The Mystery Wooden Box
Jul
2
to Dec 22

The Mystery Wooden Box

Rosie Simpson, one of the Museum’s wonderful team of volunteers, has been working with Fern Ryan, the Collections Assistant, to uncover the secrets of the mystery wooden box - a portable copying press patented by James Watt. Come to The Collectors Room and see the box open, with its contents displayed and learn about this fascinating early technology.

Curated by Rosie Simpson

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Material Flow
Aug
31
to Sep 22

Material Flow

This exhibition considers materials as a dynamic flow of nonhuman and human interactions, each with its own narrative. These narratives may need to be revealed as histories fade or connections are disrupted. From the waters of the Stroud Valleys with its own specific mineral mix formed over millions of years to the sheep that have co-travelled with humans from ancient times or plants that are chemically energetic and bestow shocks of vibrant colour when coaxed to do so by a skilled human hand. Stroud has for centuries been an industrial hub where materials are drawn to, transformed and then sent on another journey.

Material Flow is a multi-media exhibition with an international and UK-based cast of artists who have responded to Stroud’s cloth history but have also drawn on broader interrelated themes like colonialism, ecosystems and place, industry and craftsmanship, all associated with a rich and vibrant cultural history. Curated by Patricia Brien.

Part of the Wool and Water Festival supported by Arts Council England www.woolandwater.org

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Radio Communication - A Foyer Display
Sep
3
to Oct 20

Radio Communication - A Foyer Display

A small selection of radio-related artefacts from the Museum’s Collections. Do you remember Stroud’s own radio station Falcon FM - pop along to see if you can spot any Stroud-famous faces!

Picture shows a page from the 1935 Radio catalogue from the Bristol Metals Agency.

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The Miniature Museum presents... Radio Droogdok: Radio Hut - Test Transmissions Featuring ‘Test Transmission From The Edge of The World’ by Jonny Fluffypunk
Sep
13
to Sep 22

The Miniature Museum presents... Radio Droogdok: Radio Hut - Test Transmissions Featuring ‘Test Transmission From The Edge of The World’ by Jonny Fluffypunk

Miniature Museum, and it’s audio wing Radio Droogdok, have joined forces with poet, spoken word artist and lo-fi theatremaker Jonny Fluffypunk to launch a new experimental project: Radio Hut - Test Transmissions. Part art installation celebrating and exploring the magic of radio communication, part interactive site-specific ‘recording station’, part alternative micro theatre. All packed into a little tin hut kitted out with the very latest in obsolete technology.

The Radio Hut will be resident in the courtyard of the Museum for a week of exploration and experimentation, kicking off with a bespoke theatre show from Jonny, performed in conjunction with Stroud Theatre Festival.

 This project is supported with thanks to Arts Council England and Stroud Festival.

For more information visit: 

Radio Hut project - www.radiodroogdok.org

Miniature Museum - www.miniaturemuseum.org.uk/radiohut

Jonny Fluffypunk's Theatre Show: www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk

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CANCELLED - Functional Felt & Fibre Cord – Felt Making Workshop with Connie Flynn
Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

CANCELLED - Functional Felt & Fibre Cord – Felt Making Workshop with Connie Flynn

Fleece to felt, this experimental felt making workshop will be an opportunity to explore natural fibres, to create your functional felt tool roll. It will give you an understanding of the felt making process with the focus on fabric, cords and pockets. The outcome possibilities are endless; the felt rolls could be used for tools, brushes, pencils, pegs and more. For adults and students aged 16+. 

Linked to the Material Flow exhibition, part of the Wool & Water Festival        

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

£25 (£20 concs)

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Material Flow: Artists and Curator ‘in conversation’ Futuring material histories
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Material Flow: Artists and Curator ‘in conversation’ Futuring material histories

Artists will talk about their work in relation to the Material Flow exhibition and the broader topics associated with it. These are informal discussions encouraging dialogue on museum artefacts, cultural heritage and the contribution to contemporary art practices.

Material currencies: Bridget Kennedy & Mair Hughe 

Capturing an essence: Tara Downs & Anna Cady 

Free event

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‘Wool & Water’ Poetry Evening
Sep
23
7:30 PM19:30

‘Wool & Water’ Poetry Evening

Towards the end of the Wool and Water festival, there will be an evening reading at which half a dozen local poets will read from the pamphlets. Jo Bousfield, Kim Baker, Eley Furrell, James Holliday, JLM Morton, Maxine Relton and Maria Stadnicka will read poems which relate to the festival theme and which address, in different and thoughtful ways, the pleasures of ‘wild swimming', exhuming Roman remains, and drinking Stroudwater dry. There will be interesting overlaps, and imaginative takes on cloth and toil.  

Both books will be on sale, ‘Wool’ and 'Water’, (£5 each).

7.30pm for 8pm Free event

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‘R for Revolution’ Community Art Installation
Sep
25
to Sep 29

‘R for Revolution’ Community Art Installation

Make your mark. Add your views. What does Revolution mean to you?    

This experimental community installation will take the form of a giant alphabet, 26 printed letters, each exploring what ‘Revolution’ means to different people living in Stroud and the valleys.

