Quirky theatre has never been my personal preference, and the latest shower of shows to hit York Theatre Royal as part of the 11th York Literature Festival certainly strike me as the kind of thought-provoking, full-of-meaning, drama graduate productions I normally avoid.
That’s not to say, however, they won’t be right up your street. And, if I know York Theatre Royal as well as I do, I reckon they’ll make pretty good selections.
On the main house stage on 21st March, we’re treated to Lucy Worsley: Jane Austen At Home. Dr Worsley will be discussing her new biography about the writer’s life, offering a fresh take on the classic novelist.
Four shows in the Studio also feature as part of the festival.
First up we have Medea Maria on 16th March, an operatic performance of Euripedes’ Medea. If you like opera, get yourself a ticket. I probably won’t see you there.
Hot Coals Theatre comes to York on 17th March with Finders Keepers, a highly visual show about two characters living in a scrapyard who have their lived turned upside down. Described as ‘quirky’, this show uses puppetry, music and physicality to ensure it’s accessible to both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Great work, Hot Coals Theatre!
Watch out for The Time Machine on 20th and 21st March, as the creators of Austen’s Women and Jane Eyre: An Autobiography showcase a radical new interpretation.
Finally, the Crick Crack Club presents Others From the Other Side on 22 March, telling fantasy tales that will be sure to capture your imagination.
Do any of these shows tickle your fancy? Head over to York Theatre Royal to buy your tickets.