Break a leg! So she did!
And we’re back! You couldn’t make it up..
In the very last run through of A Bunch of Amateurs (Malvern Theatre Players and Melting Pot) way way back in April, everything was going swimmingly. Costumes – tick, sound – tick, lighting – tick, props – tick, broken ankle – tick… our very own Susan Doran, in the penultimate scene in the play, playing Dorothy Nettles leading light of the Stratford Players, took a bit of a wrong turn and missed a step. It wasn’t quite ‘blues and twos’ to Worcester A&E, and our Sue was being very stoical, but it was clear something wasn’t quite right. And when the hospital staff found out she had broken her ankle during rehearsals well, the jokes just didn’t stop!
So now, thoroughly mended and possibly even better than ever, Dorothy is ready once more to lead the Stratford Players to perform the definitive ‘Lear’, with a bit of help from Hollywood Superstar, Jefferson Steel. Unfortunately Jefferson thought his agent had sent him somewhere a little more prestigious and he’s unhappy – to say the least! – to be working with a Bunch of Amateurs! Come a see the hilarious results when sleepy Suffolk meets uptown LA.
A Bunch of Amateurs runs from 30Sept -5Oct . Tickets available from the Malvern Theatres website and box office on 01684 892277
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
On sale Thursday 1st August
THE LANCHESTER MARIONETTES IN MALVERN
For period of 15 years, Foley House, Great Malvern, was home to the Lanchester Marionettes. In this illustrated talk you will meet Waldo and Muriel Lanchester, and discover the people, Places and puppets that encompassed their world, before during and after the Second World War. Steve Cockayne was born into a puppeteering family in North London. He worked for BBC Television, and is the author of Master of the Marionettes, a new book about the Lanchesters. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase after the talk.
Location: The Coach House Theatre, Malvern. WR14 3HA
Sponsored by Peter & Angela Sutton
The Autumn in Malvern Festival is a renowned series of artistic events & exhibitions held annually in the surroundings of the glorious Malvern Hills. Some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film makers and other artists perform during Autumn every year.
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.