At Farnham Maltings we have you covered with knitting festivals, our monthly markets and classical recitals but did you also know that we have a programme of some of the most exciting, critically acclaimed new theatre anywhere in the country? Our new season from theatre maltings brings some of the latest, most exciting theatre to Farnham; from gender-free Shakespeare to spoken-word poetry to plays where the actors cook you dinner! To mark the start of the theatre season which kicks off this Friday with Merely Theatre’s powerful contemporary adaptation of Henry V, for this week only, we are offering tickets to all of our live theatre productions for just £10 (with promotional code TMD2016). See our theatre maltings spring 2016 trailer to get an idea of what’s coming up:
As home to house theatre, a programme supported by Arts Council England to improve the range and quality of theatre across South East England, and a producer of new small-scale theatre productions, the Maltings is often the starting point of UK touring theatre shows. This means that our audience are sometimes the first people to see brand new productions and therefore your views and feedback is much appreciated in our regular post-show discussions with the artists and directors. Our upcoming theatre maltings programme encourages you to explore new theatre and go on journies into the unknown. So be bold, be brave and we promise you you’ll be reward with some of the most beautiful, funny, uplifting and moving theatre on offer anywhere in the country!
Below we overview our spring shows in a little more detail, don’t forget you have until Mon 08 February to book your tickets for just £10!
Henry V, by Merely Theatre – Fri 05 February
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends.” King Henry’s famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt is told by five performers, cast each night at the toss of a coin. An exciting, humorous and profound portrait of the birth of modern England.
Whose this for? Anyone who loves the works of Shakespeare or enjoys seeing classic plays told in a new light.
You’ll like this if you love: Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, Green Street, BBC series – The Hollow Crown
Why should I see it? 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and there will events up and down the country to mark this, particularly the BBC’s Shakespeare Festival in April. Merely Theatre are widely known for breaking barriers in the arts and this production tackles the gender bias often found in The Bard’s works by leaving the casting to fate, meaning that the eponimous role could be played by a male or female. The production is also given a modern day, back to basics twist with the characters wearing their national football shirts – hopefully the scenes in the play won’t be replicated by our fans at the Euros this summer!
Standby for Tape Back-Up, by Show & Tell – Fri 26 February
“Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow, it became the story of my life.”
Whose this for? The piece combines poetry, stand-up comedy and multimedia visuals, Therefore savvy comedy and fringe theatre-goers will certainly enjoy the show, such as fans of Simon Munnery, Daniel Kitson and Tim Key. Ross Sutherland, the genius he is, uses clips from classic 80’s & 90’s television like Ghostbusters, The Crystal Maze and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and turns them into prophetic statements about life and death – any fans of these shows will enjoy the references and the nostalgia.
You’ll like this if you love: Any kind of spoken word poetry or rap battles such as the teacher turned wordsmith Mark Grist. Also see this if you saw theatre maltings: Every Brilliant Thing last year.
Why should I see it? Following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at London’s Soho Theatre, in New York and on tour across the UK in 2015, house have picked up Ross Sutherland’s one-man, VHS-inspired elegy play for a repeat viewing. At times the messages are tongue-in-cheek and at other times poignant but the autobiographical nature of the show about a man who is dealing with depression, anxiety, fear and the loss of his grandfather has a universal appeal which will leave you feeling enriched and soothed.
‘Consuming, compelling, hypnotic… One of the stand-out shows of the Fringe’ ***** The Stage, ‘Startlingly original’ **** The Telegraph, ‘Beautifully poetic’ **** Time Out, ‘Poignantly ephemeral’ **** What’s On Stage
The Iranian Feast, by Farnham Maltings – Fri 04 March
A story that is surprising, uplifting and a celebration of being alive. Part thriller, part cookery lesson: this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future. Farnham Maltings latest touring show off the back of the hugely popular It’s a Wonderful Life.
Whose this for? Anybody who loves small scale theatre for small spaces; this is what we specialise in! Our last production toured to over 9o community centres and village halls from the tip to toe of Britain getting fabulous praise everywhere it went.
Why should I see it? This is a beautiful, warming show quite literally, the cast make delicious Iranian snacks throughout the show! A look into the difficult political situation in Iran told through the prism of family life.
Backstage in Biscuit Land, by Touretteshero – Tue 15 March
Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she’s about to unleash on the world. Jess is neurologically incapable of staying on script, and that’s when the fun begins.
Whose this for? Anyone who wants to meet Jess the incredibly funny and inspirational role model, behind blogging superstar, Touretteshero. You might have seen her on Russell Howard’s Good News talking about how she makes the most of her amazing spontaneity and encourages everyone to share in the humour.
Why should I see it? This two-woman show weaves comedy, puppetry, singing, and incredible tics to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability, and things you never knew would make you laugh. Geranium bashing may or may not feature – no two shows can ever be the same.
Total Theatre Award Winner 2014
Transports, by Pipeline Theatre – Tue 22 March
In the late seventies a spiky fifteen year old finds herself shunted into her final foster home. Her widowed foster mother has the hint of a foreign accent, verbal diarrhoea and a trunk full of secrets.
You’ll like this if you loved: Previous theatre maltings productions That is All you Need to Know, A Strange Wild Song and The 100 Years War.
Why should I see it? Inspired by the experiences of a Kindertransport refugee, the emergency evacuation of German Jewish children from Nazi Germany before the start of the Second World War, a process supported by the British state that saved thousands of lives. The show and Kindertransport awareness, is particularly relevant to the current and probably ongoing refugee crisis. The poigniant show also touches on foster care, belonging, bullying grief and loss.
Swing, Fishamble – Fri 08 April
An international hit, fresh from New York, Paris, Edinburgh and New Zealand. Swing is a comedy about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash. With rock and roll music. It’ll make you want to dance.
This tour is supported by Culture Ireland and presented by house.