Part of the
Wells Maltings Project
Registered Charity no. 1139767
Friday 31st July - 7.30pm : Saturday 1st August, matinee 2.30pm
Saturday 1st August 7.30pm : Sunday 2nd August 7.30pm
All Tickets: £14
Seastar Opera are a company of young singers and musicians chosen as graduates from the Royal College of Music and Cambridge University.
'Hello Mr.Gerswin!' is a new musical created by Susie Self, the director. It tells the story of George Gershwin's life through his music: from Tin Pan Alley, to Paris, and to his iconic opera 'Porgy and Bess'.
The show features a jazz band, superb music theatre singing and stylish choreography.
Hello Mr Gershwin
Tickets: Adults £12 :Snr Citizens £10 : Friends of the Granary £9
Jeff Short & His Musicians
Vocalists Jeff and Sue Short and their musicians present a Special Anniversary Celebration Show featuring the songs and melodies of 'Ol Blue Eyes' born 100 years ago this year ! Covering his start in show business with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey through his film career and his success at Capital Records with arranger Nelson Riddle and others. Featuring such classics as 'Fly Me To The Moon',
'I've Got You Under My Skin' 'High Hopes' & 'New York, New York' and anecdotes and stories about his life and times.
Mr Popcorn's Fun-Time Magic Show
Tuesday 11th August & Wednesday 12th August
Join Mr Popcorn, Suzy Sparkle and Scruffy the Dog for an hour of Magic, Balloon Modelling, Fun and Games and a Guess the Cartoon Drawing Competition with a chance to win one of Mr Popcorn's wonderful pictures.
The Golden Days of Hollywood
Tickets: Adults £12 :Snr Citizens £10 : Friends of the Granary £9
Jeff Short & His Musicians
Join vocalists Jeff and Sue Short and their musicians as they take you back to the heyday of the Hollywood Musical.
With songs and melodies from the studios of M.G.M. Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, R.K.O. and Walt Disney. Featuring the hits of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Judy garland, Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Julie Andrews Bing Crosby and much, much more !
Composers featured will include George Gershwin, Ivring Berlin, Cole Porter & Rodgers & Hart
A fifth performance at The Granary Theatre for this highly original fiddle, flute and guitar trio. Pennyless will take you from Olde England, through Ireland, Scotland and across the water to Old Timey America, with lively traditional tunes on a variety of acoustic instruments.
Sprinkled in amongst the instrumentals are original songs from their three albums with touches of medieval minstrel beat, and quirky tales of pirates, moths and tree spirits.
Pennyless have recently released their third album "Tales from the Tulgey Wood" to critical acclaim. Inspired by Jabberwocky and introducing new and mysterious characters from English folklore, they have been likened to Incredible String Band meets Mike Oldfield in psych-folk style. Penny Stevens on fiddle, Les Woods on guitar and Graham Dale on a bewildering array of instruments from whistle to xaphoon, melodica to flute, cajon to caval.
"Fabulous! Very charming and enchanting" Sue Marchant BBC radio
Roy Orbison and Del Shannon had much in common; distinctive sound, exceptional vocal styles, dramatic song structures and remarkable song-writing skills - plus their intrinsic links to the Travelling Wilburys.
This multi-media show takes you on a biographical musical journey and includes a narrative that delves into their ‘truth-is-stranger-than-fiction’ personal lives.
So, if you’re a fan of these 60’s superstars - Mike VanDetta affords you a double helping of their never-to-be forgotten music. This 'must-see' retrospective will revive those memories with favourites such as: Runaway, Hats Off To Larry, Little Town Flirt, Hey Little Girl, Only The Lonely, Crying, In Dreams, You Got It - PLUS many more..
The Roy Orbison & Del Shannon Story
The story of Karen Carpenter in words and music.
It tells of a young woman's search for love and her struggle with anorexia, a struggle which eventually took her life at the tragically young age of thirty-two.
The band embellishes the narrative with the wonderfully familiar music of the Carpenters, hopefully doing justice to Richard's immaculate arrangements.
The 'Lead Sister' and the girls bring back a taste of Karen's unique lyrical style in songs which, with hindsight, appear to reflect the feelings and emotions she was experiencing at the time. A group of eleven singers, musicians and a narrator.
Bringing you the story & songs of Karen Carpenter
Tickets: Adult £12 : Snr Citizens & Friends of the Granary £10
Marina Florance and Ben Smith
Marina Florance's EP 'My Own Little Piece of the Sky' has been receiving lots of attention with 'The Moon' from the EP being played on BBC 6 Music. The EP has also been nominated for various awards.
