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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2021


Season Update

We are still targeting March 2021 for a re-opening of the Theatre, with Still Alice. But, in this ever changing landscape, this aim will be kept under close review and a final decision on whether this is viable will be made at the end of 2020.  There are still two plays remaining in the Season which have yet to be auditioned, Frankenstein and Twelfth Night, but no date has yet been fixed.  More news on those in the next few weeks.

Online performances

If you’re missing the thrill of “live” performance you’re not alone.  So are we!  But in common with many other arts organisations our creative writers, actors and directors have found opportunities to continue to make theatre, with a series of projects which we’ve been delighted to share with you.  

Do please support their efforts by viewing these films.  Let us know what you think – and indeed what you’d like to see more of!

The short pieces you can see here – all involving GWT members you’ll probably recognise - were submitted to the written voice new writing event, which forms part of an Arts Festival usually presented live at the Stag Theatre. To keep the event alive during 2020 written voice wanted to make films and recordings of the pieces instead.

The Devil you Don’t

Written by Alice Higginson-Clarke this short play stars GWT actors Catherine Addy and Hannah Holland in a story of two young women ‘doing their bit’ for the refugee crisis. It is a story of friendship, dodgy driving and uncomfortable realisations. Thank you for supporting our theatre in these troubled times. This project was filmed in Covid-Safe settings whilst observing restrictions.

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Sitting in Silence

Written by Mike Higginson, this short play examines the devastating after effects of the First World War on people of all walks of life. The cast features GWT actors; Maurice Tripp, Paul Harris, Lisa Harris, Katie Webster, Alice Higginson-Clarke, Dominic Higginson-Clarke, Gaynor Griffin and Sue Higginson.  This project was filmed in Covid-Safe settings whilst observing restrictions.

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This monologue is taken from the play Tortoise written by Lisa Whitbread and performed by Gerald Bishop. Peter lives alone, he says quite happily and then his daughter decides to make his decisions for him. 

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Zoom; Dogs and Dinosaurs

Sue’s embraced ALL the technology to keep in touch with her friends and family. But where does a Romanian dog rescuer fit in – and who on earth are Nips, Lethal and Dyson? This funny and touching monologue is written, and performed, by Brenda Joyce.

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written voice is run by GWT members Lisa and Paul Harris; find them at

A date for your diary!

On December 11/12/13 we’ll be “broadcasting” our first audio play when director Lawrence Watling and sound designer James McLeod bring us The Last Tango in Little Grimley.  Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society is in trouble. The membership has dwindled to four - the audiences aren't much bigger- and if they don't come up with some rent money soon, they're going to be thrown out. Thankfully, their chairman, Gordon, has written a play about the residents of their little village. Follow our no hoper characters, as they attempt to rehearse a truly awful script……  Could this indeed be The Last Tango in Little Grimley?  The cast consists of GWT favourites - David Oatley, Brenda Joyce, David Webster and Kellie Risby.  Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for news on how you can access and enjoy this hilarious farce.  The perfect thing to cheer us up as we approach the end of what’s been a very strange year. 

Watch this space!

We’re pleased to say we’ll soon be announcing the details of some other virtual projects which should provide opportunities for our actors to get involved, and our audiences to stay connected with us.   Watch this space to see how YOU can participate!

In the meantime, stay well, and safe.  We can’t tell you how much we hope to be welcoming you back to the Theatre in March.

22nd November 2020