Friday 6th July
Set on the Brighton seafront amidst the chaotic background of music and style division the mods and rockers proclaimed, audiences can expect nothing short of Oddsocks' famous chaos and comedy as they turn Shakespeare’s greatest love story on its head, set to a swinging soundtrack of classics.
Saturday 7th July
Space explorer Prospero is marooned in a galaxy far, far away with his fearless daughter Miranda and a host of madcap aliens. Years later when his enemies’ ship is passing nearby the chance for revenge on these Space Cowboys is hard to resist and he conjures up the force to bring them to him. This Rocket Man will have his day!
Crash landing in a meteor storm is just the beginning for the crew as they are teased and tormented to submission. Prospero’s enemies do their malevolent best to get away but he’s one tough Space Oddity to beat.
Prepare for launch, get on your space suits and take one small step for man, one giant leap for Shakespeare!
Sunday 12th August
Immersion Theatre invite you to enjoy an afternoon of open-air decadence and hilarity as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Join foppish bachelors Jack and Algernon on their latest Bunburying exploits replete with mistaken identities, icy women, trivial banter and of course, muffins! Prepare your cucumber sandwiches and spend the afternoon in the glorious sunshine enjoying one of literature’s most trivial comedies for serious people…there’ll be handbags at dawn!
Saturday 1st September
Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN.
Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!
Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a- minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout…You’ll be HOOKED!
In 2015, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was organised at the Pavilion, in partnership with the talented amateur dramatic Big Spirit Company from Hitchin. This was very well received, so much so, that we had to consider engaging professional Theatre Companies, with their greater resources, in order to satisfy the demand for tickets. (We are currently in further discussion with Big Spirit regarding a performance at the Kiosk in Russell Park in 2019).
This led, in 2016, to the engagement of the highly regarded professional Touring Company, Oddsocks Productions, who performed their comical, musical versions of Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth to appreciative audiences.
In 2017, Oddsocks returned with Macbeth, such was its’ popularity, along with Romeo and Juliet, again, playing to good audiences of over 400 people.
Later that summer, we welcomed the irrepressible Immersion Theatre, from London with their energetic al fresco version of the The Wind in the Willows.
We also invited The Handlebards to the Kiosk in Russell Park, to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which they partly performed on bicycles! Because of the intimacy of the performance including considerable audience participation, the audience size was limited to 250.
This Year, Oddsocks will be performing Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest and Immersion Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest and Peter Pan.
In February of this year, we went indoors, through a collaboration with the Quarry Theatre, with an Oddsocks production of The Wizard of Oz, which played an evening and a matinee show to sell-out audiences. We have already reserved dates in 2019 for Oddsocks’ production of Robin Hood.
Because we voluntarily cap audience sizes for our Open Air performances, (so that everyone can clearly hear and see the action) and have kept ticket prices relatively modest, there is a limit to our earnings and the cost of engaging a professional theatre company is a far cry from that of an amateur dramatic society, understandably.
It is our ambition, however to introduce the widest possible audience to the delights of the theatre and amongst those we believe would appreciate this most are those children, teenagers and young adults with Autism, hence our support of Autism Bedfordshire.
Any support we receive in this endeavour will allow us to do more.