If you’d like to take part, look out for free workshops and art history lectures (18 and 20 September), and Revolutionary Poetry (26 September at 8pm). Or join a ‘Revolutionary tea party’ (28 September, 2pm to 3pm). 

A community arts project facilitated by artists Christine Felce and Rachel Oram and supported by Stroud Festival.

https://stroudfestival.org/

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Thursday Afternoon Talk, Paul Barnett: Lydney's Lost Fleet
Sep
26
2:00 PM14:00

Thursday Afternoon Talk, Paul Barnett: Lydney's Lost Fleet

This talk transports the audience from the hustle and bustle of a 1930s working dock, engaged in the transhipment of Forest steam coal, through to its eventual decline in the 1960s and recent rebirth as a sailing Mecca and tourism attraction of the River Severn.

£5 each including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking necessary.

Please call us during opening hours on 01453 763394 or ask at reception when you visit.

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Revolutionary Poetry
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Revolutionary Poetry

Come and explore the poetry of revolution with Adam Horovitz, Emily Barker, Dennis Gould and others, to be announced, as they present a fomentation of all the sorts and stripes of revolution (from quiet moments of revolt to the long revolutions of imperialism and its aftermath) that poetry can encompass. As Emma Goldman might have said: “If I can’t write poems about it, it’s not my revolution.” With that in mind, please bring your revolutionary poems and be ready to man the barricades of the open mic.

7.30pm for 8pm Free event

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Moth Event in Stratford Park
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Moth Event in Stratford Park

Join Park Supervisor and moth expert Mike McCrea to search for moths in the park grounds. All ages welcome, but children must be supervised by a parent or carer at all times. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a torch and meet outside the Museum. Not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs due to steep and uneven pathways.

Free event

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Summer in the Garden, Outdoor installation
Sep
28
to Oct 13

Summer in the Garden, Outdoor installation

Stan Giles visited the Walled Garden each month from May to August, making drawings and taking photographs. The resulting works are displayed in the open, often where a plant once grew and flowered, and are susceptible to the effects of the elements. The exhibition aims to raise questions regarding regeneration of the natural and the frailty of the manufactured.

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Edge of Vision, Noela Bewry, Sue Rae & Maggie Shaw
Oct
5
to Nov 3

Edge of Vision, Noela Bewry, Sue Rae & Maggie Shaw

This exhibition showcases the work of three abstract artists, Noela Bewry, Sue Rae and the late Maggie Shaw. They exhibited several times together and their various starting points for abstract painting included landscape, atmosphere, musical forms and structures, memories and emotional impulses. This selection brings together a diverse range of work, taking the audience to the edges of visual experiences.


Sue Rae and Noela Bewry will be hosting a free, drop in ‘walk and talk’ gallery session on Sunday 13 October between 2pm and 4pm. They will also be running two creative collage workshops (advance booking required for these).

noelabewry.com 

suejrae.co.uk 

maggie-shaw.co.uk

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Sounds for a Small Space, Experimental Music Evening
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds for a Small Space, Experimental Music Evening

Bell Lungs (Ceylan Hay) is a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist mixing ambient, dream pop, folk and drone music with a Scottish flair. Sonic artist and curator Scotton Drive (David Litter) creates improvised soundscapes, exploring ideas of stillness and solitude by combining traditional textile patterns, folks songs, punch cards and music boxes.

£7.50 (£5 concs) in advance, £10 on the door

www.eventbrite.co.uk

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Botanical Dyes Workshop with Mila Harris-Mussi
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Botanical Dyes Workshop with Mila Harris-Mussi

Learn how to create a beautiful range of colours with plant materials you can find easily and locally, from common ‘weeds’ such as nettle and ivy to the galls and barks of oak and beech. We’ll also experiment with the brighter colours of Madder, Logwood, Annatto and Turmeric. For adults and ages 16+.

£25 (£20 concs)

To book call 01453 763394

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Thursday Afternoon Talk, Chas Townley: The Village Society at War
Oct
17
2:00 PM14:00

Thursday Afternoon Talk, Chas Townley: The Village Society at War

Cainscross and Ebley Cooperative Society was founded in 1863 and saw itself as the ‘village society'. By the start of WW1 it had branches at Stonehouse, King Stanley, Dursley, Wotton under Edge and Nailsworth as well as an extensive network of horse and cart home deliveries.

£5 each including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking necessary.

Please call us during opening hours on 01453 763394 or ask at reception when you visit.

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Thursday Afternoon Talk, Kirsty Hartsiotis: Arts & Crafts Movement First World War Memorials in Gloucestershire
Oct
24
2:00 PM14:00

Thursday Afternoon Talk, Kirsty Hartsiotis: Arts & Crafts Movement First World War Memorials in Gloucestershire

Discover the stories behind Gloucestershire's unusual concentration of war memorials by Arts and Crafts Movement designers such as Ernest Gimson, Sidney Barnsley, F L Griggs and Henry Wilson.

£5 each including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking necessary.

Please call us during opening hours on 01453 763394 or ask at reception when you visit.

