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FlatSpin poster launched

It’s back to normal as we send our latest poster off to the printers. And it is time to share it online too.

All the details are there to make your ticket reservations but you can also go to our Bookings page or read a synopsis of the play in our What’s On page.


Box Office open for FlatSpin

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.

Book now to reserve your preferred seats.


Known Unknowns

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
Stepping Out. We can all step out now, just not like this.

‘The Ides of March’

Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.

Caesar: What man is that?

Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March…

[Act 1 Scene 2 Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare]

Julius Caesar isn’t the only one who had a bad day at the Forum on the 15th of March, known to the Romans as ‘The Ides of March’. We at Petuaria Players did too because it was exactly one year ago today that we met as a group for the last time. (Well, the 16th actually but it was a Monday and even Bill Shakespeare stretched a few truths.)

The Forum – not in Rome but in Petuaria

We were at the books-down stage in rehearsals for Alan Ayckbourn’s FlatSpin and whilst the first time without scripts in hand is always stressful we were all looking forward to putting on this play, not least new girl Sally who had been preparing for her first stage performance with a mixture of excitement and nervousness.

Sally’s wait to get on stage is rather longer than she expected.

Of course, it was not to be. That was the night that it had become clear that a performance at the end of April would be impossible and we made the decision that had been hovering over us for a few days to postpone the play.

Early stages of rehearsal for FlatSpin

At the time we wondered if we may be able to reschedule it later as our October 2020 play. Who knew then that even October 2021 would be shrouded with a mixture of optimistic promise and uncertainty. We shall see…..

Our last production – January 2020 – we look forward to our next, whenever that will be.

“Is there no play,
To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?”

[William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act V, sc I]

No. But soon, we hope!