midnight, which is guarenteed to have you on the edge of your seats. Members of the play selection team couldn't put this script down once they started to read it.

Clemens wrote many on stage thrillers in his time. In this, Liz Burns, a psychoanalyst, recieves an unexpected visitor - Nicki, a troubles young woman who is visited in her dreams by a devil who carries her away to an old lonely, terrifying house. Liz sees immediately that her visitor is a victim of child abuse and as the details of Nicki's past life emerge, clue mount up that point to Liz's husband Jack as the perpetrator and Nicki is out for revenge.

Theresa is looking for 2 male (20s, 40s) and 2 female (20s, 40s) to form a cast of 4. If you would like further information attend the reading or you can reply to this email.

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The Magic Frostie Show
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Magic Frostie Show

Imagine mind-blowing mindreading, superheroes, hilarious puppets, balloons, music, and of course INCREDIBLE magic.  It's a great FAMILY show for both kids and adults, and not to be missed.

Magic Frostie is one of the UK's top holiday park acts, and is back in his hometown for 1 night only.

Tickets are available from: www.magicfrostie.co.uk

or

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-magic-frostie-show-tickets-43545519822

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