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World Premiere 

The Flock

A new play by Zoe Cooper

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20
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Overview

God seems to ask a lot of things of a lot of people

The parishioners of All Hallows Church are putting on a production of Noah’s Ark, one of a cycle of mystery plays performed by all the local parishes. The Bishop is hopeful the project will help paper over the cracks revealed by an unfortunate incident involving an evangelical, a glass of wine and an angry liberal.

Rory, All Hallows’ vicar, wants to keep a low profile, and his partner Simon is happy to provide musical accompaniment but would rather he wasn’t given any lines, thank you very much.

The congregation, however, have other plans. For Patricia, the show is an opportunity to show off the church’s artistic talents, while the Curate, Hannah, hopes it will give her a chance to get to know the parishioners better. Meanwhile, Fin becomes ever more infuriated at Rory’s hands-off approach and teenager Erin just hopes that this is a family where she might find a home.

Above all, Rory wants to keep the ship – and his relationship – afloat. Can this battered vessel still offer its clergy and congregation sanctuary in the storm?

Compassionate and funny, The Flock depicts the bumpy road to inclusion for this community, asking how we can live and worship alongside one another when our differences are so marked. How do we remain together when we’re so far apart? 

Zoe Cooper’s plays include the award-winning Jess and Joe Forever, and Out of Water (Orange Tree/RSC) which – directed by Guy Jones – was a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist and shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Stacy Abalogun plays Hannah; her theatre credits include Poet in Da Corner (Royal Court) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), and on screen, the forthcoming Death on the Nile. She was nominated Best Recent Graduate at the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards.

Samuel Barnett (Simon) last appeared at Chichester in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; his many stage credits include Olivier and Tony-nominated roles in The History Boys (also on film) and Twelfth Night; and on screen, The Lady in the Van and Twenty Twelve.

Selina Cadell (Patricia) also makes a welcome return to Chichester, where her appearances include The Dresser and The Government Inspector. Her other theatre work includes People and The Habit of Art (National Theatre), while her extensive TV roles include Mrs Tishell in all 10 series of Doc Martin.

Nick Fletcher (Rory) previously appeared at Chichester in For Services Rendered; his theatre work also includes The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre) and A Doll’s House (Young Vic/West End/New York), while TV includes Father Brown and Outlander.

Victoria John (Fin)’s many appearances at Theatr Clwyd include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Cyrano de Bergerac and All My Sons; TV includes Miranda and Little Britain.

Libby Mai (Erin) was nominated for the BBC Audio Drama Award’s Best Debut 2021 for The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Radio 4); this is her professional stage debut, having graduated in 2021.


Prologue.

Prologue tickets available 

Cast & Creatives

Cast:

  • Stacy Abalogun

    Hannah
  • Samuel Barnett

    Simon
  • Selina Cadell

    Patricia
  • Nick Fletcher

    Rory
  • Victoria John

    Fin
  • Libby Mai

    Erin

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Guy Jones

Director

Natasha Jenkins

Designer

Zoe Spurr

Lighting Designer

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Designer

Tom Brady

Musical Direction and Musical Arrangements

Chi-San Howard

Movement Director

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

Access performances

Access performances

Events grouped by day with booking links.
DateEventTimeAvailabilityBooking Link
August 2021
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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Night£20£30
All other performances £28£39
  • Friends: Book up to four discounted tickets at £2 off per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £25 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • Book early for the best prices: Prices are guaranteed until Monday 7 June and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights

Content and Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

The Flock

Language: Some strong language
Nudity: None
Violence: None
Themes: Conflicting models of Christian faith and worship; the position of LGBTQ  people within the Anglican Church; racism; teenage pregnancy.

COVID Guidelines

Welcoming you back safely

Following the latest Government announcement regarding the extension of social distancing restrictions, we will be reducing the capacity and changing the seating layout of the auditorium for South Pacific performances between 5-17 July to comply with their regulations. (If you have booked for any of these performances, you should have heard from us about the next steps regarding your booking.  If this is not the case, please do get in touch at box.office@cft.org.uk or by calling on 01243 781312).  

