Oyster Boy and Chekhov’s Shorts

Haste Theatre presents Oyster Boy, April 1st and European Arts Company presents Chekhov’s Shorts April 4th and 5th at the York Theatre Royal.

Haste Theatre presents Oyster Boy
Studio Theatre, 1 April, 3pm and 7.45pm

Haste Theatre brings its first, much loved fringe show Oyster Boy to theatres across the UK with the help of Theatre De Complicite’s movement director Kasia Zaremba Byrne.

Inspired by a Tim Burton poem, Oyster Boy tells the story of Sam, a boy born with an oyster-shell shaped head, his friendships with those who can see past his otherness, and his parent’s struggle to raise this unusual boy.

The bittersweet tale of the trials of love and what it means to be ‘different’ is told through a rich blend of physical storytelling, live choral singing, clown, dance and puppetry. This colourful, multilingual dark comedy invites you to delve into a sensitive, funny and surreal world.

Valeia Compagnoni, Co-Director and devisor at Haste Theatre, says: “Re-developing and touring Oyster Boy at this particular point in time brings a new relevance to the story. We hope that young people and adults alike will stop, think and draw parallels.”

Awards for Oyster Boy include Best International Show, Orlando Fringe 2014; Spirit of the Fringe, San Diego Fringe Festival 2013; Critic’s Choice for Creativity, Rome Fringe Festival 2013; Best Kid’s Fringe Show, Orlando Fringe 2014

Cast: Eleanor Beaman-Brinklow, Valeria Compagnoni, Jesse Dupré, Lexie McDougall, Tamara Saffir and Sophie Taylor.

Age recommendation: 8+

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Tickets £14 adult / £8 U18

Box Office 01904 623568. Online yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


European Arts Company presents Chekhov’s Shorts
Studio Theatre, 4 & 5 April, 7.45pm

This is Chekhov as you’ve never seen him before – funny. “Chekhov wasn’t all doom and gloom! Fast-paced, witty and engaging,” said The Stage of this production from European Arts Company.

A hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal. These bitter-sweet plays are the author at his comic best – before The Seagull got stuffed, Uncle Vanya fired blanks, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked.’

Cast: Rupert Mason, Eva Savage and William Hartley. Lighting by Duncan Hands. Directed by John O’Connor.

★★★★ The Scotsman

★★★★ What’s On Stage

Tickets £14.

Box Office 01904 623568. Online yorktheatreroyal.co.uk