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Our October Play announced

Yes it’s time to tell you that our programme for the year is agreed. We have secured the licences and that means we can relax in the knowledge that our plans can go ahead.

So what is our first play to be, due for performance in October?

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version)


We first performed this 12 years ago and felt that it was time to run it again.  Reading it this summer reminded us just how funny this classic comedy is – Neil Simon’s clever lines are full of humour and remain fresh.

Some of you will recognise The Odd Couple as a classic of stage, cinema and TV.  A story about two mismatched roommates, it premiered on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a film in 1968 with Jack Lemmon as Felix Ungar and Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison.  A popular TV series followed in the 70s starting Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

The 1985 Broadway production

Less well known, however, is that Simon wrote an alternative version in 1985 for a female cast.  Essentially it is the same storyline where Felix becomes Florence and Oscar becomes Olive and their poker friends become Trivial Pursuits enthusiasts. And the Pidgeon sisters upstairs become the Costazuela brothers.  It was a great success when we performed it in 2006 and hope it will be just as successful this time around with a changed cast and set.

Whether you have fond memories of the Odd Couple, missed our production 12 years ago or are new to this play come along and see it and prepare to laugh.



Click here: About this play and our cast.

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Secret Conclave Concludes High Level Talks

The self-titled Script Committee emerged from secret talks at a carefully chosen location in Broomfleet this week with what promises to be an exciting play season ahead.  A trusted source has told this column that after lengthy deliberation a deal was finally reached.  “It was imperative that all parties reached agreement, we could not exit with a no-deal situation.”  Pressed for more information the spokesman insisted a press release would be issued next week announcing the full details.  We will endeavour to bring you that breaking news when it breaks.

Retired man entering Forum ‘horrified’ and you won’t believe what he saw

A mature member of the Petuaria Players, apparently prone to hyperbole, was utterly horrified and overwhelmed upon entering the rehearsal room of the popular Brough drama society.  “I was utterly horrified and overwhelmed” he told our reporter. “I have never seen anything like it since the last time it happened.”

Yes, once again the Forum has been flooded. In the midst of the ongoing summer heatwave that last weekend of electrical storms and the deluge pushed the water through the back wall of our hut causing mayhem. It is, shall we say, awash, bedraggled, dowsed, drenched, dripping, saturated, soaked, soaking, soggy, sopping, water-soaked, waterlogged.  Or wet. A dehumidifier is running around the clock now to try and dry us out before rehearsals start for our first play. Currently it feels like an unsavoury sauna.

Sadly, this has been a problem for some time and we are currently attempting to fund some major work to replace some sections.  In an ideal world we would replace the entire hut but that remains a distant item on a wish-list.

Petuaria Summer Break Nears End

The members have been taking a well earned rest (from productions anyway) – a long hot summer that has had those of us who are retired jealous of our still working colleagues in their air-conditioned offices. (That is definitely fake, Ed)

Monday evenings have still seen us gathering at the Forum each week to read through plays being presented as potential candidates for 2018-2019.

Our AGM took place in June and we were pleased that Mo Spence accepted the role once again as President for ‘just one more year’ and the existing committee was re-elected with the addition of Sue Hart who we welcome to the inner sanctum.

So as we approach our 57th season here’s a few photos from the olden days (with apologies to existing members who are actually on these dusty archived prints).


Get Involved

If you’re reading this you probably like watching our performances, and sitting in the audience, being entertained.  But how about getting a little more involved?

We have friends of the group who like to come along and give us a hand closer to performance time, or just like being part of a group of theatre lovers.  We are looking for new members and extra helpers. Could that be you?

We are a small group but always aim big on stage. Maintaining the effort required to create three productions a year is demanding – so more members and helpers are always welcome.

There are many reasons for getting involved and many ways of doing so with varying degrees of commitment ;

  • we are always in need of actors (especially men) – maybe there is a role for you- big or small – and we welcome adults of any age!
  • perhaps you would just like to come along to our Monday night meetings and listen to a play reading and find out more about us
  • maybe you have skills that we could utilise ;
    • working with costumes
    • music / audio & sound effects work
    • set-construction work
    • DIY & decoration of sets
    • backstage roles
    • hosting & hot drinks on performance nights
    • stage lighting assistance / video & sound feeds to backstage
  • we are not just people with a mutual love of drama – we are a socially active group of friends.  Being part of a group like ours gets you out of the house, meeting other people, having a laugh – we visit other productions, the cinema, have meals out.

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So why not consider how you could help the Petuaria Players continue to entertain local residents and lovers of live theatre?

Call in at the Forum any Monday evening after 7.30pm.

The Forum meeting  / rehearsal building is next to the Village Hall and contact details are here.

Don’t be shy, come and see us.