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“A Right Royal Romance” in association with BLOS

In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society

A Right Royal Romance

A concert of romantic songs from the shows to celebrate the Royal wedding, presented to you by BLOS!

Musical Director: Selena Hegarty

Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 May at 7.30

Tickets: £12 – call 01483 284747 or book online.

With songs from composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehár, Leonard Bernstein.

Enjoy hearing musical numbers from the shows you love… Oklahoma, Les Miserables, The Phantom of The Opera, Patience, My Fair Lady, Half a Sixpence, Ruddigore, Kiss Me Kate and more!

Box office: 01483 284747 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomadtheatre

Showtime Singalong – with The Duffers & Gruffers Choir

Showtime Singalong – with The Duffers & Gruffers Choir

Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7:30pm

In aid of Play In A Week 2018

Presenting songs from their favourite shows, the D&G Choir and their Musical Director, Martin Hall invite you to join them in a “Showtime Singalong” featuring songs from Oliver, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Carousel and many more.

You’ll have the words so you can join in a much or as little as you like. There will also be a selection pf special performances for you to sit back and enjoy!

This evening is open to everyone and will be raising funds for Play In A Week’s 20th anniversary production in 2018.

Tickets £12 via the box office on 01483 284747 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomadtheatre

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About Play In A Week

Play In A Week is the Nomads annual week-long project for people with a range of physical and/or learning disabilities.
It enables actors with learning and/or physical disability to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a show and putting on 2 public performances every summer in our fully equipped and accessible modern theatre.

To achieve this, a cast of around 50 performers are backed by over 60 volunteers and specialist professionals. A special play is commissioned each year with a unique part to suit every individual wanting to participate.

New songs and music are composed, and dances choreographed to fit the script. Personal achievements since 1999 are both inspiring and humbling. Accessing performing arts and being part of this very special company has amazing benefits for our participants and volunteers, as well as providing great entertainment for our audiences!

Funding for this project comes primarily from donations and fundraising events which run throughout the year.

Freewheelers Easter Showcase

Freewheelers Easter Showcase

Wednesday 21st March @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £12
Concessions: £6
Carers go free – please contact the box office
Limited Wheelchair spaces available – please contact the box office

 

Join Freewheelers at our Easter Showcase for an evening of Dance, Drama, Film and Music, presented by our weekly workshop groups. From incredible improvised dances to hilarious Roman radio plays and live musical medleys, our creative programme promises to entertain!

Freewheelers work with disabled and non-disabled artists using theatre, dance, film, music and animation. We achieve high production standards, alongside a person-centred approach. We entertain, innovate, collaborate and challenge perceptions. We surprise people.

Box office: 01483 284747

Our box office is open on Saturday’s 10.30am – 12 noon. At all other times, please leave a voicemail with your name and telephone number, clearly stating your requirements and we will call you back.

Online box office: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomadtheatre

 

Auditions – Shakers

Auditions – Shakers

This 90 minute play is presented by four waitresses, Adele, Mel, Carol and Nicky, each under pressure in different ways, and describes a typical night at a bar called Shakers. The play is set in 1985, and has plenty of quick-fire humour as well as monologues by each character. The actresses play all the characters in the bar, including the clientele the four waitresses have to deal with.

  • Director: Michael Ayres
  • Performance dates: 13-17 February at 7:45pm
  • Rehearsals: Sunday / Wednesday / Friday

Audition dates:

  • Tuesday 9th January at 7.30pm
  • Sunday 14th January at 6pm

Auditions will be held at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here)

Audition monologues (script provided):

  • Carol – “When I was sixteen..”
  • Adele – “I first slept with somebody…”
  • Mel – “Bleedin’ cocktails…” and “My mum tells everyone that I work in Shakers…”
  • Nicky – “It is something that I’ve put together myself…”

Northern accent preferred but not essential

If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please contact the Director on [email protected]

Characters

Shakers is an ensemble piece, with each actor playing equally featured roles. The playing age is 20s to 30s, but rapport between the actors is as important.

