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3rd Dec, 2021

Theatre show brings Malvern stories to life

STORIES from Malvern’s past, present and future will be re-told as part of a unique theatre project celebrating the town.

Perfect Circle Theatre has been working with various groups and individuals over the last two years to develop a special presentation of storytelling called The Folks from the Slopes – tales of Malvern life.

The promenade style show has been commissioned by the Great Malvern: Route to the Hills project and will be performed at Great Malvern Priory.

It features documentary films, dance, artwork, devised theatre, and performance poetry.

Audiences will meet familiar characters from Malvern’s past, experience genuine tales told by Malvern’s community, and perhaps discover some new perspectives on life in the town.

Northleigh School, Clarence Park, Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS), Garage Arts Group, the Big Pickersleigh Project and Fortis Housing were among those who contributed to creating the piece.

Lee Farley, from Perfect Circle Theatre, said: “It’s been fascinating to listen to the people of Malvern telling us about their memories, their passions, their lives, their ambitions and their relationship to the town.

“Out of these stories we’ve created a promenade performance which takes place in four different areas of Great Malvern Priory – we’re taking our audience on a journey through the town of Malvern as told by the people of Malvern. These are modern folk tales with the authenticity of a community-led project.”

Coun David Watkins, portfolio holder for healthier communities on Malvern Hills District Council, added: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of this fascinating project which will tell the story of Malvern’s history in the words of the town’s own people.”

Performances take place on next Friday at 7pm and next Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

Shows are suitable for all ages with the Saturday afternoon performance particularly aimed at families.

Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) from Malvern Tourist Information Centre on 01684 892289.

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