During the Malton Food Lovers Christmas market on 1oth December, the Malton Dickensian Festival presents, ‘Penny Plain Victorian street theatre who will perform traditional folk carols, dance, mummery and the human vegetable machine!
When it comes do describing what they do, members of Penny Plain Theatre Company are uncharacteristically lost for words. “Unique”, “funny” and “Victorian” spring most readily to mind. Or, as one enthused audience member declared after a show “Barking, but brilliant!”
The name ‘Penny Plain’ was chosen after the Victorian toy theatres which were sold as cut-out books ‘a penny plain or tuppence coloured’. Based in Grassington, Penny Plain tour the country with their custom built version of a Victorian travelling theatre booth.