What's On...

When we aren't touring our own work we programme a range of theatre for Malvern Cube. Here's where you can find everything were currently showing and our past offerings.

The Mighty Prince and other Fabulous Fables

Mighty Prince

We are delighted to offer children and adults a chance to enjoy the Open Sky production of The Mighty Prince & Other Fabulous Tales. Open Sky are a great Herefordshire-based company who have created an engaging children’s show drawing on fables told two thousand years ago by the Buddha.

Five stories are performed by two of the fantastic Open Sky team bringing vibrant characters to life using a happy mix of rhyme, movement, live music, song and puppetry to conjure up a host of bugs, birds, animals and magical creatures. Monkey tries to wind up Buffalo. Pigeon saves Ant from disaster. Tortoise’s big mouth leads to a smelly fate. Little Hare scares Deer, Ox, Tiger and Elephant until Lion steps in. And the Prince is indeed mighty but is he mightier than the Giant?

The Mighty Prince is Open Sky’s first work for children. As parents of young families, they wanted to use their skills to make a piece of high quality theatre for young children that is positive, gentle, engaging and entertaining.The stories offer simple morals for young hearts and minds whilst avoiding being preachy - and they’re funny too! An enchanting family show for ages 3+

Arts Alive Director, Sian Kerry, says: ‘It’s great to see this talented duo make their first children’s show, reviewed in glowing words by one of our trustees. And they’re local, too!’

Tickets available from www.malverncube.com £7 Adults £5 Children.


Nine Lives

Friday 23rd October

9Lives JPEG 3Some of us were fleeing.
Some of us were persecuted
Some of us were stripped and beaten
Some of us were dispersed.
Some of us were alone.
Some of us didn’t cheat.
Some of us held on to our integrity.
Some of us had dreams turn into boulders.
Some of us were begging for a taste of your liberty.

One man and a suitcase filled with the past, uncertainty, high heels, brokenness, African dancing shells and hope.

Ishmael has been outed, along with his lover David. He has sought sanctuary in the UK, but is his evidence enough? As Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he encounters new friends, and enemies, all the while looking for a place to call home again.

Zodwa Nyoni (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Channel 4 Writer in Residence 2014) threads together humour and humanity to tell the real personal story behind asylum headlines.

“Nyoni’s interweaving of naturalism and poetry is superb, and lifts this show far beyond documentary, into unforgettable solo drama about one of the key experiences of our time.” Joyce McMillan The Scotsman

Introducing OvaryActing

Sunday 26th April
OvaryActing are made up of three young actors, writers, directors and producers, all born and bred Malvern. OvaryActing was founded by Naomi Rule (18) and Gemima Hull (20) who met through Perfect Circle youth theatre. They also worked together for Perfect Circle promoting theatre in education around the UK.

Ellie Tompkins (20) their third and final member joined, once again through Perfect Circle, as a stage manager and producer; although she was already close friends with Gemima from school.

Along side OvaryActing, they are currently pursuing training in theatre and drama in London; Gemima is currently on her third try of auditioning at drama school, Naomi's interviewing to study drama therapy and community arts, while Ellie is looking to study film and production.

OvaryActing was founded out of a desire to create engaging theatre that the three OvaryActing ladies are passionate about; to join an wonderfully vibrant industry and to encourage conversation and dialogue on issues that affect men, women and everything in between.

You can see OvaryActings first performance 'Not Fast Enough' on Sunday 26th April. Check out their trailer here. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at half past.
Tickets available on the door. £4 or £2 concessions.

Playland performed by New Perspectives

Playland

Friday 6th March 2015
Reaction Theatre host the New Perspectives performance of Playland.

Nottingham-based New Perspectives Theatre is one of our regular visiting theatre companies who have given communities much pleasure over the last 30 years with their inventive shows. Now the team behind ‘The Honey Man’ and 'Entertaining Angels' bring you 'Playland’; an inspiring piece of theatre written by one of the world's greatest playwrights.

In the heart of rural South Africa, a travelling amusement park has opened its gates. With the country in the grips of a brutal apartheid regime, the park promises an evening of thrills and laughter.

Martinus, a black South African, is the amusement park's night-watchman. Gideon, a white Afrikaner and ex-serviceman, has come along for a good night out. When they find themselves face to face, their encounter is charged with history and danger... Athol Fugard is one of the world's most performed living playwrights, and a fearless chronicler of South Africa and its troubled history.

Playland is one of his most personal and rarely performed plays; gripping, comic and deeply moving. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the work of one of the world's top playwrights on your doorstep.

PLEASE NOTE: this play contains strong language and descriptions of a violent and sexual nature.

Wyrd-O: Tales from the Absurdicon

Friday 20th November

Absurdity

 

They’re calling it ‘a return trip to madness that finally makes sense’. Malvern’s prodigal fool Simon Blakeman is back as a part of Wyrd-O:Tales from the Absurdicon, on Friday 20th November at 7.30pm.

Bath Theatre describes this made in the moment theatre as ‘Twisted Genius’ as it brings the art of ‘fooling’ to a modern audience. No two performances are the same in this one man show with special guests. A vein of foolishness runs through everyone and the Fools are those who have stepped (or have fallen) beyond the rules. Absurdity is the quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable, illogical, and/or relating to some sort of ancient math written in feathers and paste.

