11–13 October 2018
By David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.
For any amateur dramatic group the opening night of the production is always a stressful and worrying time for Director and cast alike. Many things can go wrong, and for the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild everything that could go wrong does!
The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects have life of their own, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor”. And just in case the audience should get bored there's a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a prize!
The play descends into complete farce when the ‘murderer’, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, self appointed leader of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.
14–16 June 2018
By Peter Quilter
Curtain Up! tells the story of five women – the daughter, ex-wife, second wife, mother and secretary of deceased owner Michael – who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and their plans to bring it back to life again.
All manner of fund-raising schemes are considered as they try to put their differences aside to make the theatre a success. Their most ambitious scheme is to hold a concert featuring local talent and a world-famous star (Liza Minnelli) who agrees to appear for no fee!
However, their plans go awry and it's a race to keep their audience from guessing the truth of the matter. A fast-paced and very funny comedy.
25–28 January 2018
By Paul Reakes
Lord Lotaloot is very rich and very worried, the villainous Mr X is at large stealing valuables from the local gentry.
Meanwhile, Katie, the young milkmaid on Dame Dollop’s farm, has a big crush on the bold highwayman, Dick Turpin. Her dopey boyfriend Billy, hatches a cunning plan to win over her affections, by dressing up as the highwayman.
Although he does get her attention he also attracts the attention of the local Police who think he is the real Dick Turpin and he ends up on trial accused of robbery.
All the while the mysterious Mr X is still at large, who is he, and where will he strike next?