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Part of the
Wells Maltings Project
Registered Charity no. 1139767
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Welcome to the web site of the Granary Theatre
Hosted by the Friends of the Granary

The Maltings Complex, including the Granary Theatre is now closed for refurbishment.  
The Friends of the Granary will still be presenting plays, music and comedy over the coming months.  The Sackhouse can accommodate small music groups and the High School are pleased to have theatre companies offering workshops for the students the afternoon before the performance. We may also use St. Nicholas’s Church.

We will keep you informed of future shows and venues via this web site at usual.
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Wheelchair access

 

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Performances start at 7.30 p.m. unless stated otherwise.

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Want to join our emailing list and receive a reminder before each show?

email Lynne here

 

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Licensed Bar

 

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Tickets for the shows promoted by the Friends of the Granary can be purchased

online  by clicking on this link -  Maltings Project Office, and clicking on ‘book now’

for the show you wish to see.

 

Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office during opening hours.

 

In addition, the T.I.C. will be open for an hour before every show to sell tickets.

 

   For information please ring Pat on 01328  710193 Or email Pat

 

For films, opera & ballet go to www.wells-cinema.com

 

 

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Saturday 30th July – 3pm

Over the past six years we have toured classic theatre to open-air venues and theatres across the South East of the UK. Our productions are always performed by a minimal cast, with many actors playing 2 or more characters in one play. Cross gender playing has also been a feature in the past such as a male actor playing Lady Bracknell in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. The sets are basic flats and representative rather than natural, calling on the imagination of the audience and ability of the actors to create the world in which they are set. In fact, we have been complemented in the past on the use of staging and always strive to be as imaginative as we can. We do not use a raised stage area. Costumes are always appropriate to the period of the play and examples can be seen on our gallery page.

OPEN-AIR VENUES
We are lucky enough to perform in some of the most beautiful surroundings including gardens, stately homes and museums. These 'open-air' venues are uncovered from the English summer and therefore audience members are advised to bring suitable protection from the elements. Raincoats or sun cream are a must in our unpredictable climate, but rest assured that the performance will go ahead unless it is unsafe to do so. In the case of thunder & lightning the show may be delayed until it is safe to continue. The price of the show ticket, in some cases, also includes entry to the venue. Tickets are non-refundable unless the show is cancelled.
Most open-air venues do not provide seating, audience members are therefore advised to bring a chair or a rug to sit on. Seating is on a first come first served basis and the audience will be directed by a cast member to an appropriate place. Where possible we try to make sure everyone has a clear view of the stage area, and we ask that umbrellas and parasols are not used due to blocking the view of the person behind. Picnics are welcomed at most venues and many audience members arrive an hour before to enjoy the surroundings while eating, and of course, you can always feed the actors!
D.O.T. Productions
D.O.T. Productions
present
Tickets: £10
In the garden of St. Heliers, Station Road
Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1EA
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Sunday 7th August– 7.30pm

A band which first started in 1969 in Grantham has reformed with two new members. Tony Harris (guitar) and Reg Strattan(drums). Mick Footit (lead singer), Pete Weatherall (base guitar) and Peter Wallwork (electric piano & vocals) are the originals. The band plays traditional and western country music with covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks and others in and around Lincolnshire and, of course, Wells-next-the-sea!
The Original
"Tennessee Stud"
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At Alderman Peel High School
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October
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Friday 30th September - 7.30pm

A new play with a few old songs
John Mangan has written this play, he also wrote the Edith Cavell story we saw last year. Broad Horizons present this two hander staring Judi Daykin as Marie Lloyd and Karen Hill as Vesta Tilley.
Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marie Lloyd, that pulchritudinous personification of the Golden Age of Music Hall, invites you to an evening of entertainment excellence in the Euterpian and Terpsichorean Arts …....she'll sing and dance a bit, sir!
Yes, Miss Marie Lloyd, for one night only, will tell the story of her astonishing and inspiring rise to become the Queen of British Entertainment expressed, as only Marie can, with a song, a story and a naughty wink.
You will laugh! You will cry! You will see the glories of Music Hall live again and hear some of the songs we still remember with nostalgic pleasure.
A lifetime in an evening!
With frequent assistance and factual correction from that virtuoso of contrariwise confusion .... she dresses as a man, madam! - Miss Vesta Tilley, the original Burlington Bertie!
Guaranteed top drawer performances of those great songs, some in their entirety!
The Boy I Love Is up in the Gallery
Don't Dilly Dally on the Way
I’m One Of The Ruins that Cromwell Knocked About
A Little of What You Fancy
When I Take My Morning Promenade
Burlington Bertie
From Marble Arch to Leicester Square
Take this unique opportunity to relive an era of Glory, Glitter and Gold.
Broad Horizons Theatre
present
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
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With Judy Daykin & Karen Hill
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Sunday 2nd October- 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse

'My Sweet Patootie from Canada will be on their 6th UK Tour.

My Sweet Patootie is contemporary roots and ragtime at its best; bringing tight harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion together in one perfect package. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, My Sweet Patootie has a growing international reputation. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads, they deliver a must-see show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”.
My Sweet Patootie
sassy modern vaudeville, roots & ragtime
Photography by Wayne Simpson
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“Quality musicianship, great songs and high entertainment. Their friendly personality and stagecraft shone out. The audience, most of whom had not been ‘Patootied’ before, left with smiles on their faces, and with the words ‘excellent’, ‘brilliant’, ‘superb’ and ‘when are they coming back’ on their lips. Can’t wait.”
Steve Beeson, Owen Street Arts Centre, Atherstone UK

The second visit to Crail of My Sweet Patootie was as much of a delight, both on and off stage, as their first visit in 2013. An amazing range of material all impeccably played by fine musicians, with added humour, and the emphasis on entertainment.
Tony Kingsbury, Crail Folk Club, Scotland
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Wednesday 5th October- 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At Alderman Peel High School
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Written in the late 14th century, The Canterbury Tales is perhaps the best well known example of medieval English literature. It paints a rich and vibrant portrait of life in medieval England as a disparate group of pilgrims travel to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral and tell each other stories to while away the journey. All human life is present – from the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, via the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Although Chaucer wrote his tales more than 600 years ago, they still feel vital – and accessible to modern audiences.

