We were lucky enough to be joined on Wednesday by Peter Wallder of Merton Abbey Mills, who gave us a sneak preview of what’s coming to The Colour House Theatre in the next couple of months, as well as what else is going on on the rest of the site.
Probably more than most of us knew – including a regular Blues Club, on the first Sunday of every month and a Comedy Club, on the last Friday of each month, plus plans for a pop-up food festival in April. He also has ambitions to introduce open air film screenings, and longer-term, major expansion plans to develop the theatre and bar area.
We also met Gordon House, his old friend and former BBC drama producer, who’s written an up-and-coming show for the theatre (direction by Peter) called The Princess and The Toad. Suitable for audiences of between 3-100, it will be on The Colour House stage for a week during the Easter holidays (3-7 April)… so a great distraction for little ones, and not-so-little ones too.
It was interesting to hear about Peter’s journey to becoming involved in Merton Abbey Mills, and his long and abiding love for the theatre. For more than twenty years now, he’s been directing and producing plays for The Colour House Theatre, and attributes his happiness in life to the variety and opportunity for reinvention that it gives him. A new show, a new challenge, renewed passion, and fresh applause. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it.