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The Very Best Theatre from the Staff, Students and Graduates of the University of Lincoln.


Our Mission.

The Lincoln Company is dedicated to showcasing the very best student and graduate theatre in Lincolnshire. We believe that Student theatre is a place for radicalism and experimentation. We give students the opportunity to make exciting theatre for professional platforms.

 

Who Are We?

Since 2008 The Lincoln Company has produced student work for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for audiences around Lincolnshire. The repertoire has always included musicals, modern drama, new writing and devised theatre. Our diverse programme is a reflection of the interests and specialism’s of the university’s student’s & staff.

The full programme of the company is extensive and encompasses the Edinburgh Project, all student work that is performed in the professional programme of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the annual Louth residency project and Encore, our showcase of musical theatre talent.

Each year The Lincoln Company takes a bridge project to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, new theatre from exciting Graduate companies. In previous years this work has included Eggbox Theatre, Flickbook Theatre & Push To Shove. The Edinburgh Project is currently led by acclaimed East Midlands Theatre Maker Michael Pinchbeck and co-ordinated by Tom Briggs co-artistic director of Flickbook Theatre.

 

 

2017

Things We Find in the Dark

The Room at The Top of the House

Pornography by Simon Stephens

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A new show from Echo Echo Echo, ‘Things We Find in The Dark’ features shadow puppetry and physical theatre to reveal the darkest thoughts that lurk in our minds.

More info to follow soon.

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Josh finds the outside would both a fascinating and frightening place. At a time where he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to disappear into the stories of others.

An uplifting show about fear, escaping reality and exploring the unknown.

More info to follow soon!

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Celebrating 10 years of Simon Stephen’s brilliant play ‘Pornography’ The Lincoln Company will be reviving it for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

More info to Follow soon!

2016

Happy Together

Company

Dracula

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Everywhere you go you can see happy couples being happy together. Smiling profusely, laughing manically, grabbing, grinding, slurping furiously. Happy happy HAPPY. It must be exhausting. Do you ever wonder what happens when the happy couple goes home, away from the public eye? Do they unmask, unravel, drop the act? Happy Together goes behind closed doors and explores the theatricality of one couple’s dysfunctional relationship. When the stage becomes a bed, the curtain a locked door and the audience a fly on the wall, what are the boundaries between performance and life at home?

 

Happy Together went to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

 

‘Well-written and brilliantly acted’

Rating 40/50

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At the age of 25 Bobbi should be finding the one. When her friends aren’t fighting, or lying to their soulmates they worry about their poor baby, Bobbi. She’s all alone. To her, commitment is unthinkable; constantly sharing, caring, compromising would be insufferable. But every day she finds it harder to justify the single life she used to enjoy. Sondheim’s masterpiece about New York’s most eligible bachelor is remixed for the 21st century. The first concept musical is transformed into a story of modern loneliness, independence and self-discovery. Regardless of who we love, don’t we all still need Company?

 

Company went to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

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Jonathan Harker is imprisoned by the purest evil, a silent seductive predator watching his every move. The shadows of women, tormented beyond recognition, await one more taste of the living. As Harker falls into the depths of temptation, the mysterious disappearance of his dearest Mina begins to unravel. There can be no redemption for Jonathan, no hope for Mina, while the Count draws near. With stunning physicality, Push to Shove’s wordless adaptation exposes the darkest desires of Dracula’s world.

 

Dracula went to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

Bedroom Farce

Encore: The Show Must Go On

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Four couples. Three bedrooms. One sleepless night. Alan Ayckbourn’s ingenious comedy unpicks the relationships of 1970s suburbia. Taking place over one night Ayckbourn’s comedy follows four couples as they prepare for a night out.

 

Delia and Ernest, are getting ready for a meal to celebrate their wedding anniversary Malcolm and Kate, the youngest, are about to host a housewarming party, to which the other two couples, Jan and Nick and Susannah and Trevor have been invited. At the last minute Nick has hurt his back and is unable to go.

