Our autumn season in Stage Two will do exactly that with a line-up of storytelling, music and comedy. Situated next to Theatre Royal and with a capacity of no more than 120, theatres like this are an embodiment of the age-old saying: “Good things come in small packages”. The size and layout allow the performers and audience to develop a close bond, inviting you to step out of the ordinary and into a world where emotions are palpable, and connections are forged.
Seeing a show at a smaller venue doesn’t mean a compromise in the quality of production either. In fact, many of the artists and theatre companies we work with opt to create shows exclusively for flexible spaces, such as Stage Two, due to the intimate atmosphere that the venue provides.
For those new to studio theatre and perhaps pondering how ‘involved’ am I expected to be? Don’t worry – that’s absolutely normal. While during some shows, there may be a small amount of audience interaction most don’t require any. If it does require some, it’s entirely voluntary and gentle – you won’t find yourself unwillingly dragged up on stage!
With an eclectic mix of performances, ranging from thought-provoking dramas to heartwarming tales, this season promises to engage, inspire, and transport audiences to new realms of emotion and imagination. Let’s delve into the enchanting themes of the autumn season at Stage Two and discover the stories that await:
Cracking | 11 Nov
As heard on BBC Radio 4, Cracking is a dark comic from storyteller Shôn Dale-Jones. When Shôn playfully cracks an egg on his mother’s head, he has no idea real-life internet trolls will appear on his doorstep. CRACKING takes on the battle between love and hate, asking what’s funny and where we draw the line. This story about love and hatred celebrates how searching for connection beats disconnecting.
Why we recommend it: Shôn is another of the UK’s great storytellers and was until recently based in East Anglia. His stories are mini epics which talk about society and the power of community.
Gecko: An Evening of Story Songs | 12 Nov
Gecko: An Evening of Story Songs transports audiences through music and narrative, exploring the melodies that define our lives. Like the changing melodies of autumn winds, this show highlights the power of music to evoke emotions and memories.
Why we recommend it: Gecko is a singer, storyteller and musician who has shared bills with the likes of Tim Minchin, Eddie Izzard, Ed Sheeran, Billy Bragg, Josie Long and Robin Ince. His playful lyrics cover the big things in life; think iPhones, Libraries & Guanabana fruit juice, to name but a few. If you like your stories set to music, this will be the show for you.
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings | 18 Nov
Gabriel García Márquez’s darkly comic tale brought to the stage for children and adults to share. In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells us he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him, hoping to be healed by him, hoping for a gawp. They leave with something different than what they expected.
Why we recommend it: This is a gorgeous piece of innovative storytelling using object manipulation and live soundscapes. It’s suitable for ages 8+, but you don’t need to bring children to enjoy this show – it’s a universal story challenging us to see beyond appearances, fostering empathy and understanding in a world where appearances can often be deceiving.
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