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Porridge

By Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais


22 to 25 January 2020

Crescent Theatre, Birmingham B16 8AE

This production brings together three classic episodes from the 1970s TV series for the first time on stage. Meet Fletcher, Godber, Blanco, Mackay and Barrowclough as they pit their wits against each other, and the grim realities of Her Majesty’s Prison Slade.

A Night In – When Godber meets his new cellmate, Fletcher. With 698 nights left for Godber, within the confines of their cell, Fletcher and Godber ponder life in prison and many other aspects of their lives.
Happy Release - Whilst in the hospital wing Fletch and Blanco devise a plan for revenge on Norris, who had stolen his treasured possessions some time before Fletch arrived.
Pardon Me - Blanco refuses parole after serving a life sentence for a murder he's always claimed he never committed, so Fletch sets up an appeal committee to get him pardoned.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

By Dario Fo Translation Ed Emery


27 to 30 May 2020

Crescent Theatre, Birmingham B16 8AE

A sharp and hilarious satire on police corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window. 'A marvellous concept: a zany political farce.' (Michael Billington).   In its first two years of production in Italy, Dario Fo's notorious Accidental Death of an Anarchist was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and become a classic of twentieth-century drama. “I ought to warn you that the author of this sick little play, Dario Fo, has the traditional, irrational hatred of the police common to all narrowminded left-wingers and so I shall, no doubt, be the unwilling butt of endless anti-authoritarian jibes.” (Inspector Bertozzo, Central Italian Police HQ).