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What a treasure

Wonderfully creative. Nice little stop off into a magical world. Classic English fantasyland. we... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2016
waxcharade
Passing by...

...and stumbled across this little gem. Six minutes of wonder and simple pleasure. Such a cleaver... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2016
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Reviewed December 31, 2016

Wonderfully creative. Nice little stop off into a magical world. Classic English fantasyland. we saw a 5 minute puppet show, which I believe is what they run most often. Liked the music too, would visit again.

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Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

...and stumbled across this little gem. Six minutes of wonder and simple pleasure. Such a cleaver use of 'convenience' that Malvern should treasure and nurture.

Thank Chris F
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Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I went to the Theatre of Small Convenience to see "Quackery Codswallop" and it we all had a good laugh. 6 minutes of funny nonsense all worth every penny we spent! Dennis was more than kind enough to put a show for us on a Sunday when it's usually closed. Apart from the puppet show, the place was also amazing with it's uniquely put together stage and awesome wall to ceiling hand painting. Definitely a must see show whilst in Great Malvern!

Thank Bless A
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

This is English eccentricity at its best! well done Dennis a true labour of love ! you deserve all the praise that comes your way and to make people laugh is a true talent ! Thankyou for opening up for us ! Alice and Anne

Thank laviniaunderhill
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

Pure magic. We popped in on my Mum's 75th birthday - after meaning to for many years! What a perfect treat : ) A lovely welcome from Dennis Neale - amazing props, puppets, paintings and a show full of whimsy to make you laugh, cheer, smile and forget any cares... for a full 6 minutes! Do, do visit - we certainly won't leave it as long for next time ; )

Thank pharos
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

Think Spike Milligan, think The Goons! British humour at it's finest. This has got to be a must see for anyone visiting Malvern.

Thank Marie P
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

It's a fun filled box of imagination created by Dennis Neale and his family. We have been coming to Malvern for a long time but only recently were lucky enough to be there when The Theatre of Small Convenience was open. The quirky scenery beautifully painted on the walls reveals faces looking out at you from hills and skies. As you choose your seat either on the ornate bench(circle) or cushioned individual seats (stalls) the musical props and masks around the tiny theatre promise you a treat to come. Dennis introduces himself and disappears to present the show. It's wacky and Goonish and Mervyn Peake would have loved it. A Dr Who of the theatre world Dennis you are a star in your own universe. I'm glad we came to visit and will carry the happy memory for a long time. As you say it is street theatre but off the street and may I say off the page . I hope you both continue to entrance both adults and children until the stars stop shining in the sky.

1  Thank btwoshoes
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

We always pass this but have only recently stopped for a show, which the owner performs on request on Saturdays.

This is an old public toilet which has been transformed into a tiny theatre and has been performing quirky 5 minute shows (similar to a puppet show) for years.

The owner (and sole performer) is lovely and the children laughed their way through the show and still talk about it.

It was £3 for an adult and £1 for children. The show itself was bizarre, strange, funny and eccentric but amusing and worth seeing, especially for children.

1  Thank Lucy S
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

Nice 6 minute performance that made us laugh. Definitely worth the visit and the (small) entry fee. would recommend

1  Thank Oliver W
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Reviewed May 10, 2016

For the last few years, whenever I visit Malvern, I find myself drawn to this place. What used to be a Victorian men's lavatory is now the smallest theatre in the UK, founded by Dennis Neale, a dramatist and puppeteer whose passion for performance shines from every nook and cranny of this little gem. For less than the price of a coffee, you can watch a show created from flotsam and jetsam - bric-a-brac repurposed and turned into a puppet performance, complete with soundtrack, to a bespoke story created by Dennis and his fellow dramatists. This is entertainment from a bygone, golden age - if you remember 1970s children's TV, you wil adore this place. Dennis Neale is the contemporary Oliver Postgate, and this theatre has all the charm and lovingly crafted magic of an episode of Ivor the Engine, the Clangers or Mr Benn. The stories change twice a year, and are always completely enthralling. You will be enchanted by this place, as we were - and transported back to happy childhood memories of puppet shows, children's TV and a very British sense of eccentricity, whimsy and genuine love for family entertainment. An unmissable treat.

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