Richard de Lisle
Ian Dixon Potter
Nicholas Koy Santillo
Emily Rose Ambler
Ian Dixon Potter
Ian Dixon Potter
Ian Dixon Potter
Ian Dixon Potter
Ian Dixon Potter
Manami & Kenji Fukuda
Sound and lighting design:
Janet A. Cantrill
Ian Dixon Potter
Ian Dixon Potter
Golden Age Theatre Company is dedicated to creating theatre which explores 'big ideas' in both historical and contemporary settings.
'The Dead Shepherd' explores the imagined friendship between England’s greatest Elizabethan playwrights and the impact of Christopher Marlowe’s assassination on William Shakespeare’s life and work.
'The School of Light' explores the conflict between reason and superstition, the corrosive and manipulative power of the shaman, the influence of the unconscious mind and our capacity for self delusion.
'Good King Richard' explores the nature of power and statesmanship, the value of the hereditary rights of Kings, the relationship between morality and politics and the true story behind the rise and fall of Richard III.
'Boy Stroke Girl' explores the extent to which we are forced to conform to narrow stereotypes, to label and pigeon-hole ourselves. Are these labels a form of straight jacket, by adapting to them do we compromise our true nature and can we challenge the ultimate label of gender?
Good King Richard
by Ian Dixon Potter
'The Resurrectionist' explores the conflict between radical science and the values of society and we ask the question, what if Frankenstein hadn’t rejected his creation?
'Tiresia' explores the impact of an extraordinary medical breakthrough on questions of identity, longevity and sexuality. A young artist, apparently recovering from a serious accident, experiences a unique transformation which challenges conventional notions of memory, personality and even the process of evolution.
'The Test' explores the nature of consciousness and provides an unique perspective on the character of humanity. A scientist uses the 'Turing Test' to determine whether an artificial intelligence is truly conscious. But who is really being tested?
Hiding Heidi explores the dire personal consequences of Britain's departure from the European Union for one European woman. Made redundant as a consequence of stringent post-Brexit employment regulations and threatened with immediate deportation, Heidi seeks refuge with a deeply divided English family, seething with resentment and recrimination after the 2016 referendum. This dystopian satire presents a vision of a backwards looking, post European, English society riddled with xenophobia, parochialism and paranoia.
In the closing months of the second world war the Nazis were determined to exterminate all remaining prisoners in their infamous concentration camps.
In a race against time, Swedish aristocrat, Count Bernadotte has to 'deal with the devil' when he enters into negotiation with SS leader Heinrich Himmler in a last minute attempt to liberate thousands of prisoners and take them to safety in Sweden. His experience demonstrates the truth of the old adage that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.
Blue identifies as neither male nor female, believing masculinity and femininity to be mere social constructs.
The ultimate nonconformist, Blue refuses to be pigeon-holed and categorised, resisting even the labels of nationality, religion, ideology and sexual orientation. But what happens when Blue falls for the relatively conventional Peter?
A monumental ego and a self seeking ruthlessness have propelled Grossman to the top of his profession. An 'alpha male' in every sense, Grossman surrounds himself with flatterers and sycophants who fear and loathe him. Knowing his reputation for preying on young female employees, Caroline keeps her distance but an opportunity to advance her career propels her into Grossman's lascivious clutches.
'LITTLE ENGLAND' expands upon the theme of an earlier Golden Age Theatre company production, 'Hiding Heidi'. Set in the same household a few years later, 'Little England' anticipates the 'state of the nation' in 2024, exploring the broader social and political consequences of Brexit. Britain has become an impoverished and deeply divided nation, severely diminished on the international stage and policed by the powerful and sinister 'Unregistered & Illegal Aliens Enforcement Office'.
Given the chance, would you choose to be immortal? To expand your mind beyond the boundaries of human experience?
What would it feel like to upload your consciousness to the cloud? Would you yearn for interaction with the physical world?
Transhuman explores issues of mortality, identity and personality - challenging our notions of what it means to be human.
A decade after leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom is on the brink of chaos - with food rationing, labour shortages and no end in sight to a nine year state of emergency.
In contrast, Scotland (now a separate republic) is thriving after being granted EU membership.
In Westminster, an extreme right wing Tory government have turned what remains of the UK into a regulation free tax haven, a playground for the filthy rich. Appalled by these polices and emboldened by the example of Scotland, liberal minded, pro-European Londoners vote for a Mayor who is campaigning for London to become an independent City State and ultimately to re-join the EU.
