Ubiquitous Theatre Season 2018

Nick Andrews, Ubiquitous Theatre  |  Published: Jan 2nd 2018

Ubiquitous Theatre first realised the potential of this unique community venue back in August 2016. With the full backing of the events team, a fully costumed production of A Christmas Carol was mounted and it then sold out before the opening night. Audience reaction was uniformly positive and so it was decided to produce a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July 2017. This was a Theatre/Supper event and again it was fully sold out to audiences who enjoyed thoroughly both the play and the supper!

Artistic Director Terry Dean was delighted with the reaction and loyalty of the growing audience. “It was clear to us that there was a demand for high quality local theatre to be produced in an easily accessible venue.” Martyn Lincoln, manager of the Wyevale owned World’s End Garden Centre was equally positive. “Some said it couldn’t be done, but we were delighted with the transformation of our restaurant into a theatre each evening and our partnership with Ubiquitous Theatre helps us achieve this. Notwithstanding this aspect- together we have raised nearly £2000 for our nominated charity, Marie Curie.”

The 2018 Season consists of two different, but equally outstanding plays.

MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD by CHARLOTTE KEATLEY

Saturday 17th March 2018   7:30pm    For one night only in the Garden Centre     (Book early!)

My Mother Said I Never Should is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. After the war, her daughter Margaret marries an American and they have a daughter, Jackie, who becomes an archetypal 60s rebel. When Jackie can’t face being a single mother, it is decided that her baby, Rosie, will be brought up as Margaret's daughter.

Keatley’s play is about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change. Looking at the social and professional place of women, it explores the belief that being a mother is at odds with being a professional success. This is a powerful story of love and jealously between mothers and daughters told through the stories of four generations of women.
 
Director Nick Andrews said, “I have wanted to direct My Mother Said for many years. It’s a timeless and universal play and it’s the most performed play ever by a female playwright. It’s got four incredible female characters and of course it’s a play about women but not exclusively. It’s really about the Larkin truism that “they muck you up your mum and dad, they may not mean to but they do…” but it improves it. The play is ultimately hopeful in that, while it’s incredibly difficult, it is possible to break the generational cycles of conflict and abuse in which we can so easily become trapped.

Journey’s End by R.C. Sherriff    

November 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th     7:30 pm       

It is March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope. A German offensive is imminent, and the officers and their cook distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh, has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer…

Ubiquitous is delighted to have been granted the rights to this production, in the year that is the 100th anniversary of both the play’s setting and the end of the First World War. Director Terry Dean is looking forward to the challenge of creating the tension of life in an officer’s dugout, “At Ubiquitous we are constantly looking to create high quality, unique and innovative theatre. Our intention is that the audience who join us for Journey’s End will be moved and shaken by the experiences of these young men.”

The final performance will be on Remembrance Sunday, the 11th of November. During that weekend the Ubiquitous C Company will be taking part in events and ceremonies in Aylesbury Town Centre and Wendover.

 

Tickets will be limited and we expect a heavy demand – readers who want to reserve theirs now should go to www.uttc.info or call 01296 709077.

Credit card booking can be made directly with www.ticketsource.co.uk/uttc

Midsummer Night's Dream, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
Midsummer Night's Dream, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
Midsummer Night's Dream, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
My Mother said I never should
My Mother said I never should, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
Journey's End, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
Journey's End, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
Journey's End, courtesy Ubiquitous Theatre
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