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Apple & Pumpkin Day, Community Event
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Apple & Pumpkin Day, Community Event

Save the date and look out for apple pressing, a carved pumpkin competition (bring yours along!) and a chance to celebrate autumn in the beautiful Walled Garden. If you’d like to press apples, bring just one carrier bag each, and some clean, empty bottles if you’d like to take some juice home. With Stroud Valleys Project.

Free, donations welcome.

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Foyer Display: Echoes in Enamel
Oct
29
to Dec 22

Foyer Display: Echoes in Enamel

Echoes in Enamel was an Arts Council funded collaborative project between the Museum in the Park and Gloucestershire artist Sue Brown. It sought to reinterpret World War One stories and artefacts across the commemoration period from 2014 to 2018. 

 The original project involved Sue delving deep into the Museum's collections. Looking at artefacts and responding to stories, she created one new installation in print and enamel each year, which enabled museum visitors to connect with the quirky, personal and often tragic stories of local men and women during the First World War.

 This year, for the 100th anniversary of the first Remembrance Sunday, we bring together elements from each phase of Sue’s work to provide a retrospective of this artist’s residency.



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Mini Museums Family Drop in Workshop
Oct
29
to Nov 1

Mini Museums Family Drop in Workshop

If you were a Curator, what would you collect? Marvellous machines? Fantastic fossils? Curious costumes? Be inspired by Stroud District’s diverse collections and heritage and make your very own mini museum to take home. A family drop in workshop for ages 5+, perfect for the school holidays. Don’t forget our free quiz trails too!

11am to 4pm daily

£2 per child, pay on the door

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The Thinning Veil, Tales & Songs for Halloween
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Thinning Veil, Tales & Songs for Halloween

In Celtic tradition, Halloween – or Samhain – is a time when the veil between this world and the invisible world becomes thin, and there’s a traffic of beings between the two worlds. Anthony Nanson and Chantelle Smith of Fire Springs present stories and songs about the faeries, ghosts and uncanny creatures that may slip through the veil at this liminal time.

Image © Katherine Soutar

£7.50 (£5 concs)

To book call 01453 763394

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Printing with Leaves Workshop with Clare Walsh
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Printing with Leaves Workshop with Clare Walsh

Using natural leaves, learn how to use sublimation papers and the heat press to create stunning printed textile designs. Experiment with layering leaves and incorporating foil to make fabric samples that can be framed as artwork or used in sewing projects.

For adults and ages 16+. All materials provided, just bring a packed lunch.

£38 (£35 concs)

To book call 01453 763394

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Box Making Workshops with Ursula Jeakins
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Box Making Workshops with Ursula Jeakins

10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

Make and cover ‘score-and-fold’ boxboard boxes with lids, and learn the tricks of the trade that give a professional and elegant finish. You will complete at least three boxes, and additional sheets of boxboard to take home will be available for purchase on the day. 

For adults and ages 16+.

£25 (£20 concs)

To book call 01453 763394

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Nov
6
to Nov 10

Yellow Duck Trail

Families with young children are invited to drop in for a special ‘I Spy’ trail. Can you spot a little yellow duck hiding in every room? This fun activity celebrates 40 years of Usborne Publishing and the classic ‘Poppy and Sam’ Farmyard Tales series.

Free event

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Introduction to Storytelling Schools Twilight Training with Chris Smith
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Storytelling Schools Twilight Training with Chris Smith

In a Storytelling School all children become storytellers. Learning to tell stories from memory is an inspiring, engaging and inclusive way to acquire language and discover topic content. The method integrates oracy, creativity and literacy into a whole school approach to learning. This session for teachers will be an immersive and inspiring introduction.

£20 including refreshments

For full details and to book:

01453 763394 or museum@stroud.gov.uk

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Thursday Afternoon Talk, Emma Kay: Stinking Bishops & Spotty Pigs
Nov
7
2:00 PM14:00

Thursday Afternoon Talk, Emma Kay: Stinking Bishops & Spotty Pigs

Famous for Double Gloucester cheese and cheese rolling, Old Spot pigs, cider and the birthplace of prominent tea merchant Thomas Twining, Gloucestershire's culinary history is both colourful and diverse. Based on Emma's new book, this talk explores the rich history of food and drink in the county. A Stroud Book Festival linked event.

£5 each including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking necessary.

Please call us during opening hours on 01453 763394 or ask at reception when you visit.

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Nov
7
2:00 PM14:00

Stinking Bishops & Spotty Pigs Talk & Book Signing with Emma Kay

Famous for Double Gloucester cheese and cheese rolling, Old Spot pigs, cider and the birthplace of prominent tea merchant Thomas Twining, Gloucestershire’s culinary history is both colourful and diverse. Based on Emma’s new book, this talk explores the rich history of food and drink in the county.

£5, early booking advised
To book call 01453 763394

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Nov
9
to Dec 22

All Together Now – Tales of Unity, Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2019

This exhibition showcases a selection of work by some of the young illustrators shortlisted for the 2019 Awards.

Student and emerging illustrators were invited to make an illustration that uses narrative to celebrate our universal humanity and our collective experience; one that celebrates illustration and storytelling as dynamic influencers for unity and community.

