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A post about a poster

With our production of the Ray Cooney farce ‘It Runs In The Family’ due next month, it’s time to reveal our poster which will be going up on noticeboards next week.

Tickets are already selling so guarantee your seats by booking now.


It Runs In The Family

Apparently, having just checked our countdown button on the front page, there are just over 50 days to opening night on our next play.

We may have been quiet on here, but rehearsals have been busily under way since the beginning of February.  And Ray Cooney’s ‘It Runs In the Family’ is a play that needs plenty of that! The third of our varied comedy styles for this season returns to that popular genre, farce, and it’s certainly a manic one.

The Petuaria Players first performed this 22 years ago, long enough for it to be fresh to the majority of our members – although our stalwart chairman (chairperson if you must) Richard Bateman remembers it very well. Audiences will be pleased to hear that he is making a popular return to acting on stage in this production.  Richard was last in the spotlight – literally – four years ago in Key For Two, although he has been very busy as a Producer, backstage and front-of-house.

With 12 characters and 11 actors on stage, a lot of doors and props and fast action it brings back memories of our 2014 production of Cash On Delivery (not least because it was written by Ray Cooney’s son).  And with so many characters it means the cast includes the usual suspects plus a role for Gary who enjoyed his first stage performance in the last play and a first role with us for youngest member Reuben who cut his teeth on sound and lights in recent plays.

Tickets are available now and can be reserved via our Book Tickets page.

It Runs In The Family by Ray Cooney
April 26th, 27th, 28th 2018

Set in a hospital, “It Runs in the Family” contains the usual assortment of farcical characters running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else, as Dr Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture at an international conference.

Steve Howland, Tom Fryer, Gill Collins, Rob Newton, Barbara Failey, Wyn Price, Jayne Hewson,  Sue Hart, Reuben Sisson, Gary Vann,  Richard Bateman

Directed by Janet Drewery (assisted by Tom Fryer)



RolePlay updates

Exciting times. Fun times. Scary times. Yes our first night is just over a week away and things are getting busy.  What’s been happening in recent weeks?

Tony Barker interviews a relaxed Jayne Hewson

Tony Barker (an ex-member by the way) came along from Billboard TV / Estuary TV to interview our Director and record some short clips from play rehearsals.  If you want to watch this CLICK HERE TO OPEN VIDEO IN YOUTUBE .

Or visit the Billboard Page here.

Then we had our banner and posters vandalised on Christmas Eve in a spirit of not-so-good will.  That meant recreating and installing another – at a cost.  We tried to put a brave and amusing face on the exercise by posting our new heavy protection 24hr ‘security team’ on our Facebook page.


Since then it’s been a case of dealing with bouts of flu, getting down to detailed rehearsal fine-tuning, preparing the programme artwork, creating the sound effects and cues programming, and planning the setbuilding.

Talking of set building and preparing the Village Hall that will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning and if you feel the urge to come along and help in whatever capacity please feel free to do so,

But the most important thing is to make sure you come along to see our efforts and the performances on 25th, 26th, 27th January.

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Book your tickets here


Xmas approaches

Our Christmas break approaches so it’s time for a news update on what we’ve been up to.

Tuesday night was our annual Charity Carol Singing event, although in our case even the word ‘singing’ is charitable. The lovely people of Brough willingly gave donations, no doubt in the hope that we would stop soon. In our defence, we are actors not singers but we do it all in a good cause.

This year the charity we are collecting for is YoungMinds. Our choice has special meaning to the Petuaria Players as it is a charity that meant a lot to Kate Lloyd, a dear member who passed away recently so she was very much in our thoughts and inspired us to sing heartily.

charity-1-2YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of young people. We believe Kate’s time as a Primary School teacher inspired her choice of this organisation. If you would like to make a donation please feel free to contact us.

Thanks to Morrisons Brough for allowing us to serenade their customers

The Brough and Elloughton battle of the Xmas trees took place in the Village Hall and our team undoubtedly produced the best decorated tree by far. Unfortunately the voters chose a different tree as the winner. But then no one is ever happy with the results of public votes these days. I’m talking ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ obviously, we avoid politics on here…..

The baubles featured characters from past plays

We also had our Annual Christmas Dinner, this year a meal at the Buccaneer in Brough where we made our own entertainment – not least discovering less well known Christmas songs that never made the charts – with good reason.

Rehearsals continue for RolePlay. (Have you booked?) Recently we did our audio recording of the script. This is a technique we have used for a while. Having an audio recording allows cast members to practice their lines when we are not at rehearsal, essential when we are fitting in work, homes, kids or… even busier, retirement.

Script recording night

Hopefully all that line learning has worked because this week is our first ‘books down’ when we all try and fly solo for the first time, stumbling through the play, straining our memory for those elusive lines.


Meantime we continue to put our next production together and the posters are already out for printing before the Christmas shutdown.  And we’ll show you that in our next post…