JULY 11TH 11:00 AM
ON SALE SOON
Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
While searching for the sacred jewels, Knight Godefroy and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. Godefroy enlists the aid of his descendants to try to find a way to return back to where he came from, all the while trying to contend with the cultural and technological differences between his time of 1023 and the late 20th century.
César Awards 1994: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor
1993, colour 107mins (comedy/fantasy)
JULY 11TH 7:00 PM
ON SALE SOON
1964 (U) – colour 91 mins (drama/musical/romance)
French with English subtitles
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
JULY 24TH 7:30 PM
A NEW ONE-MAN PLAY BY MARK KITTO
Will China and the West ever understand each other? Sir Claude MacDonald, formerly Her Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary to Peking, does his best to resolve the issue.
‘Chinese Boxing’ is a topical and entertaining one-man show with a powerful message about China and ‘The West’, inspired by the Siege of the Legations (diplomatic quarter) in Peking, during the Boxer Uprising of 1900. The foreign diplomats held out for 55 days until relieved by an international force. Sir Claude commanded the defence.
In 1912 Sir Claude gives an illustrated talk to the Malvern branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. He describes his work in China and the origins of the Boxer Uprising. As he reaches a critical point in the siege the scene shifts to an antechamber in the Imperial Palace in Peking in 1900. The battle is raging a few hundred yards away. General Ronglu, commander of imperial forces, waits to report to the Empress Dowager. He assumes the audience is a foreign delegation. He gives his side of the story. It is not straightforward. He breaks off when the allied relief force batters on the gates of Peking. Pandemonium. Panic. Sir Claude is absent. Someone must step forward, calm the audience and conclude the story.
70 mins, no interval.
The performance will be followed by a Q and A on relations between China and the West. Besides a playwright and actor, Mark Kitto is a respected China pundit, author of the books ‘China Cuckoo’ and ‘That’s China’. He contributed a long-running China column to Prospect Magazine.
Praise for Chinese Boxing
‘A stimulating and original show,’ Jonathan Freedland, Guardian and Radio 4
‘Brilliantly conceived and acted… thought-provoking, sad, funny, and culturally and politically relevant today,’ Susan Crook, TV exec producer and author
‘Historically fascinating and beautifully written,’ David Haig, actor and writer
BOOKING INFORMATION: Tickets are sold socially distanced and staggered, however capacity may increase following Government guidelines.
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
It is often difficult to believe that many historical figures were not what they seemed behind their façade of fame and respectability. Yet the man whose works earned him a reputation as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era hid the bleak reality of an increasingly strained and unhappy union to Catherine Hogarth, seperating from her after 22 years, considering her to have become mentally disordered and an unfit mother. On her deathbed in 1879, she handed a collection of letters to her daughter Kate “so that the world may know that he loved me once”. These precious documents became the subject of this absorbing presentation.