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The Anniversary
Under the Stars
A Christmas Carol
Crossed Lines
Conversations After a Burial
All At Sea
Ten Times Table
One Acts - <i>Midsummer Secrets</i>
Ding Dong
Speaking in Tongues
Top Girls
Families and Other Animals: An Evening of One Act Plays
Hay Fever
Audacity
Mindgame
Confusions
GHOST writer
Goody Two Shoes
Love and Marriage: An Evening of One Act Plays
The Edge of Darkness
Time of My Life
Post Horn Gallop
An evening of One Act Plays - The Droitwich Discovery / The Revival
Copenhagen
Humble Boy
Perfect Wedding - Nov 2010
My Own Show - May 2010
Allo Allo - Feb/Mar 2010
A Letter from the General - Nov 2009
 
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The Anniversary

by Bill Macilwraith

directed by Tony Vokes

Keeping a tight rein on her three sons, Mum's plans for an anniversary celebration bring out rebellion among the sons and her long-held reign is ended at last. (more ...)



Under the Stars

by Richard Crane

directed by Penny Lewin

Stella and Regina are understudies in a West End production of a classical tragedy. Stella is a Method actress, passionate about the magic of theatre, whilst Regina is her cynically practical opposite, displaying an acerbic wit and resigned to knitting and shopping in Sainsbury's. When their double-crossing director brings in The Known Actress as the understudy for one of the stars, the two ri (more ...)



A Christmas Carol

by Adapted from Charles Dickens by Neil Bartlett

directed by Jerome Foley

Using only Charles Dickens' extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of actors, Neil Bartlett's "A Christmas Carol" brings a boldly theatrical imagination to bear on a classic story. A heart warming seasonal tale for all the family. Performed under license from The Agency (more ...)



Crossed Lines

by Various

directed by Craig Russell, Vic Carr, Claire Hale

Three plays for a summer's evening. Lifelines, To have and to Hold, Bottles with Baskets On

Three Plays on a theme "Crossed Lines" An evening of one act plays exploring misunderstandings and reconciliation in a range of relationships.

To Have and To Hold

by Lorraine Forrest-Turner

Organising a family funeral is difficult and past differences are re-ignited in (more ...)



Conversations After a Burial

by Yasmina Reza

directed by Mark Buckley

From the award-winning author of Art, Conversations After a Burial explores that ineffable moment of mourning, when the newly deceased is still almost palpable, the intense pause between absence and the return to everyday existence, between loss and life. Christopher Hampton's superb translation of Yasmina Reza's savage but richly comic play uncovers love and its inevitable betrayals. It p (more ...)



All At Sea

by Vanessa Brooks

directed by Rob Dixon

When the two winning couples of Meteor TV's Star-Crossed Sweethearts head off for a romantic reunion cruise on board the Sovereign, little do they realise what adventures lie ahead. A black comedy of romance and rust on the high seas. (more ...)



Ten Times Table

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Sarah Banks

The leading lights of the village have decided to hold a pageant of local history based on a somewhat vague event, "The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve". But there's a young left wing teacher on the committee who decides to turn it into a rally for proletarian revolution. Committee meetings become symbolic battlefields for conflicting views - the right wing faction being led by the Chairman' (more ...)



One Acts - Midsummer Secrets

by Various

directed by Adrian Bacon and Chris Robinson

Two one act plays on the theme Midsummer Secrets Daddy's Gone a Hunting by H. Connolly. Penalty by Stephen Smith Mystery/thrillers. Caution: Adult themes. Also Summer Cream Tea (included in price) on the patio.

Daddy's Gone a Hunting: Liz and Simon are a young couple who have just had a baby and live on the ninth floor of a high rise. Liz is still something of a myste (more ...)



Ding Dong

by Marc Camoletti

directed by Tony Vokes

From the French play Sexe et Jalousie by Marc Camoletti. Adapted for the English stage by Tudor Gates. Bernard has discovered that his wife, Jacqueline, is having an affair with Robert. Being a reasonable businessman, Bernard gives Robert two options to compensate for the affair: either he will sleep with Robert's wife in order to keep things even, or he will have him killed. (more ...)