For performances after the 17July we are still offering one socially distanced performance per week in July and August for South Pacific ( at approximately 50% capacity), and four performances over the three week run of The Flock in the Minerva theatre.  The remaining South Pacific performances have currently been sold at Reduced Capacity (900 as opposed to 1300), with a view to opening up to full capacity should government guidelines allow. 

Please note - all information is correct at time of publishing. We are acting in accordance with government guidelines, which are subject to change - please check this page before your visit.  

Reduced capacity performances and socially distanced performances

Socially distanced performances are sold at approximately 50% capacity, with seating arranged in bubbles of 1 – 6, and timed arrivals. Reduced Capacity performances for South Pacific are selling to approx. 900 as opposed to 1300, and seating will not be in bubbles.

Socially Distanced Performances

The following measure will be put in place for all socially distanced performances

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of approximately 50% ensuring a 1m-plus space between parties
  • Seat bubbles are available as groups of 1 to 6 seats.
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • Tickets will detail timed arrivals with an assigned door number
  • Contactless temperature checks will be carried out at point of entry
  • Face coverings are required for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Front of House staff will also wear face coverings
  • We will collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy and as required by the current government legislation, we will also be asking everyone who attends to check in with the NHS Test and Trace app, using the QR codes available.
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings
  • Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Additional signage will be in place to manage social distancing and audience flow
  • Programmes and ice creams can be pre-ordered when booking your tickets where available, or purchased on the day. Please note we are aiming for all transactions to be cashless.

For all other performances, the following measures will also be in place throughout July and August. We will be updating our procedures in line with government guidelines, so please do check the website before your visit for the latest information.

  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry.In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of all public areas, both prior to and during performances.
  • Hand sanitising stations positioned throughout the building.
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Face coverings are required for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings

Other Frequently Asked Questions

When I visit the Theatre, will the toilets be open for use?

Yes. However, at this time capacity is restricted - so please follow signage or speak to a member of staff. Accessible toilet facilities remain in the same place as before. Enhanced cleaning processes are in place throughout the building.

Will the Bars and Café be open?

The Restaurants, Bars and Cafe will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at sales points.

What if I need to use the facilities during the event? Will I be able to exit my seat?

At this time, we are advising people to maintain a distance of 2 metres where possible around the venue. Whilst the capacity in the auditorium has been reduced, you may need to pass someone to take or leave your seat. Please mitigate any risk by keeping your mask on and turning away as you pass. We ask that all audience members are mindful of others around them who may need to leave during the event. 

I have access requirements and/or am a wheelchair user, will the lift be in operation?

Yes, the lifts will be in operation. A member of staff will be at the bottom of the lift to check tickets but will not ride in the lift. At this time, only groups in the same household or bubble will be able to travel in the lift together. The lifts will be cleaned between uses.

How do you use the data I provide for Test and Trace?

We are legally required to collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy. We may need to share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace, if they require. All information collected for Test and Trace will remain securely on our ticketing system, and will not be used once 21 days have elapsed after the last event you have booked. If you do not wish to share this information please email data@cft.org.uk stating you wish to opt-out and quoting your order number.

Please do not attend the theatre if you:

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • or have been instructed to self-isolate.

Book with confidence

Please be reassured that should you book for a performance which has to be cancelled, you will be offered the option of a refund, credit or a transfer to another performance. 

For maximized flexibility, if you cannot attend, you can exchange your ticket for FREE up to at least 24 hours prior to the event (subject to availability). 

For productions in the Festival and Minerva Theatres we offer a refund protection service, available when you book your tickets,  from Booking Protect so you can apply for a refund should you, or anyone in your party, be unable to attend the show due to adverse weather, injury, illness, burglary or fire at your residence, breakdown or relocation for work. Click here to read Booking Protect Terms and Conditions.

Please refer to our full terms and conditions of sale. The specific points above supercede those within the wider terms and conditions. 

We hope you have an enjoyable visit but if you do have any concerns, members of staff will be on hand to help you.


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