Malvern Theatre Players
by Bill Macilwraith
Every year since her husband died, Mum has held an anniversary party (despite the absence of her husband) which she has always insisted all the family must attend. Her three grown-up sons are still dominated by their scalpel-tongued, deviously possessive mother, both in their daily business and personal lives, a woman who usually manages to make them do whatever she wants, regardless of their own family needs.
This year they gather as usual, but the worms turn and fearing she is losing control over her sons, Mum resorts to the most despicable means and tricks to try to keep them close to her.
This deliciously dark comedy was made into a memorable film starring Bette Davis as the Mother from Hell.
“Bill Macilwraith’s comedy of family power play is a vicious delight.” Financial Times
“A comedy, at once outrageously funny and enjoyably creepy.” Daily Telgraph
“A selection box of witty insults and put downs.” Evening Standard
“… the hate-ridden humour always drawing a well-balanced mixture of gasps and guffaws.” Sunday Citizen
Jenny Wren Productions presents
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
By Baroness Orczy
Adapted by Jenny Wicks
We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
It’s 1792 and France is deep in the throes of revolution. The aristocracy are holding out for a hero, and one swoops in from across the Channel.
A tale of England and France, of rich and poor, of divided loyalties and of a mysterious hero saving French nobles from the guillotine – just for fun!
A small troupe of actors adopt a variety of disguises, accents and probably some beards, as Baroness Orczy’s classic adventure story gets the Jenny Wren treatment.
Vive la Révolution! Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité! And knitting!
In the open-air – please bring a blanket or chair (grounds open at 6pm for picnics).
PHIL IRONSIDE PRESENTS
NO SAFETY NET
Never been attempted by him before with a live audience or on such a scale
Watch and hear his extraordinary creative process while he paints a 2.4m x 1.5m canvas
LIVE IMMERSIVE ART
The changes we perceive consciously are only a fraction of the information we act on every second. Everything we see, hear, smell, touch and perceive affects us.
Just by being there you will affect the outcome of the painting.
Phil Ironside has been creating and painting all his life. His work derives from perceiving the constant interactions we make with our external and internal landscapes. How we are affected by our environment and how we affect it.
He has long been toying with the idea of painting as a performance art and this is his first (never been done before by him) one man show to share the incredible energy that he brings to his paintings and to bounce off a live audience. There is no preparation or pre-planning, it is truly without a safely net.
The evening will consist of:
– An introduction to Phil Ironside and how he got to this point, his inspiration and techniques.
– The performance of a painting 2.4m x1.5m with commentary of his thought processes.
– Question and answer session
– Auction of the painting
Malvern Theatre Players
(Resident Company of the Coach House Theatre)
in association with Melting Pot Theatre Present
A BUNCH OF AMATEURS
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. The enthusiastic am-dram thespians test Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity to the limit as acting worlds collide and his career implodes, but he finally discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear.
Originally conceived as a film in 2008 starring Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond, it was premiered as a Play at the Watermill Theatre in 2014.
“terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue ….. plenty of twists and turns” – Whatsonstage
“Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare …… a laugh a minute” – Mail on Sunday
“a tremendous laugh … terrific tenderness … captures the love and spirit of the best amateur performances” – Stratford Herald
When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing, the second best bed.
This superb one-woman play, full of both humour and pathos, has received great critical acclaim since its premier at the Swan Theatre Worcester in 2012. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?
Meet Joseph, just about the worst carpenter in the area. He first got to know his wife when she returned to complain about a table she had bought from him. It didn’t stop him asking her out and they eventually got married. A pretty unremarkable marriage until Mary announces that she is pregnant and that Joseph is not the father.
When the boy grows up, he turns out to have a remarkable talent with wood, lending further weight to the idea that Joseph may not be the father! The young man has more important things to do than make furniture, however. He must set out on the road to his destiny; an agonising death followed by the most remarkable set of events the world has ever seen.
This is a stunning one-man play, the story of Jesus seen through the eyes of Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man, dismayed about how his image is later portrayed in Christian art work!
Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.
Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!
On A Role and the Worcester Repertory Company proudly present Vesta, a one woman show about the life and music of Vesta Tilley, written by Chris Jaeger and performed by actress and singer Claire Worboys.
Vesta Tilley is one of the most remarkable female entertainers that has ever lived. Born in Worcester in 1864, she became an international superstar, equally famous on both sides of the Atlantic. She always appeared on stage dressed as a man, although ironically, she did a great deal to further the cause of the women’s emancipation. When she retired, nearly 2 million people signed the “People’s Tribute to Vesta Tilley” She was one of the most beloved performers ever, taken to the very hearts of British people.