Welcome to our busy and productive programme for the 12 months ahead!

First a stroll down memory lane for 2017 - An exciting year (not least because we all kept working by and large) with the launch of a few new projects. "Joyce Grenfell - The Time of her life" took to the stage for a couple of scratch performances which were so well received that the production has been picked up and starts touring in spring. As a company we started 2017 with a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton's Famous Five and ended the year with Fawlty Towers at Christmas. Theatre wise, a packed year of the new (made little income) and the established (we ate) but that has always been the ethos of Gambolling Arena and in 2018 the company wants to continue creating new pieces of work and staging established plays often celebrating an anniversary.

Happily our residencies with Wyre Council and Southport Pleasureland continued and for the first time we worked alongside Manchester City Council to stage a new production of James and the Giant Peach. Continuing with the Roald Dahl theme, I am currently adapting The BFG - a new version of the seminal classic, set in the Mediterranean. The BFG is due to open at Edda in April.

We have some very exciting news about I Wish You Love. Having toured Europe with it a few years ago, as well as taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 (where it was awarded five star reviews), the show has been given a new lease of life. A producer we have worked with for many years has been negotiating with the producers of a prominent French Theatre and we will be heading to the Dordogne for three weeks this July and August!

Also, a new piece of writing for a one man show about the late great Kenny Everett is in the early stages of production and it's all being done in the best possible taste!

All of the above is only a minute section of what we do at GA headquarters, so be sure to check the site or follow us on Twitter for the most up to date information, including where to pick up tickets.

Interestingly, whilst I was mulling over this post it has just been announced that Mrs May has chosen her new culture secretary - Matt Hancock - responsible for culture, horse racing and gambling - Maybe its an omen?

Here's to an exciting start to 2018!