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
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
The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Monday 17th, Tues 18th & Weds 19th December
7.30pm (+ 4pm on Tuesday & Wednesday)
The Headgate Theatre, Colchester
Thursday 20th, Fri 21st & Sat 22nd December
7.30pm (+ 4pm on Saturday)
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
Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Tuesday 1st January - 7.30pm
Wednesday 2nd January - 4pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 3rd January - 7.30pm
Friday 4th January - 4pm
Julian Harries, Emily Bennett, Dougal Lee, Estrid Barton & Ben Waring in THE SCARLET PIPISTRELLE
The Corn Hall, Diss
Saturday 5th January - 4pm & 7.30pm
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New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich
Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th January
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th January
7.30pm + 4pm on Saturdays
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)
“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!”