Speaking in Tongues

by Andrew Bovell

directed by Malcolm Todd

In this play about relationships – marital, social, professional – and isolation in the modern world, there is infidelity, abandonment and suspected murder. Nine parallel lives – interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto – are woven through a fragmented series of confessionals and interrogations. A powerful, exquisitely written play that was made into an award- (more ...)



Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill

directed by Ali Bakewell

One of the seminal plays of the twentieth century, Top Girls is a witty and challenging look at the role of women in contemporary society and the price they pay for their choices.

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Families and Other Animals: An Evening of One Act Plays

by Various authors

directed by Various directors

Not Bobby by Nick Warburton (dir: Lynn Burges)

Anxious to complete yesterday's newspaper crossword, Frank finds the page missing. His mother, Pam, confesses to using it in the newly acquired rabbit's cage. Extracting the page, Frank is astonished to find the crossword is now complete. Could the rabbit, Bobby, be responsible ... ? A quirky, well-observed satire.

A Dog's Li (more ...)



Hay Fever

by Noël Coward

directed by Beryl Hoyle

The Bliss family live in a large house in the country; a house big enough for guests. However, a weekend at the Bliss home is not always a pleasant experience. Guests should be aware that the Bliss family are unconventional. If a guest has been invited by one member of the family, the rest of the family will probably not know about it and possibly not even the housekeeper. There will be no attempt (more ...)



Audacity

by Simon Mawdsley

directed by Rob Dixon

Philip, John and Dave - three down-at-heel salesmen - meet in a dingy bedsit flat and hatch a plan to rob a West End department store of its daily takings. The scheme seems to be going well - until Dave and John's wives join forces to investigate their husbands' odd behaviour. (more ...)



Mindgame

by Anthony Horowitz

directed by Jerome Foley

Dare you step inside the mind of a serial killer?

Join journalist Mark Styler as he sets off to interview the notorious Easterman, committed to Fairfields asylum in darkest Suffolk under the ever-watchful gaze of Dr Farquhar. But Styler soon discovers that nothing is what it seems...

This is not your usual amdram fare. Mindgame is dark, challenging and insanely ente (more ...)



Confusions

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Jerome Foley, Rob Dixon, Rob Dakin, Sonali Shah and David Crundall

These five short plays deal riotously, but with sharply pointed undertones, with the human dilemma of loneliness; a mother unable to escape from baby talk (Mother Figure), a disastrous fête (Gosforth's Fête), an unsuccessful seduction attempt (Drinking Companion), a fraught dinner encounter (Between Mouthfuls) and the final play, A Talk In The Park, sums up, with five self-immersed characters (more ...)



GHOST writer

by David Tristram

directed by Malcolm Todd

Ruby Penfold, a talented but tempestuous actress is discovered dead in bed, after a last-night party following her star turn as Ophelia in Hamlet, from a lethal cocktail of naughty pills and booze. Suicide? Misadventure? Or something worse?
A year later, her playwright husband Edward, still deep in mourning, has moved into the attic room of one of his oldest actor friends, Alex. Alex wants him (more ...)



Goody Two Shoes

by Paul Reakes

directed by Tony Vokes

Septica, an evil sorceress, has left her magic shoes with the Elf Cobbler for mending and, as they are her only comfortable pair, she is far from pleased when pretty Goody Coddle appears wearing them. Septica's revenge, and the wishes Goody makes while wearing the magic shoes, set in train a series of hilarious events which culminate in typical pantomime happy ending, with lots of slapstick fu (more ...)



Love and Marriage: An Evening of One Act Plays

directed by Rob Dixon, Malcolm Todd, John Banks

A trio of plays on the theme of love, romance and relationships.
A Light Lunch
In Room Five Hundred and Four
Seven Stages of An Affair (more ...)



