“The Wildcat of Sheffield… Not anymore… Where did she go?”
Granny Grotbag, a brash, no nonsense Northern powerhouse, welcomes you into her home and takes you on a trip down memory lane. A story of love, loss, dust, and water infections, a strength that is guaranteed to make you laugh, wince and cry into your cuppa. (Yorkshire tea of course!) A story confirms that “old age is certainly no place for sissies.”
The outrageous outings of young Northern lass out on the pull, finding the love of her life, raising her children and, now, facing the prospect of spending the last years of her life completely alone, after the death of her husband.
GRANNY GROTBAG SAYS GOODBYE is written and performed Joshua Welch and directed by Kelly Hunter MBE, with musical accompaniment of singer-songwriter Holly Musgrave. The show had its preview at The White Bear Theatre, London in August 2019. We are raising money to keep our Granny's journey going... in her words "I won't stop until I'm at the Royal Albert Hall"!
Welch, who is originally from Sheffield, graduated from Drama Centre in 2018, and studied at the Boris Schukin Theatre Institute, Moscow. He made his theatre debut in 2019 “full of undoubted originality” (The Review Cap) as ‘Jack’ in a Northern adaptation of ‘Th’ Importance of Bein’ Earnest’. Other credits include, ‘Puck’ in Flute Theatre’s ‘ A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at The Bridge Theatre and ‘Deconstructing the Dream’ at The Bloomsbury Theatre, ‘Brother’ in ‘Monster Munch’ at The White Bear, & ‘Semyon’ in ‘Dying for It’ at Drama Centre.
Kelly Hunter MBE has a wealth of experience in theatre, film and television, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Flute Theatre, a company which produces the works of William Shakespeare for interactive audiences, including those with autism. Hunter began her vast career as an actor playing The Mistress in the original West End production of Evita, over the next decade she proceeded to play lead roles in musicals, extending her career to the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The English Touring Theatre Company. Hunter has recently received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to theatre.
Holly Musgrave, trained at Drama Centre, and is actor and singer/songwriter, whose albums can be found on Spotify.
The show celebrates the wisdom, energy and strength of the elderly; and challenges us to think wherever we really give enough care back to those who spent the majority of our lives caring for us. Help us to get our Granny back on her feet and spreading her message to more audiences.
Quote from our Granny: "There's a free cuppa and a wagon wheel waiting for you, donate now!"