Recent Productions

Lyme Regis Dramatic Society puts on two productions almost every year.Two of our recent productions are showcased below

Local Affairs Spring 2013

Our most recent production was in many ways one of the most ambitious plays we have staged in recent years. This comedy from Richard Harris required a set comprising three similar rooms in three separate houses on a stage barely big enough to house one reasonable sized room. Four couples then had to move swiftly between the three rooms (and even at one point the imaginary loft space above) while remembering and delivering lines as slickly as possible. This they all did to great affect under the direction of Cherine Hill and with the review in the local newspaper suggesting that the Society deserves an award for its excellent production.

Tons of Money Spring 2012

This production was well received by N.O.D.A. Their review follows:

As new members of N.O.D.A., this was a first, welcome visit to a long and firmly established society and what a visit it was! This was farce at its very best, precursor to Ben Traver’s ‘Aldwych Farces’ set in 1922 and subsequently adapted by Alan Ayckbourn. This play provides a gratifying assortment of ridiculous characters along with the most improbable situations imagined, an ideal vehicle for showcasing the society’s very obvious, abundant comic talent. Subject matter revolves around a large inheritance and the reluctance of the main characters, Aubrey and Louise Allington, to relinquish it to their creditors and that’s basically the plot in a nutshell! The director’s masterly hand was pronounced throughout, with timing, character and pace determined to obtain the very best of every comical opportunity and dialogue intonation afforded within the script and then some! An excellent period set combined with above average quality costumes, allowed an easy appreciation of the era. Sound design depicted fun with a ‘squeaking gardener’ amongst other effects, all produced at the required imperative moment. Cast were superb, humorous, all with the necessary talent and energy to portray the physical presence central to farce. I and the large, exhilarated audience laughed our socks off. More for me please, as soon as you like!

Productions Since 2000

Many of you will recall some of the Society’s recent productions. Here is the full list since 2000.

Year Spring Autumn
2013 Local Affairs
Richard Harris
2012 Tons of Money
Will Evans and Valentine arranged by Alan Ayckbourn
No Production
2011 Habeas Corpus
Alan Bennett
No Production
2010 Make way for Lucia
John van Druten based on E F Benson novel
Dad’s Army
Jimmy Perry & David Croft
2009 On the Razzle
Tom Stoppard
I’ll Get My Man
Philip King
2008 The Happiest Days of Your Life
John Dighton
Outside Edge
Richard Harris
2007 ‘Allo ‘Allo
Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft
The Ghost Train
Arnold Ridley
2006 Steel Magnolias
Robert Harling
Party Piece
Richard Harris
2005 A Murder is Announced
Agatha Christie
Farewell, Farewell Eugene
Rodney Ackland
2004 Blithe Spirit
Noel Coward
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Constance Cox based on a short story by Oscar Wilde
2003 Sisterly Feelings
Richard Harris
No Production
2002 The Real Inspector Hound and other plays
Tom Stoppard and others
Midsummer Mink
Peter Coke
2001 Habeas Corpus
Alan Bennett
The Matchmaker
Thornton Wilder
2000 The Good Doctor
Neil Simon after Anton Chekov
The Darling Buds of May
H E Bates