A Nation’s Theatre Event at Farnham Maltings: I liked it but I couldn’t book it

A Nation’s Theatre Conversation: Farnham Maltings

I liked it but I couldn’t book it

An afternoon conversation about the future of contemporary theatre in rural England.

Hosted by Farnham Maltings in association with Battersea Arts Centre and The Guardian

Supported by Unlimited Impact; supporting artists and venues to celebrate the work of disabled artists, funded by Spirit of 2012

Thursday 3 March 2016, 3pm

Followed by a preview performance of The Iranian Feast at 5pm. 

Many have observed that theatre has changed more in the past 5 years than in the previous 50. This can be seen as clearly in our rural communities as in our major cities. Artists are making work in increasingly varied settings and playful formats. They are using outdoor and unusual spaces, involving members of local communities, mounting wedding feasts, presenting plays that don’t look like plays and dealing with complex questions in their performances. All have in common an ambition to reach new audiences, in new places and reinvent the form – which creates challenges for artists, touring schemes, programmers and audiences. This continuing conversation asks how we ensure that the ambitions of each are shared by us all.

This 90 minute conversation will be a space to consider the question ‘How can we ensure that the very best theatre is being made and shown across the whole country?’ It will be hosted at Farnham Maltings and chaired by Lyn Gardner. The conversation will be followed by a preview performance of our rural touring production, The Iranian Feast, featuring traditional Persian food prepared by Abbas, his wife and his daughter with help from their friends and neighbours. Part thriller, part cookery lesson this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future.

Panellists include; Artistic Director of rural touring company Eastern Angles, Ivan Cuttings, Scheme Manager of Cheshire Rural Touring, Claire Smith, Writer of
The Iranian Feast Kevin Dyer, Artistic Director of theatre company Fine Chisel, Tom Spencer, Executive Director Creative Arts East, Natalie Jode and Director of Farnham Maltings, Gavin Stride.

To book tickets, please visit The Guardian Website

Please contact Farnham Maltings Box Office team to discuss any access requirements you may have on 01252 745444

To reserve your place to see The Iranian Feast please email Monica Bakir on monica.bakir@farnhammaltings.com as the show involves freshly prepared food served to the audience.

Join the conversation: #ANationsTheatre #GuardianLive

Price: £3

Conversation start: 3pm

Conversation finish: 4.30pm

The Iranian Feast preview: 5pm

Venue Address: Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR








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