The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
This season of magic and myth saw Dorothy and her dog Toto adventure down the yellow brick road in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As evening rolled in discover new adaptation of Sir Thomas Mallory's 1485 retelling of ‘King Arthur’, focusing on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight.
Adaptor: Phil Wilmott | Director: Phil Wilmott (King Arthur), Justin Murray (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) | Set Designer: Justin Williams | Costume Designer: Penn O’Gara | Lighting Designer: Ben Jacobs | Music and Sound: Theo Holloway | Projection Designer: Chris Lincé | Movement Director: Francesca Bridge-Cicic
2017 was an action-packed 3 hour, 3 part adaptation of the first epic ever told - The Odyssey. Monstrous battles on and off the high seas, this Classic poem brought something for families and something for adults.
Adaptor: Phil Wilmott | Director: Phil Wilmott | Set Designer: Phillip Eddolls | Costume Designer: Penn O’Gara | Lighting Designer: Phil Supples | Music and Sound: Theo Holloway | Puppetry Designer: Johnny Dixon
The Wawel Dragon
Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical
2016 brought The Scoop's first rock musical based on the famous Russian novel. With music from singer Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow the story is all about student angst, anger and idealism. Staying in Eastern Europe, The Wawel Dragon from Poland excited families with the story of Queen Wanda on her search for a future husband.
Adaptor: Phil Wilmott (The Wawel Dragon, Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical), Nastazja Domaradzka (The Wawel Dragon) | Composer: Toyah Willcox (Crime and Punishment: The Rock Musical) | Director: Phil Wilmott (The Wawel Dragon, Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical), Nastazja Domaradzka (The Wawel Dragon) | Set Designer: Phillip Eddolls | Costume Designer: Penn O’Gara | Lighting Designer: Phil Supples
This season of men, women and war featured drama adapted from the Roman comedies of Plautus and Euripides' Ancient Greek Trojan War Trilogy. Before dark was a story of heroes, chaos and confusion, with courage, sacrifice, triumph and tragedy taking stage as twilight fell.
The Ring Cycle Plays
Richard Wagner's celebrated adaptation of Viking myths, presented on this occasion without the operatic scores, remains one of the most powerful and influential tales of sword and sorcery ever written, directly inspiring The Lord of the Rings and many other fantasy and sci-fi classics.
Two fully staged productions inspired by the ancient Greek city of Thebes. For younger audiences, The Prince of Thebes proved an irresistible blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry, with a new translation of the chronicles of the downfall of the Theban Royal Family in Oedipus and Antigone, presented after dark.
A new three part epic drama adapted from Aesychlus, charting Ancient Greece’s journey from chaos and war to peace, justice and the harmony that inspired the Olympic ideal. Featuring The Trojan Horse for early evening family audiences, and the gruesome and dramatic Agamemnon as twilight falls.
Around The World in 80 Days
A whistle-stop tour of the four continents with dashing Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg and his hapless servant Passepartout. A wayward balloon, a beautiful princess, a grumpy elephant, a dastardly villain, sacred cows, a wild west outlaw, a Chinese dragon and countless timetable calamities all conspired to help or hinder our heroes.
Don Juan in Love
Adapted from Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorilla and the work of Molière and Byron, this season's production followed the journey of the great swordsman and lover in a feast of raucous comedy and swashbuckling adventure.
The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts
Toe-tapping songs and knockabout comedy as this season's family production told the tale of the quest for the Golden Fleece. Later on, we presented a modern take on Euripides' timeless Medea, wreaking revenge on her unfaithful husband.
In Petit Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood
This season saw a new family musical based on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood,adapted by Joan Cushing from Mike Artell and Jim Harris’ best-selling children’s book, followed by Lorca's powerful classic, Blood Wedding, translated by Ted Hughes.
The Jungle Book
Opening the season with a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning familial drama, this season also included comedy, song, dance and puppetry, in the form of a brand new production of Disney's The Jungle Book.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
In this epic theatre production, this play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents.
This is a comical play on the story of Odysseus' capture by, and escape from, the one-eyed giant Cyclops, Polyphemus, as described in Homer's “Odyssey”.
Children of Hercules
This production plunges you straight into the bloody heart of a play that begins in the wake of Hercules' death. Pursued by Hercules' enemy Eurystheus, the hero's widow and children wander from place to place where all their pleas for asylum are rejected until they arrive at the city of Marathon. Here, King Demophon offers them shelter - with devastating consequences.
This exciting play tells of Jim Hawkin’s boyhood adventure on a quest for buried treasure.
When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was taken to Troy by Paris, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War. Upon Agamemnon's return from Troy, he was murdered by Aegisthus, the lover of his wife, Clytemnestra.
Androcles & The Lion
After seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are eventually arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions.
In this play Creon returns to report that the plague is the result of religious pollution, since the murderer of their former king, Laius, had never been caught. Oedipus vows to find the murderer and curses him for causing the plague.