The New Theatre Season At York Theatre Royal

  • Our Carnal Hearts, 23 April

By Rachel Mars, with original music by Louise Mothersole. Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord.

With a raucous chorus of original music, Our Carnal Hearts is a gleeful, thrilling and murky celebration of envy, competitive spirits and all the times we f*ck each other over.

  • Eugene, 28 April

An interactive sci-fi comedy, written and performed by Daniel Nicholas. Produced by Ingenious Fools. In the not-too-distant future, billionaire and inventor ‘Hugh’ from HuBris Industry is launching the first superhuman Artificial Intelligence at a press conference. And you’re invited.

This unique comedy theatre show is BSL interpreted and has integrated captioning via The Difference Engine, delivering part of the story through your smart device and meaning that every performance is accessible to deaf/hard of hearing people.

  • The Crick Crack Club presents The Beast In Me, 5 May

The Devil’s Violin is Daniel Morden (story), Oliver Wilson-Dickson (violin) and Sarah Moody (cello) and their new show The Beast In Me is a masterfully woven tapestry of stories about our perception of beauty and the value of kindness. Suitable for anyone over 10. ‘A scintillating combination of music, sound and story’ – The Times.

  • Me, Myself & Misha, 6 May

A heartfelt, autobiographical dance show presented by Terpsichoring Dance Company – devised and performed by award-winning dance artist Ana Silverio. The show explores the physical and emotional journey a woman goes on to become a mother. Universal themes of pregnancy and Labour are presented using a mix of physical theatre and dance, alongside an original and moving score.

  • Riot Act, 9 June

Direct from the West End and UK tours, the critically-acclaimed Riot Act returns for a special Pride Season tour. It is created and performed by Alexis Gregory, fresh from recent success in Sex/Crime at Soho Theatre, and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair. Created entirely from Gregory’s interviews with a survivor of the Stonewall Riots, a radical drag queen and an AIDS activist, Riot Act is a journey through six decades of queer history told by those who helped to shape it.

  • Potatohead (10 June)

This hilariously bizarre solo show is an adaptation of Doctor Faustus and the Seven Deadly Sins, a piece of new writing by York puppeteer and performer Freddie Hayes, and directed by Sh!t Theatre. Saturated with potato puns from start to finish, Potatohead tells the story of a humble spud who dreams of becoming a cabaret superstar. With elements of kitsch cabaret and old school entertainment, the show blends puppetry, clowning and comedy in an unadulterated celebration of silliness.

Potatohead includes some sexual content, and references to religion and the devil. Age group 14+

  • Happy Meal, 30 Aug-3 Sept

By Tabby Lamb and directed by Blythe Stewart. Bette games alone. she’s a teenager who knows her Neil Diamond. Alec is into Swedish goth rock and a multiplayer gaming. In the real world they’d never meet, but online these unlikely best friends can be everything that they wanted to be. Happy Meal is a joyful queer romcom staged by Tadcaster’s Roots and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

  • A Room of One’s Own, 6 & 7 Oct

Dyad Productions presents a wry, amusing and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism and gender with a 21st century take on Virginia Woolf’s celebrated pre-TED talk.