A satire, a thriller, a twisted love story.

New writing for a contemporary theatre audience. Written by cube’s Associate Writer Jon Welch.

Photo from Aubade

A young, trainee teacher arrives at a failing school, determined to raise the aspirations of poverty-line pupils. As she struggles with a difficult class, she turns increasingly to her single, middle-aged mentor for help.

But her mentor has troubles of his own. Disillusioned, alienated, and recently bereaved after years of caring for his declining mother, he finds solace as the star of his own Fred Astaire fantasy. And now he’s looking to cast his own Ginger Rogers whether she wants to dance or not.

The unflinching reality of modern schools collides with the escapist 1920s glamour of Astaire and Rogers, with potentially horrifying consequences.  Blending film and theatre, knife-sharp dialogue and dance, cube theatre presents AUBADE.

*Recommended 15 years+

Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber

An adventure through theatre and film. A powerful story for all ages.

“Inspired family show…central performances are superb…what sets the work about is the brilliant use of film…make sure you take all the family…” - West Briton

“Like 3D film without the glasses” - audience member

Photo from Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber


Meet Fred Andrews, schoolboy and loser. Fred’s dad died a while ago, and his mum is too sad to pay attention to him.  To make it even worse, he’s struggling to make any friends at his new school.

But then he discovers a mysterious package at the bottom of a wardrobe and an unexpected visitor in the shed. Will these things give him the answers he needs or will they lead to his ultimate downfall?

Is it a film? Is it a play? Yes… FREDDY DARE & the GINGER ROBBER brings you both!

With influences ranging from the hit TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the films ‘The Artist’ ‘Scott Pilgrim’, cube theatre transports you on an epic adventure through striking visual effects, great original music, stylish performances and a dazzling script that packs an emotional punch.

Come and find your inner superhero!

Check out our trailer here

Carmen and Mimi in ‘Lessons in Love’

A new play by Ben Oldfield

Photo from Carmen and Mimi in ‘Lessons in Love’

“Carmen and Mimi are both looking for love…”

Evening classes hold the answer.

Lessons in Love is a comedy told through action, speech and extraordinary music with an uplifting and unexpected ending.

An exciting blend of music and story with sublime singing, engaging comedy performances, slick physical direction, a great story and a feel-good vibe.

Carmen & Mimi are two new characters developed by singing duo Simone Hellier and Jenny Oldfield in collaboration with Kyla Goodey (Trifle Gathering).  They are joined in the show by Ben Oldfield, who is also the writer.

Cube Essential Theatre

“cube are hell-bent on redefining your experience and enjoyment of theatre with their raw energy and new approaches to performance”

- Sheila Snellgrove, Director Barbican Theatre Plymouth

“I always look forward to seeing a cube show, they make consistently powerful, intelligent and moving theatre”

-Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director, Wildworks

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cube also runs a membership group - 
eFFing cube -
and we are pleased to have the generous support of the following:

Iain MacDonald
Carol Ward
Nick Johnson
Caroline Johnson
Nick and Ali Bowser
Carol Pledger
Sandra Bowser
Liz Butland
Elspeth Stevenson
Karen Townsend
Peter and Felicity Symes
Philip and Karen Legge
Sue and David Woodruff

If you wish to become a member of or find out more about the ‘eFFing cube’ membership please contact Lottie at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We are also pleased to have an association with videographers Piran Films

Cube Essential Theatre

“We are committed to producing new work, literary adaptations, and revivals of classic texts.  Our choice of projects is led by a search for material that will challenge us as artists and excite audiences both new and existing.  We have devoted ourselves to learning how theatre works, to discovering its essence.  We are passionate about exploring the connection between actors and audience.

Each project is different. Creating work through a process that serves the subject, we produce high quality, stylish theatre which is rooted in the written word and balanced with powerful physical action. The collaborative input of director, actors and script is crucial to each project.

