Here are details of all our past productions
Starring Anne O’Riordan, Duncan MacInnes, Andrew Roberts-Palmer, Ben Tolley, Sophia Hatfield and David Edwards, supported by a chorus of local children. Written and adapted by Stephanie Dale, with music by Matt Baker. Directed by Peter Leslie Wilde. Design by Dawn Allsopp, lighting design by Stuart Harrison and choreography by Cariad Morgan. The production was staged in the round in St Mary’s Centre, Chester from 4th December 2014 to 10th January 2015.
‘Multi-layered and inventive take on a familiar tale that manages to be both a clever reimagining and a faithful reproduction of Carroll’s fanciful worlds.‘ The Stage ****
‘A fantastic festive feast to make your Christmas extra special; absolutely not to be missed.’ WhatsonStage ****
Starring: Aled Bidder, Hannah Good, Rhys Isaac Jones, Tom Lincoln. Supported by a community Choir. Written by Helen Newall, with music by Matt Baker. Directed by Emma Lucia. Design: Judith Croft. Lighting Design: Nick Beadle.
The production toured throughout Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Yotkshire from 31st October to 6th December 2014.
‘At once intimate and yet covering the whole panorama of places and happenings this play grips from the start and sweeps the audience along in a tale that is wryly humorous, touching, dramatic, romantic and a wonderful tribute to all those young people who ‘gave their tomorrow for our today’.’ WhatsonStage *****
This free large-scale community musical and dramatic event commemorating the early days of the First World War and the role that the railways played in the troops departure for the front, toured railway stations throughout. Cheshire and Greater Manchester from 7th September to 12th November, culminating in performances in St Pancras International. Performances were also staged at Tatton Park and Chester Cathedral. Over by Christmas won the Performing Arts category at the 2015 Cheshire West And Cheshire Arts Awards.
The Snow Queen
Starring: Katie Foster Barnes, Cassandra Charlick, David Edwards, Michelle Long, Ben Tolley, Winnie Southgate and Cat Stobbs. Supported by adult and children’s community choruses. Performed at St Mary’s Cenre, Chester from 5th Dec 2013 – 11th Jan 2014
Written and directed by Russ Tunney, with music by Matt Baker; design by Judith Croft; lighting design by Stuart Harrison; film / digital media by Helen Newall; choreograhy by Julia Williams. The stage manager was Sam Cheadle and the production manager Peter Herbert.
Starring: Peter Alexander, Christopher Chamberlain, David Edwards, Linda Holmgren, Michelle Long, Andrew Melville, Ben Tolley.
Staged at Chester’s Victorian Gothic Town Hall from 5th-23rd December 2012. In addition to the professional actors, the prodcuction featured a large cast of community performers and children from local schools. It was adapted and directed by Russ Tunney, with musical direction by Matt Baker, film and digital media by Helen Newall and set and costume design by Judith Croft. Lighting design was by Stuart Harrison and choreography by Julia Williams. Adam Taylor was technical stage manager.
The Chester Giants
Presented at Chester’s Amphitheatre on 1st July as part of Chestival 2012. Music by Matt Baker, script by Helen Newall.
A Handbag of Harmonies
Handbag for a Day Choir
Highfield Male Voice Choir
Tattenhall Community Choir
Homegrown Dance Theatre
Blacon High School
Dee Point Primary School
Dodleston CE Primary School
Helsby Hillside Primary School
Highfield Community Primary School
JH Godwin Primary School
St Theresa’s Primary School
The Arches Community Primary School
The Bishops Blue Coat CE High School
Chester Schools Concert Band
Tim Jones – piano
Chester the Giant City
Choreography – Jo Henwood
Chiara Lisowski Dantas
Special thanks to
Cruise St John the Baptist’s Church,
The Bishops Blue Coat CE High School
This large scale community musical was produced in partnership with the Hammond School, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The cast of over a hundred was composed of community actors, Hammond School dance and drama students and members of Jigsaw, TIQ’s young people’s theatre company. See a short video clip here.
