As we announced recently, Passing Strangers will be our first production of the season, running on October 24th to 26th. This is another play from the pen of Eric Chappell and we are excited to be bringing this to you in just a couple of months.
It first came to our attention in 2015 when we saw it performed by Planet Rabbit productions in Brough, we loved it and it is a play we have had on our possible productions list since then. This year, for all sorts of reasons, it seemed to be just the right choice for play one of the season.
Passing Strangers is a clever comedy with just four characters and the play centres around their attempt at (or avoidance of ) relationships. Produced by Jayne Hewson and with Gary Vann, Nic Johnson, Gill Collins and Steve Howland as the characters on a Singles Dance Night at a hotel.
Passing Strangers “Fickle thing, memory.” Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his friend Clive to a singles’ evening. Clive, a hospital porter masquerading as a doctor, has just been left by his wife, while Malcolm is a confirmed bachelor and “big in imports” – really a market stall trader. In the deserted hotel bar, to the depressing soundtrack of the next-door ballroom, they meet two recent divorcees; upwardly mobile Julie and cynical, defiant Liz. Malcolm is determined to break down Liz’s defences while trying to pair off Clive with Julie. But the women have a few tricks of their own, and Malcolm soon finds that life, like the evening, is full of surprises.
Tickets are on sale now and information on booking can be found here.
Please note that due to rising costs we have been forced to change the ticket price to £8 this year – but that still includes a programme and interval refreshments….
Details of the other plays in our season can be found on our What’s On page.
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.
Our summer sabbatical is over already. This weekend we celebrated with our annual get together party – actually an excuse to imbibe alcohol and feast on yummy food. The predicted horrendous storm caused us to plan an indoor event rather than a summer evening outdoors and bbq. In the event the hurricane force winds turned out to be only of the hairstyle-ruffling sort.
Now the hard work starts again, but the fun continues – rehearsals for our first play start on Monday.
So watch out here for news and updates of changes over the summer break and, of course, the announcement of our exciting 2019/2020 programme.
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