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Platforms Plays | Bristol Experimental Theatre Company

Two Characters in Search of a Home – Homelessness

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A satirical comedy about the issue of being homeless. Two actors are rehearsing a play about being homeless in a parody of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Two real homeless people enter the theatre wanting to tell their own story of how they became homeless, a parody of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. They are followed by a Social Worker who can verify that they are homeless and their stories. Their history is eventually acted out and we learn of the situation how they became homeless but not the reasons why, leaving the audience to question the many possibilities....

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Heady Days – Status and Power

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A comedy depicting Queen Elizabeth 1st and Mary Queen of Scots playing croquet with Mary’s ex-lovers heads.

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Fracas – Environmental

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A satirical comedy about the impact fracking can have on an individual’s life and the lack of responsibility companies have for the consequences of their actions. A Chief Executive Officer, forced to address the damage caused by his firm’s operations, trivialises the problems that have occurred by making light of everything. The poor suffering householder in total despair tries to combat the CEO’s flippant attitude by revealing the multiple destruction of her property.

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Insanity – Arms Industry

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A satirical comedy that explores the insanity of the arms industry and its role in keeping the world in pieces rather than peace. How did the public find itself in a container in Felixstowe docks? Whose barrel might we be looking down, could it be a weapon stamped, ‘Made in England’? Also and interesting fact, there are now two bullets for every human being in the world, that’s 14 billion and rising. How do we buy the bullets with our name on it? How did our long forgotten ancestors get us into our current situation? Meet the dictator who really knows the true meaning of aid and...

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At the Death – Death

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A satirical comedy where Death walks amongst us and rationalises our perception surrounding the meaning of death. A black comedy where we explore different ways we approach not being alive, its symbolism and meaning. What is the best way to die and should we be worried? You must see the play before you write your will. Meet death in person and make up your own mind.

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Conspiracy – Conspiracy Theories

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A satirical comedy which looks at the issue surrounding conspiracies. How much do we know about what is happening in the world today? How much do we want to know? Who is conspiring against you? Does it take great intelligence to plan worldwide conspiracies? Are worldwide conspiracy theories fact or fiction? Are we all part of one great plot? Who is under your bed at night? Who are The New Order? So many questions; perhaps the play can furnish you with some answers, or provide more questions. With lots of humour, this comedy explores some of the greatest fears of the age.

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Excess Baggage – Living in the Past

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A satirical comedy which explores the issue of emotional baggage and why some individuals refuse to let past situations go. How heavy is your own emotional baggage and what won’t you let go? Would you appear in a TV reality show to play the blame game, even if the prize were the most excessive revenge you can think of? Can you buy a conscience? With easily recognisable characters it is a play with lots of dark humour and home truths. Another unmissable production about different ways of seeing the world. For those who enjoy...

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Creating the Monster – Jealousy

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The play looks at issues of jealousy and bitterness and the corrosive effect it has on individuals. Witches stirring up a dreadful brew, malignancy within the family creating monsters, Snow White’s stepmother using the media to distort and ruin her stepdaughter’s reputation in a world where no one safe from malicious gossip.

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Vengeance is mine – Vengeance

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A satirical look at different aspects of vengeance as perpetrated by individuals who are historic, protagonists found in literature or those that could be your next door neighbour. Have you ever watched a play with God, Hamlet, Hitler, Brecht, Mary Queen of Scots, Socrates, all dealing with the same issue? Does your neighbour have a conscience and does he have other uses for a bag of cement. Is your Member of Parliament part of the English Mafia? What do cats have to do with vengeance? If you don’t know the answers to these questions the play might help.

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Twitching Curtains – Surveillance

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The company bring you another amusing satirical comedy on spying and secrets. A couple who meet regularly without speaking on an early morning train, which is held up, are stimulated into conversation after eight years. They find incredible coincidences in their lives, leading to a surreal outcome. Scenes follow exploring the strange world of the intelligence service which gathers hidden secrets, interspersed with scenes about Margaret, a housewife who feels she is under constant surveillance and seeking reassurance that her own secret is safe. Logic has disappeared as events unfold which...

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Obliging Victim – Domestic Violence

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This play explores issues of control, manipulation and the abuse of power. The first scene opens with an idyllic loving relationship that quickly develops into an abusive cycle of punishment and reward. The woman taking on a victim’s role loses not only her respect but gradually her identity. The man manipulates her into becoming an object of his making and once she has totally acquiesced to all his demands he then rejects her. At this juncture she begins the long painful process of self-realisation and restoration of self.

