11–13 October 2012
All My Sons
By Arthur Miller
During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made aeroplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller, however, went free and made a lot of money.
The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the youngest Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reactions of a son to his guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play which is electrifying in its intensity.
14–16 June 2012
Round and Round the Garden
By Alan Ayckbourn
The play takes place in Annie's garden on the weekend that she is supposed to go off for a secret tryst with her brother-in-law, Norman. Annie's gotten tired of waiting for her dim veterinarian neighbour, Tom, to sweep her off her feet.
Her brother Reg and wife Sarah arrive to care for Annie and Reg's mum, so Annie can leave. Norman shows up, hiding in the bushes, and before he can signal Annie, he's spotted and has to pretend he's come to visit. Tom pops round for food, and Norman's wife, the cool and tough Ruth, comes to visit mum. In the garden, Norman tries to spirit Annie away, Reg and Tom speculate on who Norman's got as his "bit on the side," and Ruth sunbathes. Will peace ever return to the garden?
25–28 January 2012
Babes in the Wood
By Paul Reakes
When their father dies, Billy and Milly, the two babes, are sent to live with their wicked uncle, The Sheriff of Nottingham.
The Sheriff wants nothing to do with them until he discovers they are due to receive a large fortune on their 21st birthdays – but if they die before they reach that age, he will inherit the lot!
The Sheriff devises an evil plan to ensure that they don’t reach their 21st birthday and to hurt his enemy, Robin Hood, he plans to marry Maid Marion into the bargain.
Can the brave and dashing Robin Hood and his Merry Men save the day and win the girl?