It’s two weeks since we packed away the set from our last production, Alan Ayckbourn’s FlatSpin. Over two years in the making – admittedly most of that on hold for reasons none of us want reminding of – we finally managed to get the play to the stage and the audiences loved it.
It’s true that ticket sales were less than we are used to. That may be a lingering lack of confidence to join a throng of people post-covid; the Bank Holiday; or perhaps not everyone was aware of the show and we needed more aggressive marketing after being away for so long. These are things we need to consider as we enter our summer break, take stock and plan our future programme.
And we do need to encourage all those reluctant potential actors and contributors out there to get in touch and join us.
Meanwhile, as usual after our performances, we like to share a few of the images of the play taken at dress rehearsal. Hope you enjoy them and they bring back memories of a great show – and if you weren’t there – you missed a good one!
FlatSpin by Alan Ayckbourn
Clicking the photos will enlarge them and allow you to scroll as a slideshow. All dress rehearsal photos courtesy of Dave Hackett.
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We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for our return to the stage (at last!) with FlatSpin , the play we had to cancel two years ago. Rehearsals are almost finished and this weekend we set about creating the set and converting our auditorium to tiered seating.
However, we recognise that even now it is not ‘situation normal’ for everyone and so our Committee have decided to take a few limited precautions to help make our patrons feel more comfortable. We know that not everyone is comfortable rejoining audiences so we would like to set your minds at rest.
The interval. Sorry to disappoint those patrons who look forward to our traditional tea, coffee and biccies midway through our performance but this year there will be no refreshments, thus avoiding the crowding at the rear of the hall. Please note, however, there will be a short interval to act as a comfort break.
Please feel free to bring your own small bottle of water for those thirsty moments.
Masks. As you know masks are not mandatory but those of you who feel more comfortable wearing them are welcome to do so.
Ventilation. As far as possible we will ensure that windows are open to a degree to provide increased ventilation. We do not anticipate this will affect the temperature but having a ‘cardy’ on hand may be beneficial.
Seating. Whilst we are not changing our seating arrangements if there are opportunities on the night to move please speak to our ticket secretary – although such opportunities may be limited and cannot be guaranteed.
Now that you are all excited and confident about seeing us back on stage, have you reserved your tickets yet? See the poster below for details. We look forward to renewing friendships, seeing familiar faces and new ones. Our ticket booking page is here.
If you have any concerns or questions please contact our secretary or fill in our query form by clicking our Contact Us page here.
Yes, just over six weeks to our first opening night in two years. Rehearsals are well underway but once all the cast read this it is certain that hearts will skip a beat at the realisation that we must be ready in five weeks for set build and dress rehearsals.
It also means that tickets are now on sale!
Nothing has changed on the booking process – you can phone or email to reserve your seats for your preferred night. All we ask is that you bring the correct change to pay on the night if possible and that should you be unable to make it once booked, please let us know so that we can sell the seat.
Booking information can be found on our page here.
After the health restrictions of the last two years we expect to be operating normally with our usual seating plan. Our procedures for performance nights will be reviewed as we get closer to the event.
FlatSpin by Alan Ayckbourn – April 28, 29, 30
A night of romance in her luxurious riverside apartment with the good-looking stranger from next door; How can Joanna possibly go wrong? Except the flat isn’t hers, her name is not Joanna, it’s Rosie (she’s an actress), and heaven knows what the good-looking stranger is really after. Instead of romance comes considerable danger…..Rosie’s only way out is to play the role to the end.