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Season 71 : Forthcoming Play List 2018 - 19
PLEASE NOTE: All our main house productions take place in the
Arts Centre and start at 7.30PM


PARTY PIECE
10 - 15 September, 2018
A Fast paced comedy set in the back gardens of feuding neighbours.
by Richard Harris

This fast-paced comedy depicts the strained relations between feuding neighbours and families. Michael, an uptight doctor, and his wife Roma decide to hold a barbecue to show off their renovated house to their friends. In the garden, Michael and Roma are making preparations for a barbecue, expecting a house full of guests to join them. Next door lives Mrs Hinson, an elderly woman. Mrs Hinson’s son, David, is trying to persuade his mother to move into more appropriate accommodation. The evening looks set to be a lively one until a string of hilarious disasters strike and things descend into disaster and chaos.

Directed by: Gilly Rogers,
Sponsored by: Illingworth McNair

SNAKE IN THE GRASS
22 - 27 October, 2018
An unusual Alan Ayckbourn offering in which a blackmail plot leads to grim consequences.
by Alan Ayckbourn

Following her father’s death, Annabel enters the garden for the first time since running away, aged twelve. She is met by Alice, the nurse to her late father. Alice states that she was dismissed by Annabel’s sister, Miriam, not for inefficiency, as Annabel believed, but because she was trying to stop Miriam finishing her father off. These claims are backed up by a letter from their father, and knowing the will was changed in Annabel’s favour, Alice demands compensation. When Annabel questions her, Miriam concedes that she might have removed one or two light bulbs, given her father a little push, and increased his dose of medicine “just three or four times”.


Directed by: Deborah Mouat,
Sponsored by: Lupton Fawcett Denison Till

THE WHITE CARNATION
3 - 8 December, 2018
A tale of ghostly redemption in the aftermath of World War II.
by RC Sherriff

It is Christmas Eve, 1951. As Britain rebuilds itself after the war, John Greenwood has it all – a successful business, a beautiful house and an aristocratic wife. But as he bids farewell to the guests leaving his annual Christmas party, a gust of wind slams the front door shut, starting a chain of events that makes him doubt everything he has ever known... He breaks a window to gain entry and finds the house ruined and deserted. A policeman questions him about what he is doing in the house, all of whose inhabitants were killed by a V-1 flying bomb during a Christmas Eve party in 1944, but Greenwood indignantly insists that he is in his own house.

Directed by: Rosemary Grainger,
Sponsored by: Chris Wright

GLORIOUS!
21 - 26 January, 2019
The inititable Florence Foster Jenkins lives her dream.by Peter Quilter

Based on a true story, Peter Quilter’s comedy “Glorious!” invites us into the world of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), a gregarious soprano who in the early 1940s became the must-see artist in New York. Spinning from charity recitals before groups of devoted friends to extravagant balls, Florence’s enthusiasm and joy more than made up for her imperfect pitch. Paying little attention to her critics, the ‘first lady of the sliding scale’ resolutely restricted her professional performances to an annual recital, yet her unconventional career culminated in a triumphant sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York, shortly before her death.

Directed by: Jan Darnbrough,
Sponsored by:

STRINGER'S LAST STAND
4 - 9 March, 2019
As in Hobson's Choice, Stringer faces his implacable and wrathful family.
by Stan Barstow and Alfred Bradley

Luther Stringer is the titular head of a Yorkshire working-class family of wife and three daughters – one married, one engaged, one a student. His middle daughter’s “fiancy” is in bad odour with him for refusing to participate in a strike and being sent to Coventry. This, however, pales into insignificance before the hornet’s nest that is stirred up when Luther’s eldest daughter discovers an “unexpected item” in her father’s coat pocket. The women’s reaction is instant and their vengeance terrible – but the result is equally unexpected and perhaps unwelcome.

Directed by: Glen and Julie Boldy,
Sponsored by:

MUDDY COWS
15 - 20 April, 2019
John Godber revisits Up 'n' Under - but with a woman's team.
by John Godber

Scarfield Ladies’ Rugby Union Football Club is struggling each week to attract enough players to make a team. When a new sponsorship deal falls through it looks like the team may fold. In a bid to save the club they enter a ladies’ Rugby Sevens competition in the hope that winning the prize money will help keep the club afloat. With many of the team preferring a party to training, it falls to the team captain and coach Maggie to galvanise the girls into playing the game of their lives to save the club they love. From training sessions and dirty locker rooms, to nights on the town and disastrous camping trips, we see love, life and friendship unfold in this gritty but humorous play.

Directed by: Kevin Moore,
Sponsored by:

A BUNCH OF AMATEURS
27 May - 1 June, 2019
Faded American TV star meets rural am-dram group to put on King Lear. What could go wrong?
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of The Bard, but a sleepy village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast is a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

Directed by: David Templeton,
Sponsored by: Pauline and John Norris

BLOOD BROTHERS (THE PLAY)
8 - 13 July, 2019
Willy Russell's acclaimed play about twins separated at birth and later reunited.
By Willy Russell

Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys who are separated at birth and brought up in completely different environments. Mickey is brought up with his seven older siblings by his struggling, single mother, Mrs Johnstone. His twin brother, Edward, however, is raised as the only child of the wealthy Lyons family, after Mrs Lyons persuades Mrs Johnstone to hand over one of her twins at birth. Mickey and Edward don’t meet until they’re seven years old, but immediately become best friends and blood brothers. The bond continues, despite them both being in love with Mickey’s neighbour Linda. As they get older, the huge difference in their backgrounds pulls them apart, with disastrous consequences.

Directed by: Robin Martin,
Sponsored by: Peter & Audrey Flesher

Kaleidoscope Youth Drama Group
MUCH ADO ABOUT ELVIS
4 - 6 April, 2019
By Edwards & Grainger.

Directed by: Sally Edwards,
Sponsored by: The Emerald Foundation


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