Strikes, Science, Humour and Love… There’s Something for Everyone at The Civic

From a performance by Royal Shakespeare Company veteran, Tim Hardy – to a performance by the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

From a superb solo theatre piece – to a passionate physical theatre peice. The diverse range of mixed theatre at The Civic this January – February, means there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

'United We Stand' publicity shotSharp and humorous new play United We Stand by Townsend Productions based on the story of the “Shrewsbury 24, comes to The Civic at the end of January. The partial success of the strike, and the methods used, enraged the construction industry and government, and culminated in the arrest of 24 builders in North Wales who were charged with offences including conspiracy to intimidate and affray. The “24” were prosecuted at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973 and three were jailed, including building workers Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson. Combining Townsend Productions’ trademark cast of two playing multiple roles, grand theatrical style and wit with popular and political songs about the strike, arranged by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick and Ricky Tomlinson’s poems from his time in prison; the production aims to bring the full story of the compelling dispute to life in a powerful and thought-provoking innovative production.

'The trials of Galileo' publicity artwork.Next, Icarus Theatre Collective presents a one-man show focused on the events surrounding his trial for heresy in 1633, The Trials of Galileo. “Proof denies faith, and without faith we are nothing.” In this reprimand of Pope Urban is contained Galileo’s tragedy – a mistaken belief that all he had to do was show the church his reasoning and his evidence and the church would fall in behind him. He understood the science better than any man alive, but never grasped the politics. Until it was too late. “A tour-de-force from this fine actor!” (Brighton Fringe Review).


The Complete History of Comedy publicity shotFollowing a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, the Reduced Shakespeare Company bad boys of abridgement are back at The Civic, tackling the subject they were born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin. Far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, you’ll still come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the Company leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes. “This show proves (the Reduced Shakespeare Company) have not lost their touch – or their remarkable energy.” (The Stage, 2014)

'That's Amore' publicity shotThat’s Amore is a hilarious, fast paced, passionate and emotional piece of physical theatre which explores the vast world and culture of romantic love. At The Civic at the end of February – it could be the perfect late Valentine’s Day treat. From chance encounters to hidden desires, and emotional extremes to the science of romance. The piece discovers the flesh and philosophy behind what makes our hearts beat faster.  Featuring Cupid’s favourites: Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart; A-ha’s Take On Me; Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares To You; George Michael’s Careless Whisper, Leonard Cohen’s Take This Waltz and, of course, the title name, That’s Amore by Dean Martin, That’s Amore is “mesmerising and enlightening” (The Stage).

United We Stand is at The Civic on Friday 30 January at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 11+.

The Trials of Galileo is on at The Civic on Thursday 5 February at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 11+.

Reduced Shakespeare Company with The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is on Thursday 19 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concessions. Recommended for ages 8+.

That’s Amore is at The Civic on 27 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions.  Recommended for ages 12+.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

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