Marina's song 'Cry' won the oldie composers song writing comp and the song sung by actor Anthony Head, was voted in to the top 4 by Radio 2 DJs including Sir Terry Wogan, Bob Harris & Ken Bruce.
"a wonderful singer songwriter, Marina's original version of 'Cry' was beautiful, she has got an amazing voice." Anthony Head (Buffy/Merlin Actor)
“Marina can turn her voice from an almost deep south growl to torch singer, flooding a song with a real sense of personality as though each song has a voice of its own” Neil King FATEA magazine
She is becoming increasingly popular with her live performances, including the London Folk and Roots Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Reepham Folk Festival.
Ben Smith started playing the guitar when he was nine years old. He actually wanted to play the banjo, but due to the lack of banjo teachers in rural Hertfordshire he started to learn the guitar, with the intention of switching to the banjo at a later date. That still hasn't happened...
Shortly after starting to play he was introduced to the sounds of B.B King, and never looked back.
With a style that is influenced by the greats of the blues, funk, country, folk and beyond, Ben plays a pretty mean acoustic or electric guitar, and has a big voice to match. After years playing many gigs and sessions in many styles, with many different bands and people, Ben was inspired by a 3 month stay in New Orleans, (where he got a chance to play with a host of internationally renowned musicians.) to go out on his own, (or at least under his own name) with a line up of co-conspirators, including some old faces and some new ones, playing funky acoustic shows and full blown electric get downs. He also finally got round to doing some solo gigs.
Things are going pretty well, recently Ben has supported blues legend Robert Cray, country icon Albert Lee, Joan Armatrading, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Matt Schofield.
With two extremely talented artists, the evening is bound to be one you wont forget.
Science Blast- The family show that likes to blow stuff up! Lights, Lasers, Explosions and some of the coolest experiments around.
Nine great scientists who changed history, see their inventions and take part in live demonstrations. Electrocute your parents! And your chance to vote on the "S" factor! Who is the the Greatest Scientist? You decide.
Science Blast Part 1
The Great Scientists
Sunday 6th September - 3pm (Re-scheduled from 3rd May)
Adults £10 : Under 14/Concessions £6.50p : Family (2 adults 2 children) £28
"Science Blast should be prescribed entertainment for everyone" "This Charismatic performer controlled the excitement he stirred and left us thrilled, SUPERB"
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
The Socks are Minging Detectives.
Some criminals put stockings on their heads, now Earth's funniest Socks get their heads around crime. Doing every genre from TV Detectives & Film Noir to Breaking Bad, the Socks bring you brand new songs, sketches, socks and violence.
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are the comedy double act that has to be seen to be believed. What makes this show so good is that the duo's material would be funny even if presented conventionally. When delivered by two socks, it becomes genius. Starring at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring internationally since 2007, they have appeared on T.V. in such programmes as 'The One Show
"The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ★★★ Venue
"Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
Lesley Curtis sings Eva Cassidy
The story of Eva Cassidy in word and song with the Lesley Curtis Trio
A truly unique show which brings the inspirational music of Eva Cassidy to the stage. “Intimately Eva” features the breathtaking vocals of Lesley Curtis in an unforgettable atmosphere, telling the story of Eva's life and performing a selection of Eva’s arrangements including classic songs such as:
Fields of Gold - Autumn Leaves
At Last - Danny Boy - Songbird
and of course... Over The Rainbow.
What they say....
What a beautiful voice. Tonight meant so much to me and I have to thank you and your band for a lovely evening Glenys - Ashby De La Zouch
Brilliant brilliant brilliant. Just like having Eva back! Thank you. Diana- Ashby De La Zouch
Amazing voice, beautiful songs, beautiful evening. Thank you. Dan - Granary Theatre
Inspired to find out more about Eva Cassidy. Thank you. Amanda - March Town Hall
Fantastic voice, really enjoyed the evening. Thank you. Yvonne & Alex - Granary Theatre
What a beautiful passionate voice. What fabulous guitar playing.
So very moved and impressed. Thank you.Jo - Ashby De La Zouch
Venetia Twigg cleverly adapts Molière's classic for Theatrical Niche. Madam Penelle visiting her son Orgon's house, uses the opportunity to criticize all the members of the household and to praise their boarder, Tartuffe because he is a man of such holiness and zeal. The others present offer objections to Tartuffe, maintaining he is false and hypocritical. At first Orgon refuses to hear anything against Tartuffe and wants his daughter to marry Tartuffe.