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Pole Dancer – Female Identity

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The play opens with a dishevelled woman carrying plastic bags which hold all her identities. Nothing in the nondescript role she portrays on the street gives truth to her past. As she begins to re-live stages of her life we discover a multifaceted world that she has discarded. Her search for an identity that she can feel comfortable with doesn’t materialise. Each of these brings responsibilities and complications which she cannot cope with and so continues to be reduced to a bag lady.

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Under the Class System – Class System

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Satirical comedy about the complexities and values of our class system. Lord and Lady Granville who find their own class being invaded and degraded by the influx of the middle classes being raised to the nobility search for a new peer group. Hearing of an emerging underclass they are eager to reach and join them to enhance their own status. Discovering the reality of being a member of the underclass they retreat back to Barclay Manor only to find that their assets have been stripped and find themselves homeless. Having to deal with social security and street life gives them a different...

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Wisdom in the Debris of Knowledge – Wisdom

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God, looking at the mess in the world, reflects to his archangel how things have gone so badly wrong on earth. He requests that two average mortals are brought to heaven to question them on how things got into such a state. Upon their arrival God asks why they haven’t created paradise when they were given all the right tools to create a modern Eden. The simplistic questions from God reveal how difficult life is from a human’s point of view with all its complexities. This satirical comedy gives us mortals a chance to justify our existence explaining why reality is much more than just...

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Long Line of Bureaucracy

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A satirical comedy about a group of stoical bureaucrats who, undeterred by global warming and the end of the civilised world, continue faithfully in a bunker to carry on their work. Sixty million files representing a deceased population are carefully nurtured and their needs catered for. Paperwork continues to be generated and gives purpose and reason to their lives. Daily existence is brightened by a soap opera portraying their own loves and needs. Will there be an end to their tireless toil and can habits of a lifetime be changed? A comical look into bureaucratic thinking and their vision...

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Madhouse Satirical Revue

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A range of sketches revealing the absurdities of society. Marriage Counsellor: A satirical look at those who know what’s best and cannot wait to tell us exactly what we need. Newly married couple seek advice from a professional. Spying: When James Bond is ordered to go undercover as a female agent no one realise the problems this can cause for the intelligence department. A spoof on how far the service will go to meet its own ends. Estate Agent: Owners of buying houses beware when the advertising and promotion of property conflict with reality. Explore the world of the Estate Agents jargon...

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Messabout

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Bristol Experimental Theatre Company proudly presents their exciting new show, a satirical revue that takes a wicked look at some of our hidden secrets. Discover the hidden world behind the toilet door, the sex orgy in monkey magic, how mother-in-law can help in the bedroom, how a boring life can be radicalised by a sex change, all you need to know about bondage, how do you deal with an office pest, want to know about games that drivers play, want to see the other side of your local prostitute, how does bad language affects others and more. Don’t miss this exciting, naughty, hilarious...

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Wisdom in the Debris of Knowledge

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in | 0 comments

God looking at the mess in the world reflects with his archangel how things have gone so badly wrong on earth. He requests that two average mortals are brought to heaven to question them on how things got to such a state. Upon their arrival God asks why they haven’t created paradise when they were given all the right tools to create a modern Eden. The simplistic questions from God reveal how difficult life is from a human’s point of view with all its complexities. This satirical comedy gives humankind a chance to justify their existence explaining why reality is much more than just words....

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Under the Class System

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Satirical comedy about the complexities and values of our class system. Lord and Lady Granville who find their own class being invaded and degraded by the influx of the middle classes being raised to the nobility search for a new peer group. Hearing of an emerging underclass they are eager to reach and join them to enhance their own status. Discovering the reality of being a member of the underclass they retreat back to Barclay Manor only to find that their assets have been stripped and find themselves homeless. Having to deal with social security and street life gives them a different...

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Nests within Nests

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A satirical comedy exploring the relationship between different cultures; starting with the immediate family and then progressing into other communities. The play questions how cultures impact on other societies and when integration becomes an imposition. A middle aged couple find their world confusing as they try to find an oasis where their identity remains intact but are increasingly overwhelmed and forced to compromise in a world where they become totally alienated. %%wppa%% %%album=16%%

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Acceptance World

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Acceptance World

In this new play the world is revealed as a Madhouse with the inmates doing their best to conform to the tight structures that civilisation has imposed. Where to survive everyone has to accept the status quo or find themselves alone in a terrifying reality. A look at the modern world and its institutions and values that shape the way we live. A biting indictment of those individuals who find that by accepting any imposition however absurd is favourable to confrontation and challenge.

