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Speaker announced!


This year at St. Andrew’s Hospital the annual international Ponsonby Christmas Lecture will be delivered by Dr. David Mortimer, Senior Specialist in Neurology and introduced by past Head Surgeon and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Sir Willoughby Drake.

Unless, of course, events take an unpredictable and hilarious turn before it can take place – one that sends Dr. Mortimore into a panic of deception and involving the appearance of ex-nurse Jane Tate, her son Leslie, the Police Sergeant chasing him, Dr Connolly who is more interested in his pantomime rehearsals, Dr Bonney in a permanent state of confusion and his mother, a scary Matron, a Ward Sister and a very annoying patient called Bill, not to mention Dr Mortimore’s wife, Rosemary. 

Whilst tickets for the Ponsonby Lecture are invitation-only to the world’s leading neurologists, the events taking place in the Doctor’s Common Room can be seen by getting your ticket for ‘It Runs In The Family’.  

A good choice of seats are still available for Saturday, but only limited seats left for Thursday and Friday. 

Reserve your tickets here


Countdown: 25 days to go

Well it may be April 1st but it’s no joke that it’s just 25 days to It Runs In The Family.  Ray Cooney’s manic farce, set in a Doctor’s Common Room a few years back, is now deep into rehearsals and presenting another challenge for our actors as we juggle fast-firing lines, energetic moves, eleven characters and a number of costumes.

All will become clear if you book your tickets and be there – see details in the poster below. (If it’s not in the email version click on the blue links to take you to our website.)

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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)