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6 Oct 2016
The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole

If you had a finite number of heartbeats, how would you make each beat count?

Gavin feels a flutter in his heart. Is it heartburn? Is it that girl across the room? Or is it a malformation of his heart – a sticky, red time bomb? Gavin is given a life-changing diagnosis. Hiding in his shed, he assesses his entire life. What has he done with those beats? Which has he thrown away? And how many did he lose when she broke his heart?

Combining comedy with a moving, whimsical story, this unique new show is influenced every night by the collective heartbeats of the audience.

THE INEVITABLE HEARTBREAK OF GAVIN PLIMSOLE by Sharklegs Theatre Company: Winner of the 2016 Les Enfants Terribles Edinburgh Award

7:30pm ~ £10 / £8 concession

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21-23 Oct 2016
We Are Not Afraid of the Future

Directed by Ainslie Masterton

Working at Bata in East Tilbury was a lifestyle, not just a job making shoes. The Bata company built a school, cinema, shops, tennis courts, swimming pool, ran a newspaper, fire service and much more to encourage a happy, healthy and committed community and, thereby, workforce.

This site specific promenade performance, taking place at East Tilbury Village Hall, follows the lives of workers living the Bata life that was once the heart and soul of this Essex village. 

£10 / £6 Conc ~ Fri 21st: 7:30pm / Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd: 2:30pm 

*Due to the nature of the performance as a site specific production please note that times may be subject to change; please contact the Box Office for more details. Friday 21st Oct is a PREVIEW performance.

Image © sambasel.mironet.ch


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23 Oct 2016
Nathan Caton


Headlines the Rossi Ice Cream Southend Comedy Awards’ New Comedian of the Year Competition


The Grand Launch Night of the 4th annual Rossi Ice Cream Southend Comedy Festival kicks off in style at the stunning hidden gem that is The Clifftown Theatre, Southend.

Featuring the inimitable award-winning comedian; Nathan Caton (Live At The Apollo, Russell Howard's Good News, Mock The Week), the evening also includes the competition to crown this year's New Comedian of the Year.

Eight of the hottest up-and-coming acts on the circuit - each hand-selected by Ross “Little Smash” McGrane - battle it out to crack up a panel of esteemed judges and you - our wonderful audience.

Don’t miss out on an evening Southend will be talking about for years to come as the cream of rising stars on the circuit throw their best stuff at you followed by a comedic masterclass from one of the biggest names in the industry.

Hosted by Southend's own; Ross McGrane (Russell Kane Tour support), this promises to open the festival with a bigger bang than any controlled explosion of a landmark chimney!


Video: https://vimeo.com/182364414


TICKETS: £12.50 (plus booking fee) - seats allocated on arrival - Call: 01702 351135 or visit:


NB: Seating for those with special access requirements should be made directly with the venue by calling 01702 328335 

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24 Oct 2016

Cardboard Citizens presents 

Cathy by Ali Taylor 

Directed by Adrian Jackson


Settled …. Until suddenly you’re not…

Candid, poignant and intimate, this new play by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor offers a timely reflection on the social impact of spiralling rents and forced relocation.

Acclaimed Theatre Company Cardboard Citizens presents this powerful and emotive Forum Theatre show, provoking discussion and debate, inspired by Ken Loach’s pioneering drama, Cathy Come Home.

7:30pm ~ £10 / £8 concession


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3-5 Nov 2016

Directed by Jules Tipton and Ian Nicholson

Two exciting short plays of applied and political theatre, provoking the awareness of the audience for relevant world issues.

Both productions will be staged at each perfomance.

£10 / £6 Conc ~ 7:30pm / 2:30pm Sat Matinee

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1-3 Dec 2016

Written by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Shane Dempsey.

"Work out what you want and go for it with all your conviction and don’t care if you seem outrageous or stupid… All that’s needed, in the end, is belief."

Morning in London, Autumn 2011: Across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and a way to make it happen

Coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality in this epic new play from the writer of Earthquakes in London. 

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Presented by Acting & Stage Combat.

£10 / £6 conc. ~ 19:30 | 14:30 Sat Matinee

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12 Jan 2017
The Unlikely Life of Leonard Langley

"What becomes of the storyteller, when the stories are all told?"

This is the unlikely story of an unlucky man, Leonard Langley. Leonard has a problem. A problem the doctors can't fix. Bound aboard a prison ship and his problem getting worse by the day, time is running out for unlucky Leonard.

Now enter the Storyteller, charged with telling the tale Leonard is too terrified to tell himself. 


This production combines comedy, Butoh dance, aerial circus and an original soundtrack to tell the story of one man's battle with his own body. This production is funded by the NATIONAL LOTTERY FUND and was written and developed in support of the NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY, UK.


Tickets and Times: 7:30pm ~ £12 / £8 concession

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