  • Adele – mid 20’s Thinks life is for living, having fun is her raison d’être. Calls it as she sees it. The complete opposite of Carol.
  • Carol – late 20’s/early 30’s Down to earth, no nonsense type. Degree educated at Lancaster Poly. She wants the other girls to make something of themselves and not waste their time on “men”, though she secretly wants to settle down and have children herself.
  • Mel – early 20’s Despite of her youth, she is already embittered by life. Plenty of attitude and can stop an elephant at twenty yards with a quip. Comic timing is vital.
  • Nicky – late teens/early 20’s Budding actor, keen to progress her acting career, gives the air of confidence (until she attends an audition!!!) Always feels slightly left out of things, in much the way that a younger sibling does when involved with older sisters. Has a “the show must go on” ethos.

Shakers by John Godber & Jane Thornton

Shakers

By John Godber & Jane Thornton

Directed by Michael Ayres

Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th February 2018 (in the studio) at 7:45pm

BOOK HERE

Tickets: Adults £12, Students £10

Box office 01483 284747 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomadtheatre

The Nomads present a dramatic comedy piece, Shakers, in the studio. Set in a cocktail bar c. 1985, we meet Carol, Adele, Nicky and Mel, four friends who have taken to waitressing in desperation but who also have wit and resilience enough to never let any of the colorful characters they come across shake them up!

Shakers cocktail bar is THE place to be! After work, before a club, to meet the blokes, to pick up the girls, to drink to celebrate or drown your sorrows, for birthdays and parties and romance and sin, this is the place to be seen. The all-female cast introduce us to complex women from all walks of life with a fascinating insight into their challenges and social commentary.

For this performance, you’ll also find some fun additions to your visit which will heighten the experience… for example, you can order one of our limited edition cocktails in the bar of The Bob King room, our brand new building (formerly The Greenroom)!

Director:

Michael Ayres, Artistic Director for The Nomads, is a well-known face in the amateur dramatics circles of Surrey. Most recently appearing as the dame, Sarah The Cook in Dick Whittington, he’s enjoying the first of two productions he’ll be directing here in 2018.

Cast:

  • Mel – Lucy Hamilton
  • Adele – Hayley Clines
  • Carol – Nikky Kirkup
  • Nicky – Laura Spalding

Tickets: Adults £12, students £10

Don’t miss out, seats are limited, book today!

Box office: 01483 284747 – leave a voicemail, or call on Saturdays 10.30-12.30

Online box office: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomadtheatre

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Play In A Week Quiz – Something For Everyone!

Saturday 10th February, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Our handcrafted Quiz Night is not your usual “pub quiz! Back by popular demand, the Play In A Week humorous, fun and thought provoking questions will entertain you while we raise funds. We try to level the playing field and have ‘something for everyone’ to answer.

Everyone is welcome! Teams are of up to 8(ish!), but you don’t have to bring a whole team in order to participate. We’ll find everyone a place at our friendly tables.

Tickets are £14 which includes a buffet supper. When you book, please tell us if you prefer meat or vegetarian option.

Book online – click HERE, or call 01483 284747.

About Play In a Week

Play In A Week is the Nomads annual week-long project for people with a range of physical and/or learning disabilities. It enables actors with learning and/or physical disability to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a show and putting on 2 public performances every summer in our fully equipped and accessible modern theatre.
To achieve this, a cast of around 50 performers are backed by over 60 volunteers and specialist professionals. A special play is commissioned each year with a unique part to suit every individual wanting to participate. New songs and music are composed, and dances choreographed to fit the
script.
Personal achievements since 1999 are both inspiring and humbling. Accessing performing arts and being part of this very special company has amazing benefits for our participants and volunteers, as well as providing great entertainment for our audiences!
Funding for this project comes primarily from donations and fundraising events which run throughout the year.
Want to get involved? You can contact us for a chat by these methods:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01372 726571
On Facebook please search for: @playinaweek

Dick Whittington – pantomime by Peter Denyer

Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 December
Evenings 7.30, matinee at 2.30 Saturday
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10, £12 adults on 12th

Box office 01483 284747

BOOK ONLINE HERE

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Presented by The Nomads – a traditional pantomime which follows the story of Dick Whittington, his cat and his rise to fame in London. This show has got it all – from shipwrecks to streets paved with gold! With barrels of laughs, slapstick, great musical numbers and plenty of audience participation there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Our intimate, comfortable theatre auditorium seats 120 so you’re always close to the action… we are entirely run by volunteers so you’ll find a friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere (don’t worry if your children might be noisy, the more noise the better!) … and we have a warm and cozy new Greenroom bar to relax in!

Call now or book online for what promises to be our biggest and best pantomime yet!

Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella –  http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/

BOOK ONLINE HERE

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Production team

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The story:

The origins of the story of “Dick Whittington” will not be found in any book of fairy tales. The pantomime is the only one based on a true subject. There actually was a  Richard Whittington, and he did become (Lord) Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

Dick Whittington is a poor boy who has travelled to London to seek his fame and fortune. He has been told that “The streets are paved with gold”. He arrives penniless, and without a friend in the world.

In the pantomime it is often the Fairy – Fairy Bow Bells who introduces “Tommy” the cat to Master Whittington. He now has a true friend, but what he and Tommy want most is to earn an honest living.

Dick Whittington and Tommy the Cat are invited on board the ship to seek their fame and hopefully their fortune. A great storm brews up. The ship is in danger and the characters are washed ashore-bedraggled, wet and lost. The Dame, Idle Jack, the Captain and the Mate, and finally Dick and Tommy arrive safe and sound.

Will Dick find any treasure on the island? How will they get back to London?

Join us and you’ll find out… Oh, yes you will!

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas

Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30

Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for adults on Wednesday

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

When a telegram arrives postponing the visit of his aunt, the boys bribe a friend, Lord Fancourt-Babberley, into impersonating her.
Problems begin when the real aunt turns up under an assumed identity – of course, as everyone knows, in farce, nothing ever goes according to plan but of course, again, according to the rules of farce, everything works out fine in the end!

 

Walter Brandon Thomas (24 December 1848 – 19 June 1914) was an English actor, playwright and songwriter, best known as the author of the farce Charley’s Aunt. Although Thomas never repeated the prodigious success of Charley’s Aunt, he maintained a career as an actor and dramatist until his death, acting mostly in comedy, but with occasional serious roles in the plays of Shakespeare and others.

Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society).

Jon Fox from NODA reviewed both productions:

The Pajama Game

A very strong principal cast backed by a highly enthusiastic and energetic chorus made for a very high performance standard.

http://www.nomadtheatre.com/pajama-game-noda-review/

Pajama Game – I’m not at all in love

 

Twelfth Night

This complicated and multi layered love comedy with its mistaken identity at the heart of much of the confusion and comedy was a marvellous vehicle for a richly talented company of players like the Nomads.    The director had worked in great depth with the performers upon the interaction, absurdities and human qualities of the many flawed characters.

Review: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night September 2016

Fabian, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby

The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

Green Forms and Say Something Happened

A comedy double-bill of plays by Alan Bennett

Directed by Graham Poutney

24-28 October at 7.30, Saturday matinee at 2.30

Tickets – Adults £20, Children/Students £15

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Presented by Theatreviva in association with The Nomads

GREEN FORMS

Doreen and Doris work (or perhaps idle) in Precepts and Invoices, an obscure business department in a large organisation. A flurry of requisition forms signals this is not a normal day: economic storm clouds are gathering, and someone has their eye on them. A shadow is falling across their tranquil lives. Are they about to be fired? A rare chance to enjoy this Alan Bennett gem!

SAY SOMETHING HAPPENED

Arthur and Elizabeth Rhodes, married and in their 60s, receive an unexpected visit from Social Services in the form of eager, but inexperienced, June Potter; she needs to register at-risk elderly people. Able-bodied Mam and Dad have no intention of being listed. June resorts to her notes on Conducting Interviews and no-nonsense Mam sorts her out! Another comedy nugget to make you laugh out loud on an autumn evening.

Eat Me – presented by Matrix Theatre

Saturday 14th October 8pm

Tickets – Adults £12, Children/Students £10

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Presented by the Matrix Theatre, in association with The Nomads.

A fascinating drama about various people’s eating disorders, their lives, loves, hates and experiences. Brought together by a common denominator, all with different coping strategies, the play journeys from the past, to living in the present and how they all endeavour to show the world through humour, strength and resolve how to move forward to the future. This play gives a true and accurate insight into the minds and behaviours of different eating disorder sufferers, as it has been co-written by real life sufferers about their experiences and their road to recovery.

Move Over Mrs Markham by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

Directed by Jeff Wightwick
Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October at 7.45, matinee at 2.30 on Sat 7th
Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for all adults on 4th

This wonderful farce is set in a top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. The flat has been renovated, and so has been largely empty. Philip is a publisher of children’s books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on the ground floor. Philip agrees to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to “entertain” his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham is persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the apartment, so she can entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who had been decorating the apartment for the past three months has decided that this was the night he and the au pair girl would try out the new round bed! When all three sets of people converge on the apartment, expecting to find it empty, chaos and confusion ensue.