 Despite possessing the technology that makes universal communicators of us all, we still suffer the great disconnects of our modern world; the great geographical, political, economic and spiritual divides. Yet, whenever we meet across these gulfs, we find we have so much in common. Alongside all that separates us, there are the great connectors – music, comedy, cuisine, the natural world and, of course, the need to draw; to examine and explain our lives through pictures.

All together now. Because at this moment so much of the world appears to be entering a period of introspection and national separatism; one of materialism and protectionism.

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Illustrators’ Fair
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Illustrators’ Fair

Talented students from the University of Gloucestershire and SGS Stroud School of Art will take over the art gallery with stalls selling wonderful and wacky illustrated wares. Do come along to browse and buy!

11am to 4pm daily

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Gum Arabic Transfer on Fabric Workshop with Sue Brown
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Gum Arabic Transfer on Fabric Workshop with Sue Brown

Using a black and white photocopy, transfer indelible images of drawings or text onto a variety of fabric surfaces. Create a stash of textile prints to embellish and develop at a later date. For adults and ages 16+, materials provided but bring a packed lunch. Suitable for beginners and artists wanting to develop their practice.

£35 (£30 concs)

To book call 01453 763394

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Thursday Afternoon Talk, Anthony Nanson: Saints, Snakes, and Spirits: Exploring Gloucestershire Folktales
Nov
21
2:00 PM14:00

Thursday Afternoon Talk, Anthony Nanson: Saints, Snakes, and Spirits: Exploring Gloucestershire Folktales

This talk was inspired by Anthony's research into local folk stories for the books Gloucestershire Folk Tales, Gloucestershire Ghost Tales, and forthcoming Gloucestershire Folk Tales for Children.

£5 each including tea, coffee and biscuits. Booking necessary.

Please call us during opening hours on 01453 763394 or ask at reception when you visit.

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Taking a Holiday Puppet Theatre by Otherstory
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Taking a Holiday Puppet Theatre by Otherstory

A moving tale of conscientious objectors and others who went on the run from conscription during the First World War and of the networks that supported them. A story of struggle in wartime, full of intrigue, escapes, comradeship…and bikes.  What does it mean to be a refugee and on the run in your own country? For adults and ages 10+.

£7 (£5 concs)

To book call 01453 763394

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Winter Robin Hunt
Nov
30
to Dec 22

Winter Robin Hunt

Children of all ages are invited to hunt for winter robins hiding around the Museum. Look carefully as you explore the displays and see if you can spot them all. A free and festive ‘I Spy’ trail with a special sticker ‘prize’.

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A Celebration of Craft Christmas Craft Fair
Nov
30
to Dec 1

A Celebration of Craft Christmas Craft Fair

Get your Christmas shopping sorted at this festive fair featuring guest makers selling delightful and original handcrafted gifts. Admire a diverse range of work from jewellery and textiles to paint and print. Meet the makers themselves, discuss their techniques, and find unique gifts away from the hustle and bustle of town.

11am to 4pm daily

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Christmas Pop Up Cafe In the Garden Pavilion
Nov
30
to Dec 1

Christmas Pop Up Cafe In the Garden Pavilion

Miss Daisy, good food made well. Come and eat some hearty soup with local bread and cheese, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, fruity Christmas brownies, home-made chocolates and more. Our delicious vegan, gluten free Christmas pudding will be available to buy and take away as will Christmas cake (gluten free available), chocolates and beeswax wraps. Hope to see you there!

11am to 4pm daily

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Christmas Gifts & Decorations Family Drop in Workshops
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Christmas Gifts & Decorations Family Drop in Workshops

Call in and enjoy a cosy and creative time at the Museum this weekend. Get ready for Christmas and make some lovely tree decorations, gift baskets, lanterns or old-fashioned lavender bags. Drop in making activities for families with children aged 5+. On Saturday, look out for wax and honey crafts with Stroud Buzz Club too.

11am to 4pm daily

£2 or £1 per item, pay on the day

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Winter Wreath Making Workshop for Adults
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Wreath Making Workshop for Adults

Book some time out to slow down, relax and enjoy creating a beautiful, traditional wreath using seasonal greenery. All materials provided but you are welcome to bring your own ribbons or some favourite decorations to personalize your creation. For adults and young people aged 16+, tea, coffee and cake included.

£12.50 

To book call 01453 763394

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Festive Wreath Making Family Workshop
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Festive Wreath Making Family Workshop

Make a festive wreath to brighten up your table or add a welcoming touch to your door this Christmas. For children and adults to enjoy together as a family, you’ll end up with one gorgeous wreath to take home. Up to three children and one or two adults per ‘family group’, all ages welcome.

£10 per family group

To book call 01453 763394

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dramatic Reading
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dramatic Reading

Gather around the fireplace and hear how the mean and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge was transformed after encountering the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Steven Deproost performs a condensed but faithful version of this well-loved, haunting tale. 

Unsuitable for young children or the faint of heart.

Free but booking advised – call 01453 763394

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Jonny Fluffypunk's Test Transmissions from the Edge of the World
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Jonny Fluffypunk's Test Transmissions from the Edge of the World

... extra performance by popular demand!