Tickets: Adult £10.00 - Snr Citizen £9.00 - Student £5.00 - Friends of Granary £8
After many twists and turns in the plot, including Tartuffe proclaiming that the house is his, Orgon realises that Tartuffe is a hypocrite but his mother refuses to believe this. It is only when Tartuffe tries to evict everyone from the house that she is convinced and Tartuffe is arrested and imprisoned for his many crimes.
A spine chilling new play based on the brilliantly creepy ghost story by the master of the genre M R James
The Haunted Dolls’ House
'The Haunted Dolls' House' is based on one of M.R.James' creepy ghost stories, many of which are set in East Anglia.
Wandering unfamiliar streets, Mr Dillett is delighted to stumble upon a beautifully decorated, fully furnished dolls’ house, which the shopkeeper is only too eager to sell to him. At home, he displays the house to full advantage … but it’s not until the moon is up, the curtains drawn and the lamps are extinguished that the object of his delight reveals a truly terrifying secret … embroiling Dillett in a diabolical past, beyond his imagination!
A high-Gothic horror, Rumpus style.
Set in the 1830’s in the supposedly peaceful village of Burnham Market in North Norfolk the play explores the story of Catherine Frary and Frances Billings, the last women to be hanged in Norfolk and whose execution was the last public, double execution in England. Frary and Billings were found guilty of several murders by administering arsenic to their hapless victims, this lethal substance was frequently disguised in dumplings.
Seen through the eyes of the two murderesses, the audience will witness the dramatic events that led to their execution in 1835. Why would two married mothers carry out such horrific crimes? Who were the other players in this tragic game and was the ‘Witch of Wells’ more involved than contemporary accounts would have us believe?
The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company
Written by Cordelia Spence, the Artistic Director of ‘ Stuff of Dreams’ and one of the authors of ‘Love Left Hanging’, and Tim Lane, a Norwich based Actor, Teacher and Musician, ‘The Poisoners’ Pact’ is the company’s third original play and will be their fifth production. The company is going from strength to strength and has a fast growing reputation for producing and touring high quality, lively, engaging theatre that delight’s and moves audiences. The company continue to revisit events from East Anglia’s past, bringing them alive for contemporary audiences.
Back by popular demand with some minor changes
Bowjangles are a string quartet who can really play. They dance whilst they play. They sing whilst they play. They leap, tumble, juggle and joke whilst they play. 'On the Box' is a day in the life of a TV that has been left switched on. These four musical comedians parady a variety of familiar programmes, with exhilarating dance routines and rousing songs.While their cherised violins, viola and cello serve as tennis rackets, fencing swords or merely accessories to a full Charleston Routine, Bowjangles keep the action roaring and the music soaring!
“Superb musicians, tuneful singing voices and a gift for physical comedy” BroadwayBaby.com
“You’d never have imagined that anyone could incorporate classical music and modern comedy quite so brilliantly.” PerformanceReviewed.com
“An extraordinary night. Every element of the show was executed brilliantly and passionately. A joy to watch.” ViewsFromTheGods.co.uk
“Bowjangles have worked hard to make their potentially inaccessible art light and fun and they’ve pulled it off in spades.” BroadwayBaby.com
“With the dancing, singing and fast pace it is easy to forget that they are playing all the music, all the time, without missing a beat.” Wiltshire Gazettee and Herald.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol
Baroque Theatre present the poignant, humerous and atmospheric Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol', by John Longenbough. Literature's favourite quirky detective is infused with the spirit of crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in this festive Victorian theatrical treat; there is so much to recognise and discover in this beautifully crafted story which combines these two iconic British institutions.
Seen through the eyes of Dr. Watson, literature’s favourite detective sleuth is infused with the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge in this festive Victorian theatrical treat. After failed attempts by Dr. Watson to cheer Holmes into celebrating the holiday season, the unrepentant, ill-tempered detective is forced to deduce the facts and solve the most important mystery of his life – past, present and future. A magical mix of Dickens and Doyle, it is a cheery, insightful and hilarious journey.
Tickets: Adult £10.00 - Snr Citizen £9.00 - Friends of the Granary £9.00
It’s Friday night, it’s disco night – time for the Bouncers to come alive.
Judd, Ralph, Les and Lucky Eric invite you for a night on the town in this hilarious and outrageous look back at the 80’s nightclub scene.
We meet the smooth talking DJ, the lager swilling lads, the lip-sticked, lacquered girls and many more gyrating to the pulsating beat of the dance floor. And so begins the journey into Friday night under the ever watchful, ever ready, ever observant Bouncers.
Bouncers was voted by the National Theatre as one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century.