Ember Big Band

Saturday 9th September at 8pm

Tickets: £15

Come and hear the big band sound!  This is a fundraising event for the new greenroom, enjoy wonderful music and help fit out the new bar.

The Ember Big Band is a not-for-profit line-up of 23 talented musicians that made its debut in March 2015. It performs at major events throughout Elmbridge (and often way beyond – the Eastbourne Air Show is on the cards for August). Past gigs have included sell-out Christmas concerts, regattas, Thames Heritage days, a Rat Pack dinner dance at Whiteley Village and a special ‘command performance’ for the Mayor of Elmbridge’s nominated charities for 2017.

Our line-up of 23 musicians (plus talented singers) perform numbers in styles and tempos ranging from the Great American Songbook to swing, Latin, funk and rock. The band is conducted by Bill Geldard, one of the UK’s best known trombonists and arrangers. Since turning professional at the age of fifteen he has played with some of Britain`s most famous orchestras and musicians including The Squadronaires, Geraldo, Ted Heath, John Dankworth and Jack Parnell. Ask him about the high spots of his career and there is a modest pause (probably because there are too many to mention). Then he recalls touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jnr; having a solo specially written for him by Sinatra’s arranger, Nelson Riddle; performing with Henry Mancini at “The Pink Panther” premiere in Switzerland; playing on the sound track of the first Bond film, “Dr. No” – and on the signature tune of ITVs hit 70s TV series “Minder”.

Bill says: “Ember is an amateur band – but we take a professional approach to everything we do. There`s a difference between being ‘amateur’ and ‘amateurish’. We’ve got a cracking programme lined up for the Nomad Theatre – and are confident of a great audience.

 

www.emberbigband.uk

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Play in a Week – Once Upon A Forest

Play in a Week directed by Brandon McGuire

Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July
performances 29 July at 7.30, 30 July at 2.30
Tickets: £13
An original play, specially commissioned for PIAW. This annual week-long fully inclusive project enables actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a theatre show and putting on public performances.  “Always a treat!” 

We are  delighted to be able to announce that the title of this years’ production is “Once Upon A Forest”.  Written for us by Rachel Barnett, it is a humorous twist on all those fairy tales we know and love.

About Play In a Week

Play In A Week -a week-long fully inclusive project, enabling actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic of theatre.

Review – Play In A Week 2016

play in a week finale 2016

Strictly Come Shakespeare Finale 2016

Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by Graham Botterill

Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July at 7.45

Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10

In this often hilarious tragi-comedy, three sisters come together before their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons.  The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true.

memory of water shelagh stephenson

Playwright Shelagh Stephenson was born in Northumberland and read drama at Manchester University.

She is the author of several original radio plays written for BBC Radio, including Darling Peidi , The Anatomical Venus and Five Kinds of Silence (1997), which won the Writer’s Guild Award (Best Original Radio Play). Recent plays include Life is a Dream and Nemesis, broadcasts in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Her first stage play, The Memory of Water (1997), which opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London in 1996, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy. This was adapted for film, and produced as Before You Go in 2002, starring Julie Walters.

Here are the cast in rehearsal!

memory of water rehearsal

memory of water rehearsal

Charley’s Aunt Auditions

Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30

Auditions for males, 20-30 playing age are still open!

Contact Andrew by email: [email protected] 

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society). See the Reviews page for more!

Nomes Youth Theatre presents Musical Mayhem

Musical Mayhem – directed by Rachel Scott and Francesca Peplow
At The Nomad Theatre, East Horsley (find us)

Friday 30 June at 7.30

Saturday 1 July at 2.30 and 7.30

Sunday 2 July at 2.30

Tickets adults £10, children £7

All the Nomes groups join together to present a selection of drama and singing from a variety of popular musicals.

nomes youth theatre musical mayhem

Find out all about the Nomes Youth Theatre here. Classes now booking for September and summer school.