Written by Richard Wolfenden Brown and Matt Baker. Directed by Ruth Alexander Rubin. Composer/ Musical Director Matt Baker. Designed by Judith Croft. Choreography by Katherine Robinson.
Theatre in the Quarter brought together 12 schools, 11 choirs, a dance group, a concert band and a number of soloists to create Across the World an anthem for London 2012. Across the World incorporates Be The Best That You Can Be, a children’s anthem to inspire a new generation.
Across the World tells the story of a Chester giant who, like an Olympic athlete in pursuit of gold, travels the world to find her dream. With music composed by Matt Baker and lyrics by Helen Newall, it was commissioned and led by the women’s choir, A Handbag of Harmonies.
Across the World was first created as Chester’s contribution to Music Nation – a spectacular weekend in March 2012 of music around the UK, organised by the BBC and LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) to set the scene for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. It was performed by over 700 people (and Giants!) to an audience of 5,000. The Across the World anthem and Be The Best That You Can Be were reprised as part of Chester’s spectacular welcome to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 17 May 2012, and also for the Olympic Torch on 29 May 2012 when it was performed in front of 25,000 people at Chester Racecourse.
This film tells the story of the rehearsal period.
Participating groups in the Music Nation and/or Olympic Torch performances were:
|ChoirsA Handbag of HarmoniesA Handbag for a Day ChoirCantataChester City Male Voice ChoirDecibellasFirefliesFrodsham and District Choral SocietyHighfield Male Voice ChoirTattenhall Community ChoirThe Chester Ladies’ ChoirThe Spinney Choir||SchoolsBlacon High SchoolChester Blue Coat CE Primary SchoolDee Point Primary SchoolDodleston CE Primary SchoolHelsby Hillside Primary SchoolHighfield Community Primary SchoolJ H Godwin Primary SchoolOaklands SchoolSandiway Primary School St Theresa’s Catholic Primary SchoolThe Arches Community Primary SchoolThe Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School|
|DancersHomegrown Dance Theatre SoloistsSarra CooperRobert Clack||MusiciansChester Schools’ Concert Band PianistRuth Alexander Rubin|
The film was produced by The Harlequin Project, University of Chester and Dee Digital
Additional material supplied by Matt Dimbylow
Across the World was commissioned and led by A Handbag of Harmonies and managed and coordinated by Theatre in the Quarter. Its creation was supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
Star of Wonder
Starring: Emily Barlow, Isla Carter, Paul Dabek, Michael Magnet
On Christmas Eve, 1899, under the watchful eyes of a packed house in Chester’s music hall, the impossible happens! The fate of two young lovers hangs in the balance as the lines between illusion and reality, love and ambition are blurred by their encounter with the beautiful and exotic magician known as Isis, the Star of Wonder, self-proclaimed possessor of the lost secrets of ancient Egyptian magic. Star of Wonder used song and dance, magic and melodrama to explore the mysterious compact between playwright, actors and audience which creates the real magic of theatre. Clink the link for a compilation of music from the show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E18hiYqefjU&feature=player_embedded.
Writer Helen Newall; Composer/Music Director Matt Baker; Director Russ Tunney; Designer Emma Cains; Lighting Designer Mark Dymock; Illusion Consultant Paul Dabek; Choreographer Lindsay Inglesby; Technical Stage Manager Rebecca Loxton.
Starring: Melissa Daly, Ian Hayles, Tom Latham, Max Rubin, Harriet Barrow, Stavros Demetraki, Emma Higginbottom, and the Theatre in the Quarter Choir
Presented in the Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. Script by Helen Newall, music by Matt Baker.