The tales were presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travelled together from London to Canterbury in order to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest was a free meal at the Tabard Inn on their return to Southwold.

Blast from the Past present six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles. Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to riotous life.
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Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
Landermason' are a duo like no other! Multi instrumentalist Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars and vocals) have developed a unique sound which displays their undoubted talents. They combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in their beautiful compositions and striking arrangements.

They have recorded and produced 5 CD's to date on their own label LAMA Records and have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as on many other radio shows across the network. Their version of 'Dance to Your Daddy' was used in an episode of BBC 1's Antiques Road Show, whilst their track 'Somalia' was featured in a BBC 3 documentary narrated by Scarlett Johansson called Escape From The Worlds Most Dangerous Place.

Friday 21st October– 7.30pm
In the Sackhouse
They recently composed an original sound track for The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a puppet show staged at the Up-Front Puppet Theatre in Cumbria, based on Michael Morpurgo's new adaptation of the well known childrens classic.

Their LIVE sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction. Often described as 'refreshingly different', Landermason are equally at home entertaining audiences in folk and acoustic music clubs, theatres, festivals, village halls and pubs and are proud to have performed at some of the UK's best known live music venues.
Landermason
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August
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Saturday 9th July – 7.30pm - 10pm
Performing

Folk, Blues, Jazz & Pop Classics

On the

Guitar and Fiddle
Live Music
with
Hayley Moyses

At The Sackhouse
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Tickets: £10 Available now & on the door
01485 601701         www.norfolkhospice.org.uk
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July
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Friday 12th August– 7.30pm

Alan Seaman, who runs his in Leicester on a regular basis but loves to tour with the best of rising comedy came to the Sackhouse in March with two up and coming young comedians. We had an hilarious evening and look forward to his next show. He introduced us to Patrick Monahan several years ago. Alan is an experienced hand at getting the night going and he offers a wide and varied bill of acts.
An Evening of Comedy
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
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Saturday 17th September– 7.30pm

Tina Bradshaw is the creation of therapist and performance artist Bev. Bishop who combines traditional therapy techniques with humour and performance offering proverbial solutions to day to day dilemmas. Whatever the problem, dilemma or conundrum, Tina has a proverb at hand to provide a solution....not to mention those pesky life experiences again!

Combining witty banter, games and a proverb or two, Tina's Proverbials is a side-splitting, feel-good experience that promises to put a smile on your face, a twinkle in your eye, and quite possibly help you to see life from a completely different perspective !
Tina’s Proverbial Cabaret Show
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
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Saturday 22nd September– 7.30pm

The surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of: Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende and Federico Garcia Lorca.
Performed as passionate songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar arrangements.

Following his numerous concerts and recordings in which he has taken the work of various Poets; William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and successfully transcribed them into what can only be described as truly amazing songs. Keith has now turned his attention to one of his greatest passions; that of the intoxicating and somewhat mysterious world of the most masterful writers in the Spanish language.
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Tickets: £12
At The Sackhouse
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September
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Tuesday 18th October- 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At Alderman Peel High School
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Rumpus Theatre
Present
a spine-tingling new play
by Chris Buxey, based on the classic Gothic chiller “The Rats in the Walls”
Mr Delapore retires to England to restore his ancestral home, Exham Priory, which has lain ruined for over 300 years. But what tragedy overtook the ancient de la Poer family in a single night … and why do the locals hate and fear the Priory so much … and what is there in the walls that so unsettles the Delapore cats?

As Delapore and his young friend Captain Norrys uncover more and more of its past, Exham Priory reveals a truth more horrific than either man could possibly have imagined!
Last autumn's THE HAUNTED DOLLS’ House was
“Truly chilling ... excellent”  The Reviews Hub

while CAPTAIN MURDERER in 2014 was

“The most entertaining horror to hit the stage for some time … with excellent acting, sound and lighting placed for the ultimate build in tension, great timing and a tale so macabre that one may find oneself glancing repeatedly over one's shoulder … delightfully despicable and
fantastic fun” remotegoat.co.uk
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Saturday 8th October- 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse

Kevan Taplin and Steve ‘Bluesboy’ Bennett first appeared on stage together over twenty years ago in a band featuring the raw talents of well­ known local Jazz guitarist Jasper Smith. Whilst Bennett went on to build a career fronting a number of bands which included the successful Steve Bennett Blues Band, Taplin took an alternative career route writing and performing only on rare occasions. They formed Front Porch performing electro-acoustic ­based music featuring the mature vocals of Bennett underpinned by Taplin’s guitar work and now with added guitar enhancement from John Kelly. Their sets feature their own compositions based on the blues, folk, acoustic, roots and Americana genres of their backgrounds as well as ‘classics’ which are always given a ‘front porch’ twist.

Their sets have been acclaimed for their eclectic nature and are often presented in front of their specially constructed front porch stage set.
Front Porch
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Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
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Friday 18th November – 7.30pm
In the Sackhouse
Mervyn Stutter
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