welcome to the grange players
The Playhouse is the home of the Grange Players Ltd, an award winning, non-profit-making organisation registered as a charity, celebrating their 72nd season.
Since our formation in 1951 it has been the company’s aim to encourage local interest in drama and put on productions that have entertained and stimulated our audiences for generations.
Read some our reviews from Behind the Arras
some mother's do 'ave 'em
As well as the splendid cast the set from Martin Groves also has a starring role with bits that fall off, explode, burst into flames around furniture which seems to have a small but vital deficit when it comes to the leg department. It is all aided by spot on lighting and sound from Stan Vigurs and Colin Mears, which make the quite complex special effects of lights, bells, record player, cooker coming on and off on cue, or at least on thump of the wall or stamp of the foot, actually work. Director Kerry Jones and her cast and crew have set a remarkably high bar for the rest of 2024 and if you want a laugh, a bit of nostalgia and an evening of wonderful theatre, then some mothers will be ‘avin ‘em, as long as Frank is kept away from tools or wires, or indeed the building
rules for living
We watch a family and relationships falling apart, love lying and dying, truths flying home in droves as we descend, literally, into a battle royal with turkey, sprouts, mash, squirty cream flying around the stage along with broken crockery and no shortage of dry cleaning required. Which means a Christmas lunch afresh every night and a few hours of opportunity for Edith to calm down with a war zone clean up before the next performance. In the lead up we have Bedlam the game, bedlam the result, apologies all round, and a peace that lasts about the same length of time it takes to say the word. It's not a well known play, dates back to 2011, but it is a delight. It is genuinely funny, has some wit and wonderful lines about it and is a superb, well acted production.
A bit like The Mousetrap we, the audience, are sworn to secrecy, so that is as much as can be revealed upon pain of death, which is just as well as anyone heading home wandering off into the night wondering where summer has gone, will probably still be wondering what has happened and who did what to whom . . . or did they. What we can say is that it is a delicious night of fun, a comedy thriller with three deaths - one victim even managing to die twice! That's persistence for you
lilies on the land
The four Land Girls are superb, they manage a huge range of emotions and despite no narrative or thread to follow, create a theatrical piece which flows along gently with its collection of stories and thoughts, and you start to feel for and understand the characters, even if they an invention, a device to tell a host of experiences. hey have become people. It all takes place on a bucolic set designed by director Rachel Waters and the result is a lovely evening touching on nostalgia for some, a neighbour as I was growing up had been a Land Girl and memories of the war were still fresh.
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