Starring: Harriet Barrow, Stavros Demetraki, Emma Higginbottom, Thomas Latham
Written by Helen Newall with music by Matt Baker, Forgotten Fortress was commissioned as part of Habitats and Hillforts, a three year project to explore, preserve and publicise the iron age hillforts along Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge and their surrounding environments. The play also involved around 200 children from fourteen primary schools around Cheshire in a dramatic re-imagining of the impact of Rome’s conquest of Britain in the 1st century AD. Directed by Russ Tunney, design by Emma Cains, lighting design by Anna Barrett.
Starring: Michael Cole, Melissa Daly.Ian Hayles. Tom Latham
James:a new historical play by Helen Newall with music by Matt Baker, Commissioned by the 2011 Trust to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, one of the glories of English prose writing, James is a dramatic musical retelling of the story of King James I and VI, highlighting the religious struggles of the day, his obsession with witchcraft, the Gunpowder Plot and his subsequent speech to Parliamant pleading for religious toleration. As the king lay dreaming on his deathbed,Helen Newall’s script brought James’ turbulent times vividly and wittily to life. It was directed by Max Rubin and designed by Judith Croft, with lighting design by Adam Butcher. The cast was supported by a community choir singing Matt Baker’s evocative original score.
Starring: Roanna Cochrane, Emma Higginbottom, Tom Latham. Michael Magnet
Following on from the huge success of 2008’s sold-out tour of ‘Silent Night’, Theatre in the Quarter’s Christmas production was based on Chester residents’ recollections of Christmas during World War II. ‘Home for Christmas’ featured a cast of four professional actors supported by a choir drawn from local communities. The play toured for three weeks in December to venues throughout Chester and Cheshire. Written by Helen Newall with music by Matt Baker, Directed by Russ Tunney, design by Judith Croft.
This highly acclaimed show, built around the story of the Christmas Truce in the Great War, was TITQ’s first professional touring production. It was a sell out in all of the venues and starred Elizabeth Bassham, Paul Dabek, Thomas Latham and Jay McWinen.
Writer:Helen Newall, Composer and musical director Matt Baker. Director: Russ Tunney
Designer: Heather Shaw. Lighting: Ben Willetts.
In September 2008 the Pavilion at Chester Racecourse was transformed into a theatrical space to present this hilarious and moving play based on the problems and tensions experienced by a local community as it struggles to to maintain its sense of identity and pride in the face of change. Written by local playwright Rob Edmunds with music by Matt Baker, the show was brought to life by a company of twenty young actors and musicians
Directed by Ally Cutler, design by Rhyannon Richardson, Lighting by Ben Willetts Choreography by Lindsay Ingoldsby.
A professional and community cast of a hundred performers of every age, all drawn from the local community, presented our third original production in the beautiful and unusual setting of St Thomas of Canterbury Church, in the Garden Quarter of Chester. As Professor Crumple tried to explain the meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the audience were literally immersed in the atmosphere of carollers, mummers, scholars, choristers, children singing the Nativity story, St George and even the Lord of Misrule.
Written by Helen Newall, with music by Matt Baker. Directed by Gav Cross, Design by Cathy Cross, lighting by Ben Willetts.
Theatre in The Quarter’s second major production. Sweet Sixteen was inspired by the stories and memories of people living in and around our city, as they remembered being sixteen years of age. The production, bursting with energy, music, dance, photo imagery and a very multi-talented company, performed to very large audiences at Chester’s Gateway Theatre in September 2006.
Written by Helen Newall, with music by Matt Baker. Directed by Max Rubin, lighting by Ben Willetts, design by Cathy Cross.
‘Some Sunny Day’ was a weave of memories and stories from the Second World War, inspired by the people and the places of Chester’s Garden Quarter, and told by a company of talented young actor/musicians from the Chester area. The play was a magical theatrical timepiece, evoking, through drama and song, the real world of a close knit urban community of Chester, as it experienced the Second World War both at home and away. Performed to sell out audiences at Chester’s atmospheric Guild Hall.
Writer:Helen Newall, composer and musical director Matt Baker.
Directed by Ally Cutler, design by Cathy Cross,choreography by Lindsay Ingoldsby