What the Dickens?

The Small Spaces Theatre Company presents ‘My Dearest Kate‘, written by Ellie Dickens and adapted by Marianne Gaston, who also stars in it, alongside David Holman. It’s the story of Catherine Dickens and her tempestuous marriage to Charles, the journalist, novelist and playwright, seen through actual letters exchanged between herself, Charles, friends and family.

Don’t miss this one-night only performance at Minchinhampton Market House on Saturday 29th July, 7.45pm. Tickets available via this website (inc. 75p booking fee per ticket) or at Minchinhampton Market Stores.

Thrills, not spills, at Literary Lunch

We are thrilled (if you’ll pardon the intentional pun) to be hosting our next Literary Lunch with thriller writer Martin O’Brien on Friday 10th March at noon. 

Martin was travel editor at British Vogue for a number of years, and as a travel and life-style correspondent he has contributed to a wide range of international publications. As well as writing the Daniel Jacquot detective series (“Rich, spicy, and served up with unmistakeable relish” – The Literary Review), he has also written straight-to-paperback thrillers under the name Jack Drummond (“Big, high-pitched disaster novels don’t come much more thrilling than this” – The Daily Mirror). His latest Daniel Jacquot book, ‘Talking to the Sharks’, published last summer received excellent reviews.

Tickets are £25 and include a two course lunch plus tea or coffee. There is also a licensed bar. So pick up a booking form from Minchinhampton Market Stores, Taylors Butchers, Munchinhampton Cafe or Amberley Post Office. 

An Entertainment for Summertime

The magnificent Minpins children’s choir is coming to the Market House on Saturday 21 May. Part of Stroud Choral Society, the Minpins took their name from Roald Dahl’s last children’s book, so it is appropriate that the event – named ‘An Entertainment for Summertime’ – will be presented by writer and broadcaster Brough Girling, chairman of SCS and founder of the reading charity Readathon, of which Roald Dahl was the chairman and an ardent supporter.

The Minpins will be joined by the A Cappella singers ‘Copious Notes’ and ‘Nuts in May’, the actors’ company.

Tickets are £10 and available from Market Stores Minchinhampton. There will also be a licensed bar in aid of the Market House and Minpins charities.Minpins Poster

An Elegant Madness

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to see Emmy award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson’s ‘brilliant comic drama’, starring Richard Latham and Sean Brosnan, on Sat 30th April 2016.

‘Full of witty aphorisms.’ The Stage
‘Sean Brosnan mesmerises as Beau Brummell. A spectacle both ludicrous and touching.’ Time Out

Tickets are available from Market Stores in Minchinhampton. Grab them while they’re hot!

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Beware. He is coming…

Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new one-man performance of Bram Stoker’s Dracula,Dracula coming to the Market House on Saturday 16 April at 7.45pm. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this show by writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and “outrageously versatile” actor David Mynne, is suitable for adults and older children (12+).

‘It’s a terrific show, charming, funny, beautifully told, and suitably scary. Stoker’s gothic novel has been perfectly pared down by writer Andrew McPherson, sharply directed by Simon Harvey, and Mynne’s performance is exquisite: a masterclass in the telling of tales, it needs to be seen.’ (Ciaran Clarke: Arts End of Nowhere)

Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing (and completely batty) tale of dark deeds and the Un-dead, will thrill and seduce you!

Tickets are £10 each and available from Market Stores. Proceeds from this event go to Minchinhampton Market House.

London Philharmonic plays the Market House!

Yes, it’s true, the London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra brought their very own style of high energy musical comedy and audience participation to the Market House on Saturday 20th Feb. See if you recognise anyone in the photos below!

 

 

Snow Child captivates a full house

On 1 November we were thrilled to welcome to the Market House tutti frutti, a national touring theatre company from Leeds, who performed ‘Snow Child’, an enchanting tale adapted by Olivier nominated playwright, Emma Reeves.

Tutti frutti has been delighting children aged 3 and over for more than 23 years and tours nationally, putting on performances in schools, arts centres, village halls and other venues.

The performance thrilled a full house of all ages and is the first of a number of productions that the Management Committee hopes to bring to the Market House via AIR in G, a Gloucestershire-wide organisation run by Arts in Rural Gloucestershire. The scheme offers financial and practical support to individuals or organisations who wish to host performances at their local village hall, community centre or school.

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The Snow Child (Mei Mac) with her mother and father, played by Paula James and Mark Pearce

Mark Pearce, Mei Mac and Paula James

Mark Pearce, Mei Mac and Paula James

Mei Mac (left) as the Snow Child with Paula James

Mei Mac (left) as the Snow Child with Paula James

Sir Richard Eyre lends a hand

In October, as part of our consultation process, multi-award-winning director Sir Richard Eyre visited the Market House to discuss ideas for improving its theatrical facilities.

Sir Richard is Patron of the Market House and was accompanied by his wife, writer and producer Sue Birtwistle. You can read the full story and see photos here on the Stroud News and Journal website.

Design options for building update

On Saturday 17 October, the Market House Management Committee held a second public meeting to discuss proposed alterations to this exceptional building.

A presentation was made by Committee member Justin Hodges and designer David Newton, who talked through three options showing how the building could be altered to make it more accessible to the whole community and more attractive to potential hirers.

You can see the presentation here or print out the slides here – and if you would like to vote for one of the design options but have not yet done so, you can print out the form here. Please put your completed form either in the box in Market Stores or hand it in at Minchinhampton Library by Sunday 15 November 2015.

David Newton, the designer who is working with the Management Committee on this project has some 30 years’ experience, including six years spent with The Landmark Trust as their Building Surveyor. You can find out more at his website and read his commentary about the three options he has designed for the Market House here.