Lucy is on a mission to discover more about her family history. As she unpicks the past she discovers through sparkling dialogue, original music and songs the truth behind the story of Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers, designers and makers of wonderful buildings and furniture who came down from the Midlands to the Cotswolds early in the twentieth century.
Although the three men started out as close friends, there were soon ructions and Gimson and Ernest Barnsley stopped speaking to each other.
But the Gimsons taught Sapperton how to enjoy itself, while Sidney Barnsley’s wife made light of a serious hearing impairment, got on with raising goats and poultry and cajoled Ernest Barnsley out of depression and into the completion of Rodmarton Manor, the last great Arts and Crafts building of the 20th Century.
Stroud Theatre Company bring the latest play from local author Frank Hatt. Frank’s previous plays produced by STC include Courtship, Elderly people Crossing and The Amazing and Preposterous Constance Smedley.
ABOUT STROUD THEATRE COMPANY
Formed in 2000 by Chris Garner and Sue Condie, Stroud Theatre Company create and promote innovative new writing from within Gloucestershire and the South West, with a visual twist.
STC is Simply Totally Creative with over 65 years of combined professional theatre experience and contacts.
Artistic Director Chris Garner
Actor/director since 1987. As an actor trained at Manchester Poly School of Theatre ‘84-’87 graduating with a Diploma in Theatre Studies, 1st Class Honours with Distinction. As a Director he trained on the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Attachment Course, ‘99-’00. Chris continues to act and direct nationally.
Designer and Visualizer – Sue Condie
Designer since ‘92. Trained Nottingham Trent University ‘89-’92. Continues to design sets and costumes nationally.
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