'Match' The Story of a Victorian Match Girl at Christmas

There are many variations with some stories taking place on Christmas Eve and others on New Year’ s Eve.…..Snow was falling, and it was almost dark. In the cold and gloom a poor little girl, bareheaded and barefoot, was walking through the London streets. She carried several packages of matches. No one had bought any from her all day long, and no one had given her a penny. She dare not go home to her father without selling any. After her mother had died some years before, her home had become a sad and uncomfortable place to be.

In all the windows lights were shining. She was getting colder and colder, and her hands were almost dead with cold. Oh, how much one little match might warm her!

She drew one out. R-r-ratch! It made a warm, bright flame, like a little candle, as she held her hands over it; but it gave a strange light! It really seemed to the little girl as if she were sitting before a great iron stove with shining brass knobs and a brass cover. How wonderfully the fire burned! How comfortable it was! Then the little flame went out, the stove vanished, and she had only the remains of the burnt match in her hand.

She struck another match. It burned brightly, and when the light fell upon the wall it became transparent like a thin veil, and she could see through it into a room. On the table a snow-white cloth was spread, and on it stood a shining dinner service. The roast goose steamed gloriously, stuffed with apples and prunes. Then the match went out, and she could see only the thick, cold wall.

She struck another match. Then she was standing next to the most beautiful Christmas tree. Thousands of candles burned on the green branches. The family exchanged presents and the little girl reached both her hands towards them. Then the match went out.

She stuck another match. It became bright again, and in the glow her dead mother stood before her kind and lovely. And she quickly struck the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her Mother with her. The matches burned with such a glow that it became brighter than daylight. Her Mother had never been so grand and beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and both of them flew above the earth where there was neither cold, nor hunger, nor fear. They were with God.

But in the corner, leaning against the wall, sat the little girl with red cheeks and smiling mouth, frozen to death, still holding the used matches.

"She wanted to warm herself," the people said. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen, and how happily she had gone with her Mother into the bright new morning of Christmas Day.

SITE SPECIFIC PROMENADE THEATRE What is it?

Site-specific Promenade Theatre is any type of Theatre designed to be performed at a unique, specially adapted location other than a standard theatre space. This specific site may be originally built without any intention of serving theatrical purposes, for example, in a hotel, courtyard, or converted building, or may simply be considered an unconventional theatre space, such as a forest, river, or bathroom! Site-specific Promenade Theatre is more interactive than conventional theatre with the expectation that audience members walk or move about the performance space, along with the cast, rather than sit in one place. This interaction enables theatre-goers to feel part of the play, and engages young audiences in a way that traditional theatre is unable to do. Site Specific Promenade Theatre is unusual and only a small number of companies undertake projects due to the complexities of the productions. 

Benefits for the Audience: For an audience SSPT is a magical interactive theatrical journey allowing all ages to get thoroughly engaged in the subject matter.

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Welcome to the Sponsorship page for 'Match' 

Thank you for putting time aside to visit.

There are a number of ways you can sponsor the project as a funding  co-producer, but whatever the type of support you offer, we value your contribution and on behalf of those who will experience this enchanting show we thank you wholeheartedly.  All Sponsors will be advertised on large format banner.

Please contact the Artistic Director Dix Aston or Business Manager Gareth Williams by telephone at the ABOP office if you would like to discuss your Sponsorship options. 

Office: 01793 849963  infoabop@btinternet.com  

Mobile Numbers: Dix 07961 805625 Gareth 07943 562011

SUPPORTING  CO-PRODUCERS £25, £50, £100.

Your donation will help transform Calne Town Hall and will be used specifically for costumes, props and smaller items of scenery. Please forward your logo and contact details to infoabop@btinternet.com to enable us to give you adequate publicity. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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MAJOR CO-PRODUCERS £1.000 

Your donation to help transform Calne Town Hall will be used specifically for large pieces of scenery and the hire of Victorian Themed items. 

We would prefer to meet you to discuss your support, but if you choose to donate online in the first instance please feel free to do so.  

We look forward to hearing from you.

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You may also donate by cheque. Please send your payment to:

Anything But Ordinary Productions. FAO The Artistic Director Dix Aston. Aktoo House, Knights Farm. Hunts Mill Road. Royal Wootton Bassett. Wiltshire. SN4 7PA

Please make cheques payable to Anything But Ordinary Productions

Calne Town Hall, The Strand. Wiltshire

Calne Town Hall is a perfect venue for ‘Match, with it’s beautiful external undercover archway, perfect for audiences to meet, to it’s many entrances, rooms, and two staircases. ‘Match’ will run throughout the building, moving the scenes from room to room and introducing the audience to the world of the Little Match Girl. As every audience will be different the show will change slightly for each performance in response to the audience reaction.