“In a ramshackle home-made shed high on the salt-licked shingle, a home-made man is having a love affair with radio. And a love affair over the radio. A love affair partially conducted in morse code, if you will. A lo-fi stand-up spoken word theatre show about imagination, invention and the magic of the airwaves. Oh yeah, and love. Of sorts. Suitable for anyone with a human soul.”

We're delighted to announce that Jonny Fluffypunk will be back at the Museum with another performance of Test Transmissions this Thursday, 19th September, starting at 5.30pm. 

The Stroud based spoken word performer presented the premiere of Test Transmissions From The Edge of the World  during last weekend's Stroud Theatre Festival, to coincide with the intriguing visiting radio hut installation created by international artists Miniature Museum (the hut is outside the museum this week).

The show lasts around one hour, tickets cost £6, no need to book just turn up at 5.15pm this Thursday and enjoy an end of summer outdoor theatre performance (bring a warm coat or blanket!).

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Concert: Warp & Weft
Sep
15
2:30 PM14:30

Concert: Warp & Weft

Stroud based composer, Andrew Heath, presents and exciting and modern classical piece commissioned especially for the Wool and Water Festival.

Part soundscape, part classical music, Waft and Weft draws it’s musical influence from elements as diverse as Philip Glass and The Art of Noise. Using recordings of weaving looms and other weaving mill soundest explores the repetitive, rhythmic qualities of weaving machinery and their syncopated musical structures. Over three distinct sections, it recreates and portrays sonically, a day in the life of a mill worker as they move between very different sound worlds.

Incorporating two amazing local musicians, Lydia Kenny on soprano saxophone and Angie Spencer on violin the pieces stirs from it’s sleeping calm, explores with poly-rhythmic energy and dynamism of life in the mills and then find its peace as it draws to the close of the day.

Warp and Weft is approximately 20 minutes long. There will an introduction by Andrew and following the performance there will be a question and answer session.

To book tickets: http://www.atelierstroud.co.uk/product/warp-and-weft

Part of the Wool and Water Festival supported by Arts Council England www.woolandwater.org

Tickets £5

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‘A String of Pearls’ - Book Launch with Tracy Spiers
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

‘A String of Pearls’ - Book Launch with Tracy Spiers

Join a tiny red bug and sheep as they tell the story of Stroud’s String of Pearls!

Children and adults of all ages are invited to come and join Capel Cochineal and Stanley Sheep as they celebrate the launch of their published history book about Stroud’s wonderful mill heritage.

 Published by The History Press, Capel Cochineal & Stanley Sheep’s School Project: Stroud’s String of Pearls, is the highly original, playful and imaginative work of local writer and illustrator Tracy Spiers.

 Presented in a beautifully illustrated exercise book format by Year 5/6 pupils Capel and Stanley, it will engage all who are interested in our local history, from the days when cloth was shrunk by walking in vats of urine, to its world-wide tennis ball and billard cloth fame. 

 To mark the publication, Capel and Stanley have created a special I Spy trail around the Museum, leading to their creator, who will be at hand to sign books and help children make a bookmark or a bug to take away with them.

 Tracy is an illustrator and writer with a passion for telling stories about history in a playful, engaging and colourful way. Married to Rog, with five daughters, she can often be spotted running along the Cotswold canal paths. 

 Tracy has worked in all aspects of media for over 30 years and has a first-class BA (Hons) and MA in illustration and now marries her two professions, helping children learn about curriculum subjects using illustration and playfulness as a way in. Previous work includes a commission to create and publish Uley Blue, a pocket-sized illustrated children’s book set in this Museum about a little hare with a big imagination.

Part of the ‘Wool & Water’ Festival www.woolandwater.org

www.tracyspiers.com

Free event

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Tideman's Piece - Raw Material Productions
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Tideman's Piece - Raw Material Productions

Sunday 15th Sept 2.00pm

We can choose our friends but not our families… but would we choose differently
If we could? This show is a celebration of people in my family and of places that were important to them, and an attempt to find a way into some of the secret history that all families have, and that makes us who we are, together with original and traditional tunes on the fiddle.

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk . Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.


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Material Flow: Artists and Curator ‘in conversation’ Responding to material histories
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Material Flow: Artists and Curator ‘in conversation’ Responding to material histories

Artists will talk about their work in relation to the Material Flow exhibition and the broader topics associated with it. These are informal discussions encouraging dialogue on museum artefacts, cultural heritage and the contribution to contemporary art practices.

Responding to cloth with textiles Heidi Flaxman & Sian Lester

 Exploring depths in/on surface: Christine Felce, Susan Kester, Edward Jeavons

 The postcolonial turn: Victoria Burgher in conversation with curator Patricia Brien


Free event

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The Numbers Station - White Hippos Productions
Sep
14
3:30 PM15:30

The Numbers Station - White Hippos Productions

Saturday 14th Sept 3.30pm

Welcome to The Numbers Station, the most secret of TOP SECRET, secrets.
It is a difficult time to be a spy, the future is uncertain and modern technology means that a Nation's secrets can be uncovered and shared in an instant. To combat this Britain has gone backwards; radio waves, code books and writing things down by hand are now the processes to keep Britain safe. Late one night as the codes come in, a lone radio operative stumbles upon the conspiracy to end all conspiracies. Or it might just be a clerical error.

Following ‘The Boy Who Fell in Love with the Stars’ and ‘TALL’ White Hippos Productions return to the Stroud Theatre Festival for the 3rd time with a brand new show, one that takes a look at the not too distant future and what you will never know about it.
"A brilliantly written and performed one-man play which manages to simultaneously convey both the bloodboilingly frustrating jobsworth bureaucracy of working for a large institution and the sinister hold that social media has over us. Wickedly funny and incisively analytical. " - The Daily Fringe
"Brilliant show. Beautiful writing – as we have come to expect from White Hippos but a terrifically totally engaged performance too! Don’t miss it." - Gill Nathanson – Fringe Theatrefest

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk . Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.


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Growing Victorians In Your Garden  ​- Bill Jones
Sep
14
3:30 PM15:30

Growing Victorians In Your Garden ​- Bill Jones

Saturday 14th Sept 3.30pm

Bill Jones offers sage advice on the subject of cultivating Victorians including such wisdom as- “In spring, tender Victorians need protecting from whooping cough, influenza and other blights. Cloches are recommended”.
An illustrated performance talk full of practical gardening tips, props including Bill's own illustrations and – of course – terrible puns.

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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Jane Austen and the Cheltonians  -Natura Contemporary Theatre
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Jane Austen and the Cheltonians -Natura Contemporary Theatre

Saturday 14th Sept 2.00pm
Sunday 15th Sept 11.00am
Sunday 15th Sept 3.30pm

Following its sell-out premier in March this year this new play by West End playwright Caroline Summerfield tours to the Stroud Theatre Festival. Starring:  Abigail Halley ('Random Acts' Channel Four) and Lynn Thomas ('Doctors' BBC TV).
What if at Jane Austen's death, not all of her letters and manuscripts from her stay in Cheltenham had been burnt by her sister? Enter her novel The Cheltonians. As observant as ever of Society's ills and set in the year following Waterloo, Emma Woodhouse, now newly married, finds herself in Cheltenham sampling the waters from its spas. But the arrivals of a Jamaican born widow of a wealthy ship owner and an army officer, soon prove too great a temptation for Emma, and it is not long before she starts matchmaking with disastrous consequences. Jane Austen & The Cheltonians provides an insightful and timeless social commentary on our manners and our morals. Natura Contemporary Theatre have developed a reputation for producing high quality contemporary theatre in town and country locations.  

Project supported using public funding by Arts Council England
"Simply sublime - written with the very voice of Jane Austen"

https://writersanddirectorsworkshop.com/natura-contemporary-theatre/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJGL1yl0Nk4

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk . Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol 3​​ ​- Obvious Arts
Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol 3​​ ​- Obvious Arts

Saturday 14th Sept 11am

‘Ivor Cutless’ returns to the festival after last years successful premiere! Fergus Ryan presents a sandwich of select works by legendary Scottish absurdist and Peel favourite Ivor Cutler, with a filling of Ferg. Defeat stress, defy intelligence and be rejuvinated by this porridgey feast of humour - an hour of beauty and nonsense.

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk. Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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Test Transmission From the Edge of the World  - Jonny Fluffypunk
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Test Transmission From the Edge of the World - Jonny Fluffypunk

Friday 13th Sept 5.00pm
Saturday 14th Sept 5.00pm
Sunday 15th Sept 12.30pm

In a ramshackle home-made shed high on the salt-licked shingle, a home-made man is having a love affair with radio. And a love affair over the radio. A love affair partially conducted in morse code, if you will. A lo-fi stand-up spoken word theatre show about imagination, invention and the magic of the airwaves. Oh yeah, and love. Of sorts. Suitable for anyone with a human soul.

Jonny Fluffypunk presents the premiere of the reimagined, reworked, fully valve-powered ‘proper’ version of the embryonic show he so expertly read off bits of paper last year.
Always conceived as a collaboration with the beautiful corrugated tin Radio Hut installation constructed by international artistic geniuses Miniature Museum, this year it is indeed just that.
Two shows performed in and around the Radio Hut, which will be in residence in the courtyard of the Museum in the Park, and a third indoors (but still in sniffing distance of the installation).

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk . Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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The Invisible Museum  ​- Knapsack Productions
Sep
13
to Sep 15

The Invisible Museum ​- Knapsack Productions

Friday 13th Sept 3.45pm
Saturday 14th Sept 2.00pm
Sunday 15th Sept 12.30pm

Invisible Museum is an exciting and interactive show aimed at 7 – 11 year olds and their families. Exploring the hidden voices throughout history, the show takes a fresh look at the past and discovers the women who, despite their significant contributions, aren't in the galleries, museums of history books.
Trapped in Stroud in 2019, The Curator needs help to explore the artefacts she has brought back from her travels in time, and to work out how they can help her fix her time-travel device and get back home.

