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Gerrish's Grotto


Beryl's (of Mayfair)

The second one-woman show for MoE.  Kate McNab is Beryl …and Hattie… and who knows WHO will come in for a trim or a try of Mervyn's newfangled beauty experiment. Early retirement suits him handsomely but how does Beryl feel about all this?

Send us your stories of life under the dryer or at the mercy of the junior with the scissors.  

The Ministry of Entertainment was formed by two actors, Kate McNab and Joe Hobbs, to produce theatre based on oral histories from the era of the Second World War. They had met in 1997 during Bristol Old Vic’s premier run of Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth which was directed by Andy Hay and written by A.C.H. Smith about Bristol Docks from the stories of the dockers themselves. During the run Joe and Kate persuaded fellow performer Kit Morgan to be musical director for their new venture. more…

As one theatregoer put it,
“If it’s The Ministry of Entertainment you know it will be excellent theatre, great humour and lovely music”.


Written by: Joe Hobbs, Music by: Kit Morgan
All characters performed by Kate Mc Nab & Ross Harvey

Mrs. Brenda Gerrish streaks into the stratosphere of 50s' sophistication in the
first play of the trilogy set in her seaside B&B!

It is 1958 and the summer season at Weston-super-Mare is drawing to a close and although the charabangs have returned most of the lobster-red holidaymakers back to their Midland homes, Mrs. Gerrish’s Guesthouse is still full and displaying the ‘No Vacancies’ sign.

Apart from the residential guests like 97-year-old Mrs. Gimlet, whose relatives were rumoured to have caused the great potato famine of 1845, the short-term visitors to Mrs. Gerrish’s Guest House include the suave and debonair Mr. Thomas Terry, the intrepid Hurley family from West Bromich who arrive shoe-horned into their motor cycle combination and the Great Mephysto, star of the Winter Gardens ‘Summertime Jamboree’.


Friday 18th November at 7.30pm
Trowbridge Town Hall. BA14 8EQ
Tickets: 01225 774 306

Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm
Clifton Library. BS8 4BX
Tickets on sale at the Library,
or online:

Sunday 27th November at 7.30pm
Zion Community Arts Space. BS13 7JW
Tickets on sale at Zion 0117 923 1212 reservations

Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm
Theatre @ The Bay, W-s-M. BS23 1BE
0119 902 0344
Tickets on sale at The Bay Cafe, Marine Parade
or online:

Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm
Rangeworthy Village Hall. BS37 7LZ
Tickets: 01454 228 353 or 01454 227 445

Please check our touring dates page for the latest performances.

If you would like to contact MoE or for more information on how to book tickets,
please telephone: 0117 973 3223, fax: 0117 970 6044 or email us by using our web mailing form.
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