October drama season at Guildhall Theatre

Stand imageDerby LIVE is presenting a thrilling season of drama at the Guildhall Theatre this October.

Nick Lane, the man behind last year’s Me And Me Dad, is back with Royal Flush on Tuesday October 1 – a brand new play about toilets, brought to life by Rich Seam Theatre and starring Matthew Booth.

It’s a play of two parts: the first is set in 1882 when, after years of inspiration, innovation and occasional idiocy, Thomas Crapper is given the commission to provide toilets for Queen Victoria.

In an old people’s home 130 years later, toilet cleaner Joe has the job of a lifetime on his hands as he gets all the lavs ready for a Diamond Jubilee royal visit.

Full of wit and pathos this comedy will leave you uplifted and all the more wiser about the smallest room in the house.

Reform Theatre are firm favourites with Derby audiences and they return to the Guildhall Theatre with an award-winning play by David Bown – Stand – on October 9. This is a comedy about football, lads, girls and Saturday nights out.

Hurling chants and insults, Phil and Kev wonder why they turn up week after week for United’s tedious football games.

Meanwhile, down the pub, Janet and Laura put themselves through a similar process of self-doubt as they flirt with the men propping up the bar.

When the four come together for a Saturday night out, the result is surprising and shocking. Winner of The Sunday Times Playwriting Award David Bown’s tragic – comedy of manners (or lack of) is an unmissable theatrical experience.

Soldiers’ Wives, a play by Sarah Daniels and starring Casualty’s Catherine Shipton, comes to Guildhall Theatre on October 10 from its 2012 success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and part of a national tour.

Based on real interviews conducted with wives of serving military men, Soldier’s Wives is the story of five women living on an army base, dealing with the constant tension of waiting for their partners to return to them unharmed from active duty in Afghanistan.

Funny, heartfelt and compelling, Solders’ Wives weaves together five real accounts of the daily unease, hope and despair experienced by the wives of servicemen on active duty.

Soldiers’ Wives is directed by Anthony Biggs and was originally broadcast on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, before playing at Jermyn Street Theatre and the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where Catherine Shipton received a nomination for Best Solo Performance at The

Stage Awards 2012.

Rumpus Theatre Company, who are renowned for their striking special effects, return to Derby with a popular double-bill Sherlock Holmes – A Study in Fear on October 11 and Joseph Conrad’s spine-chiller The Ghost Ship on October 12.

The theatre is thrilled to welcome back Badapple Theatre Company with their nostalgic and heartwarming comedy Eddie and the Gold Tops, which is a play about a milkman who hits the big time with his catchy tunes and cheeky personality.

Written and directed by Kate Bramley, with original songs and music by Jez Lowe it can be seen on October 22.

It’s the 1960s and every village in England has a band determined to hit the big time.Eddie inherited the family milk round from his father, and has fulfilled his deathbed promise to never miss a delivery for the good people of the village.

But suddenly he’s becoming a pop superstar, quite by accident.

His songs are heading up the charts, so get ready Eddie, go! You’re heading for the high life, with the fabulous Gold Tops behind you. But when things take a churn for the worse, will you get back for the morning milk? Tickets are £13 with concessions available.

Tickets for all of these events are available through the Derby LIVE box office on 01332 255800 or online at http://www.derbylive.co.uk.