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Dummy

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Dummy

‘Dummy’ a futuristic play where inanimate objects are more appealing than humans, where communication is difficult and society is under scrutiny by the Censor. Where sexual deviation is monitored and political correctness ensures that objects have more rights than the homeless. You might have wondered about Object Relationship, so enter the bizarre world of Chris who is in love with her mannequin, Sam who might or not be male but is certainly a dog, mother whose spare time work as a dominatrix is interrupted by cutting meat off the homeless and the Censor who is into infantilism. %%wppa%%...

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God Has Arrived

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God Has Arrived

‘God has arrived’ God has been on holiday for a thousand years and decides to visit his creation. Having left a world where he was feared, loved and worshipped he now returns to find another sort of world. This satirical play attacks the cult of status and the ridiculous emphasis we put on fame. Hilarious scenes as we look at pop stars, soaps, film stars, politicians, art and workman seeking to rise above the masses and achieve icon status. %%wppa%% %%album=9%%

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Without Prejudice

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Without Prejudice

A satirical comedy which attacks the systems which are meant to serve our society but which increasingly seem to dominate us. We follow a single parent with individualistic ideas and her encounter with Social Services, Psychiatry, Police and Legal profession and still retain her integrity in a bizarre and absurd world these institutions are imposing. The only credible group to challenge the system are organised crime. First Produced: First Published: Genre: Parts: %%wppa%% %%album=12%%

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Tomboys and Sex Objects

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Tomboys and Sex Objects

Tomboys and Sex Objects is a play depicting violence and humiliation as a group of women revenge themselves on each other for the bitterness of their own lives and their inability to escape from a world that no longer communicates to them. We see the injustice of a society that fails to recognise their worth and a middle class that patronises and despises them. First Produced: 2002 Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Published: Genre: Play, sex and violence Parts: Male – 1, Female – 5, Other – 0 %%wppa%% %%album=11%%

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They’re Everywhere But Nowhere

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They’re Everywhere But Nowhere

Set in a brothel where a paedophile and a prostitute explore their identities and sexual nature. In this uncompromising look at sexual abuse we are taken into the hidden depths of the protagonists personalities. First Produced: 2006 Alma Tavern Bristol First Published: Genre: Play, sex and violence Parts: Male – 1, Female – 1, Other – 0 %%wppa%%  %%album=7%%

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Sex Games and Matching Outfit

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Sex Games and Matching Outfit

Sex Games and Matching Outfits is an exploration of a young married couple’s complex sexual games and role play set in the privacy of their bedroom. A world of cross dressing, submission and domination as they explore their identity through sexual discovery and transformation. A play about how we perceive reality. First Produced: 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Published: Genre: Play, sex and violence Parts: Male – 1, Female – 1, Other – 0 %%wppa%% %%album=13%%

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Politica Erotica

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Politica Erotica

An exposure of sexual power games in the corridors of Westminster. A strong single minded politician is drawn into the closed world of sadomasochism and begins the process of finding her true sexual identity. First Produced: 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Published: Genre: Play, sex and violence Parts: Male – 0, Female – 2, Other – 0

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Naked Lies and Violent Messages

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Naked Lies and Violent Messages

Naked Lies and Violent Messages explores female sexual and social relationships as a group of four women try to determine their status in a world where they have rejected men. This hard hitting play captures their struggle to form meaningful relationships and reveals the dominance and submission of these women as they search for identities that are compatible to their needs. First Produced: 2002 Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Published: Genre: Play, sex and violence Parts: Male – 1, Female – 4, Other – 0 %%wppa%% %%album=10%%

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Just the Way we Like it

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Just the Way we Like it

As the time bomb ticks away, Dad frets and worries. His son refuses to become involved and his daughter urges responsibility. Meanwhile, Grandma is dedicated to creating explosive situations. A comedy set in the future where terrorism dominates all aspects of life. First Produced: 2006 Alma Tavern Bristol First Published: Genre: Satirical Comedy Parts: Male – 3, Female – 2, Other – 0 %%wppa%% %%album=1%%

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