Wind / Rush Generation(s)

by Mojisola Adebayo
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£5
Duration:
45 mins

This is a play about the British Isles, its past and its present. In a senior common room a group of first-year undergraduates are troubled, not by the weight of their workload, but by a ‘noisy’ ghost. They decide to do what any group self-respecting and intelligent university students would do in such a situation – get out the Ouija Board, confront their spiritual irritant and lay them to rest – only to be confronted by the full weight of Britain’s colonial past – in all its gory glory.

If you think you know about British history, Empire, slavery, economics, racism and humanity, think again. As the planche on the Ouija Board skates from letter to letter at an ever-increasing breakneck speed, the students are catapulted through space and time, witnessing the injustices, incongruities and inhumanity of the past.

This is a smorgasbord of genres and styles. Fusing naturalism with physical theatre, spoken-word, absurdism, poetry and direct address – event-theatre that whips along with the grace, pace and hypnotic magnetism of a hurricane.

  • 7:00pm
    presented by Stagedoor Learning
  • 7:00pm
    presented by Hayesfield School

Tuesday

by Alison Carr
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£5
Duration:
45 mins

An ordinary Tuesday. Suddenly a tear rips across the sky over the school yard. Not only that, but it starts sucking up pupils and staff while raining down a whole new set of people. But then, that’s what happens when parallel worlds collide!

Confusion reigns as the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ try to work out what is going on. How are Ash and Magpie identical? Can Billy cope with having his sister back? Who is Franky?

Eventually, though, cracks appear between the two groups. As the air here starts to disagree with the ‘Them’, the race is on to try to get things back to how they were and safely return everyone to the Universe they came from.

Tuesday is light, playful and nuanced in tone. And a little bit sci-fi. The play touches on themes of friendship, sibling love, family, identity, grief, bullying, loneliness and responsibility. And in the process we might just learn something about ourselves as well as some astronomical theories of the multiverse!

  • 8:30pm
    presented by Cheltenham Everyman Youth Theatre

Look Up

by Andrew Muir
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£5
Duration:
45 mins

Look Up plunges us into a world free from adult intervention, supervision and protection.  It’s about seeking the truth for yourself and finding the space to find and be yourself.

Nine young people are creating new rules for what they hope will be a new and brighter future full of hope in a world in which they can trust again. Each one of them is unique, original and defiantly individual, break into an abandoned building and set about claiming the space, because that is what they do. They have rituals, they have rules, together they are a tribe, they have faith in themselves….and nothing and no one else. They are the future, unless the real world catches up with them and then all they can hope for is that they don't crash and burn like the adults they ran away from in the first place.

  • 8:30pm
    presented by Alumni Theatre

The Marxist in Heaven

by Hattie Naylor
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£5
Duration:
45 mins

The Marxist in Heaven does exactly what its title says it’s going to do. The eponymous protagonist wakes up in paradise. Once they get over the shock of this fundamental contradiction of everything they believe in they...get straight back to work – to continue their lifelong struggle for equality and fairness for all…even in death.

Funny, playful, provocative, pertinent and jam-packed with discourse, disputes, deities and disco dancing by the bucketful, this upbeat allegory shines its holy light on globalisation and asks the salient questions – who are we and what are we doing to ourselves?...and what conditioner do you use on your hair?

  • 7:00pm
    presented by Boomsatsuma

The It

by Vivienne Franzmann
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£5
Duration:
45 mins

She has something growing inside her. She doesn't know what it is, but she knows it's not a baby.

It expands in her body. It starts in her stomach, but quickly outgrows that, until eventually it takes over the entirety of her insides. It has claws. She feels them. Does it have teeth, skin, and hair as well, or are those feathers or spikes she can feel, butting up against her organs? What is it? It makes a noise, like a lizard or a snake. No one must know about it. She has to keep its presence, its possession of her, concealed. She cuts an isolated weird figure at school, trying to live her life normally but battling to keep The It inside of her.  She pulls away from her friends. She refuses to speak in case The It is heard. Then the It tries to escape from her body. She can't let that happen but she can't contain it forever.

Presented in the style of a direct-to-camera documentary, this is a darkly comic state-of-the-nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within, written very specifically for today.

  • 8:30pm
    presented by St. Gregory's, Bath
  • 7:00pm
    presented by Bristol Old Vic Young Company