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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Announces Mill Studio’s Summer Season

Published on: 10 May, 2022
Updated on: 15 May, 2022

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The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is delighted to announce its upcoming summer 2022 Mill Studio season.

The programme features a wonderfully diverse mix of established and emerging artists and is full to the brim with exciting new work from across the UK.

Patricia Gets Ready. Credit HERO.

The Mill Studio has an established reputation as a home for new writing and boundary-pushing creative work, and the upcoming programme is no exception.

Martha Watson Allpress’ Edinburgh Fringe sensation Patricia Gets Ready (May 12) is a nuanced and vibrant portrait of a domestic abuse survivor in all her colours. Patricia has spent a year crafting a kick-ass speech while recovering from an abusive relationship, but after bumping into her ex on the street she’s got some big decisions to make.

Riot Act celebrates queer activism across the decades. Photo by HERO.

Riot Act (May 13 and 14 ) is a celebration of queer activism across the decades. Created from interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, Riot Act is hilarious and inspiring.

Snatched champions female sexuality, fights body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability. Photo by HERO.

Snatched (June 24) is a fast-paced, uplifting one-woman show starring Melissa Johns. This humorous and revealing show displays no remorse in championing female sexuality, fighting body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability.

Offside.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatrehas an array of multi-disciplinary events coming up as well: an evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal in The Escape Plan (May 27), and Offside (June 9 and 10) from Hollie McNish and Sabrina Mahfouz combines poetry and punchy storytelling to capture three parallel stories of women in football across the decades.

British Comedy Award-winning writer Paul Kerensa (Miranda, Not Going Out, TFI Friday) presents the origin of the BBC in The First Broadcast (September 29 and 30).

Big Top.

The Mill Studio is also developing its offer for families, with another series of interactive storytelling events from Short Stories Tall Tales brought back by popular demand. Adventures of an Ugly Duckling (May 25), and The Big Top (June 29) are the perfect introduction to theatre for little ones aged up to four years old.

To see the full programme and book tickets, visit the Yvonne Arnaud website. For more information please contact Summer Jeavons on sjeavons@yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man who used to hit her). Thursday, May 12, at 7.45pm

Patricia has spent a year crafting a kick ass-speech while recovering from an abusive relationship. But when she bumps into her ex on the street, and accidentally agrees to dinner with him that night, she’s got some big decisions to make. Join Patricia as she gets ready for the date; tells stories of her past, how it has affected her present, and looks honestly at her future.

Recommended for ages 14-plus. Tickets £12 / £18.

Riot Act. Friday and Saturday, May 13 and- 14 at 7.45pm.

Riot Act is a solo verbatim show created out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement; Michael Anthony Nozzi; a survivor of the Stonewall Riots, Lavina Co-op; an alternative ‘70s drag artist, and Paul Burston; ‘90s London Aids activist. Riot Act is a celebration of queer activism across the decades, pulling no punches, hilarious and inspiring. It’s a riot!

 Recommended for ages 15-plus. Tickets £12 / £18.

Adventures Of An Ugly Duckling.

Adventures of an Ugly Duckling. Wednesday, May 25 at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

There’s more to Tully, our ugly duck, who longs for adventure beyond the farm fences. What’s over that hill, where does the river go, how high is the sky? One day an adventure takes Tully on a surprising journey and she finds out who she is and where she truly belongs.

Recommended for ages 0-4. Tickets: Adult + Child: £10.50, Additional Child: £7, Additional Adult: £7.

Henry Normal: The Escape Plan.

Henry Normal: The Escape Plan. Friday, May 27 at 7.45pm.

An evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems from writer, poet and TV and film producer Henry Normal. Featuring all your favourite poems from his BBC Radio 4 series and his seven poetry collections.

Recommended for ages 14+. Tickets £12 / £18.

Offside. Thursday & Friday, June 9 and 10 at 7.45pm.

Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their lives is tantalisingly close. With punchy storytelling, lyrical poetry and dynamic physicality, Offside places the audiences right on the touchline of the game of a lifetime.

Recommended for ages 14+. Tickets £12 / £18.

Snatched. Friday, June 24 at 7.45pm.

In 2018, Melissa Johns’ iCloud was hacked and explicit photos of her were released online. This humorous and revealing show displays no remorse in championing female sexuality, fighting body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability. Snatched is a fast-paced, uplifting one woman show accompanied by a live 90s / 2000s soundtrack.

Recommended for ages 14+. Tickets £12 / £18.

The Big Top. Wednesday, June 29 at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

One stormy, rainy day Bertie is bored at home and from his very own bedroom he takes us all to an imaginative, colourful, original circus show where anything is possible. Explore Bertie’s story through drama and role-play as Hannah expertly leads through interactive and creative storytelling to enthral your little ones’ imagination.

Recommended for ages 0-5. Tickets £10.50, additional child: £7, additional adult: £7.

In PurSUEt.

In PurSUEt. Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 at 7.45pm.

Woman is sat in a therapist’s office. She’s been sent there to deal with her drink problem. But she doesn’t have a problem and she doesn’t need help. She just needs Sue Perkins. They are meant for each other. So Woman sets out in pursuit of her love. But can she keep it all together and win her heart’s desire, whilst battling her out of control drinking?

Tickets £12 / £18.

Guildford Arts Summer Exhibition. Wednesday, July 6 to Thursday, July 21 at 10am and 5pm (excluding Sundays).

Visit the Mill Studio to see a wonderful display of contemporary paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, ceramics and glasswork from exciting national and local artists. All works are for sale and you can meet the artists and chat to them each Saturday. There is also an art quiz – with prizes! –
for younger visitors. Free admission.

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