Melting Pot Theatre Company returns to the Coach House to present Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
In the early hours of the morning at a New England college, as the alcohol flows, increasingly toxic games of truth or dare expose the secrets of two marriages against a backdrop of the fading of the American dream at the beginning of the 1960s.
Expect an intense and absorbing staging of this American classic in the style of Melting Pot’s recent productions of God of Carnage and The Odd Couple.
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Sunday 15th March’20 at 3pm
1970 (15) colour 93 mins (drama/thriller)
Helénè, a lonely village headmistress, befriends the local butcher Popaul. On Popaul’s birthday Hélène gives him a lighter. Later, during an excursion with her class to a cave in the woods, Hélène stumbles across the latest stabbed victim of a presumed serial killer. She recognises the woman and finds Popaul’s lighter at the scene but hides it from the police. When Popaul next visits her she discovers that he still has his lighter and is much relieved. However, when Popaul paints the ceiling of her house, she makes a discovery that seriously affects her sense of security.
Bodil Awards 1971: Best European film & director Chabrol
Malvern Theatre Players
(Resident Company of the Coach House Theatre)
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
adapted by Amelia Marriette
from the book by Kenneth Grahame
The enchanting tale of river-folk is faithfully retold in Amelia Marriette’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much – loved story. The combination of nostalgia for the warmth and security of times gone by and the simple humour combined with lots of audience participation will be a certain hit. Mr Toad is in his element in this production, defending his rights as a car stealing, horn – tooting, tyre – burning speed freak. His friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger and Otter rescue him from the worst of his enthusiasms and together the famous team save the riverbank from the hooligan, bullying, weasels in a final dramatic battle. A terrific treat for all the family.
Book Signing and Reading with Author Amelia Marriette
Amelia Marriett grew up in Malvern and has had a long relationship with Malvern Theatre Players; they have performed all of her original dramatic pieces and adaptions. Her version of Wind in the Willows is currently in the repertoire.
Amelia relocated to Austria in 2015. Her new book, Walking into Alchemy, traces her life from Malvern to Devon and to her new home in Bad Sankt Leonhard. It also tells the story of a 13-mile walk that she completed 52 times in 52 weeks in the hills and mountains of Southern Austria.
“This is a truly beautiful, honest and inspiring book.” Goodreads 5 Star review
For more information visit ameliamarriette.com
L’HOMME DU TRAIN
Sunday 19th April ’20 at 7pm
2002 (12A) colour 90 mins (crime/thriller)
Milan is a beleaguered old thief who rolls into a small French town with the aim of robbing its bank. However, with no place to stay and following a chance meeting with Manesquier, a retired poetry teacher, he accepts his offer of shelter, which leads to an unexpected friendship. Milan has grown tired of his adventurous life on the run and wishes to retire in peace; Manesquier craves the danger he’s never known in his bookish existence. Their shared admiration and envy inspires each to reconsider their future.
Lumière Awards, France 2003: Best Actor
Venice Film Festival 2002: Best Film
NBR USA 2003: Top Foreign Film
Starring Liz Grand as Clementine Churchill
Written by Kit Hunter
Winston Churchill is arguably one of the most famous Englishmen that has ever lived. His inspirational leadership helped win the Second World War, and his parliamentary career of 62 years ensured he was responsible for momentous decisions.
They say that behind every great man, there is a great woman. Was this true in Churchill’s case? What of Clementine, his wife for 56 years? Did he bully her like he did so many other people? Was he as grumpy and irascible at home as he often was in the House of Commons? Given his strength and conviction, did Clem have any influence on him at all? Or was she ‘the little lady at home’?
All these questions will be answered, and many more, in Liz Grand’s superb, moving, sensitive and informative portrayal of Clementine Churchill. (Liz’s previous shows are ‘The Second Best Bed’ and ‘Where Is Mrs. Christie?’).
Winston said, “my most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”
To say Annette has never been influence by other styles of music would be a lie.
Annette is open to discovering great music, Annette states ‘ I love great songs and great lyrics’.
Annette will be sharing her love of the great jazz standards and her admiration of other great songs that have inspired her. For this reason ‘Jazz & Me’ tour will start in March 2020
LE ROI ET L’OISEAU
Sunday 17th May ’20 at 7pm
1980 (U) – colour 83 mins (animation/fantasy)
What is now regarded as a masterpiece of French animation, began life in 1948, as The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (loosely based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen) but was not completed until 1980. It’s a true explosion of fantasy that will capture a child’s imagination, but will also fascinate adults. The basic plot involves a chimney sweep and a shepherdess seeking to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. The whole film, though, is a metaphor of what power can do to people. It shows how love and freedom can never be suppressed.
Prix Louis Delluc 1979: Paul Grimault – director
LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG
Sunday 14th June ’20 at 7pm
1964 (U) – colour 91 mins (drama/musical/romance)
This is the story of 16-year-old Geneviève and 20-year-old Guy who are very much in love. Her kind mother won’t hear of her marrying, particularly as Guy has yet to complete his military service. Geneviève is heartbroken when he leaves for army service in colonial Algeria and is upset to have only received one letter from him in two months. She is also pregnant. Her mother’s solution to this situation is kindly diamond-merchant Roland Cassard. He agrees to raise Geneviève’s child as his own, and when Guy returns from Algeria he finds Geneviève now married.
Prix Louis-Delluc 1963, Cannes 1964: Palme d’Or
French Syndicate of Film Critics 1965: Critics Prize – Best Film