Plays of Rod Dungate
BLESSED BE THE KING OF GLORY by Rod Dungate
Blessed Be the King of Glory is a wild comedy, a pantomime strictly for adults only, a nightmare in psychedelic colours, a celebration of religion created in darkest Hades.
Pelham, a bit of a waster, comes home from a night out clubbing; he finds his home demolished and his mother wounded and dying. Dark forces have been searching for a great secret the family has guarded for many generations. Pelham is caught up in warring factions – the King, the Bishop, and the Chief of Police. As if this is not bad enough, Pelham learns from the Archangel Gabriel that God has selected him to give birth to the next Redeemer; and Gabriel is not to be messed with.
The plotting is fast, the language is furious, yet in this attack on organised religion, the language has a poetic quality. Players and puppets join together to bring you a parable for the 21st Century.£5.00
DANIEL AND THE DRAGON AND THE AUNTIE FROM HELL by Rod Dungate
Daniel and the Dragon and the Auntie from Hell is a thrilling, magical adventure for young people. Rod Dungate’s fusion of 21st Century living, and Old English and Norse folklore makes for a multi-layered story of fast moving action with much to think about.
Young Daniel is suddenly sent to live with his cuddly Aunt Jessica carrying with him a mysterious box which he cannot unlock. He quickly befriends Masie, a local football fanatic and Rachel of Rachel’s Rapid Repairs. Then, via the strange Hester, they meet Suit Of Armour and the charming young Dragon Edmond. Together they must fight the forces of evil, and the forces come in many, inventive forms, including the huge wolf Isengrim
Young people will be enthralled by this story – all the more so when gripped by the interaction between live actors and stunning puppets.£5.00
SEEING THE SEA THROUGH THE CRACKS by Rod Dungate
Two old men on Brighton beach. One is taking a photo of the other. There talk is casual, chit-chat. But the poetic quality of what they say draws hushed attention from the audience. That, and the sheer skill and imagination from the two players; in four short sections, they rapidly transition between old men and young men.£3.00
THE OLD QUEEN’S TIME by Rod Dungate
A two-hander play that packs a punch- the power of friendship, a zest for living. Funny, touching, theatre fireworks.
Ramsay, 68, a gay man in the grand old style, is visited one evening by a young lad, Kieran. ‘I’m your grandson,’ he tells Ramsay. This outrageous play follows the twists and turns of their developing relationship. Set in 1992, it brings to life and holds a mirror up to the gay community at a time of great change. The acting space is set alight with their exuberant use of the old Polari, the secret language shared between gay people, fairground workers, sailors, and others through the ages.
Rapier wit, powerful story, a record of a fast-disappearing language, characters you’d like to have a few bevvies with, and a remarkable feel-good conclusion.£5.00