Tales & Tea

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Come and join us for an entertaining morning of theatre and chat

Tales & Tea is our new quarterly event for Sherman 5 members where you can meet others, enjoy a rehearsed performance of a play read from scripts followed by tea and cake, all for £3.
  • You’re free to sit wherever you like so can be socially distanced if you’d like to be.
  • Tea and cakes will be served in the foyer afterwards.
  • The Café Bar will be open for those wishing to purchase lunch.
  • There will be lots of opportunities to catch up and meet other Sherman 5 members.

Our first play was on Friday 29 April where we gathered in the foyer at 10.30am before moving to the Main House to watch Damselfly by Deborah Perkin, followed by a discussion with the writer, actors and director.

Here’s a sample of some great feedback from the audience:

“I have been hesitant about going back to the theatre since the lockdowns. I have been extremely cautious about mixing with others, in particular in theatre settings. My fears have now been alleviated. I was very happy with the welcome received at the Tales and Tea event.”

“All the staff were absolutely wonderful – friendly, helpful, supportive and could not do more for us. It was a pleasure being in that lovely environment.”

Damselfly is a life and death tale of farmers, fertilisers and fairies, with a Shakespearean twist: one Welsh woman’s fight to halt a polluting intensive chicken farm, with help from natural and supernatural forces.

A former BBC documentary filmmaker, Deborah has been telling factual stories for years, with privileged access to disparate worlds from prisons to palaces, and is now exploring those worlds through drama. She is studying for an MA in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia, where her short play in response to the war in Ukraine, Three Mothers in March 2022, was just performed at the Sainsbury’s Art Centre. Her writing journey began before the pandemic with an Arts Council of Wales funded workshop for her first play at Theatr Brycheiniog. Having lived and worked in Cardiff for 25 years, she has always loved being in the audience at Sherman Theatre, and is now thrilled to be welcomed as an emerging writer.

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Deborah Perkin

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