Bursting with imagination and wit and presented by just four actors, Bouncers is an outrageous and hilarious parody of the disco scene. The four brutish bouncers of the title portray over twenty different characters as we are invited for a night out on the town. We see them as giggly girls and lads on the make preparing for the big night out as we follow their progress to the disco floor. There, we also meet an entire cross-section of disco-goers, including Hooray Henrys, pogoing punks and drunken slobs! The evening's events are set against the tatty glitzy glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the nightclub scene. An exhilarating night out for all concerned.
MiG Productions is one of Staffordshire’s most respected theatre groups. Established in 1996, they are based at the MET Studio at the Stafford Gatehouse.
Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. She’s also a bit of a meddler. After her governess is married to the kindly Mr Weston (at Emma’s instigation of course), Miss Woodhouse’s path in life is clear. She must become a matchmaker.
But as her interfering gets out of hand and events spiral beyond her control, it may be time for Emma to question her judgement. Gently advised by childhood friend Mr Knightley, can Emma untangle the web she’s spun?
And what does she truly know of her own heart?
In the season to be jolly, there's no better way to get in the mood than with a funny, toe- tapping celebration of Christmas past and present with Something Happened - the trio whose shows are a joyful mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the suprising.
Following their highly successful ATouch of Class, Something Happened once again combine irreverent humour and sparkling musicianship for this new show, revealing little-known Yuletide classics as well as giving their own treatment to much- loved favourites. From Christmas in Hawaii to traditional folk, from 1930 Jazz to 70's Glam , Something Happened's Christmas stocking is stuffed with treats and suprises to bring the best kind of festive celebration.
A festive celebration of music and laughter- with a difference!
“What a fabulous evening. Everyone had a wonderful time. It was a great atmosphere, and all present will be telling their friends what they missed." Sheila King, The Pennoyer Centre
"Witty, original provided an evening of tremendous entertainment." Lesley Pegg, Whissonsett Arts (A Touch of Class)
'Relaxed, funny and enjoyably provocative - I was delighted on all affronts.' Neil Innes
'Utterly Brilliant and very funny.' Bev Kembery, Burston Crown(Taboo-Be-Do!)
'This superb trio must be seen to be believed! Terence pens many of their humorous "off -the- wall" numbers,augmented brilliantly by Derek's stonking bluesy guitar licks and Tracey's sultry voice, taking us back to the smoke filled bars of the 20s and 30s but with a modern twist.' Adrian Black ,Milkmaid Folk Club
Swann & Dyer Winter Warmers
Swan & Dyer’s Winter Warmer is a fun-filled festive evening of well-known sing along Christmas carols interspersed with famous of Music Hall numbers. Numbers such as “Daisy, Daisy”, “The Man on the Flying Trapeze”, “Waiting at the Church” are mixed in with all time favourites such as “Silent Night”, “Jingle Bells” and even the virtuosic “Theme and Variations on the Carnival of Venice” (better known as “My Hat it Has Three Corners”).
Performed in Victorian costume this event will appeal to everyone young and old with the joy of being together as a family and a community. The evening is light-hearted, humorous and fun. We’re confident that everyone will be singing along from the first number until the very end.
A festive celebration of Christmas Carols and Music Hall
A Brief History of Christmas
Tickets: Adult £10.00 - Snr Citizen £9.00 -Friends of the Granary
Acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and stories.
Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.
The first half takes in 600 years of music – featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion. and all helped along by Blast from the Past’s trademark wit and humour. The second half is a thrilling retelling of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – using spoken word, drama and music to bring this classic story to life in a riot of sound and colour.
‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yueltide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.
Absolution formed in May 2010 with the sole intention of fulfilling an obligation for a 40 minute support slot. Now, with the second studio album Dusty Road released, international sales, critical acclaim for debut effort Issues and first concert release Live From The Front along with a growing fan base, that 40 minute support slot has over-run somewhat!
With three musicians from different backgrounds and different styles, Absolution create a fresh and exciting sound. A British blues-rock power trio, they create a modern, dynamic, unique sound, with elements of early Free and Joe Bonamassa thrown in for good measure! Having already shared stage with blues legends Dr Feelgood, Danny Bryant, Larry Miller, King King; Absolution have also performed two gigs at London’s exclusive Embassy Club and the iconic 100 club! They are headlining arts centres, theatres, clubs and also managed to fit in a storming set at the British Rock & Blues festival in January 2013!
The band took home two awards at the 2013 WRC Awards - 'Ones To Watch' and 'Best Guitar Solo'.
