Current Programme - Drama

October Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm

Grow Up Grandad  by  Gordon Steel

Headgate Theatre Productions

Grandparents! Look past the title of the play. This is an inter-generational story that deals with love and loss, hope and sadness as the relationship between Poppy and her Grandad is first thrown together and eventually torn apart. Poppy is 11, has attitude, but dreams of dancing in Blackpool. Ken is something of a hermit, a man living in the past with no television, no computer and no patience. While their relationship is volatile, it's also very funny and strewn with moments of real tenderness. This play is provocative, touching and not at all predictable! A UK mainland amateur premiere. Contains mildly offensive language.

Tickets: £13, £11 (65+), £10 (student)

November Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th at 7:45pm + Sat matinée

Marking Time  by  Michael Snelgrove

Colchester Theatre Group

Two teams of exam markers are hard at it in the Teachers' Centre. One team is coping well with marking schedules, guidelines, matrix grids and marked samples. The other team - Egos, personalities and chaos collide so get set for the Grand National Curriculum Chase.

Tickets: £12, £10 (students and 65+)

November Monday 13th at 7:30pm

The Old Curiosity Shop  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Common Ground Theatre Company

Nell Trent and her grandfather flee their London shop after losing everything to the villainous loan-shark Quilp. Roaming the countryside, the pair fall in with a succession of colourful characters, some friendly, some ominous. After their acclaimed touring production of The Count of Monte Cristo in 2015, Common Ground return with this riotous, theatrically inventive adaptation, featuring original live music by Pat Whymark.

Tickets: £10, £7 (under 21s/unwaged)

December Monday 11th at 7:30pm

The Chimes  by  Charles Dickens adapted by Robert MacCall

Robert MacCall

Tickets: £12, £10 (unemployed/65+), £6 (child)