The Edge of Darkness

by Brian Clemens

directed by Beryl Hoyle

Emma returns after a disappearance of several years and is suffering severely with amnesia. Why does she seem familiar with certain Russian phrases? Why such a horror of a harmless silver bell, of a portrait on the wall, of knives? Is she really Emma Cranwell? A chilling mystery set at the turn of the century. (more ...)



Time of My Life

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Penny Lewin

Gerry Stratton has organised a small family dinner with his sons Glyn and Adam at his favourite restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura’s 54th birthday. Glyn is with his long-suffering wife Stephanie and their marriage looks to be on firmer ground than it was once. Adam has brought along his new girlfriend Maureen, an outrageous hairdresser, and they are both eager to impress. The occasion suggests (more ...)



Post Horn Gallop

by Derek Benfield

directed by Sarah Banks

Everyone at Elrood Castle seems to be looking for someone or something: whether that is Lord Elrood in search of the (imaginary) intruders, Miss P looking for “echoes of the past”, the criminals looking for Chester, Ada looking for a man, any man but hopefully Chester, Chester himself looking for a valuable painting……

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An evening of One Act Plays - The Droitwich Discovery / The Revival

by Nick Warburton / Edward Murch

directed by Adrian Bacon / Michelene Harris

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Copenhagen

by Michael Frayn

directed by Alison Murray

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues who had revolutionised atomic physics with their collaboration on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. This crucial work led to the atomic bomb but World War II now placed them on opposite sides. The meeting was fraught w (more ...)



Humble Boy

by Charlotte Jones

directed by Jerome Foley

a comedy about love, loss, broken vows, failed hopes, astro-physics, and bee-keeping. Felix Humble returns home after the death of his father and at the start of the play he has just fled the church after failing to give the eulogy. The first half of the play mainly centres around Felix and his struggle to come to terms with his father’s death whereas the second half looks at its impact on the oth (more ...)



Perfect Wedding - Nov 2010

by Robin Hawdon

directed by Tony Vokes

November 2010. This is a highly successful comedy which has been performed all over Europe and America. A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a naked girl in bed beside him. What's more, an extremely attractive naked girl whom, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can't remotely remember e (more ...)



An Evening of One Act Plays and Monologues - July 2010

    Curses, Foiled Again
by Evelyn Hood
directed by John Banks

A play within a play about a struggling amateur dramatic group struggling to put on a one act festival play. To make matters worse the group have chosen to do a Vict (more ...)



My Own Show - May 2010

by Lesley Bruce

directed by Beryl Hoyle

A comedy drama about people connected to a TV chat show. Fay, the host of the show, has just been the subject of ‘This Is Your Life’. She has been mortified by those who appeared but more so by those who did not appear. It strengthens her fear that her career is on the wane. She uses one of her less popular ex-school friends to try to boost her ratings but the results are unexpected. The fi (more ...)



Allo Allo - Feb/Mar 2010

by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd

directed by Chris Robinson

Based on the hugely popular TV series, the stage version of 'Allo 'Allo follows the adventures of Rene, the hapless cafe owner in war-torn France, as he and his wife Edith struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait of the Fallen Madonna stolen by the Nazis and kept in their cellar. Hilarious complications ensue featuring two British airmen, a radio disguised as a cockatoo and a k (more ...)



A Letter from the General - Nov 2009

by Maurice McLaughlin

directed by Sarah Banks

A drama set in a far eastern country being overrun by the Communists in the 1950s. A Catholic Mission is being forced to close, and one of the nuns is Godmother to the General who is leading the revolution (more ...)



Two and Henna Nights - July 2009

by Jim Cartwright (Two) and Amy Rosenthal (Henna)

directed by Dave Cochrane and Michelene Harris (Two), Alex Ball (Henna)

Two - Touching scenes of English life set in a Northern Pub
Henna Nights - An exploration of love, life and emotions (more ...)



