OUR XMAS 2018-19 TOUR

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

From 13th December 2018 to 19th January 2019 we will be touring our new Christmas show, The Scarlet Pipistrelle.

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They seek him here, they seek him there,

Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.

Is he in Heaven, or is he in Hell,

Or at a meeting of the East Ipswich

                         Ladies Crochet Group, who can tell? 

 

At the weekly meeting of the East Ipswich Ladies Crochet Group, revolution is in the air. The ladies are preparing their annual Xmas entertainment and this year's themes are the French Revolution and bat conservation.

 

Through the magic of crochet, they take us back to Paris, 1793. Heads are rolling, and no-one is safe from the roving finger of fate, the thumb of tyranny and the wrist of injustice. But help is at hand for the victims of The Terror, in the form of that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, a mysterious Englishman, who has already undertaken several rescues of condemned aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed!

 

Joining Julian Harries is Dougal Lee (recently played Frank in Educating Rita at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Tevye in Fiddler on The Roof  at Frinton Summer Theatre), Estrid Barton (who last worked with Harries & Whymark in their Eastern Angles Xmas show, Sherlock Holmes & The Curse of The Mummy's Tomb), and Emily Bennett, who joins the company for her third production (after Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance (2017) and The Mariner (2018)).

 

After last year's near-sellout show, Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance (“A glorious piece of Christmas fun" - EADT), Suffolk-based Common Ground Theatre Company, led by Pat Whymark and Julian Harries - "those magicians of Christmas entertainment" (Andrew Clarke, EADT) – are touring the region again with their ever-popular Christmas show, full of their trademark mix of physical comedy, puns, musical dexterity and sheer lunacy that East Anglian Christmas audiences know and love.

 

This year they have added several performances to the tour , playing Harkstead Village Hall (13 Dec), Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge (14-15 Dec), John Peel Centre, Stowmarket (17-19 Dec), Headgate Theatre, Colchester (20-22 Dec), St Mary's Hall, Walton (27-29 Dec), Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh (1-4 Jan), Diss Corn Hall, (5 Jan) & The New Wolsey Studio (8-19 Jan). 

Ben Waring as THE SCARLET PIPISTRELLE

Julian Harries, Dougal Lee & Ben Waring in

THE SCARLET PIPISTRELLE

TOUR SCHEDULE

Harkstead Village Hall

Thursday 13th December - 7.30pm

07807 341364 Tickets £12 / £7

The Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Friday 14th December - 7.30pm

Saturday 15th December - 4.00pm & 7.30pm

07807 341364

The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

Monday 17th, Tues 18th & Weds 19th December

7.30pm (+ 4pm on Tuesday & Wednesday)

01449 774678

The Headgate Theatre, Colchester

Thursday 20th, Fri 21st & Sat 22nd December

7.30pm (+ 4pm on Saturday)

01206 366000

Julian Harries, Emily Bennett, Dougal Lee, Estrid Barton & Ben Waring in THE SCARLET PIPISTRELLE

St Mary's Hall, Walton (nr Felixstowe)

Thurs 27th December - 7.30pm (SOLD OUT)

Fri 28th December - 4pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 29th December - 4pm & 7.30pm

07807 341364

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Tuesday 1st January - 7.30pm

Wednesday 2nd January - 4pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 3rd January - 7.30pm

Friday 4th January - 4pm

07807 341364

Julian Harries, Emily Bennett, Dougal Lee, Estrid Barton & Ben Waring in THE SCARLET PIPISTRELLE

The Corn Hall, Diss

Saturday 5th January - 4pm & 7.30pm

01379 652241 / www.cornhall.co.uk

New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th January

Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th January

7.30pm + 4pm on Saturdays

01473 295900/www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

REVIEWS OF THE SCARLET PIPISTRELLE

“Suffolk’s iconic Christmas show creators Pat Whymark and Julian Harries have come up with another gem...” Andrew Clarke (East Anglian Daily Times)

 

“Yesterday's matinee performance of The Scarlet Pipistrelle at the Seckford Theatre Woodbridge had dancing, singing, joking, lovely ladies and plot.  The audience attempted to clap the Brexit joke and we particularly enjoyed the sausage puns. Great stuff!” Des Fisher (NearTheCoast.com)

 

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK:

 

“A brilliant performance tonight at Headgate Theatre”

 

“I really enjoyed Pipistrelle at The John Peel centre on Tuesday afternoon. Such a fun show. Fast paced and great music. An excellent production as always!”

 

“Brilliant show as usual!”

 

“We saw The Scarlet Pipistrelle at the John Peel Centre Stowmarket, and were blown away!! This performance was amazingly funny, we haven't laughed at a play like this for ages!! Well done look forward to seeing plenty more!”

 

“Thanks for your excellent performance on Thursday. Speaking to some of the audience yesterday and today, as always the evening was thoroughly enjoyed and we admire your talent and enthusiasm. We all left with a smile on our faces. Well Done and Thanks. Christmas has now started!”

 

“Just home with face ache from non stop smiling/laughing, how I LOVE YOU! Such wonderful ‘silliness’ from such amazing talent - highlights? Too many to choose!...You ALWAYS bring fun and laughter. The friends with me equally chirpy from your performance, more converts!”

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