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Old Herbaceous

Kick In The Head

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has entranced audiences around the country.

An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. The evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.

As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendry Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, Old Herbaceous will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world.

“Downton Abbey with gardening tips” The Guardian

“Giles Shenton is superb…completely captivating, he has the audience’s attentions and imaginations throughout” The Reviews Hub

Friday 9th February 2018, 7.30pm Tickets £14/£12 conc. Call 01379 384505 to book.

Once Upon A Labrador

Once Upon A Labrador is a new show, with Alfie the Labrador making his theatrical debut. It would be quite wrong to suggest that Alfie is a “performing dog”. He does not walk on a tightrope, juggle, or dance on his hind legs. Don’t think this is because his grandfather was Carpenny Walpole, Great British Champion, International Champion, and Nordic Champion. Alfie is very modest about his ancestry and never mentions former achievements by close relations. The reason for his reluctance to follow current trends and audition for TV talent shows is simply that Alfie is happy to be a Labrador. Nothing more. And it has to be said that he maintains this role with dignity and distinction. Charles Garland writes whimsical verse, plays, music and trivial comedy lines. But he is also the proud partner of Alfie, and hopes that you will come and see them both doing what they do best.

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.30pm Tickets £10 - call 01379 384505 to book.

Measure for Measure

RoughCast Theatre Company

Passion, injustice, hypocrisy and power are at the centre of Shakespeare’s darkly comic exploration of social justice and sexual politics.

Lord Angelo, appointed to govern in the absence of the Duke, insists on the strict implementation of ‘the all binding law’, sentencing to death the young Claudio for getting his wife-to-be pregnant. But what of Angelo’s control and authority when he falls prey to exactly those urges when Isabella, a novice nun, pleads for her brother’s life. Caught up in the action are a medley of nuns and prostitutes, a pirate, pimps and friars.

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

RoughCast return to Wingfield Barns with their 13th Shakespeare.

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm Tickets £10/£8.50/£5 (conc/full-time student). Call 01379 384505 to book.

Dancing at Lughnasa

Open Space Theatre Company

Five sisters live out their lives in rural Ireland in the 1930s, hoping beyond hope for events which will free them from their domestic isolation. Brian Friel’s play, which was a resounding success at the National Theatre, in London’s West End and on Broadway, New York in the 1990s, is both magical and tragic as the sisters aspire gamely to a happiness they will never achieve. Music and songs from the period adorn this drama which is set around the Celtic festival of Lughnasa, bringing a bitter harvest for the sisters and their frail elder brother who has returned from life as a missionary in Africa. A theatrical gem.

Friday 6th April, 7.30pm. Tickets £11/£9 conc. Call 01379 384505 to book.

Richard Digance

Following his Golden Anniversary Tour of 2017 Richard is back on the road in 2018, with a brand new show, the Not Bad For His Age Tour, singing songs and telling stories from his new album Once Upon A Time. His special guest will be Eric Sedge, back by popular demand after great performances on the 2017 tour. New songs, new choruses to sing along with along with Richard’s most popular golden oldies.

Saturday 12th May, 7.30pm. Tickets £18. Call 01379 384505 to book.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi award winning fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are pushing at the boundaries, expanding the possibilities and in the process making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer”.

The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which engage and enthral audiences to the closing notes.

Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

Sunday 20th May, 7.30pm Tickets £16. Call 01379 384505 to book.

Drama is a crucial part of the programme of events and includes performances by professional companies. We are also delighted to host plays by local societies and are keen to promote events by students in local schools and by pupils of local music teachers.

Please call 01379 384505 if you would like to discuss Wingfield Barns hosting your community group performance.



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