Sunday, 5 March 2017

Blithe Spirit - By popular demand!

Our next production will be Noel Coward's sparkling supernatural comedy, Blithe Spirit. We will be on stage at the Guildhall Arts Centre from 24th to 27th May.

The play follows writer Charles Condomine as he holds a seance as research for a forthcoming story. All is going well when local medium Madame Arcati agrees to contact the other side, but soon Charles' life is turned upside down when his dead wife, Elvira, is brought back to visit him. Not a great situation when Charles has remarried, and his current wife finds out about the invisible house guest.

There are brilliant characters, and a lively plot with plenty of twists and surprises. Madame Arcati is a fabulous character in particular, and is a well known role in the theatre. Competition for roles was stiff, but we have a fantastic cast and can't wait to bring the play to the stage.

Tickets are on sale now!

This play was chosen as a result of the public vote that we conducted at the end of 2016. We surveyed audience members at our November show and held an open survey online, and Blithe Spirit came out as one of the favourite shows. There were also other plays you liked the sound of so we have lots of ideas for future shows.

We always like to hear from you which plays you would like to see, so do get in touch.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Tell us what you like for a chance to win £25!

We want to know what you think!

We love bringing you great plays, but we want to know what you'd like to see more of, and what plays appeal to you. Take our quick and simple survey, and as a thank you we will enter you into our prize draw to win a £25 voucher in time for Christmas!

You'll even be able to pick which store the voucher is for (subject to availability).

Take the online survey here.

We will still be open to survey responses after the closing date, but the prize draw will be held on 15th December so enter before then for a chance to win.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Make a donation to our 'Dibley Harvest Festival'

Our next show – TV favourite ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ – opens at the Guildhall Arts Centre from Wednesday, 23rd November. As part of the production, we're inviting you to bring donations for the ‘Dibley Harvest Festival’ with all donations going to Grantham Foodbank.

With The Vicar of Dibley being set in a village, what could be more appropriate at this time of year than to run our own harvest festival? We often try to support charities as part of our shows, and Grantham Foodbank is a very worthwhile cause making a difference to people right here in our community.

In 2015 Grantham Foodbank provided over 19,000 meals to local people in need, and has started to offer wider support to help people deal with the underlying causes of their difficulties. Clients can now access the internet so they can look for jobs or find advice on their individual needs, and the Foodbank provides debt and benefits advice. 

The Foodbank has a list of foods that are needed to provide a balanced diet for the short term:

Tinned fruit and veg, inc tomatoes
Potato, instant or tinned 
Rice pudding or tinned sponge puddings
Tinned meat or fish 
Fruit juice, cordial or squash 
UHT Long Life milk 
Sugar (500g bag) 
Small instant coffee 
Breakfast cereal 
Pasta Sauce 
Ketchup or salad cream 
Small shampoo 
Toilet paper 
Shaving foam

Alternatively, with Christmas coming up, treats and gifts for children would also be very welcome to help bring some normality to young people in our community. Just bring your donation along to the performance, and cash donations are always welcome too!

‘The Vicar of Dibley’ runs from 23rd to 26th November, with curtain up at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets are on sale now from the Guildhall Arts Centre on 01476 406158 or book online.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Discover the dark side of Isaac Newton with new play

For this year's Gravity Fields Festival we will perform the world premiere of a new play, The Old Dogg at the Mint. Shown at the last festival as a rehearsed reading, this year we are producing full performances at the King's School. The atmospheric performances will take place in the very room in which Isaac Newton studied as a boy.

In 2014 we took part in a broad heritage project in Grantham called Lincolnshire's Age of Scientific Discovery. The strand in which we were involved was about Isaac Newton's time as the Warden, and later the Master, of the Royal Mint. We worked with a professional writer to research and write a play depicting this period of Newton's history.

It's a little known part of Newton's career, his scientific achievements - perhaps understandably - taking much of the limelight. He spent 30 years running the mint, creating new coins and moving in elevated circles.

One of Newton's first duties was to tackle a crisis in the country's coinage: it was being undermined by counterfeiters with as much as 20% of the circulating coins being forged. Drawn into a dark underworld, Newton would obsessively and doggedly hunt down the coiners. At that time, forging currency was treason and carried the death penalty and Newton was responsible for many criminals being hanged.

Read more on our latest show page, or book tickets now.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Exciting project for Gravity Fields

Did you know that, following his scientific discoveries, Isaac Newton went on to run the Royal Mint?

As part of the Gravity Fields Festival 2016, this September, GDS will present a full production of The Old Dogg at the Mint. Readings for the production begin on Thursday 23rd June, 7.30pm (at our rehearsal rooms), and are open to all. The play will be performed in the old school room at Grantham's King's School - in the very space that Newton studied.

The play tells the story of Sir Isaac Newton's time there during which he hunted down and prosecuted counterfeiters who were undermining the British economy. The Old Dogg at the Mint explores the darker side of Newton's obsessions and highlights his conflicts with other figures.

The play was written by members of GDS with professional playwright Andy Barrett in 2014 as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project, Lincolnshire's Age of Scientific Discovery. Members travelled to the Royal Mint in Cardiff as well as conducting research about Newton's time as Warden of the Royal Mint. The play was performed in a rehearsed reading during the 2014 Gravity Fields Festival and was well received.

Please do come along and join the reading on Thursday 23rd June, and each Thursday after, to get involved.