The year is 2024. A dark cloud hangs over a broken and vastly impoverished nation, its influence and standing in the world severely diminished. What remains of the United Kingdom is isolated from its neighbours, the union with Scotland has collapsed and war had broken out across the heavily fortified Irish border. Society is riven with division and conflict, creating an atmosphere of enmity and distrust. One half of the population despises and derides the other half. The authority of the populist government has been fatally undermined by their inept and short-sighted handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and the nation's chaotic and destructive departure from the European Union. Against this background and against all the odds, Dorothy has finally found a new carer.
Two worlds collide when self made millionaire Trevor, owner of the third largest chain of tanning boutiques in East Surrey, committed Tory and card carrying Brexiteer, suddenly finds himself at odds with a retired academic, the cosmopolitan and liberal minded Ewan. Although at first a trivial dispute, Trevor resorts to unusual tactics and matters start to escalate...
In the wake of the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign, positive discrimination has elevated people from formerly under-represented groups into positions of power and responsibility. Most of us accept that for too long able bodied white men have had an unfair advantage but not everyone agrees with this policy.
Iago, an experienced soldier passed over for promotion in favour of Cassius, wreaks dreadful revenge on his commanding officer Colonel Othello.
Carla, one of that rare breed of women, who harbours a powerful aversion for children, is hoping to save her old friend Roger from being drawn into the clutches of Sue, a woman who desperately wants to 'start a family' (as she puts it).
For most of his adult life Roger was equally unenthusiastic about the prospect of fatherhood but has he now changed his mind? They get together at a dinner party held by Ann, herself prematurely aged by the rigours of parenthood and struggling to control her unruly and malevolent children whilst being constantly reminded by Carla of the glittering career she was forced to give up.
The battle lines are drawn.
History is always written by the victor. After Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth, Tudor historians created the elaborate fiction of a deformed usurper who schemed and murdered his way onto the English throne. But who was the real Richard III?
Drawing on contemporary sources, unsullied by Tudor propaganda,
‘I, Richard’ dramatises the true events which propelled Richard onto the throne of England and two years later, led to his downfall.
This is a tale of murder, betrayal, rebellion, revenge and political intrigue, starting with the drowning of the Duke of Clarence in a butt of Malmsey and ending on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth.
A century after Richard’s death a celebrated play was written, based on the testimony of his greatest enemy, Cardinal John Morton. Over four centuries later, Richard himself finally sets the record straight.
After a botched attempt to repair a damaged smartphone, Ismail has accidentally discovered a means of sending a message backwards in time. How is his serendipitous discovery linked to a series of freak storms and a mysterious epidemic which are devastating a small English town?
Jake only wants one thing from women. He uses Tinder to hook up with a different woman every night and he definitely doesn't do relationships. When the lock-down brings an abrupt halt to his hedonistic lifestyle he finds himself in the unusual situation of striking up a platonic friendship with Lauren. Over the course of their Zoom conversations, Lauren begin to challenge Jake's priorities and values.
Tales From The Golden Age
Written & directed by Ian Dixon Potter
A journalist investigating historical child sexual abuse at Catholic orphanages, encounters a pair of identical twins, each unaware of the other's existence. She discovers that whilst the two men's lives have taken radically different paths, their fates are mysteriously entangled.
There's a notion that it's desperately sad when your halcyon days come to an end. When you go into decline and you gradually lose everyone you ever cared for and all the things that brought you happiness. But at least Arnold had all this at one point in his life. It doesn't matter when. It doesn't matter that it eventually comes to an end. Nothing lasts forever.
Detective Sergeant Dunderdale is on the brink of solving a bloody murder but is there enough evidence to convict Yousef Massoud? Dunderdale is determined to secure a conviction by fair means or foul. After all, isn't it acceptable to bend the rules a little if the only alternative is for a dangerous killer to walk free?
A reckless scientist persuades a computer hacker to hijack the internet in an attempt to create the first truly conscious artificial intelligence. She uses the 'Turing Test' to assess her creation but who is really being tested? Who will gain the upper hand? The future of humanity hangs in the balance.
Imogen isn't who she thought she was. After being surprised by the results of a DNA ancestry test, she embarks on a life changing voyage of discovery. She doesn't know where this will lead but one thing's for sure, she has something to celebrate. It turns out she's not British!
Neville believes he has good reason to take a relaxed approach to social distancing. After all, his extensive online investigations have revealed the hidden reality behind the so-called pandemic. But will Neville's selfless actions present a real danger to the elderly residents at the sinister Mountview Towers?
In a post-truth landscape of fake news, misinformation and conspiracy theory, 'Denial' explores the dramatic consequence of one lonely man's attempt to make sense of a complex and frightening world.