Absolution signed to European record label Blues Boulevard Records in 2014 to release Dusty Road. The album came out in September of that year on a worldwide release. Straight away the album started selling across the globe and brought more plaudits for the band from press and fans alike!
Absolution are a fantastic live act, bringing energy and enthusiasm to every gig they play. Not only playing their own material flawlessly and with tremendous attack, they also throw in a few classics for good measure, keeping the feel of the original intact while still putting their own unique stamp on everything they play! Blues purists and music lovers everywhere have never been disappointed yet by an Absolution concert! Indeed, many fans have been heard after shows commenting that Absolution are "The best thing I've seen and heard for many years!"
"Exceptional Musicianship!" R2 Magazine
"Blues flawlessness. These guys are incredible musicians!” Blues Rock Review (USA)
"Great blues-rock band. Well worth catching!" BBC Radio
“Exceptional Set!” Cambridge Rock Festival
"A Blues band for the 21st Century! Blues Rock as it should be - high octane with a real kick!" FATEA Magazine
"The real deal!" Rock Society
‘Crocodiles in Cream' is a stunning portrait of Lewis Carroll drawing from his diaries, letters, poems and stories. Kevin Moore takes the audience into the world of half-dream, half reality of this complex many-sided figure; mathematician, photographer, poet and storyteller. Kevin's interpretation of the complex and fascinating character of one of the country's most appreciated authors has received critical acclaim around the world.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first
publication of Lewis Carroll's timeless classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"A sensitive Moving Portrayal. Moore was splendid." Stratford Herald
"Kevin Moore in a brilliant performance." Salisbury Journal
"Fascinating ... a spellbinding performance." Bermuda Gazette
"Moore is exquisitely engaging ... moved to laughter and tears ... scintillating ... bitter and biting wit ..."
Los Angeles Weekly
Tickets: Adult £12 Senior Citizens & Friends of the Granary £10
Tennessee Stud was put together by a group of musicians who were already well established on the local music scene. The band stayed together for a few years before its members moved on to other things. Recently Tennessee Stud was resurrected and now the musicians want to take on more gigs and give country music a boost in the town.
Original member Mick Footitt says the venues that used to play host to country music are few and far between these days .
Mick said: “We are trying to raise the awareness of people in country music in this area because the venues have gone and the music is not played on the radio any more.”
Mick, who sings and plays rhythm guitar, is joined in the band by Peter Weatherall on bass and Peter Wallwork on keyboards.
Mick started playing in a skiffle group in Grantham in the ‘50s. Peter also got started in Grantham in the ‘50s and played in a band alongside another big name in these parts, Trevor Leeson.
They have recuited two new members in Tony Harris from Shepeau Stow on lead guitar and Reg Stratton from Boston, on drums.
This concert features a sound that is unique. Music from the time in the history of acoustic music that is loved and revered by all,
those who were there at the time, through to those who are only just discovering it now in the 21st century.
969 – 1976; an incredibly golden period of freedom and self expression, intricately imaginative guitar arrangements
and a vibe that has never since been repeated..
John’s highest artistic period was in the early 1970’s during which he released his most contagious and listened to Album ‘Solid Air’ (written for Nick Drake), his finest and much remembered collection. Nick Drake. Well where to begin.. A friend of John’s throughout the short but brilliant time he spent as a Singer/Songwriter and recording artist. Nick was hardly noticed at the time; overshadowed by many other more strident artists (John included) during an incredibly influential period in popular music. It was only over the past decade that his perfect, fragile songs and his intricate guitar style have been discovered or re-discovered by a more restful, greying and understanding audience worldwide and his genius has been fully appreciated. Nick’s songs, to be found on his three precious Albums: Five leaves left, Bryter Latyer and Pink Moon are amongst the most un-improvable and personally connecting compositions of a songwriter to have ever come into human consciousness. Nick Drake is now revered and loved the world over. He died in 1974. Keith James has played over 1,500 concerts celebrating this wonderful music. His concerts have never been considered as a tribute, much more a personal and intimate performance of something uniquely beautiful that can otherwise no longer be heard in a live context.
John Martyn OBE, albeit a maverick and a wildcard, was an incredibly sensitive songwriter with a knowledge and natural ability on guitar that was effortless; a tradition passed down to him through the new folk movement of the 1960’s populated by Davy Graham, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. His songs always float perfectly in that existential space that is loving and personal; not rejecting a folk style but on a cloud of their own, unique and encapsulated within the emotions of one Man.
‘exquisite and unique’ BRFM
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent .
“Master of musical phrasing. A superb songwriter with faultless delivery” Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales.