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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2021

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.  Please stay safe and well, and we'll see you in 2021!

Upcoming online projects

We’re excited to say that directors Pauline Armour and Mike Higginson are now rehearsing their online projects.   

Pauline is directing a serialised audio version of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession, which you’ll be able to enjoy at the end of January 2021.  Shaw completed this play in 1894 but because of the subject matter of prostitution it was banned in England and first staged privately in London in 1902, but not publicly performed until 1925 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Birmingham.  Shaw wrote it to draw attention to the truth that prostitution is caused, not by female depravity and male licentiousness, but simply by underpaying, undervaluing, and overworking women so shamefully that the poorest of them are forced to resort to prostitution to keep body and soul together. Mrs Warren’s Profession will feature Hannah Holland, Gerald Bishop, Sam Head, Claire Kingshott, Ross Holland and Maurice Tripp.  

By contrast, Mike is directing three duologues from the Mixed Doubles anthology, each of which takes a humorous swipe at the different stages of marriage.  The three plays, A Man’s Best Friend, Permanence, and Resting Place, will be broadcast as audio plays in February 2021 and will feature Lauren Smith, Conor Litten, Helen England, Mike Martin, Lesley Robins, and Paul Campion.

We can’t wait! 

Previous online projects

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. 

We hope you enjoyed our recent radio play Last Tango in Little Grimley – which proved very popular and received some very appreciative comments.  

Earlier in 2020 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 formed 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

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.

2nd December 2020