This autumn, Farnham Maltings continues to grow its burgeoning theatre programme with a series of 10 new contemporary theatre productions from emerging UK based companies. Audiences can find out more details about all these productions at the theatre maltings autumn 2016 season launch event on Thu 29 September.

The free event, which starts at 7.30pm, will bring together theatre enthusiasts with the directors, producers, playwrights and actors from each of the 10 theatre maltings productions who will introduce their works and explain the concepts so audiences have a better idea of what they can see over the next few months.

Speakers at the season launch so far include:
Curran McKay – Playwright for Operation Crucible by From Gound Up
Nel Crouch – Director of Launch Party by Bucket Club
Chris Fogg – Writer, Producer & Director of Tree House
Alex Walton – Actor from Adrian Berry’s production of From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Bridget Floyer – Organiser of Theatre Club Farnham & Aldershot

This will be a relaxed and social event for anyone interested in discovering more about touring contemporary theatre.

Farnham Maltings is particularly excited to give more details at this event about two productions they are co-producing and touring alongside two of the UK’s most renowned theatres, The Royal Court and the Orange Tree Theatre.

Harrogate and Jess and Joe Forever will go on to tour with house, Farnham Maltings’ contemporary theatre regional network, following critical acclaim and extended runs at the London venues.

Director of Farnham Maltings, Gavin Stride said ‘We are delighted to be working with The Royal Court and The Orange Tree Theatre to bring some of the most exciting emerging directors and playwrights to the public’s eye. These productions show the ambition we have for developing the quality and the breadth of work which tours to Farnham and the South East.’

HarrogateHarrogate – a Royal Court, house and HighTide co-production Written by Al Smith, Directed by Richard Twyman

Support by the house initiative, funded by Arts Council England and delivered by Farnham Maltings

★★★★ “Smith’s writing is punchy, sometimes bruising, and the performances are compelling.” Financial Times

★★★★ Guardian & WhatsOnStage

“Unmissable … an immaculate example of new writing.” A Younger Theatre

Al Smith’s hugely successful premiere production, Harrogate, was first spotted at the HighTide Festival 2015 where it enjoyed a complete sell-out run. The dark and powerful show explores the changing relationships that occur over time within the family as it shifts between 3 key scenes following a father and his daughter.

The piece features as part of the Royal Court’s 60th anniversary autumn programme with a 2 week run before going on a house tour, opening at Farnham Maltings on Tue 01 November.

Jess and Joe Forever – a Farnham Maltings and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

Written by Zoe Cooper, directed by Derek Bond and touring with the support of house

★★★★ “a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful” Evening Standard

★★★★ “Heartrending and heartwarming” The Stage

★★★★ “Funny, bittersweet and intensely poignant” Broadway World UK

★★★★ “A play that matures alongside its characters…Sets tear ducts going and sends stomachs soaring.” What’s on Stage

Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong somewhere. It is a layered and thoughtful play which follows the growing relationship between Jess, a private school kid holidaying with her au pair and Joe, a local Norfolk boy and son of a farmer with a secret to tell.

The show opened earlier this week to a multitude of 4-star reviews and great audience feedback. It now has a month long run at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond before house tours the production to a series of venues across the South East, culminating at Farnham Maltings on Thu 03 November.

theatre maltings autumn 2016 season launch, Thu 29 September, 7.30pm. Free but ticket required. Book online

Harrogate: Thu 20 – Sat 29 October, Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs www.royalcourttheatre.com/
Tue 01 November, Farnham Maltings www.farnhammaltings.com, 01252 745444

Jess and Joe Forever: Thu 08 September – Sat 08 October, Orange Tree Theatre: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

Thu 03 November, Farnham Maltings www.farnhammaltings.com, 01252 745444

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