St Albans’ Maltings Arts Theatre season underway

THE new season at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans is already underway and gets into its stride tomorrow and Saturday (13/14) with another chance to see local writer Rebecca Russell’s play The Colours of Kenny Roach.

After First Friday Folk and First Saturday Comedy last week, The Colours of Kenny Roach follows artist and alcoholic Kenny as his world spirals out of control.

An award-winning play, it uses a combination of projected imagery, music by Morrissey and The Smiths and Rebecca’s writing skills to paint a moving picture of a man’s battle for his life.

The play won John Stenhouse as Kenny the best actor award at the Welwyn Festival in 2010.

That will be followed by The Sorry People, a collection of comic monologues written and performed by poet and storyteller Paul Eccentric, next Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21.

First Friday Folk and First Saturday Comedy will be back in February and March and there’s more music from the multi award-winning jazz musicians, The David Newton Trio, on Saturday, March 10.

Next month also sees Peppermint Muse’s production of award-winning play Frozen by Bryony Lavery from February 23 to 25 and Tour de Force’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby on Sunday, February 26.

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The drama continues in March with OVO’s innovative adaptation of Coriolanus, set in present day Italy, as part of the RSC Open Stages Festival and a production of David Copperfield, presented by touring company Mad Dogs and Englishmen with a cast of two.

Imogen de la Bere, programming director for OVO @ The Maltings, said: “The January to March programme has something for everyone, from hilarious comedy and fantastic folk to exciting contemporary and classic drama. We look forward to welcoming audiences at the venue, which has been ‘spruced-up’ over the Christmas break thanks to local volunteers.”

A special online season saver discount of 25 per cent is available on full price tickets booked for three or more shows if you book online at (enter offer code: 2012OFFER).

Details of the full season with dates, times and ticket prices can be found at