As we announced recently, Passing Strangers will be our first production of the season, running on October 24th to 26th. This is another play from the pen of Eric Chappell and we are excited to be bringing this to you in just a couple of months.
It first came to our attention in 2015 when we saw it performed by Planet Rabbit productions in Brough, we loved it and it is a play we have had on our possible productions list since then. This year, for all sorts of reasons, it seemed to be just the right choice for play one of the season.
Passing Strangers is a clever comedy with just four characters and the play centres around their attempt at (or avoidance of ) relationships. Produced by Jayne Hewson and with Gary Vann, Nic Johnson, Gill Collins and Steve Howland as the characters on a Singles Dance Night at a hotel.
Passing Strangers “Fickle thing, memory.” Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his friend Clive to a singles’ evening. Clive, a hospital porter masquerading as a doctor, has just been left by his wife, while Malcolm is a confirmed bachelor and “big in imports” – really a market stall trader. In the deserted hotel bar, to the depressing soundtrack of the next-door ballroom, they meet two recent divorcees; upwardly mobile Julie and cynical, defiant Liz. Malcolm is determined to break down Liz’s defences while trying to pair off Clive with Julie. But the women have a few tricks of their own, and Malcolm soon finds that life, like the evening, is full of surprises.
Tickets are on sale now and information on booking can be found here.
Please note that due to rising costs we have been forced to change the ticket price to £8 this year – but that still includes a programme and interval refreshments….
Details of the other plays in our season can be found on our What’s On page.
Just exactly what we didn’t need at the Forum. Yet another flood. Our dehumidifier unit was still in daily use drying us out from the last water seepage into our ancient hut when our rehearsal was interrupted by the thunderstorms and awesome deluge that took place last Tuesday evening. The noise on the roof was enough to stop us hearing our lines and a peek outside revealed the water level rising fast outside our door. Uh.
We have a rehearsal hut that is unfortunately fronted by a tarmac area that seems to have been laid some decades ago with a slope that pushes water to our wall. Uhh. Yes we have a drain in front but that is a poor example of drainage design and actually acts as a debris collector and reservoir for filling the Forum. Uhh.
And yes we have been trying for three years to find builders to carry out repairs to our rotting wall base, collapsing door and a better drainage system. Builders, however, tend to operate on the mañana principle and after various attempts and quotes we are no further along. Our funds are extremely limited of course so any thoughts of bigger repair jobs or hut replacement / improvements are simply beyond our means and opportunities for grants have disappeared.
Our amazement at watching the deluge turned to horror when our feet became wet. The base is so rotten that water began to pour in and at one point looked like someone had stuck a hosepipe through the wall. It was impossible to stop and apart from an urgent removal of furniture there was nothing we could do to stop it. Uhhhh.
Sadly this happens too often, and we knew that we had to cancel any plans we had for Wednesday morning, grab volunteers and do the clear up before more damage was done. Had we not been there it is quite possible we would have discovered a complete disaster a week later, our next visit planned.
Fortunately we have the multi talented Mike who has come up with a proposal that might give us a more resilient repair and help prevent a repeat. Meanwhile, if we have local builders or retired builders looking to help us out then please contact us.
Meanwhile, the dehumidifier is back in use again and being emptied twice a day by our volunteers until further notice. UH indeed!
During our summer break we were busy reading through potential scripts, juggling actor availability for casting and obtaining the licences. So we are excited that we can now announce our programme for this coming year –
PASSING STRANGERS - a comedy by Eric Chappell
October 24th, 25th, 26th 2019
'Fickle thing, memory". Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his unhappy and discarded friend, Clive, to a Singles' Evening. There they meet two recent divorcees; the upwardly-mobile Julie and the cynical, defiant Liz.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS - a comedy by Jane Thornton
January 30th, 31st, February 1st 2020
When an amateur drama group realise they have nowhere to perform after they are forced to abandon the Parish Hall they turn their artistic talents to the regional 'Village in Bloom' competition. But that is where the tensions begin.
FLATSPIN - a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
April 30th, May 1st, 2nd 2020
When aspiring actress Rosie is asked to fill in for her uncle by servicing apartments in Docklands, she decides to spice up her day by pretending to be an absent tenant. But her passionate tryst with neighbour Sam turns into something sinister when she discovers that the flat, and Sam, are not quite what they seem.
Rehearsals have already started for Passing Strangers and we will tell you a little more about the plays in future posts.
It’s felt more like Autumn recently than Summer and those hot days we had seem a bit distant. It was during those warm weeks that we had a gathering of the Petuaria Players to celebrate the stepping down of our President Mo Spence after twenty five years in the role. Daughter Nicci and her husband Paul Robinson (both devoted supporters of the group) hosted the event.
Our thanks to Paul and Nicci for a fun day, the wine was flowing generously and the food was equally plentiful and delicious.
Moreen (Mo) Spence can chart her involvement with the Petuaria Players to the very beginning – our first year, 1961. Then in 1994 after her first attempt at retirement the group asked Mo to be President. Since then she has supported the group and help keep us in check with her facts and figures and record keeping. After threatening to retire from her post for the last ten to fifteen years or so she finally made the decision to relinquish the role by making it a nice round 25 years.
Assuming the mantle of responsibility is Wendy Elliott. We are very pleased to welcome her as our new President. Wendy may be known to some as a previously active member of the group on the stage, and is still a regular audience member.
To Mo we pass our thanks, our best wishes and love and know we will see her in the audience as usual.