As you may know, we had to cancel the spring production this year, due to casting difficulties, and we are playing a large part in the forthcoming production of ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’, directed by Jenny Wiles in November. (Of which more on a later newsletter).
A number in the Society were keen to produce something before this, and we are delighted to put on a summer evening’s entertainment, consisting of two short and very amusing plays, with an inclusive supper in between! Our evening is called ‘Two Laughs & A Bite’ It consists of two short plays: Firstly ‘Immobiles’ by Michael Frayn, followed by ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram. Both are directed by Cherine Hill, with sound effects by Tony Hill.
The first, set in the peaceful time of no mobile phones, concerns the confusions, chaos and misunderstandings created by four people trying to meet each other whilst talking on numerous coin-box telephones through a single, non-digital answering machine from varying locations around London. Michael Frayn is a master of this playwriting craft. The cast is Linda Crawford, Pam Ladd, Jim Pettifer and Fred Humphrey.
The second is a play closer to home (!) and is about the efforts of a small Amateur Dramatic Society, in financial straits, attempting to put on a Pantomime, as a last effort to survive. The director in the play has written a saucy twist to the usual plot, to entice the audience. The cast is Anne King, Hazel Cawte, Dave Ballinger and Mike Whatmore. Both short plays are very funny and not to be missed.
In between the plays will be served a two-course meal which consists of:
- A slow- cooked Beef Goulash served in scooped out sourdough bread dish
- followed by a Lemon Drizzle Cake
- A vegetarian version will be available to those requiring it, please specify this when ordering tickets.
Tickets are £12.50, which includes the meal.
They are generally unreserved, but you can book and make up a table (of up to eight). Woodmead Halls have a well-stocked bar for the purchase of drinks. The show runs for TWO nights only, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August, and is at the WOODMEAD HALL (not the Theatre). Although it could not be at our beloved Marine Theatre, we do have the advantage of easier parking at Woodmead!
Tickets are available to members (with a reduction of £1 per member) from Jacky Hedley-Tuffs (23 Fairfield Park, DT7 3DS; 01297 445932; firstname.lastname@example.org ) from next Monday 4th August, for ONE week only , and then from 11th August at the TIC (01297 442138).
There is space for only about 12 tables, so get your tickets early! It should be a fun evening for all.
On a sadder note, our more senior members will be sorry to hear of the passing of Irene Booth, friend & supporter of Jean Heppenstall, and of Jean Booth, a past director of plays with the Society.