THE DIPPING HOUSE A new arts and community venue  for Claybody and Stoke-on-Trent  

We're delighted to announce our residency at Spode in a former dipping house.  
 
We presented our 2023 production SONG OF THE SYTCH in this wonderful industrial space, and we're now working hard to bring more events, performances and community activities to this brand new venue we have called THE DIPPING HOUSE.  
 
At the start of the year we presented a 12th NIGHT WASSAIL event with Cor Bach, and in February we were delighted to be joined by our Patron for AN AUDIENCE WITH TOBY JONES - in conversation with Deborah McAndrew, sponsored by KMF. 
 
'This amazing space… which really is one of the most beautiful theatrical spaces I’ve seen in years.  
It’s so wonderful… how it’s haunted by its past – it’s great!' 
TOBY JONES 
 
More exciting news and announcements over the coming weeks and months.... 

 2023... 

SONG OF THE SYTCH 
 
Premiered at The Dipping House, Spode Works, 4 - 14 October 2023 
 
September 1938. Neville Chamberlain has averted another catastrophic conflict in Europe, but there isn’t much peace at The Pelican – a pub in a poor part of Stoke-on-Trent known as The Sytch. 
 
A Male Voice Choir practices in the back room, dirty deals are done in the cellar beneath, subversive ideas take root, and forbidden love is kindling. But secrets can’t stay hidden forever, and outside the world hurtles to the brink of war once more. 
 
Lovingly realised evocation of an intriguing period in British history. 
The Stage 
 
You come to feel that these are real people that you know… 
The Sentinel 
 
A superb script… hits the top notes! 
Moorlands Radio 

YMCA THEATRE CLUB 

 
We love this project - curating a range of theatre visits for a group of young people at YMCA North Staffordshire.  
 
We choose a range of work to see that we think will interest the group and that offers different experiences of theatre spaces and companies. We accompany them and, where possible, we give a little more access - such as meeting the cast. Staff tell us it's 'one of the best things we've ever done'. 
 
The feedback from the young people has been amazing. They enjoy everything they see and really connect to live theatre with individual insight and excitement. 
 
Trips include visits to see Astley's Astounding Adventures at the New Vic Theatre, The National Theatre production of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, and even Hamilton in London's West End! 
 
Coming up are trips to Birmingham Rep and The Royal Exchange in Manchester. 
Summer 2023 
YMCANS THEATRE CLUB 
at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre for 
THE GREAT GATSBY 

SCHOOLS AUDIO DRAMA PROJECT 

 
Our 2 year project SOUNDS FOR STORIES, making audio drama with children in local primary schools finished in 2023.  
 
You can read more about this HERE and access free resources HERE 
 
For more info please contact us. 
 

THE CARD Revival  May 2023 

Our sell-out 2022 summer show THE CARD, revived and produced in association with the New Vic Theatre. 
 
Arnold Bennett's classic comic tale proved a huge hit once again, with fantastic audiences and rave reviews! 
 
Adapted by Deborah McAndrew 
Directed by Conrad Nelson 
 
Photo by Mark Douet 
 
A smile on your face from the very first scene… 
THE SENTINEL 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet the cast of The Card 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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