From Set Build to Dress

Here we are ready to go on our first night. It’s been an extremely busy few days as usual from building the set at the weekend, through Technical and then Dress rehearsal. Here’s a few photos to give you a little insight and a teaser for the play.

Before we started..

Erecting the platforms

Everything is either in the loft, or under the stage

Building the set

Hard work deserves fish and chips…
Set underway

Dress rehearsal night, ready to go

Completely candid capture of Reuben getting ready. Well…
The set is ready to go

Speaker announced!


This year at St. Andrew’s Hospital the annual international Ponsonby Christmas Lecture will be delivered by Dr. David Mortimer, Senior Specialist in Neurology and introduced by past Head Surgeon and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Sir Willoughby Drake.

Unless, of course, events take an unpredictable and hilarious turn before it can take place – one that sends Dr. Mortimore into a panic of deception and involving the appearance of ex-nurse Jane Tate, her son Leslie, the Police Sergeant chasing him, Dr Connolly who is more interested in his pantomime rehearsals, Dr Bonney in a permanent state of confusion and his mother, a scary Matron, a Ward Sister and a very annoying patient called Bill, not to mention Dr Mortimore’s wife, Rosemary. 

Whilst tickets for the Ponsonby Lecture are invitation-only to the world’s leading neurologists, the events taking place in the Doctor’s Common Room can be seen by getting your ticket for ‘It Runs In The Family’.  

A good choice of seats are still available for Saturday, but only limited seats left for Thursday and Friday. 

Reserve your tickets here


Countdown: 25 days to go

Well it may be April 1st but it’s no joke that it’s just 25 days to It Runs In The Family.  Ray Cooney’s manic farce, set in a Doctor’s Common Room a few years back, is now deep into rehearsals and presenting another challenge for our actors as we juggle fast-firing lines, energetic moves, eleven characters and a number of costumes.

All will become clear if you book your tickets and be there – see details in the poster below. (If it’s not in the email version click on the blue links to take you to our website.)

Book Tickets


Happy Easter – summer programme

The Petuaria Players are pleased to announce this morning a new experimental summer season.

Normally during the summer months we take a well deserved break but this year we have opted for a full-on action package that will thrill our audiences.

Using a zip line in the auditorium, suspended above the audience, Richard Bateman will revive his role as Superman, in the theatre version of Superman the Movie. You will believe a man can fly as we swing Richard through the air. The character of sinister Dr. Evil has yet to be cast as we have so many potential candidates, not least that heady debate as to whether the role of the Doctor should be cast as a woman or a man.

Inspired by the recent National Theatre production of Julius Caesar, where the audience were involved as the crowds of Rome, we are hoping to put on Shakespeare’s Henry V in which the audience will be armed with pikes and encouraged to enact the bloody Battle of Agincourt. Stage blood will be provided although we suspect there will be plenty of the real thing.

Dates to be confirmed. Enjoy your Easter!

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