“And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down” – advice that Will Kemp may have done well to follow!
In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing for The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and producing the plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing from London to Norwich.
Based on Kemp’s own diary, “The Nine Daies Wonder”, Kemp’s Jig is a romp through Elizabethan England, sharing the adventures of Shakespeare’s now almost-forgotten clown.
This one man show has been playing to rave reviews up and down the country, including at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at the famous Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, where Kemp’s original event finished.
A “horrible history” for all ages, fans of Upstart Crow and Shakespeare in Love will enjoy cheering the maverick Kemp on his way.
MALVERN THEATRE PLAYERS
(Resident Company of the Coach House Theatre)
THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
By Jim Cartwright
Little Voice has a hidden talent. Alone in her room with only her dead father’s record collection for company, she sings along with the greatest divas of the 20th century with a voice that is pure gold. Downstairs, her hard drinking mother Mari is on the rampage – she’s after booze and a working phone line. When her latest squeeze Ray overhears LV’s secret talent, he realises that she may be his ticket to the big time. But LV is painfully shy and she will need to conquer more than her stage-fright if she’s going to find her own voice in the world.
Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, this Northern comedy is packed with sensational tunes, bold humour and a gentle heart. Named in the top 50 plays of all time.
Winner of Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Comedy
Laughter and Heartbreak – You’ll be surprised by Little Voice
Exuberant and affecting – sharp and witty
THE VERY GRIMM BROTHERS Unlocked
‘The Zaphod Beeblebrox of verse’
with Jeremy Fallowfield, gtr
Sun 26 Sept, 5.00pm – 6.45pm with interval
Tickets £10 please let us know how many seats & bubbles you’d like to book
Words & music. In the Time that nearly never was, Grimm Ade (poems) and Grimm John (gtr) accidentally lock themselves out of Castle Grimm up the road from you. Heart-warming and funny.
Featuring Lockdown hits The Rule of Six, No Mingling Please, The Dancing Tree, Vaccine, So, The Royal Innoculation, A Digital Christmas, I’ve Got A Bone To Pick With You, Open Up We’re Coming In, We Could Be Happy Here and many more.
‘middle-class rap’ William Coleman
‘so inventive, so funny!’ Bridgnorth Festival
‘a great mix of poetry, comedy, silliness and wistfulness – a fabulous evening!’ Church Stretton Arts Festival
‘tremendous performance. Wow, Stormzy at the Tree House! A privilege and a treat for all’ Pure&Good&RightPoetry
‘Edgy and enchanting. A passionate and heartfelt journey into the magic of our everyday lives.’ Dan Bowker
‘Brought a little tear to my eye’ Shona
‘you move real nice’ B.Zephaniah
Unlocked tells of their lockdown fears & woes & washing facilities, the relief of pilates, Boot Camp, raised beds and how they unlock Castle Grimm’s secret. Told through poems, songs, music and Real Acting.
The Very Grimm Brothers are Adrian Mealing, a Malvern Poetry Slam Champ who sings à cappella with Men In General, A Fistful of Spookies and The Spooky Men’s Chorale (Aus). And John Denton (gtr) who wears several musical hats including his John Denton’s Midnight Band hat.
Jeremy Fallowfield is crisp, fresh, surprising and still quite new. He’s happiest when seeing how far he can make his steel string acoustic guitar play old tunes & new tricks inspired and influenced by players such as Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Andy McKee and Antoine Dufou.
The Very Grimm Brothers’ Grimm Night Out a very short vid (1’ 53”)
‘A truly wonderful occasion and so glad to be there. You and your fellow performers were legendary.’ Josephine Gunning, The Cosmic Sausages