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News Update

A new play season is almost upon us and we will be sharing our programme for 2022 / 2023 with you in the next bulletin. Meanwhile we have news of our recent AGM decisions and some changes to announce.

MOVING TO TWO PLAYS PER YEAR

Our long established routine of three plays per season has had to reduce to two, at least for the near future. Many of our devoted followers will be disappointed, but this is a reluctant decision that we have managed to hold off in recent years. However, the reduction in membership since the pandemic; the difficulties in recruiting new actors into the pastime of live stage performances – especially males; coupled with the increasing burdens of the sheer hard work and many hours of our spare time that our few members have to undertake, is sadly no longer sustainable.

We have for decades managed to produce three plays back to back, a nine month process of rehearsals and performances that start in August and run continuously until the end of April. As a small group this means that most of us are required as actors or support crew in every play with no break. Without new members to share this load something had to give.

So for the 2022-2023 season we will perform two plays, one in November and the other in May 2023 and we will be announcing the dates and the plays in our next post – watch this space!

TICKET PRICE

Our future ticket prices will increase slightly to £10. This remains great value for money for a night of live theatre with our souvenir programme and the return of the ever popular interval teas/coffees and biscuits.

Season tickets are still available – these are £20 each and have the advantage of reserving your favourite seat position and performance night for our two plays.

AUDIENCE SEATING

Another change we expect to implement this year is a reduction in seating in the hall. We hope, where possible, to create a little more room for our audiences – spacing between chairs and more leg room in the flat on the forward rows.

The pandemic gave rise to increased caution which was still obviously a concern at our recent return to the stage production in April and feedback regarding the condensed seating in places.

We shall be exploring a new layout shortly.

WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT

Wendy Elliott has decided to step down from her role as President of our society. Wendy, of course, has been a member and presence on our stage for decades before ‘retiring’ and then taking the role of President after Mo Spence who had served in that role for 25 years.

So it is now both fitting and a delight that Mo’s daughter, Nicci Robinson, has accepted the role and was ‘inaugurated’ at our recent Committee meeting. Nicci, who has been a member and performed with us in the past, has been a staunch supporter, attendee and patron of our group along with her husband Paul. So we thank Wendy for her service and now welcome Nicci to the hopefully non-taxing position as President.

We also confirmed our committee and Chair for the year ahead, an election process that was far simpler, faster and less acrimonious than the one dragging on for PM!

Richard Bateman remains as long-serving Chair yet again, a unanimous and popular hands-up decision that differs from totalitarian regimes in that committee members aren’t threatened with labour camps. Although set-building weekends constitute hard labour punishment at times.

Our Committee can be found here: Our Society

NEW PLAYS & DATES

Finally, we have decided on our plays for the season ahead and rehearsals are about to begin. Watch out for our next post in a few days with all the details and dates to get in your diary!

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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.