Help to choose the society’s plays for 2016 – your feedback counts. All readings begin at 7.30pm in the Green Room, all on Tuesdays.
Here's what's coming up:
2nd June – One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean. 6m 3f.
Brand new release, so we may be able to claim a regional premiere! Touted as the funniest show in the world when on West End and Broadway stages, this show covers verbal wit, farcical action and slapstick comedy. Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, but Roscoe is really Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis takes a second job with Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Confused?
9th June – Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn. 5m 4f
A strong seasonal option for November 2016 is ever-popular Ayckbourn with his edgy comedies. It’s Christmas with Neville and Belinda’s not-so-happy family. Petty squabbles break out, and some not so petty. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene among the Christmas presents.
16th June – The Vicar of Dibley by Richard Curtis, adapted by GDS. Cast depends on episodes.
With the popular sitcom revived on BBC this year, the time might be right for this show. We will read three episodes from the first series to see if the idea has legs! When Dibley’s new vicar turns out to be a woman, the head of the parish council is out to get rid of her. But can vicar Geraldine’s bubbly personality and warm heart win through?
23rd June – Cheshire Cats by Gail Young. 3m 7f.
A hugely popular title on the amdram circuit, this show has the air of Calendar Girls about it. Hilary, Siobhan, Yvonne, Vicky and Maggie are attempting to walk 13 miles across the capital in record time in their decorated bras, but the 6th member of the team doesn't seem to meet the physical criteria! Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girls night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way
30th June – Muddy Cows by John Godber. Casting breakdown TBC
Another brand new release which may enable us to claim a regional premiere. A surgeon, a farmer, a vet, a beautician, a primary school teacher, a social worker and a solicitor: on the face of it, they don’t seem to have much in common. But these are the Muddy Cows – a team of female rugby players with all the courage, passion and commitment of their male counterparts. And absolutely none of the cash, back-up or kit...
7th July – Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
People have suggested Shakespeare plays for years, but we’ve always shied away from them. Here’s a chance to stretch our legs and see if we can handle the Bard! One of the favourite Shakespeare comedies. Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, sealing the ending with a double wedding.
Please note, these are social readings only, NOT castings