St Mary's Theatre Club agrees on summer play

May 22, 2018

St Mary's Theatre Club has decided on this year's summer production.

 

At last night's AGM, members agreed to stage three professional One Act Plays, with the first performance in early July.

 

Shop for Charity is a comedy by Charles Mander set in a charity shop. 

 

Rude Awakenings, by Nicolas Ridley, is described as a "charming comedy which mixes both broad and subtle humour with truthful insights into the pain and pathos that can sometimes lie beneath the surface of village life".

 

The third play will be Alternative Accommodation by Pam Valentine, about a recently-widowed woman whose three middle-aged children want her to move into a residential home or sheltered accommodation. 


Due to the short time left to learn lines, the plays will be rehearsed readings, meaning the actors will be able to read from scripts. 

 

The AGM also saw the transfer of leadership, with current Vice-Chair Linda Thomas taking over from Becky Hicks as Chair for the next year (both pictured above). Tony DIngley will be the new Vice-Chair. 

 

It was also revealed at the AGM that the 2018 One Act Play festival was the most successful yet, with some 70 people attending the event and around 30 taking part. 

 

Five plays vied for this year's Shirley Smith trophy, three written by new writers. 

 

The competition was won by Jon Mackenzie (left) for the third consecutive year. His play Much Ado About Something was chosen by audience vote combined with the opinion of adjudicator Paul Dodgson.

 

Anyone interested in taking part in the upcoming summer production is invited to attend the first read-through on Thursday, May 31st at 7pm at the Parish Church Pavilion.

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