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Plenty to entertain at Bungay's Fisher Theatre

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 May 2016

Girls with Balls, which will be coming to the Fisher Theatre on May 20

Girls with Balls, which will be coming to the Fisher Theatre on May 20

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Tonight, an Alan Bennett play will kick off a busy week at Bungay's Fisher Theatre,

Open Space Theatre Company present Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett at 7.30pm.

Billed as a hilarious romp, members of the Wicksteed family pursue their romantic and lustful ambitions.

This fast-moving production of one of Alan Bennett’s funniest plays is very popular and is nearly sold out.

Tickets cost £10 or £8.50 for concessions.

Monday, May 16, sees a passionate fight playing out in the film Suffragette (12a), tracking the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter.

These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Tickets are £5 and the film starts at 7.30pm.

On Thursday, May 19, the live encore of the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. Frankenstein will be screened from the Royal Opera House.

Here we see Victor Frankenstein desperately seeking to find a way to bring back the dead having seen his mother die in child birth. But the results of his experiments are not what he intended and Victor turns his back on his creation in horror. Tickets cost £12 and it starts at 7pm.

A new play inspired by the 1921 Football Association ban on women playing at affiliated grounds will come to theatre next Friday, May 20.

Set in the modern day, Ashley, Britney and Heather’s beloved football ground is approaching demolition, but not before the girls stage a last-ditch protest to save their club.

Girls with Balls is inspired by real-life events from 1921 when the Football Association banned women from playing at affiliated grounds. At that time, the women’s game attracted crowds of up over 50,000 - significantly more than the men - and women were paid to play. The ban was finally lifted in 1971.

With this as the backdrop, Girls with Balls shines a light on women’s lives today, as well as a look back to 1921 and asks, what’s changed?

Director, Gary Phillpott said: “Girls with Balls will make you think, make you laugh and make you challenge your own views on what is acceptable should you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re forced to fight for what you think is right.”

The cast includes Roslyn Paterson, Daisy Morris, Ellen-Gayle Harewood and Johnny Kinch. Girls with Balls is written by Ann Richards and has been developed in association with Curve, Leicester.

Full tour details are available at www.off-the-fence.com

And looking further ahead, Waveney and Blyth Valley Arts will be holding an Arts and Eats event on June 2 at noon at the Fisher Theatre. The ticket price of £10 for members and £12 for non-members includes lunch and tea plus a talk from the new manager of the theatre on youth theatre and plans at the Fisher. Tickets are available from the box office and numbers are limited.

For more information about shows and to book tickets visit www.fishertheatre.org or call the box office on 01986 897130.

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