TIME: 7:30 pm
VENUE: Seckford Theatre
The Unhappy Medium by Common Ground Theatre Company
6th June 

by Pat Whymark, Julian  Harries & Pat Marlowe



Was he psychic or pseudo, trickster or telepath? No-one knew…least of all, him.


Common Ground present an “entrancing” new comedy. Set in the 1920s, The Unhappy Medium tells the story of Montague Faulke , a “spiritualist” and some-time music hall entertainer (played by Julian Harries), as he struggles with his conscience, his creditors and his put-upon assistant Aubrey Miles (Patrick Marlowe who last performed with Common Ground in The Signalman).


Matters come to a head when Faulke comes under the scrutiny of psychic investigator Morton McLean, played by Dick Mainwaring – his last appearance with the company was in Stuff In The Attic. Both he and Pat Marlowe have appeared in Eastern Angles’ Christmas shows.


Expect oodles of ectoplasm, lashings of levitation and a bump or two in the night.


Our autumn 2015 tour of The Count of Monte Cristo went down a storm with audiences and critics alike. Andrew Clarke, reviewing for the EADT, said:


“This is a dazzling piece of comic confection which showcases the collective talents of a touring company which cleverly mixes experience with youthful talent and it takes real skill to take a sturdy piece of classic literature and turn it into one of the most hilarious and imaginative shows of the year.”


Common Ground Theatre Co was set up in 2007 by Pat Whymark and Julian Harries to create new music theatre. We have been touring steadily since then, mainly within East Anglia, producing seventeen new plays which have been received stunning reviews both here and in London. We have received funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, The Suffolk Foundation, The Seckford Foundation, Suffolk Youth Ops, The Brook Trust and Suffolk Single Gateway.


Common Ground are committed to keeping small-scale theatre alive and well in East Anglia, presenting shows that are, first and foremost, entertaining. Our productions are character-based and always emotionally engaging.


Julian Harries & Pat Whymark are the creative team behind The Mystery of St Finnigan’s Elbow, Dial M For Murgatroyd & many more Eastern Angles xmas shows, and it is that sense of playfulness that we hope runs through all our work. As an actor Julian has appeared in Eastenders, Detectorists, Spies of Warsaw, Doctors, and performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and in the West End.


“The spoof to beat all spoofs” (The Observer) “Blissfull” (The Times)  “Madcap comedy gold” (The Stage) “A marvellous romp…should delight even the most jaded of viewers” (In Suffolk) (from reviews of recent Whymark-Harries productions)


The Seckford Theatre

Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

Monday 6th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364

Tickets – £12/£7 (under 18s)


Tour Schedule


Trimley St Martin (Felixstowe)   Memorial Hall – Tuesday 31st May, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Little Gransden (SG19 3DP)       The Village Hall – Thursday 2nd June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Aldeburgh                                 Jubilee Hall – Friday 3rd June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Stutton, (near Ipswich)                 The Village Hall – Saturday 4th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£6 (U18s)


Woodbridge                              Seckford Theatre – Monday 6th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £12/£7 (U18s)


Polstead (near Hadleigh)              The Village Hall – Tuesday 7th June – 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Mount Bures, (near Colchester)    The Thatchers Arms –Wednesday 8th June, 8pm

Box Office: 01787 227460   Tickets – £10


Stansfield (near Sudbury)             The Village Hall – Friday 10th June, 7.30pm

BO: 01767 677906/ssulledit@aol.com  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Great Hockham (near Thetford)  The Village Hall – Saturday 11th June, 7.30pm

BO 01953 498447/box-office@greathockham.org £10/£7(U18)


Earl Soham, (near Framlingham)  The Village Hall – Wednesday 15th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Stowmarket                               The John Peel Centre – Thursday 16th June, 7.30pm

BO: 01449 774678/johnpeelcentre.com  Tickets-£10/£7 (U18)


Laxfield (IP13 8DY)                    The Village Hall – Friday 17th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Great Bromley (CO7 7JA)          The Village Hall – Saturday 18th June – 7.30pm

Box Office: 07807 341364  Tickets – £10/£7 (U18s)


Halesworth                                The Cut Arts Centre – Saturday 25th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 0845 673 2123/newcut.org Tickets-£10/£7 (U18)


John Mills Theatre, Ipswich     Thurs 7th, Fri 8th & Sat 9th June, 7.30pm

Box Office: 01473 211498 /easternangles.co.uk £12/£7 (U18s)

A Proud Member of the Seckford Foundation