EMERGING company, TicTac Theatre, is set to bring its new show Nature Knows Best to the Studio at The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham in January.

The show, which started life at the Everyman in 2005 as part of a new writing season, directed by Sue Colverd. It had not been performed since, until writer Nick Discombe specifically commissioned TicTac Theatre to develop it.

Nature Knows Best is a compilation of three short comedy plays by Devonshire playwright Nick Discombe. Each play portrays a day in the life of three different animal couplings.

“Sheep Mount” is a hilarious, yet poignant piece, in which a ewe and a ram escape their depressing lives on an enclosed farm in Devon, to roam free on Dartmoor.

The defiant ewe, Zoe, is fed up of the farmer taking her young and hopes to rescue her relationship with her ram, Wayne, despite his roving eye. Meanwhile Wayne has been contending with many horrible scientific treatments from the farmer.

“Sea Gull Heaven” gives us a look into the life of two gulls that have been living out their days at a tip, where there are easy pickings for food because of man's wasteful habits. But due to city dangers and a wasteful life, they wish to get back to nature, so fly to the coast of Dawlish where they aim to cleanse their spirits.

“Seahorse Ride” changes our perceptions, as we see conventional roles within a relationship switch. The male of the species carries the children and gives birth to them and he is not at all happy about it.

Not just for the obvious reason, but also because of man's effects on the environment that are deteriorating any chance of his births being successful.

TicTac Theatre (which stands for two is company three’s a crowd theatre) is an emerging theatre company based in the Southwest that specialises in two-handers and multi role productions.

The company's repertoire includes a mixture of classical and contemporary plays. TicTac Theatre founded by Hannah Brooks and Scott Goodair in 2015.

This production is directed by Jacquie Crago; voice coach for National Theatre productions One Man Two Guv'nors & Warhorse.

  • Nature Knows Best will be performed at The Everyman Theatre Studio in Cheltenham on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20 2018. 7.45pm. Tickets from everymantheatre.org.uk or 01242 572573. Visit tictactheatre.co.uk for more.