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If I Catch Alphonso, Tonight!

Billy Merson commenced his theatrical career as an acrobat and circus clown before going solo as a comedian. He composed and performed many songs – including ‘The Spaniard That Blighted My Life’. He first sang it in pantomime at Brighton and it played a very significant part in his fortunes thereafter. Having taken London Music Halls by storm in 1910, he went on to perform in revue, musical comedy and film. He is credited with having made the first British talking picture in 1926. Having reached the top of his profession, circumstances conspired against him and he returned to variety work. He last appeared at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, in 1938. It is a story of a man who constantly found himself on the ropes but always bounced back. A born entertainer, he was the inspiration for future generations of comedians and his legacy lives on.




 

Spine by Clara Brennan

Spine charts the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because ‘there's nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say’. In this era of damaging coalition cuts and disillusionment, has politics forgotten people? Can we really take the power back? Amy is about to be forced to find out.

 

Breeders by Ben Ockrent

Andrea and her wife Caroline are on a mission to have a baby that shares both of their DNA. Amidst the drink-sodden merriment of Christmas the couple have an idea: if nature can’t help them then perhaps Andrea’s brother Jimmy can? When he and his girlfriend Sharon agree, the two couples are forced to become extremely close. Will  the bonds of family hold them together? Or will it all end in disaster? 

The path to parenthood isn’t always straight!

Ben Ockrent’s hilarious play will have you laughing all the way to Sankta Lucia Day!