With a simple and clean approach, our plays explore the emotional and psychological lives of characters within stories that are always designed to be relevant to our modern lives.  We are interested in how people live and behave, particularly when faced with extreme situations.”

cube are:

Benjamin Symes, Artistic Director
Ben Oldfield, Associate Artistic Director
Jon Welch, Associate Writer
Lottie Bowser, Stage Manager
Nix Wood, Creative Producer
Tod Welch, Associate Artist
Rebecca Hulbert, Creative Producer
Jake Swindall, Film Maker

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  • Aubade
  • Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber
  • Wooden Heart
  • Pinocchio
  • The Uninvited
  • Locksmith's Wife
  • Hamlet - photos by Steve Tanner
  • Hyde and Seek - photos by Morgan Lowndes
  • Victoriana Mysterioso- photos by Estelle Packer

Cube and Education

"An energetic, exciting and compelling production which richly deserved the packed house. My students are talking about it still a month later. The workshop has proved really useful; thought-provoking and challenging, it has helped the students to address Unit 6 preparation with increased confidence."

Hamlet Educational Package

Cube and Education

cube is the Theatre Company in residence at Truro School

We make theatre with and for young people.  Our work reflects the world we live in - all our plays are about real people dealing with extraordinary events.  We respond to the world around us - we choose stories and characters that speak to young people.

We work with students from secondary schools, colleges, universities and drama schools.  Our work with students derives from the plays in our repertoire.  This has been the basis of coursework for students of GCSE English, AS and A Level Drama, BTEC Performing Arts, and Foundation Arts Degree.

In our often indiscriminate information heavy environment, cube aims to use our projects to promote a greater sense of social, cultural and historical knowledge and, most importantly, to foster a search for wisdom. Always focussing our outreach programme on our current project, we will look for ways of promoting self-discovery, empowering both children and adults with improved skills and understanding.

We are fully equipped to deliver our education work; each of our directors has depth of experience in a variety of fields and our education officer has been delivering education and training for 9 years. We will also make use of the special skills of a variety of practitioners chosen for the purpose.

Education work is extremely important to us for two main reasons: firstly we believe passionately in creativity and its effects in creating a better community; and secondly, because this enables to build great theatrically and culturally literate audiences for the future.

This year we are developing our relationship with Helston Community College- working as Associate Theatre company to deliver school plays and enrichment activities.

Venues & Promoters

Venues & Promoters

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Cornwall TR1 1TH

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Upcoming Dates





Wed 12th Merlin Theatre, Frome                              
Freddy Dare 7.45pm / 01373 465949

Thu 13th Ropsley Village Hall, Lincs                                
Freddy Dare 7.30pm 01476 585333 / 585729 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Fri 14th Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby, Lincs                    
Freddy Dare 7.30pm 01673 885500

Sat 15th Grasby Village Hall, Lincs                                
Freddy Dare 7.30pm
01652 628470 or 01652 628506

Sun 16th Humphrey Perkins Centre, Barrow on Soar, Leics          
Freddy Dare 7.00pm 07718153117 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thu 20th Sutton Centre Community College, Notts – Dance Studio
Freddy Dare 6.30pm 01623 441310
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Fri 21st Eastwood Theatre, Eastwood School, Notts                
Freddy Dare 7.30pm 01773786212 ext 123

Sat 22nd Grange Hall, Radcliffe, Notts                          
Freddy Dare 8pm 0115 911 8625
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Sun 23rd North Muskham Rural Community Centre, Notts          
Freddy Dare 6.00pm 07587 146925
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Thu 27th Redmoor High School, Hinckley Leics                      
Freddy Dare 6.30pm 01455230731 /

Fri 28th Wymeswold Village Hall, Leics                          
Freddy Dare 7.30pm 01509881000 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sun 29th Braunston & Brooke Village Hall, Leics                
Freddy Dare 7.00pm 07956308808, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sun 30th Century Theatre, Coalville, Leics                          
Freddy Dare 7.30pm 01530 278444,


Tue 1st April Altarnun Village Hall, Cornwall                              
Freddy Dare 2.00pm
Aubade       7.30pm   01566 86579

Friday 4th Beehive, Honiton
Freddy Dare 7.00pm 01404 881207



9th Mar @ 7:30pm
Grampound Community Hall
01726 883874
14th Mar @ 8pm
The Stithians Centre
01209 860430
15th Mar @ 7:45pm
Blisland Village Hall
01208 851093
22nd March
Praa Sands Community Centre

23rd Mar @ 7:30pm
The Liskerrett Centre
01579 340307
28th Mar @ 7:30pm
Warleggan Jubilee Hall
01208 821551.

29th March @ 7.30
Jubilee Hall, Mevagissey
01726 842291
10th May @ 7:30pm
Mawgan Porth Village Hall
01726 879500
24th May @ 8.00pm
Cave Arts, Callington
01579 384509
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