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk . Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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Pandora  - Multi Story Theatre Company
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Pandora - Multi Story Theatre Company

Friday 13th Sept 2.00pm

Saturday 14th Sept 12.30pm

Sunday 15th Sept 11.00am

Two weary travellers meet. They are suspicious of each other. They share a story to try to establish trust. The story of Pandora. In this story, the gods trick Pandora into releasing all sorts of miseries into the world. But, in the end, Hope emerges to offer a way forward.
Pandora is a play for young people about big ideas. About holding on to trust and hope and working together in an uncertain and selfish world. All presented with the sensitivity and fun that goes with thirty years of writing and performing for young audiences.
For ages 5+

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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Miss Potter's Tailor's Tale  - Brandywine Theatre
Sep
13
to Sep 14

Miss Potter's Tailor's Tale - Brandywine Theatre

Friday 13th Sept 2.00pm
Saturday 14th Sept 12.30pm

Beatrix Potter – now Mrs William Heelis and a dedicated hill farmer in the Lake District – takes a break from lambing on a snowy night to share with us her candid recollections of how she became the most successful children’s author and illustrator of all time – how she lost the man she loved – how, after nineteen books, she regrets that she will not have a new one finished for Christmas of 1916 – and how the War Office have even tried to requisition her horse!
‘And how can you run a farm without a horse, I should like to know?!’
But, revelling in the joy she finds in her hard-working life and with her habitual good humour and wit, she delights in telling us the true tale of her favourite tailor.

Tickets for all events cost £6 each and are available in advance online from the festival website www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk . Early booking recommended.

Tickets may also be available on the door subject to availability.

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Stroud Local History Society Exhibition
Sep
7
to Sep 15

Stroud Local History Society Exhibition

This year's stewarded exhibition by Stroud Local History Society tells the story of Stroud's public transport - from turnpikes and omnibuses to trains and the railcar, and Stroud bus station. There will be a guest display by Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine club, and a visiting bus on Saturday and Sunday (details below - these are subject to change).  Other exhibits describe the development of Uplands, a brief history of Stroud's weavers, and old shops in our villages and town. There will be a rolling slideshow, book stall (new and second-hand) and a children's Quiz.

On Saturday: you can explore a 1979 single decker that has recently been restored to original livery; on Sunday: a 1948 vintage single decker. Both were in service in Stroud in their time. 

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday (12th-14th) the retired bus station manager Chris Blick plans to wear his old bus driver hat whilst stewarding! Do come along for a chat.

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‘Wool & Water’ Poetry Readings
Sep
1
4:00 PM16:00

‘Wool & Water’ Poetry Readings

As part of Stroud's Wool and Water Festival, Yew Tree Press has prepared two pamphlets, each with six poets and an introductory poem by Jo Bousfield: ‘Wool’ and ‘Water’.

To mark the start of the festival, there will be an afternoon reading at which half a dozen local (and not so local) poets will read from the pamphlets. Mark Huband, Lesley Ingram, Sharon Larkin, Rowan Middleton, Caroline Shaw, and Jacqui Stearn will read poems which relate to the festival theme and which address, in different and thoughtful ways, the history of the Golden Valley, the twelve miles walked each day by the women trimming cloth in Stroud's mills, and how to talk to sheep.  They will be joined by poet Ric Hool from South Wales. There will be interesting overlaps, and imaginative takes on cloth and toil.

Both books will be on sale, ‘Wool’ and 'Water’, (£5 each).

Part of the Wool and Water Festival supported by Arts Council England www.woolandwater.org

 4pm for 4.30pm Free event

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From Plant to Paper - Workshop with Ursula Jeakins
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

From Plant to Paper - Workshop with Ursula Jeakins

Make a variety of stationery items using plant based papers with expert tuition from bookbinder Ursula Jeakins. The workshop will show you how to take plant fibre papers, including Lokta petal papers and Khadi papers from recycled cotton rag, and combine these with  recycled greyboard, which we throw away in household waste every day,  to produce lovely bindings of notebooks and folders. For adults and over 16s.

£35 (£30 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester
Aug
22
10:30 AM10:30

‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester

Join artists Susan Kester and Zoë Heath for a day of creative exploration. Taking inspiration from the plants and flowers within the Museum’s walled garden, develop your observational and drawing skills together with the processes of collage and print. Materials provided but please bring a picnic lunch.  

£45 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

Please note this is a repeat of the workshop on 16th August.

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Wild Weeds
Aug
20
to Aug 22

Wild Weeds

Forget the weeding, let your garden grow wild in drawings filled with monstrous foliage and fearsome flowers. With inspiration from the Walled Garden and examples provided by artist Alison Cockcroft create lush jungly scenes using colourful oil pastels and inks. Artist-led family drop in workshop recommended for ages 5+.

Cost £2

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SOLD OUT ‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester
Aug
16
10:30 AM10:30

SOLD OUT ‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester

Join artists Susan Kester and Zoë Heath for a day of creative exploration. Taking inspiration from the plants and flowers within the Museum’s walled garden, develop your observational and drawing skills together with the processes of collage and print. Materials provided but please bring a picnic lunch.  

£45 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Meet the Curator – The Good, the Bad and the just Plain Weird!
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Meet the Curator – The Good, the Bad and the just Plain Weird!

Meet our curator in this drop-in Q&A session highlighting objects which are not on display.

Pop in to take a closer look at some of the treasures and oddities that have been collected over the years, find out more about what the museum holds in its stores, and how and why the collection came together in the way it did.

