APRIL 24th - 28th 2018
Director Beckie Morley
Constellations premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in January 2012 and the play received strong reviews from critics and subsequently transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End in November 2012.
Constellations was named the winner of the best play category at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, making the 29-year-old Nick Payne the youngest winner of the award.
Well after a fantastic response to our first play of this season "Murder at Checkmate Manor" rehearsals are now under way for the second play of the 2017/18 season. "The Ghost Train" is being directed by Jen Brassington and will be performed in February.
All three plays chosen this season are very different from comedy, mystery thriller to a love story and we are sure you will enjoy each one of them.
And don't forget 2018 is also the year for our One Act Play Festival which will be on Saturday 7th July. Entries for this competition have already been streaming in.
OCTOBER 3rd - 7th 2017
Director Howard Ball
The four ladies of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society (F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S.) are a force to be reckoned with. The sheer scale of their ambition in mounting "Murder at Checkmate Manor", is only matched by their overwhelming confidence in their abilities to master all fourteen parts.
The play is set in the drawing room of Checkmate Manor. The family gathers for the reading of the will of the late Sir Reginald Bishop. However, someone else has designs on the Checkmate millions, and will stop at nothing to get them. A string of grisly murders ensues, where everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect in a classic whodunit farce. The crunch comes in the final denouement when the murderer is about to be revealed luckily Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group, can be relied on to save the day with a final twist to the plot. If you think it could possible go wrong, then it probably will, with hilarious consequences.
FEBRUARY 6th - 10th 2018
Director Jen Brassington
The Ghost Train is a theatre comedy suspense thriller, written in 1923 by the English actor and playwright Arnold Ridley.
The story centres upon the social interaction of a group of railway passengers who have been stranded at a remote rural station overnight who are increasingly threatened by a latent external force, with a reveal denouement ending.
The play ran for over a year in its original sold out London theatrical run, and is regarded as a modern minor-classic. It established the 20th Century dramatic genre of 'strangers stranded together in a railway scenario in constrained circumstances' thrillers, leading to films such as The Lady Vanishes (1938), Night Train to Munich (1940)