 

However after Susannah and Trevor have a blazing row, hilarity ensues and the evening continues to spiral out of control for the four couples as Trevor and Susannah leave a trail of chaos, destruction and laughter in their wake.

 

Bedroom Farce was performed at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre before a rn at the Riverhead Theatre in Louth

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The Lincoln Company’s annual showcase of songs from the shows. Established in 2012 to meet fill a space on the degree programme Encore gave students the opportunity to perform the biggest and best songs from Musical Theatre.

 

Traditionally the show has been open to any student of graduate of the university. Encore: The Show Must Go On was directed by Catherine Copley.

 

Every year Encore is directed by a new student from the school of fine and performing arts. If you are interested in applying to lead the project then contact Craig Morrow in January or February.

 

Encore was performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

2015

Cartography

Womenswear

Twelfth Night

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A tattered map. Outdated, well-loved and a nightmare to fold. Sarah is busy dying, counting down her heartbeats until her untimely death. She is studying maps of places she never intends to go.

 

John is driven to travel by the need to be someone interesting. He is drawing lines across continents, counting the borders he’ll cross and the cities he’ll see. Both are looking for a future when they meet each other. Through song, string and a bright red anorak, this is a show that asks if we’ll know happiness when we get there.

 

“A Testament to the power of the imagination” A Younger Theatre

 

Cartography shared a NSDF Commendation fro devised theatre with 2Magpies Ventoux

 

You can find out more about Flickbook Theatre here

 

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We cook. We clean. We cry. We buy shoes. We wear bras. Sometimes we burn them. We bitch. We moan. We seduce. We give birth. We menstruate. We wash clothes. We pick arguments. We know what we want. We are attention seekers. We are the emotional sex. We are from Venus. Drawn from fact and fiction, history and fantasy, Womenswear explores the point where expectation and reality meet. The Lincoln Company uncovers and confronts stereotypical attitudes towards womanhood. Follow us on a journey to discover the truth behind the stereotype and reveal the real life that women wear.

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In this economy, a nostalgic record store sounds like the perfect moneymaker; anything to get you off your Game Boy, out of your parents’ basement and into the real world. A group of well-meaning, infatuated, reckless teenagers take on a business with limited growth potential and next to no customers. Hell, it’s better to burn out than fade away.
A laconic cut of Shakespeare’s misguided comedy brings to light the love, loss and dedication of die-hard music fans: who needs money and a girlfriend anyway? Rock’n’roll, baby.

The Addams Family

Loot

Encore: Look Who’s Singing Now

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The Addams Family request your presence, spiritual or otherwise, for an evening of morbid musical capers. Join Gomez and Morticia Addams as they are forced to face the most unimaginable torture… their future in-laws. That’s right: Wednesday Addams is in love and is switching her crossbow for a bouquet! The resulting shenanigans show the Addams Family as you’ve never seen them before. Can they keep up appearances and have one ‘normal’ night? Come along and reacquaint yourself with the divine darkness and exquisite sorrow.

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It’s 1965, and Hal and Dennis have just robbed the bank next to the undertakers. Dear old mum’s conveniently just died, there’s a coffin waiting to be buried, and they need somewhere to stash their loot. Keen to cop a crook before the day is up, Detective Truscott’s hot on their trail, and mum’s corpse reappears at the most inopportune moments. Can the two get away with their crime? The macabre collides with the hilarious in Joe Orton’s fast-paced, side-splitting play set at the height of rock’n’roll. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this outrageous farce.

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Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! After three years performing to a sell-out audience, the students of Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts are returning with a two-date extravaganza of toe-tapping musical variety.

 

The Lincoln Company’s annual showcase of songs from the shows. Established in 2012 to meet fill a space on the degree programme Encore gave students the opportunity to perform the biggest and best songs from Musical Theatre.

Traditionally the show has been open to any student of graduate of the university. Encore; Look Who’s Singing Now was directed by Stacie Cavell.

