Granny Grotbag Says Goodbye is the story a formidable Northern Grandmother. She is filthy, rude, foul-mouth and incredible powerful. The self proclaimed “Wildcat of Sheffield”, who spent her youth prowling the streets, fuelled with Babycham, finding men for her prey. Now in her latter days she is alone in her flat facing the reality of spending the rest of her life completely by herself after the recent death of her husband. Her story is one of love, loss, dust, water infections and strength that is guaranteed to make you laugh, wince and cry into your cup of Yorkshire tea. Her story is shared by so many others and touches on the theme of: elderly loneliness and depression, grief and death, and the strength of the human condition, especially in the older northern woman, to get just breath in, put the kettle on and get the F*** on with it.
Granny Grotbag, started life and scribbles and on the back of napkin and then was turned into it first show at the White Bear Theatre last summer, and at the Theatre Deli Sheffield in February 2020,where it received a 5 star reviews from London Pub Theatres. It was written to celebrate the power of the elderly and promote how the we as a community can help and give care back to those who cared for us. The writer and performer Joshua Welch wrote the piece after he and his own Grandmas had a began to talk about their share experiences with grief, 60 years apart and the feeling were the same and they support each other though it. The play, as a well as a being riotously funny and containing some of the filthy things you'll hear coming out a Grandmothers mouth, deals with how we grieve and how we can help each by just reaching out and giving care.
Granny's dream is perform the play at The Royal Albert Hall but until those dizzy height are reached we want to perform this play as many times and we can and hopefully take it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2020, as the show is such amazing fit.
We plan on doing the show in two different ways. At every theatre we go where we are performing in the evening we plan to create "coffee morning performances" in the day time for the elderly community, to bring them from their home to theatre space, have a laugh and share their story, with collections for Age UK happening at every performance, with the hope that ,even for a hour or two, we can bring a laugh and smile into peoples lives
Your money will make this possible. We are a working class company with very little funds so any money you can give will help, our Granny Grotbag deserves to keep telling her story, please donate, to make this happen.
PRAISE FOR GRANNY GROTBAG:
“This is a powerful and poignant play about growing old and our society’s mistreatment of the elderly. It’s a wake-up call, a raucously funny hour which subtly drip feeds its message to us unseen until the very end of the play”
(★ ★ ★ ★ ★)-London Pub Theatres