Dick Whittington Auditions (pantomime)

Pantomime audition dates – all held at the theatre:

  • Sunday 11 June – 2pm / 7pm – please book a slot
  • Monday 12 June – 7:30pm – please book a slot
  • Sunday 18 June – 7pm – open auditions
  • Monday 19 June – 7:30pm – open auditions
Dick Whittington – By Peter Denyer

December 12 – 16 including a Saturday matinee

We need dancers / singers / actors – small parts and principals, as well as a Musical Director.
Get in touch with Artistic Director, Andrew Hamel-Cooke now to express your interest – [email protected] or sign up to the events on Facebook here.
Musical Director – in the past we’ve been lucky to have some great MD’s. Usually they also play keys and can direct a bass/rhythm and drummer… but if you’re a drummer who can work with a guitarist, or have other ideas about set-up, please let us know!
Cast list

Principals

  • King /Queen Rat – M/F – an imposing presence, requiring a strong actor, can be played “straight” baddie!
  • Dick Whittington – principal boy/girl – must have charm, talent and energy, starting sweetly and ending with hero status!
  • Idle Jack – the comedy part, age not important, this role employs crooked logic and story-telling capabilities as well as being comfortable engaging directly with the audience.
  • Sarah the Cook – Dame (ideally) – a great all-rounder who can act, sing, dance and be a comedian. A big, bright, bold character!
  • Alice Fitzwarren – principal girl – a good actress, this role is a quick-witted and street-wise London girl with a sense of adventure.
  • Fairy Bow Bells – a kind of fairy godmother, ideally a strong singing voice.
  • Tommy the cat – non speaking – this actor/actress should be able to be understood by the audience by only meowing! Central to the whole story, must have a strong friendship rapport with Dick.
  • Alderman Fitzwarren – a warm an generous man with Alice as his daughter, must be strong enough to weight the dramatic scenes well.
  • Captain Cuttle – should be a strong singer with a good sense of comic timing to ensure he can carry the show in certain moments.
  • The Sultan of Morocco – not a large part but nicely showy-offy, the performance should be big and bold and the actor shouldn’t be afraid of an outrageous accept. Subtlety not required here!

Smaller roles

  • Gnawbone – a rat lieutenant, & Gnashfang – another rat lieutenant – villains with two short scenes, could be male or female. Distinct rat movements and ensuring the audience hate them is important!
  • King Neptune – optional – to be played seriously, a mysterious character.
  • Sailor 1 & Sailor 2 – well, they are sailors, any age, male/female!

Rehearsals are usually 1 evening per week (to be determined by majority vote & availability) and Sunday afternoon/evenings. Likely to run from mid-September, with additional hours near to opening.

dick whittington auditions june 2017 nomad theatre surrey east horsley pantomime

 

The origins of the story of “Dick Whittington” will not be found in any book of fairy tales. The pantomime is the only one based on a true subject. There actually was a  Richard Whittington, and he did become (Lord) Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

Dick Whittington is a poor boy who has travelled to London to seek his fame and fortune. He has been told that “The streets are paved with gold”. He arrives penniless, and without a friend in the world.

In the pantomime it is often the Fairy – Fairy Bowbells who introduces “Tommy” the cat to Master Whittington. He now has a true friend, but what he and Tommy want most is to earn an honest living.

Dick Whittington and Tommy the Cat steal on board the ship as stowaways, to seek their fame and hopefully their fortune. A great storm brews up. The ship is in danger and the characters are washed ashore-bedraggled, wet and lost. The Dame, Idle Jack, the Captain and the Mate, and finally Dick and Tommy arrive safe and sound.

Will Dick find any treasure on the island? How will they get back to London? And will Dick marry the princess or the girl-next-door?

Join us and you’ll find out… Oh, yes you will!

Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella – http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/

When Love Grows Old

 

Close Quarter Productions, John B Hobbs and Theatre Reviva! in association with The Nomads present:

When Love Grows Old

The hit comedy double-bill direct from the Brighton Festival Fringe.
The event is a short double-bill, directed by Theatre Reviva! Artistic Director, Graham Pountney with Highly Recommended and 4-Star reviews.

‘The Romance of the Century’
features the most glamorous couple in the world, whose love story caused a national crisis.
‘The Weatherman’
– two old friends reflect on love and friendship, and try to remember someone’s name…

Buy tickets online now!

It’s direct from the Brighton Fringe Festival for 2 performances only on Friday June 9th and Saturday June 10th.
There’s also a Question and Answer session with the Author and the Director right after each show, included in the ticket price!

theatre reviva when love grows old