It will come as no surprise that we must reluctantly announce the postponement of our next production, FlatSpin, which was due to be performed at the end of April.
At our final rehearsal yesterday the Production team discussed the latest guidelines and projected situation over the next few weeks and we realised we would be unable to sustain future rehearsal meetings and all the play preparation required. It was also evident that it would be irresponsible to go ahead with performance nights to local audiences.
We have therefore decided to cancel the performances on 30th April, 1st and 2nd May. It is our current intention, if circumstances allow, to reschedule this production as our first play of next season at the end of October. Follow this website (register your email) for updates and news through the coming months.
Our Club and Ticket Secretaries, Dianne and Steve Turner will be in touch to confirm with those who have already reserved tickets and to those who have purchased season tickets.
Obviously everyone is disappointed, when we have been putting so much effort towards this play and looking forward to performing it. However, the decision was clear and we can at least (hopefully) look forward to resuming from where we left off later this summer.
Interestingly this is only the third time in our history, since 1961, that we have been unable to put on three plays in a season. The first was a performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in the early years, and the group had to stop performing in 1991/2 due to electrical refurbishment at the Village Hall.
We look forward to announcing a new season including FlatSpin later this summer. Meanwhile follow us for updates and articles and we wish you all good health and a safe passage through the next few difficult weeks.
PASSING STRANGERS was a great success. we had great feedback and we certainly enjoyed performing it. Seamlessly, we now move onto rehearsals for our next production – SAY IT WITH FLOWERS.
This site will take a break for a few days but when we return we will be able to share photos from the last play along with news and updates about the next. And talking of the next.. it’s never too early to book so make sure you reserve your seats now – see our Booking page.
January 30th, 31st, Feb 1st 2020 7.30pm Elloughton-Brough Village Hall
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS a comedy by Jane Thornton
Fresh off the back of their latest amateur dramatics production, the Parish Players learn that circumstances beyond their control are forcing them to abandon the Parish Hall. Without anywhere to stage their plays, they decide to pull on their gardening gloves and enter the regional ‘Village in Bloom’ competition in order to express their artistic flair. But not everyone is keen on the idea, and the seeds are quickly sown for an hilarious yet touching exploration of a village’s competitive streak, when opposing forces collide and relationships suddenly sit on opposite sides of the fence in a world where not everything is coming up roses.
Suddenly we are in our last week of rehearsals before we transfer our latest production to the stage. Exciting times! This Friday we will commence building the set and converting the Village Hall into a theatre with a lot of effort, sweat, time, laughs and, on Saturday, our traditional fish and chips lunch.
So as we put our final tweaks to rehearsals it is time to check if you have tickets booked. Read more about this play by clicking here or apply for tickets here.
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!