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Scratch Night

Tue 30 Jan 2024



PWYD £5/£8/£10/£12*



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Scratch Night

A bunch of local theatre makers, comedians, dancers, musicians, actors and clowns are going to try some new things – and you’re invited to experience it.

Join us as we sample the delights of a smorgasbord of bold, fresh, new work in progress performances.  It’s the first crucial part of a journey for the acts and a left-field night like no other for the audience.

Our promise to you:

This’ll be…

Unpolished. Random. Uproarious. Vulnerable. Inspired. Awkward. New. Joyous.


Nia Powell: Tears of Joy

Tears of Joy follows three women (a Daughter, Mother, Grandmother) as they negotiate the ebbs and flows of motherhood, grief and intergenerational care. It is based on losing a close relative and friend and how we can produce something for their legacy and memory. Containing music and poetry it ebbs and flows like the sea.

Taking the form of an extended memoir poem that interweaves realism and performance art through
lyrical interludes. The mental health of the mother is interrogated whilst the Daughter undergoes severe health problems. Written with expression of care and support through a struggling mother, daughter and grandmother and their endless intergenerational giving. It touches on my south west heritage and the importance of this engrained self and I believe it is invaluable to see work that reflects smaller, rural and often forgotten communities.

The MTS Company: ‘Its Just Walking’

The recently formed MTs Company is a group of amateur adult dancers who were brought together by the joy of movement and a need to get out and socialise with like-minded people. Their performance, “It’s Just Walking”, is an experimental showcase of one person’s lonely struggle to overcome the powerful emotions and physical challenges created by a rediscovery of a love of dance after a 20 year absence from it. It is the tale of how this struggle unexpectedly brought together a group of people from all walks of life and cultures, sharing in the magic and expressive release of dance. “It’s Just Walking” is a metaphor for this journey both together and individually. We are proof that the power of dance can unite, bring joy and ultimately spark a shared passion and love for the magic of movement.

Mark Jardine: The First Men in The Moon

Follow Bedford and Professor Cavor as they take a giant leap and boldly go where no men have gone before.

This extract from The First Men in the Moon by HG Wells, is a solo stage adaptation of the classic adventure novel brought to life by Devon based actor Mark Jardine. Previous solo performances by Mark include How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup which ran at the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival: ‘Honest, straightforward, imaginative and a pleasure to be at’ **** Fringe

Spot on the Ceiling Productions: SOS

When Dexter first started writing his script, he only wanted to show it to one person. It was supposed to act as a letter of love and support for his best friend who had given up hope on the other side of the planet. SOS is a true story about two lost souls searching for answers and how, occasionally you just don’t have enough time to find them. Telling this story was all he could do to reach out, but by the time it was finished, it was too late. And after months of trying to defuse a ticking time-bomb, he found himself dangling over a smouldering crater of grief with only one lifeline: he knew that his story could help others from falling into the same pit. Armed with a knack for finding levity in the macabre, he joins forces with a director and sets out to spread a simple message- you are not alone.

Please note that some performances contain the following: swearing, reference to suicide, substances, bereavement, themes of depression, mental health and difficulties within childbirth.



Tue 05 Mar | 7.30pm


*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >>

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