And so to our second production of the season, as you may have seen in our previous post we are excited that Gareth Tudor-Price has offered to assist in the staging of this play. Gareth is a freelance theatre director and producer and a longtime friend of the Petuaria Players. He was artistic director at Hull Truck for nearly 10 years during which he commissioned, developed and directed this play for its first production in 2005. Read more here.
As for the play: It’s another peaceful Christmas in the Bailey household, but chestnuts aren’t roasting on an open fire. And, although a Silent Night would be welcome, all is not calm and all is certainly not bright.
Frank does not wish it could be Christmas every day – in fact, he’s dreading the arrival of his snobbish in-laws who only ever bring a single bottle of wine for the entire festivities. Throw in a couple of larger-than-life neighbours, let the drink flow merrily, and everything is set for a car-crash Christmas.
A hilarious antidote to your recent Christmas produced by Janet Drewery with artistic direction and input from Gareth Tudor Price.
Cast: (order of appearance) Steve Howland, Jayne Hewson, Rob Newton, Dianne Turner, Adam Craven, Tom Fryer, Wendy Fairburn, Rachel Miller.
Gareth Tudor Price to assist in staging our January production.
We are excited to announce that Gareth Tudor Price has offered to assist in the staging of A Kick in the Baubles by Gordon Steel. Gareth is a freelance theatre director and producer and a longtime friend of the Petuaria Players. As an actor he has had credits in The Bill, Prime Suspect, Heartbeat and GBH amongst others. He was artistic director at Hull Truck for nearly 10 years during which he commissioned, developed and directed this play for its first production in 2005.
When he heard that we were considering A Kick in the Baubles he was keen to offer his help and we were equally keen to accept. Gareth will be providing invaluable artistic direction and advice and we hope to gain from his professional insight. Rehearsals will start in November.
Before then Gareth will be directing Moby Dick adapted by John Godber and Nick Lane 19th October to 3rd November in what promises to be an adventurous production in-the-round at the York Guildhall.
Tickets available from York Theatre Royal. For more information click here onMOBY DICK
Finally – its time to announce our new season. Our programme is now confirmed. All that reading of new plays over the summer and then the hard work of casting is done and we are excited about the year ahead. This year we have a nice blend of three very different comedies and all no more than ten years old, one of which will see professional involvement…. but we’ll leave that for the next post. Our first play however will be –
SPIRIT LEVEL by Pam Valentine
October 27, 28, 29 2016
Before their recent untimely deaths, Cobbler’s Cottage was home to famous author of crime novels Jack Cameron and his wife Susie. A young couple, Flic and her husband Simon, an aspiring crime writer, are especially keen to rent the cottage when they discover the connection with the previous tenants, despite the odd behaviour of the somewhat spooked and nervous estate agent. But does Cobbler’s Cottage have a stronger connection to Jack and Susie than they imagined? And can they help the young couple through their problems, not least with Flic’s monstrous interfering mother, even from beyond the grave?
A funny and warm comedy play from Pam Valentine, produced by Jayne Hewson.
Cast: (order of appearance) Steve Howland, Gill Collins, Wyn Price, Tom Fryer, Nic Johnson, Barbara Failey, Sue Hart.
Yes, no sooner has one play been completed than another one starts. Rehearsals are already underway for our next production of ‘Black Comedy’ by Peter Shaffer. Groping around in the dark takes on a whole new meaning for this comedy with its premise of switched lighting… read more about it on our UP NEXT page.