It’s back to normal as we send our latest poster off to the printers. And it is time to share it online too.
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.
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Happy New Year!
We are all hoping that 2022 will be the year that we return to a form of normality, certainly one that will allow us to perform once again on stage to safe and healthy packed audiences.
We told you that we plan to perform Flatspin in April but more of that next time. Right now we want to tell you about another performance taking place in February that we at Petuaria fully support and recommend you go and see.
One of our members, Sally Morland, has been working very hard to create a show that will raise money for both the Dove House and MacMillan charities.
A Night With the Mime Stars is a show that will feature friends and family (and that includes some of the Petuaria members eager to get back on stage) who will be miming / lip-syncing to popular songs, whilst giving them a humorous spin. It all promises to be an entertaining and fun evening that will raise money for two charities that mean so much to so many people.
It’s a show not to miss and takes place at Blackie’s club in Brough. See the details in the promotion photo and tickets can be obtained from the contacts shown there.
A status update on our future planning.
At last! Today is another milestone step on the nation’s roadmap to recovery as we open up a little more. But if anything confirms The Petuaria Players rational approach to not making premature decisions then the appearance and potential threat of the new variant that is now showing its ugly face is it.
Already there is talk within government that the total lifting of restrictions planned for June may be in jeopardy. That is one of the reasons that we have not scheduled a meeting of our planning committee until that time.
Like ourselves our followers and audience regulars are keen to see us back on the stage and are asking when that will be. The short answer is, we don’t know yet.
It is always a challenge at the best of times to find three plays that fit our cast and their availability and our stage. At the moment we are faced with too many unknowns. We are eager to get there but we need to be in a position – months ahead of a performance – where we know actors and backstage people can commit their free time to a play, are in a safe position to be rehearsing and performing in sometimes very close or intimate proximity and that they will not have to halt a production because a cast member has to self isolate. We have no stand ins. And then we have to know how we can safely bring an audience into our venue and pay our costs.
Many assume we are ready to return to rehearsals but both the rules and the above constraints mean that day is, sadly, still a little way off. Professionals are in a different position and new ways of performing to limited audiences are now in progress and that is to be welcomed.
Hopefully, next month we will have more clarity and be better informed to make decisions. And as soon as we have more news we will be posting it on here and on Facebook. Make sure you are following us to stay informed.
To sum up, our thoughts over these unknowns are about as clear as that infamous statement from Donald Rumsfeld.
….as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know….Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary for Defence 2002