Free event. Donations welcome.

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Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Sword in the Stone’ Presented by IKProductions
Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Sword in the Stone’ Presented by IKProductions

“Whosoever pulls this sword from the stone is the rightful King of England”
 Wizards, Magic Swords, Knights in Shining Armour, and the Throne of England. There are fights to be fought, Knights to be knighted, and quests to be… quested. See for yourself exactly how Arthur became the most renowned King of England in this madcap, hilarious retelling of the legendary English story of The Sword in the Stone.
Following their phenomenal response from last year’s The Three Musketeers, IKP are back with another unique, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of a classic story. Excellent fun for all ages - with slapstick, physical humour, fast-paced multi-rolling, and a smattering of playful innuendo for the grown-ups, IKP's The Sword in the Stone is an unmissable Outdoor Theatre treat this Summer.

Picnics welcome. There is no seating provided, so please bring something to sit on. This production is designed to be performed in the open-air and will continue in all safe weathers.

Bring low backed chairs or blankets to sit on and clothing to suit all weathers.

Gates open at 4pm, picnics welcome, drinks and ice creams on sale.

Tickets available in advance from Everyman Theatre call  01242 572573 or book online at www.everymantheatre.org.uk/box-office

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SOLD OUT Botanical Dyes: Workshop with Mila Harris-Mussi
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Botanical Dyes: Workshop with Mila Harris-Mussi

This workshop will teach the process of natural dying using a variety of plants found in the Museum’s walled garden and the surrounding countryside.  

Exploring everything from the common plants Nettle, Ivey and Marigold to the galls and barks of Beach and Oak trees, the workshop will show you how to create a beautiful range of colours with plants you can find easily and locally. We will also be experimenting with the brighter colours of Madder, Logwood, Annatto and Turmeric to achieve a varied and tonal colour palette on silk and linen.

The workshop will give you the chance to experiment with the different dyes and create your own unique colour pallet on a variety of differing fibres.

You will then be shown the traditional Japanese techniques of Shibori, which will enable you to create bold, repeat patterns through blocking, clamping and stitching the cloth. Using these techniques you can create your own naturally dyed length of silk to take home at the end of the workshop.  Materials provided, bring a notebook and pen. For adults and 16+.

£25 (£20) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

image © Aloha Bonser Shaw


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CANCELLED Moth Event in Stratford Park
Aug
9
8:30 PM20:30

CANCELLED Moth Event in Stratford Park

Sorry, this event has been cancelled - too windy for moths tonight!

With moth expert Mike McCrea, a chance to discover the nocturnal moth world of the park and woodland. Wear walking boots, bring a warm coat and torch and meet outside the Museum gates. For adults and accompanied children aged 5+.  Please be aware that some pathways are steep and uneven.

Free event.

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Floral Watercolour Workshop with Amy Perkins
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Floral Watercolour Workshop with Amy Perkins

Spend the day amongst some beautiful blooms learning the techniques used to create stunning floral watercolour paintings. Textile Designer Amy Perkins will guide you through some of the processes she uses to paint flowers using shapes and colours inspired by nature.  With loose strokes and bleeding colours you will produce multiple studies and vignettes and perhaps even come away with a piece to frame and hang.  Within the perfect surroundings of the Walled Garden you are sure to feel inspired and encouraged to let loose your creative side whilst meeting some like minded folk and learning lots of skills for future painting sessions.

For adults and over 16s, beginners and all abilities welcome, all materials provided but please bring a picnic lunch.

£35 (£30 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Meet the Curator – Mystery Objects
Jul
31
2:00 PM14:00

Meet the Curator – Mystery Objects

Meet our curator in this drop-in Q&A session highlighting objects which are not on display. Pop in to take a closer look at some objects which you might not immediately recognise – can you guess what they are or what they might be used for? A chance to test your reasoning skills, your materials knowledge and to see some objects you might not have encountered before.

Free drop-in event. Donations welcome.

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Family Drop in Workshop: Magical Mosaics
Jul
30
to Aug 1

Family Drop in Workshop: Magical Mosaics

Be inspired by Cleo Mussi’s fantastic creations on show in the Art Gallery and make your own paper mosaic to take home. You can also play with our colourful tiles and pieces of china, create a design and snap a photo on your phone.

A family drop in workshop for ages 5+.

Cost £2

image © Cleo Mussi

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Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ By Baroness Orczy, adapted by Jenny Wicks
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ By Baroness Orczy, adapted by Jenny Wicks

We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!

It’s 1792 and France is deep in the throes of revolution. The aristocracy are holding out for a hero, and one swoops in from across the Channel.

A tale of England and France, of rich and poor, of divided loyalties and of a mysterious hero saving French nobles from the guillotine – just for fun!

A small troupe of actors adopt many disguises, accents and probably some beards, as Baroness Orczy’s classic adventure story gets the Jenny Wren treatment 

Vive la Révolution! 
Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité! And knitting!

Bring low backed chairs or blankets to sit on and clothing to suit all weathers.

Gates open at 6.30pm, picnics welcome, drinks and ice creams on sale.

£12, £10 concs, £8 under 16s Tickets available in advance from Everyman Theatre call 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk/box-office

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