A dramatic bullseye from play exploring rural issues
A game of darts is at the heart of a new play which opens at The Bike Shed, Exeter, on Tuesday.
Mugs Arrows is a surreal black comedy set in very ordinary surroundings – the local pub. It examines the plight of rural areas which are being forever altered through commercial development and extreme weather conditions and the locals disenchanted by a lack of jobs and the ever-increasing allure of a life elsewhere.
Playwright and artistic director of Third Man Theatre Eddie Elks says Mugs Arrows started as an experiment. "I really wanted to see how darts would work on the stage – I am a big fan of the game. It could be dangerous, we'll have to wait and see... I hope so!" The play explores the depths of the human psyche, love, loss, friendship (and darts), leading to hilarious, strange and ultimately disturbing results. It opens on Tuesday and runs until October 12.
Light relief for a lord when the circus comes to town
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Full of dark, clown-like humour, circus tricks, slap-stick, gypsy music and flights of otherworldly poetic language, Lucifer Saved is a two-hour verse drama by Peter Oswald which is being performed by Abyss Theatre Company at The Flavel, Dartmouth, tomorrow.
On his country estate, Lord Brook is trapped in his own shadowy past, caring for his furious repressed daughter and the war-crippled ex-chaplain of his regiment. To relieve himself of his mental agony, he invites a circus to set up tent on his estate. With the arrival of the brightly coloured and lawless troop of performers come revelations of the darkest possible nature. There will be pre-performance poetry with Alice Oswald and Liv Torc.
Coward tribute will offer plenty of intelligent wit
Pianist and vocalist Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and songwriting skills of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward.
He was definitely a modern renaissance man, writing songs, plays, novels, poems and his autobiography. His wonderfully funny plays like Blythe Spirit, Private Lives and Hay Fever have survived the passage of time, as have many of his satirical songs such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen. An Evening of the Wit and Songs of Noel Coward is at the Hats Theatre, Holsworthy, on Friday, September 27. Tickets from Holsworthy Tourist Information Centre on 01409 254185.