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.
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
The Chipstead Players
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
Member of BRBAC;
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
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
Our autumn show will be on Thursday
23rd & Friday 24th November at Box Hill Village Hall.
Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Association (KADDS)
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)
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
or www.oxtedplayers.co.ukfor all card payments.
Tickets £10.00 adults and £8.00 students.
Polesden Lacey Shakespeare
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
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
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mark’s Players
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
More news in PF 27.
West Horsley Independent Players (WHIPS)
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
Our spring production will be Return to the Forbidden Planet,
playing Wednesday 10th to Saturday
13th May 2017 inclusive.
Tickets £10. Box office: email@example.com
or telephone 01737 555 009.