News archive for July 2013

The award-winning Theatr Iolo (Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2013: Winner of Best Play for Children and Young People) is delighted to present HERE BE MONSTERS, a theatrical tale of fantasy, quest and adventure from writer Mark Williams (the stage adapter of HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE FRIGHTFUL FIRST WORLD WAR and HORRIBLE SCIENCE).

It’s the start of the summer holidays, and something strange is happening in the town.

Dogs bark at things that aren’t there.

The air smells sour and damp.

And there is a sound of distant thunder, though the skies are bright and clear.

Can you see what is hidden right in front of you?

Ed and Elfi are a new brother and sister. Neither of them likes the new arrangement. But when the town is in danger, they must put aside their quarrels to protect it, and discover what being in a family is all about.

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Don't miss the opening two-parter of the new series of NEW TRICKS, written by our very own Simon Allen! The first episode aired Tues 30th July and is available on BBC iPlayer, the second is to air Tues 6th Aug, marking the very first time the show has been abroad!

Lane's future at UCOS is threatened by a death in custody which emerges from his past. Meanwhile, the discovery of a mysterious gun in the Thames re-opens the unsolved 1998 murder of a playboy shipping heir and leads the team to the Rock of Gibraltar...


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Talented MBA playwright Becky Prestwich is involved in two productions this July. The first is a double-bill of new writing at the New Wimbledon Theatre from Wednesday 10th -  Saturday 13th July: 


The Bear, The Owl and The Angel by Becky Prestwich
Lacuna by Matthew Bulgo

Sometimes, when people vanish, they leave things behind them: a hat, mittens, handfuls of dried flowers. Sometimes there’s nothing left at all except for ash, grey sand. Maybe not even a shadow on the ground. Two acclaimed writers tackle the subject of traumatic memory.

The second is a collaboration between five writers and three musicians. They each created three plays, all the length of a song. This will be performed at the Royal Exchange Studio on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July.


Written by Miriam Battye, Ella Carmen Greenhill, Becky Prestwich, Jenniefer Tuckett and Kim Wiltshire. 
The Studio will be transformed into a festival of stories inspired by music. Six fantastic Northwest playwrights have been paired with local musicians to explore how music and stories combine.