Rumpelstiltskin at The New Room

by Matt Grinter


4th October - 1st November, 2019 | 18:45, 20:30

“It can't come into the light and the light can't come into it. It can't come out of the darkness neither. It's quite happy sat here between the two...”

Locked in a tower. Forced to spin a roomful of straw into gold by morning. Or have her head removed from her body...Milly’s only hope of salvation lies in the strange creature speaking riddles and lurking in the shadows of her cell...but what price will it demand in return, and will it be more than she can pay? 

Arriving just in time for Halloween is a spine-tingling take on this ancient folk tale of greed, imagination and the terrible choices we have to make. Told by candle-light, the immersive performance is inspired by, and staged in, the atmospheric New Room in the heart of Bristol’s Broadmead shopping quarter. It features a brand new script by award winning writer Matt Grinter (Orca), an original score by Ellie Showering, and is led by Bristol’s favourite ‘Site Specific Theatre Masters’ (Bristol 24/7) Insane Root.


Venue address: John Wesley’s Chapel, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE


Running time: approx 65 mins | Not recommended for childen under 10 years of age.


BSL interpreted performances available 17th October 2019

This is an immersive production so you will be standing, walking and occasionally sitting. If you have access needs please contact the company. This production is wheelchair accessible. 

Comfortable shoes are advised due to the nature of the venue and style of staging; large bags and luggage are not permitted into the site. On arrival for the performance please check in at the Box Office located in the Cafe at the New Room on the Horsefair - you will be taken to the  performance space at the allotted time. Latecomers will not be admitted.  There are toilet facilities at the cafe.

No photography, or recording of any kind, is permitted. 



MILLY - Katie Tranter

JOHN - Dan Wheeler



Alana Ashley - Design Assistant

Hannah Drake - Director

Matt Grinter - Writer

Matt Hall - Technical Advisor

James Lisk - Stage Manager / Technician

Edmund McKay - Lighting Designer

Gary Owston - Accent Coach

Justin Palmer - Producer / Production Manager ​

Ellie Showering - Musical Director / Composer

Samuel Wilde - Designer

Rumpelstiltskin Artwork: Rozie Jackson

Graphic Design: Tom McEntee & Hannah Drake

Front of House Team: Ellie Showering, Andrew Kingston, Johanna Byron, Justin Palmer & Hannah Drake 

Rehearsal Photography by Lisa Hounsome

Production Photography by Jack Offord


Wojtek Kordel

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Peter Clifford

David Worthington

Louise Wratten

Bristol Arts Marketing Network

Travelling Light Theatre Company

Alan Drake

Alex Davies & Aneurin Palmer-Davies

Kathryn & Tom Raftery

Neil & the team at All Hallows Hall

Vanessa Moon

Craig Cheney

Laura Chapman

Sarah Renshaw

Alice Wheeler

             JOHN WESLEY'S

             "NEW ROOM"


                                 In 1739 John Wesley was asked by the members of two

                                 religious societies in Bristol to create ‘a new room’                                           where they could meet. The resulting building                                                   served many purposes because John encouraged the religious society members to offer food and clothing to the poor, run a school for children, arrange visits to the nearby prison, and help the sick by running a free medical dispensary. The New Room was too small and not well enough built so, in 1748, it was rebuilt and doubled in size. This included creating a suite of rooms above the main room for use by John Wesley and other preachers. These now house the Museum. 


The new building was licensed for public worship and so was soon nicknamed ‘John Wesley’s Chapel’, but it remained a multi-purpose building that served the local community in a variety of ways.


Today the chapel and its adjacent garden are found by many to be a wonderful oasis of peace in the centre of a busy city.








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