March 2015
After the great success of Collaborators, Arena Theatre return to The Shelley with their latest play, Two. Jim Cartwright's two hander presents a fascinating microcosm of working class life in a Northern local in the 80's, emulated in many comedies most notably, Early Doors. Let our Landlord and Landlady introduce you to all the punters and regulars as well as uncovering their own tragic secret. All life is present in this pub, where people celebrate and mourn in an unflinching mixture of tragedy and comedy. A sharp, salty, quickfire evocation of the Durga e gaiety and underlying melancholia of English pub life" The Guardian.
Friday 06 March 2015 19:30
This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Choose the Film/Food Combo ticket to get popcorn plus a drink of your choice* from the bar included in the ticket price!(*excludes spirits)
Saturday 07 March 2015 20:00
Two individual stories. Two lives connected by one moment.

A baby is abandoned on a deserted railway platform, there is a young woman who decides to give up her baby and an older woman who finds it. A decision that derails and changes the direction of both their lives.

2015. A re-opened heritage railway station. When Liz receives an unexpected message, she is presented with the chance to live a life she rejected decades ago. This could be her moment; this could be just what she’s been waiting for. But should she first reveal the secret she has kept for twenty-one years?

1994. A railway station facing closure. Catherine is eagerly waiting for her new life to begin but an unexpected visitor forces her towards an unfamiliar destination and a future she did not anticipate. Twenty-one years later, she returns to the same railway station and is confronted by the past she has turned her back on.

At the centre of both plays is Tom, the model railway enthusiast.

Using a range of theatrical styles and storytelling devices, this quirky and playful ensemble piece by Forest Forge Theatre tells the story of our relationship to the past and to the future and the constantly changing nature of our hopes and dreams. The abandoned railway lines, heritage stations and derelict platforms of Hampshire’s railway history form the backdrop of this new play.
Saturday 14 March 2015 19:30
Direct Theatre School, by Peter Courtenay
A tale of Gothic Horror written especially for a cast of over fifty young people. A play full of twists, turns and dark humour. Set in the late 1800’s a young English Governess is employed to instruct the daughters of a Countess. When she arrives at the crumbling castle high in the Carpathian Mountains she is immediately plunged into a bizarre adventure full of out of control children and half human staff. Trapped for the winter, she fights for her life against the very children she’s supposed to teach: trying to avoid ‘The spider Butler’, being fed to giant pets and having her brain transplanted with that of a sheep! An exciting new event that takes places across several spaces within the building.
Saturday 21 March 2015 14:30
Saturday 21 March 2015 19:30
A contemporary retelling of Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale. The beautiful Dory Gray, professional photographer of crime, war and celebrity, has made a pact with the Devil.

A stunningly beautiful young man, Dorian Gray, has a photograph taken of himself by the woman he loves, Basel Hallward, locking his prepossessing good looks in the digital image for all time. Falling under the malign influence of the amoral Henri Wotton, Dorian is drawn into her hedonistic lifestyle and becomes her lover. Dorian strikes a Faustian pact with the Devil and acquires eternal youth. Immersing himself in a secret life of debauchery and crime, Dorian discovers a wantonly violent darkside to his personality. He gradually builds an international reputation as an award-winning news and celebrity photographer, covering such topics as famine, major disasters and crime, taking a particular interest in a serial murderer known as ‘The Rain Killer.’ The ravages of corruption and depravity are never reflected in Dorian’s enduringly handsome face. Only the photograph Basel once took of him reflects his dissolute soul.
Friday 27 March 2015 19:30
Saturday 28 March 2015 19:30