Theatre Tackles the Real and Relevant Issues of Today

Manchester theatre company Box of Tricks visit The Civic with moving and touchingly funny new play by award-winning playwright, Ella Carmen Greenhill. Inspired by events in her life, Plastic Figurines explores autism and the relationship between siblings with very different views of the world. Rose loves her brother Mikey. Mikey loves Rose, but he hates change. When their mum is diagnosed with leukaemia, their world is plunged into chaos. On his eighteenth birthday and Rose wants everything to be perfect, but life with Mikey isn’t ever that simple. Director Adam Quayle comments: “I was drawn to the play as it deals with big themes – grief, guilt, memory, family… Plastic Figurines is a beautifully measured, universal piece of writing that unflinchingly explores what it is to be human.”

There’s been a series of high-profile crimes right across the city and it’s now down to Dick Tracy – the square-jawed, hard-hitting, fast-shooting, comic book detective to solve the crime the only way he knows how; the crime solving way… With their work rooted in the ridiculous, Le Navet Bete’s Dick Tracy is a physical comedy influenced by the world-famous detective incorporating fooling, original live music, plenty of audience interaction, lightning quick character changes, incredibly authentic accents spattered with mystery, malice and mischief. Having wowed audiences across the globe since 2007 with their inimitable, tightly-honed style of comedy performance, the award-winning company are ‘on top form and leagues ahead of anyone else doing this work.’ (What’s On Stage), once again promise to have the bad guys in handcuffs and the audience in stitches.

Call Mr Robeson is a roller coaster journey through the remarkable and eventful life of Paul Robeson. A world famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner he became too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, and branded a traitor to his country and harassed. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to give the most difficult and important performance of his career. Featuring fiery debates and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River, Tayo Aluko revives one of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures in this powerful, compelling performance. “A stunning piece of musical theatre… high quality drama, first class singing” (Edinburgh Fringe).

Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their histories and their own sense of self. Written by Sarah Woods, Benefit is a play inspired by people who have fallen foul of the government’s welfare reforms for one reason or another. Cardboard Citizens is different kind of touring Theatre Company in that most of its actors have in fact had some experience of homelessness, whether temporary or long-term, being on the streets or living in a Department of Health and Social Security hostel. Founder Adrian Jackson comments: Benefit looks at people living precarious lives affected by welfare changes, benefit sanctions and zero-hours contracts… we hope to have a positive impact in those communities.”

Plastic Figurines is at The Civic on Friday 1 May. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions. Recommended for ages 14+.

Dick Tracy is at The Civic on Friday 15 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 7+.

Call Mr Robeson is at The Civic on Saturday 23 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 12+.

Benefit is at The Civic on Friday 29 May at 8pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 16+.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

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