Choke written by Chris O’Connell

6th - 17th February 2018 Shop Front Theatre - Eves & matinee perfs

CHOKE is #6 in the Are We Where We Are programme at the Shop Front Theatre, and written by Theatre Absolute’s artistic director and writer Chris O’Connell.

Rob’s made a twelve-hour journey, buttoned up in a ball of five coats begged from a bunch of strangers. He’s hitchhiked in sub-zero temperatures to the edge of nowhere because he just can’t stand it any longer, and because he has the strangest, most absurd request…Choke tells the story of lifelong friends Rob and Stu, each staring into the gap between who they thought they were, and who they are now.

GraemeRose by Joe Mazza 2015

Graeme Rose – Photograph by Joe Mazza 

Wait, Matthew

Matthew Wait

Graeme Rose and Matthew Wait make their debut appearances at the Shop Front. The creative team are Julia Negus (Producer), Paul O’Donnell (Associate Producer), Janet Vaughan (Designer), Ola Animashawun (Dramaturg) , Daisy Moorcroft (Project Assistant).

Performance dates and times:

Week 1 – Tues 6th, Weds 7th, Thurs 8th*, Sat 10th February – Evenings 7.30pm plus additional matinee performance Thurs 8th Feb 2.00pm.

Week 2 – Tues 13th, Wed 14th, Thurs 15th, Sat 17th February – Evenings 7.30pm plus additional matinee performance Thurs 15th Feb Feb 2.00pm.

Running Time: 1 hr 10 minutes (no interval)

Tickets £8.00 & £6.00 – on sale now or on the door.

Please note that this performance contains strong language

(Please note: online tickets have a service fees of £0.79 per ticket plus 3.5% of the face value of each ticket sold)

* Altruism in the Age of Neoliberalism – Panel discussion after perf. – Thursday 8th Feb

This discussion will be chaired by David McKeegan – Coventry Skeptics and we’re delighted to have Dairmaid McDonald, Kindy Sandhu and Roger Medwell join the panel.

David McKeegan is a co-founder of Coventry Skeptics in the Pub, a monthly lecture and discussion group which looks at science, politics, history, philosophy, sociology and religion from an evidence-based perspective.

Diarmaid McDonald has been campaigning for equitable access to medicines since 2008. He led the advocacy and campaigns work of STOPAIDS, a UK-based coalition focused on the global AIDS response, for six years and has worked on HIV programmes in Tanzania and Ethiopia.  In 2017 he founded Just Treatment, a patient-led campaign demanding fair access to medicines on the NHS and reform of the pharmaceutical industry.

Roger Medwell was Chairman and CEO of NP Aerospace Ltd. He is currently Chairman of Imagineer Technologies and is involved in Imagineering, an independent educational charity with the aim of introducing young people of ages 8-16 to the world of engineering, science and technology. He is also on the board of Culture Coventry and the former Chairman of Godiva Harriers, where he still coaches every Sunday.

Kindy Sandhu has been an activist for many years, campaigning on workers’ and women’s rights, on domestic abuse, and also on the impact of austerity – particularly on women having co-authored a report for Coventry Women’s Voices Layers of Inequality’ a human rights and equality impact assessment of the public spending cuts on Black and Minority ethnic women in Coventry. She is the Labour candidate for Earlsdon in the forthcoming local elections.

Pillar Poetry Winners event after the performance – Saturday 10th Feb

Pay What You Can Afford Performance – Tuesday 13th Feb

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