Watch This Space
A Festival of Theatre 2019
Welcome to Watch This Space
Despite huge success as a screenwriter and novelist, R C Sherriff considered himself first and foremost, a playwright. ‘Journey’s End’ is rightly considered a landmark in Twentieth Century theatre, but from the early fundraisers, written for The Kingston Rowing Club, to his final plays, Sherriff’s first love was always the stage.
With Watch This Space, The R C Sherriff Trust is showcasing theatre in Elmbridge, and in particular, new writing and new theatre. Alongside readings of new plays by Elmbridge writers, there is the opportunity to see performances and works in progress by some of Elmbridge’s most exciting theatre-makers and companies, as well as taking part in an fascinating virtual reality workshop that shows how one of the oldest arts can work hand in hand with one of the newest.
Digital Storytelling: Weekend Workshop
The R C Sherriff Trust is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to follow a career in any of the creative industries.
Over the weekend of the 16/17 November, the RC Sherriff Trust is hosting its first Digital Storytelling workshop, a two-day, hands-on session all about how the latest immersive technologies can be used to tell compelling stories.
Come and discover how technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), are redefining the art of storytelling and are increasingly becoming important tools for many creative industries, from video games, film-making and VFX, through to theatre design and even advertising.
This workshop is ideal for anyone passionate about any aspect of the storytelling process, in particular aspiring directors, writers, producers, actors, animators, artists, designers as well as other theatre, film or TV practitioners.
Led by an industry expert, this workshop will help you get up to speed with the latest immersive technologies and guide you through the ingredients, tools, techniques and process for getting started with creating your own immersive content, regardless of your budget.
Location: Barn Theatre, Molesey, KT8 2LY
Times: 10am to 4.30pm
To book a place email
The R C Sherriff Trust’s Penny Knaves
You’re so pretty, you’re so pretty,
But isn’t it a pity,
That you haven’t got a fella!
Down amongst the kitchen ashes a young girl is serenaded by her only friends, the mice, while upstairs her wicked stepmother and foolish stepsisters prepare for a Ball to be held by a young, charming Prince (charming prince get it!?) looking to find himself a wife.
This December, The R C Sherriff Trust’s new resident theatre company, The Penny Knaves, bring this funny, magical, heart-warming adaptation of a much-loved fairy tale to venues across Elmbridge.
Tickets £12/£10 (concessions Under 14/Over 60s)
The Barn Theatre, Molesey: 7:30 pm, Wednesday 4 December
Cobham Village Hall, Cobham: 7:30 pm, Thursday 5 December
Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames: 7:30 pm, Saturday 7 December
The Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton: 7:30 pm, Friday 6 December
Riverhouse Arts Centre
Performances & Readings
The Hipdeep Family Plot
Inspired by traditional folk stories and the writings of Heinrich Hoffman and Edward Gorey, pupils from Hinchley Wood School presented this harrowing, moving, ridiculous and sometimes-in-questionable-taste-but-always-entirely-true story of the most maladjusted and constantly mis-adventurous family this woe begotten world has ever seen; The Hipdeep Family!
Oh So Funny presented
The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen
An audience of young children and their parents discovered how the Baron invented Morris Dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves and why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him in a show that delighted adults and children alike with its wonderful joie de vivre and other pretentious words!
Journey’s Other End
By R C Sherriff & David Lawson Lean
A sold out performance for the premiere of R C Sherriff’s proposed sequel to Journey’s End, with David Lawson Lean, using the scripted scenes, notes and research that Sherriff undertook, to adapted this fully-realised radio play sequel to Journey’s End.
An Evening With Cecil Hepworth
By Patricia Jones
The audience were invited to step back to the turn of the 20th century, when the films produced alongside the River Thames were the envy of the world; and meet Hepworth's stars - Alma Taylor, Chrissie White and Henry Edwards in a performance that included a screening of Hepworth's world-famous innovative film, "Rescued by Rover," the film that changed the whole history of filmmaking and marks the point when it can be said that British cinema, and Walton, unquestionably led the world.
The Next Stage: New Shorts
Staged readings of new plays by Elmbridge writers including
Rabbit by Lottie Armitage &
Life’s Too Long by Peter Shaw
Lost and Found
A new play for radio by Howard Schaverien
Another sold out performance for a new play in which Jean’s grief at the loss of her parents further strains her emotional state when she finds a receipt in their files that leads her to question who she really is. At a meeting with a solicitor she learns the truth.
Quick Fix Theatre present
The Scold’s Bridle
Innovative Elmbridge theatre company Quick Fix Theatre premiered their new play, inviting the audience to step back to 1965 and join the members of the Walton Women’s Society as they prepare to perform a new play marking the anniversary of the gifting to the town of a macabre relic: a scold’s bridle - a medieval punishment device. But not everything goes to plan and before the end of the opening night the real bridle mysteriously vanishes never to be found! Inspired by a real-life Walton mystery,
this new touching comedy caper was devised and performed by
Quick Fix Theatre.
The Festival was rounded off by the premiere of
Enigma Theatre's new play,
D.R.A.M. written and directed by by Stephen Alexander
A comedy of amateur dramatics – and dramatic amateurs.
In the little-known Shropshire village of Muchleymarsh, the local amateur dramatic society (D.R.A.M.) has long been a staple of the community. None of the villagers seem to notice, however, that D.R.A.M. is probably the worst theatrical group in England – or at least the West Midlands. When Kay, the chairwoman’s daughter, is forced to step in and direct their next production, she finds she must battle with difficult egos and a host of quirky characters, and face just as much drama offstage as on.
Theatre in Elmbridge