Programme

Current:

Autumn 2017

As part of the new Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival, 25th-29th October, 2017:

War Poetry Readings
In assocation with students from Conservatoire East and the charity Walking With the Wounded. Angel Hill War Memorial, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds;
25th, 26th & 27th October, 11am each day
Free event
Please note: this outdoor event lasts for approximately half an hour, so wrap up warm!

'The PickWick Papers' Reading
An extract from Dickens' classic. Performed in the Angel Hotel, where Dickens stayed in 1859 and 1861, when he gave lectures at the neighbouring Athenaeum.
Angel Hotel Lounge, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds;
27th, 28th & 29th October, 10pm each day
Performance lasts for approximately 45 minutes.
Free event - though a top hat will be passed around at the end, for donations!

For information on other Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival events, please visit their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BuryLitFest/

Future:

Winter 2017

'Winter Tails III' by Jackie Carreira
QuirkHouse Theatre's annual seasonal treat; a selection of magical, profound and somewhat silly animal tales and fables, suitable for all ages!

Sunday 3rd December - 2pm matinee:
Oakes Barn, St Andrews St South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH
Wednesday 6th December - 7:30pm:
Constitutional Club, 12 Guildhall St, BSE IP33 1PR
Thursday 7th December - 7:30pm:
St Mary's Church, Hill Rd, Westley, Suffolk IP33 3TL
Friday 8th December - 7:30pm:
Tithe Barn, Up St, Bardwell, Suffolk IP31 1AA
Saturday 9th December - 7:30pm:
Felsham Village Hall, Yewlands, Felsham, Suffolk IP30 0PN

April 2018

'QuirkHouse Five' Theatre Crawl
5 Plays, 5 Actors, 5 Writers, 5 Venues, 5 Short Walks
Five very different monologues, performed each day around Bury St Edmunds, followed by all five in one evening the following week.

Details TBC

PLEASE NOTE!

Next year's 'QuirkHouse 5' Theatre Crawl will be part of the Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival, which is running from the 4th April-5th May, so we have had to pull the deadline forward for submissions, details below:
Half-hour monologue (one actor - but not necessarily one character!); very simple props / set / costume (nothing that cannot be carried in a large bag by one person); no theme.
The winners will be announced by the 31st December and we will then assign a director and actor to your piece.

Writers whose work is chosen for performance will receive a £50 performance fee; writers involved in either acting or directing their piece will receive £50 or an equal share of the profits, whichever is greater.
If you would like your work to be considered, please submit your monologue by the 10th December!
Please feel free to contact us for any further information, should you require it.

'The Seventh Train' by Jackie Carreira

A poignant tale of journeys, beginnings and endings.

Previous audience reviews:
'I was totally blown away. I wasn't expecting such depth and beauty to the writing.'
'We loved the play; it was very well written with great acting and we're looking forward to the next QuirkHouse production.'
'Now I want to get on the Seventh Train... I could, you know.'

Further details TBC.

For any enquiries, please use the 'Contact Us' page or call 0782 888 9218

Past:

July 2017

'QuirkHouse Five' Theatre Crawl
5 Plays, 5 Actors, 5 Writers, 5 Venues, 5 Short Walks
Five very different monologues, performed around Bury St Edmunds.
'Bespoke' by Geoff Barford
'Me-Me the Mime 2' by Alex Griffin
'A New Chapter' by Clare Shaw
'Nothing Like a Dame' by Haydn McCabe
'Ragnarok' by Joanna Hagan-Young

'The most amazing afternoon... The variety of works, written by very different writers, makes for a superbly interesting afternoon and the actors have to be applauded for their portrayal of the various characters. You will go through a range of emotions and have the best conclusion ever... A "hell" of a performance.'
'Thoroughly brilliant..!'
'Well worth going - great fun.'
'Absolutely superb. A real mix of writing and acting styles, all entertaining and thought-provoking. Astounding amount of talent ... Wouldn't be at all surprised to see some of these names in lights one day.'
'Fabulous entertainment... Awesome.'

November 2016

'Winter Tails II - Bigger, Funnier, Furrier.'
by Jackie Carreira

'Winter Tails' was previously such a success in Bury St Edmunds that this season, it was toured. A magical selection of animal tales and fables, suitable for all ages!

'Great fun!'
'A really charming and enjoyable evening - a packed house and appreciative audience. Congrats all round.'
'It was so funny - we laughed from start to finish and can't wait until the next one! Thank you.'

October 2016

'QuirkHouse Five' Theatre Crawl
5 Plays, 5 Actors, 5 Writers, 5 Venues, 5 Short Walks
Five very different monologues, performed each day around Bury St Edmunds:

'Getting a Man In' by Sian Notley 
'Fool' by Art Tanner
'Me-Me the Mime' by Alex Griffin
'Febronia' by Richard Stainer 
'Dustman' by Jackie Carreira 

'I would like to congratulate you on a brilliant idea, very well put on. The writing and acting was superb.'
'I loved the way they were all so different but complimented each other.'
'Such a good idea - a really enjoyable, interesting day!'
'I hope you make this a regular fixture on your calendar!'

April Tour 2016

'Talking in the Library' by Jackie Carreira 
A moving exploration of literature, literacy and life, set in the library where four disparate characters meet.
'Full of touching observations and warm humour, with an abundance of clever parallels to famous literary pieces, making it a real treat for theatre and literary fans to unpick.'  - Broadway Baby

Some audience reviews:                                                                     'A superb play... Lots of humour, pathos and questions to keep you engaged; well worth seeing.'
'A really good play, so well acted... A brilliant performance.' 
'Full of surprises, it made me laugh and it made me cry.'
'Truly stunning.'
'
A pleasure to see - I enjoyed it immensely.' 
'I highly recommend going to see this fantastic play.'

Autumn Tour 2015

'Head to Head' - an evening of three one-act duologues, including two new works by local writers:

'The Dumb Waiter'  by Harold Pinter
'Body and Soulmates'  by John Gleeson
'An Extraordinary Rendition'  by Richard Stainer

'Thanks to all. The three plays were really well written and performed; I will most definitely be coming to the next show. A big 'yes' from me!'
'All three were excellently performed and directed. I've never seen a Pinter play before but I will go to more in future.'
'Innovative use of sound made the performances very intimate.'

Spring Tour 2015

'The Seventh Train' by Jackie Carreira
A poignant tale of journeys, beginnings and endings.

'I was totally blown away. I wasn't expecting such depth and beauty to the writing.'
'We loved the play; it was very well written with great acting and we're looking forward to the next QuirkHouse production.'
'Now I want to get on the Seventh Train... I could, you know.'

Winter 2014

'Winter Tails' by Jackie Carreira

'I loved the mix of traditional storytelling and creative physical theatre in an intimate space.'
'
Very good fun with a bit of silliness on top!'

Summer 2014

'Talking In the Library' by Jackie Carreira

'Wow, just wow. If you missed this play, hope that it is performed again and soon. Great and very moving performances and brilliantly written.' 
'Well-written and performed, we enjoyed it immensely.'