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The Muddy Choir

Written by Jesse Briton

“Nee killing, anly singing, and we all go home together.”

It is November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home.

United by their childhood oath “nee killing, anly singing”, Robbie dreams their music will be a ticket away from the front, but attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets and gas.

Nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015, The Muddy Choir tells the story of three soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Including traditional wartime songs, it is a play about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.

WHY? 'A sensitive memorial to a generation of young men' ★★★★ The Stage

Click here to read the full review

Suitable for ages 13+ years.

Presented by Theatre Centre

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc)

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Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

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'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

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day dependent on availability
Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Thursdays or Sundays
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day dependent on availability

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

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£8 per class or £88 for 12 week course

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Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.


'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

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Photography credit Luminous Photography.

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Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you’ll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

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