Every year Encore is directed by a new student from the school of fine and performing arts. If you are interested in applying to lead the project then contact Craig Morrow in January or February.

Encore was performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

2014

The Underwater Adventure

First World Problems

Mojo

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In the colourful Scraps Lagoon, Lucy Limpet’s feeling that she doesn’t belong fuels her urge to cross the ocean and explore far away shores. Lucy and her friends embark on an adventure to find a new home when theirs comes under threat from poluted waters caused by humans. But trouble is afoot when the evil Mayor of Scraps Lagoon sabotages their adventure in a deluded scheme to hold onto control of the crumbling lagoon. Join the gang on their epic adventure in an exciting tale of bravery, trust, friendship and love. Musical fun for the whole family!

Created by Eggbox Theatre

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The long walk to the remote control. The stale taste of a bagel. The low battery on your mobile phone. With 140 characters or less to fill, everyone has a problem that needs solving in our unforgiving first world. Using tweets, songs and physicality, this original piece of new writing based on the hashtag phenomenon explores the moral dilemmas of the new world. Can we complain? Can we justify our vices? And more importantly, what does Siri think of all this? The Lincoln Company presents a compelling and funny modern tale of human beings awaiting first world solutions.

A Play by Shane Humberstone

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The Atlantic Club, Soho London. ‘Sweets’ and ‘Potts’ are aimlessly walking about the stage waiting for the tea to brew before taking it into their boss Ezra. Potts looks at Sweets and says ‘My piss is black’.

Jez Butterworth’s’ award winning play ‘Mojo’ signaled the arrival of one of the UKs most original and exciting playwrights. Set in the 1950s and centred around a group of wannabe thugs the morning after the night before will set a whole chain of events in motion.

Modernist Event

The Baron Conspiracy

The Cosmonauts Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in Former Soviet Union

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Combines a breathtaking new rendition of their popular avant-garde piece, Artaud: A Trilogy, with kitsch and quirky dada extravaganza, Gas Heart. Through the use of sensory exploitation, extreme physicality and surreal projections, a contemporary theatre of cruelty is born. You are invited to enter the world of Dada, where each body part has a mind of its own and the colours are as flamboyant as the characters are obscure. Sometimes sinister, sometimes comical, frequently provocative and unquenchably unique. Expect the unexpected!

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‘I’d like to take the opportunity to ask every one of you to listening in, whoever and wherever you may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours. Man has landed on the moon’. The true story of Thomas Roland Baron, a NASA scientist who refused to believe that man could land on the moon, and the abduction of his life’s work. Explores the compelling journey to space – and the trick behind the magic – to ask if one man did make a giant leap for mankind.

Longlisted for the NSDF Award 2014

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Two Soviet cosmonauts orbiting the earth they left behind twelve years earlier. A Scottish civil negotiator with a secret and a troubled Russian stripper. Joined by characters each holding their extraordinary interwoven stories of loss and desire, David Greig’s play is a physical exploration of connection and disconnection between human life: the intimate, the epic, and the disjointed world we live in.

The History Boys

Encore: The Showtunes Strike Back

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An unorthodox teacher and his colleagues at a British grammar school try to prepare gifted young charges for the upcoming Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. The students absorb the facts and figures thrown at them by academia, and in the process, they also learn a little about life

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The Lincoln Company’s annual showcase of songs from the shows. Established in 2012 to meet fill a space on the degree programme Encore gave students the opportunity to perform the biggest and best songs from Musical Theatre.

Traditionally the show has been open to any student of graduate of the university. Encore: The Showtunes Strike Back was directed by Stacie Cavell.

Every year Encore is directed by a new student from the school of fine and performing arts. If you are interested in applying to lead the project then contact Craig Morrow in January or February.

Encore was performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

 

2013

Artaud: A Trilogy

Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens

Sheriff Wayne

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Spurt of Blood, The Cenci, and The Seashell and the Clergyman are drawn together to create an experimental event that layers French surrealism, physical theatre and contemporary farce, creating its very own Theatre of Cruelty.

