Lift-off time at village hall

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Launch Party lifts off in Whittingham and rural audiences are invited to the send off in this co-production with rural touring favorites Farnham Maltings and award-winning theatre company Bucket Club next weekend.

Martha and Vi are twins. They grew up side by side watching the stars but recently they’ve drifted. While Martha has stayed in their home town laying down roots, Vi’s been across the globe training as an astronaut, preparing to launch herself into the unknown.

On the night before Vi blasts off, Martha has organised a party to send her off in style. She’s invited the whole village. She’s bought snacks and drinks and she’s making Vi a present to remind her of home, even in the blackness of space.

Launch Party is about ambition and what makes a person successful. It’s about home, the tug between family and career, and how, whether we leave or stay, we carry a piece of it with us.

Set in the 1970s, the story is told using a mixture of storytelling and scene work and is performed by a cast of four to music on keyboard, violin and Georgian choral singing.

Bucket Club is an emerging company from the South of England.

Geoff Hoskin, promoter at Whittingham Memorial Institute, said: “Farnham Maltings brought us the unforgettable Iranian Feast in 2013. We are looking forward to another memorable performance with Farnham Maltings Fellowship and award-winners Bucket Club. It promises to be another great night out.”

Call 01665 574964 or visit for tickets to the performance on on Saturday, October 22, from 7.30pm.