Wyrd-O: Tales from the Absurdicon is not just theatre but a whole night of absurdity combining the live theatre of Simon Blakeman’s Wyrd-O performance with film, cartoons, cocktails and beer. The evening leads into a night of dance rhythms lead by DJ Ed Steelefox to take you from a member of the audience to a puller of shapes. The lounge - lit by the light of vintage cartoons, Beckett films and extraordinary others - will be a place to watch and drink cocktails at our candlelit bar or plink plunk on the old Joanna...the rest of it is yours to make up so whether you want to sip cocktails in the lounge or dance until the morning, be sure to join us.

Simon Blakeman winner of The Guardian Visual Shakespeare Prize 2014, and season Fool brings an act of pure invention with a generous splash of crazy.

It would be ABSURD to miss this Theatre Space Production at Malvern Cube on Friday 20th November 2015. Tickets cost £9 adv and £11 on the door and are available from www.malverncube.com and Malvern Tourist Information Office.

Absurditiy

Comedy at Malvern Cube

Friday 10th July

Andy White Comedy Gig Untitled Page 2Courtesy of Reaction Theatre Makers, Malvern Cube hosts its first Comedy Night starring Andy White, Andrew Watts and comperé Tony Vino. Andy White “Oozes talent" (What’s On Magazine). An energetic, confident Brummie who combines comic voices and a mad afro to a devastatingly funny effect. His appearance on the BBC quiz show ‘The Weakest Link Comedy Special’ featured in his five star Edinburgh show, ‘It Started With A Quiz’. 


Andrew Watts, as seen on ITV’s ‘Stand-Up Hero’ and Comedy Central’s ‘The World Stands Up’, has a very distinctive style. His posh boy humour is intelligent without distancing himself from the audience. Lawyer turned comedian, Andrew is extremely likeable and wins the crowd over as he canters through challenging subjects like an apologetic tsunami. This pair combined with Tony Vino and his friendly observational humour and quick witted responses, are sure to have you chuckling away all evening.

The Whispering Road by Serious Kitchen

Friday 24th April

The Whispering Road SmallDrawing on the rich Swedish folk tradition and instruments, through spoken word, song and music "The Whispering Road” tells the story of hope in the darkness, of two strangers bound by a ring and of the one who could not love. Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer combine as SeriousKitchen to create a brand new show. Drawing on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myths and stories, The Whispering Road blends Nick Hennessey’s spellbinding storytelling with Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer’s experience in the Swedish folk music scene.

The Whispering Road is a wonderful show of two halves by a talented folk trio, and it’s a winning combination of close harmony singing, music and spoken world. The first half of the show is a lively and fun mini folk gig introducing you to traditional scandinavian music with Vicki Swan on the strange Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), Nick Hennessey on harp and vocals and Jonny Dyer on guitars, kohorn (cow horn) and accordion.

Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, the second half is the story of The Whispering Road. It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s moving and Nick’s theatrical performance will have you in the palm of his hand. Meanwhile she music seamlessly weaves through and conjures up everything from Swedish Countryside and magical beasts to castles.

This is a gripping entertainment for all ages But beware… there will be trolls!

‘I could have watched it all over again… A masterclass in storytelling and musicianship…. Fantastic family entertainment’ - Audiences

Gary and Robert Blues

Friday 13th November

Gary and Roberts Blues

 

Hosted by Reaction Theatre Makers, Forthright theatre are bringing The Gary and Robert Blues to our stage. The Gary and Roberts Blues is a comedic, sometime poignant, journey through one man's mental health issues. 'Forthright' deals with significant health and social issues. Typical matters tackled include domestic abuse, debt and mental health issues. It aims to produce quality prices of drama for public performance which both engage and inform. Their style of work is to research real human stories through one-to-one interviews and then weave a fictional narrative which is truthful, honest and engaging.

Tickets £6 available online here and from Malvern Tourist Information.

The Red Chair presented by Clod Ensemble

Friday 19th June 

RedChair A4 poster

Written and Performed by Sarah Cameron
Produced in Association with Fuel
Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark


‘One of those innovative and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of theatre’ The Guardian on Clod Ensemble

A story of a dysfunctional father who literally eats himself into a chair! The show, in the form of an epic ballad is described as somewhere between a ghost story, Grimm’s fairy tale and a parents guide on how not to bring up children.

With is turbulent language and hilariously grotesque imagery this piece is a modern take on folk and fairy tale storytelling traditions. Think Roald Dahl, Spike Milligan and Nikolai Gagol! Both funny and deadly serious The Red Chair can only be described as magical tale of neglect. A father who eats and eats, a mother doomed to cook his meals and their ‘inveesible’ daughter.

This one woman show performed by Sarah Cameron involves just a chair and simple lighting. Sarah performs with the physical vitality which has become a trademark of the Clod Ensemble’s work, originating from the training she and director Suzy Wilson received at Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. Spoken in a rich Scots dialect Sarah, originally from Dundee, captivates the audience drawing them into the bizarre world of a troubled family. Paul Clark, Co-Artistic Director, composed a sparse selection of pieces especially for the show which intensifies the key moments in the story.

The Red Chair is approximately 1 hour 40 

minutes long (including interval) and suitable for anybody aged 14+. Towards the end of the show, the audience members receive a wee dram of whisky and a chocolate to prepare them for the ghostly epilogue.

Trailer available here
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Jump Start

Jump Start

Sunday 19th April 2014
Jump Start Theatre Night features brand new work from local playwrights and practitioners. The second in a regular series of showcase events, Jump Start aims to premiere new work and offer an opportunity to take risks, get feedback and try out new material. Audiences are invited to be the first to experience brand new theatre work by local writers, directors, actors & theatre companies.