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Elderly People Crossing
by Frank Hatt

EVERYMAN THEATRE STUDIO
Wed 30 Sept - Sat 3 Oct 2015

What’s it like to be no longer in the first flush of middle age and suddenly facing life alone?

Of course it’s painful, but it’s got its funny side.

Meet Stella, who’s always had husbands and doesn’t intend to end up without one.

Adam, who can’t remember his wife and is desperate to find something that will unlock the memory. Ben, caught in a three-way battle between his prostate, his libido and his conscience. And stoical Dottie, making the best of things and dispensing practical wisdom.

Four fascinating characters who happen to be old, their paths crossing and re-crossing. Grief sometimes seems to have unexpected consequences.Author Frank Hatt, director Chris Garner and Stroud Theatre Company return to the Everyman Studio five years after their sell-out production of “The Amazing and Preposterous Constance Smedley”.

Audience feedback on ELDERY PEOPLE CROSSING:

"The dialogue rang so true and I feel I know a couple of the characters. Beautifully staged and performed."

"It is so true to life - particularly amongst those of us who are widowed"

"I really enjoyed your play and thought the actors did amazingly well. It was very brave of you to tackle the subject of bereaved spouses as it must have been very personal. Very thought provoking."

"what a moving and thought provoking evening it was."

"Such a compendium of poignancy and fun to which the amazing actors certainly did justice. The structure of the play was brilliant - I particularly liked the fast-moving scenes in the development (or otherwise) of the relationship between Stella and Ben.  I do wish the play could be seen by a wider audience."

More feedback can be found on our REVIEWS page
Elderly People Crossing
WALLFLOWERING
By Peta Murray

Stroud Theatre Company in association with
the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

 
“Strictly Ballroom” meets “Shirley Valentine”
in this comedy about love, marriage and ballroom dancing…

9th - 21st December 2013. 

Peg and Cliff love to dance. Their foxtrot is
fantastic and their tango terrific.
But Cliff has always dreamed of being special and
Peg’s friends are worried she’s not happy.

Can Peg and Cliff follow their dreams and
still dance to the same rhythm….?
Wallflowering
MACBETH ALONE!

This is a scintillating new production
of one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays…

A claustrophobic journey through the life of a man
who intends to be King forever…

A one man show with a twist in its tail……

Macbeth: Chris Garner
Design: Sue Condie
Soundscape: Simon McCorry
Directors: Chris Garner and Polly Teale.

Played at the first Stroud Theatre Festival
and Oxford Playhouse in 2013.
Will be touring in 2014.

Audience comments on “MacbethAlone!”
at Stroud Theatre Festival September 2013:

•    “Exceptional production-Brilliant idea, excellent adaptation,very clever, beautifully performed and directed. Look out for it-it’s really worth seeing!!” (Odile Rault, audience member)
•    StroudTheatreFesti@Stroudtheatre “Just watched tech run of Stroud Theatre's Macbeth: Alone! Mesmerising performance!!”
•    “I thought the performance was outstanding. An intense , thought provoking interpretation.” (Miranda, audience member)
•    “Brilliantly engaging. A tour de force!” (Helen Wingrave, Head of Performing Arts, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.)
Macbeth Alone

GEORGE ORWELL’S
1984


A Northern Broadsides / Dukes Lancaster Production
in Association with Stroud Theatre Company


WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH


Tour Venues - Autumn 2010
Dukes Theatre (Lancaster), The Viaduct (Halifax),
Georgian Theatre Royal (Richmond),
The Rose (Kingston upon Thames),
Theatre Royal (Bury St Edmunds),
Buxton Opera House and Tobacco Factory Theatre (Bristol).


Adapted by Nick Lane
Directed by Conrad Nelson
Assistant Director Chris Garner
Design by Sue Condie
Lighting by Brent Lees
Audio/Visu by David Phillips
Animation by Bob Pointon and Karen Sayle
 


1984 Poster

Click here to download the 1984 poster

The Amazing and Preposterous
Constance Smedley

by Frank Hatt


The play is based on events in the life of Constance Smedley, novelist, journalist, illustrator, playwright, theatre-worker and founder of the International Lyceum Club for Women Writers and Artists and the Cotswold Players. It spans the period 1903-1915.


Venue
11th – 13th March 2010
Everyman Theatre Studio


Cast

Constance Smedley - Sophie Laughton

Di Smedley - Sally-Anne Beighton

Billy Smedley - David Seymour

William Smedley - Dan Maxwell

Annie Smedley - Fiona Ross

Maxwell Armfield - David Seymour

Frank Gwynne-Evans - Dan Maxwell

 

Director - Chris Garner

Designer - Sue Condie

Sound Design - Simon McCorry

Lighting Design - Corin Hayes

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When the Lights Went Out
by Mike Akers

A captivating story celebrating
the home front heroes

'When the Lights West Out!' is a play which
brings to life one of the most
turbulent periods in our country's history.

Based on extensive research in Gloucestershire
the play draws on the vivid memories and
wonderful stories of those who were there
during the dark days of World War Two.

Venue

Toured Gloucestershire and Nationally, October - November 2008

Cast
Sarah Blowers
Lewis Harwood
Samuel Martin
Anna Westlake

Crew
Musical Director - Simon McCorry
Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Sue Condie

THE HIGHER GROUND
by Mike Akers

Inspired by Gloucestershire young people
affected by the 2007 floods



"The play using a minimum of props and excellently performed ... left us in no doubt about the gravity and dangers of rapid flooding"
thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

Venue
Toured to venues throughout Gloucestershire in July 2008

Cast/Crew
Roz - Georgina Stamp
Ali - Gerard Cooke
Musician and Stage Manager - Simon McCorry
Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Sue Condie

Water levels are rising.....
People are preparing to defend their territory.
They daydream about a place further upstream,
the Higher Ground.
Does it really exist? Is it possible to get there?
Who lives there and more importantly will they help?