The Master Builder - May 2009

by Henrik Ibsen

directed by Jerome Foley

Halvard Solness is a middle aged architect who has devoted his life to his career at great cost to his and his wife's personal lives. Their lives are turned upside down by the appearance of a beautiful young woman. (more ...)



Flat Spin - Feb 2009

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Penny Lewin

A night of romance in her luxurious riverside apartment in London's Docklands with the good looking stranger from next door. How can Joanna possibly go wrong? Except the flat isn't hers, her name isn't Joanna and heaven knows who the good looking stranger is. (more ...)



Night Must Fall - Nov 2008

by Emlyn Williams

directed by Tony Vokes

Crotchety Mrs Bransom hires a charming young man named Danny as her live-in companion. Less charmed by Danny is Mrs Bransom's niece Olivia, a repressed young woman who suspects Danny of foul play. When news of a local murder is revealed, Olivia suspects Danny. (more ...)



Revue - July 2008

A variety show of music, poetry and humour. (more ...)



The Memory of Water - May 2008

by Shelagh Stephenson

directed by Beryl Hoyle

The play illustrates the ebb and flow of emotions and the ever changing alliances between three sisters as they come to terms with the death of their mother. (more ...)



Dinner - Feb 2008

by Moira Buffini

directed by Scott Woolveridge

An invitation to meal of gargantuan proportions for a group of friends to celebrate her husband's literary success. The dinner table is a battlefield for Paige, and she makes use of all areas attacking her guests, their loyalties, misconceptions, human failings and preferences. (more ...)



The Day After The Fair - Nov 2007

by Frank Harvey

directed by Sarah Banks

A serving girl meets a gentleman from London at the local fair. She persuades her mistress to write to him back in london, and very quickly the mistress builds a relationship via letters with the gentleman. But the serving girl is pregnant. (more ...)



Review Night - July 2007

An evening of entertainment - a mix of songs and sketches, monologues and music. (more ...)



The Two of Us - May 2007

by Michael Frayn

directed by Jerome Foley (Part 1), Alex Ball (Part 2), Beryl Hoyle and Anna Glozier (Part 3)

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Anyone for Breakfast - Feb/Mar 2007

by Derek Benfield

directed by Tony Vokes

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Benefactors - Nov/Dec 2006

by Michael Frayn

directed by Scott Woolveridge

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An Evening of One-Act Comedies - July 2006

Four comedies.
Cruise Missiles and Dancers by Jean McConnell
Lady Bracknell's Confinement by Paul Doust
Her Big Chance by Alan Bennett (more ...)



Marking Time - May 2006

by Michael Snelgrove

directed by Beryl Hoyle

What happens when you put a bunch of school teachers in a cramped location for a short period of time with piles of exam papers to mark? (more ...)



After Dinner - Mar 2006

by Andrew Bovell

directed by Scott Woolveridge

A comedy - about being "On the Pull" "Being Dumped or just "Lonely. (more ...)



Boxman Style - Nov 2005

by Martyn Parker-Eames

directed by Martyn Parker-Eames

A play exploring fashion, cult status and how far people will go to support or undermine creative thinkers. Written by a member of the society. (more ...)



Couples - July 2005

by Bettine Manktelow

directed by Robert Dixon, Jenny Todd and Rob Dakin

Three plays set in the same location over the period of 20 years. Party Games The Brighton Line Squatters' Rights (more ...)



September Tide - May 2005

by Daphne Du Maurier

directed by Andrew Straw

Set in 1948 in Cornwall, the play tells the story of the feelings and emotions between Stella and her son-in-law Evan. (more ...)



Scenes from a Separation - Feb 2005

by A Bovell and H Rayson

directed by Scott Woolveridge

The action moves between the past and the present - exploring the events that led to the separation. (more ...)



A Night on the Tiles - Nov 2004

by Frank Vickery

directed by Tony Vokes

Setting - the back yard of row of terraced houses. About a close-knit family ruled by a strong "mam". (more ...)



