Heath Players at Boxhill


 

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Following an initiative from The Gage Theatre Company, several amateur dramatic societies in the mid Surrey area have agreed to cooperate in publicising each other's forthcoming productions in their newsletters, websites etc. The Heath Players are pleased to support this scheme, so ... here is the latest edition of the Gage's newsletter.


April 2017

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PUBLIC FORUM 26


This newsletter provides information about shows by other amdram groups in our area - with their agreement, of course; there will also be links on The Gage Players’ website.


Date Clashes: In this edition the clashes are between The Gage Players and Whips late April 2017. The Gage Players have taken the decision to shift their 2017 autumn production back by one week (on a trial basis) to avoid a clash with The Heath Players in November 2017. There is also a clash in June for Chipstead Players and KADDS.

Please see the Productions Calendar attached to help with avoiding future clashes.




The Chipstead Players

www.chipsteadplayers.org

Member of The Little Theatre Guild and BRBAC


The remainder of our early 2017 season will be A Doll’s House (Henrick Ibsen, translated by Simon Stephens) Monday 29th May – Saturday 3rd June 2017; and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Monday 17th July – Saturday 22nd July 2017.

More details on these later, and they will be posted on our website in due course.



The Gage Players

www.thegageplayers.co.uk; friends@thegageplayers.com

Member of BRBAC;


Future Dates

Mid-September for a rehearsed reading with supper then on 30th November, 1st and 2nd December our next production is scheduled at the Riddell Hall, Walton-on-the-Hill

– more details to follow and on our website soon.



Gatton Community Theatre

www.gattoncommunitytheatre.org.uk


More information next time or on our web site.


GCT operates as a fully inclusive organisation – anyone who would like to take part may join the cast or crew regardless of experience or age, although children must be over the age of eight. There is no membership or production fee.



The Heath Players

www.heathplayers.co.uk


Autumn 2017

Our autumn show will be on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th November at Box Hill Village Hall.



Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Association (KADDS)

www.kingswoodvillage.org/kvca-amateur-drama-dance/


Our next show is Hay Fever, Noel Coward’s delightful and classic comedy directed by Will McKee with performances on 1st-3rd June 2017 in the Kingswood Village Hall.

Tickets are on sale from early May at www.ticketsource.co.uk/kadds.



Merstham Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS)

www.mersthamdrama.org.uk


Autumn 2017

Our autumn production will be Ladies in Lavender by Shaun McKenna, directed by Tricia Whyte.


Help is invited from a Sound Engineer – this is quite an interesting Sound Effects Plot including a radio, piano and violin music … any offers would be gratefully received with further details and technical stuff on request ! Contact Diana Drysdale on 01883 742708 or email diana.drysdale@godstone.net.


A read-through of the play will be held on at 7.45 for 8.00pm. on Monday 22nd May 2017 at The Church Room, Church Hill, Merstham. Auditions will be held, same time, same place, on Friday 26th May. To express interest, request a script and for further information please ring the director, Tricia White, on 01883 370 204 or email triciawhyte43@gmail.com


Set in the 1930s, Ladies in Lavender is a gentle tale of unrequited love. Two spinster sisters live a quiet and unassuming life I a seaside cottage in Cornwall. Their peace and equilibrium are overturned upon the discovery of a body on the beach - a young man has been washed ashore. The two ladies and their stalwart housekeeper take care of him and the local doctor is summoned to supervise his recovery. This tender and compassionate story unfolds with unexpected twists.


Characters

Janet (playing age 30 – 50). The elder of the two sisters, whose fiancé was killed in the First World War. Since then she has locked up her emotions and now devotes her life to looking after her younger sister in the family home.

Ursula (playing age 30 – 50, compatible with Janet). A gentle character who is subordinate to her elder sister. As the play develops, she becomes stronger and her loving personality shines through.

Dorcas (playing age 50+). A down-to-earth country Cornish woman who has been a devoted retainer of the Widdington family all her working life.

Olga (playing age 30+). An independent, flamboyant Russian artist who is a summer visitor to Cornwall and has rented a cottage nearby.

Andrea (playing age 20 – 30). A castaway who is discovered on the beach. Initially, he speaks a few words of Polish and German, before coming to grips with the English language. The ability to play a violin would be useful but not essential.

Dr Mead (playing age 50+). The local country doctor who is humdrum and set in his ways. He comes to life when he meets Olga and clumsily courts her.


Performance dates are 19, 20 and 21st October 2017 at the Merstham Village Hall.



The Oxted Players

www.oxtedplayers.co.uk; www.barntheatreoxted.co.uk

The Oxted Players are affiliated to NODA and are members of BRBAC.


Presenting The Foreigner, a fast-paced comedy by Larry Shue at the Barn Theatre from

17-20th May 2017. Set in the deep South of America this thought-provoking comedy has dark undertones. The play focuses on a small rural community in modern times with action taking place in a fishing lodge owned by the widow, Betty Meeks, who is struggling to maintain her home by taking in paying guests. A British sergeant arrives on his annual visit and brings with him an ex-army pal, Charlie: also staying at the fishing lodge are an ex-debutante, her ‘simple’ brother and her fiancé: add to this mélange a bumptious civil servant and you have the makings of a very funny plot which is uncannily pertinent at this moment in time.


Booking office: 01883 724 852 for cheque and cash payments or online at www.barntheatreoxted.co.uk or www.oxtedplayers.co.ukfor all card payments.

Tickets £10.00 adults and £8.00 students.



Polesden Lacey Shakespeare

www.polesdenlaceyshakespeare.co.uk


Presenting Pop Up Shakespeare in association with the Cat’s Grin Theatre.

Scenes from the Bard’s best loved plays around the beautiful gardens at Polesden Lacey. Strolling players accompany the actors playing authentic music from Shakespeare’s time on authentic instruments.


From 1.30pm to 5pm on Saturdays 17 June and 24 June 2017 – free for all visitors.


Our main production is Twelfth Night, in the beautiful sylvan setting of the outdoor theatre at Polesden Lacey.


Matinee performances at 3pm on Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017; the theatre lawn opens for picnicking at 1.30pm.


Tickets are £12, group rates and all under 16’s go free.

Box office: 01306 881717 or direct booking can be made online at www.polesdenlaceyshakespeare.co.uk

For more information please email communicando@hotmail.com



St Mark’s Players

www.stmarksplayers.co.uk


Our next production, Summer Sextet, comprises six short plays including ‘Joining the Club’ by David Tristram and ‘Day Trippers’ by Jean McConnell and is scheduled for performance on Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd June, 2017 starting at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). This event will take place at our usual venue: the Hall at St Mark’s Church Centre,

Alma Road, Reigate RH2 0DA. A fish and chip supper will be included in the price and you are welcome to bring your own drinks for the interval. Further details including ticket price will in due course be shown on our website.



Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club

www.sadc.co.uk


More news in PF 27.



West Horsley Independent Players (WHIPS)

Website: www.horsleyamdram.org


April, 2017

Our spring play will be Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – a murderously funny comedy adaptation by Constance Cox from a story by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jack Griffith. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French.


Performance dates: 26th – 29th April, 2017 at 8,00pm; supper night on Thursday, 27th April at 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 evenings, £8 matinees, £16 supper nights.



Woodmansterne Operatic and Dramatic Society (WODS) and Junior WODS

www.wods.org.uk


May 2017

Our spring production will be Return to the Forbidden Planet, playing Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th May 2017 inclusive.

Tickets £10. Box office: wodsbooking@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01737 555 009.