News & Events
November 7th at 10.30 a.m.
Zoom talk and Masterclass from Isobel Arnett
November 26th at 7.30 p.m.
December 10th at 7.30 p.m.
PLAY READING Full Moon at The Bridge Street Cafe
By Leafy Scott adapted by Suzie Wilde
Due to present circumstances, all our drama activities are conducted via Zoom. As well as regular play readings we hold social meetings and quiz nights. Our main drama event now is Café Theatre where small groups of actors perform short sketches during the course of an evening, with an interval for refreshments sitting at virtual tables. We are also looking to invite guest speakers to talk and educate us on drama related subjects.
ACT WRITE DIRECT beats the March lockdown
Some of the audio versions of these sketches can be heard in the POCKET THEATRE selection.
This successful venture has encouraged members to write new material for the Café Theatre Zoom evenings. See the HOME page for examples of the Untitled Stills of plays performed and a purpose written new play, The Buddy, by Margaret Edwards.
As a result of the postponement of Our Country's Good set in Australia, and consequent lack of Eucalyptus trees to paint, our talented set painting supremo - Sybil Grindrod, has spent the lockdown painting scenes of Cornwall.
Are now performed via Zoom on a regular basis.
We have two venues:
AGMs, rehearsals, auditions, and performances take place at the West Ashling Village Hall, PO18 8DN.
Under normal circumstances Club nights and play readings are at the smaller Church Rooms in Church Lane, Funtington
Performances yet to be scheduled
Our Country’s Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Our Country’s Good is set in the first penal colony in Australia and follows the extraordinary and sometimes hilarious story of their production of a restoration comedy with a cast of convicts. Their success, achieved despite the brutality and many conflicts of convict and colony life, is heart-warming.
Henry Preece takes early retirement and moves with his wife to the country, hoping to settle down and write his book. He does not foresee just how shockingly his life will change. Henry embarks on a passionate affair with one of his neighbours and then quite suddenly his wife disappears..…… even the seemingly innocuous purchase of a flame gun for the garden begins to cast a chill.
This is a thriller with a difference, an atmospheric study of ordinary life and how it can become extraordinary.
What our audiences said about our Autumn 2019 performance of Rumours
"It was just what the doctor ordered in today’s gloomy environment !! Excellent!"
" ...magnificent performance from all concerned. I have been to many of your productions and all have been excellent but last night’s was exceptional! Thank you!"
Photography by Rosey Purchase