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Part of the
Wells Maltings Project
Registered Charity no. 1139767
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March/April
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April
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Remember ‘Canada Boys’ by Rob John?  This is his latest story.
Set in war-time Norfolk, Parachute explores the relationship between an American airman and the members of a farming family who welcome him into their home.

Brash, garrulous, charming, with a limitless supply of oranges and chewing gum 2nd Lt Jimmy Finch, a navigator on a B24 heavy bomber, is welcomed into the Cubitts’ home but are his intentions honourable and will his arrival damage the fragile relationships of the family at Box Farm?
'Parachute’
Thursday, 2nd April
fEast
Present
Tickets £12.50,  £10 under 18s.
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What they said about ‘Canada Boys’

'A great success, the play was wonderful. Congratulations. Lovely to share a nugget of Norfolk history.'
Hannah Claxton

'Just back from fEast Theatre's production of The Canada Boys brilliantly performed and written - Norfolk dialect included! Highly recommend it.' FOND of Norfolk

''Overheard people coming out saying, 'You wouldn't see anything better in London! Absolutly agree.'
Sue Sharpe. Aylsham Festival

You can also read Carla’s review on our Reviews of Previous Productions page
Supported by Creative Arts East
Parachute is a funny, thought-provoking and moving play set at a time when the fields of Norfolk became the front line in a global conflict.
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This play promises to be a real treat for all Inspector Morse fans. House of Ghosts, by Alma Cullen, is an Inspector Morse mystery inspired by the original novels of Colin Dexter and is the only Inspector Morse play written for the stage. Directed by Adam Morley, produced by Claire Bibby and sponsored by Clarian Ltd.

House of Ghosts will see Colin Dexter’s eponymous sleuth, as made famous by the late great John Thaw, return to the stage in this original play by the author of several episodes of the original TV series. From 1988 to 1991, Cullen wrote one 2-hour screenplay for each of the Inspector Morse series 3, 4, 5 and 6. During this period the series won the BAFTA, Royal Television Society and Writers’ Guild awards for best TV drama series.
'House of Ghosts’
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7th & 8th April
Baroque Theatre Company
Present
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9   
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With an intriguing incarnation of the unassuming, stoically-reserved, often grumpy Inspector Morse, House of Ghosts takes its cue firmly from theatrical history. The play opens with a performance from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A young professional actress playing Ophelia dies suddenly mid-performance and Inspector Morse is immediately on the scene, having been in the audience. The stage is cordoned off, and becomes a fully-fledged murder scene. The plot delves deep into Morse's student-life in Oxford, re-uniting him with ghosts from his past, giving the audience an insight into the events which shaped the inspector’s later life.
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“Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

It is 1915. English nurse, Edith Cavell, has been captured by the Germans and accused of treason. She is facing seventy days of interrogation and trial. Surely the Germans will not execute a woman?

Yet, Edith Cavell is facing another trial, alone in her cell. Seventy days alone with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Alone with the only person who knows who Edith Cavell really is – herself.

Edith Cavell is facing the silence.

Can she find meaning in these trials, discovering who she is and why she lived,how she has travelled from a quiet Norfolk parish to a prison cell in Brussels?
'Edith Cavell - Facing the Silence’
Thursday, 9th April
Broad Horizons
Present
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8   
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This exciting new play with music - performed by Judi Daykin - is a joyous, life-affirming celebration of a woman whose trailblazing life will never be forgotten.
An exciting new play written by John Mangan for the centenary of Edith Cavell’s trial.
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Sean Moyses has been playing banjo since he was eleven years old, encouraged by his family who all played music. He mastered the ukulele, mandolin, five-string banjo, plectrum banjo, guitar and uke-banjo and as well as playing folk, country, bluegrass and acoustic music, developed a love for jazz and swing music of the 1920's and 1930's.
   His ambition of playing with the famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra soon became a reality and with them he has performed major concerts, television and radio broadcasts not only in England, but in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Germany too. He has performed musical comedy with the hilarious Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band and visited over fifteen countries in six years doing concerts in true Spike Jones City Slickers style.
The Banjo World of
Sunday, 12th April - 3pm
  He is a member of Rod Mason's Hot Five and has guested with such notable bands as The Barrelhouse Jazzband, Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband, Joe Wulf's Gentlemen of Swing, The Best of British Jazz Gala, The Aces of Syncopation, Rolf Wagemann's European Top Eight concerts and has appeared in both the USA and Japan. Sean owns an original VegaVox 4 banjo from his idol "The King of the Banjo" Mr. Eddie Peabody and endorses Pietsch Banjos.
Sean Moyses
All tickets £7.50
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What do you get if you mix George Formby, Sheps' Banjo Boys, The Temperance Seven and Pasadena Roof Orchestra with good clean humour? Sean Moyses is one of Europe's top banjo players. His music is unique, quirky, foot taping and fun.
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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 Poisoners’ Pact’
Friday, 17th April
The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company
Present
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8   
Read the article in the Fakenham & Wells Times -  www.fakenhamtimes.co.uk
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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.
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Lewis Schaffer was one of the top comics in the home of stand up comedy, New York City, as house MC at the Comedy Cellar and the Boston Comedy Club in Greenwich Village.
A short visit to London in 2000 went very wrong when love and marriage took him from his beloved New York and gave him children, divorce and heartache in the UK.
Now trapped in a multi-occupancy council flat in Nunhead, a suburb of Peckham, Lewis Schaffer is making the worst of a bad situation.
Lewis Schaffer combines the comedy of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason with the relevance of the freshest British comedians. His free wheeling style is often described as 'jazz'  and he makes every show different and thrilling. He has been comic in residence at the Leicester Square Theatre
Free Until Famous
Friday, 24th April
  WHAT THE PRESS SAY:
“Schaffer is disconcertingly terrific. He is compelling, unique and most of all unpredictable.”
Bruce Dessau, London Evening Standard

