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We’re proud to present the world premiere tour of Alan Stockdill's new play, 'GODFREY'S LAST SUMMER’, a gentle comedy drama about life, death, dreams, family and friendship.

Godfrey Shackleton, international cricket umpire and famous Lottery winner, is coming to the end of his innings. Before he leaves the Middle for the very last time he needs to put his affairs in order.
Join Godfrey’s journey through the tears, smiles, songs and secrets as he spends his last summer.

This play is the third to feature the loveable Yorkshireman, Godfrey Shackleton after 'Godfrey's Last Stand' and 'Godfrey's Last Love (Bring Me Sunshine)'.

Please note that it is not necessary to have seen the other two plays to enjoy this 'stand alone' story.

"As usual with this company, there are serious, thought-provoking undertones, but also plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to savour as the ingeniously engrossing plot twists and turns its way along."
Kevin Bourke (Manchester Theatre Awards)

"It’s a real treat to see an Alan Stockdill play. He is a master at drawing out the idiosyncrasies of character and taking his audiences on the most incredible journeys."
Jayne Marshall (Greater Manchester Fringe)

"Made of the same stuff that inspired Peter Tinniswood’s ‘Tales from a long room’ and Roy Harper’s ‘When an old cricketer leaves the crease’ and of course ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, we see at play the notions of passion, pride, fair play and a sense of belonging to a tradition of something essentially English.”
Ian Parker Heath (Buxton Festival Fringe)

'Godfrey’s Last Summer' Tour Dates

Sat 10 March - Hebden Bridge Little Theatre
Box Office: 07785 530129 or wegottickets.com/talkingstock

Thurs 15 & Fri 16 March - Square Chapel Copper Auditorium, Halifax
Box Office: 01422 349422

Fri 23 March - Newton Village Hall near Clitheroe
Box Office: 07785 530129

Sat 24 March - Millgate Arts Centre, Delph, Saddleworth

Sun 25 March - Partington Theatre Clubroom, Glossop
Box Office: 07785 530129 or wegottickets.com/talkingstock

All performances start at 7.30pm

Raising funds for Bloodwise, the blood cancer research charity.

The blood cancer research charity.









Following our short tour in January we’ve been approached by Leeds West Primary Care Network (NHS). We will be performing the piece in training sessions with GPs, nurses, practice managers and carers helping to train on dementia issues, using the play as a talking point. We'll also be performing as a dementia charity fundraiser at the Ilkley Playhouse Wildman Studio - dates and times to be announced. Other dates may be announced in due course. Watch this space!

"How can I go to heaven if I don't know who I am?" says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when he’s diagnosed with Alzheimer's. But he also has a plan: to leave a vital imprint of who he is.

Lynne is to be the keeper of his memory, the guardian of their past. Join them on their journey; share their hopes, fears, smiles, strength and tears - and arrive with them as they seize the last memory and a carpe diem hope.

“Brilliant, tender and powerful. It made me think about dementia in a different way.” JB









Charity Cash Stash

Over the past five years we’ve raised over £24,300 for different local causes. Beneficiaries include Alzheimer's Society, Childline, NSPCC, Overgate Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Manorlands Hospice, Royal British Legion, Settle Victoria Hall, Age UK, Poppy Appeal, Ravenscliffe High School, Dementia UK, St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, Actors’ Workshop, Halifax, Halifax Amateur Operatic Society (HAOS), Halifax Playhouse LIFT Appeal, Sporting Memories Network, Dogs for Good, Memory Lane Café, Sowerby Bridge and Wolds Valley Churches.


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of valued company member, Pam Asling.

Pam toured with two Talking Stock productions playing Mary, the mother, in 'Five Kinds of Silence' and dizzy Debbie in 'Give a Little Love’.
She was a true team player, professional, practical and very talented. Rest in peace Pam. We miss you hugely.


We’re almost five years old. What a joyous journey we’ve had as this YouTube video will testify.





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