Young people affected by the floods told their dramatic stories - sometimes funny, often frightening and occasionally very sad.

A must see play for all the family that tells the stories
and poses thought provoking questions
about the world, climate change,
displacement and our inter-dependence.

THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE
POSTCODE PROJECT

A NEW PLAY INITIATIVE FROM STROUD THEATRE COMPANY

WANING AND WAXING

 

During the summer of 2006 Stroud Theatre Company invited script writers new and old to send us their scripts for this exciting new scheme.

The closing date for scripts was Tuesday 31st October and 3 scripts were chosen to be  given a Script in Hand performance by Stroud Theatre Company in 3 different venues throughout Gloucestershire in March 2007, accompanied by a post-show discussion with the writer and creative team.

THE WINNERS

Charlie by Philip Douch.

Nobody Knew They Were There by Amber Dance

The Apple Pickers by Mark Young.

Waning and Waxing by Lucy Heywood.

Venues
Prema Arts Centre, Uley
The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
The Space, Stroud

Cast/Crew

Director- Chris Garner

ADULT CHILD/DEAD CHILD
A One Woman show about a young woman and her invisible friend….

ADULT CHILD/DEAD CHILD

“A shockingly humorous insight into the power of the mind”
Voice Hearer's Network, 2002

  “My invisible friend, a voice in my head…I could talk to her. We understood each other, she was reliable.”

Venue
Toured nationally over two years 2000-2002, and was also performed at various mental health conferences throughout the country.

Cast/Crew
The Young Woman- Lara Marland
Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Katie Clarke
Lighting Designer- Esther Last
Sound Designer- Danny Winch

“ Lara Marland's performance was utterly believable…it was difficult at times to remember that this was indeed a piece of theatre and not a glimpse into a living, breathing young woman's career through madness…the only prop used is a battered leather trunk, which, having seen the first performance, I have grave doubts will last to the end of the run…a must see for all festival audiences.”
Adrienne Chalmers, Sunday Herald 2001

THE LOST HOLIDAY OFFICE
A Play in a Week for 8-12 year olds.

THE LOST HOLIDAY OFFICE

18 children enjoyed a full week of theatre activities resulting in a devised script and a bannered set created by the group. The show was performed to an enthusiastic group of parents and friends on the last afternoon. The creative team then collapsed and slept for 48 hours!!

Cast/Crew
Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Sue Condie
Writer- Steven Deproost

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

“Visually striking and haunting…”
Theatre Review, Bristol

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

 

Venue
Bristol Old Vic Basement, Summer Season, 2000.

Cast/Crew
Samuel Taylor Coleridge- Mark Meadows
Director- Chris Garner
Costume- Sue Condie
LX- Jae Forrester
S.Manager- Sharlene Harvard-Young
Composer- Mark Meadows.

MOTHER COUNTRY
by Mike Akers

MOTHER COUNTRY

 

A World Premier: Mother Country meets a collection of New Europeans and explores what happens when familiar borders disappear.

Venue
Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Basement, Spring Season, 2001.

Cast/Crew
Dave- Robert Pheby
Sandra- Carol Brannan
Kelly- Barnaby Meats
Marie- Rebecca Smart
Sharon- Joanne Murdock
Lidija- Maggie Tagney

Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Sue Condie
LX and Sound- Tina Middleton
S.Manager- Pauline Skidmore
DS Manager- Darren Abel.

GRANDAD AND THE GARBAGE MONSTER
A Play in a Week for 8-12 year olds.

The show was inspired by a mystery trip to Puzzle Wood in the Forest of Dean.

The children's ideas were pooled and then turned into a 40 minute drama.

Venue
The Space, Stroud

LEFT LUGGAGE

LEFT LUGGAGE

“Two Plays, two journey's, two couples, destination…love.”

Venue
The Other Space, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

GROWING THINGS
by Mike Akers

Cast/Crew
Mal- Adam Buckles
Kimmy- Katy Anderson

JUST YOU, ME AND A GLITTERBALL
By Lucy Catherine

Cast/Crew
Marek- Adam Buckles
Deborah- Katy Anderson

Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Sue Condie
S.Manager- Gemma Dougan
LX and Sound- Simon Spry.

A WINTER OF WAR
By Paul Downey

A WINTER OF WAR

Venue
The Other Space, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham - 2004

Cast/Crew
Laurie Lee- Alan Morrissey
Jose- Marc Danbury
Lorna- Alix Dunmore
Bill Hoskins/The American- Dan Maxwell
Vincente/ Dr. Branthome- Robert Pheby

Director- Chris Garner
Designer- Cameron Lawrence
LX- Simon Spry
Technical S Manager- Corin Hayes.

ROBERT FROST IN ENGLAND
By Paul Downey

Venue
The Other Space, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham 2003

Cast/Crew
      Robert Frost- Peter Nicholas
      Eleanor Frost- Kate Abraham
      Edward Thomas- Dan Maxwell
      John Haines- Tony Smee
      Mrs Nutt- Jacquie Crago
      Dennis Pitcher- Robert Pheby

      Director- Chris Garner
      Designer- Sue Condie
      LX and Sound- Simon Spry

 

 

Stroud Theatre Company,
Lyonesse Cottage,
The Close, Ruscombe,
Stroud, GL6 6DE