Next weekend would have been set build for our final play of the season but with the cancellation of our April production The Petuaria Players are, like everyone else, lying low.
What does it mean for the Petuaria Players?
It means that our summer period of rest has started prematurely and who knows how long it will continue. Technology and online interaction has replaced our meetings. This means that we can continue to communicate and arrange our play readings and discussions, something which will accelerate shortly. But it also means we can still do what we do best – socialise. Courtesy of Zoom and essential stocks of alcohol and nibbles we can meet more often than we did before! All without requiring a taxi home.
What about next season?
Everyone knows that nobody knows. This strange world we are in will continue for some time to come and it is not hard to imagine that a degree of restrictions and behavioural recommendations will affect our drama plans to some extent. It’s too early to say.
The best we can do for the moment is hope that a degree of normality will return such that we can present a full programme for next season. To that end we have now secured an extension to our performance licence that would allow us to complete rehearsals for FlatSpin and make that the first play at the end of October if possible.
However, it is far too early to make positive plans but when we do know we will certainly announce it here.
Stay Home, Stay Safe
So in the meantime we will continue with our readings and Zoom meetings and a few posts on here. So stay home, stay safe and see you all soon.
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.