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Bill Russell’s energetic, affecting musical of sung monologues, reflecting on people who have lived with, and died from AIDS. Celebrates those loved and lost. Captures consequences for family and friends left behind.

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Join Sheriff Wayne on an adventure to reduce energy consumption and save the town of Nowheresville. Help overcome the evil Doctor Nisi and sidekick. Original songs and fun dances for all the family.

Look Back in Anger

Encore: Return of the Jazz Hands

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John Osborne’s handling of misogamy and sexual inequality continues to trigger restless unease in its contemporary audience as Jimmy and Alison reveal some uncomfortable truths about what holds a relationship together. When this iconic play was first staged at the Royal Court, no-one quite like Jimmy had ever been portrayed on the English stage, yet how well known he is to all of us: a man whose wit and capability for affection make him irresistible, but whose restless dissatisfaction with himself makes him turn with violence on those who love him.

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The Lincoln Company’s annual showcase of songs from the shows. Established in 2012 to meet fill a space on the degree programme Encore gave students the opportunity to perform the biggest and best songs from Musical Theatre.

Traditionally the show has been open to any student of graduate of the university. Encore: Return of the Jazz Hands was directed by Jessica Golby.

Every year Encore is directed by a new student from the school of fine and performing arts. If you are interested in applying to lead the project then contact Craig Morrow in January or February.

Encore was performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

 

2012

Battle Ducks

Leather

Captain Codless and the Legend of Plunge Island

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Brand new stand-up showcase from four young comedians who are quickly rising on the comedy circuit. Exploring themes ranging from masculinity to parental tyranny, pop culture, sex and crushing loneliness, there’s something for everyone.

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A half-naked Kiwi in a cowboy hat, a cocaine-covered desk and a red leather sofa. Violence abounds in Dean Graham’s edgy new urban thriller. International Student Drama Festival finalist.

A Play by Dean Graham

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Captain Codless leads five pirates and a mop through cabin fever, a storm and even the Olympics to reach their final destination. A hilarious romp for the whole family.

Captain Codless was selected for Stewart Lee’s best shows of the fringe 2012.

Sweeney Todd

Leonce & Lena

My Plaice/The Lake

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Stephen Sondheim’s epic musical thriller. Dark and comic, wonderfully macabre and gruesome story of betrayal, love and bloody revenge.

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Georg Büchner’s classic tale gets a modern makeover. In Las Vegas, two families force their children to marry after losing a bet. What could go wrong?

A play by James Hallam

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An escape. A fight for survival. A struggle for freedom. The life-cycle of fish and fowl is explored in a dance double-bill inspired by life under and above water, and by Swan Lake.

Encore!

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The Lincoln Company’s annual showcase of songs from the shows. Established in 2012 to meet fill a space on the degree programme Encore gave students the opportunity to perform the biggest and best songs from Musical Theatre.

Traditionally the show has been open to any student of graduate of the university. The original Encore was created by Gemma Smart and Adam Rush.

Every year Encore is directed by a new student from the school of fine and performing arts. If you are interested in applying to lead the project then contact Craig Morrow in January or February.

Encore was performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

 

2011

1-2-3 2-2-3 3-2-3 Triplets

Fear & Misery of the Third Reich

Blood Brothers

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Presenting three very different works from up-and-coming choreographers. With help from Bob Marley, lobotomies and Newton’s falling apples, this trilogy promises to work you up, bring you down and send you away feeling alright!

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Brecht’s harsh yet satirical look at Nazi Germany. Filled with violence, oppression, fear and a few laughs on the side. Don’t leave your brains in your hats, ladies and gents. This is epic.

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Willy Russell’s tale of twin brothers divided at birth, separated by class, bonded by blood. Entertaining, thought-provoking, funny yet ultimately tragic. The play which became the hit West End musical. Great popular theatre.

For any Edinburgh project enquiries contact Michael pinchbeck on mpinchbeck@lincoln.ac.uk

or Tom Briggs on tbriggs@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

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