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10 DAYS to Passing Strangers

Have you got your tickets yet?

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.

The cast of Passing Strangers back at the initial reading

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BOOKING NOW FOR Passing strangers

Time to book your tickets and view our new poster

Our next production is Eric Chappell’s humorous take on two women and two men who meet at a Singles Night – Passing Strangers. (You can read all about it in our last post by clicking on the link here: Passing Strangers )

So it’s time to reveal our new poster which is ready for promotion at last and it is also a timely reminder to ensure you reserve your seats for the end of October.

Booking is easy – visit our page here to find out how.

Forum flooding update

As rehearsals progress we continue to battle with water ingress into our Forum rehearsal rooms and our acting space is shrinking as we try to dry it out. However, we have plans and have been making progress. Our room may be dampened but not our spirits!

Mike’s efforts have already made massive improvements

Our next phase is to look at drainage and if that fails we will be employing the services of King Canute or building a dam.

A Drama…. at drama

We are flooded… again

Just exactly what we didn’t need at the Forum. Yet another flood. Our dehumidifier unit was still in daily use drying us out from the last water seepage into our ancient hut when our rehearsal was interrupted by the thunderstorms and awesome deluge that took place last Tuesday evening. The noise on the roof was enough to stop us hearing our lines and a peek outside revealed the water level rising fast outside our door. Uh.

We have a rehearsal hut that is unfortunately fronted by a tarmac area that seems to have been laid some decades ago with a slope that pushes water to our wall. Uhh. Yes we have a drain in front but that is a poor example of drainage design and actually acts as a debris collector and reservoir for filling the Forum. Uhh.

And yes we have been trying for three years to find builders to carry out repairs to our rotting wall base, collapsing door and a better drainage system. Builders, however, tend to operate on the mañana principle and after various attempts and quotes we are no further along. Our funds are extremely limited of course so any thoughts of bigger repair jobs or hut replacement / improvements are simply beyond our means and opportunities for grants have disappeared.

Our amazement at watching the deluge turned to horror when our feet became wet. The base is so rotten that water began to pour in and at one point looked like someone had stuck a hosepipe through the wall. It was impossible to stop and apart from an urgent removal of furniture there was nothing we could do to stop it. Uhhhh.

Sadly this happens too often, and we knew that we had to cancel any plans we had for Wednesday morning, grab volunteers and do the clear up before more damage was done. Had we not been there it is quite possible we would have discovered a complete disaster a week later, our next visit planned.

Fortunately we have the multi talented Mike who has come up with a proposal that might give us a more resilient repair and help prevent a repeat. Meanwhile, if we have local builders or retired builders looking to help us out then please contact us.

Meanwhile, the dehumidifier is back in use again and being emptied twice a day by our volunteers until further notice. UH indeed!

Petuaria players news

PLAYS FOR 2019-2020 ANNOUNCED

During our summer break we were busy reading through potential scripts, juggling actor availability for casting and obtaining the licences. So we are excited that we can now announce our programme for this coming year –

PASSING STRANGERS - a comedy by Eric Chappell
October 24th, 25th, 26th 2019
'Fickle thing, memory". Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his unhappy and discarded friend, Clive, to a Singles' Evening. There they meet two recent divorcees; the upwardly-mobile Julie and the cynical, defiant Liz.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS - a comedy by Jane Thornton
January 30th, 31st, February 1st 2020
When an amateur drama group realise they have nowhere to perform after they are forced to abandon the Parish Hall they turn their artistic talents to the regional 'Village in Bloom' competition. But that is where the tensions begin.
FLATSPIN - a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
April 30th, May 1st, 2nd 2020
When aspiring actress Rosie is asked to fill in for her uncle by servicing apartments in Docklands, she decides to spice up her day by pretending to be an absent tenant. But her passionate tryst with neighbour Sam turns into something sinister when she discovers that the flat, and Sam, are not quite what they seem.

Rehearsals have already started for Passing Strangers and we will tell you a little more about the plays in future posts.