Around the local theatres... The Bold Knights of Britain,

Marlowe Theatre Writer Joseph Wilde has started to make a name for himself

to the extent that Nicole Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films, reportedly took an option on his 2011 play Cuddles after it returned from an American run and is in development. Described as a “gothic horror” Cuddles is anything but cuddly. But it rather sets the tone for Wilde’s work, which errs on the side of edgy. His first radio play, the Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman won the 2014 Imison Award. Despite his rising star, Wilde keeps his feet securely on terra firma with a Twitter profile which reads: “Failed goalkeeper, wannabe palaeontologist, actual scriptwriter.” The Bold Knights Of Britain seems to have been divined

from the same source as Cuddles, albeit with a radically different subject matter. Thank This is England, not Citizen Smith, when guessing Wilde’s inspiration for this thoughtful and thought-provoking piece. The gist of this darkest of comedies charts one family’s

journey towards extremism when jobless teenager Jayne joins the The Glorious Knights of Britain, cast as villainous and faintly ridiculous right-wingers who claim the country’s rulers are powerless to stop the endless flow of immigrants and have taken matters into their own hands. Clearly, Wilde is not trying to cover his tracks in who he is sending up but is all the

more sinister in its realism by the fact the playwright has used source material from interviews with current and former far- right group members.

The Studio, Marlowe Theatre, March 15, 8pm Tickets £13.75. Call 01227 787787 or visit

Germaine Greer - Women for life on earth: the inevitability of ecofeminism, Hazlitt Theatre

Whether you know Germaine Greer as an academic, a radical feminist, an outspoken pundit or a former contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, one thing is certain – you will have heard of her. At the Hazlitt Theatre, Greer will be focusing on “eco-feminism’ and while the subject matter might be a little niche for some, it will certainly be intelligent entertaining from a woman who has now become a national treasure whether she ever wanted that title or not.

Hazlitt Theatre, February 13, 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50 & £14.50. Call 01622 758611 or click onto hazlitt.

Andrew Lawrence - The Happy Accident Tour, Hazlitt Theatre

He is now touted as one of the hottest properties in British comedy, especially if subversion by mirth is the yardstick. Hailed as “superbly intelligent, highly articulate and deeply sour” by The Spectator, no less he has also delivered the hugely successful self-penned BBC Radio 4 series, There Is No Escape. Lawrence pokes fun at Liberal pretentions, politically

correct hysteria and his own awful parenting skills. The Happy Accident Tour is a gag-packed stand-up show about coming to terms with fatherhood. While dark, the comedy moving via his own self- deprecation and apparent bitterness.

Hazlitt Theatre, Exchange Studio, February 1 at 7.30pm. Call 01622 758611 or click onto

26 Mid Kent Living 26 Mid Kent Living MacBeth, Marlow Theatre

The London touring company, Out of Chaos, has been causing quite a stir by shaking Shakespeare up and down. The multi-award-winning outfit – which created Unmythable and Norsesome – have taken arguably The Bard’s greatest piece and conjured the drama and intrigue into just 80 minutes. Intense and fast-paced, this two-hander brings to life 20 characters. Out Of Chaos is a multi-award-winning touring company based in London. The company makes generous, skillful theatre that has toured the world since 2008, winning three international awards and widespread critical acclaim.

The Studio, Marlowe Theatre, February 28, 8pm Tickets £13.75. Call 01227 787787 or visit www.

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