Artwork for 'What's Next?': A girl wearing aviation goggles, a dress, and brown leather boots and gloves sits in an empty room on a chair near the window. Flying past the window is a vintage Biplane. Her legs are lifted off the chair as she mightily blows air into a white balloon which has text reading 'What's Next?'. Text in the top right corner reads 'A True Story About...'

Middle-Weight Theatre Company present

What’s Next?

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Fresh from the resounding success of its critically acclaimed 2023 UK tour, Middle-Weight Theatre proudly presents: What’s Next?

Based on true events, What’s Next? is a captivating one-woman show that delves into the remarkable life of Harriet Quimby, a trailblazing figure in aviation history that defied societal norms and soared to new heights – as the first woman to earn a pilot’s license in the United States.

This exciting new production shines a light on the often-overlooked historical milestone: the awe-inspiring journey of the first woman to conquer the skies solo and soar across the English Channel.

Playing the title role is Victoria Lucie, who made her West End debut playing Miss Casewell in London’s longest running play The Mousetrap. Other stage credits include The Night Pirates, (The Rose Theatre, Kingston and National Tour), The Importance of Being Earnest, Charleys Aunt, The Hound of the Baskervilles and many more with The Worcester Rep. Victoria Lucie said: “I am not only honoured to be asked to play such a strong and pioneering woman of history, but hugely excited to be reunited with old friends and new at Middle-Weight Theatre after performing with them in 2015.”

Director Tom Stabb said: “Seeing a new piece of theatre come together is always a special process. What’s Next? is no exception, literally elevating things to a whole new level.”

Writer and producer Matt Roberts said: “Harriet Quimby’s story is an amazing and inspiring one – and I’m so happy I’ve been able to play a part in bringing her achievements to the attention of a modern audience.”

Supported and funded by Arts Council England.

 

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In 2013, Matt Roberts and Tom Stabb – with a mutual love of razor sharp dialogue and comedy (not to mention a shared caffeine addiction) launched a touring theatre company with the aim of producing entertaining, thought-provoking and original drama delivered by an array of top-level acting talent. Taking inspiration from society’s troubled history and ever-changing landscape, Middle-Weight Theatre has tackled gritty, contentious and often controversial subjects including:

● The effects of misogyny in the workplace
● The epidemic of loneliness
● The phenomenon of Broken Britain
● The history and discovery of anaesthesia
● The sheer horror of going to a wedding

Now regular attendees of the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Middle-Weight Theatre made their production debut with original comedy Sound Bite in 2013, and have since gone on to perform across the UK in various renowned (and not so renowned) venues and theatre/arts festivals.

Along the way, Matt and Tom have welcomed the vital talents and partnership of Al Wadlan, Chrissy Marshall and Jen Weatherhead in co-running the company. This group have brought Middle-Weight Theatre’s ideas and inspiration to life before satisfied live audiences everywhere.

Each play is written, directed and performed to challenge the audience with subjective, subversive and challenging perspectives, always with the aim of encouraging debate, deliberation, and of course, tons of laughter.

Harriet Quimby – Victoria Lucie
Writer: Matt Roberts
Director: Tom Stabb
Producer: Middle-Weight Theatre

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Thursday 24th Oct 2024
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Friday 25th Oct 2024
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