Whether you were once a member of the cast or audience, or purely have an interest to know more about this unique place, please feel free to create topics, ask questions or share memories within the Forum.
Maybe looking though the forum has brought back so many memories you feel the urge to share them in more than just a few lines. Well, you could either just find a dark room to sit in and let them pass, or you could produce a longer contribution as a separate page. We welcome those longer contributions too in the next tab (below) Memory pages where there’s a huge amount of information on all aspects of the theatre from its foundation right through to its end. Memories specific to individual shows can be found within each show’s entry under Productions.
To some members, a few lines in a forum does not suffice the amount of time they were personally involved with the Grange and other members. As often happens, one memory leads to another, and before too long the equivalent of a few A4 pages has passed and most likely extends far beyond one evening’s thoughts. This is where we welcome those longer contributions and hope that to the casual onlooker, cast or audience member, they too may have their own memories to share here, or in the forum.
Our thanks, then, go to the following for their thoughts preserved . . .
Martin Jacques:– When I was asked to appear in Val’s production of Noël Coward’s Hay Fever at the end of 1989, it came as a complete surprise because I’d been out of the picture (so to speak) since 1981 when I appeared at the Grange in Val’s adaptation of “Camelot”. Read more …
From Vic Ince:- The big scene for me was the ‘seduction,’ where I was supposed to be slouched on the back of the settee with my son’s girlfriend lying full length on it. Then I was to roll off on top of her and then the kissing and cuddling commenced. Read more…..
From Keith Bennett:- As I begin compiling what I fondly thought would be a perhaps brief overview of the Grange Theatre’s technical side of things, it quickly became apparent there were a vast number of memories just waiting to be aired. Read more…
From Adam Hurst:– “Butterflies Are Free”. This must rate as one of my all time five favourite plays to have appeared in. To play a blind, american folk singer (and I think largely pull it off) was a fantastic experience. I found myself “seeing” things in a different light. Read more
‘Amdrams’ before the Grange – Read more
Some early social gatherings at the Grange – Read more
First, build your theatre – Read more
“The Boys in the Box” – Read more
Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals – Read more
Booking the Shows – the not-so-complex activities of the booking office! Read more
Show programmes’ history – their development over the years – Read more
Temporary theatre closure in 1998-9 – Read more
Dismantling the theatre – the saddest of times after the final show – Read more
The old gardens of the Grange – they’ve gone now but you can still visit them here – Read more
“Ladies and gentlemen, there’ll now be a twenty-minute interval” – Read more
Some new archival photographs donated! – Read more
A personal essay –Here, Keith Bennett draws a comparison between the resurgence of intimate theatre towards the end of the nineteenth century and the establishment of The Grange Theatre by Fred and Val Temlett. Possibly unknowingly, but in both cases meeting a need for their respective times. Read more
The Entire Company! Grange Theatre stalwart Andrew Jenner has devoted a considerable amount of his time to produce the listing below of our own Entire Company, which contains (to date) the name of every single person who was ever involved in supporting the productions at the Grange, either on- or off-stage. Read more
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Past Colleagues Remembered
The curtain finally fell in 2009, making it twelve years since any theatrical activity took place: but perhaps more importantly, our first show was in 1972 which means that over the passage of nearly fifty years there has been a natural wastage of our old friends. And that makes it all the more surprising that we haven’t received more news of their passing than we have. Perhaps it’s as well – Andrew’s magisterial list naming pretty much everyone involved in the good ship Grange Theatre from its inception to its closure stands as the main memorial to all our industry. But obviously if we do receive sad news we ought to devote a page on the website in which to commemmorate their connection with us.
So, to all our past colleagues – whether those still standing happily in the glare of the lights, or those who’ve slipped quietly into the shadows behind the scenery – we give our deepest respects for all their contributions which have made this website such a very fascinating place to explore.
Our thanks, then, go to the following, with condolences to their respective families. . .
Press & Media
As the archive gives up its secrets – especially newspaper cuttings – we’re putting them here in no particular order at present. Apologies for the sometimes poor quality of the images, due to us having to photograph newspaper pages too large for domestic scanners. Perhaps in time . . .
BBC Radio 4 listing for ‘With Great Pleasure’, a BBC recording from 1979 with Pam Ayres and Martin Jarvis.
Fred and Val helped found the Oxford Vegetarian Society and the following link visits that organisation’s archive page. We hope to add the photo in question very soon…