Past Productions

Past Productions

The Cocktail Hour

Written by A R Gurney

 

Directed by Fay Greenhalgh

 

Produced by Janet Adams

 

Sound / Lighting by Tony Robinson & Ben Robinson

 

Poster Design by Lisa Wynne

 

Logo Design by Matt Stewart-Tribe

 

Bradley Paul Simcox

 

John David Cole

 

Ann Janet Adams

 

Nina Rosie Closs

 

John, middle son to a rich 1970s American family, has written a new play about his life growing up. His traditional, aging parents, Bradley and Ann, are horrified at their life being depicted for all to see - while his sister Nina is offended that she only has a minor role!

As the liquor flows - stifled resentments, deep secrets and hopeful dreams simmer under the surface, then bubble over during their daily, dearest ritual of 'The Cocktail Hour'. It soon becomes clear that John's writing may be closer to the truth than his family are willing to accept.

'The Cocktail Hour' won the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play and had long and successful run in New York.

 

 

 

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Reviews and Feedback

Audience comment "A tight, savagely funny and superbly acted comedy of manners."

 

"For the price of a cocktail, a ticket to this production is excellent value entertainment from Bristol’s Tawdry Lace Theatre, returning to the Alma for a lucky third time."

Bristol 24/7 by Nicola Yeeles

The Night Before Christmas

Travels With My Aunt

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Written by Anthony Neilson

 

Directed by Janet Adams

 

Produced by Janet Adams

 

Lighting Design & Stage Manager - Tony Robinson

 

Poster Design - Joshua Hibbert

 

Calum Anderson - Elf

 

Arthur Godden - Gary

 

Fay Greenhalgh - Cherry

 

Joshua Phillips - Simon

 

Audience Feedback:

'@tawdrylace @AlmaBristol interesting night at the theatre! Inspector Calls meets Fools & Horses with a few f**ks for good measure!'

 

'Fantastic performance by @TawdryLace at the @AlmaBristol tonight. Witty and thought provoking. Loved it.'

 

'Really glad to have caught the last performance by @TawdryLace @AlmaBristol - cracker of a show (pardon the pun)'

 

'The Night B4 Christmas by @TawdryLace was brilliant last nite!! A sharp comedy with thought provoking moments 😀 Only on for 2 more nights!!'

 

'Thanks @itsmejaypea @artiegodden, Calum, Faye and @TawdryLace, you made this cynical little atheist very happy.'

 

Industry/Critical Reviews:

'@TawdryLace #TheNightBeforeChristmas Razor-sharp & engaging + cracking mood changes.'

Brave Bold Drama

 

'. . . is the perfect antidote to all this Christmas madness that is inescapable at this time of the year . . . funny, edgy and a great antidote to some of the more saccharine shows around during the festive season . . . Tawdry Lace Theatre is definitely a company to look out for in the future!'

Weston-Super-Mum review (by Karen Blake)

 

'Well-acted by the members of Tawdry Lace Theatre Company . . . very amusing!'

Bradley Stoke FM Radio review (by Judith Summers)

'Tawdry Lace Theatre have a great time performing this foul-mouthed anti-pantomime . . . a gleeful dollop of furious comedy . . . well worth an hour of your time'

Clogs: A Comedy Blog review (by Jessi Tucker)

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the warehouse - a creature was stirring -

one of Santa’s dear elves . . .

 

It’s Christmas Eve and Gary can’t believe his luck.

He’s managed to capture one of Santa’s little helpers.

 

Dazed, confused and eager to dash back to the sleigh

before its final ascent into the night sky, the elf pleads for his freedom. But in true Yuletide tradition - freedom comes at a

cost. Gary, his disillusioned colleague and a feisty hooker

bargain with the little man to fulfil all their Christmas wishes . . .

 

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Book by Graham Greene

 

Adapted for the stage by Giles Havergal

 

Directed by Ben Games-Hughes

 

Produced by Janet Adams

 

Lighting Design & Stage Manager - Tony Robinson

 

Technical Advisor - Mike Bale

 

Poster Design - Katharine Agg

 

Janet Adams - Henry Pulling & Aunt Augusta

 

Fay Greenhalgh - Henry Pulling, Wordsworth, Tooley, Colonel Hakim, Miss Paterson, Hatty, Yolanda, Italian Girl, Spanish Gentleman, Policeman, Bodyguard & Wolf

 

Paul Lawless - Henry Pulling, Richard Pulling, Frau General Schmidt, O'Toole & Miss Keene

 

Joshua Phillips - Henry Pulling, Girl In Jodhpurs, Detective Sergeant Sparrow, Mr Visconti, Hotel Receptionist, Turkish Policeman & Vicar

Audience Feedback:

'Such a slick ensemble! Fabulous characters, imaginative and witty staging... Bravo!'

'Absolutely fab performance everyone! Well done, really enjoyed it, genius comedy.'

'Fantastic show this evening. Really enjoyed it. Just bought the book.'

'It was brilliant. Very entertaining and a great cast.'

 

'Lovely time at @AlmaBristol tonight courtesy of splendidly energetic and versatile @TawdryLace'

'Currently watching @PaulLawlessAct in travels with my aunt! Brilliant so far! #theatre'

'I booked for six friends - and all six of us thoroughly enjoyed the performance! We all came away saying ‘that was really something special’. Couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards! So wanted to say a big thank you. It says that was your first production (website) - if so then I hope - and would imagine - that you have a great future - and would love to see more of your future productions.'

Industry/Critical Reviews:

'Caught #TravelsWithMyAunt by @TawdryLace at @AlmaBristol last night and it was proper good fun.'

21st Century Actors Management

' . . . fast paced, laugh a minute show . . . The small ensemble comprising of Janet Adams, Paul Lawless, Fay Greenhalgh and Joshua Phillips are all supreme in their transformative abilities and comic timing. It is fitting to list each actors name as they, individually and together, are all deserving of praise.'

Theatre Bristol review of 'Travels With My Aunt' (by Bella Fortune)

'★★★★★ Greene's humourous advenutre, wittily well-performed . . . sheer exuberence in the performers carries this jolly tale through its challenges . . . the concentration with which these players perform so accurately to their characters is commendable in the extreme and all together, the show is great value entertainment.'

RemoteGoat review (by Arthur Duncan)

When the unassuming Henry Pulling meets his indomitable Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years they form an unlikely bond. Whisking him off on globe-trotting adventures, Henry is pulled further and further into his Aunt's lifestyle. Delving deeper into her past and unearthing family secrets which redefine him, Henry becomes embroiled in cryptic-clairvoyant readings, fortune smuggling and tending to dahlias... Their voyages take them from Paris to Istanbul on board the Orient Express, as the journey unravels and the stirring stories of Aunt Augusta are revealed...

 

Tawdry Lace Theatre are proud to present 'Travels With My Aunt' an adaptation of the Graham Greene novel by Giles Havergal, as their debut production. Seamlessly blending Comedy, multi-roling, live music and projection, 'Travels' is a visceral, sensory delight for fans of the West End show '39 Steps' and for those who simply wish to be entertained.

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