An Isis tragicomedy, a Victorian gothic horror story and an exploration of four generations of women in a family, are the dramatic treats in October at Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio.
‘Bismillah!‘ is set in a basement in Northern Iraq in 2015 and examines the relationship between two British boys; one a captured solider, and the other, his guard. Dean joined the army, whilst Danny joined the Islamic State, and the play is a compassionate, hilarious and thought-provoking examination of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain. ‘Bismillah!’ was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and won plaudits for tackling huge contemporary issues in a tragicomedy style. The drama unfolds at the Cramphorn Studio on Wednesday 3 October at 7.45pm.
Getting into the Halloween spirit is ‘The Devil’s Bride‘. Based on the spine-chilling Victorian gothic horror story by Sheridan Le Fanu, who was one of the leading writers of nineteenth century horror stories and was central to the genre’s development. Le Fanu’s best known work is ‘Uncle Silas’, although some of his other novels inspired several vampire films made by Hammer Films. ‘The Devil’s Bride’ is the tale of an aspiring 17th century painter who takes an apprenticeship with a famous artist and falls in love with the artist’s niece. However, the artist gained his art-world fame by making a deal with the devil, and when the apprentice attempts to wed the niece an evil rival returns. ‘The Devil’s Bride’ comes to the Cramphorn Studio on Monday 29 October at 7.45pm.
The most commonly performed work in the world by a female playwright, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should‘ will be staged at the Civic Theatre from Tuesday 30 to Wednesday 31 October. The play was written in 1985 by Charlotte Keatley and has since been translated into 22 languages and the text has been studied as A Level set text for many years. ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ is a classic piece of theatre that examines the lives of four generations of women in the same family through the immense social changes in the twentieth century. The play revolves around family, love, jealousy, class and so much more. The show starts at 7.45pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Wednesday 31 October.