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The Final Test

Our next production is progressing and it may be time for you to think about booking tickets for the show.

Scheduled a little later than our traditional play week, The Final Test will be onstage November 10th, 11th 12th.

ABOUT THE PLAY

THE FINAL TEST by Chris Paling
A touching and poignant comedy about marriage, cricket and the dangerous lure of Bexhill-on-Sea.

Peter and Ruth have had a long and happy marriage – or so Peter believes. They each have their own interests; he loves cricket, she enjoys travel. But all is not well, as Peter discovers one afternoon when he’s dozing in his deckchair listening to the Final Test from the Oval. His wife announces she has sold the house and is moving to the coast. When the new owners move in, they discover much more than they bargained for!

THE CAST

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THE OFFICIAL POSTER

The Final Test – Tickets On Sale

It’s time for a quick update. The Petuaria Players have been very busy in rehearsal and planning for our first play of the season – The Final Test by Chris Paling – and we will be telling you more about this lovely play shortly.

And…. we are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale and are available as usual via the routes shown on our BOOK TICKETS page. (Click here to view it.)

We also issued our September Newsletter last week which updates you on our 2022-2023 programme and changes to our seating layout. You can read the newsletter by clicking on the download button below (opens in new page).

Is Peter too obsessed with the cricket? See our next production and find out.

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New Season Announced!

We have our plays selected and casted at last and are ready to share with you our excitement.

As explained in our last post (read it here) we are having to reduce our season to two plays for the time being. That said we have two lovely scripts that we think you will thoroughly enjoy.

One thing to note as you read ahead – our traditional play dates have moved forward a couple of weeks so please ensure you put the right ones in your calendar.

Although it wasn’t planned that way there is a somewhat summery sporting theme here – golf and cricket. But fear not, the sport is simply a backdrop to two amusing and delightful plays about people.

The scripts have arrived and rehearsals are under way

THE FINAL TEST
by Chris Paling

10th, 11th, 12th November 2022

A touching and poignant comedy about marriage, cricket and the dangerous lure of Bexhill-on-Sea.

Peter and Ruth have had a long and happy marriage – or so Peter believes. They each have their own interests; he loves cricket, she enjoys travel. But all is not well. as Peter discovers one afternoon when he’s dozing in his deckchair listening to the Final Test from the Oval. His wife announces she has sold the house and is moving to the coast. When the new owners move in, they discover much more than they bargained for!


PAR FOR THE COURSE
by Peter Gordon

11th, 12th, 13th May 2023

Captain’s Day at The Seven Lakes Golf Club gets off to a bad start when the men’s Captain is indisposed. Club Secretary, Simon relishes the chance to take over but is soon thwarted by the arrival of Vice Captain Nick and his girlfriend. Lady Captain and hopeless Barry add to the confusion and as a series of disasters mount, tensions build and things go from bad to worse. Love or loathe golf, it will never seem quite the same again!



We will post more about these soon. Please note that tickets are not yet available while we re-examine our seating plan so watch out for our announcement in the next few weeks. However, if you wish to register your interest in season tickets that provide you with reserved seat positions and preferred evenings in advance then contact us via our page here.


News Update

A new play season is almost upon us and we will be sharing our programme for 2022 / 2023 with you in the next bulletin. Meanwhile we have news of our recent AGM decisions and some changes to announce.

MOVING TO TWO PLAYS PER YEAR

Our long established routine of three plays per season has had to reduce to two, at least for the near future. Many of our devoted followers will be disappointed, but this is a reluctant decision that we have managed to hold off in recent years. However, the reduction in membership since the pandemic; the difficulties in recruiting new actors into the pastime of live stage performances – especially males; coupled with the increasing burdens of the sheer hard work and many hours of our spare time that our few members have to undertake, is sadly no longer sustainable.

We have for decades managed to produce three plays back to back, a nine month process of rehearsals and performances that start in August and run continuously until the end of April. As a small group this means that most of us are required as actors or support crew in every play with no break. Without new members to share this load something had to give.

So for the 2022-2023 season we will perform two plays, one in November and the other in May 2023 and we will be announcing the dates and the plays in our next post – watch this space!

TICKET PRICE

Our future ticket prices will increase slightly to £10. This remains great value for money for a night of live theatre with our souvenir programme and the return of the ever popular interval teas/coffees and biscuits.

Season tickets are still available – these are £20 each and have the advantage of reserving your favourite seat position and performance night for our two plays.

AUDIENCE SEATING

Another change we expect to implement this year is a reduction in seating in the hall. We hope, where possible, to create a little more room for our audiences – spacing between chairs and more leg room in the flat on the forward rows.

The pandemic gave rise to increased caution which was still obviously a concern at our recent return to the stage production in April and feedback regarding the condensed seating in places.

We shall be exploring a new layout shortly.

WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT

Wendy Elliott has decided to step down from her role as President of our society. Wendy, of course, has been a member and presence on our stage for decades before ‘retiring’ and then taking the role of President after Mo Spence who had served in that role for 25 years.

So it is now both fitting and a delight that Mo’s daughter, Nicci Robinson, has accepted the role and was ‘inaugurated’ at our recent Committee meeting. Nicci, who has been a member and performed with us in the past, has been a staunch supporter, attendee and patron of our group along with her husband Paul. So we thank Wendy for her service and now welcome Nicci to the hopefully non-taxing position as President.

We also confirmed our committee and Chair for the year ahead, an election process that was far simpler, faster and less acrimonious than the one dragging on for PM!

Richard Bateman remains as long-serving Chair yet again, a unanimous and popular hands-up decision that differs from totalitarian regimes in that committee members aren’t threatened with labour camps. Although set-building weekends constitute hard labour punishment at times.

Our Committee can be found here: Our Society

NEW PLAYS & DATES

Finally, we have decided on our plays for the season ahead and rehearsals are about to begin. Watch out for our next post in a few days with all the details and dates to get in your diary!

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