This is always a really busy time of year.
After Halloween comes Bonfire Night, Christmas is not far away, and a week after that New Year!
At White Cobra, we're also entering our busiest time of the
year. After the last couple of Covid induced quiet years, it was great to
get back on stage in 2022, and between now and the end of the year we have two
stage productions plus a new audio drama, and we really hope you'll support
First up on November 11th, we mark Armistice Day with a brand-new audio drama The Filter Room written by Richard Hearn. It's set both during World War II, and in the present day during the Covid pandemic. It's a lovely story of secrets from the past and the effect they have on a family in the present, and how something you've always believed may not turn out to be the truth!
From Tuesday 15th November, we're really excited to be staging Willy Russell's classic play Educating Rita at The Playhouse Northampton. It was famously made into a film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters and the story of aspiration versus expectation is still as pertinent today as when it was written.
Our production features Fraser Haines as Frank and, in her
first appearance for White Cobra, Olivia Hulley as Rita. Louise Drage is
directing for the first time, having played the role of Rita several years ago...
Rehearsal photo: Martin Borley-Cox
Finally this year, for those of you dreaming of a White (Cobra) Christmas, we're staging a festive production for the first time. John Myhill directs a unique telling of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. James Burgess is another new face to White Cobra, and together with John they weave the classic festive ghost story using a genuine Victorian Magic Lantern with actual slides produced at the time, with just a few new replacements. In this production, Mr Dickens is joined by a number of his friends, who with the use of the lantern regale us with the famous story of Christmases past, present and future.
There are five performances in the build up to Christmas, and details of where and when can be found here.
Looking forward to 2023 and it's shaping up to be another busy year. As always everything is subject to change, and if the last few years have taught us anything it's that change will almost certainly happen, but this is the current line-up.
Kicking us off, we're bring Martin McDonagh's The
Lonesome West to the stage, we were just one week away from opening the
play before the pandemic struck in 2020, now you find out some more of the dark
secrets from the small Irish village of Leenane.
- We're finalising plans for our summer show in 2023, but touring a series of outdoor venues across Northamptonshire, a fantastic family show telling the classic Jules Verne take "Around the World in 80 days!"
- For the Autumn a brand-new play with music, called Cadbury's Angels. This is set during the Second World War and is based on actual events and actual people.
- Rounding out the year, we're planning another Christmas Show based on one of the most popular festive films of all time!
And hopefully we're just one more arm twist away from persuading the production team behind Pride and Prejudice to bring another Jane Austen serialisation to our audio plays.
Since its release Pride and Prejudice has attracted
well over thirty-five thousand hits at the time of writing!
Hopefully we'll see you all at some or all of our shows. Thank you for your support in 2022 and we wish you a great Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2023!