Goodnight Mr Tom, and The Martyrs of Amersham

March brings us the opportunity to enjoy two wonderful dramatic experiences in Chesham and Amersham.

flyer for panda players goodbye mister tomFrom 9th to 12th March, The Panda Players can be seen at The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham in their production of Goodnight Mister Tom: The Musical.

Set during the early days of the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows William Beech, a young evacuee. Escaping not only from the dangers of London, but also from his depressed and abusive mother, William forms an unlikely and magical friendship with lonely recluse Tom Oakley. A sad but ultimately uplifting tale is brought to life by Michelle Magorian’s beautiful lyrics and Gary Carpenter’s soaring, tuneful score.

Chamber members who joined us for our Christmas event will be familiar with the Panda Players. We are told that, for this production, they have been joined by some very talented youngsters. They certainly deserve the support of the Chamber and its members!

To book, call 01494 582900, or visit www.elgiva.com.

The life and times of THE MARTYRS OF AMERSHAM and the community in which they lived also takes us back in time, this time to Tudor England. This most unusual theatrical experience, first staged in 2001 and now coming around for its fourth production, tells the tale of ordinary folk living in Amersham in the early 16th century.

Among these folk, were six men and one woman, who were burnt at the stake in the fields above Amersham. Their crime? Lollardism, the desire to read the Bible and worship in English rather than Latin.

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Staged in St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham, this is a promenade performance, the audience standing and walking around the Church following the performers. Be part of the weekly market; mingle with the people of the town and listen to their conversations and gossip. Meet the rat catcher, the farmers, the children, the millers and all sorts of tradesfolk. Come and experience what life was like in Tudor Amersham, and become witness to the story.

The Amersham Society and more than 100 local people have contributed to pull together this remarkable and most professional production.

PERFORMANCES: March 10th,11th,12th, 17th,18th and 19th
VENUE: St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham
TICKETS: £14 (includes booking fee); BOOK ONLINE HERE.
WEBSITE: www.themartyrsofamersham.co.uk.
CONTACT: Jill Mace 01494 721103