“An hour with Lewis Schaffer is an hilarious, cathartic, exhilaratingly appalling experience.”
Kate Copstick, ITV & The Scotsman
 
“Schaffer’s dry, acerbic style is exhilarating to watch. It’s a bloody good laugh and unlike anything else on the comedy circuit. Go see Lewis Schaffer.”
Time Out London

“Almost every laugh he gives us he tops with another, bigger laugh. I would pay to see Lewis Schaffer.”  The Scotsman
Lewis Schaffer
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Free admission, a voluntary collection will be taken at the end of the show.
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A stunning new adaptation of Aristophanes' famous comedy. Lysistrata is the one woman brave enough to take men on at their own gamemen: outright war. The battle of the sexes starts as Lysistrata persuades all Greek women to withhold any sexual practices from their menfolk, in return for the end of the ongoing war.
Join Theatrical Niche as they stage this outrageous and visually stunning new version. Physical Comedy, Puppetry and Mask Work take centre stage.
'Lysistrata’
Thursday, 30th April
Theatrical Niche
Present
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8 , Students £5
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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, 3rd May - 3pm
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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Macbeth Speaks
Saturday 16th May
Dean Taylor Productions
Dean Taylor Productions are well known in the north of England for the past 10 years for their adaptation of Shakespearean Comedy with the scripts being written by Dean Taylor.

Dean visited the Granary in 2013 with his one man show ‘the Actor’s Apology’.
Present
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8
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Red Shadow
Friday 22nd May
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8
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This group play a mix of jazz standards and original compositions, and do it very well.

They derive their name from two musicians of the Blue Note era - Red Garland (played piano with Miles Davis) and Shadow Wilson (played drums with Thelonious Monk).

More than a tribute to these musicians, the name reflects the era from which the band draws much inspiration. Contemporary influences are also to the fore in the compositions by Dave and Peter which are featured on the latest CD ‘Turning Point’
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Swan and Dyer
Friday 29th May
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8
Vicki Swan & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.
Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.  Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.
Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the worlds earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.
Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skillful musicianship.
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Joe Giltrap
Saturday 6th June
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8
Joe is a singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been described as 'Thinking man's celtic music' by respected music  journalist Nick Dalton in the Sunday Express.

His songs range from from the traditional to the contemporary and always performed with the conviction and authenticity of a troubadour who has the special gift of making every song his own'

Thinking man's celtic music'
The Sunday Express, England

'A wonderfully diverse mix of celtic roots'
Time Out, London, England

'Simply stunning. Take It to your heart and love it forever'
Mary Costello, BBC Radio, London, England

'Excellent arrangements sung magnificently and
magical performances, what more do you want'
Sean McGhee, Rock 'n' Reel, England
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Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen is an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.
His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.

Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable.
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Each song stripped back. Desolate, Naked and Sensual
Tuesday 28th April - 8pm
Keith James in concert
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Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca that Keith has set to music; said to be Cohen’s greatest influence.
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‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent

Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’  BBC Radio Scotland

certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’   The Guardian

Music full of integrity, a contemporary work of art’  *****Maverick

All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’  Times Literary Supplement

 ‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
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My Sweet Patootie Band
Sunday 14th June
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8
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”.
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

My Sweet Patootie treated us to an evening of 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.
Owen Street Arts Centre, Atherstone UK - Steve Beeson

Slick, professional,  great musicianship, great harmonies, thoroughly entertaining and lovely people. What more could you want for a great night out!!
 Paul Sutton, The Back Room Cottingham UK
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Meet Tommy Atkins
Wednesday 17th June
Beyond Eternity Productions
This brand new play written by playwright/actor/musician Peter Gill (Talbot House, The Jerry Lee Lewis Story) details, through the eyes of a simple 'Tommy' the reality of war for those who actually fought it.

In an astonishing solo performance, 'Meet Tommy Atkins' takes the audience through his war - a war that saw him fight at Ypres, Passendale, Loos and on the Somme and that took him to the depths of despair but also brought him unique comradeship that he would never find again.

From the beginning of the war to the end, Private Tommy Atkins was there.

This is his story.
Present
Tickets Full £10, Concessions £9, Friends of the Granary £8
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Doreen has entertained many audiences with her homespun amusing tales of everyday life, some are nostalgic, some have a twist, and most will make you chuckle.
She is well known in East Anglia as a writer of observational poetry which is witty, with a down to earth style which anyone who remembers the fifties or sixties can relate to.
With a talent for originality coupled with a very natural sense of humour, Doreen’s work is a delightful programme of memories, amusing predicaments and family observations
She is a regular entertainer at Park House Hotel, Sandringham and was a favourite on ‘Maggies Brew’BBC Radio Norfolk.
Wednesday, 22nd April - 2.30pm - 4pm
All proceeds will be donated to the Granary Theatre
Poet & Storyteller Doreen Reed
Tickets: £4 & £3 for friends of the Granary
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FRIENDS OF THE GRANARY

TABLE TOP SALE
Tuesday & Wednesday
31st March & 1st April 10 – 4 p.m.
The Granary Theatre
BRIC A BRAC
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Free Entry
PLANTS
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BOOKS
REFRESHMENTS
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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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email Lynne here

 

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Usual ticket prices are £9 full : £8 Concessions

 £7 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.