Join us for a special performance of A Christmas Carol.

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December

Two shows: 4pm and 6pm

Tickets: £5

Charles Dickens’ timeless classic is vividly brought to life with puppets, music and a festive magic all of it’s own. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future on A Wonderful Adventure!

No matter what happens throughout the year, Christmas is always a time of hope and joy!

Fun for all the family this production of A Christmas Carol is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.

Covid Precautions

We have taken the following precautions:

  • Limited the audience capacity to 30
  • Seat families in bubbles
  • Make sure every group is socially distanced from one another and at least 3m from the actors
  • Ask everyone to wear masks during the performance
  • Sanitise all chairs and door handles before and after each performance. Washrooms are sanitised hourly.

Adventures with Watercolour is a six week course led by Gail Astbury.


2 – 4pm

10 November – 15 December inclusive

Course Fee: £120 (£90 Concessions)

Pay as you go: £20 (£15 Concessions)

British artists Constable and Turner made watercolour painting ‘en plein air’ or ‘in front of nature’ popular. Ever since many artists have followed their lead searching for new settings and a lighter touch in their vision. In this six week course we relive some of the exotic journeys undertaken by modern and contemporary painters. We will explore the range of techniques and methods that they employ to create unique and sensuous images of far off places.

Adventures with Watercolour – Course Content

Week 1: Chris Ofili – Trinidad

British Turner Prize winner, Chris Ofili now lives in Trinidad, which he refers to as his spiritual home. We will look at his use of photography, mythology, folk lore, observation and classical narrative to construct his colourful paintings.

Week 2: Howard Hodgkin – India

Howard Hodgkin had a lifelong fascination with India. We will look at his collection of Indian miniature paintings in terms of their colour reference as well as his use of contrasting colour and glazes to evoke memory and create a sense of place. Take a peek at this video to glimpse his feelings for India.

Week 3: Mary Fedden – Italy

Mary Fedden RA who lived and worked in London took many painting trips to Italy which she recorded with her usual joie de vivre. We will look at her use of sketching, mixed media gouache and collage to construct her playful compositions. This short video introduces you to her practise.

Week 4: Marc Chagall – France

Marc Chagall left his home in Belarus to live and work in Paris. Here he made some of his finest works and went on to embraced the warm colours and freedom of the south.

Week 5: Lois Dodd – Maine

American artist, Lois Dodd is 93 and spent years painting the gardens and views from the window of her home in Maine. We will look at how she simplifies and captures the essence of every day things.

Week 6: Henri Matisse – South Pacific

Although Matisse claimed to have ‘done nothing’ in Tahiti, he returned with many pen-and-ink drawings and ‘bad’ photographs. These aide-mémoires and his impressions of the golden light of the Pacific combined to form the inspiration for many of the paper cut outs to come.


You will need to supply your own materials for this Adventures with Watercolour course. We recommend:

  • Watercolour paints (solid pans)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • 1 x Palette
  • 2 x Water Jars
  • 1 x Apron

About the Tutor

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has recently gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries 2014. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail makes series of paintings and watercolours in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. Her work starts with her immediate surroundings, taking photos, sketching and amassing a picture library to draw reference from. She then plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears. 

Discover your creativity using ink in a three week course led by experienced artist and educator, Andrea Tierney.

Wednesdays 2 – 5pm

2 – 16 December inclusive

Course Fee: £60 adults (£45 concessions)

Using ink in art has been a popular technique throughout the ages : Rembrandt and Turner used it, as did Van Gogh. The process combines the techniques of drawing and painting in a simple but effective way.

During this three week course, you will learn how to master the techniques of drawing and painting in ink.

Workshop 1 : In the first session we look at the basics of drawing, mark making and shading with a nib pen and ink. We focus on contrast, tone, negative space, line and area by creating a floral still life.

Workshop 2 : By learning how to draw a portrait, you will learn how to combine drawing and painting in ink. You will learn how to dilute the ink to achieve the effect you want combined with layering techniques.

Workshop 3 : We combine drawing and painting in ink, practicing texture techniques. We look at figures in an interior setting.

Discover your creativity using ink is course which is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience of drawing & painting in ink. In each workshop you learn techniques and work on a composition.

You will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Bottle of black permanent (waterproof) ink
  • Watercolour brushes sizes 4 & 6
  • Dip Pen Nib for drawing (not calligraphy) and nib-holder
  • Medium weight Cartridge paper (120gsm), A4 or A3
  • HB Pencil, rubber, sharpener
  • Palette
  • Apron or old shirt

About the Tutor

Andrea Tierney is a practising artist with a training in Fine Art, Digital media and Textile Design. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and worked in artist residencies in Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria.
For 15 years she worked as art teacher in High Schools and as visiting artist in Primary and High Schools as well as taught Life Drawing and Drawing and Painting in Adult Education.

Coffee with Hayley is on Wednesdays


Join Rolfer and professional dancer Hayley J S Matthews for a short video movement lesson during your coffee break.

Designed to have a positive impact on your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing through movement, these exercises help you move with ease and grace to strength and freedom. We’ll stream them on Facebook

Hayley also offers online one-to-one posture and movement sessions. (Live one – to – one sessions and workshops at OPEN coming soon.) Visit her website and get in touch 

Learn how Rolfing can help posture, alignment, long-term pain, injury recovery, trauma and improved performance, giving you more ease and grace in what you want to do with your body and your life. One-to-ones can also be focused on over-coming mental and emotional health challenges through a body- based approach. 

Coffee with Hayley lessons are free but if you would like to make a donation please do so via paypal using Hayley’s email address