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Part of the
Wells Maltings Project
Registered Charity no. 1139767
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Friday, 10th July
An Evening with
Mervyn Stutter
Mervyn Stutter is an actor, comedian, satirical songwriter, scriptwriter and has been touring the village halls of England for over 10 years now and audiences love him. He's written and starred in his own long running comedy series on both Radio 2 and Radio 4 as well as performing for many years in theatre and cabaret. This year he celebrates his 28th year at the Edinburgh Fringe where his Pick of the Fringe show has become a Fringe institution. His sometimes wicked but always affectionate sense of humour brings warmth and joy to audiences who are happy to laugh both at his life and their own as he tells stories, sings songs and pokes fun at himself and the Baby Boomer generation in a joyous 90 minute show of life affirming fun.
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Non-stop laughter and applause for the whole show, great music and hilarious comedy ideally  suited to an audience of  “a certain age” but the younger members of the audience were drawn in by his talent and were laughing along with the rest of us. I certainly had tears of laughter more than once during the evening. Very funny, very talented and no bad language, a superb evening’s entertainment. Granary Theatre 2013

“Mervyn arrived a stranger to all of us but by the end of the show he felt like an old friend. Lovely personable man. Can we have him back soon?” Elmbridge

“We often say ‘the best show yet’. But this really WAS the best show yet” Peatling Magna

“Celebrating the trivial and attacking the absurd he gives us a seriously funny show” The Scotsman

“All of his songs have one thing in common - they are astute, funny, often gentle but always jam-packed with clever lyrics.”  BBC Radio Times

“Stutter is a sharp as any, as funny as any and more informed than most.” The Times

“For comedy straight from the heart they don’t come much better than Mervyn”  Edinburgh Post
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July
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Friday 24th July - 8pm
The Sheringham Shantymen were formally launched in 1990 having started singing some two years earlier as a group of local lifeboat men and friends celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the private sailing and pulling Sheringham lifeboat the ‘Augusta’.

Over the next 20 years the group developed their own style of performing songs of the sea constantly refining the music and always trying to entertain the public and raising funds for charity.

The group has remained true to its roots and still maintains a very close connection with the RNLI which is reflected in its membership. Billy Thirtle, ex crew member, has a record of fifty years continuous RNLI service and other members include Brian Farrow the Lifeboat Operations Manager, and Mick Holford the Treasurer.
The Sheringham Shantymen
Tickets: All adults £8 : Child £4
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Songs of the Sea
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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 Gerswin'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.
Seastar Opera
Present
Hello Mr Gershwin
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July/August
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The Songs of Sinatra
Friday 14th August  
Tickets: Adults £12 :Snr Citizens £10 : Friends of the Granary £9
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Jeff Short & His Musicians
present
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.
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August
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Crocodiles in Cream
Thursday  6th August
Brad Fitt Inc
‘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.
present
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
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Tickets: Adult £12  Senior Citizens & Friends of the Granary
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Tennesse Stud
Sunday 9th August
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.
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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.
11am
All tickets: £5
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The Golden Days of Hollywood
Thursday 13th August  

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, RKO 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
Tickets: Adults £12 :Snr Citizens £10 : Friends of the Granary £9
Jeff Short & His Musicians
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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
Pennyless
Friday, 21st August
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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 Traveling 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
Sunday 23rd August
Mike Van Detta
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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 Traveling Wilburys.
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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
Absolution
Sunday, 30th August
A"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
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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
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Saturday 29th August
‘Horizon’
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The Haunted Dolls’ House
Tuesday 20th October
Rumpus Theatre
'The Haunted Dolls' House' is based on one of M.R.James' creepy ghost stories, many of which are set in East Anglia.

Antiquarian Paxton travels to a small town on the coast of Norfolk and learns of a legend concerning three crowns buried on the coast thousands of years ago to protect the land against marauding Vikings.

Paxton tries to find the fourth crown, unaware of of the supernatural presence that protects it. A high-Gothic horror, Rumpus style.
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September
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 Friday, 11th September
Marina Florance and Ben Smith
Together Again
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.
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"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.
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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.
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October
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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)  
Science Mania Present
Professor Kaos
Adults £10 : Under 14/Concessions £6.50p : Family (2 adults 2 children) £28
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"Science Blast should be prescribed entertainment for everyone" "This Charismatic performer controlled the excitement he stirred and left us thrilled, SUPERB"
Halstead Gazette  
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The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
 Thursday, 1st October
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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
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October
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Northanger Abbey
Saturday 25th July
DOT Productions
Young Catherine enters into the busy society of Bath, meeting new friends and possible suitors. She is invited to visit the Gothic and mysterious home of General Tilney; Northanger Abbey. Whilst there she becomes fixated by the tale of his late wife and imagines how she came to her demise.

Are her new friends all they seem?

And is the General hiding a dark secret?

Using only 6 actors. DOT Productions bring Jane Austen’s novel to life in this comedic adaptation by Bryan Johnston.
Present
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Tickets for the shows promoted by the Friends of the Granary can now 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 help buying tickets ring Pat on 01328  710193 Or email Pat

 

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

 

 

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Usual ticket prices are £10 full : £9 Concessions

 £8 Friends of the Granary

 

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Wheelchair access

 

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Licensed Bar

 

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

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