An Evening of One-Act Plays- July 2004

Three plays.
Here to There by Martyn Parker-Eames
Anklebiters by Liz Lockhead
Daytrippers by Jean McConnell (more ...)



Present from the Past - May 2004

by Richard Everett

directed by Andrew Straw

The play explores the relationships between two sisters and their brother on the death of their Mother. (more ...)



Arabian Nights - March 2004

by Dominic Cooke

directed by Brian Poulson

The varied stories from the Arabian Nights series. Includes magic, puppetry and special effects. (more ...)



This Same Flower - May 2001

by Joanna Shannon

directed by Sarah Banks

Set in a sanatorium, just at the beginning of the Second World War. It follows the fate and fortune of patients and staff over a three month period. (more ...)



The Weekend - Feb/Mar 2001

by Michael Palin

directed by Scott Woolveridge

A comedy (more ...)



Wanted One Body - Nov 2000

by Charles Dyer

directed by Carolyn Wolfe

A murder-mystery set in an ancient, fairly run down manor house situated in a lonely spot off the beaten track. The Lord of the Manor, old Mr Barraclough has died leaving his twin step daughters to inherit.The play opens on the day of the funeral. (more ...)



An Evening of One-Act Comedies - June 1998

directed by Steve Collinson, Ali Murray, Rosie Farrow and Chris Robinson

Four plays from Victorian Melodrama to "behind the scenes" of a theatrical production. (more ...)



Dangerous Obsession - May 1998

by N. J. Crisp

directed by Beth Hanna

It is a beautiful summer's afternoon. The birds are singing, the sun is shining. Sally Driscoll is sun-bathing in the garden. Then along comes a stranger who is not friendly and is driven by a dangerous obsession - for the truth. (more ...)



Wyrd Sisters - Feb 1998

by Terry Pratchet

directed by Ali Murray

An adapted version of Terry Pratchet's famous book set in Discworld. Loosely based on Macbeth. Performed at Stanford Hall, Rempstone (more ...)



Time and Time Again - Nov 1997

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Geoff Longbottom

The suburban house and garden of the Bakes is the setting for this very English comedy. Performed at Stanford Hall, Rempstone (more ...)



The Day After The Fair - May 1997

by Frank Harvey

directed by Don Howe

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Trap For a Lonely Man - Feb/Mar 1997

by Robert Thomas

directed by Tony Vokes

An ingenious thriller with many twists and turns. The story concerns the measures taken by Daniel Corban and the Inspector of Chamonix police to trace Daniel's missing wife. (more ...)



The Odd Couple - Nov 1996

by Neil Simon

directed by Beryl Hoyle

Oscar is quite happy in his large but untidy apartment. Until his best friend Felix turns up having just split up with his wife. Felix moves in with Oscar, but it doesn't take long for Oscar to understand why Felix was kicked out by his wife. Performed at Stanford Hall, Rempstone (more ...)



There Goes the Bride - May 1996

by Ray Cooney

directed by Tony Vokes

The Wedding Day has arrived for Judy, the only daughter of Ursula and Timothy. Timothy receives a blow to the head and starts to see a 1920's flapper girl. But he is the only one to see her. A second blow transports him completely to the 1920's and the Wedding preparations go out of the window.
Performed at Stanford Hall, Remptsone (more ...)



I Thought I Heard a Rustling - Mar 1996

by Alan Plater

directed by Ali Murray

Ex-miner, Bill Robson, is appointed Writer in Residence at the Library, to the amusement and consternation of the Senior Librarian - Ellen Scott. But the library is to be demolished for a new supermarket. (more ...)



Talking Heads - Jan 1996

by Alan Bennett

A Lady of Letters, A Chip in the Sugar and Soldiering On (more ...)



Woman in Mind - Nov 1995

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Beth Hanna

Susan has a blow to the head which has her hallucinating. How much of the story, love scene and visiting guests are real and how many in her mind. Performed at Stanford Hall, Rempstone (more ...)





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