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Based in the UK in glorious Yorkshire, retired from the food industry and spending more time with computers, photography and amateur dramatics and often combinations of all three.

Quiet….. but active

Yes we are still here. We may be quiet for the moment but we are still active.

The summer break is always a welcome rest from the intensity of rehearsals and creating a production but we are still meeting every week and planning our next season.

This is a period when we have our AGM, read potential plays, do our chores.  We have been clearing out old props and furniture from The Forum and next on the list is a clean up of the outside.

Our President, Chair and Committee members have all been re-elected so its no change for 2016 – see our Committee here

So now we continue with planning our new season.  Watch out for more news and our programme announcement in the next few weeks.

Summer break for the Petuaria Players

Cash On Delivery, Fool’s Paradise, Absurd Person Singular…  that’s nine months of tough fun.  Three plays done and another season put to bed.  Now we take our summer break.  But that doesn’t mean we are not active.  During this time we take stock, get together to read plays every week, have our AGM, have our annual summer meal and decide on our programme for the 2015 / 2016 season. And we’ll keep you updated on here.

Our first event is our Open Night.   Monday 11th May from 7.30pm at ‘The Forum’ in Brough.  This is a chance to come along and meet us, chat, look at our history and maybe consider how you might be able to help us create our productions.

And if you can’t make it to that then there are many ways to get in touch with us – just check around this site.


Curtain down on Absurd Person Singular

It doesn’t seem a whole week since the final curtain came down on our production of Absurd Person Singular.  All the hard work paid off and the play was a great success, clearly enjoyed by the audiences.  Unusually, Saturday was our quietest night but then it was also a Bank Holiday weekend.

Working out the set
Working out the set

Ayckbourn plays are always demanding but worth the effort with their wonderful characters and relationships.  This play was written in the Seventies and we decided to keep it staged in that period since the attitudes portrayed were more reflective of that period.

The set was always going to be demanding.  Richard Bateman, our Producer, decided on a black curtained set with simple entrances and movable kitchen units.  The final result was superb although only those involved know the hard work it took to achieve it.

Since cleaning the oven was Gill's role in Act 2 it was only appropriate to let her do this at set build
Since cleaning the oven was Gill’s role in Act 2 it was only appropriate to let her do this at set build

A lot of work went into choreographing the scene changes such that on the performance nights our hard working back stage crew were able to transform the set into three different kitchens in minutes flat.

All in all, a great week for all involved.

A welcome tea break back stage during set build weekend
Working things out at Tech Rehearsal
Working things out at Tech Rehearsal

Have a look at all the photos from our dress rehearsal here: Absurd Person Singular Gallery